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Video: Jet Airways latest Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEL destined for Turkish Airlines THY

Caught at Boeing Paine field are two videos of Jet Airways latest Boeing 777-300ER. MSN 36563 is registered VT-JEL. Due to the slowdown in air traffic, this aircraft is most likely destined as the fourth aircraft leased by Jet to Turkish Airlines THY. Powered by General Electric GE90-115B1L engines this aircraft features the uber-luxurious Jet Airways cabin with 8 private …

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Images: Smokin Touchdowns – Vijay Mallya’s private Boeing 727

Continuing the “Smokin Touchdowns” series, today are three pictures for your viewing pleasure. As usual comments (praise or brickbats) are welcome. Without warning, Dr. Vijay Mallya’s private Boeing 727 came in for a touchdown. Just love those clean shiny chrome on the engine nacelles and exhaust. Looking at the clean lines would you believe this plane is 42 years old, …

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BMTC introduces a new Vayu Vajra Volvo bus route HSR layout via Koramangala-Domlur to BIA

The great but under appreciated airport Volvo shuttle bus service of BMTC, Vayu Vajra, has received a new route – 7A. Starting from HSR Layout in the south-eastern part of Bangalore, the route proceeds to Koramangala first block opposite Wipro, NDS etc., on via the ST bed 80 feet road (Maharaja hotel, Halcyon serviced apartments etc.), to Sony World junction …

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Kingfisher follows Air India — faces up to financial problems and unpaid vendors

Back in April, I sent this picture to Dr. Mallya saying “Kingfisher Rocks” and his passengers have a “rocking” good time. Today it appears the “King of good times” is quite literally on the rocks. In a hard hitting e-mail sent to its 6,000+ employees, Kingfisher Airlines management has admitted to a serious financial crunch and has asked employees to …

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Will Kingfisher succeed in its restructured international operations?

It is official. From September 15th, Kingfisher Airlines will restructure international operations from its “home town” Bangalore. The airline’s first international flight Bangalore London Heathrow will be suspended on September 15th. Bangalore Colombo will stop a day later. It is important to understand some of the factors that led to the demise of these flights: Bangalore is the technology capital …

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Turkish Airlines THY orders seven more Boeing 777-300ERs taking tally to 12

Turkish Airlines has an extensive fleet-renewal programme including up to 35 long-haul jets and it appears that Boeing is benefiting from Turkish THY Airline’s leasing experience with India’s Jet Airways. Turkish Airlines has finalised an order for an additional seven Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes valued at $1.9 billion at current list prices. This order is in addition to the …

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SpiceJet swings to profit as passengers shift to value carriers

Last year 55% of domestic passengers in India flew by a full service carrier and 45% by value carriers. This year the number was inverted — 55% flew by value carriers. The shift has compelled the Full Service Airlines in India, to start re-thinking their business model and announcing plans to introduce ‘single-class, no-frills’ services and deploying considerable capacity to …

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Qatar Airways to aggressively expand European flights

Qatar Airways is significantly increasing its flights to key European capitals as part of an aggressive expansion programme. Beginning October 25, the start of the Northern Winter schedules, the Doha-Paris route will increase from the current 11 flights to a double daily flight. Madrid will be increased from the current four a week to a daily effective December 2. Targeting …

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Images: Boeing 787 Dreamliner and a Thai bird hit

The fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test airplane test registration N787FT has been painted in a special Boeing livery which is very different from the traditional blue-and-white Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery seen on the first 787 flight test airplane. The simplified paint scheme will be applied to the three remaining unpainted flight test airplanes (Nos. 3, 4 and 6). Airplane …

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Boeing sees recovery in Indian commercial airplane market

Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar while sharing the company’s market data and forecast says India’s commercial airplane market is viable, resilient and poised to rebound supported by the country’s strong GDP growth Boeing forecasts that over the next 20 years the Indian market will require 1,000 commercial jets valued at approximately $100 billion — which represents over 3 percent of …

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British Airways offers free economy plus upgrades on Indian London flights

British Airways has announced a limited time free upgrade offer on all its flights from its five gateways in India (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai) to London. Passengers travelling from India with British Airways in World Traveller (economy class) would get an upgraded one-way to the airline’s premium economy World Traveller Plus cabin. World Traveller Plus is a dedicated …

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Continental Airlines apologises to President Kalam but is trapped between conflicting laws

Faced with an uproar in India, a criminal compliant, and unanimous condemnation across party lines in the Indian parliament, Houston, Texas based Continental Airlines apologised to former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam for frisking him at the IGI airport at New Delhi. Read related story. In its apology to Dr. Kalam, Continental said it did not intend to …

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Government files criminal complaint against Continental Airlines for frisking Abdul Kalam

This story is sure to raise the hackles of many in India as former President APJ Abdul Kalam is a highly respected and loved figure. Upon the directions of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has today registered an FIR (First Information Report) against Continental Airlines for carrying out pre-embarkation body check of the …

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Indian airlines still owe $445 million to oil companies

The Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Murli Deora, informed the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) that Indian domestic airlines Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways, National Aviation Company of India Ltd (Air India), Paramount and SpiceJet, still owe a whopping Rs. 2,225.52 Crore ($445 million) to the stated owned oil marketing companies Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum …

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Video: Singapore Airline’s passengers’ outburst after delayed flight

Another video on YouTube showing a whole horde of very irate passengers who were to have boarded Singapore Airlines flight SQ117 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. The flight was delayed due to mechanical problems, something extremely rare for the airline. The lady keeps hollering “PPS passengers”. The PPS Club membership is one level above the regular Krisflyer frequent flyer program. …

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British Airways and Virgin Atlantic screening passengers for H1N1 flu

On July 19, British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS) confirmed that their check-in staff were instructed to turn away passengers suspected of being infected with pandemic (H1N1) “swine” flu. So far this policy only applies to main airports in the UK; these airports might include but are not limited to London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester International …

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