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Lounge Review: GVK Lounge East Mumbai Airport

After finally clearing immigration at Mumbai airport. I headed to the GVK Lounge East which is the contract lounge used by Air India. I believe there is another larger lounge on the west side of the terminal which also hosts within it a first class lounge. Mumbai airport has a system wherein the individual airlines do have their own lounges …

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Hotel review: Niranta Mumbai airport transit hotel at Terminal 2

The check-in hall at Mumbai CSI airport.

After getting off domestic Air India flight from Bangalore around 21:00, my onward flight was at 06:30 the next morning. The layover was not long enough to head into town and wasn’t short enough to just loiter around the terminal. I had booked a room at the airside transit hotel at Mumbai airport. Crossing Immigration – Reaching too early!! After going …

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Emirates and flydubai announce extensive partnership agreement

Emirates and flydubai have entered a partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines partner in code sharing and collaborate their network with coordinated scheduling. The agreement will allow Emirates to make use of flydubai’s regional network and allow flydubai to make use of Emirates expansive global network to allow both airlines passengers more destinations. The goal of this partnership …

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Lounge Review: Above Ground Level lounge Bangalore Kempegowda airport

On my Air India trip from Bangalore to London, I finally used the Above Ground Level (AGL) lounge on the domestic side of Bangalore airport. The AGL lounge is located right beside the Plaza premium lounge just after security. The lounge is also located on the mezzanine right beside the Plaza lounge. However unlike the Plaza lounge this lounge does …

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Inflight Review: Malaysia Airlines: Economy: 737-800: Bangalore – Singapore

This was my first trip on Malaysia Airlines and my first international flight out of India on a narrow body in eight years. Why not fly Bangalore to Singapore direct instead of the roundabout Bangalore – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore?  I am a oneworld frequent flier and Malaysia Airlines is a member of the alliance. The other option would have …

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Video: MRJ being painted in ANA livery

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet arrives at the 2017 Paris air show. Mitsubishi Image.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is making it’s European debut at the 2017 Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport. The aircraft on display is FTA-3, the third test aircraft. Mitsubishi ferried the aircraft from the MRJ Flight Test Center, Moses Lake, Washington via Winnipeg and Goose Bay, Canada and Keflavik, Iceland to Paris. FTA-3 originally bore the Mitsubishi corporate livery …

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Spicejet to buy 40 Boeing 737 MAX 10s

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for 40 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris airshow which kicked off today. The deal, valued at $4.74 billion at current list prices, includes 20 new orders for 737 MAX 10’s and converts 20 of the carriers existing MAX 8 orders to MAX 10’s. With this order …

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Lounge Review: Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Regional Kuala Lumpur

Entrance to the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Regional.

While transiting Kuala Lumpur airport between two ‘regional’ flights, I had a chance to use Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge regional. Malaysian has two lounges at KLIA, a regional lounge at the main terminal building which mainly services the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet and a bigger Golden lounge at the satellite pier which services the airline’s and airports long haul wide …

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Pictures of Vistara A320neo first commercial flight

The Tata Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara operated the inaugural flight of their brand new Airbus A320neo from New Delhi to Bangalore yesterday morning as flight UK811. The aircraft registered VT-TNB features slight changes in the livery including the Vistara star and A320neo branding on the belly, and a banner along the upper fuselage. Like national carrier Air India, Vistara’s …

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Irkut MC-21 completes first flight

Irkut MC-21-300. Irket Image.

Russian airframer Irkut completed the maiden flight of it’s new MC-21-300 aircraft yesterday. The test flight was conducted at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant and reportedly lasted 30 minutes. The MC-21 program was launched in 2007 with the first prototype being rolled out in 2016. The program is headed by Irkut which is a subsidiary of the Russian government …

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Vistara takes delivery of it’s first A320neo

Full service carrier, Vistara has taken delivery of it’s first A320neo (new engine option) at Airbus’ Toulouse plant. The aircraft is the 14th A320 in the carriers fleet and is powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines. The airline has equipped it’s neo with mood lighting, improved seats and a new look across all three of it’s cabins. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, …

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Indigo wins Airbus’ Best Operational Excellence award

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

Low cost carrier Indigo has won the Airbus’ award for Best Operational Excellence for the second consecutive year. Indigo won the award after outperforming 46 other airlines globally. The selection criteria for the award is based on data covering two years of operation and taking into consideration the number of aircraft in the fleet, daily utilization rate, technical reliability and …

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