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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Digging Air India’s grave with compromise

Last night as we watched the TV news my much better half commented “these Air India pilots are digging their own grave!!” It got me thinking of Julius Caesar’s famous quote, Veni Vidi Vici, but with a twist. Chairman Arvind Jadhav came, the pilots struck, the government compromised, and the continuing down slide at Air India won. Since it’s government …

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Scaremongering Times Now TV publishes wrong story about Air France bag fire

Following the shoddy reporting about the Air India fire earlier this month, Times Now TV has taken irresponsible reporting to a new height. In their blind quest to have “exclusive” and “breaking news” the channel has published not only their usual scaremongering story, but with a huge factual error. As per their website It was a close call for over …

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Images: Smokin Touchdowns

In this edition of Smokin Touchdowns we have GoAir, JetLite, IndiGo, and Air India in the erstwhile Indian Airlines livery. Apologies for the heat haze, it was a fiercely hot day. To see more Smokin Touchdowns, click here. As usual comments (bouquets or brickbats) are always welcome.

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Kingfisher Airline’s four engined Airbus A320 model at Bangalore airport

Most passengers and visitors to Bengaluru International Airport pass by the model of Kingfisher Airline’s Airbus A340-500 at the entrance without a second thought. When the airport opened in May 2008, Indian civil aviation knew no bounds, and everyone was waiting with baited breath for Kingfisher to announce it’s Bangalore to San Francisco non stop flight using the A340-500s. Then …

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India passes FAA IASA audit; hopes for Jet Airways United Airlines codeshare improve

A herculean effort mounted by Secretary Civil Aviation Nambiar and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Nasim Zaidi helped India pass the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program audit of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During its 2006 audits, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had found several violations of 300 guidelines. Shortage of skilled manpower was the …

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Boeing delivers Qantas’ 75th 737 and FedEx’s 1st 777 Freighter, both with meaningful names

Yesterday, Boeing and Qantas celebrated the arrival of the 75th Boeing 737 in the Australian carrier’s fleet. Qantas which has been flying Boeing 737s since 1986 specified special 2.5 meter high blended winglets, which further reduce fuel burn, thereby increasing range and payload. Since this aircraft will be deployed on the trans-Tasman Australia New Zealand route, Qantas aptly named the …

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Lufthansa opens new lounge at Munich; offers end to end Mumbai Munich premium service

Even during the current economic slowdown and it’s resultant impact on premium air travel, Lufthansa is continuing it’s ongoing investment in lounges. It recently opened the Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Munich. With the Munich lounge, Lufthansa now offers a complete end to end premium experience for passengers on its recently launched all business class Mumbai Munich service. The new lounge …

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Indian Air Force Antonov AN-32 transport successfully lands at 13,300ft high Nyoma field

An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft landed at Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Ladakh at the northern tip of India at 06:25 (00:55Z) today. View Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground, Ladakh in a larger map Group Captain SC Chafekar touched down on the Nyoma airstrip located at an altitude of 13,300 feet with Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air …

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Images: Smokin Touchdowns

In this edition of Smoking Touchdowns first a sight we will not see in Bangalore for the foreseeable future. Kingfisher Airlines has discontinued it’s Bangalore London Heathrow flight and the last touchdown of it’s Airbus A330-200s performing this flight was on September 15th. This smokin touchdown was captured on September 13th. VT-VJL performing flight IT002. Air India Cargo has absorbed …

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SpiceJet launches Privilege Pass programme in alliance with budget and upscale hotels

New Delhi based value carrier, SpiceJet announced the launch of the SpiceJet Privilege Pass Programme in partnership with Trident Hotels, Ista Hotels, Keys Hotels, Pride Hotels, Maidens Hotels, Rain Tree Hotels, JHM Interstate and The Park. Modelled after Singapore Airline’s Boarding Pass privileges programme, passengers can avail special benefits from the partner hotels on presentation of their SpiceJet boarding pass. …

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Encroachments cramp one of Asia’s best runways at Delhi airport

Thanks to rampant encroachment, over one-third of one of Asia’s longest and best runways, 11-29 at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport cannot be used. At any airport, two measurements are crucial for pilots for every runway. Landing Distance Available (LDA) and Take Off Run Available i.e. how much of the runway length is actually usable for flight operations. The …

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Kingfisher Airlines ceases Airbus A330 operations from Bangalore commences Mumbai to Hong Kong and Singapore

This is one of the finest airplane spotting photos I have ever taken. The first Airbus A330-200 of Kingfisher Airlines VT-VJK in it’s beautiful red and white livery against the blue spring skies approaching Bengaluru International Airport. Sadly this is a sight we cannot expect to see in Bangalore for the foreseeable future. In a re-structuring of it’s international operations …

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Maharaja expands relations with Singapore Girl

Building on existing code share and interline arrangements, Indian state owned Air India has expanded its partnership with Singapore Airlines, by entering into an Frequent Flying Passenger (FFP) agreement, where frequent flyer programme members of both airlines will now be able to earn and redeem mileage points on flights operated by each other. Members of Air India’s Flying Returns programme …

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Monster discounts on Jet Airways for the next two days

Jet Airways and it’s no frills service Jet Airways Konnect, is offering passengers a monster 50% discount in economy class and 33% discount on it’s Jet Premiere business class fares. The discount includes the fuel surcharge component of the fare, so the discount does have significance. The sale of these special fares will be between September 14 and 16, 2009. …

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Images: Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 rolls out of final assembly line

The first Lufthansa A380 aircraft rolled out the final assembly hangar in Toulouse on September 7th, 2009. A380-841 Manufacturer Serial Number MSN038 which is currently registered as F-WWSH will eventually be registered as D-AIMA when it is delivered to Lufthansa next year. External ground tests are being carried out before preparation activities for the first flight. In a few weeks, …

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