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A new plane flies today – live coverage of Airbus A350 AWB first flight

The old adage is “God willing, weather permitting”…….. If all goes well, we shall see the first flight of a brand new aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB. Airbus indicates the A350 XWB first flight is planned for today, weather conditions permitting. The A350 will be the first new commercial aircraft model, excluding variants of existing models, from the stables of …

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Gary Toomey new CEO of Jet Airways

Jet Airways (India) Limited, today announced the appointment of Mr. Gary Kenneth Toomey as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment follows the resignation of Mr. Nikos Kardassis who left the airline after serving two terms as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Toomey, 58, an Australian national, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air New Zealand Group …

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Indian Air Force’s first C-17 en-route to India

by Devesh Agarwal India’s first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport airlift aircraft, CB-8001, is en-route to India after completing its almost six month long flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, California, USA, which began following the aircraft’s delivery to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on January 22. Boeing is expected to deliver four more C-17s to …

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Finnair to re-paint Marimekko livery A330 due to copyright violation

Finnair will be re-painting its Airbus A330 OH-LTM with the blue-forest livery based on the Marimekko print Metsänväki (“Forest Folk”), unveiled earlier this month. Read the story here. As per the airline We introduced the Marimekko livery with the Metsänväki (Forest folk) print on May 7, as a part of our cooperation with the Finnish design house Marimekko. On May …

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Qatar Airways takes Cambodian children on tour of its aircraft on International Children’s Day.

Bangalore Aviation congratulates Qatar Airways on its humanitarian act. The airline recently partnered with Cambodia Airports offering 15 youngsters the opportunity to tour one of its Airbus A330 aircraft on International Children’s Day and celebrating the carrier’s 100th flight to the capital Phnom Penh. The smiles on the two ladies embracing says it all Aged between 9 and 12 years, …

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French air traffic controllers strike affects flights

Update on June 11th, 08h00 Paris local time Several different unions representing French Air Traffic Control (ATC) under the French Civil Aviation Authority have called for industrial dispute from June 11 up to June 13, 2013. Controllers are striking over a plan to unify European airspace which will ensure greater efficiency and cope with the projected increase in traffic. As …

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Lufthansa to lower take-off acceleration altitude globally to save fuel

Lufthansa is set to change its take-off procedure for all departures outside Germany, and implement one standard, worldwide. As of 1 June 2013, the airline will lower the acceleration altitude, for using the climb thrust and for further accelerating by its aircraft that are taking off, from 1,500 feet (approx. 457 metres) to 1,000 feet (approx. 305 metres). What does …

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In-flight review: Air Canada Executive First: Boeing 777-300ER and 767: Frankfurt to Toronto & Ottawa to London

Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER C-FMWU arrives at London Heathrow. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

On a recent trip from Bangalore to Dallas-Fort Worth via Frankfurt I flew Air Canada international for the first time in my life. The first trip was from Frankfurt to Toronto Pearson on their Boeing 777-300ER and thanks to mother nature, and two very efficient and caring customer service executives at United and Air Canada in Boston, from Ottawa to …

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PurePower 1100G-JM engine for A320neo conducts first flight

The Pratt & Whitney (PW) PurePower PW1100G-JM engine meant for use on the upcoming Airbus A320neo successfully completed its first flight May 15, launching the engine family’s flight test program. Ironically, the engine which is meant for an Airbus aircraft flew on a Boeing aircraft. Pratt & Whitney’s 747SP flying test bed at the company’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, …

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Airbus announces crew for A350 XWB first flight

Airbus S.A.S. has announced the six person crew which will go aboard the first flight of the first A350 XWB to fly, known as MSN1. Two test pilots and the project test flight engineer will be seated in the cockpit: Peter Chandler, an Experimental Flight Test Pilot with Airbus since 2000 and Chief Test Pilot since 2011; Guy Magrin, an …

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Emirates’ business class sale

To boost flagging passenger loads, Dubai based Emirates airline, has announced a sale on its’ Business Class fares worldwide ending on June 6, 2013 for travel between July 12, and August 4, 2013. Ex Bangalore, tickets prices start at Rs. 72,356 for Dubai, Rs. 141,916 for London, and Rs. 206, 871 for New York. Mr. Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Vice President, …

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Painted Skies: news and pictures of aircraft special liveries – June 5

A319-112     3660     OK-NEP     CSA Czech Airlinesseen at FRA 30/05/13 with a special “90 1923-2013” anniversary sticker on the fuselage instead of the standard CSA logohttp://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=1224431 A320-212     187     F-GFKS     Air France (SKYTEAM cs)      last service 21/04/13, ferried 07/05/13 CDG-NWI, seen at NWI 03/06/13 in basic SKYTEAM cs, for part out and scrap A320-214     4699     OK-HCA     Holidays Czech Airlinesferried 29/04/13 JED-PRG after …

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Plane spotting at Houston: United’s 787s back in flight

Through the month of May, on two separate occasions I had the pleasure to do plane spotting at Houston’s two airports, Hobby and Intercontinental. The Houston airport system authorities support their local spotters well, making both airports amongst the most friendliest to spot at in the United States. A special thanks to the friendly folks at the Houston Spotters who …

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