U.S. arms sales to UAE draw fire from 29 rights groups

WASHINGTON: Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organizations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23 billion worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking the U.S. Congress to block the deal. “The hope is to stop these sales altogether,” said Seth Binder, advocacy officer at the Project […]

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U.S. agency affirms it will not allow mid-air mobile phone use

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Monday it had ended a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on the use of mobile phones while in flight on U.S. airlines. The FCC said in 2013 it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls about 10,000 feet, but never […]

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American Airlines conducts trials to transport COVID-19 vaccine

American Airlines began trial flights from Miami to South America in mid-November to prepare for its role in transporting the COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. carrier said on Monday. The flights simulate the conditions required for the vaccine to stress test the thermal packaging and operational handling process that will ensure it remains stable. The trial […]

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EasyJet offers passengers cheaper COVID-19 tests to encourage travel

LONDON: UK airline EasyJet said it would partner with COVID-19 testing companies to offer passengers discounted tests to try to encourage more travel, following similar moves by Wizz Air and London’s Gatwick Airport. Travel rules in England will change from Dec. 15 so that if a traveller receives a negative test result from a self-funded […]

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Goa’s domestic air passenger traffic returning to normal

PANAJI: The domestic passenger traffic at Goa Airport is getting back to normal as the facility has recorded about 75 per cent footfalls so far this year compared to the same period last year during pre-COVID-19 times, a senior official said on Sunday. Talking to PTI, Goa Airport’s Director Gagan Malik said the number of […]

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MiG-29K crash: Parts of aircraft located; one pilot still untraceable

NEW DELHI: Search and rescue teams of the Indian Navy located the turbo charger, fuel tank and some other parts of the MiG-29K fighter aircraft that had crashed into the Arabian Sea, but one of the two pilots remained untraceable, officials said on Sunday. The Indian Navy has deployed nine warships, 14 aircraft and a […]

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Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 helicopters for shipborne operations

NEW DELHI: The German Bundeswehr has ordered 31 NH90 helicopters, to be known as Sea Tiger, for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NH90 Helicopter Industries (NHI) and Giorgio Gomma, General Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support […]

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Bangalore International Airport asks passengers to avoid carrying prohibited items

BENGALURU: The Bangalore International Airport Limited has asked passengers to avoid carrying prohibited items like blades, lighters, coconuts, toy guns, ghee packets and spices. In a statement, BIAL, which operates the Kempegowda International Airport, said there was an increase in the seizure of prohibited goods over the last few months. “The security team at the […]

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MiG-29K crashes in Arabian Sea, trainer pilot missing

NEW DELHI: Search operations continued on Friday for the commander of an Indian Navy MiG-29K trainer aircraft which took off from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and crashed into the Arabian Sea with two pilots onboard on Thursday evening, officials said. Of the two pilots onboard, the trainee pilot has been rescued while the trainer, […]

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Hyderabad airport launches IoT enabled smart baggage trolleys

NEW DELHI: In line with the flagship Digital India Programme of the Government of India, GMR led Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) has taken a digital leap by envisioning an airport platform of the Internet of Things (IoT), augmenting its services and operational excellence, which will herald a truly Smart Airport City in Hyderabad. Taking a […]

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