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IndiGo adds Varanasi; other domestic routes

Indian low cost carrier IndiGo continues its breathtaking pace of domestic expansion with the addition of two new domestic routes and capacity expansion on Delhi – Hyderabad. This past Friday, IndiGo began service to Varanasi, its 36th destination and 31st in India, with three new daily flights between its largest hub at Delhi and Varanasi using its 180-seat Airbus A320 …

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Analysis: FAA downgrades India to Category 2 safety status

by Vinay Bhaskara Earlier this month, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a major downgrade of India’s aviation safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight on the part of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The downgrade to Category 2 is a significant national embarrassment, and comes after months, if not years, of FAA warnings to …

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Air India Express to lease eight Boeing 737-800s

Air India Express, the low cost arm of beleaguered Indian national carrier Air India, is looking to lease eight new Boeing 737-800 aircraft for a period of between eight and twelve years. According to a tender released by the airline, Air India Express is looking to dry lease eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped with winglets for an initial period of …

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PHOTO: Cebu Pacific takes delivery of 49th aircraft

Last week, Filipino low cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air took delivery of its 49th aircraft, an Airbus A320-214 outfitted with Sharklets and registered as RP-C3277. Cebu Pacific now operates 29 A320s, including six aircraft equipped with sharklets. Its fleet now consists of 49 aircraft: 29x Airbus A320 10x Airbus A319 2x Airbus A330-300 8x ATR 72-500s. By 2021, the airline …

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Boeing reports third quarter deliveries

by BA Staff American manufacturer Boeing has reported its aircraft deliveries for the third quarter of 2013, with 213 deliveries recorded in the three month period, split as 170 Commercial and 43 Defense & Space. For the year to date, Boeing has recorded 595 deliveries, split as 476 Commercial and 119 Defense & Space. Find the full breakdown of Boeing’s …

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Singapore Airlines to launch seasonal services to Athens

by BA Staff Image Credit: Devesh Agarwal Southeast Asian full service carrier Singapore Airlines has announced its return to Athens, Greece, with twice weekly seasonal nonstop services from its hub at Singapore’s Changi International Airport to commence between June and October 2014. The flights will be operated using one of Singapore Airlines’ 13 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, configured with either 285 …

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Delta Air Lines reports strong September traffic results

by BA StaffAmerican full service carrier Delta Air Lines reported its traffic results for September 2013. Unit passenger revenues continued the summer’s strong performance, increasing 5.5% year over year. Highlights include: 5.5% increase in passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) Projected September quarter per gallon fuel price: $2.98 – $3.03 September mainline completion factor 99.9% September on time performance: …

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PHOTOS: Star Alliance opens new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

by BA Staff The new joint Star Alliance lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport opened its doors on 25th September. The new lounge, designed by global architectural firm Gensler, has more than 18,000 square feet of floor space, and an open air terrace offering panoramic views of the airport’s northern runway looking towards the …

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Pakistan routes news and analysis: Gulf Air, Pakistan International Airlines, and Turkish Airlines

Several pieces of routes news from Pakistan emerged over the past week, and Bangalore Aviation has prepared a summary of these changesGulf Air increases frequency to Pakistan Bahrain based  Gulf Air has added 7 new weekly frequencies on its offering to Pakistan, from mid-December 2013, bringing its total Pakistani operation to 21 flights per week to four destinations. A summary …

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China Eastern increases Kunming – Kolkata and Kunming – Dhaka

by Vinay BhaskaraChinese full service carrier China Eastern Airlines is increasing its service to the Indian subcontinent from its Southwestern Chinese hub of Kunming. From 27th October 2013, its offering on each of Kunming – Kolkata and Kunming – Dhaka will increase from daily to 10x weekly, using Boeing 737-700 aircraft configured in a 134 seat, two class configuration (8J …

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United Airways adds two new aircraft to its fleet

Courtesy Wikipedia. Image credit: Raihanspotter Rapidly growing Bangladeshi private carrier United Airways has added two additional aircraft to its fleet. The aircraft are an ATR 72-200 registered as S2-AFU and a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 registered as S2-AEJ. The ATR 72-200 originated with LOT Polish Airlines, and then was transferred to LOT’s regional subsidiary Eurolot before being sold to United Airways. …

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Malaysia Airlines grows capacity across its network;

by BA Staff Malaysia Airlines A330 in oneworld livery. Kuala Lampur based flag carrier Malaysia Airlines, a member of the oneworld alliance, has announced a major capacity expansion plan as the carrier tries to fight its way back to profitability. The following is a summary of the expansion Re-launch of services to Dubai in August New route to Kochi in …

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Emirates announces new service to Boston

by Vinay Bhaskara Image Credit: Devesh Agarwal ~ Bangalore Aviation Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has continued its rapid expansion into the North American market by announcing the commencement of daily nonstop services between its global hub at Dubai and Boston to commence from 10th March, 2014. The new flights will be served using Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, seating 266 passengers …

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Boeing drops 767-200ER and 767-400ER, launches 767-2CFX in latest pricing update

by Vinay Bhaskara A 767-300F – Image Credit: Boeing American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has released its latest aircraft pricing update, and there were several changes made. Firstly, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has dropped the 767-200ER and 767-400ER variants from its 767 product line. These aircraft can no longer be purchased by customers, though if a sizable enough order comes …

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Analysis: Emirates to launch Kabul continues trend of contrarian A340-500 utilization

by Vinay Bhaskara MEB3 carrier Emirates is launching daily nonstop services to Kabul, its first Afghan destination, from 4th December, 2013. The route will be served using 258 seat Airbus A340-500 aircraft in a 3-class configuration (12F / 42J / 204Y).Flight Schedules for the new route are as follows: Route Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Dubai – Kabul 0955 1315 2:50 …

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Bombardier CSeries flies for the first time

by Vinay BhaskaraEarlier today at Montreal’s shuttered Mirabel Airport (YMX), Bombardier’s new CSeries jet flew for the first time today. The flight of CSeries flight test vehicle 1 (FTV1 – a CS100) was performed under perfect weather conditions in Montreal, and also represented the first flight for engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney’s new PurePower geared turbo fan (GTF) engine. The …

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