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Video: Making the Air India A320neo. India has maximum neo operators.

Air India Airbus A320neo (A320-251N) VT-EXF

Yesterday, national carrier Air India took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, VT-EXF. The aircraft is financed by Kuwait’s ALAFCO. The delivery signifies the first CFM powered A320neo in India. Unlike IndiGo and Go Air who chose the Pratt and Whitney PW110G GTF, Air India opted for the CFM LEAP engine. The delivery also puts India in the lead with …

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Jet Airways leverages partnerships to broaden global network

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

In 2012, in an exclusive interview with Bangalore Aviation, then Boeing India boss Dr. Dinesh Keskar advocated the need for both national carrier Air India, and India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways, to dramatically scale up their networks to utilise their widebody fleet (Boeing 777s, 787s, Airbus A330s) effectively. (Read the interview here, and Dr. Keskar’s advice is towards the …

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Jet Airways to launch Bangalore Singapore flight

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

India’s Jet Airways will operate a daily direct flight between Bangalore and Singapore from December 14, 2016. Flight 9W024 will depart Bengaluru Kempegowda at 11:10 and arrive at Singapore Changi at 18:10. Flight 9W023 will depart Singapore at 19:15 and arrive in Bengaluru at 21:15. The flight will be operated by a narrow body Boeing 737-800. Jet Airways intends to …

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Singapore, Emirates, British, Qatar, Cathay are world’s best airlines

Singapore Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific are the world’s top airlines as per readers of the Business Traveller magazine. The awards are widely recognised within the airline industry and accepted by frequent travellers as a benchmark for excellence. Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines won five awards. It was recognised as the best airline in the world, …

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Vistara announces new routes from Bangalore to Guwahati and Kolkata

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

Vistara Airlines (TATA-SIA) has announced a series of new routes from Bangalore, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Port Blair. The airline will use Kolkata as a stop for both it’s Bangalore – Guwahati and it’s Delhi to Port Blair flights. The new flights from Delhi and Port Blair will commence on 30 September while the flights from Bangalore and Guwahati will …

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Turkey’s Pegasus receives first CFM LEAP powered Airbus A320neo

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines takes delivery of the first CFM LEAP 1-A powered A320neo. Airbus photo.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s leading low cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, became the first airline to fly the Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, and the fourth airline globally, after launch customer Deutsche Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo and GoAir. This is the first of the up to 100 A320neo (new engine option) the airline had ordered back in 2012. …

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AirAsia orders 100 Airbus A321neo. Wants massive India expansion. #FAS16

AirAsia A321neo. Airbus CGI.

Malaysia-based low cost carrier AirAsia has placed an order with Airbus for 100 Airbus A321neo. The order value is $12.6 billion This is the airline group’s first ever order for the extended variant of the popular A320neo family. The announcement was made by AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier at the Farnborough …

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Analysis: GoAir signs MOU with Airbus for another 72 A320neos. Doubles order to 144.

GoAir's first Airbus A320neo VT-WGA MSN7047 takes-off at Toulouse airport.

Indian budget carrier GoAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European airframer Airbus to purchase another 72 A320neo aircraft. This effectively doubles GoAir’s A320neo existing 72 plane order, placed in 2011, to 144. GoAir is the third operator of the new aircraft, globally, after Germany’s Lufthansa, and India’s IndiGo. It has taken delivery of two A320neos as of …

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Virgin Atlantic orders 12 Airbus A350-1000 #FAS16

Airbus CGI of Virgin Atlantic A350-1000.

British carrier Virgin Atlantic has announced an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s. The order is worth $4.4 billion at list prices, though airlines get a substantial discount. Eight of 12 ordered aircraft will be purchased and balance four will be leased. The Virgin A350’s will be powered by British made Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The -1000 is the longest variant …

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Air India to launch Bangalore Hubli flights

Air India Regional Alliance Air first ATR72-600 VT-AII. ATR image.

National carrier Air India has announced it will launch thrice a week flights between Bengaluru (BLR) and Hubballi (HBX) from 20th July. The flights will be operated by ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as per the following schedule : Flight Departure Arrival AI 9509 (BLR-HBX) 15:45 17:05 AI 9510 (HBX-BLR) 17:25 18:35 …

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Singapore Airlines rejigs US operations. To start San Francisco non-stop.

First flight of Singapore Airlines' first A350-900 9V-SMA. Airbus image.

Goes double-daily to Los Angeles Stops A380 service to Los Angeles Suspends Brazil flights Singapore Airlines will launch daily non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco in the winter schedule starting October 23, 2016 using the Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The 13,600km flight will be the longest non-stop at the time in the airline’s network. It is expect to take between …

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Alaska Airlines adds domestic routes

Alaska Air Boeing 737-900ER. Image Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Seattle based US carrier Alaska Airlines has announced new inbound and outbound flights to its ‘focus city’ San Diego. For this year’s ski-season, the airline will introduce daily non-stop flights from San Diego to popular skiing and holiday destination Steamboat Springs in Colorado. The city is famous for its Champagne Powder viewing that invites tourists from around the country and …

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GoAir takes delivery of its first A320neo. Qualifies for international flights.

GoAir's first Airbus A320neo VT-WGA MSN7047 takes-off at Toulouse airport.

Mumbai based low-cost carrier GoAir, promoted by the Wadias, has received the first Airbus A320neo from its order of 72. This makes the carrier the third operator in the world to use the new fuel-efficient jetliner behind Germany’s Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo. This plane is the 20th aircraft in the GoAir fleet and officially qualifies the airline to now fly …

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