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Embraer unveils second generation E190-E2 aircraft

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer revealed the first of its line in second generation airliners at its headquarters, São José dos Campos, Brazil. Belonging to the E-Jets clan, the aircraft is expected to make its first flight in the second half of 2016 with first deliveries to be expected in 2018. The second generation aircraft uses new Pratt & Whitney PW1900G geared …

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ATR appoints Giovanni Tramparulo as Chief Financial Officer

Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR has appointed 56 year old Giovanni Tramparulo as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Tramparulo worked with the European consortium from 1992-2014. The new appointment marks his return to the position he held from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he was the CEO’s sales finance special advisor. From 2012, he worked in Venice as …

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Jet Airways to integrate hub at Terminal 2 at Mumbai

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways will shift its domestic operations from March 15, 2016 (late night of March 14, 2016), to Terminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai. Like it already offers at Delhi’s T3, this move will enable Jet Airways to offer integrated domestic and international services within one terminal, drastically reducing connecting times between flights. The minimum …

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Spicejet turnaround requires a good risk appetite

Spicejet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SGK at New Delhi airport.

SpiceJet has seen challenging times over the past 5 years. While numerous reasons can be cited for this ranging from network structure, fleet decisions, competition, ability to command a premium, management churn, market weakness and overall brand strength, the financial position of the airline as of today is quite challenging. Much is being reported about the possible funds infusion and/or …

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Opinion: How Indian airlines are positioning themselves

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

The Indian skies are fairly busy. With seven airlines operating, one about to launch services, one in a bit of a challenge and six airline licenses granted by the Ministry of Civil aviation, increased competition is inevitable. Yet, if one looks at profitability, there is only one airline that has been consistently profitable. Which begs the question, are all the …

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Route dispersal guidelines: the anguish of airline network planners

Air India Airbus A321 VT-PPO. Seen here handing in the early morning light at Bangalore Airport.

[bsu_quote cite=”US President Ronald Reagan, August 15, 1986″] If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.[/bsu_quote] Reagan’s critique on government’s view of the economy can be applied to Indian aviation and the remote connectivity policy or route dispersal guidelines (often referred to as RDGs) implemented by the Ministry of Civil …

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Bi-lateral air services agreements: strategic assets for aviation

Map of bilateral air services agreements between World Trade Organization members. Courtesy of the Air Services Agreement Projector, World Trade Organization, 2007

The Jet-Etihad deal last year brought to the forefront the issue of bi-lateral air services agreements or bi-laterals in short. Bi-lateral agreements and their impact on the aviation sector including routes and profitability is extremely critical. We present a two part series that highlights bilateral agreements and freedoms of the air. In part one, we will cover what are bi-lateral air …

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KLM improves its business class

KLM, the Royal Dutch Airline now provides fully flat beds on daily flights from New Delhi to Amsterdam on October 28, 2013. Starting this winter, all KLM international long-haul destination flights served by Boeing 747-400 will offer its business class passengers the new fully flat beds.Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Yeshwant Pawar, General Manager South Asia said “KLM continues to invest …

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DOT fines Brazil’s GOL airline largest penalty for violating airline consumer rules

By BA Staff The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined the Brazilian airline GOL $250,000 for violating a number of DOT’s rules protecting the rights of air travellers. This is the largest penalty assessed for violations of the rules adopted in April 2011.The airline was ordered to cease and desist from further violations of the Department’s airline consumer rules. U.S. …

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Qatar Airways announces new route to Edinburgh

By BA Staff Qatar Airways will begin five flights weekly to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh effective 28 May 2014. The new route will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a two-cabin configuration, offering passengers 22 Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. QR 027 departs Doha (DOH) at 08:00 on all days except Tuesdays and Thursdays and …

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Boeing and Korean Air commence construction of new aviation training facility

By BA Staff Boeing participated in a groundbreaking ceremony with Incheon and Korean Air for construction of Korea’s largest new aviation training facility to be located in Incheon’s Free Economic Zone (IFEZ).The new campus, which is slated to open in 2015, will allow Boeing to expand the scope of its training business in Korea and continue its long-standing training relationship …

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Cathay Pacific names new chief operating officer

Rupert Hogg, 51, will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways from March 2014. At the same time Hogg will become a Director of Cathay Pacific.Hogg takes over in the role from Ivan Chu, who will become Cathay Pacific’s Chief Executive. The current Chief Executive, John Slosar, will succeed Christopher Pratt as Chairman of the …

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Marginal decrease in August US passenger traffic from a year earlier

By BA StaffThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that U.S. airlines carried 67.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in August 2013, 0.1 per cent fewer than in August 2012. Domestic passengers decreased 0.9 percent to 58.1 million, and international passengers increased 5.5 per cent to 9.6 million compared to August 2012. Total …

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Boeing, TUI travel PLC complete order for two 787-8s

By BA StaffBoeing and TUI Travel, one of the world’s leading leisure travel companies, have completed an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal, worth $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel’s 787 commitment to 15 airplanes. The purchase was originally attributed on the Boeing orders and deliveries website to an unidentified customer. TUI took delivery of its …

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Air Algérie orders three A330 passenger aircraft

By BA Staff Air Algérie has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for three A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. This order has been placed at Dubai Airshow 2013. The new aircraft will be deployed on medium and long haul routes from the Air Algérie hub in Algeria. Air Algérie has already ordered a total of …

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Abu Dhabi aviation signs LOI for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft

By BA StaffBombardier Aerospace announced that Abu Dhabi Aviation, based in Abu Dhabi, has signed a Letter of Intent for two Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline is a long time Bombardier Q-Series aircraft customer. Based on the list price, the potential contract value for Abu Dhabi Aviation’s transaction, covering two Q400 NextGen aircraft, would be approximately $70 million US. Abu …

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Air Tahiti receives its first ATR42-600

Air Tahiti has taken delivery of its first ATR42-600 in a bid to modernize its fleet. The aircraft is part of the firm order for three ordered in August 2010. The airline has also placed an order for four ATR 72-600s). All the aircraft will be shipped over the next three years. Air Tahiti will introduce the aircraft on the …

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Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sets new solar cell efficiency world record

Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab recently set a new world record by producing a solar cell that converted 38.8% of solar energy into electricity, more than any other ground-based solar cell not using concentrated sunlight. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., verified the new record, which beats Spectrolab’s own previous world record by one per cent. …

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Qatar Airways orders Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines

By BA StaffQatar Airways has placed a $300 million order on Rolls-Royce for Trent 700 engines, with long-term TotalCare® support, to power five recently ordered Airbus A330 freighter aircraft. The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the A330, is the market leader on the aircraft with a 70% of new orders over the last four years. It is …

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