Monthly Archives: June 2013

Analysis: Delta-Virgin Atlantic tie up does little to enhance Indian connectivity for either carrier

by Vinay Bhaskara Image by, and copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. Earlier this week, Atltanta-based full service carrier Delta Air Lines and London based Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that their application for a code share and joint venture partnership on trans-Atlantic flights had been approved by antitrust authorities in both the United States and European Union. The deal, in …

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British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner arrives in London

by Devesh Agarwal US Airframer Boeing delivered to flag carrier, British Airways, its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners from an existing order of 24. See video below the fold The first of the aircraft G-ZBJB flew as flight BA787 from Paine Field in the city of Everett near Seattle, and arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport about two hours ago at …

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GoAir replaces Kingfisher Airlines at Terminal 1A at Mumbai

by Devesh Agarwal From July 1, 2013, Wadia group promoted GoAir will be moving its operations at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, from Terminal 1B (the private airlines’ terminal) to Terminal 1A (Air India / Indian Airlines terminal). GoAir will occupy some of the space that has been vacated by the cessation of operations of Vijay Mallya promoted Kingfisher Airlines. …

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Air India resuming service to Birmingham

National carrier Air India Ltd has announced it is set to launch four weekly direct flights between Birmingham and New Delhi from August 1. The route will be operated the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with a configuration of 18 business class and 238 economy class seats. The flight will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will depart from …

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AirAsia Announces Termination of AirAsia Japan Joint Venture with All Nippon Airways

AirAsia Japan Airbus A320. Airbus Image.

In a long expected move, Malaysian low cost carrier, AirAsia today announced its decision to terminate its participation in the joint venture with ANA Holdings Inc. under the AirAsia Japan brand with the signing of a termination agreement. The joint venture, created two years ago under the name AirAsia Japan faced many challenges since its launch. Issues stemmed from a …

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Airport lounge report: Iberia Dali business class lounge: Madrid Barajas Terminal 4

During my trip from Barcelona to Lisbon via Madrid (read trip report here), I had intentionally chosen a long layover at Barajas airport as I wanted to both see the famous wavy ceilings which created quite a ripple (yes, the pun is intentional) when the airport opened in 2006, and I also wanted to explore the Iberia lounge at its …

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Malaysia Airlines warns of possible flight disruptions due to haze

by Devesh Agarwal Malaysia Airlines is advising its passengers on the possible closure of airports, and disruptions of flights with little advance notice, due to the current haze situation which has deteriorated in parts of Malaysia over the last few days. Specific stations under close watch for possible closure or interruptions are airline’s main hubs in west and east Malaysia …

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Jet Airways request slots at Amsterdam for Winter 2013 season; no flights to Newark

As Bangalore Aviation reported last month, Indian full service carrier Jet Airways is likely to move its long standing trans-Atlantic scissors hub to Amsterdam in conjunction with its new part-owner Etihad Airways. Late last week, Jet applied for the following slots at Amsterdam for the IATA Winter 2013/14 season. 9W 224 – DEL – AMS –> arr: 09.40 333 daily …

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Analysis: Will Jetihad lop-sided deal favouring Etihad be corrected or be an eye-wash?

by Devesh Agarwal Last week’s deferral by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) of the proposal of Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways to buy a 24% stake in Jet Airways has brought to light how the middle-eastern carrier will have an equal or higher say in the functioning of Jet despite owning just 24%. The deferral has also shed light …

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Boeing launches 787-10 Dreamliner. An Airbus A330-300 replacement?

At the Paris Air Show, as expected, US airframer Boeing has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family. The second member of the family, the 787-9, is in final assembly in Everett, Washington, USA, and is set to make its first flight later this year. Video and analysis at the end of the article. Final assembly …

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Flight review: Iberia domestic business class: A320: Barcelona Madrid Lisbon

Last week, I reviewed Iberia’s domestic Business Lounge in Barcelona. Today, I focus on my first flight with Iberia from Barcelona to Lisbon, via Madrid. This was also my first flight in business class. Barcelona El Prat – Madrid Barajas Flight IB2713. Airbus A320. Seat 5F. Business Class Departure – 18:50, on-time For intra-Europe and many north African flight, most …

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Air France and KLM partner with Jet Airways to expand India connectivity

Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, have entered in to a unilateral code-share agreement with India’s Jet Airways which will allow them to extend their connectivity to Indian cities which are currently not served by them. At present Air France and KLM operate 27 flights a week to India. Air France has flights from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) …

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Video highlights of Airbus A350 AWB maiden flight vs. Boeing 787 first flight

In case you missed the first flight of Airbus’ newest aircraft the A350 XWB on June 14th, below are the video highlights. Compare with the first flight video highlights of the Boeing 787 3.5 years earlier, on December 15, 2009. Both flights picture perfect. The US airframer was gallant in congratulating its main competitor for its achievement. We congratulate @Airbus …

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She Flies!!!!! Airbus A350 XWB first flight in pictures

Congratulations to the Airbus team. The A350XWB has taken-off on its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac airport in France. Till the official pictures come, a few screen shots from the streaming video from Airbus. Awaiting behind the delivery flight of the Cebu Pacific A330 The Airbus wide-body flight line. Dominated by A330s and an A380. Compare the larger A350 with …

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The Airbus A350 XWB journey – behind the scenes videos

by Devesh Agarwal Ahead of the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB a set of videos from Airbus which gives us behind the scenes explanations on some aspects of the aircraft design, development, testing, manufacturing, and hand-over to the flight testing crew who will fly the aircraft today. Like the Boeing 787, the A350 XWB heavily relies on composite …

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