10 things you need to know about Airbus A380

Emirates A380 operated a historic one-off flight to Accra on Tuesday October 2, 2018 and travel enthusiasts are eager to know more about the Airbus.

Jetsanza.com puts together 10 amazing facts about the double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner airbus.

Airbus 380 is manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner and several airports have upgraded facilities to operate it.

These are some of the facts about Airbus 380

1. Singapore airliners were the first to receive the World’s largest passenger aircraft and the First flight was made from Singapore to Sydney with 450 passengers on board.

2. Other planes at the airport have to wait up to three minutes before taking off because of the turbulence from its four engines and wingtips.

3. The wingspan of the Airbus A380 is about 79.75 meters. That’s nine London’s Double deckers together

4. It can provide seating for 525 to 853 passengers.

5. Only Twenty Airports in the world have enough longer runways to handle the service of Airbus A380.

6. The A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in history of aviation with its maximum takeoff weight of 1235klb and it weighs 560 tonnes.

7. It requires about 3600 liters of paint to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

8. The A380 has a flying range of totally 15200 km, and also it is used for the two longest non-stop flights; Emirates Auckland – Dubai and Qantas Dallas/Fort Worth- Sydney.

9. The Airbus A380 is said to be one of the biggest Commercial Aircraft in the world, but the truth is that the biggest plane is Antonov An-225, which is much larger than A380.

10. On January 10 2006 , The Airbus A380 made its first flight journey from Medellin in Colombia.



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Plane Crash: Should You Be Scared of Flying?

For some people, traveling by air is fun and they wish to do it every day. As a travel blogger with over 200 flights, 800 hours in the air which translates into spending a full month in the skies, thoughts of dying in a plane crash send shivers down my spine any time I am airborne. In a way to squash those fears, I normally take a long break from my travels to deal with my mental shift in a way to build the confidence to fly again.

If trains and buses could take me to every one of my destinations, I bet I would never take flights.

After reading through safety statistics and been told chances of dying in a plane crash is one in eleven million, compared to car accident which is one in five thousand; it is obvious driving is more dangerous than flying but I am still terrorized by the mere thought of boarding a plane. And I believe I am not alone.

I have pieced together some facts gathered from my flying experiences that may help some of us deal with aviophobia. Check them out:

1) If you’ve ever been in a car, then keep flying

If you have been enjoying yourself in cars comfortably without fears of dying, then you have every reason not to be afraid of plane crash. As said earlier, chances of dying in a plane crash is one out of 11 million while that of car accident is one out of 5000.

Per statistics, a person has to take flight every day for 55,000 years before experiencing a fatal accident. Research has also proven that, one is more likely to die by falling off a ladder or out of bed, food poisoning than from a plane crash.

2) Turbulence won’t bring the plane down

Airplanes pass through turbulence every day but we don’t hear of turbulence causing planes to crash. At cruising altitude, it just doesn’t happen. And in other stages of flight it’s, at most, very, very rare. It takes a lot more than bumps along the way to down a plane.

Turbulence generated by thunderstorms could cause accidents. The updrafts and sudden wind shifts can be so violent that a big thunderstorm can bring an airplane down, especially if it happens near the ground. But the good news is that, pilots have been trained long ago to fly around storms.

Modern airplanes have sophisticated radar detection that allow pilots to navigate around thunderstorms so it’s no more a worry to be scared of thunderstorms.

Turbulence can however cause serious accidents onboard or even kill in some instances. To remain safe from such accidents, passengers are advised to always have seat-belts fastened.

3) Engine Failure? Don’t be worried!

If one engine breaks down, the other is enough to take the aircraft to its destination. Dual engine failure is almost unheard of but if all engines happen to fail, that isn’t the end. The speed at which aircraft travels is capable of landing at the nearest airport. Some planes may have as much as 20 to 30 minutes to land with failed engines.

Some people kill their fears of flying by taking alcohol. Yes, it’s really fun when you are onboard drunk. But drinking alcohol onboard may not be the best option for you. Our next article will discuss the dangers of being drunk on the plane.

Share with us in the comment box below how you kill your fears of flying.

Ten (10) Consideration For Travelers In Buying Air Tickets

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Most often, purchasing travel tickets are perceived to be a cash-and-carry thing but travelers usually end up paying much than they budgeted for. The cheapest fares usually ends up to be the most expensive ones especially, when we are not sure of our travel dates or if the tickets does not offer the option of date change.
These are ten (10) guidelines to aid you make a better choice, when you intend buying an air ticket for your trip.

1. Check which airlines you can use without a transit visa or if you have the necessary documents to use the airline

Travel agents mostly assume you have all the necessary documents for your trip, so they sell tickets to you without hesitation. Depending on your passport and other documents, it may require you get a transit visa to be able to use some airlines with the exception of flights that do not make stops. Check with the airline first if you require a transit visa. Travels to certain destinations may require an “OK to board”. The airline examines your travel documents and cross-checks them with the respective issuing authorities before they give you the nod to purchase the ticket. Check with the airline thoroughly before tickets are purchased because you will be denied boarding if you require an “OK to board”. Asians traveling on Emirates requires this when traveling to certain destinations. Certain airlines require holders of Ghana passports traveling with e-visas to apply for an “OK to board”. If you need it, the airline will direct you on how to get it done.

7 Amazing Facts About Flying

Here’s a thread from Reddit with some secrets from flight attendants that will make sure to tickle your nerves once again.

Oxygen Masks

Image: leeabbamonte
Image: leeabbamonte

“…if the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally.” – jezalenko

“More important – at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you pass out. Put yours on first, then do your kids. Passing out for a few seconds won’t harm the kids.” – ksiyoto

Ethiopian Airlines Baggage allowance

Ethiopian Airlines affords its passengers some baggage allowance. Baggage allowance is simply the quantity of luggage or baggage that a passenger can carry onboard a commercial plane for free.

Ethiopian Airlines baggage allowance is divided into categories.

Carry-On Allowance

Business: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 7 kg.

Economy: 1 piece with a maximum weight of 7 kg and a maximum sum of dimensions equal to 118 cm (46 in.) In addition, passengers may also carry free of charge items of personal effects for use in flight, such as; handbag (laptop bag), pocketbook or purse, small camera and/or a pair of binoculars, reasonable amount of reading material for the flight, Infant’s food for consumption in flight and Infant’s carrying basket.

Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos
Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos

Checked Baggage Allowance

Economy: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and a maximum sum of dimension equal to 158 cm (62 in.).

Cloud Nine: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 32 kg (70 lbs.) and a maximum sum of dimension equal to 158 cm (62 in.) ShebaMiles Gold, ShebaMiles Silver, and Star Gold: up to 3 pieces.

Ethiopian Airlines extra baggage charges

Excess Luggage Rate of Sporting Equipment

With the excess luggage rate of excess sporting equipment, the price ranges from $100 to $200 depending on patronized class and size of equipment.

Excess Baggage Charge to carry Television

With the excess luggage rate of excess baggage charge to carry television, the price ranges from $80 to $200 depending on class patronized and television size.

Does Kenya Airways fly to Sao Tome, Qatar, Germany, and Canada

Does Kenya Airways fly to Sao Tome

Kenya Airways flies directly from Nairobi to Sao Tome. Alongside Kenya Airways, Mount Air Cargo and TAP Portugal also provide flights from Nairobi to Sao Tome.

Does Kenya Airways fly to Qatar

Kenya Airways does not fly to Qatar, however, there are many airlines that provide flights between Nairobi and Doha. Some of these are Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. Out of these, only 1 airline operate direct flights.

Kenya Airways Cabin Crew
Kenya Airways Cabin Crew

Does Kenya Airways fly to Germany

Kenya Airways offers flight from Nairobi Airport to Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Alongside Kenya Airways, the following airlines also offer flight from Kenya to Frankfurt Airport, Germany; United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline, Lufthansa

Does Kenya Airways fly to Canada

There is no direct flight from Nairobi to Montreal Airport, Canada. Hence, Kenya Airways does not offer direct flights to Canada. The quickest flight from Kenya to Canada is approximately 18 hours 25 minutes and has at least one stopover.

Does Kenya Airways fly to Gambia

Kenya Airways does not offer flights to Gambia. However, there are airlines which offer flights from Kenya to Gambia, some of which are; United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines and TAP Air Portugal.

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as a state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized.

 

Flying Blue: Benefits of the Sky Team Frequent Flyer Program

What is Flying Blue?

Flying Blue is a Sky Team alliance Frequent Flyer Program. Passengers who are members of Flying Blue earn Miles, and with their miles, they can gain access to special treatment and services. Passengers who are Flying Blue members can also gain Experience Points (XP) and advance to the next level for more generous perks; getting more goodies and packages from the airline.

Most Passengers who enjoy Flying Blue with an Airline are persons who fly and patronize the services of the airline frequently.

Kenya Airways Business Class
Kenya Airways Business Class

Benefits of being a Flying Blue member

The benefits of Flying Blue depends on which flying Blue package and level a passenger is on. Here are some benefits of Flying Blue with their respective classes or levels;

For Explorers

  1. Earn 4 Miles per € spent
  2. Up to €10 discount on your 1st paid checked baggage item
  3. A 10% discount on seat options

 

For Silver Members

  1. Earn 6 Miles per € spent
  2. Priority check-in, baggage drop-off, and boarding
  3. 25% discount on seat options
  4. Free selection of standard seats
  5. 1 free extra checked baggage item on Sky Team flights

 

For Gold Members

  1. Earn 7 Miles per € spent
  2. Free access to Sky Team lounges worldwide with a guest (conditions apply)
  3. Sky Priority: priority access throughout the airport
  4. 50% discount on seat options
  5. Free selection of standard seats
  6. 1 free extra checked baggage item on Sky Team flights

 

Airlines who provide Flying Blue membership includes;

  1. Air France
  2. Aeroflot
  3. Aerolineas Argentinas
  4. AeroMexico
  5. AirEuropa
  6. Alitalia
  7. China Airlines
  8. China Eastern
  9. Czech Airlines
  10. Delta
  11. Garuda Indonesia
  12. Kenya Airways
  13. KLM
  14. Korean Air
  15. MEA
  16. SAUDIA
  17. TAROM
  18. Vietnam Airlines
  19. XIAMENAIR

Kenya Airways Accra, Ghana contact and office locations

Here is detailed information on the locations and contact details for Kenya Airways in Ghana.

Kenya Airways Accra City Office

Location: 1st Floor, Nester Square, Airport City, Accra, Ghana

Postal: P.O. Box CT 11307, Accra, Ghana.

Tel: +233 302785013

Kenya Airways City Office

Telephone contact numbers:

Phone: +233 307 001 334, +233 244 328 883, +233 266 012 072, 0307-001333/2

Email Address

[email protected]

Kenya Airways Cabin Crew
Kenya Airways Cabin Crew

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as a state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized

Plane Goes Missing 4 Minutes After Departure From Jakarta, Indonesia

A search and rescue operations are underway for a Sriwijaya Air plane which lost contact on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

According to flight tracker website FlightRadar24, Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 737 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.

The flight was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia with 62 persons on board.

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Flight #SJ182 which was operated by a Boeing 737-500 “classic” with registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323), has been in the skies for 26 years after making its first flight in May 1994.

A Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday, according to government spokesman Adita Irawati.

“The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” Irawati said in a statement.

“We found some cables, a piece of jeans, and pieces of metal on the water,” CNN Indonesia quoted security official Zulkifli as saying.

A patrol boat from the Ministry of Transportation found possible human body parts and oil near to the reported site of the crash, reported local news outlet Kompas.

Fake News That Nearly Won NPP Some Votes Refuted By Ministry Of Aviation

The Ministry Of Aviation has debunked claims being circulated by NPP loyalists on social media that President Akufo-Addo will relaunch the National Carrier.

The Ministry of Aviation has refuted reports on social media suggesting that President Akufo-Addo will today, November 29 hand over five aircraft to the Ministry to commence the operations of a home-based carrier, according to a report by GhanaWeb.

These reports won the hearts of many in the hospitality industry and applauded the president for bringing back to life the national carrier.

In a statement issued and signed by the Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, the claims are false as no agreement has been signed yet with the strategic partner so far identified.

“This would have to get the consent of Cabinet and Parliament. We wish to let the public know that we are at an advanced stage in our negotiations with EgyptAir on a Strategic Partnership arrangement to relaunch a National Flag Carrier but the matter has not yet received Cabinet and certainly not Parliamentary Approval,” the statement explained.

It continued, “These two processes are yet to be carried out, an Air Carrier License (ACL) obtained before an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) granted by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) before we can take delivery of and operate any airline or use any aircraft. It is indeed true that when Cabinet and Parliament finally do respectively approve and ratify the Partnership Agreement, the new Flag Carrier will commence operations with at least five (5) aircraft. However, we wish to state that the President is not yet delivering the aircraft as those processes have not been concluded.”

Below are some of the posts sighted by Jetsanza.com:

The Aviation Ministry, therefore, asked the general public to disregard the reports.

Meanwhile, Ghana in October this year, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EgyptAir for the establishment of a new home-based carrier.

According to reports, the choice of Cairo-based EgyptAir as the preferred strategic partner follows a series of engagements with the senior management team of the airline and the committee of aviation experts, constituted by the Aviation Ministry.

Despite the signing of an MoU in 2019 with Ethiopian Airlines to actualise the vision of a new home-based carrier, the deal was held back due to a lack of agreement over key issues such as routes, funding, and tenure of the management contract.