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Melbourne celebrates Turkish Airlines’ inaugural flights

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Melbourne Airport is preparing to welcome Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s largest airline networks, to its list of international carriers.

The renowned Türkiye’s national carrier has officially announced its plans to commence flights from Istanbul to Melbourne, Australia, starting this March.

The development marks Turkish Airlines’ first-ever foray into the Australian market.

Initially, Turkish Airlines will operate three weekly flights to Melbourne via Singapore.

However, the airline has ambitious plans to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Melbourne as soon as it acquires new aircraft with the necessary capabilities.

Renowned for its extensive global network spanning Europe and Africa, Turkish Airlines will become the sole European airline serving Melbourne Airport, the primary gateway to Australia’s largest city.

More convenience

Jim Parashos, Chief of Aviation at Melbourne Airport, expressed his enthusiasm for Turkish Airlines’ arrival, highlighting the convenience it would bring to Australian travelers seeking connections to Türkiye and beyond.

“We are thrilled to welcome Turkish Airlines to Melbourne, not only because of its world-renowned hospitality but also because of the new possibilities it enables for travelers,” said Parashos.

He also noted that Melbourne’s diverse Turkish community and its status as a hub for food, sports, and culture made it a natural choice for the airline’s first Australian destination.

The expansion of Turkish Airlines’ services to Melbourne became possible thanks to the recent relaxation of the bilateral air services agreement between the Australian federal government and Türkiye.

Melbourne Airport had already achieved the distinction of becoming the first capital city in Australia to surpass its pre-pandemic international seat capacity last month, underscoring the region’s recovery from the impact of the global health crisis.

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again

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Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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