New budget airline to take off in South Korea

first_imgSouth Korea’s already busy low-cost market will get another player in 2018 when start-up  KAIR Airlines begins flying Airbus A320s.Airbus announced on Monday that the start-up had signed a firm order for eight conventional A320s to operate from its base in Cheongju, in central South Korea. The airline will focus primarily on services to international destinations in North East Asia.  “We see enormous potential for the development of a low-cost model linking central South Korea with destinations in China, Taiwan and Japan”,  Byung Ho Kang, KAIR Airlines chairman, said in a statement. “KAIR Airlines will focus on point-to-point services at low fares while offering passengers a modern and fun product offering.”KAIR Airlines joins a slew of  existing low-cost carriers in South Korea, including Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Air Busan and T’way Airlines. Asiana Airlines Joined the fray last year with low-cost subsidiary Air Seoul, based at Incheon International Airport.LCC’s enjoy a 22 per cent market share on South Korea’s international routes, up from 16.2 per cent in 2015, and experts predict they are heading quickly towards 30 per cent.They dominate the domestic market with a combined market share of 56.6 per cent, according to November government statistics reported by the Pulse business news site.That put them ahead of network carriers Korean Air and Asiana, which between them commanded 43.4 per cent of the market.Jeju Air, Jin Air, T`way Airlines, Eastar Jet and Air Busan were profitable in 2016 with combined revenues estimated at more than 2.5 trillion won ($US2.08 billion).Airbus backed the potential of its latest customer with chief operating officer customers John Leahy saying the European manufacturer had been impressed by KAIR’s business model. “We are confident that the efficiencies offered by the A320 will contribute to a successful launch by KAIR Airlines, bringing more choice for passengers flying in the North East Asian region,’’ he said.last_img

5 Products for Audio Editing Under $50

first_imgDeck out your video editing bay with these audio-related products — all available for under 50 bucks!Discover five products that can improve your audio editing without breaking the bank. What inexpensive gadgets do you use in your edit suite? Let us know in the comments below!Editor’s Note: PremiumBeat is not paid by any software manufacturer or developer. These recommendations reflect our honest opinions of these products. 1. Powermate USBThe Griffin Powermate is a multifunction controller that not only looks amazing in your edit suite, it also can serve a multitude of functions. Use the Powermate as a volume control or jog wheel in your video editing timeline. The controller comes in two flavors, Bluetooth and USB. The Bluetooth version costs twice as much as the USB version, and many users have actually reported having a better experience with the wired model. At around $25 USD, it’s an inexpensive tool to potentially speed up your audio and video editing workflow.2. Bluetooth HeadphonesMost quality Bluetooth headphones extend well over the $100 USD range. That’s why we were surprised to hear about the new LX-10 from EditorsKeys (a company that specializes in shortcut keyboards for video editors). Currently retailing for $49.99 USD, the LX-10 offers ten hours of playback on a single charge. They sent us a loaner to review and we put it through the paces…The line-in function is useful, enabling the headphones to work as a traditional wired version when Bluetooth isn’t available. The metal body is also a nice touch… the set feels substantial and able to withstand being tossed in a bag for editing-on-the-go.Arguably, that’s where the strength lies with this pair of headphones… I can see this as the perfect set for video editing on the road. The sound is clear, but the top end does seem to get lost in the mids and the bass is a bit overpowerful. The ergonomics are ‘middle of the road’… while the earpieces are comfortable, the overall fit is a bit on the tight side.That said, for the price, this is a respectable pair of headphones. You may find other wireless Bluetooth models in this lower price range, but for the battery time and overall quality, this is a solid choice under $50.3. Blue SnowballHaving a simple USB microphone in your edit suite is essential for recording ‘scratch track’ audio. Are you waiting on a final voiceover recording from voice talent? Do you need to test out the timing of narration? Having a mic handy makes it simple to record directly into your video editing application (check out our previous posts on instructions for doing this in Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro).For nearly a decade, the Blue Snowball mic has been a great USB option (it’s the mic we use for on-the-fly recordings). The Snowball iCE offers much of the same functionality as the regular Snowball, has a built-in desk stand, and is available for less than $50.  The vintage stylings are a nice touch too.4. Blue IcicleWhile we’re on the topic of microphones, it’s worth mentioning another product by Blue, the Icicle. This XLR to USB converter is a simple interface option for recording audio from any traditional microphone into your computer. Audio quality is 44.1 kHz / 16-bit and the unit is phantom powered — an external power source isn’t necessary.5. Acoustic PanelsUpgrade the sound of your edit suite with acoustical wall tiles. A quality pair of foam panels can actually be purchased for less than $50 USD. Not only will the acoustic profile of your space be better for recording audio, it will also improve sound playback by minimizing reflection and reverb.Got any go-to audio gear that you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

PBA: Bolts near twice-to-beat, push Aces to brink of elimination

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win View comments PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Zaheer and Ishant will be handy says Vengsarkar

first_imgThe return to form of speedster Ishant Sharma in the West Indies tour is good news for India as he and Zaheer Khan would form a formidable pair in India’s Test series against England starting this month, former captain Dilip Vengsarkar said in Mumbai on Tuesday.Zaheer Khan will join Ishant Sharma in England”I’m glad Ishant is back into form. Zaheer is also there. They will form a formidable pair,” said Vengsarkar after releasing a book of veteran Mumbai curator Nadim Memon at the Cricket Club of India. Ishant, who was left out of the World Cup squad, rediscovered his touch on the Caribbean tour and emerged as the highest wicket taker from either side with a haul of 22 wickets, three better than West Indian pace spearhead Fidel Edwards.Former India stumper Kiran More said batting would hold key for India in the series against England. “It will be India’s batting against England’s bowling. If we bat well we will win; 375-400 should be the minimum total that will be required,” said More, also an ex-chief selector like Vengsarkar.Talking about the feeling of playing at Lord’s, London, Vengsarkar -who has scored three centuries on the trot at this hallowed venue -said that the first day of the Test was a special one with a packed crowd in attendance. “It’s a great occasion. I am a member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) and hope to be there ( when India take on England in the series opener and the 100th Test between the two rivals commencing on July 21), but am not sure,” he said.advertisementVengsarkar, busy campaigning for himself and his panel members ahead of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s elections on Friday, recollected the opening Test win at Lord’s and 2- 0 series victory in 1986 under Kapil Dev. “We won at Lord’s in 1986 and had a great tour to win the series 2- 0. I hope the Indian team (led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni) also wins at Lord’s (this time around),” the former India skipper said.Asked about what could probably be the last visit to England by master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Vengsarkar said, with a smile, that “one cannot be sure on this count”. ” Tendulkar has scored a lot of runs in England and all over the world. I am sure he will do well on the tour,” said the erstwhile stylish middle order batsman who has played 116 Tests. Vengsarkar refrained from commenting on the decision of the Indian team not to press for a win in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Dominica.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more