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Sanjay Aggarwal joins Kingfisher Airlines as CEO – a great coup for Dr. Vijay Mallya

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines has scored a coup of sorts by bagging one of the most “eligible bachelors” in Indian aviation today — Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, appointing him as Chief Executive Officer of the airline. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sanjay Aggarwal as Chief Executive Officer of Kingfisher Airlines Limited with immediate effect. I …

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You can help design Bengaluru International Airport terminal 1

After announcing the expansion of terminal 1, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), the operators of the airport is seeking public opinion, primarily from the citizens of Bangalore, on what they would like at the airport.In a first of its kind approach in India, BIAL will launch a campaign across the city called ‘Smile Bengaluru’. The campaign features children as the …

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Air India to smooth international connections at Delhi T3 for south Indian cities

In a bid to try and wrest back some of the traffic being lost to foreign carriers, India’s national carrier Air India will introduce a daily hub and spoke flight from the southern Indian cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi to Delhi with effect from October 31, 2010, to connect its non-stop north America flights to New York, Chicago, …

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IATA advocates desperate need for a wholistic vision for Indian aviation

At an industry gathering in India’s capital New Delhi, IATA’s Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani advocated what most aviation analysts in India have been saying all along — there is a desperate need for a comprehensive approach in Indian aviation, with a common vision by all involved. While most would latch on the the chest-thumping statement of Bisignani “If …

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Airbus unviels a new logo, delivers new A320 to Libyan Airlines

Airbus has unveiled a new corporate logo, the first update since the company’s creation in 1969. The new logo retains the original ball-shaped symbol, while incorporating the modernised typeface adopted by the company’s EADS corporate parent. The ball-shaped logo is composed of two sets of three curved lines that join at an imaginary horizon line, which represents the unification of …

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World’s oldest steam locomotive ‘Fairy Queen’ to run heritage trips during Commonwealth games and winter season

You might wonder why I have moved from the sky to the earth, but HO scale model rail-roads have been a passion for me ever since my grand-uncle bought me a Marklin set way back in 1971. Today my sets include Fleischmann, Rocco, and Rivarossi, but I still maintain the all metal coaches (today all coaches are made in plastic) …

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Jet Airways dis-Konnects 63 low fare Konnect flights back to full service

Mumbai based Jet Airways is moving operations of 63 domestic flights from its low fare Jet Konnect service to its full service operation under Jet Airways. Some of the sectors which will see this change are :Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Bangalore, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Hyderabad, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Kolkata, Mumbai-Mangalore, Mumbai-Hyderabad, and Mumbai-Kochi. During the height of the economic slowdown in 2009, Jet Airways …

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Analysis of fleet share vs. passenger share in the Indian airline industry

Every month passengers are bombarded with statistics by various airlines in India. Best on-time performance, largest market share, most preferred airline …… the list is endless. Mathematical logic would dictate that an airline with the largest fleet of aircraft will have also have the largest share of the market, but an analysis of the passenger market share vs. the fleet …

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Video: Ride a four floor high slide at Singapore Changi airport

Changi airport recently unveiled Singapore’s tallest slide standing at 12 metres (40 feet, 4 storeys) tall, at its Terminal 3. The Slide@T3 is also the world’s tallest slide in an airport. Changi airport is known for its “ridiculously amazing” activities to indulge transit passengers. The slide joins a movie theatre, a butterfly garden and other nature trails, a Balinese themed …

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SpiceJet to commence international operations on October 7th with Kathmandu and Colombo flights

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet has announced commencement of its long awaited international operations by opening bookings for its Delhi Kathmandu and Chennai Colombo services. SpiceJet will fly its 189 seat all economy Boeing 737-800 aircraft on these routes. The Delhi Kathmandu flight will be a six times a week service commencing on October 7th. The schedule is SG031 departs …

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Priority boarding – lessons from AirAsia to IndiGo and SpiceJet and for airports from temples

About two months ago, I flew AirAsia, rather Thai AirAsia for the first time. I could help but compare their services with those of Indian low fare carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet. There is a marked difference between AirAsia and the Indians. In some cases the Indians can learn, and some where AirAsia can learn. In the air, the crew friendliness …

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UAE GCAA releases preliminary information in UPS Boeing 747-400F N571UP crash at Dubai

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released preliminary information on the crash of UPS Airlines Boeing 747-400F freighter registration N571UP at Dubai on September 3, 2010. In parallel UPS has released a statement identifying the two crew who perished in this crash. GCAA Announces the Preliminary Report on the ACCIDENT INVOLVING UPS6 Boeing …

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UPS Boeing 744F N571UP crashes at Dubai, crew perish

News reports are coming in of a UPS Boeing 747-400 Freighter registration N571UP crashing at Dubai. UPS flight 5X-6 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cologne, Germany crashed at Dubai around 20:00 local (16:00Z). The company has released a statement (read below the fold). As per Avherald, A UPS Boeing 747-400, registration N571UP, was on approach to Dubai’s runway 30L, …

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Photos of historic flights and events from NASA

What a great way to end the week. NASA has moved about 180 images on to its new Commons page. They’re arranged in three photo sets, including “Building NASA,” “Launch/Takeoff,” and “NASA Center Namesakes.” NASA has also displayed many of its historic photos on the Internet Archive. Some of the gems are re-produced here. All photos, titles, and captions are …

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Image: Attention Jet Airways co-pilot – please keep your eyes on the runway not the spotters

Today on the day of Janmashthami celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna, the post is very tongue in cheek, much in the spirit of lord Krishna, who was known for his mischief, practical jokes and innuendos, and being written from the home city of Jet Airways, Mumbai. The zeal of celebration in Mumbai is uniquely demonstrated by teams of youths …

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