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India flights impacted as Dubai airport commences runway upgrade

Starting tomorrow, May 1, the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai international (DXB) will commence a comprehensive runway upgrade project which will last for 80 days. From tomorrow, till May 31, the southern will see upgrades of runway runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits. From May 31 till July 20, the northern runway which is nearing the …

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Tech Tuesday: Aircraft maintenance checks

Celebrating international women's' day an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) technician checks out an F-15 Eagle.

Unlike a land or water based vehicle, an airplane has no means to halt mid air, nor land at any open field, should a snag occur. Keeping the airplane airworthy is of prime importance, recognized by the aviation regulator of each country, mandating checks in the interest of flight safety. Checks, short for maintenance checks, are conducted at intervals specified …

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Qatar Airways announces London as its first Airbus A380 destination

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

National carrier, Qatar Airways has announced London Heathrow as the first destination of its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft. Starting June 17, the airline will deploy the world’s largest passenger aircraft on QR003/QR004 service between Doha and London. Flight QR 003 departs Doha at 07:55, arrives London Heathrow at 13:15 Flight QR 004 departs London Heathrow 15:05, arrives Doha at 23:50 …

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India’s DGCA permits use of cell phones on-board flights

Following the example set by fellow aviation regulators the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), India’s civil aviation regulator, The Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its CAR (Civil Aviation Requirement) Section 5 Series X Part I permitting the usage of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) including cellular telephones. During a meeting with the DGCA …

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Higher commercial aircraft volumes propel Boeing to strong first quarter growth

Driven by a 23 percent increase in operations earning in its commercial aircraft segment, the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) reported first-quarter revenue increased eight percent to $20.5 billion (Table 1). Highlights of the results are Core EPS (non-GAAP)* of $1.76 on continued strong operating performance; GAAP EPS of $1.28 Revenue increased 8 percent to $20.5 billion reflecting higher commercial deliveries …

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Delta completes full flat-bed seats installation on all international wide-body aircraft

Atlanta based Delta Air Lines has become the first and only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all its international wide-body flights. The airline announced it has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats in its BusinessElite class on its Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 747-400, and 777-200ER/LR aircraft used on long-haul international flights. The …

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ATC recording: #MH192 incident – ground vehicle clears runway seconds before emergency landing

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL), aircraft registration 9M-MXJ performing flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia to Bangalore, India faced some anxious moments when returning back to KL after suffering a burst tyre emergency. Radar track of MH192 [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBMQyMYwe6o” width=”640″ height=”480″ controls=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes”] As per an airline statement, soon after take-off at 10:09pm (14:09 UTC) from Kuala Lumpur …

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Rick Allen and Calum Laming join Etihad Airways

Rick Allen who was Managing Director of flight operations at national carrier Air Canada has joined Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates as Senior Vice President Operations, and will be responsible for flight operations, guest services, crew resources, operations logistics, and operations standards. Allen will assume responsibility this summer. Allen brings airline operations experience …

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Vasuki Prasad, the flying engineer, joins Bangalore Aviation

We are pleased and proud to announce, Vasuki Prasad, who writes as “The Flying Engineer”, will be a regular contributor to Bangalore Aviation, specifically focussing on the technical side of aviation. Starting next week, Vasuki will write a weekly column called “Tech Tuesdays” which will focus on the technical side of aviation, but with reduced complexity for the benefit of …

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AirAsia to implement Airbus managed inventory service

Malaysia low cost carrier, AirAsia, will implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at its bases in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand, becoming the fourth operator in the region to implement this service. The AMI service provides for automatic replenishment of inventory to ensures the continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at …

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Air India puts last three Boeing 777-200LRs up for sale

Air India Boeing 777-237LR VT-ALF Jharkand at New Delhi IGI airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

After selling off five of its Boeing 777-237LRs to Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways PJSC (read our analysis), national carrier Air India has put the last three of its ultra-long-haul 777-200LRs up for sale. The airline has posted a tender (view it here), inviting bids for the aircraft bearing registrations VT-ALF (named after the state of Jharkhand), VT-ALG (Kerala), and …

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Air France KLM Delta increase economy class baggage allowance

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The Air France-KLM-Delta grouping have announced an increase in economy class baggage allows on their India to USA, Canada, and Mexico routes. However this increased allowance will apply only for tickets issued effective today, April 17, 2014, onwards. The baggage allowance is increased to two pieces of check-in baggage per person with maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs) per …

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Infographic – IndiGo fleet operations larger than Malaysia AirAsia

A brief comparison of select Asian low cost carriers shows India’s IndiGo (6E) airline larger than Malaysia’s AirAsia (AK) in terms of fleet operations. While AirAsia as a group is the largest low cost carrier in Asia, when broken up in to its various operating subsidiaries, the largest, Malaysia AirAsia with an airline code of AK has 73 aircraft compared …

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Forgetful Jet Airways pilots lose contact with European ATC, Indian media melodrama

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

March 13, 2014, the entire aviation world was generally concerned due the recent disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 a mere five days earlier. In this mix, add two very absent minded pilots of Jet Airways who were flying the airline’s flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, registration VT-JEG, performing flight 9W 117 from London Heathrow to the airline’s main hub in …

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FAA returns Philippines to category 1 status

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Even as India languishes in the category 2 status, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country was downgraded to a Category 2 status in January 2008 which …

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