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SpiceJet places order for 30 additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Sky Interior

Gurgaon, India based value carrier SpiceJet has placed a fresh order for 30 addition Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with deliveries commencing from 2014. The new aircraft will incorporate the new, spacious 737 Boeing Sky Interior (click link for images) with soft blue cove lighting, curving architecture and larger window that will offer a sense of spaciousness in the cabin and comfort …

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Boeing delivers to US Navy first F/A-18 Super Hornet fitted with HAL made gun bay door

Last week on July 20, Boeing [NYSE: BA], delivered to the U.S. Navy the first F/A-18 Super Hornet featuring a gun bay door manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) based in Bangalore, India. F/A-18 featuring HAL made gun bay door. Click on image for a high resolution view. These gun bay doors are the product of the first military contract …

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Boeing and the Indian Navy complete P-8I final design review

Indian Navy officers along with Boeing have successfully completed the final design review (FDR) for the P-8I, India’s long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft based on the Boeing 737 commercial airplane. Completion of the FDR locks in the design for the aircraft, radar, communications, navigation, mission computing, acoustics and sensors, as well as the ground and test support equipment. …

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BREAKING NEWS: Jet Airways ATR72 nose wheel collapses at Ahmedabad, airport shut down

A Jet Airways turbo-prop ATR72-500 (ATR72-212A) registration VT-JCA performing flight 9W2510 from Indore to Ahmedabad airport with 57 passengers and four crew on-board had a nose wheel collapse soon after landing at Ahmedabad airport around 21:20 (15:50Z). The airplane is blocking the single runway of the airport. All passengers and crew are safe and were de-planed via stairs and taken …

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American Express expands Airport Club access program to include US Airways lounges

American Express has expanded it’s Platinum Card® Airport Club Access benefit program to include access to 17 US Airways Clubs across 13 cities. The most interesting part of this tie-up is that unlike the program’s existing arrangements with American Airline’s Admirals Club®, Continental Airline’s Presidents Club, Delta Sky ClubTM, which require card-holders to be flying that particular airline, cardholders can …

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DGCA circular forces airlines in India to close check-in counters and boarding gates earlier

On October 21, 2009, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued Air Transport Circular 10 of 2009 which outlined a series of steps meant to ease congestion of flights at Indian airport, most particularly Mumbai and Delhi. One of the steps outlined required for the commander of a domestic flight to call for ATC clearance delivery within 45 minutes to …

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Video: Indigo’s catchy “on time” TV advertisement

Delhi based value carrier IndiGo is known for its catchy advertising. With very little product differentiation between all the value carriers, on-time performance is a major draw for passengers. Playing to its strengths IndiGo has been advertising its industry leading on-time performance across TV channels in India, with this spiffy advertisement. What are your views on this ad ?

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Mumbai airport upgrades runway for Airbus A380 compliance; will Emirates bring the first scheduled A380 to India?

Between October 2009 and April 2010, passengers and airlines alike, had to put up with runway closures as Mumbai Airport International Ltd. (MIAL), the operators of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) at India’s financial capital, Mumbai, re-carpeted and re-built the secondary runway 14-32. (For details on runway numbering please read this article). The runway now boasts a smoother surface, …

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Video: The making of British Airways Boeing 777-300ER G-STBA

British Airways is taking delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER registration G-STBA. The new aircraft will offer 297 seats in a four class configuration including First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller. G-STBA features an all-new interior including the new World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabins along with a new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system …

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Video: The making of IGI airport Terminal 3

The aero buzz in India is centred at the nation’s capital New Delhi. Last week it was the exit of SpiceJet CEO Sanjay Aggarwal. This week is the soon to be opened Terminal 3 or T3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Airport operators have produced a video on the evolution of IGI airport and the construction of T3, and have …

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