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Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

Emirates orders Airbus A330neos and A350s

Middle-eastern carrier Emirates has placed an order for 70 Airbus aircraft, which includes 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft. The order comes following discussions regarding the airline’s A380 order, which resulted in the airline cancelling 39 of their pending A380’s for this order. The change has also prompted the announcement of the closure of the Airbus A380 production line. Emirates …

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Boeing orders and deliveries – January 2019

Boeing 787-10. Boeing image.

American airframer Boeing opened its 2019 order book with an addition of 43 aircraft. The manufacturer booked 28 orders for the 737 family which included nine 737 MAXs for unidentified customers and 19 P-8A Poseidon for the US, UK and Norway. Boeing also booked 18 787 orders with 14 787-9s and four 787-10s for unidentified customers. Deliveries Boeing delivered a …

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Airbus orders and deliveries – January 2019

European airframer Airbus began the year with an order deficit. The airline recorded five cancellations for their smallest A220 aircraft and eight for the largest A380. The A380 cancellation reflected that of Qantas which had been previously announced. Airbus has not disclosed the customer for the cancellation of the A220. However Swiss carrier PrivatAir had ordered five of the then …

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Jet Airways makes cancellation charges time-based, steep increase for seven day cancellations

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways has revised its cancellation and change fees for domestic flights from today. The airline will now charge different fees depending on whether you if you change or cancel your ticket within seven days of travel. For economy fares, there is a difference of Rs. 800 in fees for changes or cancellations made within seven days of the flight …

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Spicejet announces Hyderabad to Jeddah daily flight

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced a daily flight Hyderabad and Jeddah. The airline will begin operating the flight from 25 March 2019 on its new Boeing 737 MAXs. Jeddah will be the third destination for the airline in the Middle East after Dubai and Muscat and ninth international destination in total. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet “It is …

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HDFC offering “Zero” cancellation charges

HDFC Bank is offering zero cancellation charges on tickets booked using its credit cards in February 2018. The bank is offering the following through HDFC Ergo: On refundable tickets, you will be refunded the portion of the ticket cost not refunded by the airline, excluding convenience fees. For Non-Refundable tickets, 50% of the ticket cost will be refunded excluding convenience …

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Airbus A380 future uncertain as Emirates considers A350

European airframer Airbus has confirmed talks with Dubai based Emirates airlines over the carriers A380 orders, with reports that the carrier is considering switching its orders to the smaller A350. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 109 aircraft and 53 on order. The carrier extended a lifeline to the struggling program in February 2018 by placing …

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Indigo to open Bangalore Airport’s first MRO facility

InterGlobe Aviation (Indigo) has signed an agreement with Bangalore airport to build a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility. The 20-year agreement will see InterGlobe build a 13,000 sqm hangar on five acres of land. The facility will be able to accommodate two narrow-body aircraft and support infrastructure, including an engine QEC shop warehouse and engineering offices. The MRO will …

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Air Italy discontinuing India flights from Feb 2019

Air Italy had announced its India flights in April of last year. The airline would operate flights to Mumbai and Delhi from October 2018. In October however, it significantly scaled down its launch and pushed the date back, finally beginning operations in December. Now just a couple of months into the operation, it appears that the airline will be discontinuing …

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Ural Airlines delays Mumbai flights to July

Ural Airlines Airbus A321 VP-BSW.

Russian carrier Ural Airlines has pushed back their Mumbai launch to 2 July 2019. The airline had previously planned to launch flights from 31 March 2019. The frequency of the new service has also been changed from a daily to four times weekly. The route will be operated by an Airbus A321. Flight Number Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency U6 …

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Japan Airlines will begin Bangalore flights in 2020

Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 at Delhi Airport.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it will begin direct flights to Bangalore from summer 2020. The flight will be the first direct flight between Bangalore and Japan and will be the second Indian destination for the carrier after Delhi. The airline will operate the flight with one of its Boeing 787-8’s which are equipped with the SkySuite business class …

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British Airways announces upgrades to World Traveller Plus

British Airways has announced changes to their premium economy – “World Traveller Plus” offerings. As part of the airline’s five-year £6.5 billion-pound investment plan, BA will update the cabin’s furnishings, service and dining options. Carolina Martinoli, Director of Brand and Customer Experience, British Airways “This latest tranche of our £6.5bn investment is set to improve World Traveller Plus and customers …

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Pictures: British Airways reveals BOAC 747 retro-jet

A Boeing 747 of BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation flying above the United Kingdom on 7 April 1971.

British Airways has announced that it is repainting one of its Boeing 747-400’s in a retro-livery of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as part of its centenary celebration. The aircraft G-BYGC will arrive at Heathrow from the paint shop in Dublin on 18 February in the BOAC scheme and will enter service the next day. The livery will …

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Emirates is reducing its economy baggage allowance

Over the years, the Big 3 middle eastern carriers (ME3) have been known for the full-service offerings. While most airlines were skimping on baggage and in-flight service, they were offering passengers more baggage, better food, etc. All of which has led to the three airlines expanding and developing a loyal customer base. The last couple of years have seen the …

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Bangalore Airport announces closure timings for Aero India 2019

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore airport will partially close operations from 14th – 24th February due to the upcoming Aero India show. The biennial show is being conducted at the nearby Yelahanka Air Force Station and as always Bangalore Airport suspends operations during rehearsals and the show days. Date Timings of airspace closure Purpose February 14th – 17th, 2019 1330 – 1630 hours Practice Days …

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Airbus begins construction of A220 production line in America

European airframer Airbus has begun construction of company’s American A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The new assembly line will be located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley adjacent to the companies existing A320 family production line and will be used to produce A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft for U.S. customers. Aircraft production is planned to begin at the new facility …

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US Air Force accepts first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus

The United States Air Force (USAF) has accepted the first KC-46A tanker aircraft which will allow the aircraft’s delivery to delivery to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas in the coming weeks. The KC-46 was selected as the winner of the USAF’s KC-X program in 2011 to replace its ageing KC-135 fleet. The aircraft is based on the Boeing …

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Boeing and Airbus set delivery records in 2018

Airbus and Boeing have both set delivery records in 2018 with 800 and 806 aircraft delivered by the European and American airframers respectively. Boeing Boeing delivered a total of 806 commercial aircraft in 2018 compared to 763 in 2017. The deliveries included:580 737 family (529 in 2017)6 747 family (14 in 2017)27 767 family -10 aircraft were delivered to Boeing’s …

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Singapore Airlines begins operations with Bangalore bound regional A350

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines has begun operating its regionally configured Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline flew the inaugural flight of the new product from Singapore to Adelaide, Australia. The aircraft is configured 303 seats with 40 business and 263 economy seats. The product is the same regional product found on the airline’s Boeing 787-10. The business class features a 1-2-1 layout with …

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