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Air India to commence Delhi to Rome and Milan flights

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner line number 35 test registered N1015 (later became VT-ANH) at the India Aviation show, Hyderabad March 2012. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

National carrier Air India is finally starting its long expected flights between New Delhi (Indira Gandhi airport) and Rome (Fiumicino, Leonardo da Vinci airport) and Milan (Malpensa airport). The flights will be operated triangular routing using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in a two class configuration with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class. Effective June 6, 2014: On Tuesdays, …

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Analysis: SpiceJet offers ‘on-time guarantee’ to passengers

Driven by its recent industry leading on-time performance (OTP) over the last few months, Gurgaon based low fare carrier, SpiceJet, has announced an ‘On-Time Guarantee’ program for its passengers. All SpiceJet passengers travelling from today May 6, 2014 will be given discount vouchers redeemable on their next travel, for flight delays due to reasons in the control of SpiceJet. In …

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IndiGo offers group discounts for families of four or more

IndiGo Airbus A320-232(SL) VT-IFK with Sharklets.

India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo, is offering a ‘Family Fare’ which offers up to a 25% discount on a family of four up to nine people travelling together one one reservation. From today, passengers can book family fares by checking the ‘Family Fare’ box on the IndiGo website. Partial cancellation of passenger(s) booked under this fare will be possible with …

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Delta Air Lines commences New York Zurich and Rome services

Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300ER BusinessElite cabin

As both the US and European economies show cautious recovery, US major, Delta Air Lines will commence new services from its New York John F. Kennedy airport hub to to Zurich Kloten and expanded service to Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci airport. The Zurich flight will be operated daily, effective June 16, 2014, using a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring full flat-bed …

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Tech Tuesday: Proving Flights

AirAsia India first Airbus A320 with Sharklets VT-ATF

In late 2013, India’s civil aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) introduced a Civil Aviation Policy, CAP-3100, in line with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation, pronounced eye-kay-oh) guidelines, to guide an organisation on the steps required to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate, or an AOP. The AOP is required for an operator to offer air transport services, …

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SriLankan Airlines becomes first oneworld member from Indian sub-continent

SriLankan A330 in oneworld livery

National carrier SriLankan Airlines (UL) has become the first carrier from the Indian sub-continent to join the oneworld alliance of airlines. The carrier joins Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Jordian Airlines and Qatar Airways from Asia, Australia’s Qantas, airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and S7 Airlines from Europe, American Airlines and US Airways from the USA, and …

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Qatar Airways announces London as its first Airbus A380 destination

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

National carrier, Qatar Airways has announced London Heathrow as the first destination of its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft. Starting June 17, the airline will deploy the world’s largest passenger aircraft on QR003/QR004 service between Doha and London. Flight QR 003 departs Doha at 07:55, arrives London Heathrow at 13:15 Flight QR 004 departs London Heathrow 15:05, arrives Doha at 23:50 …

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Delta completes full flat-bed seats installation on all international wide-body aircraft

Atlanta based Delta Air Lines has become the first and only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all its international wide-body flights. The airline announced it has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats in its BusinessElite class on its Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 747-400, and 777-200ER/LR aircraft used on long-haul international flights. The …

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ATC recording: #MH192 incident – ground vehicle clears runway seconds before emergency landing

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL), aircraft registration 9M-MXJ performing flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia to Bangalore, India faced some anxious moments when returning back to KL after suffering a burst tyre emergency. Radar track of MH192 [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBMQyMYwe6o” width=”640″ height=”480″ controls=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes”] As per an airline statement, soon after take-off at 10:09pm (14:09 UTC) from Kuala Lumpur …

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Rick Allen and Calum Laming join Etihad Airways

Rick Allen who was Managing Director of flight operations at national carrier Air Canada has joined Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates as Senior Vice President Operations, and will be responsible for flight operations, guest services, crew resources, operations logistics, and operations standards. Allen will assume responsibility this summer. Allen brings airline operations experience …

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AirAsia to implement Airbus managed inventory service

Malaysia low cost carrier, AirAsia, will implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at its bases in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand, becoming the fourth operator in the region to implement this service. The AMI service provides for automatic replenishment of inventory to ensures the continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at …

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Air India puts last three Boeing 777-200LRs up for sale

Air India Boeing 777-237LR VT-ALF Jharkand at New Delhi IGI airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

After selling off five of its Boeing 777-237LRs to Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways PJSC (read our analysis), national carrier Air India has put the last three of its ultra-long-haul 777-200LRs up for sale. The airline has posted a tender (view it here), inviting bids for the aircraft bearing registrations VT-ALF (named after the state of Jharkhand), VT-ALG (Kerala), and …

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Air France KLM Delta increase economy class baggage allowance

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The Air France-KLM-Delta grouping have announced an increase in economy class baggage allows on their India to USA, Canada, and Mexico routes. However this increased allowance will apply only for tickets issued effective today, April 17, 2014, onwards. The baggage allowance is increased to two pieces of check-in baggage per person with maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs) per …

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Forgetful Jet Airways pilots lose contact with European ATC, Indian media melodrama

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

March 13, 2014, the entire aviation world was generally concerned due the recent disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 a mere five days earlier. In this mix, add two very absent minded pilots of Jet Airways who were flying the airline’s flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, registration VT-JEG, performing flight 9W 117 from London Heathrow to the airline’s main hub in …

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New pings give cautious certainty in search for #MH370

Map of ping locations found by Australian ship Ocean Shield and Chinese ship Hai Xun 01. Malaysia Airlines #MH370

In his daily briefing earlier today, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading Australia’s search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a telling statement “I’m now optimistic. We’ll find the aircraft or what’s left of the aircraft in the not too distant future.” His optimism in over a month of uncertainty was based on the fresh signals …

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Photos: First flight of Skymark Airlines’ first A380

First Airbus A380 for Skymark Airlines Japan takes off on first flight

The first A380 of Skymark Airlines, which will also be the first Japanese carrier of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, successfully made its first flight, when it departed Toulouse for Hamburg. After completing the airframe assembly and system tests at Toulouse, the aircraft will now undergo cabin installation and painting at Hamburg, prior to delivery later this year. Skymark, which …

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