US airlines hit by system-wide outages

Southwest Airlines said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved and that systems would be back up soon. (AFP)
Updated 01 April 2019
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US airlines hit by system-wide outages

  • Southwest Airlines Co. said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved
  • The No. 1 US carrier American Airlines said the outage was affecting regional carriers nationwide

US airlines were hit by system-wide computer outages on Monday related to problems with the Aerodata planning weight and balance program, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
After reporting problems along with several major peers, however, Southwest Airlines Co. said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved and that systems would be back up soon.
Earlier, carriers had reported problems through their social media accounts, with United Airlines saying it was unable to create paperwork as a result.
The No. 1 US carrier American Airlines said the outage was affecting regional carriers nationwide.
Canada’s Alaska Air Group Inc. also said on its social media account that it was experiencing a system-wide outage.


Small and medium enterprises ‘key to national growth’ in Saudi Arabia

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Small and medium enterprises ‘key to national growth’ in Saudi Arabia

  • The Finance Ministry has launched a SR12.5 billion ($3.3 billion) program
  • SMEs are supported and empowered by the Saudi Finance Ministry

Rawan Radwan RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were an importance topic of discussion at the Financial Sector Conference in Riyadh on Wednesday.
SMEs are supported and empowered by the Saudi Finance Ministry as a key partner in national development.
“Progress is … being made,” said Tim Callen, the International Monetary Fund’s assistant director for the Middle East and Central Asia. But “there’s still huge untapped potential,” he added.
The Finance Ministry has launched a SR12.5 billion ($3.3 billion) program to support the private sector, including SMEs.
“We’ve already committed SR2 billion, and the pilot phase has begun,” said Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan.
In a focus discussion titled “Drivers of Growth and Innovation: SME funding,” Patrick Zhong, founding managing partner at M31 Capital in China, spoke of Saudi youths’ great potential in terms of the growth and success of SMEs.
Addressing gender equality in SMEs in the Kingdom, Mohammed Al-Malki, vice governor of funding at the Saudi Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monshaat), said “there’s no differentiation between male and female” at Monshaat.