China Cancels Flights, Closes Schools and Quarantines Travelers in Beijing

The publication said that 29 residential communities were locked down and four large districts had been put into “wartime mode.” Over the last three days, 276 food markets had been disinfected, 11 underground and semi-underground markets closed and over 200,000 people screened.

DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till Nov 30

India has formed air bubble pacts with around 18 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.

The mile pie club! Greggs battles it out with Waitrose to supply British Airways’ in-flight meals after the airline’s deal with Marks & Spencer ended

The loss before exceptional items of £1.2billion between July and September is compared with a £1.3billion profit during the same period last year.

British Airways’ parent company IAG slashes flights by 70% compared to last year after losing £1.2BILLION in three months

Meanwhile, initiatives to reduce quarantine periods and boost customer confidence to book and travel – such as pre-departure testing and air corridors – have ‘not been adopted by governments as quickly as anticipated’, IAG said.

Air pollution continues to rise in Delhi as Air Quality in severe category

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‘Boost to Indian Air Force’: Rudram missile to be inducted by 2022, say top officials

India is also developing a new class of ultra-modern weapons that can travel six times faster than the speed of sound (Mach 6) and penetrate any missile defence. In early September, the DRDO carried out a successful flight test of the hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) for the first time from a launch facility off […]

Implementation of critical air pollution solutions pending, Epca tells SC

Santosh Harish said for a new authority to be more successful, it will have to be well-funded, well-staffed, endowed with multi-sectoral technical expertise, and have representation from all the state and local governments, relevant Union ministries, and the civil society. “We don’t yet know why this needs new legislation, and how this legislation will interact […]

‘Skyborg’: U.S. Air Force seeks fleet of autonomous planes

As autonomous aircraft get more sophisticated, they could provide invaluable support to crewed fighter jets or bombers by escorting them into dangerous territories. The Air Force has said it is looking to purchase AI-powered craft to begin testing out their capabilities alongside crewed fighter jets.

Covid risk in air travel lower than in eating out: Study

(This story was first published in The Times of India on Oct 30, 2020) The risk of getting infected by coronavirus is lower onboard an aircraft than say during grocery shopping or eating out, according to a study published by Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. There are caveats to this though. Passengers […]

Lion Air passenger plane crashes in Indonesia, 189 people expected to have died

Bambang added it was likely that the bodies of at least some of the passengers were still trapped, dead, in the fuselage of the plane and underwater. It was likely, he added, that many passengers had died when the plane hit the water, rather than from drowning.