Monthly Archives: August 2017

U.S. has detected, numbered FormoSat-5: project head

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) FormoSat-5, Taiwan’s first domestically developed satellite, has been detected and numbered by the U.S. Department of Defense’s warfare command center, the director of the satellite project developed by Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) said Monday.

The orbit and height of the satellite have met their expectations, added Chang Ho-pen (張和本) at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport upon his return from the United States along with some members of his team and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Su Fong-chin (蘇芳慶).

EVA Air launches new uniforms, bids farewell to Boeing 747-400

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) EVA Air, one of Taiwan’s two major airlines, launched its third-generation uniforms in a ceremony that also marked the retirement of the Boeing 747-400, a model which has served the carrier for 25 years.

More than 500 EVA staff, aviation geeks and travel agents burst into cheers when flight attendants strutted onto the catwalk wearing the new uniforms. The ceremony was held in a hangar where EVA positioned its retired jumbo jet as a backdrop.

Most Taiwanese in favor of safeguarding cross-strait peace: poll

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) A majority of Taiwanese people support the government’s push for cross-strait peace and believe further exchanges between the people in Taiwan and mainland China will help improve stable relations, according to a poll released on Thursday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

The survey found that 87.8 percent of Taiwanese support the government’s proposal that both sides work to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, while 84.8 percent believe a healthy exchange between the people on both sides will help improve relations.

China’s military activities near Taiwan said to be war preparation

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Recent frequent incidents in which Chinese military aircraft have flown close to Taiwan indicate that Beijing is preparing for a “partial, limited and non-nuclear war” in the Taiwan Strait, a retired Taiwanese vice admiral said Tuesday.

Kung Chia-cheng (龔家政), former head of the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, said at an event marking the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II that the recent Chinese military maneuvers show that China is preparing for a scenario of war in the Taiwan Strait.

Cross-Strait Taipei Travel Fair suspended due to delays

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) This is the first time in 12 years that the Cross-Strait Taipei Travel Fair will not take place in conjunction with the annual Taipei International Travel Fair due to planning delays, according to the Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA) on Monday.

Since 2006, the Taipei International Travel Fair, which takes place from Oct. 27-30 this year, has designated a section of the trade show the “Cross-Strait Taipei Travel Fair.”

Festival Spasskaya Tower in Moscow

The Tenth International Military Music Festival «Spasskaya Tower» will take place from the 26th August till 3th September 2017. Throughout 10 evenings there will be represented the bright and colorful show in front of the audience and guests on Red Square of the best Russian and foreign military and orchestral collectives “framed” with theatrical elements, light installations and fireworks.
The festival is held every time since 2007 in accordance with an individual Order of the President of Russian Federation, which imposes on the organizers a huge responsibility, primarily in the part of the quality of preparation and content of the project.

airBaltic Announces First Five New Destinations for Summer 2018

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic announces its first destinations for the summer season of 2018, starting on March 27, 2018. Next summer airBaltic will have more than five new destinations added to its route map.

Wolfgang Reuss, Senior Vice President Network Management of airBaltic: “So far 2017 has been an excellent year for airBaltic – already seven brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft have successfully joined our fleet as we are serving a growing family of customers. We are delighted to share the first glimpse of forecast how our 2018 is going to look, by announcing a wider selection of destinations that our customers have demanded for the next summer. Network expansion is a key part of our Horizon 2021 business plan that enables us to further improve connections between the Baltic region and the rest of the world.”

Iberia Offers New Premium Economy Class on Boston Flights

  • Already available on New York, Chicago, Miami, Mexico City and Bogota flights
  • Market response to new intermediate seating class even better than expected

Iberia’s new Premium Economy class will be available on the airline’s flights between Madrid and Boston this month. The new cabin is already available on flights between Madrid and Chicago, New York, Miami, Mexico City, as well as Bogota.

Iberia launched its Premium Economy class in May, and the market response has been very positive. Iberia’s Chief Commercial Officer, Marco Sansavini said “We had the highest hopes for the new seating class, but the response from the market has far exceeded our expectations. The load factor beats projections in the US market and also in Latin America, where we were the first airline to offer an intermediate class on direct flights to and from Spain”. He added, “Initial passenger surveys show that customers using the new class give the highest marks to the overall travel experience and to the price/quality ratio.”

airberlin continues to operate as part of oneworld

airberlin continues to operate as part of oneworld®, following the German airline’s filing to commence insolvency proceedings under self-administration, to enable it to continue with its restructuring process.

Germany’s federal government is supporting airberlin with a bridging loan to maintain flight operations for the long-term.

airberlin states that this means:

  • All flights operated by airberlin and its affiliate NIKI, which is also part of oneworld, will continue as planned.
  • Their flight schedule remains valid.
  • Bookings remain valid.
  • All flights can still be booked.
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