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Etihad received over $3 billion in secret funding from royal family: news report

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

As per a report in the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald, Abu-Dhabi based Etihad Airways PJSC received massive financial support from the royal family ruling Abu Dhabi which also owns the airline via the state. This contradicts long standing denials. Fairfax Media has obtained confidential documents, prepared for potential financiers, showing the airline had access to over $3 billion (Rs.18,000 …

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Earn double and triple miles on Air France and KLM

Air France-KLM a member of the Skyteam alliance has announced a special double and triple mileage earning offer for its frequent flyer members. Air France KLM – Flying Blue Ivory Members offer Flying Blue existing and new members of Air France KLM will get an opportunity to earn double award miles this summer. The offer applies to marketed flight segments …

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Air Canada receives its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Air Canada's first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

National carrier Air Canada received the first of its 37 ordered Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, C-GPHQ. The delivery flight from Paine Field, was met at Toronto’s Pearson airport with the traditional water cannon salute. [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxhNSdoyIJU” width=”620″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” theme=”light”] Air Canada intends to deploy the 787 to Tel Aviv and to Tokyo Haneda. Unlike most other …

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Video: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER being painted in FC Barcelona livery

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A7-BAE in special FC Barcelona livery arrives at El Prat airport Barcelona Spain.

This year Qatar Airways is a sponsor of FC Barcelona. To celebrate, the airline has painted one of its Boeing 777-300ERs in a special livery celebrating the soccer club. Enjoy this time lapse video. [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iL-al-C1lM” width=”620″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” theme=”light”]

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Senior IndiGo pilots leave to join Tata-SIA

The pilots’ under-ground network is abuzz with news of some senior level exits from India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, to the new airline being floated by the Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture. Three senior captains, one A320 type rating instructor pilot (typically a captain with over 10,000 hours flight experience), and two check pilots (pilots who supervise route-check flights to certify …

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Pictures: Air New Zealand’s launch Boeing 787-9 in special ‘all-black’ livery

This Monday’s spotting photo comes from Boeing and its 787-9 launch customer Air New Zealand. The first Boeing 787-9 which is expected to be delivered to Air New Zealand later this year is in a special ‘all-black’ livery with the iconic New Zealand ‘Koru’ logo (loop in Maori language), and the famous fern mark. ZK-NZE is the first 787-9 airplane …

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SpiceJet discounts family group fares 25%

Following neighbour and competitor IndiGo, Gurgaon-based SpiceJet has also launched a family group fare offering a discount of 25% on the base fare for groups of four to nine passengers. The “Friends and Family special” offer is available only on domestic flights. An example Delhi – Mumbai sector for travel on May 10th to compare fares before and after friends …

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Lufthansa upgrades Mumbai to 747-8i, expect A380 service to Delhi this winter

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

German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced effective July 15, it will upgrade the existing Boeing 747-400 on the daily Mumbai Frankfurt service, and fly the new Boeing 747-8i. Mumbai will be the third city in India, following New Delhi and Bangalore to receive the newest variant of the legendary Jumbo-jet also called the “queen of the skies.” Lufthansa’s new business …

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Etihad Airways unveils uber-luxurious multi-room suite on its A380s

CGI of Etihad Airways' Airbus A380.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, has gone beyond over the top, and unveiled the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft. Called The Residence, the uber-luxury 125 square feet three room cabin is meant for single or double occupancy and is located in the forward upper deck of the airline’s soon to be delivered Airbus A380 super-jumbos. It …

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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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