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Qatar Airways launches 17 hour Doha Houston route using Boeing 777-200LR

Qatar Airways launched its Doha Houston daily non-stop service yesterday linking the world’s energy capitals and marking the carrier’s 84th destination. The new route is Qatar Airways’ third daily non-stop service to the United States adding to the existing daily services to Washington D.C. and New York City. Qatar Airways is using its two brand new Boeing 777-200 Long Range …

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Travel agents to send a hundred thousand e-mails to Singapore Prime Minister to protest zero commission

The three month old stand-off between travel agents and Singapore Airlines on the zero commission issue shows no signs of abating. Both sides have tried to negotiate but remain apart. If anything, the dispute has entrenched both sides in to their respective stands even further. In the latest move to pressure the Singapore national carrier, Indian travel agents will send …

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Trivia answer: The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight?

Firstly, many thanks to all the Bangalore Aviation readers who participated in last week’s trivia question – Which is the longest scheduled commercial airline flight ? For the purpose of definition I placed four criteria for an ultra long-haul non-stop flight: Operated by a commercial airliner with a definite schedule No intermediate stop-over point within its scheduled duration More than …

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Two first deliveries on the same day: Airbus A330-300 to Finnair, Boeing 777F to Emirates

Two deliveries of “first” of aircraft model occurred on March 27th. Airbus delivered the first A330-300 to Finnair, out of an order for eight. Powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines, the new aircraft is in a two class configuration 42 Business, 229 Economy for a total seating for 271 passengers. On the same day, Boeing delivered the first 777 Freighter …

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OAG: Airline capacities continue to decline; US carriers lead the cutbacks

According to OAG’s (Official Airline Guide) March 2009 report, the world’s airlines have scheduled 4.9% fewer flights for March 2009 compared with the same month last year, with a 3.3% drop in capacity, according to the latest statistics from OAG, the world’s leading aviation data business. This is the eighth successive month of declines, and represents a reduction of more …

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Two Air India staff arrested for human trafficking

Two Air India employees have been arrested after the vigilance department of the airline found they were allegedly involved in human trafficking and transported two women to the US showing them as their wives. Deepak Salvi, a office superintendent, and Hemant Morade, an operator, were arrested for allegedly illegally transporting two women posing as their wives to the US and …

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Luthansa and Brussels Airlines expand partnership

From March 29, 2009, the start of the summer time table, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines will deepen their cooperation and expand their existing partnership, ahead of Lufthansa’s plans to take a 45 per cent stake in Brussels Airlines (subsequently to be raised to 100 per cent), and Brussels Airlines’ entry in to the Star Alliance. Codeshare flights on cross-border routesFrom …

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Boeing AH-64D Apache benefits as India cancels $550 million helicopter tender

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter For quite some time the rumour mill had it that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) was going to scrap the $550 million tender for 22 attack helicopters. Earlier today this rumour was confirmed. According to a spokesman the tender had to be cancelled since ‘the remaining three companies still participating in the tender were …

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Changes in Kingfisher Airlines’ Summer 2009 schedule

Kingfisher Airlines recently released its Summer schedule which comes in to effect from March 29th. Some of the highlights : Introduction of double daily flights between Mumbai and Vadodara. Introduction of direct daily flight between Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. Introduction of direct daily flight service between Aurangabad and Hyderabad to ensure Aurangabad is connected to Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore via Hyderabad. …

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World’s largest Boeing 777 operator confident in Rolls Royce Trent 800 engine

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter On March 12th, I had written about the “urgent” safety recommendations by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the Rolls Royce Trent 800 RB211 engines which are used by many Boeing 777 operators. It is estimated that there are currently about 220 Boeing 777s powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines in operation with …

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V Australia and Delta sign interline agreement to leverage domestic connectivity

Virgin Blue’s international airline V Australia and Delta Air Lines have negotiated and signed an Australia-U.S. interline agreement on the networks of each carrier and across the trans-Pacific route. An interline agreement allows the partner airlines to carry passengers or freight on behalf of each other and also enables luggage to be checked through. Effective immediately, the agreement allows travellers …

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Video: FedEx MD-11 crashes at Tokyo Narita airport, crew killed, airport shut down

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter First posted – March 23, 01:00 GMT A FedEx MD-11 freighter registration number N526FE performing flight 80, from Guangzhou, China crashed at Tokyo Narita International Airport in heavy winds, and burst in to flames. The two crew on board were killed. The main runway at the international gateway airport to Tokyo has been shut down. …

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Widespread flight disruptions at Tokyo Narita airport following FedEx MD-11 crash

The crash of FedEx MD-11 freighter registration number N526FE performing flight 80, from Guangzhou, China at the New Tokyo International Airport at Narita has caused major disruptions in flight schedules. The crash has shut down the 4,000 meter (13,123 ft) long main runway 16R/34L. Map should not be used for navigation The airport is forced to rely on the secondary …

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