Monthly Archives: November 2010

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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Radia tapes allege systematic pillage of Indian aviation and asset stripping Air India

The Outlook magazine and Open magazine have blown the lid of the behind the scenes networks of lobbyists and power brokers in India. [Also read Outlook’s story on the 2G tapes] One of these was Ms. Niira Radia the head of Vaishnavi Communication, a lady so formidable and well connected, she boasted both Mr. Ratan Tata led Tata group and …

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DGCA withdraws report on Kingfisher plane crash-cover-up or shoddy investigation?

Post the Air India Express crash at Mangalore, there have been calls across the country for greater transparency within the administration, policy, regulatory, and investigative units of India’s civil aviation system. With the exception of the famous incident involving President Pratibha Patil’s helicopters in a near-miss with an Air India aircraft at Mumbai, with a view to increasing transparency, for …

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Plane spotting photos: IndiGo’s brand new Airbus A320-232 VT-IGW at night

Taken just about 18 hours ago, VT-IGW is the newest member of low fare carrier IndiGo’s fleet. Like all her other fleet sisters, she is an Airbus A320-232 equipped with IAE V2500 engines. Delivered less than a week back, her paint coat is still so shiny that the lights reflecting off her tail fin, engine and even “forehead” show the …

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American and Kingfisher announce codeshare and frequent flier partnership

India’s Kingfisher Airlines continues to deepen its member-elect relations with the oneworld alliance. Along with alliance founder American Airlines, it has announced entering in to a code-share and frequent flier program relationship due to commence in 2011. This agreement finally gives Kingfisher its long awaited access to the US market, one of the biggest destination markets for Indian travellers. The …

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Indian domestic traffic surges 18% to 42 million for the first ten months of 2010

Domestic air traffic in India surged a whopping 18.3% to almost 42 million for the first ten months of the year compared to 35.5 million for the same period last year. For the month of October which marks the start of the peak travel period third quarter of the fiscal, the growth was 16.3% to 4.62 million compared to October …

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Bangalore passengers should brace for a foggy season

Passengers from the Bengaluru International Airport should brace themselves for a significantly foggy winter, thanks to an extended rain season that is continuing even now. As per aviation experts within the airport operating company and air traffic control fraternity, rains in Bangalore normally cease within October thus giving the ground and the air to dry out before the onset of …

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Navi Mumbai International Airport cleared for take-off

After 17 months of delay, India’s environment minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh announced approval for the new Navi Mumbai International Airport, which many consider a half-baked idea for meeting the growing civil aviation needs of India’s financial capital. Earlier this month the environment and civil aviation ministries had reached a compromise agreement on the environmental impact of the new Mumbai airport, …

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John Leahy reveals Airbus A320 NEO (new engine option) plans

At the recently concluded EADS Global Investor Forum 2010, John Leahy the chief operating officer for Airbus S.A.S. the commercial airframe manufacturer owned by the consortium revealed plans on its proposed New Engine Option (NEO) for its ultra-popular A320 family of aircraft. In this slide, Mr. Leahy unveils an artistic impression of the re-engined single-aisle narrow body airliner and outlines …

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In-flight review: Qatar Airways: A320 and 777: Bangalore-Doha-New York – the worst flight of my life

After hearing much about Qatar Airways (QR), it’s 5 star Skytraxx ranking, and its best economy class, I decided to fly the airline on a trip, along with my son, from Bangalore to the United States and return. Outbound (Bangalore-Doha-New York JFK) I should have realised that this trip was jinxed when I received an e-mail from the airline on …

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Photos: Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner VT-ANA on the flightline

The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner due for delivery to national carrier Air India, VT-ANA, moved out of the paint shop on the flight line at Paine field in Everett, Washington. This is the 25th aircraft in the production line. By sheer co-incidence, the launch airline for the Dreamliner is All Nippon Airways better known as ANA. Thanks to moonm who …

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Jet Airways celebrates 100,000 fans on Facebook, now needs to catch up on Twitter

Mumbai based Jet Airways (mobile website)is celebrating the crossing of 100,000 fans of its Facebook page. It is a significant statement on the growth of social networking in India that this achievement has been reached in less than a year of the airline launching its social media efforts and January 19, 2010. The airline is marking its celebration with a …

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Plane spotting photos: AirAsia Airbus A320 in Formula 1 Team Lotus livery

On 30th October I took an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore. Was rather disappointed that the ground crews at the airline actively discouraged spotting, especially keeping in mind how PR savvy the airline is. Rather dejected I was walking to board my flight when I saw the AirAsia Airbus A320 9M-AFY in the Formula 1 Team Lotus livery. …

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Photo: Malaysia Airlines new livery Boeing 737-800

Malaysia Airlines took delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation Boeing 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior. The national carrier, is the first full-service airline to operate the 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior. 9M-MXA also sports the new livery of Malaysia Airlines.

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An explanation of the festival of Diwali

Since yesterday, India and Indians across the world are celebrating the festival of light — Diwali or Deepavali – the most significant festival in India. The closest equivalent I can think of is in the US, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since the Dussehra festival last month, there have been sales across the land, with people shopping away much …

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Analysis: SpiceJet Q2 fiscal 2011 results and 30 Bombardier Q400 regional turbo-prop order

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet, announced its fourth successive quarter of profits today. Even though, the carrier declared a meagre Rs. 100 million net profit for the second quarter (ending September 30, 2010) of the financial year 2010~2011, this is in sharp contrast to the loss of almost Rs. 1 billion compared to the same quarter last fiscal. The …

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Winter schedule brings a host of new routes to India

The Winter 2010 schedule for airlines commenced from Sunday and as expected major airlines, domestic and international, have announced a raft of new flights. Austrian AirlinesLufthansa group member has introduced five flights a week between Mumbai and Vienna and increased its five a week New Delhi Vienna flights to six. The Mumbai Vienna flight will be operated by a Boeing …

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