Air India has launched its Boeing 777 aircraft over the North Pole to become the first Indian airline to operate commercial flights overflying the polar region.
Its Delhi-San Francisco flight, which usually overflies the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean, cut across latitudes instead on Thursday to fly over zero degree north.
The launch of this new route is expected to reduce the flying duration by one-and-a-half hours approximately. In addition to this, fuel savings on the polar route will be in the region of 2 tonnes to 7 tonnes per flight. Also, the reduced carbon emissions will contribute towards eco-conservation.
Risk assessment, special crew training, weather monitoring and aircraft serviceability have all been assessed to ensure enhanced safety on this sector.
Private sector RBL Bank and digital healthcare platform Practo have partnered to launch an industry first co-branded health credit card.
This credit card is powered by Mastercard and is available on both Practo and RBL mobile apps and websites.
It offers benefits like unlimited and round-the-clock online consultations with experienced and qualified doctors, one free full body health check-up, while users can use the card to earn points that can be redeemed for availing services like ordering medicine, tests and online consultations. Moreover, the card also offers two complimentary domestic airport lounge accesses every quarter
Former New Zealand cricketer and Captain Brendon McCullum has been appointed as the coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the head coach of Trinbago Knight Riders, the other team owned by the same group.
Brendon McCullum had retired from international cricket in 2016 but active in domestic tournament around the globe.
He has played franchise-cricket leagues around the world, with stints in the IPL with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, as well as Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash, Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and Trinbago in the CPL.