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Reduced ADF at New Delhi airport commences tomorrow. No change in UDF.

Passengers flying out of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will receive some relief on the airport fees they pay. Based on an order issued by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, the Airport Development Fee (ADF) rates at IGI Airport will be halved to Rs. 100 per embarking domestic passenger and Rs. 600 per embarking international passenger starting midnight tonight …

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IndiGo withdrawing all Singapore flights? along with Mumbai Bangkok?

Less than 18 months after it commenced international operations, Indian low fare carrier appears to be withdrawing from three critical and what are considered lucrative routes. Mumbai Singapore, Delhi Singapore, and Mumbai Bangkok. A search for seat availability on the airline’s booking engine shows no flights available on these three routes from March 1, 2013 onwards. This is normally routine …

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IndiGo will be first operator in India to receive A320 with Sharklets. Update 1 – First flight conducted

by Devesh Agarwal A week ago, Airbus S.A.S. rolled out an A320 aircraft serial number MSN 5437 from its assembly line. This aircraft is destined to become Indian budget carrier IndiGo’s first ‘Sharklet’ equipped A320 VT-IFH, and when delivered only the second airline aircraft in the world to be fitted with the new fuel saving large wing-tip device. Photo copyright …

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Airport Traffic Roundup: Beijing Airport hits 80 million passengers in one calendar year, Dubai Airport continues to grow

by Vinay BhaskaraEarlier this week, Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), the world’s second busiest airport by passenger enplanements, crossed 80 million passengers carried in one calendar year. According to Zhang Guanghui, general manager of Beijing Capital International Airport co., the airport is likely to cross the 90 million passengers per annum mark by 2015, allowing it to pass Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International …

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Air India commences circuitous flights from New Delhi to Agra

Air India operated its first flight to Agra earlier today. Following a circuitous route (Delhi-Varanasi-Agra), this flight has a schedule that leaves much to be desired. Image courtesy gcmap.com The flight will be operated with an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flight AI 406 departs New Delhi at 1245, arrives Varanasi …

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Jet Airways announces new Mangalore Dubai flight

Effective January 3, 2013, Jet Airways, will fly six times a week on the Mangalore-Dubai sector. The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 170 Economy seats on this route. 9W 532 will depart Mangalore at 2000 and arrive Dubai at 2230 (all times local) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. On Tuesdays, flight 9W 532 will depart Managalore …

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dnata commences ground handling for Air India at London Heathrow airport

dnata’s ground handling teams at London’s Heathrow airport have recently commenced provision of passenger services for three daily flights for Air India. Air India, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, operates three flights daily using Boeing 777 aircraft, from Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi. Under the new contract, dnata is now providing passenger services to the airline, which include checking …

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Indian Navy receives first Boeing P-8i maritime aircraft

The Indian Navy has taken on-site delivery of the first of its ordered eight Boeing P-8i long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The order was placed on January 1, 2009. Indian Navy pilots are training on this aircraft in the USA, and expect to ferry this aircraft to India around May 2013. The Boeing P-8I is a long-range anti-submarine …

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Jet Airways international fleet and network operations analysis

by Vinay Bhaskara A recent report from Flightglobal quoted Boeing Asia head Dinesh Keskar as saying that India’s largest full service carrier, Jet Airways, could potentially convert existing order into the larger Boeing 787-9 variant. Jet Airways currently has 10 Boeing 787-8s on order for delivery from 2014 onwards, but Mr. Keskar said, “”If they do that [convert orders to …

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American Airlines adds new Latin American routes, moves closer to LATAM

by Vinay Bhaskara Yesterday, Dallas Fort Worth based American Airlines announced an expansion of its Latin American network, saying that it would launch services between its largest hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Bogota, Colombia, as well as a likely triangular routing between its largest Latin American gateway at Miami and the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba. …

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Press releases – December 18

Boeing Names Michael Kurth as VP/GM, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs David Pitchforth to lead Boeing Defence UK Ltd. ST. LOUIS, Dec. 17, 2012 — Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. (BDUK), will relocate to St. Louis as vice president and general …

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US FAA and EASA issue Emergency Airworthiness Directive on Airbus A320 family aircraft

DATE: December 17, 2012AD #: 2012-26-51 Emergency airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-26-51 is sent to owners and operators ofAirbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. BackgroundThe European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2012-0264-E, dated December 17, 2012 (referred to after this …

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Video: Plane photography at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport

by Devesh Agarwal Recently, with permission of the DGCA, the Aviation Photographers India Foundation visited the air-side at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) as guests of the airport operators, Delhi International Airport Ltd., for which each member of the foundation, including me, express our grateful thanks. The famous “mudra” wall at Terminal 3. Mudras are hand gestures used …

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Timeline and Fleet Matrix of Turkish Airlines expansion

by Vinay Bhaskara Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines has been pursuing a strategy of rapid fleet and destination growth over the past few years. Already, they are the airline which serves the most countries in the world, and  they have already announced plans to start 41 new destinations over the next two years. The following table details Turkish Airlines’ expansion plans over the …

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