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Airbus delays A320neo delivery to 2016. IndiGo, GoAir fleet plans disrupted.

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

Airbus along with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and launch customer Deutsche Lufthansa has decided to delay the first delivery of the A320neo into 2016. While a date is not specified, sometime in January is the widely accepted time frame. The company said the delay was due to “some more documentation items that need to be address by Pratt& Whitney …

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A320neo launch customer Lufthansa, not Qatar. IndiGo now third.

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

Air Transport World is reporting that Airbus will deliver the first A320neo (new engine option) to German flag carrier Lufthansa and not Qatar Airways as originally planned. India’s IndiGo which was expected to be the second operator to receive deliveries will now be moved to third slot. The last minute change has been necessitated due to the ongoing problems which …

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Etihad to begin A380 service to India

Middle eastern carrier, Etihad Airways will begin to operate it’s Airbus A380 to Mumbai from May 2016. The new route is designed to connect to the carrier’s A380 New York service and will allow connecting passengers a through journey on the super-jumbo. Mumbai is the fifth destination that Etihad has announced for their A380 service, but should be the fourth …

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Emirates bashes US airlines with new Jennifer Aniston ad

Jennifer Aniston stars in an Emirates' TV commercial

In the ongoing war between the three major US airlines Delta, United and American, and the three major Gulf carriers, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, Dubai based Emirates airline has hit back with a new video commercial featuring Hollywood megastar Jennifer Aniston. Aniston is in a nightmare on an unknown US carrier asking for a shower and a lounge, something available …

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flydubai and Mindtree enter into strategic partnership

flydubai Boeing 737-800 A6-FEO. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Emirates’ narrow-body sister airline flydubai has selected India’s technology service company Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] as a strategic technology partner to help the airline shape the digital experience it is envisaging for its passengers. Mindtree will focus on transforming flydubai’s information technology to support passenger sales and service systems, including services such as electronic ticketing and real-time baggage tracking. The agreement …

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Qatar Airways in talks with IndiGo, denies interest in SpiceJet

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCF.

National carrier Qatar Airways has issued a statement denying any interest in picking up a stake in Gurgaon based SpiceJet. The middle-eastern carrier says This release is to confirm that Qatar Airways is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet. There is no interest from the airline to engage in a partnership with the Gurgaon-based airline. Qatar …

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Emirates to operate world’s biggest A380 with 615 seats

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

Dubai based Emirates airline has revealed its plans for the world’s largest configured scheduled passenger airplane with a whopping 615 seats. The airline is configuring some of its A380s in to a two class configuration, eliminating the first class, and reducing its business class to 58 seats and increasing its economy class to a whopping 557 seats. This 615 seat …

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Turkish Airlines A330 lands off the runway at Kathmandu

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 has crash-landed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport today morning at approximately 7.45am local time. The aircraft operating flight TK726 landed in between the taxiway and the runway while attempting to land in low visibility conditions. All the passengers onboard the aircraft are reported to be ok with a few passengers requiring minor medical attention. Pictures …

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Flight review: Etihad business class: Airbus A330-200: Abu Dhabi – Hyderabad

Following up on my flight review of Etihad Airways business class from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi on their A340-600, this review covers my return journey which includes the chauffeur drive service for premium class passengers and a series of very unfortunate delays, though it was not the fault of the airline. Etihad’s chauffeur drive service Dubai to Abu Dhabi airport …

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Inflight review: Etihad Business Class: Airbus A340-600: Bangalore-Mumbai-Abu Dhabi

Etihad A340-600 A6-EHJ featuring the Formula 1 livery.

I had to make a short-notice business trip to Dubai in early November 2014. For the week I needed to travel, I found airfares on most carriers extremely high. This included the only non-stop airline between Bangalore and Dubai, Emirates. On shopping for better fares, I came across a good fare on the UAE’s other national carrier, Etihad which flies …

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Etihad takes delivery of it’s first Airbus A380

Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways, has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus. The aircraft bearing the registration A6-APA is powered by four Engine Alliance GP7270 engines and is the first in the airline’s 10 aircraft order for the …

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Video: Time-lapse of C check of first Emirates’ Airbus A380

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

The very first Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates airline was recently underwent its first major check called the C check or also sometimes known as the 3C check. Along with an extensive mechanical and avionics check, the interior of the plane undergoes a major refurbishment. Enjoy this time-lapse video showing all the activities. [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hLXP1R8y6o” width=”640″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” …

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Etihad to add third daily from New Delhi and Mumbai and commence Kolkata

Etihad unveils 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLA as it rolls out of the paint hangar at Paine Field, Everett, WA.

National carrier, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi will commence its third daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai effective February 15, 2015, and New Delhi effective May 1, 2015. The airline will also commence flights to Kolkata starting February 15. All three flights will be operated with a narrow body A320 in a two class configuration. With this, Jet Airways …

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Emirates to commence fourth daily to New York JFK

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

Dubai based Emirates airline will commencing its fourth daily flight between Dubai (DXB) and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport (JFK) from March 8, 2015. The airline already operates two daily non-stop flights using the Airbus A380 super-jumbos and one flight via Milan Malpensa using a Boeing 777-300ER. The flight will be operated by another A380 in a three class …

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