Sunday , 25 October 2020

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.

Singapore airlines to re-launch world’s longest flight

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

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will re-launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October. The service will see the airline flying the new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) between Singapore and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline previously operated the world’s longest and second longest routes, Singapore – New York and Singapore – Los Angeles respectively with a fleet of …

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Ocean Infinity calls off search for #MH370

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER registration 9M-MRO taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-Feb-2014. This aircraft went missing while performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 persons on board. Photo copyright M. Azizul Islam

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 is arguably the world’s most mysterious commercial aviation disaster. The aircraft which was carrying 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared on 8th March 2014. A multi-national search effort over many years costing hundreds of millions of dollars was called off in 2017. Earlier this year the search was resumed by …

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SilkAir to merge into Singapore Airlines after cabin upgrade

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 9V-MBB.

SilkAir which is the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will undergo a major cabin upgrade program which will culminate with the carrier being merged into it’s parent airline. The airline operates a fleet of 34 aircraft comprising of Airbus A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737-800’s and MAX 8’s. The airline will transition to an all Boeing fleet and has another …

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Video: Asiana A330 knocks tail off Turkish A321

Photo credit: Twitter.com/JacdecNew

Unfortunately collisions between aircraft on the ground are not that uncommon. The most common thing we see is an aircrafts wing tips clip another aircraft while being pushed by a tug. Luckily most of these incidents result in no injuries. Yesterday morning an Asiana Airbus A330-300 (HL7792) which was taxing hit a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 (TC-JMM) which was entering …

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Spicejet to relaunch flights to Hubli

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

Low cost carrier Spicejet has announced that it will restart operations to Hubli. The airline will operate flights to Hubli from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The flights from Chennai and Hyderabad will be under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme and will make Hubli Spicejet’s fifth destination under the scheme. The airline stopped it’s operations to Hubli after a crash …

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Qatar invests in private jet company JetSuite

JetSuite Phenom 100. JetSuite Image.

Middle eastern carrier Qatar Airways has announced an investment for a minority stake American private aviation company JetSuite and indirectly into JetSuite X the companies scheduled regional service. Qatar is the second airline to invest in the company after JetBlue. Qatar has been investing in foreign airlines over the past few years, they have a 20% stake in IAG (British …

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Vistara receives 20th A320. Qualifies for international operations

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

Vistra airlines has recieved its 20th aircraft. The aircraft is an Airbus A320neo – the seventh of the type in the airline’s fleet. With this delivery, the airline now qualifies to begin international operations. The airline is expected to begin short-haul international operations in the second half of this year and will most likely operate it’s first international flight to …

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Boeing delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore airlines

American airframer Boeing has delivered the first 787-10 to launch customer Singapore airlines at a special ceremony over the weekend. Around 3000 people marked the milestone delivery at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina facility which is the exclusive assembly site for the 787-10 unlike her smaller siblings which are also assembled at Paine Field at Everett, Washington. Singapore airlines …

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Nagpur airport to implement SITA common use systems

The Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) will implement common use passenger processing solutions for check-in and boarding and baggage tracking from SITA. The Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) and Common Use Self Service (CUSS) allows any check in desk, kiosk or gate position to be utilized by agents of any airline – leading to a more …

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Video: Time-lapse of Fanhansa 747 turn-around

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI 'Fanhansa Livery'.

Last time I was airside at Bangalore airport, I tried to shoot some video along with the pictures you usually see on BangaloreAviation. I tried a time-lapse of the turn-around of Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI service between Frankfurt and Bengaluru Kempegowda airport. On a time-lapse certain movements which are very slow in real life get magnified. Enjoy watching how the …

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DGCA directive grounds several IndiGo and Go Air A320neos

First Airbus A320neo with Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127G-JM Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine. Photo courtesy Airbus.

The Indian civil aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued a directive which effectively grounds several Airbus A320neo aircraft of IndiGo and Go Airlines. The directive is the latest development resulting from last month’s emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which affects the Airbus A320neo and A321neo powered by the Pratt …

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US-Bangla Q400 crashes at Kathmandu airport

A Bombardier Q400 of Bangladeshi carrier US-Bangla has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal. The aircraft reportedly veered off the runway on landing at the airport. The aircraft has been identified in local media as S2-AGU operating flight BS211. However this has not been officially confirmed. #BREAKING #Nepal: A US-Bangla airlines aircraft has crashed in the eastern side …

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CFM adds LEAP-1A/B capability to Hyderabad training center

The CFM Leap 1B on the MAX 8.

Engine manufacturer CFM has expanded the capability of it’s Hyderabad training center to include both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. The training center provides courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection. The LEAP-1A entered service in India with Air India in February 2017. The engine now powers 15 Air India and five Vistara A320neos. The LEAP-1B will enter service in …

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Indigo introduces seven new ATR flights

IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-600 VT-IYA.

Low cost carrier Indigo is launching seven new flights with it’s ATR 72 fleet. The airline will begin operates flights to Mangalore and Nagpur from Hyderabad and to Mangalore from Chennai. Read our review of Indigo’s ATR 72-600. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, spokesperson, Indigo “At IndiGo, we are continuously striving to expand deeper into the heartland with our new ATR fleet operations. …

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