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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Apr 28, 2013

ROTEM Industries Ltd. develops first ever Hyper-hemispherical sapphire dome The Crystals Division of Rotem Industries (Israel) has manufactured the first production series of Hyper-hemispherical (240 degrees or more) sapphire domes dedicated for DIRCM/CIRCM applications. The new developed Hyper-Hemispherical sapphire domes solve problem in current systems' design such as limited field of view, optical obstacles and huge drag. This development demonstrates how real terrorism threat led toward a rapid efficient development of the new Hyper Hemispherical Sapphire Domes that enables new capabilities that were not available before. The threat is all those shoulder-fired missiles used by terrorists aiming to take down commercial aircrafts or helicopters mainly during landings or takeoffs. The compelling event in entering this project was the decision of Israeli Ministry of Transportation to equip Israeli airlines with laser-based anti-missile systems. Elbit Systems was chosen as the main contractor, while Rotem Industries provides the sapphire hyper-hemispherical domes. According to Benny Ballin, Head of the Crystals Division at Rotem: "This development enables design of new DIRCM/CIRCM and other optical systems with new high performance levels never seen before. There is no doubt that this technological breakthrough will arouse interest and widen new systems' boundary limitations for optical designers, allowing a whole new approach for systems capabilities." DIRCM (Directional Infrared Counter Measures) and CIRCM (Common Infrared Countermeasures ) are two United States Government and Army initiatives intended to develop systems to protect commercial aircraft and U.S. helicopters from infrared homing ("heat seeking") man-portable missiles. Rotem will demonstrate this remarkable breakthrough in the upcoming SPIE Defense Security + Sensing exhibition in Baltimore USA between April 29 to May 3. Ballin will demonstrate the advantages of using sapphire, the threat of those shoulder-fired missiles used by terrorists, the problem and the limitations of current DIRCM/CIRCM designs and the solution of the new developed domes, during the Windows & Domes conference on May 1. With over 45 years of experience in manufacturing sapphire domes & windows for military optical applications, Rotem is a leading player in the optics field. The development process of this unique technology was highly complex and challenging, due to its dimensions and geometric characteristics. Apr 26, 2013

Gambia Bird flights now bookable online [ETH] Airline continues to invest in on-board services Travel within West Africa and to Europe has just become even easier to book: all flights by Gambia Bird can now be booked online through the airlineOs website. Customers can search for seats either for a specific travel date or in a Olow fare calendarO which displays the cheapest tickets for an entire month. Until now, Gambia Bird tickets have been exclusively available through the airlineOs telephone booking hotline, tour operators and travel agents. Gambia Bird serves Banjul (The Gambia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) twice-weekly from London-Gatwick. Karsten Balke, Chief Commercial Officer of Gambia Bird Airlines: OThe launch of our new online booking system sees us responding to a request that was voiced by many customers: they wanted to be able to book our flights directly and easily from their homes, the office or while on the road. Passengers who prefer to receive personal advice can continue to book through our hotline or a travel agency partner.O In addition to its investments in online services, Gambia Bird also continues to improve its on-board offering. In Economy Class passengers can expect even more comfort from the end of April 2013, as most of the seats in this class now have a larger seat pitch of 31 inches or more. Additionally, passengers in Premium Class are served an exclusive three-course menu and have a greater baggage allowance. All Gambia Bird flights are operated in a two-class configuration with Premium and Economy Class. In the summer months, which usually see less traffic, Gambia Bird Airlines removed selected services from the flight schedule. One Airbus A319 aircraft, which was sent to Germany for maintenance work at the end of March, will be back in service for Gambia Bird Airline mid-September for the Winter Flight Schedule 2013/2014, and will be used by Germania, Gambia BirdOs sister airline, in Summer 2013. Founded in 2012, Gambia Bird Air Lines is headquartered in Banjul, The Gambia. The company is financially backed by German airline group Germania. Gambia Bird provides scheduled flights across West Africa including The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone as well as to Europe. It operates state-of-the-art Airbus A319-100 aircraft, which offer safe, comfortable and fuel-efficient transport. Apr 23, 2013

Air Seychelles, South African Airways Air Seychelles and South African Airways announce codeshare agreement. The first phase of a codeshare agreement between Air Seychelles, and South African Airways (SAA) will see South African Airways place its OSAO code on Air SeychellesO non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Seychelles. South African Airways will also place its code on flights between the two largest islands of Seychelles, Mahe and Praslin, subject to approvals. Air Seychelles is the national airlines of the Republic of Seychelles, and South African Airways is the national airline of the Republic of South Africa. Ticket sales are set to open on April 29 for travel from April 30. Subsequent to the launch of the partnership between Air Seychelles and SAA, the airlines will look into expanding the agreement to include Air Seychelles placing its OHMO code on South African AirwaysO non-stop flights between Johannesburg and destinations across South Africa. The deal follows a strategic move by Air Seychelles to...

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