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Video: German Luftwaffe jets intercepting Jet Airways 777

A couple of days back a Jet Airways 777-300ER (VT-JEX) operating 9W-118 from Mumbai to London was intercepted by two German air force fighter jets (most likely Eurofighter Typhoons) near Cologne. The aircraft was not responding to calls on the assigned ATC frequencies. Aviation Herald, a world leading aviation safety website, reported, once the aircraft was intercepted by the fighter …

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Boeing debuts the 787-10 dreamliner

The Boeing 787-10 rolled out at Boeing South Carolina. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing has rolled out the largest of the 787 dreamliner family at it’s Charleston, South Carolina plant. The event was celebrated by thousands of Boeing employees, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and CEO, Boeing “What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,“In …

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Pictures: Aero India 2017 preview

The 2017 edition of Aero India begins tomorrow. The biennial will be conducted from 14 to 18 February 2017 at Air force station Yelahanka. Yesterday we were at the dress rehearsal and have put together some a preview of the show. Helicopters Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are displaying a variety of helicopters in this years …

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Etihad to begin third daily from Bangalore

Etihad Airways Airbus A320 A6-EIC.

Middle-eastern carrier Etihad Airways will launch a third daily flight from Bangalore to Abu Dhabi from 26 March 2017. The new flight will allow the airline to offer passengers from Bangalore more connections to Europe and North America via it’s Abu Dhabi hub. The flight will be operated using a two class Airbus A321. The new flight’s late night departure …

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Qatar Airways A320neos diverted to IndiGo

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

It appears the Airbus A320neos ordered by original launch customer Qatar Airways, are getting diverted to the world’s largest A320neo operator, currently, India’s Indigo. The Gulf carrier had ordered 34 A320neos powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW100G Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine, and was slated to be the launch customer. However the airline started cancelling airframes in their dispute with …

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Mitsubishi delays MRJ delivery to 2020

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) will be delayed from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The delay is due to reconfigurations in the aircraft’s electrical and a few other systems. The company had previously planned to deliver the first MRJ to launch customer ANA by mid 2018. The MRJ was initially meant to …

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Bangalore airport to partially close for Aero India and runway work

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bengaluru Kempegowda International airport will partially shut operations from February 8th to 18th due to the Aero India air show to allow for show rehearsals and flying displays. The airport will close from the 8th to 11th February for show rehearsals and from the 12th to 18th for the show itself. The airport operator, BIAL, has informed the airlines who …

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Spicejet scores highest On Time Performance at Delhi

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has maintained the highest on time performance (OTP) of all the domestic carriers operating from Delhi Airport in the month of December. Winter usually sees many delays and diversions in the smog of the capital – SpiceJet has posted the highest OTP at the metro for the last three months. Coming in the second slot was …

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Indigo fleet reaches 125 Airbus A320’s

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

Low cost carrier IndiGo has grown it’s fleet to a 125 Airbus A320’s. The airline took delivery of it’s 125 aircraft VT-ITH in it’s 125th month of operation. The aircraft is Indigo’s 13th Airbus A320neo. The airline is also adding 10 additional frequencies connecting Hyderabad to Goa, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam effective the 1st of January. Aditya Ghosh, President and …

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Video: Painting of TruJet’s first ATR 72-600

Trujet ATR 72-500 VT-TMU. ATR Image.

Regional carrier Trujet has taken delivery of it’s first ATR 72-600. The aircraft bearing the registration VT-TMC will join the airline’s existing fleet of three ATR 72-500’s (212A). The aircraft is configured with 70 seats with the new Armonia cabin. Trujet has leased the aircraft from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). Umesh Vankayalapati, Managing Director, Trujet “We are pleased to introduce …

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Mumbai airport first in India to introduce self baggage drop

One of he SITA Scan and Fly units deployed at Mumbai airport's Terminal 2.

Mumbai Airport has become the first Indian airport to introduce a self drop facility for check in bags. The airport has deployed SITA’s Scan&Fly bag drop units, which will allow passengers whom have checked in online to tag and drop their baggage themselves before proceeding to the gate. The self drop facility is available to passengers of Air India, Jet …

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Boeing finalizes $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air

Iran Air Boeing 747SP EP-IAB. Taxing down the runway at Mumbai Airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

American air framer, Boeing has finalized an agreement with Iran Air for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s. The deal is valued at $16.6 billion at current list prices. The deal which was first announced in June and finalized on Sunday, has come just as the political atmosphere in the US is changing. …

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Boeing begins final assembly of the 787-10

The first 787-10 fuselage beginning final assembly. Boeing Image.

American airframer, Boeing has begun final assembly of the 787-10 at it’s North Charleston plant. The 787-10 is a 18 foot stretch of the 787-9. The -10 will maintain a 95% commonality with it’s smaller sibling and will carry 40 more passengers to a maximum listed range of 6430 nm, as against 8500 nm of the 787-9. The first 787-10 …

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Photos: Night spotting at Bangalore Airport

View of part of the ramp at Bangalore Airport at night.

A couple of weeks back thanks to the BIAL and the Aviation Photographers India, I had the opportunity to go airside at Bangalore Airport and do some night photography. Most of Bangalore’s international traffic operates at night and hence the night is a great time to see different airline’s apart from the regular Indigo, Jet and Emirates. Aside from the …

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