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Strategic and execution failures make AirAsia scale back India operations

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

Earlier this year, many an Indian waited with expectation while all Indian carriers waited with trepidation as the Malaysian low cost behemoth AirAsia, announced and commenced flights to a slew of cities across the nation. Fast forward six months, and the Indian carriers are breathing easy as AirAsia is quietly withdrawing or dramatically scaling back flight operations from many Indian …

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Egypt Air Boeing 737-800 SU-GCR makes emergency landing in Mumbai after false fire alarm

An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800 registration SU-GCR performing flight MS-968 from Cairo, Egypt to Mumbai CSIA, India, with 121 passengers and 7 crew, was on approach to land. At 07:25 (01:55Z) the pilots declared a full emergency after receiving a fire warning in the cargo hold. The flight landed normally two minutes later and taxied to the gate. Passengers disembarked …

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Plane spotting: DGCA rules on photography at airports, of a plane, on an airplane in India

Plane photography is one of the most misunderstood hobbies in India. Take out a camera and point it at an aircraft, and you will invite suspicious views from people around you, including the security personnel. These suspicions are however misplaced due to a complete ignorance of the law, both by the general populace as well as security personnel. Just two …

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Plane spotting pictures: FedEx Express Boeing MD-11 freighter N524FE with Kollsman EFVS

Continuing with the trend of air cargo, this week’s picture is of the MD-11F freighter N524FE of global shipping giant FedEx Express. Click on the image for a larger view The MD-11 was the update to the venerable McDonnell Douglas DC-10. After a long career with many an airline, the last MD-11 passenger flight was performed on February 20, 2010 …

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Bangalore grows 23% to surpass Chennai and become third largest airport in India

On the back of strong economic growth in the region, Bangalore has grown its passenger traffic 23% to 11.24 million for calendar 2010 surpassing Chennai to become the third largest airport in the country. For the last five years, Bangalore had been leading Chennai as the third largest in domestic passenger and freight traffic, but this year in May the …

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India and Russia sign fifth generation fighter aircraft design contract

India’s Ministry of Defence controlled Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi signed a contract todday for the preliminary design of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). The FGFA aircraft to be jointly developed is termed Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). The PMF draws upon the basic structural and system design of the Russian FGFA Technology Demonstrator PAK-FA …

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Indian Air Force takes delivery of first C-130J super Hercules for Black Cats’ transport

The Indian Air Force (IAF) took delivery of the first of its stretched fuselage C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from Lockheed Martin at a ceremony in Marietta, Georgia, USA. The Indian Air Force has ordered six C-130Js under a $1.2 billion order under the United States’ Foreign Military Sale program, in late 2008. This order was the first of several …

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Lufthansa mantra – spend 170 million euro get 1 billion worth of additional seat capacity

German carrier Lufthansa has unveiled a new cabin for its short and medium haul flights within Europe featuring the Recaro BL35xx slim-line seats which will provide the carrier both weight saving and increased seating capacity while still maintaining superior seating comfort and leg room. Click on image for a larger view The new Recaro seats are fitted with a special …

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Hooray!!! DGCA introduces new rules to punish unruly, abusive and drunk passengers

A special hooray for Indian civil aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation who has notified and incorporated two new rules in to the Indian Aircraft Rules, 1937 meant to control unruly, drunk and abusive passengers on board domestic flights and all international flights destined for India. Vide GSR 766(E) rules 22 and 23 have been added in to …

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Lockheed Martin prepares to deliver India’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft amidst controversy

India′s order for six C-130J stretch Super Hercules transports is fast approaching completion. KC-3804, KC-3805, and KC-3806 the final three C-130Js have now reached their final production positions at the Lockheed Martin Marietta facility. India’s C-130J Super Hercules on the Lockheed Martin production line This news comes as the Business Standard newspaper reports a growing controversy at India’s Ministry of …

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Boeing commences building Indian Navy’s first P-8I maritime aircraft

Boeing has commenced fabrication of the P-8I the long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft destined for the Indian Navy. India is the first international customer of this variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy, which in turn is based on the popular Boeing 737 passenger aircraft. This is part of of an eight …

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Qatar Airways moves to London Heathrow terminal 4, to open new premium lounge

From tomorrow, December 8, 2010, Qatar Airways moves its operations at London Heathrow, its biggest European destination, to Terminal 4 which also houses most of SkyTeam alliance members. T4 has undergone a massive multi-million pound facelift, and the airline’s passengers will benefit from a dedicated spacious check-in area in the terminal’s Zone A. Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A7-BAC Qatar Airways …

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After MySkyStatus, Cloudstream, Virtual Pilot, Lufthansa commences inflight broadband Internet

Lufthansa FlyNet service now available on board Introductory offer: Free surfing until the end of January 2011 German carrier Lufthansa which operated the world’s first scheduled flight with broadband Internet access on January 15, 2003, and operated on board net access till the end of 2006, is re-introducing FlyNet its on-board Internet access service. FlyNet, is currently available on the …

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It is official – Airbus confirms A320neo. IndiGo rumoured to be early or launch customer

It is official Airbus has decided to offer the neo (new engine option) for its single aisle A320 Family aircraft. Airlines have the choice between CFM International’s LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G geared turbo-fan engine. As indicated in our earlier report, this leaves current engine provider International Aero Engines out in the cold. A320neo with CFMI LeapX …

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Full DGCA investigation report of Kingfisher Airlines VT-KAC crash at Mumbai

In follow-up to our story yesterday about the “serious incident” [read crash] of the Kingfisher Airlines ATR-72-500 VT-KAC at Mumbai on November 10, 2009, and thanks to well wishers, Bangalore Aviation has obtained a copy of the final investigation report by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. It can be read here. The synopsis in the front of the report, …

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