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Heroic Air Peace Employees Foil Baby Smuggling Plot

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Quick thinking Air Peace employees have foiled a pair of baby smugglers about to board a flight to Asaba. The incident involving two babies occurred at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Monday, June 7. It is the third time in three years alert Air Peace employees have disrupted the child trafficking trade.

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Air Peace personnel in Lagos foiled a baby smuggling attempt on Monday. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

Air Peace employees save two three-month-old babies on Monday

According to multiple Nigerian media reports, an adult male and female attempted to

check-in for a flight to Asaba at lunchtime on Monday. Asaba is a Nigerian city located some 273 miles (440 kilometers) east of Lagos. Air Peace offers several flights a day between Lagos and Asaba.

With the two adults were two babies aged around three months. Stanley Olisa, a spokesperson for Air Peace, says check-in staff asked about the infants and became suspicious. Initially, the two passengers said the infants belonged to them, and they were traveling only to Asaba.

“The two adults, who hinted that the babies were three months old each, were further questioned by another counter attendant and a security personnel, but they gave a different narrative,” Mr Olisa is quoted saying in Nigeria’s Vanguard News.

“The two adults gave conflicting explanations to different staff- that the babies were being taken to the United Kingdom to unite them with their parents, and later they said they were sending the babies to Zimbabwe for adoption.”

As suspicions intensified, Air Peace’s security staff intervened and brought in local police. According to Vanguard News, the passengers admitted to police they were trafficking the babies for adoption.

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Two passengers with unexplained babies tried to board an Air Peace flight to Asaba on Monday. Photo: Sean Mendis via Wikimedia Commons

Not the first time Air Peace employees foil baby smugglers

This isn’t the first time Air Peace has foiled baby smugglers. In June 2018, alert flight attendants on a flight between Lagos and Banjul became suspicious when a female passenger declined to breastfeed an unsettled three-month-old child. Instead, she tried to give the little boy water. The female passenger was one of two adults traveling together

When the flight crew challenged the passengers, they claimed to be taking the baby to Banjul under a surrogacy deal. Dissatisfied, the flight crew notified Banjul, and security personnel met the flight on arrival.

On the ground, the passengers were separated and questioned. Both gave conflicting accounts of who the baby boy was and their relationship with it. Later DNA testing proved no biological link. At the time, Air Peace applauded its flight crew for intervening.

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Air Peace has a history of stepping in to stop the trafficking of children. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

In January 2019, a flight crew again stepped in to rescue a baby about to board a flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos. This child was three days old. This time Air Peace did name the flight crew who saved the child. They were Captain Sinmisola Ajibola, Senior First Officer Onohi Agboighale, Mojoko Ewane, Taiye Abbey, Victoria Ukpiaifo, and Ngozi Ezeamaka.

The female passenger, again traveling with adult companions, provided varying accounts of her relationship with the baby and her reason for traveling. Air Peace called in the police, and reports say the female passenger later confessed to trafficking the child.

Only eight years old, Air Peace’s reputation as one of west Africa’s best airlines is growing fast. The willingness of their employees to intervene, ask questions, and disrupt the baby smuggling trade only adds to that reputation.

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Where Are Qantas’ Boeing 747’s Now?

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Few aircraft turn heads like the Boeing 747 does. It is arguably the most iconic and best-loved aircraft ever flown. Between 1971 and 2020, Qantas operated scores of Boeing 747s, ranging from 747 SPs to 747-400s. One year after the last Boeing 747 left Qantas, what has become of the planes?

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Qantas flew scores of Boeing 747s over 49 years, retiring the last in 2020. Photo: Getty Images

Most 747s now scrapped, but some preserved

Most of the former Qantas 747s, especially the older 747s, are now officially scrapped. But in the interim, many of the aircraft found second lives with other airlines. Some, like the 747-200, VH-EBQ City of Bunbury, some became museum pieces and remain carefully preserved.

In recent years, Qantas was best known for its fleet of Boeing 747-400s. The last of them only left the airline in 2020. But before the 400 series were 747-SPs, 747-100s, 747-200, and 747-300s. There were some big-name airlines happy to take former Qantas 747s. In 1991, United Airlines picked up six Qantas Boeing 747-200s. They were VH-EBP, VH-EBO, VH-EBN, VH-EMB, VH-EBL, and VH-EBK.

In the late 1980s, the first Boeing 747-400s touched down in Sydney, going on to fly under Qantas colors for 30 years. According to the airline database, ch-aviation, Qantas flew 31 747-400s over the years, including six extended range (ER) versions.

One of the most famous is VH-OJA which is now preserved at the Historical Aviation Society Museum south of Sydney. Most of the 747-400s are now scattered around the world in boneyards such as Mojave, Victorville, Marana Pinal, or Tulepo. Some 747-400s found themselves flying for other airlines. VH-OEB Phillip Island was bought by Rolls-Royce recently to be used as a testbed.

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The last Qantas 747 left the fleet in July 2020. Photo: Getty Images

A quick retirement for the Boeing 747 in early 2020

With the worldwide travel downturn hitting Qantas hard last year, the airline brought forward its previously announced retirement dates for their remaining 747-400s. Over the first half of 2020, the final jumbos began flying out of Sydney, heading to storage in California.

Qantas sent their last 747-400, VH-OEJ Wunala, off to California in July. 2020 was an unusual year, and the aircraft didn’t get the send-off originally planned. But VH-OEJs final flight did make a splash, drawing a kangaroo in the sky after it left Sydney.

It was a sudden end for an aircraft type that flew continuously at Qantas for 49 years – a remarkable length of time. However, in the year since, Qantas has been keen to maximize the nostalgia surrounding the 747. In a nifty marketing stunt, the airline proceeded to sell the drinks carts from the jumbos. The carts, appropriately stocked with drinks, sold like hotcakes.

More recently, Qantas has channeled the early days of the 747, setting up a replica of their notorious upper deck Captain Cook lounge at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach. The fabulously retro lounge harked back to an era when people dressed up to fly, were able to smoke onboard, and flight attendants carved the roast beef inflight.

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Qantas continues to capitalize on nostalgia surrounding the 747. Photo: Getty Images

Qantas turns to smaller, more efficient planes

Like many other airlines that flew the 747, Qantas is eyeing smaller, more fuel-efficient planes in the future. Earlier this decade, Qantas purchased a dozen Airbus A380s, a bigger plane than the Boeing 747, and probably a purchase the airline came to rue. Those A380s are now in long-term storage in California, flagged to return to flying in 2023.

  • In 2021, the flagship of the Qantas fleet is the 236 seat Boeing 787-9, a plane airlines love for its operating efficiencies but i leaves many passengers underwhelmed. In contrast, most passengers were always pleased to board a 364 seat Qantas 747-400.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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