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Analysis: Why did IndiGo decide to introduce ATR72’s in to its fleet?

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

Earlier this month, on the 9th of May, India’s largest domestic airline Indigo, announced that they had signed a term-sheet with French turbo-prop airframer ATR, for the induction of 50 ATR72-600 regional aircraft. The announcement caught the aviation and investment community completely by surprise. Since its inception 12 years ago in 2005, IndiGo had slavishly adhered to the “one airframe …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bombardier delivers first CS300 to AirBaltic

Canadian airframer, Bombardier has delivered it’s first CS300 aircraft to the launch customer, Latvian flag carrier AirBaltic. The carrier will launch its first CS300 flight from Riga to Amsterdam on 14 December. The CS300 will replace the carrier’s aging Boeing 737-300 and -500 aircraft and join it’s existing fleet of 12 Q400’s. The CS300 is the larger variant in Bombardier’s …

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In pictures: Airbus A350-1000 completes maiden flight

Airbus A350-1000 takes off for its first flight at Toulouse Blagnac airport, France November 24, 2016

The first Airbus A350-1000, the longest variant of the A350 family of widebody aircraft performed its first flight, at Toulouse, France, yesterday. The six person crew took MSN059 into the skies at 09:42 UTC. Test pilots Hugues van der Stichel and Frank Chapman, in cockpit flight test engineer Gerard Maisonneuve, flight test engineers Emanuele Costanzo, Patrick du Che, and Stephane …

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Boeing names GE’s Kevin McAllister to succeed Ray Connor, forms services unit

The MAX 8 is sporting the 100 years of Boeing Decal.

US airframer Boeing, has named GE Aviation’s Kevin G. McAllister as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), to succeed current CEO and company Vice Chairman Ray Conner. The company also formalised a new business unit, Boeing Global Services (BGS) which will be formed from the existing customer services groups within the company’s commercial airplanes and defence, space and …

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First A330neo enters final assembly

European airframer Airbus has begun final assembly of its first A330neo at its final assembly line in Toulouse, France with the joining of the aircraft’s wings to the centre fuselage at station 40. According to Airbus, both the A330-800 and -900 feature A350-inspired wing with Sharklet wingtips, the new AirSpace by Airbus cabin and will reduce fuel consumption by 14 …

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Video: Boeing 737 MAX 8 take-off at Dallas Lovefield airport

Boeing 737-8 MAX flight demonstration practice Moses Lake Washington

During the last week of September I was in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and I heard from the DFW Spotters that Boeing’s new upcoming 737 MAX8 N8704Q was performing customer familiarisation flights and flight testing at Dallas Lovefield airport, the hub of launch customer Southwest Airlines (SWA). The aircraft performed a variety of flights to various SWA destinations including Austin, …

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