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Britons on new flight from Wuhan to be quarantined in Milton Keynes

Britons on new flight from Wuhan to be quarantined in Milton Keynes

World
British citizens flying back on Sunday from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, will be quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes, Sky News understands.It came as the UK stepped up its preparation for coronavirus, with the number of laboratories which can test for the deadly disease being increased from one to 12 in the coming weeks. Earlier, a British man on board a cruise ship has been diagnosed with the coronavirus while on his honeymoon.The flight arriving Sunday will be the third one that has brought Britons to the UK from Wuhan in recent days.The first plane, carrying 83 UK evacuees, arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on 31 January before they were taken into quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for a fortnight. ...
Belgian woman with coronavirus on same flight as Britons

Belgian woman with coronavirus on same flight as Britons

World
A Belgian woman who has tested positive for the coronavirus was on board the same flight that brought back UK citizens from China on Sunday, Belgium's health agency has said. It came after the Foreign Office advised British nationals in China to leave if they are able to, as the coronavirus crisis intensifies. The Belgian woman was one of nine people from Belgium on board the flight back to France, which carried passengers from 30 other countries.Some 11 UK citizens and family members on the flight were then flown on to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.Of these, 10 continued to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for a 14-day period of isolation, while Anthony May-Smith was taken to hospital in Oxford to be tested for potential coronavirus. ...
One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

Business
Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the world's largest twin-engine jetliner - a respite from the ongoing controversy surrounding the 737 MAX.It took three attempts to get the 777X off the ground, as the first two planned tests were abandoned owing to high winds. The plane - which is 77m (252ft) long and can seat more than 400 passengers - took off from a runway just outside Seattle on the US west coast. Image: The co-pilots for the test flight wave after their successful journey Four hours later, it landed at the historic Boeing Field, not far from rows of 737 MAX planes left grounded after two fatal crashes triggered safety concerns.The new Boeing model, which will be officially known as the 777-9, also boasts fold...
SpaceX abort test succeeds, paving way for astronaut flight

SpaceX abort test succeeds, paving way for astronaut flight

Science
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- SpaceX blew up a rocket in Florida on Sunday in a final test launch of its Crew Dragon space capsule, proving it can carry astronauts to safety in a launch emergency. The successful test means SpaceX is poised to launch the first astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said there is still work to be done, such as a few more parachute tests, but the last big hurdle was Sunday's launch. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said the first launch with astronauts is likely to happen in the second quarter of 2020, no earlier than April. The capsule would carry veteran NASA fliers Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. "Given what looks to be a very successful ...
Last-minute flight cancellations hit holiday crowd

Last-minute flight cancellations hit holiday crowd

Finance
MUMBAI: Domestic flight cancellations have been going up since July when airlines began bingeing on Jet Airways slots, only to find it difficult to handle the sudden spurt in growth. The problem is set to worsen this winter as fog-related disruptions, aircraft unavailability due to engine problems and crew scheduling issues kick in. In the past week, hundreds of passengers who had booked flight tickets in advance for their year-end Christmas holidays have been forced to either scrap their holidays or buy exorbitant last-minute tickets thanks to flight cancellations. On Monday, GoAir cancelled 18 flights. GoAir attributed it to a combination of factors such as inclement weather, low visibility and anti-CAA protests in the country. It did not speak about A320Neo Pratt and Whitney engine snag...