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July 2014 – Page 2 – Bangalore Aviation

Monthly Archives: July 2014

In Pictures: Farnborough day two, Inside the Airbus A350

Kicking off today’s coverage of the Farnborough Airshow, we were invited to tour the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The aircraft at the show is in what Airbus calls a light flight test configuration. It is being used to test flight dynamics under light load conditions.  

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Airbus crosses 3,000 firm orders on A320neo

MSN 6101. First Airbus A320neo. Photo courtesy Airbus.

Airbus crossed an important milestone for its A320neo single-aisle family, 3,000 orders. With a 110 A320neo aircraft from Japanese controlled lessor SMBC Aviation Capital earlier this morning at the Farnborough air show 2014, the European airframer now has 3,083 A320neo family aircraft on order from 57 different customers which include Indian airlines like IndiGo and AirAsia India. The A320neo family …

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Boeing showcases 787-9 at Farnborough to counter Airbus

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Seen landing after it's display on day one of Farnborough 2014.

US airframer Boeing showcased its new 787-9 Dreamliner as it began an aggressive counter to European rival Airbus ahead of the start of the Farnborough air show 2014. Readers will recall, Boeing delivered the first 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand less than a week ago. READ ONLINE: Video of Boeing 787-9 practising flying demonstration for Farnborough air show …

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Air India joins the Star Alliance

Air India Airbus A320 VT-ESF in Star Alliance livery. Photo copyright Uday Krishna. Used with permission.

A long chased ambition of the national carrier came to fruition on July 11, as it was inducted as the 27th member of the Star Alliance. It is the first Indian carrier to join a global alliance of airlines. The first from the sub-continent is SriLankan Airlines which joined the oneworld alliance. The airline decorated one its older Airbus A320s, …

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In Pictures: Farnborough Day 1, Red Arrows open the show

The 2014 edition of the Farnborough Airshow opened today with a series of media briefings and a fly past by the Royal Airforce (RAF) Red Arrows. The show also had a series of Biz-Jets flying in and out. The Boeing P-8A Poseidon which was on display at RAF Fairford flew into the show today morning and was pushed into it’s …

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Airbus launches A330neo

Airbus A330-900neo powered by Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines. Photo courtesy Airbus S.A.S.

Future of A350-800 in doubt After much expectation, early this morning, European airframer Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo (new engine option) in ongoing its attempt to answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Deliveries of the A330neo are expected commence in the last quarter of 2017. The upgrade of one of the world’s most popular medium-range twin-jets, the A330neo …

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Video: Boeing 787-9 flight demo for the Farnborough air show 2014

Boeing 787-9 ZB001 N789EX at Farnborough air show 2014. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Amazing flying by Boeing test pilots Mike Bryan and Randy Neville. This will be the flight demonstration of the Boeing 787-9 at the Farnborough air show 2014. And in case you are wondering, we confirmed with Boeing, the video is not CGI. It is the real deal. [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZRKm6PG918″ width=”640″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” theme=”light”]

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Farnborough air show 2014 kicks off. Inside the Boeing 787-9.

The 2014 of the Farnborough air show kicks off later today with all the big names in aviation showcasing the best they have to offer. The Bangalore Aviation team were at the show today and will kick off our show coverage with these pre-show pictures. We were also invited onto the first Boeing 787-9 made (ZB001), the airplane is in …

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Through the lens: Delhi after dark – part 2

Continuing from Part – 1 in this series, first up we have A6-EGE, a three year old Boeing 777-300ER of Emirates. It is powered by two General Electric GE90-115B engines. It is seen here bearing a special decal for the ongoing world cup in Brazil. Next up is B-5936, is a nine month old Airbus A330-200 operated by China Eastern …

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World’s largest A380 operator Emirates receives 50th plane

50th A380 delivered to Emirates. Airbus image.

Emirates takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A380 Dubai-based Emirates airline, the world’s largest A380 operator received its 50th superjumbo yesterday at Hamburg, Germany. It was the 136th A380 which has been delivered in total. Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said “The A380 has been very successful for us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest …

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Air India to get Rs.6,500 crore bailout this year

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

National carrier Air India will receive a total of Rs.6,500 crore (about $1.08 billion) financial bail-out this year. The tax-payer funded bailout is part of a package exceeding Rs. 30,000 crore (about $6 billion at the time) approved in April 2012 and to be completed over nine years. In his maiden budget budget yesterday, the finance minister Arun Jaitley proposed …

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Tata-SIA airline’s Airbus A320 VT-TTB takes first flight

MSN 6101. First Airbus A320neo. Photo courtesy Airbus.

A new Airbus A320-232SL (Sharklets) narrow body due for delivery to the yet to be named Tata-SIA airline joint venture took its first flight yesterday. MSN (manufacturer’s serial number) 6223 test registration F-WWDT due to be registered as VT-TTB when delivered, took to the skies at Toulouse Blagnac airport on 08:13am with a call-sign AIB01DT.

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Boeing delivers first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand

First Boeing 787-9 delivery to Air New Zealand

After completing the legal delivery last week to launch customer Air New Zealand, Boeing delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner on July 9. Along with airline executives and guests, about 1,000 Boeing employees from the 787 program joined the milestone event. The first 787-9 is painted in a unique black livery. Most of the balance nine Dreamliners will be in a …

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Video: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner engine failure testing

Air New Zealand launch Boeing 787-9 in all-back livery leaves Boeing paint shop.

Even though it very rarely happens, everyone dreads the failure of an engine at take-off. After all this is the mode of the flight when engine power is required the most. What is not known to most passengers, every aircraft has to prove it can take-off with one engine failed. This is done via “abuse-take-offs” where engine power is intentionally …

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Air India offers customised in-flight premium class meals

As the national carrier Air India enters the Star Alliance tomorrow, the airline along with its in-flight caterer TajSATS, will upgrade its in-flight meal service for its premium class passengers, with a new concept called ‘table set-up’. The service will be available for first and business class passengers of Air India on select domestic and international routes. The new concept …

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Video: Near miss between two wide-bodies at Barcelona El-Prat airport

This video by plane spotter AeroBarcelona of a near miss at Barcelona, Spain, El Prat airport between Russia’s UTAir Boeing 767-300 VQ-BSX performing flight UT5187 from Moscow and an Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 LV-FPV preparing for a flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 767 was on very short finals (200ft above ground level and 20 seconds) to land on runway …

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Lufthansa withdraws planned Boeing 747-8i service to Mumbai, to introduce A380

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYA at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport at night.

Less than two months after announcing it was bringing in its ultra-modern Boeing 747-8i and just a week prior to commencing the service, German carrier Lufthansa has quietly shelved these plans. The carrier indicated it would instead plan on bringing its double-decker Airbus A380 super-jumbos to the commercial capital of the country soon. In an exclusive statement to Bangalore Aviation …

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SpiceJet recommences Dubai flights from Mumbai and Madurai

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet will resume its services to Dubai from Mumbai and Madurai from July 21, 2014. These flights, originally launched in June 2012 and November 2013 were suspended in May when Dubai airport commence runway repairs. The airline is offering a special sale fare on these new flights starting at Rs. 5,499 from Mumbai and Rs. 5,999 …

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Boeing deliveries for second quarter 2014

US airframer Boeing reported its deliveries for the second quarter (April to June) 2014. The manufacturer reported at 12.5% increase in its commercial aircraft deliveries driven by a 66% increase in deliveries of its newest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, compared to the first quarter of this year. The narrow-body 737NG family also yielded gains. Defence programs maintained a level keel. …

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