Singapore Airlines plans to offer “flights to nowhere”

With take off and landing from the same airport.

Due to the health crisis, flights abroad are drastically reduced or completely canceled all over the world. So for those nostalgic for air travel, Singapore Airlines might have found the perfect solution. According to the CNBC site, the company would indeed intend to offer “flights to nowhere” that would take off and land from Changi Airport in Singapore.

The airline has not yet confirmed the information but this formula could be offered from next month, to allow the population to escape and once again enjoy air travel.

For Singapore Airlines, it would be above all a way to earn revenue and try to cope with the considerable losses caused by the coronavirus, RTL indicates.


PSBB Has Not Affected Aviation Sector Policy

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –

President Director of PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Irfaniaputra responded to the plan for reinstatement PSBB DKI Jakarta. He considered that the implementation of the PSBB had not yet influenced policies in the sector flight.

Irfan also claimed to have coordinated with the Ministry of Transportation and local governments.

“We have coordinated with the Ministry of Transportation and friends in all regions, it seems that up to five minutes before we talk, the confirmation has not changed. In the past, there was SIKM, now there is E-HAC, it continues to test, there is no change,” he said via Instagram Live Smile Customers with Garuda Indonesia, Friday (11/9).

However, he could not confirm whether there would be a change in policy going forward. If you adhere to the plan of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government, the second PSBB volume will be held on September 14.

“If asked as of now there has been no change and I have discussed with several authorities they said there was no change either, but who knows (who knows),” he added.

On the other hand, Irfan ensured that passengers flying outside Jakarta could still re-enter the capital during the PSBB period. Therefore, he appealed to prospective passengers not to worry. He also stressed that the airlines will still follow strict health protocols.

“There are those who are worried what if I leave Jakarta, then when I return home I cannot enter Jakarta. It should be possible and I apologize to remember that Soekarno Hatta Airport in Tangerang is not in Jakarta,” he said.

Previously, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) also said that the operations of the two airports still refer to regulations such as the first PSBB.

Namely, according to the Circular of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19 Number 9 of 2020, Regulation of the Minister of Transportation No. PM 41/2020, Circular of the Minister of Transportation Number SE 13/2020

Prospective passengers for domestic routes are required to show their identity, flight ticket, rapid test / PCR test result letter that is valid for 14 days upon departure, and fill out a health alert card (HAC) online or in paper form.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving from abroad are required to show a PCR Test result letter from the country of departure. If not, a PCR test will be carried out upon arrival and the person concerned will be quarantined while waiting for the test results to come out.

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First phase of international flights will be on September 21

The return of the international flights will be next September 21, as confirmed this Thursday by the Minister of Transportation, Ángela María Orozco, within the framework of the beginning of a new cycle of air connectivity that also involves the start-up of air terminals in intermediate cities.

Even if biosecurity protocols to capitalize on return flights are not definedOrozco pointed out that the Ministry of Health would be publishing them soon. In this sense, the minister announced that the Government will demand as a requirement to enter the country the presentation of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, although the times of its taking are not yet specified.

This requirement is only in force at this time to travel to the island of San Andrés.

It should be noted that PCR tests (polymerase chain reaction) They are those that allow to detect a fragment of genetic material of a pathogen. This test is being used to confirm or rule out cases of patients with Covid-19, but it has also been used to detect other types of infectious diseases.

Additionally, the minister indicated that Additional adjustments are being evaluated in relation to the lines and procedures in Migración Colombia.

Routes. As revealed by the minister, the institution has classified possible countries with air connection into four groups, according to the disposition to materialize the route based on the requirements of the pandemic. In this way, among the countries with the possibility of immediate connection are United States, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Turkey.

In the next category, the countries with the possibility of connection this month oen October, there are Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Spain, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Canada, Argentina and Germany are in the third group of countries whose air connectivity is linked to special conditions, while the possibilities with Costa Rica or Paraguay are ruled out, for the moment.

First flight. Even if the first gradual phase would begin on September 21e, the first commercial international flights will leave Cartagena on Friday the 19th to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, “Understanding that this is a city that depends on tourist activity,” said the minister. The low-cost airlines, the American Spirit and the Colombian Viva Air, will be in charge of the operation.

On the other hand, the director of Migration Colombia, Juan Francisco Espinosa, in a meeting with the Montería authorities, he confirmed the interest of the national government in establishing an international air route that connects the capital of the department of Córdoba with Panama City.


airBaltic resumes flights from Riga to nine destinations – Transport and logistics – Financenet

From Monday, airBaltic will resume flights from Riga to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Prague, Reykjavik, Vienna and Zurich.

In total, airBaltic currently offers flights from Riga to 35 destinations in Europe.

“We are pleased with the Latvian government’s decision to ease pre-established travel restrictions while maintaining public safety and health as a top priority. This allows us to operate additional flights on routes that are essential to ensure connectivity between Latvia and the Baltics,” said airBaltic. CEO Martin Gauss.

The airline also noted that all passengers on airBaltic flights are provided with a free basic care kit, which includes a face mask and disinfectant wipes.

Passengers should check travel rules and airport restrictions on official websites or local embassies before traveling. The rules are changing rapidly and vary from country to country.

It has already been reported that the airBaltic Group’s turnover decreased by 63.6% in the first half of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic – to 78.713 million euros, while the group’s losses increased almost seven times and amounted to 184.77 million euros. AirBaltic’s audited turnover last year was 503.281 million euros, which is 23.1% more than in 2018, but the company suffered a loss of 7.729 million euros compared to the profit a year earlier.

The Latvian state owns 96.14% of the voting rights in the capital of airBaltic, but the financial investor, Danish businessman Lars Tusen, owns Aircraft Leasing 1 – 3.86%.


What is the weather like on the other planets of the Solar System?

Every morning we get up and check how the weather will be in our city (or destination to which we go). But regardless of whether it rains or is sunny, the conditions on Earth are unique. What is the weather like on the other planets of the Solar System? Neither offers a chance for life, although there are futuristic terraforming projects in places like Mars.

With the help of NASA we reviewed what the weather is like on the other planets in our solar system.


A vacation on Mercury would turn into a real disaster because it is so close to the Sun that the temperatures are extremely high. During the day, the Sun would look three times larger and more than 10 times brighter than on Earth.

Those solar rays cause temperatures to rise to 427 ℃. And at night, as there is no atmosphere that can maintain the heat of the day, temperatures reach -149 ℃.


While one may think that, because Mercury is so close to the Sun, it would take the award for being the warmest planet in the entire Solar System, we will find that that title actually goes to Venus.

Venus is covered by a dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide, and its clouds are made of sulfuric acid. Both form the so-called greenhouse effect: they trap heat and warm the planet. Venus can reach temperatures of up to 452 ℃. If Venus had oceans, they would have long since disappeared.


Daytime temperatures on Mars are close to winter temperatures on Earth and can go as low as 0 ℃. But the thin atmosphere of Mars cannot keep warm from the Sun and, at night, temperatures are around -93 degrees Celsius.

Orbiters and rovers that have been studying Mars have discovered that it is quite possible that at some point in the past there was a lot of water on the red planet. But the amount of water remaining is not enough to form a water cycle like the one we have on Earth, so we can say that Mars is practically a desert.

Furthermore, deserts on Mars experience impressive dust storms that can leave the planet completely covered for several weeks. Wind patterns also generate “dust devils,” a kind of desert tornado.


Jupiter is a gas giant, which means it does not have a solid surface to stand on. But, with that said, we can observe its weather anyway.

Jupiter is a stormy planet, most famous for its Great Red Spot. In reality, this stain is a violent storm that has lasted at least 300 years. But the Great Red Spot is not the only storm Jupiter has. The entire planet is covered by clumps of clouds that swirl high in the atmosphere and are most likely composed of ammonia.


When we get to Saturn, another gas giant, and see its precious rings, we are already very far from the Sun: about 1,448 million kilometers. That’s almost twice the distance from Jupiter. That distance also means experiencing average temperatures of about -140 ℃.

The closest climate to ours in the Solar System is found on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Scientists believe that Titan has seasons, clouds that bring rain, and an atmosphere made largely of nitrogen, like ours.

But the bad news is that more than a water cycle, Titan has cycles of a chemical component called methane. The rain that falls from clouds is methane and falls on lakes, rivers and seas.


Uranus is famous as an ice giant and lives up to its name: it reaches temperatures of -182 ℃. Also, its axis is lopsided about 98 ℉. Scientists believe that the impact of some object in the past caused it to tilt.

Because Uranus is so far away, it takes 84 Earth years to complete one orbit. And each season lasts 21 Earth years.

The twisted axis of Uranus is the cause of some strange changes in its seasons during its orbit around the Sun. In summer and winter, in many parts of the planet it is day or night throughout the season, that is, for 21 years . In spring, Uranus cycles through night and day every 17 hours. This planet also has some impressive storms. It is very likely that this cycle of seasons is one of the reasons why these storms occur.


Neptune is very, very far away: an average of 4,506 million kilometers from the Sun. That means that this icy giant has very cold temperatures. The average temperature on Neptune is -182 ℃.

If this temperature sounds familiar, it is because Uranus is almost at the same temperature. Why these two planets are at the same temperature, despite being at such different distances from the Sun, remains a mystery.

Neptune has a dense atmosphere and is covered by constantly changing clouds that revolve around the planet. The wind dominates Neptune: it can reach 1,931 kilometers per hour, the strongest in the Solar System.


Transportation: flights and regular buses will return just at the end of the year

Regular interprovincial, land and air transport will return only at the end of the year since there are no sanitary conditions that allow anticipating its reactivation due to the expansion of Covid-19 cases, according to President Alberto Fernández and all the governors agree.

At first, the problem was in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires (Amba), which accounted for 92% of Covid-19 cases. But in recent weeks, large outbreaks have broken out indoors. And this complicated the scenario.

Without confirming that they will operate again on October 1, the government authorized the airlines to sell open or reprogrammable tickets. And companies started to do it desperate after five months without billing.

The strategy generates expectations of reactivation and allows airlines to have some cash flow. But qualified Nation sources assured The voice that “there is no margin whatsoever for cabotage and interjurisdictional land transport to return in a month.”

The person who had generated the expectations was the Minister of Transport, Mario Meoni. “We are working to enable domestic flights as soon as possible,” he said on a radio on Sunday. And he risked a tentative date: “October 1”. But the technicians in his portfolio relativize it.

Transport and Health are working on protocols for air operations and airports. Before consulting The voiceIn the portfolio led by Ginés González García, they were blunt: “You don’t have to put any date on anything.”

In Health they also pointed out: “It could be reactivated towards the end of the year, from December.” And they explained that many provinces do not have the capacity for intensive care to withstand a surge in demand. With 10,000 infections per day in the country, the government and governors do not want to risk collapse.

Ushuaia, for example, was having three weekly frequencies with Buenos Aires. But the provincial government asked to lower one for fear that infected people would travel and generate outbreaks.

Only special flights

In Transportation, the post is running for regular flights and long-distance buses: the first return date was July 15; the second, on August 15; then on September 1; from there it went to October 1; and they look to December.

For now, only the special flights that have existed since July will be maintained. In the case of cabotage, all the provinces are having a connection with the Ezeiza airport. The Aeroparque is closed for works.

The National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) does not foresee the return of regular local or international operations. American Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa and KLM are having weekly frequencies with the United States, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam.

Aerolineas Argentinas is flying to Madrid, Miami, Cancun, New York, Bogota, Lima, São Paulo, Asunción, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. Air Europa scheduled four flights from Ezeiza to Madrid for Sundays 6, 13, 20 and 27 September.

Strong claim

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday asked the Government to reopen the commercial aviation business because the industry is no longer in a position to bear the paralysis.

IATA (for its acronym in English) is an instrument for cooperation between airlines that promotes business sustainability. He asked the entire region for a broader restart of aviation and also financial help for airlines.

The latest IATA data indicates that throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, activity measured in RPK (multiplication of the number of passengers who pay for the distance of each flight) fell by 87.5% annually in July.

Peter Cerdá, IATA Regional Vice President for the Americas, noted that Argentina is now the largest market in the region where aviation remains suspended and indicated that the industry can no longer accept any further postponements of reopening dates.

“The industry needs clarity on when flights can resume, especially since all the biosecurity protocols are in place. LATAM Argentina has already stopped operating and three international airlines (Air New Zealand, Emirates and Qatar Airways) announced that they will not resume flights to Argentina, negatively affecting the country’s connectivity once the borders are reopened, ”said Cerdá.

The businessman also said in a press release that Argentina was already going through an economic crisis before Covid-19 and expressed that the fact that several international airlines have already made the decision not to return once the restrictions are lifted, “shows the lack of confidence in the market ”.

Cerdá said that “continued procrastination by the government will further reduce the country’s international connectivity.” And he added: “From an industry perspective, we do not want the country to become just another Venezuela that over the years has gone from being one of the continent’s key aviation markets to now having very limited international connectivity. ”.


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JetSmart closes agreement with Recaro for more than 11,000 economy class seats

The association is part of an agreement with the five airlines of the investment fund Indigo Partners for almost 100,000 passengers.

JetSmart Airlines and the firm Recaro Aircraft Seating signed a purchase agreement for more than 11,000 seats for economy class, which will be installed on 61 Airbus aircraft, starting in 2021.

This association is part of an agreement made with the Indigo Partners airline portfolio that considers almost 100,000 units, which becomes the largest seating order in the history of the prestigious Recaro company. “This is potentially the fastest increase to an order we have ever experienced, and I am confident that our teams are well prepared to handle this,” said Mark Hiller, Recaro Aircraft Seating CEO and shareholder.

That company worked closely with JetSmart to develop a sustainable seat for the airline, as the company has numerous sustainable initiatives. The firm led by Estuardo Ortiz has reduced its carbon footprint by using efficient Airbus aircraft, prioritizing light products for its cabins in the Airbus a320 fleet.

The seat weighs approximately eight kilograms and is designed with durable and reliable parts, making it a cost-effective option for companies in the industry interested in minimizing fuel and maintenance costs.

“There was a lot of work going into selecting a seat supplier for this order, but what impressed us the most about Recaro was the level of customer orientation. Furthermore, the efficiency in terms of weight and design of their seats are in line with what we are looking for. implement in our ultra-low cost model, adjusting to our sustainability policies that seek to reduce the costs of our operations, generating in turn a decrease in our carbon footprint. They have customized the SL3710 seat according to our needs “, said Ortiz .

Other companies involved in the agreement include Wizz Air (Hungary), Frontier (United States), Volaris (Mexico) and Enerjet (Canada).


Scoot Airlines Open Jogja-Semarang-Singapore Flight Routes

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Low cost airlines (low cost carrier/LCC) Scoot, will open direct flight routes to Singapore from two new destinations in Indonesia, namely – Yogyakarta (YIA) and Semarang (SRG). The two new routes will operate respectively from 29 September 2020 and October 2020.

Chief Commercial Officer of Scoot Calvin Chan explained that flights to the two destinations can be booked through the official website, mobile application and registered travel agents. To anticipate changes in passenger travel plans due to Covid-19, airlines also extends the free policy for changing flight dates for new bookings until the end of November 2020.

According to Calvin, Yogyakarta will be the first new destination to start operating, with flight premiere on September 29, 2020. Meanwhile from Semarang, the tentative schedule is in October 2020.

“The schedule is subject to change depending on regulatory policies and the development of Covid-19. The new route, which will be operated by a narrow body group of aircraft [narrow-body] Airbus A320 belongs Scoot, taken over from one group airline, SilkAir, which was announced in November 2018, ”he explained through a press release, Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

In addition, this month also, a subsidiary Singapore Airlines it will also fly back from Pekanbaru and Palembang to Singapore. This route will be served again on September 17, 2020 and September 22, 2020. Previously, flights were temporarily suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic Covid-19.

Previously, flights from Singapore to Surabaya had also started operating in July 2020. Opening routesflight route This is to serve passengers who have to make important trips, such as repatriation, and business trips.


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Garuda & Citilink Already Open Flights to China

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA) has reopened flights to two cities in China following local government policies. This flight has been carried out by two airlines in one group, namely Garuda Indonesia and Citilink since last month.

President Director of Garuda Indonesia Irfaniaputra said the flight system used is one city, one airline and one flight per week. The majority of flights carried out are charters to bring back Chinese citizens from Indonesia and vice versa.

“Garuda Indonesia flies to Chengdu and Citilink also flies to Kunming. But the majority of charters have arrangements to bring Chinese citizens back to their country,” said Irfan in an interview with CNBC Indonesia TV, Tuesday (1/9/2020).

Garuda Indonesia has closed all flights to China since Wednesday (5/2/2020) at 00.00 due to the Covid-19 pandemic which is already happening in that country. The routes that were closed included Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou and Xi’an where the number of flights to the country reached 30 times a week.

At that time Irfan said that this policy was taken following the increasing scale of the spread of the Corona Virus and the global emergency status set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This policy is a follow-up to Garuda Indonesia’s commitment and full support for the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus in Indonesia, one of which is done by temporarily suspending flight routes to and from China,” he said Monday (3/2/2020).

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moons, size and more

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It is similar to a star, but it never got big enough to start burning. It is covered in streaks of swirling clouds. It has strong storms like the Great Red Spot, which has lasted for hundreds of years.

‘Jupiter is a giant made of gas, and it doesn’t have a solid surface, but it can have a solid inner core roughly the size of Earth. It also has rings, but they are too faint to see them very well, “explained NASA on its website.

It has a mass almost two and a half times that of the other planets put together (with a mass 318 times that of Earth and three times that of Saturn, in addition to being, in terms of volume, 1,317 times greater than the Land).

This gas giant has mostly hydrogen and helium, with a very dense surface.

A day on Jupiter lasts only 10 hours and a year equals 11.8 years on Earth.

It has so far 79 confirmed moons (or satellites), including the largest in the Solar System, Ganymede, with more than 5,200 kilometers in diameter. It is also the fifth planet from the Sun. Its closest neighbors are Mars and Saturn.

It has been known to exist since ancient times, as it can be seen without using advanced telescopes.

It received visits from various spacecraft, orbiters, and probes, such as Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 and 2, Cassini, New Horizons, and Juno.