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Airbus Engine Fails Over Atlantic

 

 

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 Airbus A380 flight AF66 from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a diversion after one of the four engines failed just west of Greenland. None of the 496 passengers and 24 crew were injured but some were surely a bit frightened when the engine failed.

 

 

Passenger David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic, was on board at the time and told the BBC that from what he observed, the incident was a fan failure. He said he observed a sudden movement followed by a loud noise, which panicked some passengers. “You heard a loud ‘boom’, and it was the vibration alone that made me think the engine had failed.”   Mr Rehmar said that for a minute, he thought “we were going to go down.” He said he doubted it was a bird strike due to the high altitude but likely a stage-one fan, the exterior fan blades on the front of the engine, that had failed.

Fortunately, the pilots were able to switch off the affected engine and the plane stabilized within about 30 seconds.

The plane was able to fly on the remaining 3 engines until it reached Goose Bay Airport in eastern Canada where passengers had to remain on board because the airport was not equipped to handle an Airbus.

Photos of the engine were taken by passengers that show damage to the engine and wing. 

The cause for engine failure is not yet known
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Official Top Ten Tourist Destinations In 2017


         

The fine people at Mastercard have completed this year’s report and the verdict is in. Bangkok, comes up the winner for the second year in a row. Mastercard’s 2017 Global Destination Cities takes a look at 132 cities and rank them according to visitor volume and spending. According to the survey, Bangkok is projected to have about 20.2 million international overnight visitors this year.

Although Dubai comes in 4th, with just over 16 million international overnight visitors, it places at the top in visitor spending. It’s 14.9 million international visitors spent a whopping $28.5 billion, with more than 10% growth forecast for 2017.

International overnight arrivals across all 132 destination cities have increased by more than 55% since 2009.

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 TOP 10 CITIES

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 19.41 million visitors in 2016 (20.19 million forecast for 2017)
2. London, England — 19.06 million visitors in 2016 (20.01 million forecast for 2017)
3. Paris, France — 15.45 million visitors in 2016 (16.13 million forecast for 2017)
4. Dubai, UAE 14.87 million visitors in 2016 (16.01 million forecast for 2017)
5. Singapore — 13.11 million visitors in 2016 (13.45 million forecast for 2017)
6. New York, USA — 12.70 million visitors in 2016 (12.36 million forecast for 2017)
7. Seoul, South Korea — 12.39 million visitors in 2016 (12.44 million forecast for 2017)
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 11.28 million visitors in 2016 (12.08 million forecast for 2017)
9. Tokyo, Japan — 11.15 million visitors in 2016 (12.51 million forecast for 2017)
10. Istanbul, Turkey — 9.16 million visitors in 2016 (9.24 million forecast for 2017)
 
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Heads Up On This Flydubai Sale Sept.15-Oct31


                               

 

Hey there people, as always, doing our best to keep you up to date on deals going on. The terms of this sale have it scheduled over a few different periods. The current sale cycle will end on Oct.31st. The next sale period will start on Nov.1st and go through the 31st of January of 2018. Basically, the deal offers customers a discount up to 20, 30 and 50% off on one-way and return fares in Economy and Business Class. The overview is as listed.

  1. UAE, GCC, Jordan and Lebanon:- Up to 50% off
  2. Iran, Iraq and Egypt:- Up to 30% off
  3. Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda:- Up to 30% off
  4. Russia:- Up to 20% off
  5. Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Slovakia, Tajikistan and Ukraine:- Up to 30% off
  6. Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey:- Up to 50% off
  7. Nepal and Sri Lanka:- Up to 30% off
  8. Pakistan and Thailand:- Up to 50% off          


                                     

 

The further ahead you book your flight, the better your discount is, so check it out and look into it but don’t take too long making a decision. Time is money and money is well….I guess kind of a big deal right? Click either of the banners to check it out.


                                                             

Is It Too Dangerous To Vacation In Mexico?


                                                     

 

    The U.S. State Department has recently expanded it’s Travel Warning to Mexico to include some of the county’s most popular vacation hotspots. Tourist destinations included the Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Los Cabos on the Pacific coast. The warning does not suggest not traveling altogether, but it does “warn U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.” The recent change has left some to wonder if it’s too dangerous to visit. 

    Mexico is visited by upwards of 25 million Americans per year, making it the most popular tourist destination for citizens looking to travel outside of the country. The massive resorts, all inclusive packages, cultural sites and big cities are especially attractive when coupled with cheap prices and easy access.

                                                  

   Ok, let’s get to the question. Is it too dangerous to vacation in Mexico. The answer to that is….”it depends”. Chicago is the murder capital of the country, yet there are many areas of the city that are perfectly safe and I wouldn’t think twice about going to. What I mean by this is, as long as you use common sense, your likelihood of being safe should stay in your favor. What are some common sense things to keep in mind? Oh I thought you’d never ask. Let’s review shall we.

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   Common Sense Rule #1 – Do your research. Most likely you’ll research 10 different places to eat, put in at least the same effort for safety. Although nothing is guaranteed and people do get caught at “the wrong place at the wrong time”, it certainly helps your chances.

                                                             

   Common Sense Rule #2 – Try to stay at or near the resort or resort sponsored tour. Most crime happens outside of the resorts, and although things do sometimes happen at the resorts, your odds are better just sticking close.

                                                                    

   Common Sense Rule #3 – Try not to do any driving, especially at night. You could make it very easy to get yourself lost. Which then leads to a seedy neighborhood, which leads to you being being beaten, which leads you to waking up in a bathtub with your kidney missing. 

                                                                

   Common Sense Rule #4 – Take it easy on the booze. This one is self explanatory. Don’t be like uncle Barry, drink 11 margaritas, end up in a small village 23 miles from the resort in his underwear, yelling at the locals about REO Speedwagon. The police report was very amusing. Keep in mind Mexican authorities seized over 10,000 gallons of alcohol at different resorts after allegations of tainted alcohol.

   Common Sense Rule #5 – Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  to stay updated on conditions in your destination.

 State Department warnings and alerts: travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

   Well there you have it. Some quality tips to keep you and your family little safer. Thank you for stopping by. See you in Mexico!

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