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Emirates airline resumes limited flights from DXB Terminal 3

Repatriation flights to take passengers to select European destinations

All departing passengers will undergo thermal scanning at DXB’s Terminal 3. Passengers are also reminded to bring their own face masks, gloves and abide by social distancing rules.

Emirates is set to resume passenger services from Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 from Sunday night (April 12) to select destinations.

It had previously been announced that a limited number of repatriation flights operated by the Dubai-based carrier would be undertaken from the airport’s Terminal 2.

Destinations include London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, and Zurich, with four flights per week for London and three for the other cities.

All departing passengers will undergo thermal scanning at DXB’s Terminal 3. Passengers are also reminded to bring their own face masks, gloves and abide by social distancing rules.

A statement from Dubai Airports said: “Aside from the aforementioned Emirates airline operations, only vital cargo and emergency evacuation flights will operate from DXB and DWC during this period.

“Dubai Airports continues to be fully committed to supporting the measures being taken to ensure the health and safety of our valued customers, our community and our employees.”​

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Coronavirus: Flydubai flies 23 repatriation flights from UAE

The flights flew to Afghanistan, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Sudan, Somaliland, and Thailand

Dubai-based airline Flydubai has operated 23 repatriation flights carrying 2,800 passengers from the UAE between March 19 and April 8, the airline has announced.

According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the flights – operating from Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport – flew to Afghanistan, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Sudan, Somaliland, and Thailand.

The flights were all approved by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the governments of the respective countries.

The flights only carried outbound passengers from the UAE. Only UAE nationals were allowed to travel on the return sector. The flights also carried essential goods in the belly-hold of the passenger aircraft in both directions, including medical supplies across the network.

Over the course of the next week, Flydubai plans to operate as many as 10 more repatriation flights.

“We acknowledge the challenges we are all facing in dealing with this pandemic and the impact it will have not only on our industry, but also on our livelihood and how we do things moving forward,” Hamad Obaidalla, chief commercial officer of Flydubai.

“We choose to remain focused on how we can contribute to easing the strain, enabling the movement of essential goods to where they are needed and bringing back people home when possible,” Obaidalla added. “We remain committed to supporting requests from governments to operate repatriation flights for their citizens.”

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Covid-19:Etihad reveals 5 new cargo destinations on passenger aircraft

The flights are in addition to another 10 passenger freighter flights announced recently

Etihad Cargo has announced five additional routes in which it will use re-purposed Etihad Airways passenger aircraft to transport supplies between the UAE and major markets, the airline has announced.

The flights are in addition to another 10 passenger freighter flights announced recently.

Using belly-hold capacity on Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft, Etihad Cargo is now introducing services between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, Chennai, Kerala, Karachi and Amsterdam.

Previously, Etihad had announced passenger freighter flights to Seoul, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Jakarta, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Riyadh.

Additionally, Etihad Cargo has also operated a series of special charter flights to carry urgent medical supplies from China and Hong Kong to destinations including Serbia, Greece, Chad, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy.

“Etihad Cargo is pleased to play a leading role in continuing to deliver essential supplies to the UAE, in this unprecedented environment,” said Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, the managing director, cargo and logistics at Etihad Aviation Group. “We are also playing our part in supporting international requirements for essential freight, carrying significant consignments of goods between other nations.”

With these additional flights Etihad Cargo will now operate over 90 turnaround flights a week to 29 destinations in 5 continents using the combined fleet of dedicated Boeing 777 freighters and Boeing 787 passenger aircraft.

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Covid-19: Etihad Airways to test self-service health assessment tech

Elenium Automation’s contactless devices will monitor temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, possibly detecting cases of Covid-19

The initial trial will be carried out at Abu Dhabi International airport from the end of April and throughout May, initially with a range of volunteers, and, as flights resume, outbound passengers.

Etihad Airways will trial new technology that could herald a change in how passengers around the world check-in to their flights.

Australian company Elenium Automation has developed a self-service device for airports that can help identify travellers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of Covid-19.

The new contactless devices will monitor temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate.

Etihad Airways will become the first airline to test Elenium’s new technology, which will automatically suspend the self-service check-in or bag drop process if a passenger’s vital signs indicate potential symptoms of illness.

The system diverts to a teleconference or alerts qualified staff on site, who can make further assessments and manage travellers as appropriate.

The initial trial will be carried out at Abu Dhabi International airport from the end of April and throughout May, initially with a range of volunteers, and, as flights resume, outbound passengers.

“This technology is not designed or intended to diagnose medical conditions,” Jorg Oppermann, vice president Hub and Midfield Operations, Etihad Airways, explained.

“It is an early warning indicator which will help to identify people with general symptoms, so that they can be further assessed by medical experts, potentially preventing the spread of some conditions to others preparing to board flights to multiple destinations.”

Oppermann said Etihad sees the new tech as another step towards ensuring that future viral outbreaks do not have the same devastating effect on the global aviation industry.

“It has long been the case that aircraft, with their highly sophisticated air-recycling systems and standards of hygiene are not the transmission vehicle for illnesses. We are testing this technology because we believe it will not only help in the current Covid-19 outbreak, but also into the future, with assessing a passenger’s suitability to travel and thus minimising disruptions,” he said.

Aaron Hornlimann, CEO and co-founder of Elenium Automation, said the company has lodged patents for both the automatic detection of illness symptoms at an aviation self-service touchpoint, and touchless self-service technology at an airport.

“The system would screen every individual, including multiple people on the same booking,” Hornlimann said.

“The technology can also be retrofitted into any airport kiosk or bag drop or installed as a desktop system at a passenger processing point such as an immigration desk. We believe the introduction of touchless self-service and automated health screening will encourage passengers to return to travel sooner.”

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UAE temporary flights resumption for repatriation only, says GCAA

Emirates and Etihad will operate flights in the coming days to fly passengers home

The UAE’s aviation regulator has clarified that the flights being operated by Emirates airline and Etihad Airways in the coming days are solely for repatriation purposes.

The UAE’s aviation regulator has clarified that the flights being operated by Emirates airline and Etihad Airways in the coming days are solely for repatriation purposes.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) affirmed that the decision to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE is still in effect as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

In a statement, the GCAA said passenger flights from the UAE will carry UAE residents and visitors wishing to return back to their respective home countries. It added that the flights have been temporarily allowed after all relevant precautionary measures required by the Ministry of Health and Prevention have been carried out.

Emirates airline said Thursday it is to resume a limited number of outbound passenger flights from April 6, to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with four flights per week for London and three for the other cities.

Cleaning and disinfection of the planes will take place after each flight and they will not carry passengers on return journeys to Dubai, the airline said.

“Over the time, Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers,” said Emirates chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.

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TfL suspends congestion charge, ULEZ and LEZ amid coronavirus outbreak

Transport for London (TfL) has suspended all road user charges for an indefinite period of time as of today, 23 March.

The suspension applies to the congestion charge as well as the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked TfL to implement the suspension so that critical workers, including those working for the NHS, can get around as easily as possible during the coronavirus crisis.

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In a statement, TfL said: “To keep the public transport network running TfL has reduced the number of stations open and are ensuring they are appropriately staffed.  

“For some critical workers, in the current circumstances, driving to work will be the simplest option, which is why the charges have been lifted.”

In addition, the 24 hour access fee for Santander Cycles will be waived for NHS workers, who will be given a special code to access the service. Bike rides of up to 30 minutes are free of charge.

It’s hoped that the suspension will also help keep supermarkets fully stocked.

At the moment, motorists pay £11.50 a day in the congestion charge zone, while ULEZ costs £12.50 a day for most vehicles (£100 for heavier vehicles including lorries) and LEZ costs £100 or £200 depending on the size of your vehicle.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to. London’s roads should now only be used for essential journeys. To help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place, I have instructed TfL to temporarily suspend the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and Low Emission Zone from Monday.  

“This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, doctors, nurses and other critical workers. This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other. I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential.”

The suspension comes as the government advised the nation to avoid non-essential international travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The UK currently has 5,018 confirmed cases according to the World Health Organisation’s latest report, dated 22 March.

The advice has since been upgraded to include non-essential domestic travel as well.

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US deep water submarine firm targets wealthy Middle Eastern buyers

A Saudi national took part in an expedition to the deepest point of the Red Sea, in a Triton Submarines model

Triton Submarines are priced from around $4m.

A US-based company which manufactures deep water personal submersibles has described the Middle East as one of its “primary markets” and is targeting wealthy buyers in the region who want to add the next big toy to their superyacht, private jet or sports car.

Triton Submarines offers a range of submersibles which can dive to depths of up to 1,000 metres with around six passengers. The Florida-based company has also developed a larger model – the DeepView 24 – which can be used by tourism companies or high-net-worth-individuals (HNWIs).

“As the size of our client’s vessels continues to grow, so we are experiencing a demand for submersibles that deliver extraordinary experiences for larger parties of guests,” Triton’s president Patrick Lahey said in a press statement.

According to an article by The Guardian, around 30 personal submersibles are sold around the world to HNWIs each year, with the units ranging in price up to around $35 million.

“The super-rich aren’t happy to sit on the back of their yachts… They want to see what’s beneath the surface as well as what’s on top. They have seen Blue Planet, and they want to get down there and see it for themselves,” a Triton spokesperson said, adding that the BBC’s series narrated by Sir David Attenborough had helped see a spike in sales.

It is no surprise that the Middle East is a focal point for Triton, whose submarines are priced from around $4m.

“The information about Triton clients is strictly confidential,” a spokesperson told Arabian Business when we asked about specific buyers. “But they do have Arab buyers, as the Middle East is one of the primary markets.”

As part of efforts to promote their products in the region, Triton is involved in the Five Deeps Expedition initiative, which aims to dive to the deepest points on earth, including an expedition to the Red Sea.

The Five Deeps Expedition is being carried out by Caladan Oceanic, a private US company dedicated to the advancement of undersea technology and supporting exploration of the Earth’s oceans.

As part of a partnership with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Caladan Oceanic’s founder Victor Vescovo, along with Saudi national Mohammed A. Aljahdli, make the first-ever manned dive to the deepest point of the Red Sea, Suakin Trough. The team made the journey in a Triton 36000/2 model submarine.

“It was wonderful to join a young Saudi Arabian national to the bottom of the Red Sea in a manned submersible – for the first time in history. We also believe this will make him the deepest-diving Saudi of all time,” Vescovo said in a press statement.

“We are so excited about the collaboration between Caladan Oceanic and KAUST, and even more proud that our very own Mohammed Aljahdali is the first Saudi to reach the deepest point in the Red Sea,” Justin Mynar, Executive Director of the KAUST Core Labs and Research Infrastructure, was quoted as saying.

Mynar said the Red Sea is virtually unexplored and is a major research priority for KAUST. “In order to protect this important resource, we need to understand it, and partnering with Victor has given us the opportunity to observe and sample the deepest and most inaccessible regions like never before,” he added.

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UAE's GCAA denies rumours about flights being suspended

Emirates and Dubai Airports have also been forced to respond to rumours being spread on social media

Dubai Airports said that it “We can confirm that the rumours circulating on social media around the suspension of all flights to and from the UAE are untrue.”

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has refuted rumours circulating on social media that it has suspended all incoming and outgoing flights from the UAE as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

In a post on its official Twitter account, the GCAA said it “urges the public to refrain from spreading rumours and to obtain information from trusted sources”.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) refuted rumors circulating on social media about the suspension of all incoming and outgoing flights. The GCAA urges the public to refrain from spreading rumors and to obtain information from trusted sources. pic.twitter.com/bU0Bw64tTt— GCAA UAE (@gcaauae) March 15, 2020

The statement follows similar announcements from Emirates and Dubai Airports, both of which were forced to deny rumours that they were stopping operations as a result of the pandemic.

Emirates, for example, tweeted that it “confirms that what is being circulated on social media that it will stop all flights from March 17 is nothing but pure rumours that are completely false.”

Emirates confirms that there is no truth to the rumors circulating on social media that the airline will be suspending all flights on 17 March. For latest flight updates please visit https://t.co/qZ7DQK19YZ— Emirates Airline (@emirates) March 15, 2020

Similarly, Dubai Airports said that it “We can confirm that the rumours circulating on social media around the suspension of all flights to and from the UAE are untrue.”

“Both DXB and DWC continue to welcome travellers from a number of countries,” the tweet added.

We can confirm that the rumours circulating on social media around the suspension of all flights to & from the UAE are untrue. Both DXB & DWC continue to welcome travellers from a number of countries. For the latest information on airport operations visit https://t.co/NfBA5GPTS6— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) March 15, 2020

Currently, only passenger flights flights from Dubai to and from Bahrain, Iran, Italy (except Rome), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and China (except Beijing) have all been cancelled.

From Tuesday, March 17, flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey have also been cancelled.

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New Zealand authorities assessing sick passenger on Emirates flight

Auckland Airport said that a passenger on the Emirates flight ‘was unwell and the ill traveller protocol was triggered’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem announced that any foreigner – with the exception of Pacific islanders – would be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.

New Zealand authorities rushed to respond to a sick passenger on board an Emirates aircraft in Auckland on Sunday.

In a statement, Auckland Airport said that a passenger on the Emirates flight – EK448 – “was unwell and the ill traveller protocol was triggered.”

“This protocol is a well-established multi-agency process to effecting monitor, assess and manage ill travellers arriving on planes and ships into New Zealand,” an airport spokeswoman was quoted as saying the New Zealand Herald.

The passenger is the hands of officials from New Zealand’s Ministry of Health.

Over the weekend, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem announced that any foreigner – with the exception of Pacific islanders – would be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.

She also discouraged citizens from travelling abroad unless essential, and said that the government and the police can enforce self-isolation.

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Boeing pilot training on 737 Max 'inadequate'

Crash of the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX six minutes after takeoff killed all 157 people on board, triggering the global grounding of the MAX

The crash of the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX six minutes after takeoff on March 10, 2019, killed all 157 people on board.

Ethiopia’s probe of last year’s Ethiopian Airlines crash found that Boeing did not provide sufficient pilot training for the 737 Max and that crucial flight software was flawed, according to an interim report published Monday.

The crash of the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 Max six minutes after takeoff on March 10, 2019, killed all 157 people on board, triggering the global grounding of the Max and the worst crisis in Boeing’s history.

It followed the October 2018 crash of a 737 Max operated by Lion Air in Indonesia, which killed 189 people when it crashed moments after leaving Jakarta airport.

Both accidents saw uncontrolled drops in the aircraft’s nose in the moments before the planes crashed, which investigators have blamed on the model’s anti-stall flight system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.

A preliminary report by Ethiopian investigators released last April said the crew of Flight 302 repeatedly followed procedures recommended by Boeing but were unable to regain control of the jet.

The new interim report published Monday says that the design of the MCAS system “made it vulnerable to undesirable activation”. Specifically the report points to the fact that the system could be activated by a single angle-of-attack sensor reading.

The indicators measure the plane’s angle vis-a-vis oncoming air to warn of impending stalls.

The report also states that training provided by Boeing on the 737 Max “was found to be inadequate”.

The report offers a detailed rundown of the chain of events that led to the crash, starting with an “erroneous” left angle-of-attack reading “shortly after liftoff”.

The reading activated the MCAS system, prompting the plane to nose downward multiple times, something the pilot and first officer tried in vain to correct.

The report includes details of the final exchanges between Capt. Yared Getachew and First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed, including Yared imploring Ahmednur to “keep with me” as Ahmednur struggled to get control of the aircraft.

At one point Yared urged Ahmedur to “pull with me” as both men applied force to the control column.

The final readings of the flight indicate it was moving as fast as 500 knots (more than 900 kilometres per hour) and descending at a rate of greater than 33,000 feet per minute, the report said.

The plane crashed in a field southeast of Addis Ababa, leaving a crater 10 metres deep “with a hole of about 28 metres width and 40 metres length”, the report said.

Plane fragments were found hundreds of metres away, it said.

Boeing could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Last week a US congressional committee said Boeing made missteps and withheld information about the 737 Max and that federal regulators failed to provide proper oversight, resulting in a “fundamentally flawed” aircraft.

After Ethiopia’s preliminary report was released last April, Boeing executives insisted on the “fundamental safety” of the 737 Max but pledged to take all necessary steps to ensure the jets’ airworthiness.

In an interview last week with The New York Times, Boeing CEO David Calhoun suggested the pilots’ actions were a factor in the 737 Max crashes, saying pilots in Indonesia and Ethiopia “don’t have anywhere near the experience that they have here in the US”.

But he declined to answer when asked directly whether American pilots could have handled an MCAS malfunction.

The Ethiopian report recommends that training simulators need to be capable of simulating scenarios in which the sensors fail.

The report was released one day before the first anniversary of the crash.

Relatives of many of the victims, who hailed from more than 30 countries, have flown to Ethiopia and are expected to attend a memorial ceremony at the crash site on Tuesday.

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