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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Airlines implement ‘enhanced security’ for USA flights

Five international airlines have begun implementing new ‘enhanced security’ measures for their US bound flights which includes ‘enhanced screening’ of personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone. Air France, Lufthansa Group (including SWISS, Austrian and Brussels), Cathay Pacific, Emirates and EgyptAir have also introduced a security questioning process which ranges from filling a questionnaire to questioning by airline staff. …

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First Chinese assembled Airbus A320neo delivered to AirAsia

Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia has received the first A320neo aircraft assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The airframe is registered 9M-AGK. The Chinese line inaugurated in 2008, became the third final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus for single-aisle aircraft. Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany are the other two. Airbus has assembled and delivered …

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Airbus A330neo takes off for maiden flight

The first Airbus A330neo has taken off on it’s maiden flight. The aircraft bearing the registration F-WTTN took off from Airbus’ plant in Toulouse. The A330neo is the upgraded re-engined variant of Airbus’ best selling wide body line. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. See our #Trent7000 in action, powering the @Airbus #A330neo for the first time …

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IndiGo announces first regional ATR schedules

Indigo will commence regional flights using the ATR72-600 turbo-prop aircraft from December 21, 2017. Bookings start in another ten minutes at 12:01am October 16th. As expected IndiGo will begin with flights on its existing network. Between Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai and Nagpur. It will add two new Tier-II cities, Tirupati and Rajahmundry, in to its network. The ATR operations …

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New Jet Air videos connect Bangalore and Amsterdam, Chennai and Paris

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

In less than two weeks Jet Airways will commence flights between Bangalore and Amsterdam and Chennai and Paris in the winter schedule starting October 29, 2017. To showcase these flights, the airline has released two interesting videos that juxtapose the cultures and highlights of the city pairs. I like the way the cities and cultures of South India, Paris and, …

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Indian ATC ignores repeated mayday, endangers Air Canada flight

Air Canada Boeing 787-9. Airline Image.

In a shocking development, just come to light, it appears that Indian Air Traffic Control (ATC) ignored the repeated MAYDAY calls by an Air Canada flight and endangered the lives of 191 passenger and crew on the night of September 19th. Readers of Bangalore Aviation know how I despise the histrionic headlines found in mainstream media, but this case merits …

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Bangalore wants to be India’s first full biometric entry and boarding airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is trying to become India’s first fully biometric airport by the end of next year. Under this system, a passenger enters their Aadhaar UID number when booking their travel. The passenger can enter the airport, check-in, pass through security, and board the aircraft using their stored biometric information like fingerprints. There will be no need for …

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First 787-10 of Singapore Airlines rolls out at Boeing Charleston

Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 rolls out of the final assembly line in Boeing North Charleston, South Carolina, USA

At its final assembly line (FAL) in Charleston, South Carolina, US air-framer Boeing has rolled out the first 787-10 Dreamliner built for launch customer Singapore Airlines. The airplane will be painted in the airline’s livery before commencing system checks, fuelling, and engine runs before its delivery scheduled for some time during the first half of next year. The 787-10 is …

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Singapore Airlines – Lufthansa Group joint venture launched

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa cabin crew image composite by Bangalore Aviation

Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have finally launched their joint venture (JV) partnership on October 1, which was originally announced in November 2015. The JV will cover flights between Singapore, Australia and Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, the four home countries of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, all part of the Lufthansa Group. Singapore Airlines, …

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