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Air India confirmed as customer of first South Carolina built Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Post and Courier of Charleston is quoting Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger who has officially confirmed that Indian national carrier Air India will be the receipient of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the North Charleston facility in the state of South Carolina, sometime during the sping of 2012. Air India, an early adopter of the aircraft has 27 …

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Plane spotting photos: Two ‘Top shots’ in two days. Night photography at Mumbai airport

Earlier this year, the Aviation Photographers India Foundation, had a chance to go airside at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and take photos, thanks to the support by the DGCA and MIAL. Two night pictures in the spirit of Christmas both of which made ‘Top Shot’ at JetPhotos. British Airways Boeing 777-300ER G-STBB. Observe the “Sky Interior” with the soft …

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Lufthansa to sell BMI to IAG, the owner of British Airways

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) and International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, have signed a binding agreement for the sale of British Midland Limited (bmi) to IAG for £172.5m (approx. €207m) in cash. Lufthansa has the option of selling the ‘bmi regional’ and ‘bmibaby’ units separately before the sale is completed, expected by the end of the first …

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Boeing delivers its 200th Boeing Sky Interior fitted 737

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, one of the launch customers of the new Boeing Sky Interiors (BSI) fitted 737s took delivery of a new BSI equipped 737-800, its 18th and Boeing’s 200th such aircraft delivered. Introduced in October 2010, the 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new sculpted sidewalls and windows. LED (light emitting diode) based lighting allows the airline to provide …

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Wall of shame: NDTV steals my picture of a crashed Kingfisher Airlines aircraft

Theft of intellectual property.NDTV has joined the my “wall of shame” by stealing my picture of a Kingfisher Airlines aircraft VT-KAC and displaying it on a story sourced from Agence France Presse (AFP) without taking my permission or even acknowledging my intellectual property rights. The NDTV web page in question is here. A screen shot is posted just in case …

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Airbus A320neo vs. Boeing 737-8 MAX: a battle that’s just beginning

When Southwest Airlines announced the first firm order for the re-engined Boeing 737 MAX on Wedenesday, it represented the latest in a series of back and forths between Boeing and Airbus regarding their re-engine programs of the 737NG and Airbus A320 family respectively. Earlier this year, speaking at the Credit Suisse Aerospace Conference, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John …

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Kingfisher Airlines to join oneworld alliance on February 10, 2012

It is official. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Kingfisher Airlines will become the first carrier from South Asia to become part of a global airline alliance when it joins oneworld® on Friday, February 10, 2012. The oneworld alliance consists of American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7 …

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PHOTOS: Boeing delivers 7000th Boeing 737 to flydubai

American airframer Boeing delivered its 7,000th Boeing 737 today, a B737-800 to flydubai, a fast growing low cost carrier based in Dubai. The 737-800 will be equipped with the brand new Boeing Sky Interior, and will be the 21st Boeing 737-800 in flydubai’s fleet, with 30 more on order. According to Boeing, “The 737 is the most produced large commercial …

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Photo: Indian Air Force’s sixth Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules enroute to India

From the photo site of Lockheed Martin. Number six of the six C-130J Super Hercules ordered by India, under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, departed Marietta, Ga. on December 15, 2011. This aircraft, like its five predecessors, was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget. A photo of tail number KC-3801. Click on the image for the high resolution …

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Details of Cathay Pacific’s new Premium Economy and Economy class seats

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways has released details of its new premium economy class and economy class seats which will be progressively introduced on its long-haul flights from March 2012 for operational commencement from April 2012 onwards. Unfortunately the carrier is not releasing pictures of the new cabin till next year. With the carrier intending a clear differentiation between …

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Mobile phones popularise use of self check-in facilities at Mumbai airport

The growing popularity of web, kiosk and mobile check-in has almost doubled passenger self-service check-in at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai over the year, up from 36% to 65%. The 2011 SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Self-Service Survey found that the web check-in rate was higher in Mumbai than at any of the other airports included in the survey. 70% …

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PHOTOS: Boeing unveils first 787 for Japan Airlines

Earlier today, Boeing released the first images of the first Boeing 787 destined for Japan Airlines. From the Boeing press release: The first Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner to enter service for Japan Airlines (JAL) rolled out of the paint hangar last night. The airplane’s livery features the iconic new brand mark on its tail and underscores the airline’s commitment …

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VIDEO: Making the sexy 2012 RyanAir charity calendar

The ‘making of’ video shows 13 of Ryanair’s hottest cabin crew on location during the calendar photo-shoot in Lanzarote last September for its 2012 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar. The video has been made in a 1940’s theme with sepia effects. Ryanair has succeeded in selling 9,000 of targeted 10,000 copies of the calendar, which are available online at www.ryanair.com …

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Boeing 737 MAX logs first firm order from launch customer Southwest Airlines

The 737 MAX now has another customer. Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest Boeing 737 operator has announced an order for 150 of the re-engined 737s, as well as 58 next generation 737s. The order for 208 planes, worth almost US $19 billion at list prices, represents the largest single order in Boeing history, topping previous orders from Emirates and Lion …

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PHOTOS: Airbus delivers its 7000th aircraft, an A321 to its largest operator, US Airways

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. delivered its 7,000th aircraft delivered, an A321-231 to US Airways, the airline which operates the largest Airbus fleet in the world. MSN 4957 which was test registered at D-AZAE was delivered with a registration N552UW. By the end of the year, US Airways is expected to operate a fleet of 93 A319s, 72 A320s, 63 A321s …

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