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Dassault Rafale selected in $10.4 billion Indian Air Force MMRCA deal

One of the largest military contracts in the world, the Indian Air Force’s competition for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) appears to have been decided in favour of the French airframer Dassault’s Rafale, though there is no official confirmation. Sources indicate the Rafale has been selected over the Eurofighter Typhoon from European competitor EADS for a contract estimated at …

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American swaps JFK-Narita for JFK-Haneda

According to numerous reports at various travel sites, US carrier American Airlines will be ending flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, while simultaneously resuming flights between JFK and Tokyo’s other airport, commonly known as Haneda. Indeed, inventory on AA.com reflects these changes, as do other booking engines. Flights to Haneda will …

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Photos: Kingfisher Airline’s stripped and decaying Airbus A321s and A330

Some depressing photos to commence the week of three Kingfisher Airline’s Airbus aircraft VT-KFR, VT-KFW, and VT-VJO lying grounded, getting stripped of parts and engines, and slowly decaying at Indian airports, While one can understand the business strategy of Kingfisher of reducing costs and performing fire-fighting cost-cutting, it is depressing to see these beautiful aircraft being canibalised like this. Sources …

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January 2012 in review: Airbus and Boeing

As we come to the close of January 2012, we feel that it is time to look back at the successful month enjoyed by both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)from an aircraft orders perspective. Airbus Net Orders: 102 A320neo: 100 (Norwegian- 100)A330-200F: 2 (Etihad Airways-2) Airbus also firmed up orders from Latin American carriers Volaris and Avianca/TACA for 44 (30 neo, …

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Video: Om Shanti Om – Finnair crew dances onboard flight celebrates India’s Republic Day

A group of Finnair cabin crew sent their greetings to India on the eve of the nation’s 63rd Republic Day with a “Take OFF to Bollywood” dance aboard the carrier’s flight AY021 from Helsinki to New Delhi. Ms Helena Kaartinen a cabin crew of Finnair and a group of her colleagues came aboard the aircraft after the passengers were boarded, …

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Virgin America to take delivery of 6 A320s in the first half of 2012 (and other news)

Late last week, San Francisco based Virgin America announced their latest destination, Philadelphia, which will be served from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Flights will begin in April with two daily flights from LA and one from San Francisco, and will increase to 3 and two daily flights respectively. Schedules for the new routes are as follow: (via airlineroute) Los …

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Norwegian Air Shuttle places largest ever Boeing order from European airline

Olso based, Norwegian Air Shuttle, one of the largest operators of the Boeing 737, has given the US airframer its first European order for the new 737 MAX airplane. Norwegian and Boeing have announced a firm order for 100 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes and 22 Next-Generation 737-800s. The total order is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices and represents …

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Pictures: Qatar Airways to open new premium class lounge at London Heathrow airport

Qatar Airways is opening its new Premium Lounge at London Heathrow this week. The Premium Lounge at Terminal 4 will be the airline’s first dedicated facility outside its Doha hub, underscoring London’s importance as a destination for the airline which will commence its fifth daily service from March 25. Lounge access will be restricted to the airline’s First and Business …

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Turkish Airlines in discussions to acquire LOT Polish, what about India?

Over the weekend, it broke that Middle Eastern behemoth Turkish Airlines was in negotiations to acquire a controlling stake in Poland’s national carrier, LOT Polish Airlines. Hamdi Topcu, Turkish chairman, said: “We are starting negotiations to buy LOT. It should be a win-win situation for both sides.” LOT operates a fleet of 56 aircraft to 92 destinations around the globe, …

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Bangalore Aviation photographer wins 3rd SpiceJet plane spotting contest

For the third year in succession low fare carrier SpiceJet has sponsored a plane spotting contest via its Facebook page. In fact SpiceJet still remains the only Indian airline promoting such a contest. This year, Bangalore Aviation editor and photographer, Devesh Agarwal’s photograph of SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ taking off from Mumbai’s runway 09 at sunset, was adjudged to have …

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Southwest Airlines posts net profit in Q4 2011

After falling to an unprecedented pretax loss of $226 in the third quarter of 2011, Dallas based Southwest Airlines once again returned to net profitability, earning $152 million, or 20 cents per diluted share. Revenue grew 32% to $4.1 billion, while operating expenses grew 37% (with fuel and related expenses jumping 59) (All figures vs. Q4 2011. Southwest’s performance beat …

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FDI is not a panacea; but a step in the right direction

When new Indian civil aviation Minister Ajit Singh announced that the national government would soon begin the process of allowing 49% foreign direct investment (FDI) by international carriers into India’s airlines Tuesday, India’s flailing airline industry breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Following a 75 minute meeting with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, Singh stated, “the question was to allow foreign …

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VIDEOS: The new Southwest Airlines cabin

On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines announced a series of changes to its interior, including the addition of 6 seats to their 737-700 aircraft and a reduction in seat pitch offset by a decrease in recline. The new cabin also features, “recyclable carpet, a brighter color-scheme, and a more durable, eco-friendly, and comfortable low-profile seat that weighs less than the current seat.” …

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Breaking: Alaska Airlines Group expands Horizon Air

Seattle based Alaska Airlines has announced new service via Horizon Air for the summer of 2012. All flights mentioned below will operate on Horizon’s Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 equipment. They are adding “daily nonstop service from San Diego to Monterey and Santa Rosa, and twice-daily service to Fresno. Two daily flights between San Jose and Reno are also being added …

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Video: Making of the Jet Airways – Nokia Lumia Boeing 737-800

Time-lapse video showing Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 being wrapped in a special advertisement livery showcasing the Nokia Lumia 800 phone. Nokia has also announced a Spot the Lumia consumer competition. To participate visit the Nokia India page on Facebook. 50 consumers with the most innovative pictures will attend the Sky Party on January 20, a 2 hour extravaganza on board …

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Opinion: India’s airlines are safe to fly

Over the past week, a serious fight has erupted between India’s aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the airlines, with a number of serious charges being espoused by the DGCA. In a bluntly worded financial audit that Bangalore Aviation (as well as most of the internet) has acquired, the DGCA lists out several “safety” violations that India’s …

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AirAsia X ceases operations to New Delhi, Mumbai, London and Paris

AirAsia X, the low cost, long haul, affiliate of AirAsia, today announced a suspension of flights between its Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hub and Mumbai and Delhi in India, London, UK, and Paris, France. AirAsia X Airbus A340-300 at London Stansted airport. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Mumbai – Four weekly services will be suspended with the last flight on 31 January, …

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Video: Differences between the cockpits of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320

The Baltic Aviation academy has made this video on the differences between the cockpits of the two most popular aircraft in the world today, the American Boeing 737 and the European Airbus A320 families. The video also brings forth the different in the thinking and design philosophy at the two airframers. Boeing and Airbus dominate the airframe world. The 737 …

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Guest Post: The unique air cargo industry

The air cargo industry is quite obviously different from the passenger airline industry. Beyond both offering services that mostly focus on transportation via air the two industries share little else. Let’s get into it. For passenger airlines, the exchange of services (and in some cases, goods) is pretty much entirely contained within the airport or the aircraft. Passenger airlines offer …

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