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American Airlines follows British Airways, reduces international free baggage allowance

Dallas-Fort Worth based American Airlines is following the lead of it’s oneworld partner British Airways and reducing the free baggage allowance on it’s international flights. Most economy class passengers traveling by American Airlines (AA) between locations in Europe, India and the US will soon have to pay $50 (Rs 2,450) to check-in a second bag under a revised baggage policy …

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Boeing delivers KLM a 777-300ER in special chrome-free Skyteam livery

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a special chrome-free paint and primer SkyTeam livery which celebrates the alliance’s 10th anniversary. Aircraft registration PH-BVD. Boeing image. Click on image for a high resolution view. Boeing has introduced this chrome-free primer and chrome-free exterior decorative paint in response to environmental requests from various airlines. In …

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Air India’s turn-around plans revealed

Thanks to friends at Airliners-India, we have managed to secure highlights of Air India’s turnaround plan as it proposed to be presented to the government. In a very straight forward approach, reflective of the work culture of Chairman and Managing Director Mr. Arvind Jadhav, the report does not pull any punches. As an example — fleet acquisition. It is well …

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Summary of worldwide commercial jet airplane accidents 1959-2008

With the recent spate of crashes, air safety has been brought to the fore on the web. Debates are roaring about who is better and safer — Boeing or Airbus. Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes says it best. All commercial airplanes, whether designed and manufactured by Boeing or another company, must meet the same stringent safety …

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Continental Airlines to Join Star Alliance on October 27

Continental Airlines has announced that it should join Star Alliance on October 27, 2009. Continental will end its participation in SkyTeam after its last scheduled flight on Oct. 24, 2009. Continental’s transition from SkyTeam to Star Alliance is a strategic change, originally announced in June 2008. Continental’s OnePass members do not need to make any changes to their OnePass accounts …

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Southwest Airlines launches nationwide fare sale in the US

Southwest Airlines is offering its passengers additional discounts with airfares starting at $59 one-way to select destinations nationwide. Fares must be purchased by Sept. 3, 2009, and are available for travel everyday except Fridays and Sundays from Sept. 9, 2009, through Jan. 7, 2010. Examples of fares include (see Additional Fare Rules below): $59 one-way between Las Vegas and Phoenix …

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Mile Sur Mera Tumhara and Baje Sargam – A tribute to India on Independence Day

As a youth, I fascinated by this production on national integration by India’s state owned broadcaster Doordarshan. Titled “Mile Sur Tumhara Mera toh sur bane hamara” – if your tune matches mine, the melody is ours. This video launched the “Mera Bharat Mahan” (My India is great) campaign on Independence Day 1988 and has become an anthem showcasing Unity in …

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Images: Boeing F/A-18s Super Hornets arrive in Bangalore for MMRCA test flights

On the eve of India’s Independence Day, the Indian Air Force’s multi-billion dollar medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) procurement moved up a stage this evening. A pair of the first of the contenders — the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet arrived at Bangalore’s HAL Airport for the technical evaluations, along with their mother ship the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40 Omega Tanker. The …

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Government of India grounds FlyDubai’s India plans

Under pressure from domestic carriers it appears that the Government has grounded the India plans of FlyDubai, the low-cost airline floated by the Al-Maktoum royal family of Dubai. The airline had sought permission for flights to Chandigarh, Coimbatore and Lucknow with tourist destinations like Goa to be added later. Obviously this has made the Ministry of Civil Aviation re-think it’s …

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Jet Airways to launch Hyderabad Dubai route using Boeing 737-800

Jet Airways will launch a new daily flight on the Hyderabad-Dubai sector, using a two class Boeing 737-800 aircraft, effective August 16, 2009, marking Jet Airways’ first international service from Hyderabad. The airline currently flies twice daily to Dubai from Mumbai, and daily from Delhi and Chennai. Effective August 16, 2009 to October 24, 2009,9W 550 will depart Hyderabad at …

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Delhi airport commissions newest fire station with Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 fire trucks

The fourth fire station at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport has been commissioned to handle emergency situations at airside or terminals as part of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) facilities. The fire fighting force has also risen by 33 to 189 members who were inducted after their training in Malaysia, Delhi and Hyderabad ARFF plays extremely …

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Hoax bomb scare delays IndiGo airlines flight

An Indigo airlines Airbus A320-232 registration VT-INA performing flight 6E-203 from New Delhi IGI airport to Kolkata NSCB airport with 123 passengers and 6 crew was delayed due to an anonymous phone call threatening that a bomb has been placed on the flight. The call was made to Indigo’s call centre at around 16:00 local (11:30Z) scheduled to depart at …

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EASA proposes Airworthiness Directive on Airbus A330/A340 Thales pitot probes

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a Proposal for an Airworthiness Directive (PAD) requiring all Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft currently equipped with Thales pitot probes should be equipped with Goodrich pitot probes on position 1 (Captain) and 3 (Standby) instead, while pitot probe 2 (first officer) should be upgraded to the enhanced Thales pitot probe type BA …

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Boeing delivers C-17 Globemaster III to Qatar

Boeing delivered the first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the Qatar Emiri Air Force yesterday. Qatar became the first Middle East nation to order the C-17 when it signed an agreement with Boeing on July 21, 2008, for the purchase of two advanced airlifters and associated equipment and services. Boeing will deliver Qatar’s second C-17 later this year. The company …

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The shortest flight between Bangalore and San Francisco

A view of the ramp at Bangalore Airport.

Despite the downturn in the IT market, San Francisco is still one of the top destinations from Bangalore – if not first, then definitely a close second, and Singapore Airlines and fellow Asian carriers Dragonair and it’s parent Cathay Pacific has traditionally dominated this market. Traditional thinking at airlines believes that passengers prefer a shorter flight to arrive at their …

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