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  • Qatar Airways changes equipment on Guangzhou, China route to A380
  • Qatar Airways opens new route to Adelaide, Australia using A350 aircraft 
  • Air Canada will start Vancouver – Delhi flights
  • Indigo increases domestic sectors in India
  • Emirates to launch 3rd daily flight to Cape Town
  • Emirates changes equipment on Taipei, Taiwan & Prague, Czech Republic to A380
  • TUI sells Hotelbeds B2B bedbank for $ 1.3 billion 
  • Australia to offer 3 years multiple entry visit visas for Indian nationals
  • Dubai reaches a milestone of offering 100,000 rooms at hotels and hotel apartments
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Red Flag

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The Indian Air Force is in Alaska ! Thousands of miles away from their home base in India. But they are there for a reason – Red Flag.

Organized by the United States Air Force, Red Flag is a high tech exercise in near realistic conditions and is attended only by invitation. Apart from IAF other participating air forces include from NATO and other friendly countries.

 This year the Red Flag exercise is being held in Alaska and all aircraft and crew are based at Eielson Air Force Base. The IAF contingent consists of 4 x SU-30MKI fighter/bombers, 4 x Jaguar deep penetration ground attack aircraft, 2 x IL-78 midair refuellers and 2 x Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft. 

These aircraft will face off against USAF’s F-16, F-18 & F-22 aircraft. Exercises like Red Flag are crucial as they improve inter-operability with friendly forces and ensure that pilots can hone their skills in near realistic combat operations.

New UAE visit visa guidelines 


GCC residents wishing to visit the UAE from today need a pre-arranged visit visa to proceed by air or road. This ends the visa on arrival facility except for nationals from 46 countries which have a mutual agreement in place with UAE.

The GCC resident card needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months and the passport 6 months to apply for a visa online.

The website for the visa application is https://www.ednrd.ae/

As per the official notification the visas will be issued within 48 hours. Better to plan ahead before travelling.

Airlines will be strictly implementing the visa guidelines at Muscat and Salalah airports and will not allow boarding without a valid UAE visa.

Ciao.

Airline updates…

  • Indigo to start flying on the Cochin-Muscat sector
  • Etihad to start flying the A380 with onboard Residence Suites to Mumbai
  • Oman Air opens up a new sector in Iran – Mashhad
  • KLM-Air France Oh My! Deals on flights to Europe and beyond. Last couple of days to avail of superb fares
  • Delta seals multi billion narrow body aircraft order with Bombardier 
  • Boeing seals multi billion 787 Dreamliner deal with China Eastern 
  • Qatar Airways to increase flights to South Africa
  • Singapore Airlines now flies its entire range of subsidiaries to India-Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Tiger Airways & SilkAir
  • Air India to start flying to Vienna
  • Etihad in codeshare partnership with Avianca for flights to Bogota and Madrid via London Heathrow 

Oman Air eyes new fleet

  
Oman Air is to start discussions with Boeing and Airbus for a replacement order for its aging Airbus A330 fleet.

Contenders in the running include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. Both are modern light weight aircraft capable of flying long haul routes and are not fuel guzzlers unlike older models of aircraft.

This expansion would enable Oman Air to open up new destinations on the cards like Madrid, Rome, Brussels, Moscow and Shanghai.

Boeing would be the ideal choice since Oman Air already operates the Dreamliner 8 series but the Airbus A350 is sure going to give it a run for its money no doubt.

Qatar Airways to launch new sectors

  
· ADL ( Adelaide ) flights effective 02nd May 2016

· EVN ( Yerevan ) flights effective 15th May 2016

· ATL ( Atlanta ) flights effective 1st Jun 2016

· RAK ( Marrakech ) flights effective 1st Jul 2016

· PSA ( Pisa ) flights effective 1st Aug 2016

· SJJ ( Sarajevo ) flights effective 7th Sep 2016

· WDH ( Windhoek ) flights effective 27th Sep 2016

· HEL ( Helsinki ) flights effective 10th Oct 2016

· AKL ( Auckland ) flights effective 2nd Dec 2016

· KBV ( Krabi ) flights effective 5th Dec 2016 and

· SEZ ( Seychelles ) flights effective 11th Dec 2016

Oman Air double daily to London 

  
Oman Air launched its second daily service to London Heathrow. The flight departs from Muscat International at 0125 and arrives in London at 0600. The return flight departs London at 0825 arriving into Muscat at 1855 local time.

Equipment used is the Airbus 330-300 in a 3 class configuration – First, Business & Economy. The terminal at London Heathrow for this particular service is T4 while the earlier service operates from T3.