Monthly Archives: February 2010

Indian passengers can claim up to Rs. 74,000 for lost, damaged, or delayed bags

Baggage loss, damage, and/or delay is an accepted hazard of air travel. The best of airports have a 0.1% or 1,000 bags per million that do not get delivered as intended. Unfortunately, even today, most airlines operating international flights from India get away by paying paltry sums as compensation thanks to the ignorance of most international travellers from India. Almost …

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Breaking News: Boeing 747-8F makes its first flight

Boeing 501 Heavy Experimental, the ATC call sign of the first flight of the 747-8F lifted off runway 34L of Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA, at 12:39pm PST (20:39 GMT). Smooth and silent. Congratulations Team Boeing. For live video of the landing, visit the Boeing 747-8 first flight site. Follow the flight live, here. Update 1 N747EX lifts off …

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Boeing 747-8F first flight scheduled today, watch it live

The newest iteration of the venerable “Queen of the skies” the Boeing 747-8 freighter is expected to take its first flight into the skies over Washington state, USA, later today, just one day short of forty-one years ago, February 9, 1969, of the first flight of RA001, the very first Boeing 747. Symbolically, Boeing is expected to use the very …

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Murky politics swirls around DGCA’s low visibility take-off decision at Delhi

Two weeks ago, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular changed the low visibility take-off (LVTO) minima for Category C aircraft (Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 family) to 150 metres for all airlines from the New Delhi IGI airport. While the DGCA claims this move would not affect air safety, the circular has sparked an intense debate …

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Lufthansa Cargo increases MD-11F flights ex Bangalore and Chennai to Frankfurt

This week onwards, Lufthansa Cargo has increased its freighter service to Frankfurt ex Bangalore and Chennai to four MD-11F flights a week by adding an additional freighter into its existing network in India. Reflecting the growth of the Indian economy, Carsten Hernig, Regional Manager India and Middle East of Lufthansa Cargo said “India is still one the most dynamic markets …

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Swiss connects Zurich with Goa by adding code share on Edelweiss service

Lufthansa owned, Swiss International Air Lines has connected one of India’s best known leisure destinations, Goa, directly with its Zurich hub by adding its “LX” code to the regular charter flights operated by its subsidiary Edelweiss Air. The Edelweiss service has traditionally been geared towards incoming tourist groups. The code-share agreement facilitates booking access to these flights for individual customers. …

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AirAsia X signs MRO agreement with Lufthansa Technik Philippines

AirAsia X has appointed Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) as its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider for Malaysian carrier’s fleet of eight Airbus aircraft which comprises Airbus A330s and A340s for three years beginning March 2010 at LTP’s facility in Manila. LTP is a subsidiary of Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG, the largest MRO provider in the world and AirAsia …

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Photo: A super chilled Airbus A330-200F

Airbus has successfully completed cold-weather testing of the A330-200F in Iqaluit, Northern Canada. The aircraft was subjected to ‘cold-soak’ temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 deg F) externally and to -27 deg C (-16.6 deg F) internally.

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Kingfisher Airlines launches same day delivery air cargo service, Kingfisher Xpress

Kingfisher Airlines will launch Kingfisher Xpress, a new Door-to-Door cargo delivery service from tomorrow. Kingfisher Xpress Same Day service will be India’s first and only same day delivery by air service, with a money-back guarantee. This service will offer a pick up facility in the six metropolitan cities of India — Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai with …

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February 4th is ‘Bus Day’ in Bangalore

From our friends at Praja. On February 4th, residents of Bangalore would be embarking upon a green initiative by taking the bus to their work. Leaving behind their personal vehicles like cars and motor-bikes at home, they will be eliminating the stress of sitting in traffic jams. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is campaigning for this day long event …

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