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Airbus A320neo vs. Boeing 737-8 MAX: a battle that’s just beginning

When Southwest Airlines announced the first firm order for the re-engined Boeing 737 MAX on Wedenesday, it represented the latest in a series of back and forths between Boeing and Airbus regarding their re-engine programs of the 737NG and Airbus A320 family respectively. Earlier this year, speaking at the Credit Suisse Aerospace Conference, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John …

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PHOTOS: Boeing delivers 7000th Boeing 737 to flydubai

American airframer Boeing delivered its 7,000th Boeing 737 today, a B737-800 to flydubai, a fast growing low cost carrier based in Dubai. The 737-800 will be equipped with the brand new Boeing Sky Interior, and will be the 21st Boeing 737-800 in flydubai’s fleet, with 30 more on order. According to Boeing, “The 737 is the most produced large commercial …

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PHOTOS: Boeing unveils first 787 for Japan Airlines

Earlier today, Boeing released the first images of the first Boeing 787 destined for Japan Airlines. From the Boeing press release: The first Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner to enter service for Japan Airlines (JAL) rolled out of the paint hangar last night. The airplane’s livery features the iconic new brand mark on its tail and underscores the airline’s commitment …

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Boeing 737 MAX logs first firm order from launch customer Southwest Airlines

The 737 MAX now has another customer. Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest Boeing 737 operator has announced an order for 150 of the re-engined 737s, as well as 58 next generation 737s. The order for 208 planes, worth almost US $19 billion at list prices, represents the largest single order in Boeing history, topping previous orders from Emirates and Lion …

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Japan Airlines to operate Boeing 787 Dreamliner between Tokyo and New Delhi

Earlier today, Japanese national carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it would be introducing 5 weekly Boeing 787 services between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) from the northern summer 2012 schedule which begins at the end of March, 2012. The Dreamliner replaces the existing 5 weekly Boeing 777-200ER service. Japan Airlines will also be …

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The end of an era: Airbus officially removes Kingfisher A340-500s from its order book

A news report from the Dow Jones yesterday stated that Airbus had finally removed the Airbus A340-500 that were once ordered by Kingfisher. Airbus has officially taken (06-Dec-2011) Kingfisher Airlines’ two A340-500s off its order book. The carrier, as previously reported, was expected to cancel the two orders after Airbus announced last month it was abandoning production of the aircraft …

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Kingfisher operating payments at Mumbai International Airport are overdue

It appears that Kingfisher’s troubles may not yet be over. After the carrier flirted with financial disaster last month, a report from the Economic Times suggests that new trouble is on the horizon for India’s self professed “King of Good Times.” According to the report, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has sent notice to Kingfisher that it must pay the …

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MAP: 8 Air India flights cannot even cover their cost of fuel

According to a report from the Press Trust of India (PTI), Indian civil aviation minister Vyalar Ravi revealed before the Rajya Sabha today that Air India’s estimated loss for FY 2010-2011 was Rs. 6,994 Crore, down sharply from the Rs. 5552.55 Crore loss posted in FY 2009-2010. Ravi also said that, “Based on April-September, 2011 route wise profitability, two routes …

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Air India fleet plan calls for sale-leaseback of 787

Earlier this week, Air India, the beleaguered Indian national carrier, announced that it would be utilizing a sale-leaseback arrangement to evade the divisive lawsuit filed by the Air Transport Association (ATA), a US airline lobby group, over Us $ 3.4 billion worth of financing for the carrier’s order of 27 Boeing 787 and 3 777-300ER widebody jets. The lawsuit from …

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Air India selling a London-Heathrow slot is a smart move.

Yesterday, Air India chief executive Rohit Nandan announced that Air India would be withdrawing one of its two daily Delhi-London-Heathrow flights from February 2012 and auctioning off the slots. Currently, Air India competes on the sector with Kingfisher, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet Airways; all of whom offer more consistent products and command higher fares than Air India. The …

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Are reports claming that Qantas will shelve plans for Asian premium carrier credible?

Reports have emerged from Reuters and Plane Talking that Qantas has shelved plans for its Asia-based premium carrier which has been called by the media at various times Red Q, One Asia, or Red One. The venture would apparently be replaced by a joint venture agreement with future oneworld alliance partner Malaysia Airlines in Asia. Earlier this year, Qantas had …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Devesh, Vedant, and I would like to wish all of Bangalore Aviation’s a very happy Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is not often celebrated in India, here in the US it is considered one of the four “big” holidays along with July 4th, Christmas, and New Years. Thanksgiving’s origins date back to the late 1600s, when British colonists used a celebration to …

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MAP: Kingfisher to drop service to 13 destinations, cut 20+ routes

Apparently the fallout from Kingfisher’s sudden cancellation of flights a couple of weeks ago has not yet ended. A report from airlineroute.net shows that Kingfisher may be cancelling a few additional domestic flights. The following destinations will be cancelled outright; some of these were not currently operated but rather placed into the GDS. Destinations are spread out across India, but …

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Will Kingfisher Airlines survive in the long run?

In the wake of Kingfisher’s unprecedented cancellations last week, we here at Bangalore Aviation wanted to take a look at some potential issues that haven’t been brought up regarding Kingfisher’s long term viability. In light of reports that Kingfisher is close to a US $370 million equity deal with a large private investor and banking consortium, it is helpful to …

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