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Lufthansa to begin flights to Austin with Indian connections

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport

German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced that it will operate a five time a week flight from Frankfurt to Austin. Austin will be the carriers third destination in Texas after Dallas and Huston. The flight will begin from 3 May 2019. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA LH468 Frankfurt Austin 10.05 14.20 LH469 Austin Frankfurt 16.05 09.10 + 1 The …

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Indigo to begin Bangalore – Hong Kong flights

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Low cost carrier IndiGo has announced that it will begin flights from Bangalore to Hong Kong from 11 December 2018. Hong Kong will be the 15th international destination for the carrier. Time table for Indigo’s Bangalore – Hong Kong flights Flight No. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Effective Date Frequency 6E 1771 Bengaluru Hong Kong 04:45 12:45 11-Dec-18 Tuesdays 6E 1772 …

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Air India Express IX611 hits compound wall at Trichy

An Air India Express flight operating flight IX611 from Tiruchirapalli to Dubai hit the compound wall of the airport during takeoff today. The flight was being operated by VT-AYD a nine year old Boeing 737-800. The aircraft took off from Trichy airport at around 01.20 today morning. It is being reported that the plane first hit a localizer antenna following …

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Jet Airways upgrade vouchers to go digital

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

Full service carrier Jet Airways has been making small changes to it’s frequent flyer program JetPrivilege (JP) over the past few months. In May the carrier announced that frequent flier miles would no longer expire as long as the account had one activity every 18 months. Now the carrier is digitizing it’s upgrade voucher process. Upgrade vouchers are issued to …

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Air India to begin Bangalore – London flight, cancels London – Newark

Air India will begin thrice a week flights from Bangalore to London Heathrow from 17th November 2018. The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 which features the airline’s newest cabin product. With this flight Bangalore will be the fourth destination from which Air India flies to London after Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Read our review of Air India’s …

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Details of “The House” lounge revealed after Etihad exit’s it’s London lounge

Middle eastern carrier Etihad Airways is in the middle of a massive cost cutting spree. The airline has gone from spending money like there was no tomorrow to pinching every possible penny. In the last year we have seen the airline cut down routes, reduce passenger benefits like the chauffeur drive, catering and beverage quality in first and business, etc. …

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Airbus A321LR certified for “Long Range” by EASA and FAA

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the “Long Range” version of the A321neo – the A321LR to fly up to 4,000nm with 206 passengers with up to three underfloor Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs). The aircraft has 180 minutes ETOPS authorisation which according to Airbus is sufficient for performing any transatlantic route. …

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Air Arabia pilot’s crazy takeoff mistake

Air Arabia A6-AOD Airbus A320.

Air Arabia is a low cost airline based out of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The airline operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A320 aircraft. It operates flights to 14 destinations in India including Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi and more. The Aviation Herald has published an article on what happened to an Air Arabia flight G9-111 that was departing …

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Spicejet takes delivery of first 90 seat Q400

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of Bombardier’s first 90-seat Q400 turbo-prop. The Canadian airframer had announced in February 2016 that it would develop an extra-capacity 90 seat variant of the Q400. Bombardier has accomplished this by redesigning the front right door of the aircraft and moving the aft bulkhead further back. This along with reducing the space between …

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Oops Cathay spells it’s name wrong on it’s plane

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific rolled out a Boeing 777-300 registered B-HNO from the paint hanger with the airlines name spelt with a typo. The name on the aircraft currently reads “Cathay Paciic”. All credit to Cathay who took the error like good sports – posting images through their twitter account. Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going …

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Jet Airways to begin Manchester service

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

Jet Airways has announced that it will begin a five time a week flight from Mumbai to Manchester. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-200. Manchester will be Jet’s 21st international destination. Time table for the Mumbai – Manchester flight Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA Operation Days 9W 130 Mumbai Manchester 0230 0755 1,4,5,6,7 9W 129 Manchester …

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Vistara signs code share agreement with British Airways

The Retro Livery Tata SIA Airlines Vistara Airbus A320neo. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

Vistara (Tata-SIA Airlines) and British Airways have signed a codeshare agreement expanding on their existing interline partnership. Under the agreement, British Airways will add its ‘BA’ flight numbers to approximately 60 Vistara flights each day covering thirteen Indian cities. This will add eight new virtual destinations for the British flag carrier – Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and …

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IATA chief: Improve airside infrastructure remove obstacles for aviation growth

Domestic ramp at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji airport. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Bangalore Aviation readers will recall our article last year highlighting the poor growth of air-side infrastructure at Indian airports. This morning, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, called on the Indian government to address, on priority, infrastructure constraints that limit growth and government policies that impose excessive costs on aviation. IATA …

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UDF passenger fees reduced by 67% at Bangalore airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) has published its order of tariffs for the second control period (April 2016 – March 2021) at Bangalore airport. The user development fees (UDF) at Bangalore airport have been reduced by 67% from 16 September 2018. However the UDF will increase every year as the airport invests in the second runway and …

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