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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mandala accelerates Boeing retirement

Agustina Wayansari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

PT Mandala Airlines retired four of its aging Boeing 737-200 planes earlier than planned Tuesday, expecting to replace them soon with four new planes from Airbus.

"With the fuel prices at US$100 it is time for Mandala to review the operation of the Boeings," Mandala CEO Warwick Brady told reporters.

Brady said from the retirement of the Boeings, which was initially planned for December, Mandala could save up to 43 percent per seat on fuel consumption.

"Not only do we want to operate modern planes to comply with safety and reliability issues, the Airbuses will also help us reduce (operational) costs up to 30 percent," Brady said.

Brady said the small engines used in the Boeings, which had been in operation for between 20 and 25 years, needed more fuel than the Airbus engines. They also had high maintenance costs as they needed up to three-month stays in the hangar for regular check-ups.

Ahead of the arrival of the new Airbuses, the airline company currently operates four Airbus A320s, two Airbus A319s and two Boeing 737-400s, which will also be put into retirement later this year.

Mandala has ordered 30 Airbuses worth US$1.8 billion to be delivered gradually through 2011, and expects to operate 44 Airbuses in 2012.

With the new planes coming this year, the company aims to increase its total passengers by 50 percent. An A320 can carry up to 180 passengers and the A319 can carry up to 144 passengers. The Boeing 737-200 has a capacity of 120 seats.

Mandala currently serves 24 routes to major cities in Indonesia, including the recently initiated destinations of Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, Solo in Central Java and Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, said Brady, adding that they were reviewing adding more routes.

Revenue management and networking director Ai Ling said Mandala would offer a special price starting from Rp 50,000 (around US$5.40) for domestic destinations following the launch of its new planes.

She also said the airline had cooperated with the Singapore Tourism Board to provide free ferry tickets from Batam to Singapore and vice versa for Mandala passengers, as well as to give a 50 percent discount for children during school holidays in June and July this year.

The airline said due to a restructuring plan it had improved on-time performance to over 85 percent of flights within 15 minutes of scheduled arrivals and 99 percent within one hour.

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