Monthly Archives: November 2011

TimesNow TV continues scaremongering, sensationalist story telling on Air India Express, Jet Airways near miss

The normal headline of this article would have included the words reporting and coverage but then that would imply a sense of responsibility on the part of TimesNow TV and some basic adherence on their part to telling the whole truth without perversely twisting it. Below is video shown on national TV but cleverly not on the internet, which can …

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Qatar Airway’s CEO Al Baker throws tantrum at Dubai air show

Airbus A350 XWB is special Qatar Airways Launch Customer livery

The recently concluded Dubai Airshow on November 15th, became the Akbar Al Baker public tantrum show. The capricious boss of Qatar Airways is known for his mercurial temper, and public berating of airframe manufacturers. At the Paris 2009 air show, it was Boeing that was at the receiving end of his verbal broadsides. At this moment, in Dubai, Boeing is …

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Kingfisher Airlines posts Rs. 469 cr loss in Q2 FY 2012. Pays 22% of revenue as interest and finance charges

Contrary to its claimed cash-starved position, Kingfisher Airlines has actually performed relatively better than its counter-part listed private airlines counter-parts in India. In a perverse silver lining to the ongoing fiscal crisis at Kingfisher, the airline slid from a net loss of Rs. 263 Cr. in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011~12 (FY12) to a net loss of Rs. …

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Jet Airways Q2 FY 2012 financial analysis – costs up on fuel and currency, yields down due to Air India price cuts

Note: JetLite financial results will be analyzed separately For the first financial analysis of Q2 FY 11-12, we will be taking a look at India’s largest international carrier, Jet Airways, who posted a net loss of Rs. 713.57 crore in the quarter, down sharply from a net profit of Rs. 12.43 crore during the same period last year. Jet posted …

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Yikes!!! Australian tester of Boeing 747 video system claims breaking in to the aircraft engine system

Boeing image. Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. At a time when every stakeholder, governments to airlines and airports on to tax-payers and everyone in-between is spending obscene amounts of money, loss of privacy, and other resources to make the skies safer, this story is downright scary. The worst part of this story is that this vulnerability exists due to a lack of …

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Emirates places largest order in Boeing history for 50 777-300ER at Dubai air show

Inaugurating the Dubai air show 2011, Dubai-based Emirates Airline, already the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777s, announced an an order for another 50 777-300ER aircraft with an option for a further 20 more. The order, with a value of $18 billion, makes this the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing’s history by dollar value. It also makes 2011 …

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Kingfisher Airlines: ending in bankruptcy or survival by blackmail ?

India’s fun airline which invites you to “fly the good times” is sending shock after shock to all its stakeholders. In the last two days the airline has cancelled almost 80 flights leaving passengers across the country, running from pillar to post as their travel plans went in to complete disarray. From an earlier announcement that the airline would cancel …

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Can Hong Kong Airlines make long haul premium-class only service work

Picture by Alex Chau. Used under GNU License. On November 7th, 2011, Hong Kong based Hong Kong Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group, announced that it would be launching an all-premium nonstop service between Hong Kong and London, beginning in March of 2012. The service will be offered on Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured in two classes; Club Premier and …

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RyanAir planning to show XXX on-board? Another Erin Andrews incident in the making?

Erin Andrews for Reebok. Photo courtesy Reebok. Passengers of RyanAir may encounter sex scenes similar to the one alleged to Keith Clinkscales and Erin Andrews, or the famous sexual romp on-board Kingfisher Airlines, if Michael O’Leary, the irrepressible chief of the low cost carrier has his way. Mr. O’Leary says the airline is planning to show porn on board its …

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Investigative agency to file criminal charges in Airbus Indian Airlines aircraft purchase deal

The Press Trust of India and other media is reporting that the India’s federal investigative agency the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is getting ready to file a criminal case against European airframer Airbus, the erstwhile national domestic carrier Indian Airlines (which is now merged in to Air India), senior civil aviation officials, for alleged irregularities in the 43 narrow …

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Audio and Video: The moaning of GE90-115B – the largest commercial jet engine

Ask any plane spotter about the General Electric GE90-155B engines and you will get a universal thumbs-up. The largest engines fitted on any commercial jet, two GE90’s power every Boeing 777 made today; the -300ER, the -200LR, or the freighter. Put the engine size in perspective. Compare the ground engineer near the nose wheel. To give you an idea of …

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Plane spotting photos and Video: AeroLogic Boeing 777F and Lion Air Boeing 747-400 at Bangalore

Last week Bangalore Aviation contributor Vedant Agarwal caught the new started AeroLogic Boeing 777F five times a week service from Bangalore to Leipzig, Germany, and a one off appearance by Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 747-400 (not an ER), which has been sub-contracted by NAS Air to ferry passengers performing the Haj. AeroLogic Boeing 777F D-AALD Lion Air Boeing 747-400 PK-LHG …

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Singapore Airlines excludes south Asia from special New York to Asia A380 fare offer

From January 15, 2012, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will withdraw its last Boeing 747-400 MegaTop service when it upgrades its SQ25/SQ26 Singapore-Frankfurt-New York JFK service to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Starting today, for five days Singapore Airlines is offering a very special fare to most of its Asian destinations for its New York passengers. That is, except all of its destinations …

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Boeing delivers Atlas Air their first 747-8 Freighter meant for British Airways

Yesterday, US airframer Boeing delivered the first 747-8F Freighter to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. The delivery is the first of nine 747-8Fs ordered by the cargo carrier. The aircraft is powered by General Electric’s GEnx-2B67 engines. Global Supply Systems Boeing 747-8F G-GSSD in British Airways World Cargo livery. Delivery flight.  The aircraft painted in a British Airways World Cargo …

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Video and Pics: RyanAir launches its sexy “Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar”

Lisa, RyanAir, Madrid Irish low cost carrier RyanAir launched the 2012 edition of the Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar, the fourth year running. The calendar is a swimsuit edition featuring some of the most sexy RyanAir cabin crew (in India they are still called air hostesses). Every year the airline donates the proceeds raised from the sale of this calendar …

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Pics and Video: Cathay Pacific cargo takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F freighter

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F freighter from its order for ten aircraft. The carrier becomes the first operator of this new generation aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest for air cargo in the world. With the delivery of B-LJE Cathay joins launch operation CargoLux, which took delivery of its first …

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Video: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-300 power slides on Warsaw airport runway.

From the Aviation Herald A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration SP-LPC performing flight LO-16 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Warsaw (Poland) with 220 passengers and 10 crew, was on approach to Warsaw’s runway 33 when the crew aborted the approach at 3000 feet reporting an unsafe gear indication for all three gear struts at about 13:10L (12:10Z) and entered a …

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