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Lufthansa upgrades both India Munich routes to newest gen Airbus A350-900

Lufthansa A350-900. Image courtesy airline.

German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has commenced operations on the Mumbai Munich route using the newest aircraft in the world today, the Airbus A350-900 XWB (Xtra Wide Body). With this, Lufthansa is operating the modern airliner on both its India routes. It had commenced A350-900 operations on the Munich New Delhi Munich route in February. Munich is the primary hub …

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DGCAs new regressive policy on callsigns

Qatar Airways Airbus A319LR cockpit

The DGCA has put out a circular with guidelines on avoiding confusing call-signs by operators. Presumably this comes about after a handful of incidents where callsigns were confused. However, this move by the regulator that fails to address the real issue. Full document may be accessed at: http://dgca.nic.in/aic/AIC02_2017.pdf Thoroughly confusing and impractical guildelines The guidelines have a bullet list of provisions. Who is …

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Air India to launch New Delhi Washington DC non-stop in July

Air India Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALE at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal

National carrier Air India will operate a non-stop ‘capital’s flight‘ between New Delhi and Washington DC Dulles (IAD) starting from July 7th. The thrice-weekly flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three class configuration with eight first, 35 business and 195 economy class seats. Washington Dulles will be the airline’s fifth non-stop destination in the United …

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Lufthansa to operate its new Airbus A350 on Mumbai Munich route

Lufthansa A350-900. Image courtesy airline.

German carrier Lufthansa will up-guage its Munich Mumbai route to its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft from April 16, 2017 onwards. The route is currently operated by an Airbus A330-300. The A350 is the newest plane from Airbus, and like its competitor, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, features extensive use of composite materials thus allowing greater pressurisation and humidity for reduced post-flight …

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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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