Monthly Archives: January 2014

Images: Mumbai CSI airport’s new integrated Terminal 2

Mumbai CSIA Terminal 2 Facade

At long last, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is getting its new integrated terminal, T2. In a few hours from now, the India Prime Minister ManMohan Singh will inaugurate the new luxurious terminal. Enjoy the pictures in the slider above or in the toggle box below. If you are planning to use the terminal right away, don’t get your …

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Air India’s abysmal performance, 256 seat 787 flying with just 50 passengers

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner line number 35 test registered N1015 (later became VT-ANH) at the India Aviation show, Hyderabad March 2012. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

While the establishment in both the civil aviation ministry and national carrier Air India continue to blow sunshine in our faces, and was eloquent about the “great recovery” by the airline, a story in The Hindustan Times newspaper shows how abysmal is the airline’s actual performance. The story headlines “Crew shortage holds up AI flight at Frankfurt” but the actual …

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Emirates to withdraw free chauffeur transfer service in Hong Kong

Emirates Boeing 777-200ER. Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

[bsu_pullquote align=”right”] “Chauffeur-drive service will be offered to passengers for flights until 28th February 2014.” – Emirates website[/bsu_pullquote] In a quiet update to its website, Dubai-based Emirates is withdrawing its free chauffeur transfer service for all first and business class passengers in Hong Kong after February 28, 2014. The carrier has been slowly curtailing chauffeur services at other cities as …

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Air France launches 2014 edition of Manish Arora Facebook contest for fashion designers

Buoyed by its previous success Air France is launching its Facebook contest along with world famous Indian fashion designer Manish Arora, for aspiring fashion designers to showcase their talent. To participate in this month long contest, contestants will have to upload pictures of their fashion creations along with a short write up on Air France Facebook page. The contestants can …

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Plane spotting: British Airways oneworld livery, Air Costa, IndiGo sharklets and more

Last Saturday, during a spotting session at Bangalore’s newly renamed Kempegowda International Airport one was pleasantly surprised to find two things. The first was that two of the flyovers that were under construction on the airport highway have opened to traffic, reducing some of the commute time.  The second was that British Airways had sent one of their OneWorld livery …

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Top Ten articles of 2013

2013 was a good year at Bangalore Aviation. We had an eclectic mix of stories, and it was a mixed bag of stories that made the “Top 10” list for 2013. The most popular story of the year was the trip report on Air Canada’s Executive First class which features the mini-suites aboard the Boeing 777s and 767s. Read the …

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Boeing 787-9 visits Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand

US airframer Boeing flew the latest variant of the Dreamliner, the 787-9, to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and its longest flight since flight testing on this new variant began. Aircraft number ZB002 registered N787FT, the second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, flew 13 hours and 49 minutes non-stop, …

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Photos: Airbus rolls out new A350 XWB in ‘Carbon’ livery

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. rolled out its third its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 (manufacturer serial number 2), from the paint shop in Toulouse, France, featuring a special “carbon” livery which symbolises the extensive use of of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the aircraft. 53 per cent of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of composites including the airframer’s …

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India terminates the VVIP chopper deal with Augusta Westland

Right in the wake of the departure of former Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and appointment of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the Ministry of Defense has announced the termination of the scandalous VVIP helicopter deal for 12 Augusta Westland AW101 helicopters. The 560 million euro deal was put on hold last February after allegations that several top politicians and …

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Delhi airport duty free launches Dewar’s Legacy Collection 1893 whisky

Dewar's Legacy Collection 1893 whisky

India’s largest duty free, Delhi Duty Free Services, located at Terminal 3, IGI Airport, New Delhi, has launched the limited-edition blended Scotch whisky – Dewar’s Legacy Collection 1893. The retailer, a joint venture company between DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited) and Yalorvin Limited a subsidiary of Aer Rianta International cpt., will be the first duty free in India to sell …

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