Monthly Archives: March 2014

Indian Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules crashes killing five

Media reports say one of the six new C-130J ‘Super Hercules’ transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, bought just two years ago, has crashed about 72 miles west of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh after having taken off from Agra in Uttar Pradesh around 10:00 IST. The C-130J is part of the six aircraft order that India procured from the …

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Exclusive photos: Air India strips its newest Boeing 777-200LR

Air India Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH at Paris CDG airport. Photo copyright Sylvain Muglia. Used under CC license.

Original story. First published Mar 27, 2014 12:00 IST Updates are posted at the end of this original article Financially beleaguered national carrier Air India appears to have resorted to cannibalising its newest Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH, currently stored at Mumbai airport, to service the remaining five 777-200LR aircraft its fleet, three of which are due to be delivered to gulf …

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Photos: Air India starts delivering sold Boeing 777-200LRs to Etihad Airways

VT-ALA Air India Boeing 777-200LR at Delhi Airport.

Last October, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways PJSC had announced that it would buy five Boeing 777-200LRs from Air India and deploy these aircraft on Ultra Long Haul (ULH) routes like Abu Dhabi Los Angeles. With the deal concluded, since last month, Etihad has commenced taking delivery of these aircraft. The first two 777-200LRs of Air India VT-ALA named after the …

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Malaysia Airlines #MH370: Australia search maps, India sends most advanced aircraft

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues off the coast of Australia. The three maps below show the areas searched till date, and what is planned for March 24, 2014. Global news agencies are focussing on the US Navy P-8A Poseidon which is arguably one of the best, if not the best, maritime surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft in …

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Your opinion: Is DGCA over-reacting to SpiceJet’s mid-air Holi celebrations?

Holi is a major festival in much of India, especially the north where Gurgaon based low-fare carrier SpiceJet is based. Holi is a festival of colour, fun, frolic and love, celebrating the arrival of spring. Last Monday, March 17, SpiceJet carried extra cabin crew on eight selected flights who performed a short two and a half to three minute program …

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Satellite pictures of possible debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370

Satellite images of possible debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 off the coast of Australia.

As reported earlier, based on images provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGIO) to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), there is hope that possible debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, 12 days ago. The search is still under-way. AMSA has released the two pictures of the suspected debris from …

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Possible debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 found?

Malaysia Airlines MH370 possible debris sighting near Australia search area map

Twelve days after the disappearance of the Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO flight MH370, has the search effort involving thousands of people from 26 different nations, found debris from the plane? Australian prime minister Tony Abbott informed his parliament that “new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian …

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Gulfstream G650 business jet sets non-stop speed record between New York and Mumbai

The Gulfstream series of business jets are long considered the Rolls Royce of the skies, and the flagship product is the G650®. The Gulfstream G650® is positioned as an ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet for the globe trotting multi-national CEO. The G650 will carry eight passengers and a crew of four on non-stop flights of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) powered …

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Video: Airbus’ press conference at India Aviation 2014

At the recently concluded India Aviation 2014 show, European airframer Airbus forecast Indian carriers will require 1,290 new passenger aircraft valued at US$190 billion between now and 2032. 73% of these aircraft will be to accommodate growth and 27% will be used for replacement. Of the 1,290 aircraft, about 913 will be the single aisle narrow bodies of the A320 …

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SpiceJet confirms order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 as it rejigs strategy

CGI of SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX 8

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet confirmed a previous agreement with Boeing for 42 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The order was previously listed as unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website. The order is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices though Bangalore Aviation estimates SpiceJet has paid about $40 million to $45 million per aircraft. The new aircraft …

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Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family

Start of manufacturing of the first A320neo with machining of the engine pylon.

European airframer Airbus has marked the start of manufacturing of the much awaited A320neo by performing the first ‘cutting of metal’, machining the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” factory in Toulouse, France. The A320neo (new engine option) is slated to enter into service (EIS) from late 2015. Its key feature are the new generation CFM LEAP and Pratt …

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Photos: India Aviation 2014 day one, Emirates A380, Extra 300 and more

India Aviation 2014 kicked of at the old Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad today. After the inauguration which included speeches by various dignitaries including minister of civil aviation Ajit Singh, the Emirates Airbus A380 which is the headline of the show did a low speed flypast over the runway before it landed. The A380 had done a revenue flight to the …

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Spicejet announces order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX

Low cost carrier Spicejet has just announced an order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The order will be valued at 4.4 billion USD at list price. The aircraft will be powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines. More details to follow.

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Airbus and Emirates to showcase A380 superjumbo at India Aviation 2014 show

A customer A380 as well as models of its full civil aircraft product range will be at the heart of Airbus’ presence at the An Emirates airline A380 superjumbo will be on static display for the first three days of the fourth India Aviation 2014 Airshow in Hyderabad between March 12th to 16th. Models of Airbus’ full aircraft product range …

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Photo and video tribute to missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO flight #MH370

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER registration 9M-MRO taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-Feb-2014. This aircraft went missing while performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 persons on board. Photo copyright M. Azizul Islam

From the master spotter M. Azizul Islam, in tribute and memoriam, a photo and video taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh, just a few weeks ago on 11-Feb-2014, of 9M-MRO the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER which is missing presumed crashed with 239 souls on board while performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. In the video, as the Rolls Royce Trent …

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 incident reminds of Air France AF447 crash

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRL. Sister of 9M-MRO which crashed #MH370 and 9M-MRD which crashed #MH17.

In a case of history repeating itself, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing early on Saturday morning en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and still remains to be located four days later, reminds one of Air France flight AF447 which crashed five years earlier in 2009 while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. There are significant …

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Video: Qatar Airways unveils its A380 first class seat

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

At ITB Berlin, Qatar Airways’ CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker unveiled the first class seat on its A380s which are expected to commence service this year. The seat is said to be the widest in the industry and the in-flight entertainment system features a 27″ TV.

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Photos and videos: Lufthansa’s new premium economy class

At the ITB show in Berlin, German flag carrier Lufthansa revealed its new premium economy class which will be progressively fitted on to 106 aircraft of the airline’s long haul fleet, for flights starting this October with its Boeing 747-8i and then progressing to their A380s. A total of about 3,600 seats will be added in the new class, which …

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Malaysia Airlines #MH370 passenger and crew names and manifest

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO MH370 Kuala Lumpur Beijing flight crash

Malaysia Airlines has released the passenger and crew manifest for the ill-fated flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which is suspected to have crashed in the South China Sea / Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam. In a statement the airline said “The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a …

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IndiGo A320 suffers minor fire at Kathmandu. All passengers safe.

An IndiGo airlines Airbus A320-232 bearing registration VT-IEU performing flight 6E-031 from New Delhi, Indira Gandhi airport, India to Kathmandu Tribuvan airport, Nepal, with 175 passengers, 1 infant and 6 crew members has just made a normal landing around 12:35 local (12:20 IST 06:50 UTC). After taxiing and parking at the stand, around 12:39 the ground engineer observed smoke and …

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