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.

Indian airlines operated over 1400 cargo flights during the lockdown

While passenger air traffic has come to a standstill since the beginning of the lockdown. Cargo movement has become essential for transporting essential and other goods into and across the country. While India has only one domestic cargo-only airline BlueDart (SpiceJet also operates three Boeing 737 freighters under the name SpiceXpress), every passenger flight carries an average of around a …

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Government will organise repatriation flights for stranded Indians, with a catch

Since the start of the lockdown in late March, all scheduled passenger flights to India had been halted. While foreign airlines have been operating to repatriate citizens of other countries out of the country. Only a few of repatriation flights have been operated back to India in this period. The government of India has announced that it will begin organising …

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Government extends flight cancellations till 17 May

Following the recently announced decision to the lockdown in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has officially extended cancellation of domestic passenger flights in India till 17 May 2020. On 23 March, airlines were ordered to temporarily stop their operations till the end of March. However, that period was extended with the announcement of the original lockdown. The grounding was …

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Cathay Pacific A350 collides with 777 at Hong Kong

Okay, airlines seem to be taking the Boeing – Airbus rivalry too far. After the recent British Airways A350 vs Emirates 777 accident – yesterday, a Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 had a ground collision with one of the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs. The right wingtip of the A350 appears to have collided with the left horizontal stabilizer of the 777. The …

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British A350 collides with Emirates 777 in Dubai

A British Airways Airbus A350 collided with an Emirates 777 at Dubai International Airport, early today morning. The two aircraft involved in the incident were: A British Airways A350-1000 G-XWBA, which was the first A350 to join British Airways in July 2019. Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBR, a 14-year-old aircraft delivered to Emirates in August 2006. The British Airways aircraft was …

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LOT Polish Airlines withdraws from Condor Takeover

Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the parent company of LOT Polish Airlines has cancelled its takeover of German leisure carrier Condor. The Takeover Condor was owned by now-defunct Thomas Cook Group which went into liquidation in September 2019. The airline was given a bridge loan by the German government to keep operating since it had a working business model and to …

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Lufthansa retiring some A320s, A340s, A380’s and 747s

The majority of the global aircraft fleet is grounded at the moment and airlines do not expect demand to return to the pre coronavirus levels any time soon. As such, some airlines have begun longer-term planning of their fleets – in many cases accelerating the retirements of their older aircraft. American is retiring it’s Embraer 190s, 76 Boeing 737-800s, its …

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Video: Ground handlers manually push back a 747

The closure of many countries air space and the general lack of demand has led to the cancellation of a number of flights from all corners of the world. Because of this many countries are operating charter or special flights to bring their stranded citizens back home. Air India and the India air force operated multiple flights to China, Iran, …

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Boeing to suspend production in Washington

Boeing has announced that it will suspend all aircraft production at their factories in the Puget Sound area in Washington, USA. The shutdown is due to the prevailing state of emergency declared in Washington and due to the continuing spread of the Covid-19 virus. Boeing is reducing operations today and will shut down on 25 March 2020. The shutdown will …

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First look: The cabin on Vistara’s 787

Vistara recently took delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 to be operated by an Indian carrier. The aircraft which is the first of six 787’s on order for the carrier will be used by the airline to begin long haul flights. The cabin configuration of Vistara’s 787s has been the subject of much speculation. Today, the airline unveiled their new …

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British Airways to start a second Bangalore flight

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER G-VIIA

British flag carrier British Airways is adding an additional three weekly flights to Bangalore. The airline currently operates a daily flight using the newest aircraft in their fleet the Airbus A350-1000 which features the airline’s brand new business class suites. The new flights will begin in April 2020 and be operated using the airline’s three-class Boeing 777-200s. Time-table for British …

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Bangalore airport services over 33 million passengers in 2019

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport has continued its yearly growth with 33.65 million passengers in 2019, a 4.1% increase from 2018’s 32.33 million. Indigo continued to be the largest carrier at Bangalore with their passenger figures rising by 13.0% from 13.81 mppa in 2018 to 15.61 mppa in 2019 representing 48% of the total passengers through Bangalore. International passenger traffic grew …

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Watch the first flight of the Boeing 777X

The long-awaited first flight of the Boeing 777-9X is set to take place today. The first aircraft N779XW will take off from Boeing’s Paine Field factory at Everett at around 10:00 PST. The flight was originally scheduled for yesterday (23 January) but was postponed due to bad weather. Watch the first flight Boeing is streaming the first flight and you …

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BIAL to begin limited operations on new runway from 5 December

Bangalore airport will begin limited operations on the new south parallel runway (NSPR) from 5 December 2019. The runway will begin operations with a single cross taxiway in operation, a BIAL spokesperson told BangaloreAviation. “The South Runway will start with limited operations on December 5, 2019. Operations will commence with one of the two crossfield taxiways connected. The second taxiway …

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IndiGo’s soaring GTF engine problems

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1127 Geared Turbo Fan engine. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed both Indigo and GoAir to replace at least one of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbo-fan (GTF) engines on the A320neo aircraft within the next fifteen days. This comes after Indigo reported a series of incidents involving in-flight engine shutdowns (occurred on the 24th, 25th and 26th …

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First picture of Vistara’s 787 in full livery. May be delivered earlier than expected.

In July of last year, Vistara (Tata-SIA) placed an order for six Boeing 787-9’s with an additional four options. These aircraft were scheduled for delivery in early 2020, which would have likely seen the airline launch long haul flights in the first half of 2020. However, it appears that the airline may now be getting its first aircraft earlier than …

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