Five years ago to the date, Bangalore Aviation started its journey. 1,929 articles later, we have grown to become one of the best aviation blogs in the world. All thanks to you – our valued readers and supporters, within and outside the aviation industry.
On this anniversary I would like to share with you some of the highlights of our site, and some of the memorable articles, in my humble opinion, at Bangalore Aviation over the last five years. If I have missed any out please do share via the comment system.
In 2008, I started Bangalore Aviation to offer independent information and views on the aviation scenario in Bangalore. As you know Bangalore Aviation is a labour of love and not driven by commercial considerations. This ensures our independence and our ability to call a spade a spade. We may not be mass market, but I believe our ranking shows that we are respected.
When ever we visit trade shows, it thrills us, that journalists from the largest of news organisations to the smallest, senior to newbies, say hello to us, and tell us they are following us. It means a lot.
Over the years, we expanded our horizons to cover three distinct niches – airlines, airports, and aircraft, both in written form, and in photographs.
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Some of our memorable articles
The last five years have been a challenge, but fun filled. The early years were devoted to airports and the challenges faced by the Bengaluru International Airport to get going. We had stories like holding BIAL to a higher standard and what an airport truly is and its economic and human impact. A trip report and how BIAL corrected the short-comings of its early days, and I was truly privileged to be given a “behind the scenes” look at how an airport functions by no less than the Chief of Operations, at that time, Marcel Hungerbuehler.
Two articles I am especially proud of, were the “Sanity Check” articles. The first found fault in the government’s grandiose plans for a high speed rail link to airport, and as a responsible citizen, in the second, we proposed an alternate solution for rail connectivity.
As a consumer advocate and a believer in fair play, we wrote how passengers pay as much as 600% more fees to airports than airlines do.
Our analysis articles covered the crash of 2008, the cautious recovery in 2010 (also published in The Mint), and all the analyses, annual or topical or financial by Vinay Bhaskara.
Our exclusive one on one interviews with leaders in the aviation business are sought after. Sanjay Aggarwal and Neil Mills of SpiceJet, Dinesh Keskar of Boeing, Giorgio De Roni of GoAir, Masaru Onishi of Japan Airlines, and G.M. Toh of Singapore Airlines are just a few gurus who shared their insights with all of us.
An innocent question on an aviation forum made us write one of our most popular articles, a prosumers reference to technical information on runways. Another reference we are proud of is the series on the unique tail-art of Air India Express’ Boeing 737s. In historical reference, my most emotion provoking article, for me at least, still remains the one on Concorde. We also covered the 40 year old rivalry between Boeing and Airbus.
Stories containing images of cabins are very popular. All of us like to research what to expect. Jet Airways’ Boeing 777, Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A330-300, Cathay Pacific’s new Premium and International Economy class, or Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Humour and the unusual punctuated the otherwise serious business of aviation. Be it how Kingfisher Airlines made pigs and dogs fly, or the fire raising African mangoes, the award chopsticks of Japan Airlines, or how the A380 is too quiet for Emirates’ pilots to get sleep.
One airline that has always attracted attention is Kingfisher Airlines. Bangalore Aviation detailed the initial signs of implosion at the airline when it sold its A340-500s to Arik Air of Nigeria, who gained a lot from the Doctor’s extravagance. We covered the national carrier Air India, how it is abused, how do we solve the conundrum, or warning for the government to act. We also covered the meteoric expansion of the unofficial national carrier, Emirates.
The human nature for salaciousness drove many of the more regrettable stories of crashes and incidents like this video of the crash of a FedEx MD-11F at Tokyo Narita.
And we cannot complete our journey without all those beautiful images. Check out our photo albums here and here.
While thanking you for supporting us for the last five years, we will endeavour to repeat this exercise five years hence.
– Devesh Agarwal