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#MH17 – Malaysia Airlines releases official statement

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRL. Sister of 9M-MRO which crashed #MH370 and 9M-MRD which crashed #MH17.

Malaysia Airlines has released a statement at 12:30am local July 18, (16:30Z July 17) regarding flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that has disappeared presumed crashed on July 17, 2014. Media Statement 1 MH17 Incident Released at 12:30am/18 July 2014 Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 …

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Jet’s engine service agreement with GE indicates deployment of 777s to Etihad

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

India’s largest private carrier Jet Airways has extended its comprehensive engine service agreement, OnPoint, with General Electric. The agreement valued at over $200 million, will cover the 22 GE90-115B engines powering the airline’s 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, with GE providing the maintenance, repair and overhaul of these engines through 2022. Jet has also contracted GE to increase the thrust of its …

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Air India joins the Star Alliance

Air India Airbus A320 VT-ESF in Star Alliance livery. Photo copyright Uday Krishna. Used with permission.

A long chased ambition of the national carrier came to fruition on July 11, as it was inducted as the 27th member of the Star Alliance. It is the first Indian carrier to join a global alliance of airlines. The first from the sub-continent is SriLankan Airlines which joined the oneworld alliance. The airline decorated one its older Airbus A320s, …

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Air India to get Rs.6,500 crore bailout this year

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

National carrier Air India will receive a total of Rs.6,500 crore (about $1.08 billion) financial bail-out this year. The tax-payer funded bailout is part of a package exceeding Rs. 30,000 crore (about $6 billion at the time) approved in April 2012 and to be completed over nine years. In his maiden budget budget yesterday, the finance minister Arun Jaitley proposed …

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Air India offers customised in-flight premium class meals

As the national carrier Air India enters the Star Alliance tomorrow, the airline along with its in-flight caterer TajSATS, will upgrade its in-flight meal service for its premium class passengers, with a new concept called ‘table set-up’. The service will be available for first and business class passengers of Air India on select domestic and international routes. The new concept …

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Lufthansa withdraws planned Boeing 747-8i service to Mumbai, to introduce A380

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYA at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport at night.

Less than two months after announcing it was bringing in its ultra-modern Boeing 747-8i and just a week prior to commencing the service, German carrier Lufthansa has quietly shelved these plans. The carrier indicated it would instead plan on bringing its double-decker Airbus A380 super-jumbos to the commercial capital of the country soon. In an exclusive statement to Bangalore Aviation …

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SpiceJet recommences Dubai flights from Mumbai and Madurai

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet will resume its services to Dubai from Mumbai and Madurai from July 21, 2014. These flights, originally launched in June 2012 and November 2013 were suspended in May when Dubai airport commence runway repairs. The airline is offering a special sale fare on these new flights starting at Rs. 5,499 from Mumbai and Rs. 5,999 …

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SpiceJet adds flights in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Coimbatore and Bangalore

Gurgaon based low fare carrier Spicejet is adding new flights the Hyderabad-Delhi, Hyderabad-Coimbatore, and Bangalore-Delhi routes. A limited time period flight has been added on Delhi-Hyderabad sector to meet seasonal demand. The airline will also introduce a second direct flight on the Hyderabad-Coimbatore route using the 78 seat Bombardier Q-400 Dash-8 turbo-prop. This will supplement the existing flights between the …

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AirAsia to re-enter Japanese skies

Malaysia low cost carrier AirAsia attempting to re-enter the Japanese low cost airline market. It will be entering into a shareholders agreement with Octave Japan Infrastructure Fund I GK (Octave), Rakuten Inc. (Rakuten), Noevir Holdings Co. Ltd. (Noevir), and Alpen Co. Ltd. (Alpen) to establish AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. sometime later this month. The new airline branded AirAsia Japan is …

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Etihad takes delivery of it’s 100th and 101st aircraft

Last week Abu Dhabi based carrier Etihad, took delivery of it’s 100th and 101st aircraft on the same day. The one hundredth aircraft, an Airbus A321-231 registered A6-AEC, was delivered from the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg. The 101st aircraft is an Airbus A320-200 bearing the registration A6-EIX. Both aircraft are equipped with the new ‘sharklet’ wing tips. On arrival in Abu Dhabi, the aircraft …

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Air India finally cleared to join the Star Alliance as 27th member airline

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

After years of trying and suffering the ignominy of being the only airline whose membership process was suspended, national carrier Air India was approved for membership of the world’s largest airline grouping, the Star Alliance. The final integration processes by teams at Air India, the Star alliance and its member carriers will be completed so that the first Indian carrier …

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29th anniversary of Air India Emperor Kanishka bombing today

Air India Boeing 747 VT-EFO Emperor Kanishka at London Heathrow. Photo taken on 10-June-1985 just 13 days before its bombing. Photo by Ian Kirby (Ian Kirby as seen on airliners.net) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Twenty-nine years ago today, June 23, 1985, a air bombing that shook the world and introduced stringent security checks on checked-in luggage. Air India Boeing 747-237B c/n 21473 line 330, registration VT-EFO and named Emperor Kanishka was operating flight AI182 on the Montreal–London–Delhi route. In the early hours of the morning, as the aircraft approached Ireland at an altitude of …

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Malaysia Airlines decommissions it’s Boeing 737-400 fleet

Last Saturday, Malaysia Airlines operated the last flights of it’s 737-400 fleet. The airline has now decommissioned the last of it’s 737-400 fleet. The -400 is being replaced by the newer 737-800 series in the airlines fleet. The Boeing 737-400 was part of the “Classic Series” of the 737. The 737-400 launched in 1985 to fill the gap between the 737-300 and the …

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Through the lens: Air Asia India’s maiden flight

First flight of AirAsia India. Takeoff roll.

Air Asia India’s first flight took off today from Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore to Dabolim Airport, Goa. This flight marks the launch of the airline’s operations in India. The inaugural flight, I5 1320, landed at Goa with a 100% flight load. The flight carried some senior airline officials like AirAsia India CEO Mittu Chandilya. The airline will be flying daily to Goa …

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Etihad flights to show all FIFA world cup matches live

Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-ETK London Heathrow

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. will show every match of FIFA World Cup 2014 being played in Brazil, live on their long-haul wide-body fleet. All 64 games of the world’s largest sporting event spread over the next month will be transmitted live while the flights are airborne by IMG Media using Etihad Airways’ interactive in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, E-box, powered by …

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IndiGo crosses 500 daily flights mark

With its newest aircraft joining the fleet, India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo has crossed the 500 daily flights mark, now operating 52 daily flights to 36 destinations. The new aircraft will perform the following flight schedule. Flt no. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Fares* W.e.f. 6E 536 Delhi Jammu 2:55pm 4:20pm 2700 10 June 6E 535 Jammu Delhi 4:50pm 5:55pm 2424 …

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