Emirates has announced the return of its A380 on the Dubai to Auckland route after a three-year hiatus
Emirates has announced the return of its Airbus A380 service connecting its hub, Dubai to New Zealand.
The superjumbo jet will fly for around 16 hours—making it one of the longest routes available on its network.
It is also one of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought the global aviation market to a grinding halt.
Many carriers slowed or even stopped their commercial long-haul routes.
Pushing back from Melbourne every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, Qantas recently took off on its first flight to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
QF21 takes off at 2pm local time and arrives at 12:45pm local time. That’s 15 hours and 45 minutes up in the sky.
Sean Donohue is DFW’s Chief Executive Officer, who said the route connect Qantas to a range of destinations across the U.S. and the Caribbean.
“As the second busiest Airport in the world, it makes sense that Qantas looked to expand service here to take advantage of all that we offer and to give Qantas customers another option to the U.S.”
The return leg is a little longer, with QF22 departing at 7:10pm and travelling for 17 hours 35 minute before touching down in Melbourne at 5:45am two days later.
Another Qantas flight takes make the list as one of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights.
This time, the London Heathrow to Perth International route takes passengers on a 17 hour and 20 minutes journey from the UK to Australia.
This flight has been operating since March 2018 and uses the wide body 787-9 Dreamliner for the 14,500km journey.
This route, operated by Qatar Airways, is currently on hold. Instead, passengers will need to connect to Auckland, New Zealand through Adelaide.
The Managing Director at Adelaide International, Brenton Cox said Qatar Airways will operate daily for the first time in nearly three years.
“Flights to Doha offer excellent connections to European destinations, while the onward services from Adelaide to Auckland are proving very popular.”
“Our local exporters seeking aviation freight links via New Zealand and Doha can benefit from the consistent daily connections to major trading partners around the globe,” Mr Cox explained.
The once 17 hours and 25 minutes journey would take passengers across 14,535km between the two nations.
Passengers can travel between New Jersey and Singapore on SQ21, which operates seven days a week.
Singapore Airlines suspended the 18 hour and 10 minute journey in March 2020 as passenger numbers dropped at the onset of the pandemic.
1. New York—Singapore
Singapore Airlines’ previous record has been eclipsed by the New York to Singapore route.
Passengers will spend 18 hours and 15 minutes in the sky. The Airbus A380 clocks 15,349km as it travels from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Changi in Singapore.
Singapore Airlines said journey will “better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate.”
China’s economic headwinds will impact the world
In recent times, China’s economic health has become a topic of international concern. Often regarded as the world’s second-largest economy and home to over 1.4 billion people,
China is grappling with a slew of issues: sluggish growth, soaring youth unemployment, and a turbulent property market. The situation escalated further when the chairman of Evergrande, a heavily-indebted real estate giant, came under police scrutiny, leading to a suspension of the company’s shares on the stock market.
The question on many minds is how much these troubles in China matter to the rest of the world. While some argue that fears of a global catastrophe are exaggerated, there will undoubtedly be repercussions felt by multinational corporations, their employees, and even individuals with no direct ties to China.
China plays a pivotal role in the global economy, responsible for more than a third of worldwide economic growth. Hence, any slowdown in China’s economic engine will reverberate beyond its borders. Multinational giants like Apple, Volkswagen, and Burberry rely heavily on China’s vast consumer market, and reduced domestic consumption in China will affect these companies and, subsequently, their global suppliers and workers.
However, the idea that China is the sole driver of global prosperity has its skeptics. While China’s economic growth contributes significantly to global figures, it primarily benefits China itself due to its trade surplus. This surplus means that China exports far more than it imports, making its growth more self-contained.
Nonetheless, a China that spends less on goods and services, or on housing construction, translates to reduced demand for raw materials and commodities. This hits countries like Australia, Brazil, and African nations, which heavily depend on exporting such resources. Moreover, weak demand in China results in stable prices, which can be welcomed by Western consumers grappling with inflation.
Over the past decade, China has poured over a trillion dollars into expansive infrastructure initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative, benefiting more than 150 countries. However, if China’s economic problems persist, its capacity to finance such projects abroad may diminish. This could have lasting consequences, especially for developing nations reliant on Chinese investments and technology for their infrastructure development.
Lawsuit – Black Tesla workers endure harassment
A recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has shed light on a disturbing workplace environment at Tesla’s Fremont factory.
Black Tesla workers have allegedly faced relentless harassment, including the display of swastikas and nooses, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of several affected employees, details a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment that has persisted for an extended period. Incidents reported in the lawsuit include the drawing of swastikas on workstations and restroom walls, as well as nooses left hanging in areas where black employees would see them.
The complaint further alleges that management at the Tesla factory failed to take appropriate action to address the issues, even after multiple complaints were made.
This lack of response has only exacerbated the hostile work environment, leaving the affected workers feeling vulnerable and unsupported.
Tesla, a company known for its innovative approach to electric vehicles and renewable energy, now faces a serious legal battle that threatens to tarnish its reputation.
The EEOC lawsuit seeks compensation for the victims and aims to bring about significant changes in Tesla’s workplace culture to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
GameStop CEO urges extreme frugality for company’s survival
In a candid address to GameStop’s employees, CEO Ryan Cohen emphasized the critical need for “extreme frugality” as the company navigates a challenging period in its history.
Cohen’s message came as GameStop continues its transformation from a traditional brick-and-mortar video game retailer into a digital-first gaming platform.
Cohen acknowledged the difficulties GameStop has faced in recent years, including declining sales and increased competition from online retailers. To secure the company’s future, he stressed the importance of prudent spending and resource allocation.
“We must be extremely frugal in our expenditures,” Cohen told employees. “Every dollar counts, and we need to make sure our investments are strategic and yield meaningful returns.”
The CEO’s call for frugality is part of GameStop’s broader effort to adapt to the changing landscape of the gaming industry. The company has been expanding its e-commerce capabilities and exploring opportunities in the rapidly growing world of esports and NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
Cohen also highlighted the significance of innovation and customer-centricity. He urged employees to think creatively and prioritize customer satisfaction as GameStop evolves to meet the evolving needs of gamers.
While the path ahead remains challenging, GameStop’s CEO expressed confidence in the company’s ability to succeed with the right strategy and a dedication to financial discipline.
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