Resumption of Russian flights to Cairo postponed till end of February

Airport staff walk under Aeroflot's Moscow-Havana flight aircraft at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2018
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Resumption of Russian flights to Cairo postponed till end of February

CAIRO: Officials at Cairo’s International Airport were informed Friday by Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, that the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt will be postponed till the end of February.
A report by the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said a memo from Aeroflot stated that flights will be postponed for another week citing “necessary permits.”
“Aeroflot is currently waiting on security approvals and necessary permits to resume flights to Cairo from Russian authorities,” the memo read, as quoted by Al-Ahram.
Recent reports said flights were going to resume during the first week of February as per an aviation security agreement between both countries.
However, Russia’s Domodedovo Airport postponed the scheduled flights for a second time, pushing it further to Feb. 27, the newspaper report said.
Officials from both countries have been working to resume direct Russian flights to Cairo after they were suspended in the aftermath of a terror attack in 2015.
This resumption will be the first since the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai, en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, claiming the lives of 217 passengers.


Toyota recalls 70,000 vehicles to replace air bag inflators

Updated 12 December 2018
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Toyota recalls 70,000 vehicles to replace air bag inflators

  • Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the bags
  • Can deteriorate and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister

DETROIT: Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
The recall covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC.
Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the bags. But it can deteriorate and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.
The Toyota and Lexus vehicles were recalled previously and the inflators replaced with new ones that still used ammonium nitrate. In the latest recall, Toyota will use inflators made by another company with a safer chemical.
Owners will be notified early next year. Toyota says it has replacement parts available.
About 65,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the US
Toyota says it’s doing the recall a year ahead of a schedule set by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
At least 23 people have died worldwide due to the problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp., resulting in the largest series of auto recalls in US history. They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.
The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection.