Comair spends $646m on new Boeings

first_img7 February 2011South African aviation group Comair has ordered eight next-generation Boeing 737-800s, worth approximately US$646-million (about R4.67-billion) at list prices, in order to update the fleet of its low-fare airline, kulula.com.The new aircraft will all feature the new Boeing Sky interior, which includes new stowage bins, new sidewalls, a new LED lighting system, new ceiling panels, and new air vents. Other new features that passengers will feel are a quieter cabin, intuitive placement of switches and call buttons for alerting flight attendants.“The purchase of new Boeing 737-800s is historic for our company and gives all our 1 800 staff a great feeling of pride,” Comair joint CEO Gidon Novick said in a statement this week.“The new fleet is an essential part of our efficiency drive, which will not only give us a cost leadership position in our industry, but also provide our customers with exceptional levels of reliability and comfort with the spacious new interior.”The new aircraft are more fuel-efficient, technologically advanced, require lower maintenance and are more eco-friendly as they give off fewer carbon emissions.The credit guarantee for the transaction, which will cover all eight aircraft, was secured via the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States federal government, and provides credit guarantees for financing and insuring foreign purchases of United States goods.Maintenance Performance ToolboxIn addition to its 737-800 order, Comair is purchasing the Maintenance Performance Toolbox, which improves an airline’s fleet efficiency by integrating manufacturer and customer documentation, use of intelligent graphics, cross-document searching and linking aircraft fault data to specific maintenance actions.It also provides a comprehensive structural repair history for each airplane while reducing the time needed to find tail-specific technical information in time-critical situations, such as line maintenance troubleshooting and dispatch.“Comair is an amazing success story, as this airline company has posted operating profits each year since it was founded in 1946,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales and marketing vice president Marlin Dailey. “Today’s order demonstrates the value the 737-800 has already brought to its fleet and the confidence Comair has in this airplane.”Company ‘has come full circle’Launched in 2001 as South Africa’s first low-fare carrier, kulula.com currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of ten 737s, including three leased 737-800s. Comair also operates as a franchise partner of British Airways, with thirteen 737 airplanes flying domestically in South Africa and regionally in Southern Africa.“We’ve reached a new and exciting stage in the life of Comair, and we are pleased to welcome the new additions to our fleet, which sees us keeping abreast of technological advances while ensuring the ongoing comfort and safety of our customers,” said Novick.“Our company has really come full circle from when we started operations with turbo aircraft, then moving to MD82s and onto 737-200s.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Khumba heads to Toronto film fest

first_imgBy Romaana Naidoo26 August 2013If you love animated movies as much as I do, you’re probably waiting with bated breath for Khumba to hit the big screen. But before that happens, we can prepare ourselves for its debut by cheering on its global achievements.Hot on the heels of their hit Adventures in Zambezia, Cape Town-based Trigger Fish Animation Studio partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon jet off to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival where Khumba ­will be competing against four other international children’s films.Representing South Africa at the festival, which runs from 5 to 15 September, Khumba will join the TIFF Kids line-up of family-friendly titles from around the world. Showcasing a range of cultural perspectives, the films explore themes including courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance.The other films selected for TIFF Kids are: Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil), Antboy (Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark), The World of Goopi and Bagha (Shilpa Ranade, India), Zip and Zap and The Marble GangI (Oskar Santos, Spain).Khumba, which will enjoy its North American premiere in Toronto, tells the tale of a half-striped zebra. His superstitious herd blames him for the sudden drought affecting the land and Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the magic waterhole where, legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes.On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of other quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.In an exciting first for South Africa, Khumba will be also be released in both English and Afrikaans when it opens here on 25 October.Read more on SA.info: SA animation wins over kids in Brazillast_img read more

Amid doping scandal, skeleton federation suspends 4 Russians

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The IBSF isn’t waiting.“I understand that it was a difference of culture and that the Russians don’t believe they did anything wrong,” U.S. women’s skeleton veteran Katie Uhlaender said after the IOC decision to strip the medals and issue the Olympic bans was announced Wednesday. “But this was the only way to fix it.”Uhlaender will be promoted to the bronze medal spot once Nikitina, as the IOC has ordered, surrenders what had been her bronze from Sochi and the IBSF updates the results. Tretiakov was the men’s gold-medalist; the revised order of finish for that event will now have Latvia’s Martins Dukurs getting gold, Matt Antoine of the U.S. bumped up to silver and Latvia’s Tomass Dukurs, Martins’ brother, will become the bronze medalist.Uhlaender, who was fourth, will soon officially be third behind gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold of Britain and silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S.Sliders have lauded the IOC for doing the right thing, though noted that racers like Uhlaender and Tomass Dukurs — even once they have medals in hand — will never be able to replicate the moment on a podium that they should have had in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Elena Nikitina of Russia celebrates her bronze medal win during the women’s skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Nikitina. AP FILE PHOTOThe two Russians who had their medals from the Sochi Games stripped because of doping have been barred from competing in World Cup races, at least temporarily.It’s the latest sanction against Aleksandr Tretiakov and Elena Nikitina, who had their medals — gold for Tretiakov, bronze for Nikitina — taken away Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) after it was determined they were part of Russia’s state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Olympics. They have already been banned from future Olympics, and now may have no place to slide.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Raisman embraces role as ‘Fierce’ advocate for abuse victims Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ “Having the physical medal’s cool, but most of it in my opinion is the experience of everything that happens,” Antoine said. “That’s what you cherish the most.”Not having the top Russians on the World Cup circuit figures to have a major impact on the points standings.Nikitina was the World Cup women’s points leader after the first two races of the season, and was coming off a victory last weekend in Park City, Utah. Tretiakov was fourth so far in the men’s standings, including a bronze at the season-opening race in Lake Placid, New York. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation handed down the suspensions Thursday (Friday Manila time), effective immediately. Tretiakov and Nikitina were both planning to compete in World Cup races at Whistler, British Columbia, this weekend.In all, four Russians have been suspended by the IBSF. Along with Tretiakov and Nikitina, Mariia Orlova and Olga Potylitsyna — who have been racing on the lesser-tier Intercontinental Cup Circuit this season — were also banned, just as they were by the IOC. All four are expected to appeal, and the IBSF said they will be entitled to a hearing if that happens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Sport is all about who’s the best on that day and if anything compromises that, like the situations in Sochi, it taints everything and kind of undermines the fundamental belief in the system and the competition itself,” said USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele, also is a vice president with the IBSF. “This is kind of righting the ship.”The IBSF’s decision is a strong one and is in stark contrast to one made by the International Ski Federation, which is allowing Russian cross-country skiers who were found guilty of doping at the Sochi Olympics to compete in World Cup events this weekend. The FIS wants to see detailed reasons why the IOC disciplinary panel reached its decisions about the Russian athletes. View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Howzzat: A fictious diary of Imran Khan

first_imgI’m back from London and there’s an epidemic of dengue fever and violence in Pakistan. Of course, it wouldn’t occur to me to do a dharna for the poor children who got bombed by the Taliban on their way to school or the Hazara Shias who got lined up and gunned down by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.The Taliban and Lashkars are much misunderstood, poor things. It’s not their fault. It’s the Americans’ fault. Which reminds me, I was walking through the seedier parts of London when I came across a shop with purple velvet curtains that said, “Fortune Teller and Mind Reader”. So I went in, hoping to learn when the Americans would leave Af-Pak so that rivers of milk and honey can begin flowing again (as they did in the 1980s and 90s, before 9/ 11).But the Fortune Teller was an ugly old crone hereas the Mind Reader was a hot young chick. So, no prizes for guessing where I went first! The Mind Reader sat me down on a stool, closed her eyes, concentrated really hard for what seemed like an eternity mumbling, “I’m trying to read your mind ?” Eventually, she gave up and said, “No ? nothing ? nothing at all ? an absolute blank!” “That’s amaaaazing” I exclaimed, “how did you know?” Thing is, in England, you get what you pay for. Not like Pakistan, where everyone’s a fraud.After London, I drove down to Oxford. You know of course that I was at Oxford which was a tremendous learning experience because there were lots of beautiful women there. In those days, I used to own a blue sports car. As soon as I came within sight of the university’s tall turrets, I said to myself, “Aah, the City of Screaming Tyres”. Then I began to get a series of desperate emails from my followers in the Tehrik-e-Insaf. “Have you reached?” one read. “Return soon” read another. And so on. But the day before I left, Naomi Campbell rang up and said she was going to see her old (emphasis on old!) friend Nelson Mandela in South Africa and would I like to come. Her Russian oligarch boyfriend was taking his Lear Jet so it’d be a free ride. Why not, I thought.advertisementMandela, I’m afraid, is black. Even the president is black. He shook hands with me, cameras clicked and then he said he was very sorry, he had to go off and run the country. Then we got back into the Lear Jet and returned to London. I slept soundly all the way there. When we disembarked at Heathrow, I said to Naomi, “You know, I somehow see myself in Mandela”. “I think you should go back to bed, darling”, Naomi said, “you’re still dreaming.”Im the Dimlast_img read more

Australian teams on show at NRL Test Match

first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams were recognised in front of 25,000 Rugby League fans at Allianz Stadium on Friday night, following their successful 3-0 series win over New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. The Australian teams were paraded in front of the crowd at half-time of the Australia versus New Zealand Rugby League Test match, which included interviews in the middle of the fields as well as a lap of honour around the field. The event also saw a Women’s All Stars Rugby League match played as the curtain-raiser, which saw several Touch Football representatives take part, including Australian Women’s Open player, Maddie Studdon and 2014 Elite Eight New South Wales Scorpions’ champion, Tegan Chandler. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire said that ‘the players were ecstatic as were the staff involved’. “This was an outstanding recognition opportunity not only for the athletes themselves but for the sport in general.  Our alliance has and will present numerous opportunities for the development of the sport but the overall improvement of the profile of Touch Football itself is also one of the key benefits,” Maguire said. “The pride that you have in their achievements is one thing but to see such joy in their faces in being recognised is just incredible.” “We thank the NRL for the opportunity and look forward to achieving more together into the future.” Touch Football Australia High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, was also full of praise for the opportunity. “It was extremely satisfying to see the months and months of hard work put in by the athletes and coaches in preparing for the Trans Tasman being rewarded in such a manner,” Grant said.   “Many thanks to Gareth Holmes and the NRL for providing the opportunity.” To view photos from the night, please visit our social pages: Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussies Recognisedlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revenge

first_imgTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for revenge when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 in the north London derby earlier this month.”It’s a massive game for us,” Winks toldStandard Sport. “It’s come quickly after we lost to them two weeks ago, so there’s going to be revenge on our minds. We want to put it right and, obviously, it’s a good opportunity to progress in a cup.”That defeat was difficult to take. It’s never nice losing to anyone, especially our rivals at their ground. It was disappointing for us, the fans, the club, but we’ve put it right with our results since in the League and the Champions League. It’s important we do the same on Wednesday.”Us players treat every game in every competition as important as the next. We want to win every cup we’re involved in. The League Cup is no different. Beating Arsenal is the perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoBournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.” last_img read more

21 days agoLiverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quiet

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quietby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane says they must keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednesday.”I think if we want to win we have to play better because we know Leicester, especially this season they are very strong and a very good team,” Mane said.”For sure we are going to learn from it (the Salzburg game) and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us. It is a lesson for us to be on our toes in the next game.”I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready.”Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.” last_img read more

What Ezekiel Elliott Would Do If He Saw Jim Harbaugh In The Street

first_imgEzekiel Elliott running the ball for Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up field during the first half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The following question is one many Ohio State fans have likely pondered about. What would you do if you saw Jim Harbaugh in the street? Former Buckeyes’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott was asked that today during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. Unfortunately, his response is pretty tame. Elliott, a potential top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, says he would say “nothing” to the Michigan head coach. “Nothing.” – Dan asked @EzekielElliott what he would say to Jim Harbaugh if he saw him on the street.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 26, 2016What will Ohio State fans say to Harbaugh when they see him on the sidelines at Ohio Stadium this fall? We can’t wait to find out. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to finish the 2016 regular season in Columbus on Nov. 26.last_img read more