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Aero India 2015: A Photo Essay

Scandinavian Airshow Grumman Ag-Cat with the skycats on both wings.

With the latest issue of Aero India having winded down last Sunday, we have been hard at work sorting through our pictures of the show. While there was no major news at the show, there was as always a fascinating display of various aircraft being put through their paces. We have composed this gallery of photos from the show, please …

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Jet Airways begins use of Mobile Boarding passes at Bangalore

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

In a much welcomed effort, Jet Airways is collaborating with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India (BCAS) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) for a pilot project to test the use of Mobile Boarding Passes on its flights. During this trial phase, guests can use the boarding passes on their mobile phones to enter Bengalore’s Kempegowda International Airport …

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New Delhi airport world’s best, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad in top 5

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) Terminal 3 overview. Photo courtesy DIAL.

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport (IGIA) has been ranked as world’s best airport for the year 2014, in the airport service quality (ASQ) awards of Airports Council International, in the 25 to 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) size category. The ASQ awards survey covers 34 key service areas including major categories such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, …

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Jet Airways Q2 FY 2014-2015 results analysis

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

by Ameya Joshi Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline reported its third quarter fiscal year 2014-15 (FY2015) results on February 6, 2015, reporting a wafer thin operating profit after seven consecutive quarters. The airline moved to full service operations in December 2014 and the quarter reflected a mix of full service and low cost operations. Wafer thin profits The airline …

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Remove 5/20 rule to encourage Indian competition to foreign airlines

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

One of the most regressive pieces of Indian civil aviation policy, the ‘5/20 rule‘ requires Indian carriers to fly for a minimum of five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft before they can operate overseas routes, while allowing foreign carriers to operate to India, unhindered by any such norms. With implications on competitiveness, airline networks and aircraft utilisation, …

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Aero India 2015: What to expect this time?

With Aero India 2015 kicking off this week, many are wondering what is in store for this edition on “Asia’s Premier Airshow”. Here’s the rundown of what to expect out of this year’s airshow. Six Aerobatic display teams This edition of Aero India will see six aerobatic teams display their flying prowess. The displays will include the Scandinavian Air Show …

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Singapore Airlines launches TCS Mobile Solution

Singapore Airlines A380 business class. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched TCS CrewCollab, a tablet based digital flight-bag solution developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) The application has been developed through a collaboration project by the airline and the software giant, leveraging SIA’s strength in service excellence and TCS’ strength in digital technology development. The airline is the launch customer for the TCS CrewCollab Solution and …

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Air India takes delivery of it’s first Sharklet Airbus A320

VT-EXA-Air-India-Right

Last week Indian national carrier Air India took delivery of it newest Airbus A320 equipped with the new Sharklet wingtips. The aircraft is registered VT-EXA and was ferried to New Delhi on the 5th of February. The aircraft delivered under a 12-year operating lease agreement from China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC). CALC shall deliver an additional four new …

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Bangalore airport closures due to Aero India show begin today

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru will be partially closing airport operations starting today due to upcoming Aero India 2015 air show to be held at the adjacent Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka. Bangalore airport closure timings Dates KIA airport closure timing in IST (UTC +5.5) Purpose February 10th to 16th, 2015 12:30 – 15:00 (12:30pm – 3:00pm) Practice Day …

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Malaysia Airlines bans e-cigarettes from check-in luggage

Last month the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) advising airlines about potential fire risks from e-cigarettes which use lithium batteries to heat nicotine in to a vapour inhaled by users. The SAFO issued after two instances of fire caused by e-cigarettes, called for banning of these popular devices from checked-in baggage. Though …

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Updated: Pics and video of another TransAsia ATR72 crash in Taipei river

Original story TransAsia airlines has suffered the crash of another ATR72. This time an ATR72-600 with 58 persons on board, registration B22816 performing flight GE235, from the capital Taipei’s Song Shan airport to Kinmen island, around 11:00 local (03:00Z) appeared to lose altitude and hit an elevated bridge soon after take off, and crashed in to the Keelung river. The …

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Embraer KC-390 makes first flight

Embraer KC-390 - Maiden Flight. Embraer Image.

Yesterday Brazillan airframer successfully performed the first flight of the KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet. The aircraft bears the registration PT-ZNF and is powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-E5 engines. The aircraft was crewed by test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker who flew the …

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In pictures: Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy class, routes, dates

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its previously announced premium economy class, and has opened up selected routes for sale which will commence operations on August 9, 2015, the island nation’s 50th independence anniversary, on the Singapore Sydney route. Singapore Airlines will invest $80 million to install the new class on 19 Airbus A380s, 19 Boeing 777-300ERs (B77Ws) and the first …

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Flight review: Etihad business class: Airbus A330-200: Abu Dhabi – Hyderabad

Following up on my flight review of Etihad Airways business class from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi on their A340-600, this review covers my return journey which includes the chauffeur drive service for premium class passengers and a series of very unfortunate delays, though it was not the fault of the airline. Etihad’s chauffeur drive service Dubai to Abu Dhabi airport …

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Air India pays 18x delay compensation of private airlines. To deduct salaries of those responsible.

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

In a bold move national carrier Air India has put errant employees and vendors who delay flights on notice. The airline will deduct salaries of employees and caterers found responsible for delays of flights. The Maharaja which has one of the worst one-time performance (OTP) records amongst Indian carriers, has been instructed by the top bureaucrat in the civil aviation …

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