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April 2016 – Bangalore Aviation

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Airbus delivers first US built aircraft

Airbus employees at the delivery of the first aircraft made at Mobile.

European airframer Airbus delivered the first aircraft to be produced at it’s US plant in Mobile, Alabama yesterday. The aircraft an A321 for JetBlue was delivered with the entire team of Airbus employees from the American assembly line gathered to present their very first completed product. Airbus announced it’s commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile in 2012, …

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Anticipated change(s) to the 5/20 rule and its impact

A view of the ramp at Bangalore Airport.

The Indian government is in the final stages of finalizing the civil aviation policy and the 5/20 rule remains one of the core issues of contention. With the rule being integral to international operations and expansion strategy, airlines are lobbying hard for/against it depending on their own plans. The 5/20 rule was introduced in 2004 and stipulates that an airline …

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Munich airport begin’s operations from T2 satellite terminal

Line up of Lufthansa aircraft at the Terminal 2 satellite.

Munich airport will begin operations from it’s new satellite terminal today. The new terminal is a 60/40 joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa and is also the first midfield terminal in Germany. It includes 27 gates, reducing the airport’s need for bus transportation. Following passport screening and baggage checks, the facility’s underground transport system will take the passengers to the …

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DFW opens renovated section of Terminal E

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has opened the renovated section of Terminal E. Gates E11 through E17 along with the corresponding ticketing hall for Alaska and Delta Airlines have been renovated as part of DFW’s Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), in time for the upcoming summer travel period. Baggage claim and security checkpoint area of gates E13 and E14 that …

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Horizon orders 30 Embraer E175 jets

Brazilian airframer Embraer and Horizon Air have signed a contract for 30 E175 jets with options for 33 more. The order which is the largest in the airline’s history is valued at $2.8 billion at current list prices and will be delivered over a three year period beginning next year. Horizon Air will use the E175’s to fly lower density …

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Vistara begins Kochi operations

Vistara (Tata-SIA) began services to Kochi from Delhi via Mumbai yesterday. Kochi is the 15th destination to be serviced by the carrier, the carrier’s next destination will be Chandigarh. Flt No. Effective Period Frequency Route 995 14/04/16 – 29/10/16 Daily DEL 10:20 BOM 12:25 995 14/04/16 – 29/10/16 Daily BOM 13:10 COK 15:20 996 14/04/16 – 29/10/16 Daily COK 15:50 …

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Boeing deliver’s Ryanair’s 400th 737-800

Ryanair_Boeing 737-800WL in special hybrid livery.

American airframer Boeing has delivered Irish carrier Ryanair’s 400th 737-800. The Dublin based carrier which pioneered the the low cost carrier model in Europe took delivery of it’s first 737-800 in March 1999 and currently operates the largest 737 fleet in the world. The airline has more than 130 unfilled orders for 737-800 on Boeing’s order book. It is also …

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A photo tour of Etihad’s new Boeing 787-9 first, business and economy class

Etihad is the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and a 24% stake-holder in Jet Airways. At the recent India Aviation show, BangaloreAviation was invited to tour Etihad’s newest aircraft type, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The 787-9 is a stretched variant and commenced joining Etihad’s fleet from December 31, 2014, just 15 days after the airline’s flagship the Airbus …

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Qatar Airways adds second daily New York JFK flight

National carrier and oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways has added a second flight (QR703/704) between its hub in Doha and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport. The new flight operates daily and offers morning arrivals at the destination in both directions. Unlike the existing evening service which targets the Indian sub-continent, the new service appears to cater to O&D …

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IndiGo launches 16 new flights

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

Low cost carrier, Indigo is introducing 16 new flights through it’s domestic network. From 7 April, the airline will begin it’s first non-stop daily flight on the Chennai-Guwahati route, 2nd daily Bengaluru-Guwahati and 4th daily Delhi-Raipur. The airline will begin it’s 14th direct Delhi-Bengaluru and 7th direct Delhi-Ahmedabad flight’s on 9 April. A new non-stop daily Chennai-Jaipur flight and one-stop …

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Expect disruptions as Delhi airport repairs runway

Runway 28 at Indira Gandhi International Airport at night. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Passengers flying through the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport should expect flight disruptions as the airport’s center and most heavily used runway 10/28 will undergo preventive repair work for seven days starting on 5 April. During the repair period changes in flight schedule and delays are expected to occur. The airport’s other two runways 09/27 and 11/29 will remain …

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Air Pegasus orders five ATR-72’s

Air Pegasus ATR 72-500 VT-APA.

Bangalore based Air Pegasus has added a third ATR 72-500 to it’s fleet. The airline will add another two aircraft in the coming two months and has placed an order for five more aircraft, intending to expand its fleet to 10 by the end of this year. Air Pegasus will use the new aircraft to start operations to Puducherry, Goa, …

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Pictures of the new Vistara Lounge at New Delhi IGI airport

The Star Bar at the Vistara Lounge, New Delhi. Photo courtesy Vistara.

Vistara, the brand of Tata-SIA Airlines, has opened its new 250 sq. mt. (approx 2,700 sq. ft) lounge in terminal 3 (T3) of its hub, Indira Gandhi airport at New Delhi. The Vistara Lounge is located adjacent to gate 41 on the domestic departures concourse and is open to business class passengers and Club Vistara gold elite members. The lounge …

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Pictures of Malaysia Airlines’ new A330 business class

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300 9M-MTE in special oneworld livery. See another photo here. This aircraft performed the first flight of the airline as a member of oneworld in the early hours of Feb 1 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne.

Malaysia Airlines is fitting its long distance Airbus A330-300 fleet with a new business class. The new cabin is being progressive fitted and will be available on A333 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China and India. The cabin will have 27 seats, with a pitch of 44 inches, seat width of 20 inches and length …

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