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Airbus delays A320neo delivery to 2016. IndiGo, GoAir fleet plans disrupted.

First Airbus A320neo with Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127G-JM Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine. Photo courtesy Airbus.

Airbus along with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and launch customer Deutsche Lufthansa has decided to delay the first delivery of the A320neo into 2016. While a date is not specified, sometime in January is the widely accepted time frame. The company said the delay was due to “some more documentation items that need to be address by Pratt& Whitney …

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IndiGo fleet crosses 100 jet milestone, as it faces A320neo delivery delays

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

India’s largest domestic airline IndiGo crossed the historic milestone of a 100 aircraft fleet size and joined Air India and Jet Airways in the ‘century club’. The low fare carrier which operates an all Airbus A320 fleet, inducted VT-IDR, its 116th A320 received, to reach the 100 aircraft fleet size. The difference in numbers is explained by IndiGo’s fleet strategy …

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Vistara celebrates a million passengers

Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh felicitates Biplove Choudhary as the one millionth passenger.

The Tata-SIA Airline, Vistara has crossed the milestone one million passenger mark, in less than 50 weeks of operations, little over two weeks shy of its first anniversary of January 9th. The passenger Mr. Biplove Choudhary, received a warm welcome by Vistara crew at IGI Airport, New Delhi Delhi International airport and was escorted from the terminal entrance to the …

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France confirms Airbus A330 MRTT order

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has confirmed an order for a further eight A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft out of the original contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in November 2014. This brings France’s total firm order of the MRTT to nine, including the initial aircraft. The remaining three are scheduled to …

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Jet Airways to codeshare with Delta, KLM, shift Brussels hub to Amsterdam

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300. Image courtesy Jet.

In a major restructuring of its European and North American operations India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways has announced a code-share agreement with Delta Air Lines of the United States and with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the flag carrier of The Netherlands and part of the Air France-KLM airline group. To operationalise these code-share agreements, Jet Airways will shift its …

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A320neo launch customer Lufthansa, not Qatar. IndiGo now third.

First Airbus A320neo with Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127G-JM Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine. Photo courtesy Airbus.

Air Transport World is reporting that Airbus will deliver the first A320neo (new engine option) to German flag carrier Lufthansa and not Qatar Airways as originally planned. India’s IndiGo which was expected to be the second operator to receive deliveries will now be moved to third slot. The last minute change has been necessitated due to the ongoing problems which …

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Boeing unveils the first 737 MAX

The new 737 MAX 8 rolls out of the paint hangar in Renton.

Yesterday evening, Boeing rolled it’s first 737 MAX out of the paint hanger in Renton. The aircraft which is the first of the fourth generation of Boeing’s and the world’s best selling commercial aircraft was introduced to the world in front of thousands of Boeing employees. The aircraft called the Spirit of Renton is wearing the new Boeing MAX livery …

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Chennai airport flooding: Expert warned authorities 7 years earlier

Chennai airport flooded. IAF helicopter view from west.

Air safety expert and member of the government appointed safety committee, Captain Ranganathan had warned the authorities about the flooding of Chennai airport over seven years ago. In an article titled “Viable project or white elephant?” published in the Hindu Business Line print edition dated August 13, 2008, the airline captain with over 35 years of flying experience lambasted the …

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Chennai airport shut due to rain flooding. IndiGo suspends flights to the city.

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

It appears that Chennai airport has suspended operations due to flooding thanks to almost one month of incessant and unseasonal rains. India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, released a statement This is to notify IndiGo passengers and the local partners in Chennai – that due to severe weather conditions, Chennai airport is shut for operations. Keeping in mind the safety of …

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