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Air Canada Resumes Directs Flights from Vancouver to Thailand



Air Canada Resumes Directs Flights from Vancouver to Thailand

For the second time in 10 years, there’s now a nonstop flight between North America and the capital of one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Thailand. Flight AC65, operated by Air Canada, left Vancouver International Airport at 05:55 a.m. on December 1, 2022, bound for Bangkok.

The first flight landed in Bangkok, the Thai capital, the following morning.

Until March 26, 2023, Air Canada’s seasonal service will run four times a week using Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes. Signature Class, which features lie-flat chairs, is one of three available cabins. Premium Economy and Economy Class are the other two.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are the scheduled flight days for AC65 from Vancouver to Bangkok. The Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. departure of Flight AC66 from Bangkok will bring passengers to Vancouver at 6:35 a.m. local time on the following day.

A statement from Air Canada’s senior vice president of network planning and revenue management, Mark Galardo, expressed the company’s excitement at launching its first non-stop service to Southeast Asia and the sole non-stop flights between North America and Thailand.

“Bangkok is also one of the most visited destinations globally, and we have optimised connections to and from our trans-pacific hub at YVR to give customers convenient travel options to explore this exciting city renowned for its history, cuisine and culture, or to conduct international business trade.”

Thai Airways, the country’s flag carrier, discontinued its regularly scheduled nonstop service between Bangkok and Los Angeles in 2012.

As the pandemic fades from view, Thailand lifted the final entry restrictions relating to Covid on October 1, and the country is now striving to rehabilitate its devastated tourism business.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand published a statement to the media stating that the country expects to receive 22 million international visitors that year, which would bring in 80% of the total pre-pandemic tourism earnings.

There were 39.8 million visitors from other countries in 2019.

Travelling the almost 12,000 kilometres (7,456 miles) between Vancouver and Bangkok will take nearly 16 hours by air. Backtracking travellers can breathe a sigh of relief; their 13-hour trips are about average.

However, the duration of these flights is not unprecedented.

Singapore Airlines operates the world’s longest scheduled flight, which departs from Singapore and arrives at New York’s JFK after nearly 18 hours in the air and a distance of 15,323 kilometres.

Qantas, the national airline of Australia, plans to break this record with the introduction of nonstop service between Melbourne and Sydney and New York City and London; the company calls this initiative “Project Sunrise.”

When they finally take off in 2025, these trips will have lasted well over 19 hours. The airline placed an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s at the beginning of this year.

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Air Canada to launches Vancouver-to-Dubai non-stop route

Meanwhile, On Saturday, Air Canada will launch the first nonstop flight from Vancouver to Dubai. The airline intends to fly the route four times per week on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, departing Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 9:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) two days later at 12:05 a.m.

The Air Canada check-in and arrival times have changed slightly since the airline introduced the service in April.

The return flights leave Dubai at 2:05 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arrive in Vancouver at 5:55 a.m. the same day. The first Air Canada Flights on the route will leave Vancouver at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the airline, planes flying the route contain 30 business-class pods, 21 premium-economy seats, and 247 economy seats.

“This new route will give our customers in Dubai even more travel options, connecting the Middle East to Western Canada during the winter season,” said Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah.

Air Canada already flies nonstop between Toronto and Dubai.

When Emirates Airline sought to expand its thrice-weekly Toronto-Dubai service and launch a Vancouver-Dubai route in 2010, Air Canada objected, claiming that Emirates would pick up passengers from Canada and transport them to third countries via Dubai, according to former Air Canada CEO Calin Rovenescu in 2013.

He added that this would result in a loss of passengers for Canadian airlines without any reciprocal benefit from new passengers arriving from Dubai.

In the end, the Canadian government did not liberalise its aviation deal with the UAE, and Emirates began service between Dubai and Seattle in March 2012.

The Vancouver Airport Authority, on the other hand, has long lobbied for a nonstop flight from Vancouver to Dubai Air Canada flight service.

“Direct service to Dubai, with convenient onward connections to southern India and other key destinations across the Middle East, will provide new opportunities for travel, education and access to global markets, helping to meet the needs of our community and the economy that supports it,” Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Tamara Vrooman said in a statement in April.

Business supporters are enthusiastic about the new path.

“Direct air travel is the lifeline of modern business, allowing entrepreneurs to connect with clients, partners, and opportunities across the globe with speed and efficiency,” Bridgitte Anderson, president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, stated in April.

“Connecting Vancouver directly to more destinations brings us closer together, spurs innovation, and promotes growth in our interconnected world.” As a result, Air Canada’s investment in this new route will undoubtedly benefit our region.”

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Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano Erupts For The Second Day As 12 Climbers Remain Missing




PADANG, Indonesia – Officials in Indonesia paused the search for 12 climbers on Monday when Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, sending a huge burst of scorching ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air.

The deaths of 11 climbers were discovered earlier in the day while searching for the missing, but efforts to locate them were hampered by the resumed activity, according to West Sumatra’s Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik. He stated that the search would restart whenever conditions improved.

The agency shared a video of rescuers escorting an injured climber on a stretcher off the mountain and into a waiting ambulance to be brought to the hospital.


On Sunday, Marapi erupted, unleashing clouds of burning ash.

Since 2011, the volcano has remained at the third highest of four alert levels, indicating above-normal volcanic activity, prohibiting climbers and villagers from approaching the peak within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

“This means there should be no climbing to the peak,” Gunawan explained, adding that climbers were only permitted below the danger zone, “but sometimes many of them broke the rules to fulfill their satisfaction to climb further.”

On Saturday, over 75 climbers began their ascent of the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain and became stranded. Rescuers saved 52 people, including three on Monday. According to Hari Agustian, an official with the local Search and Rescue Agency in Padang, the West Sumatra provincial capital, eight of those rescued Sunday were transported to hospital with burns, and one suffered a fractured leg.

Before beginning their ascent, all climbers registered at two command stations or online with West Sumatra’s conservation office, according to Agustian. When asked how many individuals may be stranded, he claimed it couldn’t be confirmed because some may have taken unauthorized routes up the mountain, and residents may have also been present.

During Sunday’s eruption, Marapi erupted thick ash columns as high as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and heated ash clouds extended for miles. Tons of volcanic debris buried nearby villages and cities. According to a social media video, volcanic dust and rain covered the faces and hair of evacuated climbers.

Authorities provided masks and urged inhabitants to wear eyeglasses to protect themselves from volcanic ash as falling ash blanketed several communities and obstructed sunlight.


Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 5 to 6 kilometers (3.1 to 3.7 miles) from the peak, are home to approximately 1,400 people.

According to Gunawan, the Sunday eruption was not preceded by a large rise in volcanic earthquakes. Deep volcanic earthquakes were only detected three times between November 16 and Sunday, while the peak’s deformation equipment or tiltmeter revealed a horizontal pattern on the radial axis and a small inflation on the tangential axis.

“This shows that the eruption process is taking place quickly and the center of pressure is very shallow, around the peak,” the scientist stated.


According to Gunawan, Marapi has erupted on average every 2 to 4 years since 2004.

Gunawan added that this eruption was not the result of magma movement and that marapi eruptions are typically sudden and challenging to detect using equipment because the source is close to the surface.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that left no one dead. It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is vulnerable to seismic activity due to its placement on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircles the Pacific Basin.


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Astronaut Frank Borman, Commander Of The First Apollo Mission To The Moon, Has Died At Age 95




BILLINGS, Mont. — Frank Borman, the commanding officer of Apollo 8’s momentous Christmas 1968 journey that circled the moon ten times and cleared the stage for the lunar landing the following year, has died. He was 95.

According to NASA, Borman died on Tuesday in Billings, Montana.

Frank also commanded problematic Eastern Airlines after leaving the astronaut corps in the 1970s and early 1980s.

However, he was most known for his NASA responsibilities. He and his crewmates, James Lovell and William Anders, were the first to travel to the moon and glimpse Earth as a faraway sphere in space.

“Today, we honor one of NASA’s finest. In a statement Thursday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated, “Astronaut Frank Borman was a true American hero.” “His lifelong love for aviation and exploration was only surpassed by his love for his wife, Susan.”

The Apollo 8 trio launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on December 21, 1968, and spent three days traveling to the moon before entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. They returned home on December 27 after circling 10 times on December 24-25.


Astronaut Frank Borman, Commander Of The First Apollo Mission To The Moon, Has Died At Age 95

In a live telecast from the orbiter on Christmas Eve, the astronauts read from the Book of Genesis: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” And the ground was formless and empty, and darkness covered the face of the deep.”

Frank closed the show by saying, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.”

Lovell and Borman had previously flown together during the two-week Gemini 7 mission, which launched on December 4, 1965, and achieved the first space orbital rendezvous with Gemini 6 at only 120 feet apart.

“Gemini was a tough go,” Borman admitted to The Associated Press in 1998. “It was no bigger than a Volkswagen bug’s front seat.” It gave Apollo the appearance of a super-duper, luxury touring bus.”


Astronaut Frank Borman, Commander Of The First Apollo Mission To The Moon, Has Died At Age 95

In his book, “Countdown: An Autobiography,” Frank stated that Apollo 8 was initially intended to orbit Earth. The success of Apollo 7’s mission in October 1968 to demonstrate system reliability on long-duration flights convinced NASA that it was time to try flying to the moon.

But, according to Frank, NASA modified its plans to beat the Russians. Borman stated that he believed one orbit would be sufficient.

“My main concern throughout the flight was getting there ahead of the Russians and getting home.” In my opinion, that was a big accomplishment,” Borman said during a 2017 appearance in Chicago.

Anders captured the iconic “Earthrise” photo of a blue and white Earth rising over the grey lunar terrain during the crew’s fourth orbit.

“We were the first humans to see the world in its majestic totality, an intensely emotional experience for each of us,” Borman wrote about how the Earth seemed from afar. We didn’t say anything to each other, but I was certain our thoughts were the same – of our family on that spinning globe. And perhaps we discussed another concept I had, “This has to be what God sees.”


Astronaut Frank Borman, Commander Of The First Apollo Mission To The Moon, Has Died At Age 95

Borman’s aviation career continued after NASA when he joined Eastern Airlines, the nation’s fourth-largest airline. He eventually became Eastern’s president and CEO, as well as its board chairman, in 1976.

During Borman’s tenure at Eastern, fuel prices skyrocketed, and the government deregulated the airline business. The airline became more unprofitable, in debt, and riven by labor strife. In 1986, he resigned and relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Borman claimed in his memoirs that his interest in flying began in his teens when he and his father would build model airplanes. Borman began flying lessons at 15, using money he had saved from working as a bag boy and pumping petrol after school. After eight hours of dual instruction, he took his first solo flight. He kept flying until his 90s.

Borman grew up in Tucson, Arizona, after being born in Gary, Indiana. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree. Borman married his high school girlfriend, Susan Bugbee, the same year. She passed away in 2021.

After graduating, Borman worked as a fighter pilot, operational pilot, and teacher at West Point. Borman and his family relocated to Pasadena, California, in 1956, where he earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He was one of nine test pilots chosen by NASA for the astronaut program in 1962.

President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Space Medal of Honour.

Borman and his son, Fred, established a cattle ranch in Bighorn, Montana 1998. He was survived by another son, Edwin, and their families, in addition to Fred.


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Winter To Bring Best Northern Lights Displays For 20 Years, Scientists Say



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This winter is expected to be a record-breaking year for viewing the Northern Lights, with scientists forecasting the finest displays in 20 years, which have already been witnessed in southern England.

The sun is expected to reach the pinnacle of its about 11-year activity cycle – known as “solar maximum” – between January and October 2024, generating spectacular aurora displays both in the lower northern regions and further south in Europe.

The next solar maximum is especially anticipated as the previous one, which occurred in December 2019, was the weakest in a century.

The northern lights illuminated most of the UK and Ireland over the weekend, extending south of Stonehenge.

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Stonehenge in the Northern Lights

“I anticipate more aurora activity than in the previous 20 years,” said Njl Gulbrandsen, a space physics researcher at Troms Geophysical Observatory, part of the Arctic University of Norway (UiT). As the sun approaches its apex, more solar storms have formed, causing more aurora to be visible further south than usual.

“It’s mostly because of this 11-year solar cycle that the activity is now picking up quite a lot,” he said. “Another factor is that the previous solar cycle was weak, so activity now may be the strongest it’s been in nearly 20 years.” We must go back a long time to observe this amount of activity.”

Northern Norway, the northern areas of Finland and Sweden, Iceland, the northern US and Canada, and the southern part of Greenland are usually the finest places to see the northern lights, which are caused by many particles falling from the sun. However, during the solar maximum, the auroral oval extends, making it visible in spots around Europe.

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Winter To Bring Best Northern Lights Displays For 20 Years, Scientists Say

“There will be more spectacular displays in the usual locations that you think of, but also really nice displays further south than you would normally expect,” said Katie Herlingshaw, a space physics researcher at the University Centre in Svalbard (Unis). “It’s really exciting to get this good solar maximum now because a lot of people have forgotten what a good solar maximum actually looks like.”

“When we have these big solar storms, then you should be able to see it in Europe and the UK when you have something big on the way,” said Herlingshaw, who is exploring a new sort of aurora known as “fragments” (green light that appears near regular auroral arcs). The trick is that you should go to a dark spot. You wish to escape the city lights.”

source – (the guardian)


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