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BBMP Elections: I hope you like MY government

China is regarded as the “will-be” economic superpower of the 21st century. A similar “superpower” tag was bestowed on the erstwhile Soviet Union during the second half of 20th century. Yet for all its economic or military might, we did not, nor do we, see queues of potential immigrants or students scrambling to get a visa for either of these …

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Image: Indian beauties on board Qatar Airways

During the recently concluded India Aviation 2010 show, I met a trio of Indian stewardesses who serve with Qatar Airways. Unlike the European carriers who tend to recruit and station in India, complete cabin crew teams from India, for their Indian routes, Qatar Airways stations their India origin cabin crews at its home base in Doha. Three more beautiful reasons …

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Boeing completes initial flight tests on 747-8 Freighter, to induct two more test planes

Boeing has completed the initial airworthiness testing on the 747-8 Freighter. This will allow Boeing test engineers to be on board during future flights and also brings the remaining two 747-8F test airplanes into the flight test programme. Since its first flight in early February, the 747-8F test plane has conducted 13 flights totalling 33 flying hours with five pilots …

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List of Jet Airway’s Boeing 737s equipped with AVOD in-flight entertainment systems

To most passengers, Kingfisher is the only airline in India offering an in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on narrow body aircraft. Not too many people are aware that Jet Airways has also has some Boeing 737 aircraft equipped with an Panasonic efx IFE system with 10.6 inch screens. Jet has 20 Boeing 737NG with seat back AVOD (audio video on demand) …

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Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 grounded at Bangalore

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 registration D-ABVD flight LH755 from Bangalore, India to Frankfurt, Germany and with 288 passengers and 18 crew, was grounded early this morning due to a technical fault in engine 2 (left in-board). After push back as the engines were being started up the flight commander experienced a fault in engine 2. The airline’s ground engineer tried …

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Major meeting at BIAL to decide on expansion

Apparently there is a major meeting currently underway at the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) which will run till tomorrow. This meeting is focus on the expansion plans of the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA). The new de-facto owners of the airport Mr. G.V. Krishna Reddy and son Mr. G.V. Sanjay Reddy of GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd. (GVK) will receive …

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Air India creates history with 22 all-women flights

Marking International Women’s Day, India’s national carrier Air India created history when at a little past midnight earlier today, the first all-women crew performed an ultra long-haul B777-200LR non-stop flight from Mumbai to New York. AI 141 was the first of the 22 all-women crew flights operated by Air India across its domestic and international network. Women form a core …

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Two British plane spotters fined Rs. 25,000 but escape jail time

The two British plane-spotters, Stephen Hampton and Steven Ayres from Bristol, arrested in New Delhi last month for monitoring ATC conversations, have been fined Rs. 25,000 each by a court in Delhi, after admitting to illegally monitoring aircraft. The two spotters who appeared before magistrates in Delhi were charged under the antiquated but draconian Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, with intercepting …

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India Aviation 2010 air show: Day 1 – Tragedy and happiness

The Aviation India 2010 began on March 3rd with a bang. Along with political stars, state Chief Minister Rosiah, US Ambassador Timothy Roemer, French Ambassador Jerome Bonnafont, almost everyone in the Indian commercial aviation industry was present for the inauguration. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Prafaul Patel, Air India Chairman Mr. Arvind Jadhav, Jet Airway’s Naresh Goyal, Saroj Dutta, …

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I was almost robbed today!!!!

Just about an hour ago, I almost fell victim to the “divert and grab” robbery ploy that is now plaguing Bangalore. I was parked on the main Koramangala road in front of Raheja Arcade waiting for my son who had gone to the Citibank ATM to make a withdrawal. My camera bag was in the rear seat of my Hyundai …

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