India’s aviation watchdog is cracking down on flight crews operating the once-troubled Boeing 737 MAX
As airlines across the world struggle to find staff now that the aviation sector is rebounding, there’s troubling at Indian budget carrier SpiceJet.
The airline has revealed that the Indian aviation regulator has asked 90 of its pilots to refrain from flying the once-troubled Boeing 737 MAX planes.
The watchdog stated all 90 pilots must be retrained in flying the aircraft, and shall not be able to operate the jet until then.
SpiceJet, which currently operates 11 MAX aircraft and has 144 pilots to fly them, stated that its pilots have been restricted by authorities from operating the jets, until they are retrained and retrained to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s satisfaction.
Indian media reported that the restrictions were imposed after flaws were discovered at a simulator facility near Delhi where they had received training for the Boeing Max jet.
The impacted pilots are still able to operate other types of Boeing 737 aircraft such as the 737-800, and the restriction does not impact MAX operations itself, a SpiceJet spokesperson has confirmed.
The airline is Boeing’s biggest customer in the South Asian nation for MAX planes.
The pilots need to retrain successfully and we will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse, Arun Kumar, the directorate general at India’s air safety watchdog DGCA, said.
In August, the regulator cleared the 737 MAX aircraft to fly after a near two-and-a-half-year regulatory grounding following two fatal crashes in 2019.
As part of the agreement to return the jets to service, Boeing and regulators agreed to beef up training for pilots to also include simulator training.
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Shoppers angered at major U.S. retailer’s “unchanged” Black Friday sales
Target in the United States has come under scrutiny for offering identical prices in its ‘Black Friday deals’ as those available throughout the year.
Shoppers are left perplexed by the lack of discounts, with many questioning the authenticity of the so-called Black Friday bargains.
Concerns arose when savvy consumers noticed that the prices of various products in Target’s Black Friday promotion were the same as those listed in previous months.
Shoppers took to social media to voice their frustrations, with one customer stating, “It’s the same, I don’t get it.” This revelation has raised questions about the transparency and ethics of retailers during the holiday shopping season.
While Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping frenzy, with retailers offering significant discounts to entice shoppers, Target’s decision to maintain regular prices has left shoppers wondering if they are truly getting a deal.
This has led to a broader discussion about the consumer experience during Black Friday and whether the shopping event has lost its original appeal.
With the rise of online shopping and increased competition among retailers, consumers are more price-conscious than ever.
Target’s pricing strategy has ignited a debate about the future of Black Friday and whether it can continue to attract shoppers with unchanged prices. As the holiday season unfolds, consumers are left to decide whether to seek out genuine deals or shop elsewhere.
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