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Inflight Review: Malaysia Airlines: Economy: 737-800: Bangalore – Singapore

This was my first trip on Malaysia Airlines and my first international flight out of India on a narrow body in eight years. Why not fly Bangalore to Singapore direct instead of the roundabout Bangalore – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore?  I am a oneworld frequent flier and Malaysia Airlines is a member of the alliance. The other option would have …

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Video: MRJ being painted in ANA livery

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet arrives at the 2017 Paris air show. Mitsubishi Image.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is making it’s European debut at the 2017 Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport. The aircraft on display is FTA-3, the third test aircraft. Mitsubishi ferried the aircraft from the MRJ Flight Test Center, Moses Lake, Washington via Winnipeg and Goose Bay, Canada and Keflavik, Iceland to Paris. FTA-3 originally bore the Mitsubishi corporate livery …

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Spicejet to buy 40 Boeing 737 MAX 10s

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for 40 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris airshow which kicked off today. The deal, valued at $4.74 billion at current list prices, includes 20 new orders for 737 MAX 10’s and converts 20 of the carriers existing MAX 8 orders to MAX 10’s. With this order …

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Lounge Review: Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Regional Kuala Lumpur

Entrance to the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Regional.

While transiting Kuala Lumpur airport between two ‘regional’ flights, I had a chance to use Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge regional. Malaysian has two lounges at KLIA, a regional lounge at the main terminal building which mainly services the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet and a bigger Golden lounge at the satellite pier which services the airline’s and airports long haul wide …

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Pictures of Vistara A320neo first commercial flight

The Tata Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara operated the inaugural flight of their brand new Airbus A320neo from New Delhi to Bangalore yesterday morning as flight UK811. The aircraft registered VT-TNB features slight changes in the livery including the Vistara star and A320neo branding on the belly, and a banner along the upper fuselage. Like national carrier Air India, Vistara’s …

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Irkut MC-21 completes first flight

Irkut MC-21-300. Irket Image.

Russian airframer Irkut completed the maiden flight of it’s new MC-21-300 aircraft yesterday. The test flight was conducted at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant and reportedly lasted 30 minutes. The MC-21 program was launched in 2007 with the first prototype being rolled out in 2016. The program is headed by Irkut which is a subsidiary of the Russian government …

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Vistara takes delivery of it’s first A320neo

Full service carrier, Vistara has taken delivery of it’s first A320neo (new engine option) at Airbus’ Toulouse plant. The aircraft is the 14th A320 in the carriers fleet and is powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines. The airline has equipped it’s neo with mood lighting, improved seats and a new look across all three of it’s cabins. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, …

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Indigo wins Airbus’ Best Operational Excellence award

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

Low cost carrier Indigo has won the Airbus’ award for Best Operational Excellence for the second consecutive year. Indigo won the award after outperforming 46 other airlines globally. The selection criteria for the award is based on data covering two years of operation and taking into consideration the number of aircraft in the fleet, daily utilization rate, technical reliability and …

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Indigo to begin regional operations with ATR 72-600s

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

Low cost carrier Indigo has signed a term sheet with French airframer ATR for 50 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The order would be valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin towards the end of 2017. Indigo will be able to reduce the number of aircraft on order depending on it’s commercial performance. The order is …

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COMAC C919 completes first flight

The first COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) C919 has successfully completed it’s first flight. The aircraft took off from Shanghai’s Pudong airport and landed back at the airport after a 79 minute flight. The first aircraft bearing the registration B-001A has been undergoing extensive ground testing since it was rolled out of the assembly hanger in 2015. The aircraft …

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Jet Airways to begin Bangalore – Amsterdam and Chennai – Paris flights

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Jet Airways will begin two new flights from Bangalore to Amsterdam and Chennai to Paris from 29 October 2017. The airline will operate these routes with it’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft. These flights will offer codeshare connections on Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines and will give passengers one stop connections to 35 destinations in Europe and …

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Jet Airways to add 42 new weekly flights

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways will add 42 weekly flights connecting three new city pairs from 1st May 2017. The airline is begining a direct New Delhi – Nagpur service, Lucknow – Kolkata service and Kozhikode – Bengaluru service. Jet Airways 9W 7065 will depart New Delhi at 0745 hrs, arriving in Nagpur at 0930 hrs. 9W 7062 will depart Nagpur at 1020 …

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Boeing 737 MAX 9 completes first flight

The first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 9.

Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 completed it’s first flight today. The aircraft piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson completed a successful 2 hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Municipal Airport and landing the nearby Boeing Field. The flight of the brand new 737 comes just around 50 years after the first flight of the …

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Boeing receives FAA certificate for MAX 8, rolls out MAX 9

The 737 MAX 9 being rolled out of the paint hanger. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing has announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the 737 MAX 8 for commercial service. The airframer is preparing for the first 737 MAX 8 delivery in the second quarter of this year. To earn certification, Boeing used a fleet of four test aircraft to undertake comprehensive test program. The test program also included …

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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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