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China Eastern Airlines hits turbulence, 20 injured



According to ALJAZEERA:

“At least 20 people have been injured, four of them seriously, after an international China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence over southwest China, according to state news media.The incident happened on Sunday when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Kunming in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported.Passengers suffered bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying.The plane landed safely an hour later and those who needed medical help were taken to hospital, Xinhua said. None of the injured were in critical condition. “

It is not the first time that something has happened to China Eastern lately, and a bit more than a week ago, according to CGTN news where A China Eastern Airlines flight heading for Shanghai from Sydney was forced to turn back due to a problem with the plane’s engine, the airline said in a statement on Sunday. All passengers and crew are safe.

Here’s the video regarding the incident.

China Eastern Airlines is one of the flagship carriers in China and they all have been taking approaches to face stronger competition and challenges of foreign airliners taking share of the ever-growing Asia market. For China Eastern (IATA:MU), they’ve began with the points and status co-recognition program with SPG (Starwood Group) which is one of the biggest frequent flyers and loyalty programmes improvement in years for Chinese carriers.

So it’s really unfortunate to see so many incidents happening for such a short amount of time for MU, but the good thing is that no serious injuries or loss of lives has happened so far, so kudos to the pilots and crew for handling this with such high level of professionalism.

Tell me what you guys have to say about this so far ? Stay tuned.

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Emirates To Restart Flight To Muscat & Entebbe, Boosting Its Network To 94 Cities



Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Emirates is planning to restart services to Entebbe, Uganda and Muscat, Oman from 1st & 2nd October respectively, this will bring the total number of cities served by Emirates to 94.

Emirates is gradually resuming more operations and rebuilding its route network to provide more transfer opportunities.

From 1st October, Emirates will operate flights to Entebbe with three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The addition of Entebbe expands Emirates’ African network to 20 destinations, enabling passengers to connect to other destinations with one transfer stop at the airline’s hub in Dubai.

Emirates flight EK 729 will depart Dubai at 1030hrs, arriving in Entebbe at 1500hrs. The return flight, EK 730, will depart Entebbe at 1700hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2325hrs.

From 2nd October, flights from Dubai to Muscat will operate twice a week on Sundays and Fridays.

Emirates flight EK 866 will depart Dubai at 0215hrs, arriving in Muscat at 0330hrs. The return flight, EK 867, will depart Muscat at 0440hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0555hrs.

Flights operated to both cities will be operated by Emirates Boeing 777- 300ER aircraft.

Currently, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

Emirates has also committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of charge, if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are on a trip with Emirates.

This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 December 2020. The assurance is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey.

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