The Chilean low cost airline, JetSmart, stated that in the next six to 18 months it will double its fleet by 2023 and add 125 aircraft by 2029, because its plan is to transport more than 100 million passengers by 2028.
“We currently have an accelerated expansion plan. We are bringing in a significant amount of fleet and in the next six to 18 months we will double our fleet to 36 aircraft,” explained the airline’s CCO, Víctor Mejía.
He also noted that they are working with regional authorities in Brazil “to explore opportunities for destinations that we know present an opportunity for air connectivity for Chile and other cities. We could see this in the next six to 18 months with our new fleet, and we hope to have positive news to continue this growth”.
The plane, a military version of the Boeing 737 called the C-40, took off from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia before making a convoluted flight to Taipei to avoid encounters with China’s military, which added extra hours to the flight time.
A Boeing C-40C carrying U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes off from Taipei on Aug. 3, 2022, one day after flight SPAR19 became the most followed flight by users in Flightradar24’s history.
That led to the destination not being immediately clear and sparked online chatter as the plane slowly headed north toward the island. As a result, it became the most followed flight in Flightradar24 history, with 2.92 million users monitoring at least a portion of the seven-hour journey.
The website is part of a popular group of flight tracking services alongside FlightAware and Plane Finder. And it was founded in Sweden in 2006 “completely by accident,” FlightRadar24’s communications director Ian Petchenik recounted, as a strategy to drive traffic to a flight price comparison service.advertisement
In this Tuesday, June 21, 2022 photo in North Miami Beach, Florida, a Cuban migrant who asked not to be identified for fears for the safety of his family living on the island, shows a photo of the rudimentary boat he made to leave Cuba with three friends.
Thousands of others share the same goal. Between January and July, U.S. authorities had 155,000 encounters with Cubans entering through the Mexican border, more than six times more than in the same period in 2021. In addition, between October and August, the Coast Guard intercepted more than 4,600 Cubans, nearly six times more than in all of 2020.
Mass protests in July 2021 led to nearly 1,400 arrests and fears of political oppression that encouraged more Cubans to flee. Another trigger came in November, when Nicaragua stopped requiring visas for Cubans to promote tourism.
“I never thought I would go through so much work to get there,” said Borroto, who was arrested three times in Cuba for selling garlic on the streets. “What you go through on the road I wouldn’t advise anyone, but the Cuban prefers to die on the road rather than stay in Cuba.”
Likewise, although for reasons that generated discord in the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stopped requiring face masks on flights to the territory.
In this way, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden ended one of the longest-standing government mandates employed at the beginning of the pandemic as part of the strategy to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
However, the U.S. health agency specified in its document lifting the requirement that it will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and reassess the need to implement the measure again if the situation changes.
The U.S. Travel Association, therefore, called the lifting of the measure “another major step forward for the recovery of inbound air travel and the return of international travel to the United States.”
Importantly, what does remain mandatory for all non-U.S. citizen and non-immigrant passengers arriving from abroad to the United States by air” is the presentation of a complete vaccination certificate.