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2013 – Page 27 – Bangalore Aviation

Yearly Archives: 2013

RyanAir places order on Boeing for up to 200 737s

Photo: Adrian Pingstone. Courtesy Wikimedia. Rights reserved. The Irish Independent is reporting that low cost carrier RyanAir has placed an $18bn (€14bn) order with Boeing to buy up to 200 aircraft. It is unclear whether the order includes any 737 MAX. Apparently the order will be confirmed by US President Barack Obama and Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) Enda Kenny …

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Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad airports amongst best in the world

by Devesh Agarwal Three of India’s airports have placed amongst the best airports in the world in the 2012 airport service quality (ASQ) awards of the airports council international (ACI). The nation’s largest two airports, New Delhi’s GMR operated Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Mumbai’s GVK operated Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), placed second and third respectively in the …

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Video: Changing a Boeing 737 CFM56 engine at Southwest Airlines

by Devesh Agarwal A CGI rendition of the Southwest Boeing 737 MAX Without a doubt, an aircraft’s engines are one of the most complex parts on an aircraft. After the airframe, the engines are the most expensive item an airline buys, and normally an airline signs separate contracts for the airframe and the engines. With thousands of rotating parts, and …

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IndiGo continues to expand domestic operations

by Vinay Bhaskara As its fleet grows with the introduction of new Airbus A320s, including India’s first sharklet retrofitted A320, low cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo continues to expand its domestic services. The carrier will be adding one additional daily flight to Jaipur, Nagpur, and Kolkata from its hub in Mumbai with schedules as follow: Mumbai – Jaipur 6E296 BOM – …

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Video: Pilot asked to hold for “VIP movement” responds “We’re more important than they are”

A humorous way to start the week. All of us in India has experienced a disruption in our lives due to “VIP movement”. This video from Jenf777 on a humorous exchange between the air traffic controller at Boston’s Logan airport and the pilot of American Airlines 573. After hearing the exchange, all I could think, we need to get some …

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Air India Boeing 777 collides into JetBlue A320 at New York JFK airport

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

An arriving Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) of Air India VT-ALK “Chattisgarh” bumped in to a JetBlue Airbus A320 aircraft, N603JB, at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport early on Saturday morning. There are no injuries reported to passengers of either aircraft. Both aircraft have sustained damage and are grounded. The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority indicates around 0615 local (1115Z) the …

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First production Airbus A400M transporter makes its maiden flight

The first production Airbus Military A400M airlifter has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery to the French Air Force. The aircraft, MSN7, took off from Seville, Spain, at 11:48 local time (10:48Z) and landed back in Seville 5 hours and 42 minutes later. Experimental Test Pilot Hugues Van Der Stichel, captained the flight.

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AirAsia JV approved. Aviation ministry officials seek policy clarification

by Devesh Agarwal India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) today gace an in-principle approval to the Joint Venture (JV) company proposal of AirAsia, the Tatas and the Bhatias. The stated goal of this JV company is to form and operate an airline most likely AirAsia India, based out of Chennai. As per a report, the JV will initially invest about …

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Video: British Airways In-Flight Entertainment for March 2013

I may not give British Airways high marks for its customer service, but hats off to the airline on the information it provides its passengers. As per the infographic we posted yesterday, over 41% of passengers will spend their time watching a movie during their flight. This is the highest percentage of in-flight entertainment (IFE) activity. British Airways has put …

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Air India’s Emperor Class. How the Indian aristocracy abuses its “NetJets”

Air India Boeing 747-400 VT-ESP Ajanta. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Officially India gained independence from monarchy on August 15, 1947. Fast forward these 66 years and the current breed of India’s aristocracy is very much alive and kicking. The British colonists may have left India, but the “Raj” continues, if only by a different name. Welcome to Air India’s Emperor Class. Not the earlier Boeing 747s, the carrier named after …

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Air cargo business grows cautiously in January: IATA

by Devesh Agarwal The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents about 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic, released its global air freight demand statistics for January 2013 which show signs of stabilisation of air freight industry on the back of encouraging growth towards the end of 2012. Compared to the previous year, demand for air freight grew …

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Infographic: In-Flight Entertainment – facts and figures

Courtesy M/s IFE Services Ltd., of the UK, below is an infographic detailing the facts and figures for calendar Q1 2013, of the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) industry. Click on the infographic for a high resolution view. In the light box, you can right-click and download the picture.

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Video: Vintage collection of Concorde first flights and construction

by Devesh Agarwal Over the weekend, 2nd March to be specific, was the 44th Anniversary of the maiden flight of Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 001 back in 1969. Concorde entered service in 1976, and flew the elite of the world, till British Airways and Air France, ceased service on October 24, 2003. Construction of the first prototype began in February 1965. Built …

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‘Painted Skies News’ – special aircraft liveries – Mar 5

Karsten Heiligtag from Germany puts together this interesting list called “Painted Skies News” on a fortnightly basis, capturing aircraft in various liveries from around the world. If you are a “Special Liveries” junkie, I recommend this list. Bangalore Aviation has obtained permission from Karsten to re-publish his list. Hope you enjoy. Please let us have your feedback on this initiative. …

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Bangalore Aviation now on Google Currents for Android, iPhone and iPad IOS platforms

Dear Readers, With great pleasure we invite the readers of Bangalore Aviation to read us on Google Currents which is available on the Android (phone and tablet), Apple iPhone, and iPad IOS platforms. Google Currents is similar to the Flipboard application and will provide off-line reading of the full article.   If you already have the Google Currents app on …

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ATR financial and operational results 2012

In fiscal 2012 ATR, the French-Italian regional turbo-prop airframer recorded its highest turnover $1.44 billion, and also delivered a record 64 aircraft and increase of 18% over last year. Below is their data along with details of deliveries.

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Jet Airways to upgrades Delhi-Brussels-Toronto to Airbus A330-300

Mumbai based, Jet Airways, has upgraded its Delhi Toronto via Brussels route to be operated by their brand new Airbus A330-300 (A333). The route was previously operated by A330-200’s. The A330-300 will increase seating capacity from 18 in business class and 236 in economy to to 34 in Business and 259 in Economy. The economy class passengers will get some …

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Lufthansa becomes first European airline operating A320 with Sharklets

German mainline carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with new Sharklets, and becomes the first carrier in Europe to take benefit of the new fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The airline will receive 21 more A320 Family aircraft equipped with Sharklets until 2015. Lufthansa A320 with Sharklets

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IndiGo launches new domestic and international flights

IndiGo cabin crew.Photo courtesy IndiGo. With the addition of its 64th new Airbus A320, India largest domestic carrier, IndiGo, has launched eight new flights on its domestic network. The fifth daily and direct flight between Delhi and Chennai, The second daily and direct flight between Delhi and Kochi The fourth daily and direct flight between Mumbai and Chennai The fourth …

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Video: Etihad’s new TV commercial

by Devesh Agarwal Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways is releasing a new TV commercial (TVC) across the world in the next few days. Created by M&C Saatchi, the TVC will be released in the UAE on March 3rd, and then across Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, UK, USA, and Nigeria the next day. The commercial which has been produced by …

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