North Korea may have conducted firing drill near frontline island

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s military said on Saturday it has heard an explosive sound near the country’s northernmost frontline island of Baengnyeong, adding it possibly came from a Northern military drill.

“We detected a sound which is presumed to be from the North’s coastal artillery,” a military official said, adding the police also made an urgent announcement to the islands’ residents a moment later.

The firing did not cross the maritime border in the Yellow Sea, widely known as the Northern Limit Line, it also said.

The military said there have not been further signs of drills detected in the area, adding it will continue to more closely observe the North.

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Source : Yonhap News Agency

Tropical Cyclone Winston prompts Fiji Airways to cancel flights, Air NZ to ask travellers to reconsider travel plans

A satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston taken on Thursday February 18. (Fiji Metrological Service)

 

Fiji Airways and its domestic unit Fiji Link have cancelled scores of flights and changed the departure times of others in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

In terms of its Australian operations, Saturday’s FJ910 Sydney-Nadi and FJ915 Nadi-Sydney flights have been cancelled, as well as FJ930 from Melbourne to Nadi and the FJ922 Brisbane-Nadi service.

Also, the departure time for Saturday’s Nadi-Brisbane (FJ923) and Nadi-Melbourne (FJ931) flights have been moved forward.

Fiji Airways is also offering a fee waiver for affected passengers and warns travellers to expect more disruptions in the days ahead.

“Fiji Airways would like to advise our passengers that due to adverse weather conditions associated with Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights will be affected over the next few days,” Fiji Airways said on its website.

“Current weather models indicate the Fiji Group is expected to receive destructive winds and heavy rain starting early Sunday morning up until early next week.”

The full list of Fiji Airways flight cancellations and departure time changes can be found here.

While Air New Zealand was yet to cancel services, the airline was warning passengers booked to travel to Fiji this weekend their flights could be disrupted due to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Star Alliance member said on Friday those with tickets to Fiji can change their travel plans – either to a different date or different destination – without paying a change fee, although in some cases any fare difference may apply.

“Air New Zealand advises flights to and from Nadi, Fiji this weekend may be affected by Tropical Cylone Winston which has increased in strength to become a Category 4 cyclone,” the airline said in a statement.

“Air New Zealand is recommending customers with existing bookings for flights to Fiji this weekend reconsider their plans.”

The airline said on its website it would continue to monitor the situation.

The Fiji Metrological Service said on Thursday it Tropical Cyclone Winston could briefly intensify to briefly reach Category 5 before dropping back to Category 4, bringing with it damaging gale force winds.

 

Australian Aviation

Boeing forecasts 950 new aircraft for Oceania over next 20 years

A supplied image of Boeing's 777-8, 777-9, 787-9 and 781-10. (Boeing)

Boeing expects Oceania-based airlines to order 950 new aircraft over the next 20 years. (Boeing)

Boeing expects Oceania-based airlines to order 950 new aircraft over the next 20 years. (Boeing)

Boeing has forecast a $US140 billion market for 950 new aircraft for Oceania – Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific – over the next 20 years as airlines in the region replace order models with newer, more fuel efficient jets.

The estimate, contained in Boeing’s Current Market Outlook (CMO) for 2015-2034, is a reduction of 50 aircraft from the 1,000 expected for Oceania in the 2014-2033 CMO.

Three of the five aircraft categories – large widebody (more than 400 seats), small widebody (between 200-300 seats) and single aisle – were lower than the prior year, while the forecast for medium wide body jets was increased. Regional jets, which Boeing does not compete in but offers a forecast for, was unchanged, as the slide below shows.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth says the Oceania market has been growing at a “relatively modest rate” at about 1.5 per cent a year, although long-haul flights were stronger at about five per cent.

The bulk of that growth had come through airlines adding new frequencies on existing routes and opening new markets rather than flying larger aircraft.

Boeing expected the Oceania fleet to increase from 540 to 990 over the next 20 years, with some 500 aircraft replaced and 450 aircraft joining the fleet. Just 40 aircraft flying today will still be in the skies in two decades’ time.

“Over the past several years we’ve seen airlines build their fleet and now we are in a cycle where we will actually see more airplanes delivered to replace older airplanes,” Tinseth told reporters during a media briefing in Sydney on Friday.

Tinseth said the 787 represented 10 per cent of total capacity on flights to, from or within Oceania, with Air NZ and Jetstar operators in the region and Qantas set to take delivery of its own 787-9s next year.

Asked what the prospects were for more widebody orders in Australia and New Zealand, Tinseth said: “We continue to see the long-range market grow faster than the regional and domestic market, so I think we have opportunities for widebodies moving forward, especially in light of both the growth and replacement demand.”

In terms of the impact on the aviation sector from fuel prices, Tinseth said airlines had responded by increasing aircraft utilisation and adding more marginal flying.

However, airlines still regarded newer, more efficient aircraft as “good hedges” for fuel prices eventually going up from these recent historic lows.

“We haven’t seen anything in our order book that indicates that airlines want to defer or cancel airplanes,” Tinseth said.

“I don’t think that that is going to change.

“When I look at our backlog it is well balanced by region and business model.”

While Boeing did not compete in the regional jet sector, it does forecast demand for aircraft will less than 100 seats and expected 10 new orders over the next 20 years.

Tinseth said he expected some routes currently served by regional jets would over the next two decades would be upgauged to single aisle aircraft such as the 737 and Airbus A320.

Boeing has regarded the very large aircraft segment as a small market, believing just a handful of airlines around the world had the route structures and capabilities to successfully utilise an aircraft with more than 400 seats.

Sales of both the A380 and 747-8 have been slow.

The A380 ended a three-year order drought earlier in 2016 when ANA said it would purchase three of the type and Iran Air indicated it would purchase 12.

Meanwhile, Boeing has reduced the production rate of the latest version of the 747 to 0.5 aircraft a month from September, from 1.3 a month currently and one aircraft a month from March, which reflecting both the lack of demand for very large passenger aircraft and the weakness in the global cargo market.

“Five years ago we thought that there was frankly a larger market for big airplanes, but that market has been rapidly evaporating,” Tinseth said.

“What we have seen is the airline market places where big airplanes make sense, now most of them have more than likely be addressed.

“We are seeing that there dis a clear preference for something a little bit smaller, a little bit more flexibly, a little bit more capable.”

 

Australian Aviation

Qantas more than halfway through A330 reconfig program

New business class seats are being progressively rolled out on Qantas's A330 fleet. (Chris Frame)

Qantas says it is more than half way through the reconfiguration of its 28-strong Airbus A330 fleet with new business class seats and a refreshed economy cabin.

So far, Qantas has completed eight of its 10 A330-300s, which are mainly used on international routes to Asia and Honolulu.

The oneworld alliance member also has nine of the smaller capacity A330-200s flying with the new business class that featured 28 seats with direct aisle access and the ability for passengers to have their seats partially reclined during takeoff and landing.

“Our eighth reconfigured international A330 aircraft has taken to the skies, taking the total number of refurbished A330s across our domestic and international network to 17,” Qantas said in note to travel agents posted on its website on Friday.

“We’re more than halfway through our reconfiguration program and look forward to welcoming the next 11 aircraft.”

The program to reconfigure the entire fleet of 18 A330-200s and 10 A330-300s with the Thompson Aero Seating business class seats and refreshed Recaro-designed economy seats was expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Virgin Australia completed the reconfiguration of its six Airbus A330-200s business class cabin with the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond reverse herringbone business class in November 2015. The Airbus widebodies are used on domestic routes between Perth and Australia’s east coast capitals and on services to Nadi on the Saturdays during select periods of the year.

The first of its five Boeing 777-300ERs, which fly from Australia to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, with the new business class seats was expected to take to the skies in April, Virgin chief executive John Borghetti said recently.

“All the major tests have been passed. There are just a couple of things to finalise but at this stage all is looking good,” Borghetti told Australian Aviation on February 11.

 

Source : Australian Aviation

Vietjet and Airbus to establish A320 Flight & Maintenance Training Services in Ho Chi Minh City

– First Training by Airbus agreement in Vietnam

– Supporting Vietjet’s expansion whilst bringing the Airbus’ and EASA’s high standards into its training organization

 

Airbus has signed an agreement to provide flight and maintenance training services to Vietjet in Ho Chi Minh City. With this agreement, Vietjet‘s flight training centre will host an Airbus A320 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) to conduct flight crew training for its A320 family fleet.

In addition, the agreement provides Maintenance training services via the Airbus training media and courseware including its dynamic trainers and teaching techniques. These will be delivered within the Airbus Competence Training (ACT*) classroom concept, whilst bringing Airbus’ and EASA’s standards to the Vietjet Training Organization.

Dinh Viet Phuong, Vice President of Vietjet says: “Vietjet and Airbus have effectively collaborated with each other and this agreement once again marks a new milestone for both organizations. Airbus’s training expertise will help enforce Vietjet’s capabilities in flight and maintenance training to be in line with the internationally recognized standards. Investment in an aviation institute is one of the most important goals in Viejtet’s sustainable growth strategies.”

Didier Lux, Head of Airbus Customer Services says: “We are delighted to expand our services footprint in Vietnam with our first training services agreement in the country. Teaming-up with Vietjet is a major milestone to deliver Training by Airbus in the region, and it ensures more efficient service, support and proximity to our customers.”

Airbus produces the world’s most modern and comprehensive family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats and has sold over 16,300 aircraft to more than 380 customers. Furthermore, through “Services by Airbus”, Airbus offers end-to-end fleet lifecycle solutions for all its customers. The portfolio ranges from standalone services, to the most complete integrated solutions. These include: Flight Hour Services and Tailored Support packages, upgrades, training, e-solutions, engineering & maintenance, flight operations air traffic management, and material management services.

Notes:

*ACT is an operationally oriented, scenario-based program focused on a ‘learning by doing’ approach. It allows for both theoretical – with animated system descriptions – and practical troubleshooting and maintenance tasks.

** OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

Source : Airbus Website

#AREGRADOJOGO: Atena testa instinto assassino de Toia com falsa morte de Romero

A falsa morte de Romero (Alexandre Nero) em A Regra do Jogo será uma aposta proposta por Atena (Giovanna Antonelli) para provar que Toia (Vanessa Giácomo) tem coragem de matar o ongueiro. Dois flashbacks vão explicar como ele consegue escapar das das chamas e como a loira arranjará um corpo no IML (Instituto Médico Legal) para ser encontrado nos escombros do incêndio, atestando a morte do ex-vereador. Ela ganha aposta, e o amor eterno de Romero é o seu prêmio.

A revelação será feita após o ongueiro ressurgir vivo na novela das nove da Globo, no dia 1º de março. A sequência da falsa morte irá ao nesta segunda-feira (22). Atena vai fugir do Rio de Janeiro após Toia se entregar à polícia pelo suposto assassinato do ex-marido. A mocinha dirá que a loira foi a mentora do crime em seu depoimento, e Dante (Marco Pigossi) irá atrás da trambiqueira.

Confinado em uma casa de campo no interior de São Paulo, Romero ficará com dó ao ser informado que Toia está presa. “Só falta agora você ficar com pena da Toia depois do que ela fez! É um absurdo! Ela acendeu o fósforo que ia te matar! Você perdeu a aposta pra mim! Perdeu! Acabou”, dirá a golpista.

Nisso, entrará um flashback. Atena surgirá em cena ainda no cativeiro discutindo com Romero, pedindo para ele pedir o resgate da ex-mulher, soltá-la e fugir do país. “Não, Atena! De jeito nenhum! Quantas vezes eu vou te falar que isso aqui não tem nada a ver com grana. Isso aqui é amor”, responderá ele.

O pai de Dante ainda falará que não se importa em ser preso se conseguir convencer Toia de que não é um monstro. A trambiqueira vai zombar dele, dirá que Toia está fingindo compreender o que ele diz. “Então eu vou provar que você tá errado. Eu vou te provar que se ela tiver uma chance de te matar, ela te mata”, afirmará Atena.

Aposta

Romero duvidará do instinto assassino da gerente. “Impossível! A Toia nunca ia matar ninguém, muito menos eu! Ainda mais depois de hoje: eu vou fazer um jantar pra ela e vou dizer pra ela que amanhã ela tá livre”, adiantará ele.

“Você vai queimar a língua, eu vou te provar que mesmo depois que ela souber que vai ser solta, ela ainda vai tentar te matar! Eu vou chegar pra ela logo mais e vou falar que eu quero te matar, mas que ela precisa me ajudar. Vou dar um vidrinho pra ela com um pouquinho de maisena dentro e vou dizer que é calmante. Ela vai por no teu vinho. Eu vou encher esse quarto de gasolina, vou dar um fósforo na mão dela e vou fazer ela tocar fogo em você”, falará Atena.

O ex-vereador continuará dizendo que Toia não é capaz de matar ninguém. Atena, então, estenderá a mão e vai propor: “Quer apostar?”. Romero apertará a mão dela e dirá “tá apostado”.

Atena ainda falará que conseguirá um corpo para colocar na casa para todo mundo achar que Romero está mesmo morto. “A gente foge junto e você vai jurar amor e lealdade pra mim, até o fim dos tempos. Promete?”, indagará a golpista. “Prometo, isso nunca vai acontecer, mesmo”, retrucará ele.

Um segundo flashback mostrará as mesmas imagens que irão ao ar no dia 22: com Atena espalhando gasolina pela casa, e Toia riscando o fósforo que dará início ao incêndio. Só que agora o público verá Romero dentro da casa, colocando uma máscara, tirando uma chave do bolso e abrindo a grade da janela.

Em questão de segundos, ele voltará puxando o cadáver, enrolado em um lençol.  O corpo será jogado sob as chamas, e Romero trancará o cadeado e fugirá. “Que que a Toia foi se entregar, meu Deus? Agora cê tá implicada no crime, eles podem chegar na gente”, comentará Romero, assim que a cena voltar ao presente.

Atena mandará ele relaxar, pois o tirará de mais essa roubada.

Fonte : Notícias Da TV

Terminou o #Horáriodeverão – São 07h00 nas Regiões Sul , Sudeste e Centro-Oeste

O horário de verão terminou à meia-noite , quando os relógios retrocederam 60 minutos . Neste momento , são 07h00 nas Regiões Sul , Sudeste e Centro-Oeste . O horário de verão 2015/2016 vigorou de 18/10/2015 e 21/02/2016 . A próxima edição do horário vai iniciar à meia-noite do dia 19/10/2016 , quando os relógios avançarão 60 minutos . O TV TOTAL segue o horário de Fortaleza.