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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Malaysia Airlines offers ultra low fares ex India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Malaysia Airlines has announced whopping discounts of up to 55% to 35 cities worldwide under the popular Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF) till May 3, 2009 for travel between April 14 and October 31, 2009. Travellers can purchase their tickets through their travel agents, airline ticket offices and from Malaysia Airlines online. The promotional fares meant primarily for the South …

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Vietnam Airlines agrees to join SkyTeam alliance by 2010

SkyTeam and Vietnam Airlines signed a preliminary agreement confirming the airlines’ first step towards full membership into the SkyTeam alliance by 2010, pending fulfilment of the alliance’s membership requirements. South East Asia and South Asia are a weak geography in the alliance’s network, which Vietnam Airlines will hopefully fulfill. Vietnam Airlines operates 64 routes to 20 domestic and 24 international …

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India civil aviation overview podcast at IAG blog

I was given an opportunity to record a podcast at the Innovation Analysis Group and provide an overview on some latest developments in the Indian civil aviation market. Some of the topics covered; the rise of SpiceJet and IndiGo, and the airport development fee at New Delhi and Mumbai airports. You can hear and download the podcast here.

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Embraer launches KC-390 military jet transport and tanker program

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A.) has signed a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for the KC-390 military transport aircraft program. Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO of Embraer said “We are convinced that the development of the KC-390 will result in an effective cargo and tanker aircraft for the FAB and shall also become another successful export …

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Qantas Boeing 737 radio altimeter failure similar to Turkish THY Amsterdam crash

An April 7th incident involving a Qantas Boeing 737-800, registration VH-VYL performing flight QF-1020 from Hobart, to Sydney, in Australia, has raised the spectre of a failing radio altimeter which is suspected of causing the recent fatal crash of the Boeing 737-800 Turkish Airlines flight TK1951 at Amsterdam Schiphol on February 25th. In very similar circumstances, the Qantas flight was …

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Bengaluru International Airport runs out of gates to accomodate widebody flights

Last night, as Easter Sunday came to an end, a traffic jam began at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), which exposed the weakness of having only four “contact stands” (aero-bridge equipped gates) at the new Bengaluru International Airport, capable of handling wide-body aircraft. In the current summer schedule, the peak period for international flights, is between 22:00 (10 PM) and 02:00 …

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Video: Delivery, departure and arrival of Air France F-GZND the 777th Boeing 777

On Good Friday April 10th at Everett, Air France took delivery of the 777th Boeing 777, in this case 300ER registration F-GZND, and the first aircraft to wear the new Air France livery. Boeing image Air France released a video documenting the delivery ceremony and departure of the ferry flight on April 10th, and the early morning arrival at Paris …

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Shoddy proof-reading at Time magazine and The Economic Times. Does it matter?

Time magazine has an article critical of Boeing titled “Boeing Proves A Poorly Run Company Can Still Do Badly”. It appears like a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I am shocked by the lack of proof reading and quality control at Time. In the article not once but twice Time magazine refers to the 787 Dreamliner as …

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Bangalore Aviation’s new looks, hits 100 Twitter followers, 100,000 unique visitors

This Easter weekend is turning out special for Bangalore Aviation. New templateI have switched to using the Arthemia theme template and then doing customisation to it. Thanks to Michael Nguyen for the original template. You can download the Arthemia Blogger theme here. New lookThe new template retains the same width but gives more space to the main articles and less …

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Air France to take delivery of 777th Boeing 777

On Friday 10 April 2009, Air France will take delivery of the 777th Boeing 777 aircraft manufactured by Boeing, and the 54th Boeing 777 in the Air France fleet. The new aircraft will be registered F-GZND and will be the first aircraft in the fleet to sport the new livery of Air France. For fellow spotters, the aircraft is expected …

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Image: Kingfisher on the rocks

A group of friends including my dear friend, Photoyogi, went plane spotting at the Bengaluru International Airport recently. Yogi captured this amazing shot of a Kingfisher Airlines A321-200 registration VT-KFY on short finals to runway 09 right through a granite outcrop. Kingfisher on the rocks, get high without a drink. Enjoy the picture, and please remember the copyright rests with …

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Trio arrested for sex act and drunken row aboard Kingfisher Airlines London flight

Kingfisher Airlines prides itself as the “King of Good Times”, full of glamour and model quality cabin crew. A British trio took things too literally and decide to have a “bang” from Bangalore. As per The Sun newspaper, model and cover-girl Sarah Hannon and her boyfriend Daniel Melia boarded IT001 from Bangalore to London Heathrow. Through the flight Sarah Hannon …

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Skytrax awards Qatar Airways best Economy class in the world, Etihad Business, Singapore Airlines First

Qatar Airways has won the annual SkyTrax airline award for the best Economy Class in the world, which means a lot in these tough economic times when passengers are increasingly moving to the back of the plane from the front. Qatar Airways recently revamped its Economy Class meal service using a more environment friendly, upmarket, appetising and stylish way. Qatar …

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Images: Airport highway speeding–police Jeep excused while private car penalised

Most travellers to Bengaluru International Airport are aware of the 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit on the highway and the two “Police Interceptor” vehicles to catch speeders and video capture them in the act. These anonymous photographs shows a police Jeep speeding, but being let off, while a private citizen who was also speeding was hauled up at the …

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Air France-KLM, GOL-Varig sign cooperation and code-sharing agreement

Air France KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A., which comprises the GOL and VARIG brands, have signed a commercial cooperation agreement which will enable the 15 million customers who are members of AIR FRANCE and KLM’s “Flying Blue” and GOL’s 6 million “Smiles” frequent flyer programmes to have access to new Frequent Flyers benefits and destinations. Beginning May 1, …

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Trivia: Which was the last flight of Concorde?

Hello Bangalore Aviation supporters, it is Friday, and trivia time again. This week’s question: Which was the last flight of Concorde ? You will have to take a giant leap backwards to find the answer, but it is right here on Bangalore Aviation. Remember to check back on Monday for the answer.

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Jet Airways to launch Chennai Dubai and second Mumbai Dubai service from April 23

Jet Airways announced plans to launch a new service to Dubai from Chennai, as well as a second service on the Mumbai Dubai sector, from April 23 using its two class Boeing 737-800 narrow body aircraft. The airline currently has two daily flights to Dubai, one from Mumbai and one from New Delhi. The schedules of the announced new flights …

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