Thursday , 21 February 2019
Home >> 2014 >> November

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Indian Navy receives sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and sub hunter aircraft

Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The Indian Navy’s sixth and newest Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has arrived INS Rajali better known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. Tail number IN325 arrived on November 24th on schedule. The final two deliveries of the eight aircraft order are scheduled in 2015. The P-8I is the Indian Navy’s version of the famed …

Read More »

Inflight review: United Airlines 787-8: BusinessFirst: London to Houston, E175: First: Houston to DFW

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Until very recently, I was under the impression that American flag carriers were lackluster airlines, with poor service and an even worse attitude, in short to be booked only as a last resort. Admittedly, United Airlines was the last carrier on my mind to get from London and Dallas. Never having flown United on a long haul flight I went …

Read More »

Analysis: What benefits would capital infusion bring SpiceJet?

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

While SpiceJet’s chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor claims that recapitalisation is the final step of the turn-around process at the airline, there is little doubt SpiceJet desperately needs funds to continue its turn around. Aviation consultancy firm CAPA estimates around Rs 1,500 crore at the minimum. Why is this need for recapitalisation at this stage, and what benefits will it …

Read More »

Photos: Qantas newest Boeing 737-800 “Retro Roo” in 1970s retro livery

The newest aircraft to join the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 737-800, registration VH-XZP, recently touched-down at Sydney. This aircraft is wearing a special “retro-livery” which was worn by Boeing 747s of the Australian airline in the 1970s. The livery is an homage to the seven decades of the Flying Kangaroo logo, which falls this month. Qantas A380. Qantas image.[/caption]Many leaders …

Read More »

Analysis: Operational profit eludes Jet Airways in Q2 FY2015, outlook positive

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline recently announced results for the second quarter (Q2) and the half-year (1H) for fiscal 2014~2015. The results were the first after a joint announcement with 24% stake holder Etihad Airways PJSC about the airline ceasing operations of its low cost JetKonnect brand exiting the segment. The Jet Group operates two airline operator licenses. 9W …

Read More »

Opinion: Indigo passenger pilot spat: on-time needs an empathetic human touch

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

India’s largest domestic airline prides itself on being punctual. It’s tagline “on-time is a beautiful thing” describes the core pillar that the air traveller wants today, predictability. Punctuality has become part of the airline’s DNA. The airline has adopted processes and equipment to meet its punctuality goals. For example IndiGo slavishly closes its counters exactly 45 minutes before a flight’s …

Read More »

Video: Time-lapse of C check of first Emirates’ Airbus A380

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

The very first Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates airline was recently underwent its first major check called the C check or also sometimes known as the 3C check. Along with an extensive mechanical and avionics check, the interior of the plane undergoes a major refurbishment. Enjoy this time-lapse video showing all the activities. [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hLXP1R8y6o” width=”640″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” …

Read More »

Boeing selects Toray Industries for $8.6B 777X composites wing supply

Boeing 777-9X CGI wing view. Boeing image.

US Airframer Boeing has extended its agreement with Toray Industries of Japan, the current supplier of composite materials wings for the 787 Dreamliner to include wings for the 777X. The 777X is a modification of the extremely popular 777 twin-jet ‘mini-jumbo’and is expected to enter service in 2020. The wingspan of the 777X measures 71.7 meters (235.4 feet), about 6.95 …

Read More »

Opinion: India needs long-term systemic changes to boost aviation sector

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

For the better part of this year, India has suffered the ignominy of being one of only 11 countries relegated to Category 2 status by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as its safety oversight regime did not meet international standards. The relegation dealt a serious dent in the operations of India’s airlines by a freeze on their US …

Read More »

FAA type certifies Airbus A350-900 with Rolls Royce engines

European airframer Airbus has received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for it’s newest commercial airliner the A350-900. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The FAA certification along with the EASA certification which the aircraft received in September marks the successfully completion of a stringent program of certification trials for the A350 airframe. …

Read More »

Airbus delivers first A320’s to Lion Group’s Batik Air

Batik Air Airbus A320.

European airframer Airbus has delivered the first three Airbus aircraft to long time Boeing customer Indonesia’s Lion Group. The aircraft were delivered at a special ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft are the first from an order placed by Lion Group in March 2013 for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The initial batch of A320s …

Read More »

IndiGo to commence Bangalore Dubai flight in December

IndiGo Airbus A320-232(SL) VT-IFK with Sharklets.

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, will finally commence its first international flight from Bangalore when it starts operating to Dubai from December 15th. An announcement on the airline’s website shows the schedule of IndiGo’s flights between Bangalore and Dubai. 6E 95 departs Bangalore at 07:20 arrives Dubai 09:50 6E 96 departs Dubai at 10:50 arrives Bangalore 16:20 IndiGo fares Bangalore …

Read More »

Bangalore Kempegowda airport first in India to be IATA e-freight compliant

Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter D-ALCC being loaded at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda international airport has been rated an International Air Transport Association (IATA) e-freight compliant airport for cargo operations. The airport is the first in India to achieve the compliance with the operationalisation and implementation of the e-freight process. The e-freight initiative was facilitated by IATA, a global trade association comprising over 240 airlines around the world. As part of …

Read More »

Opinion: Proposed civil aviation policy is a good wish list but needs specifics

Air India Airbus A321 VT-PPO. Seen here handing in the early morning light at Bangalore Airport.

In a welcome move, the Indian government published a draft civil aviation policy via the ministry of civil aviation yesterday, November 10th. However, industry stakeholders the were left wanting. The document lacks the comprehensive, detailed, well laid-out, and deliberate plans that addresses the urgent, nay critical needs of the industry and by extension the nation and its economy. Read the …

Read More »

Boeing donates one of the original 787-8 Dreamliners to Museum of Flight, Seattle

787 Vice President and General Manager Larry Loftis (right) hands the ceremonial keys over to The Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King

US airframer Boeing has donated of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington state, USA. Airframe ZA003 is the third 787-8 produced and was used for flight testing and certification of the new aircraft. It was subsequently used for the ‘Dream Tour’ during 2011 and 2012, flying to 23 countries and showcasing …

Read More »