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Kuwait Airways Chairman suspended for announcing plans to buy five A330s from Jet AIrways

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

Yesterday, Reuters quoting Kuwait Airways Chairman Sami Al-Nesif, reported that Kuwait Airways is buying five A330-200 aircraft from India’s Jet Airways. According to Mr. Al-Nesif, Kuwait Airways wanted to take 11 jets from its old fleet of 17 out of service and use the Jet Airways’ aircraft as a stop gap measure till its order of new Airbus aircraft commence …

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InterGlobe and CAE inaugurate India’s largest pilot training facility

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

by Devesh Agarwal Rahul Bhatia, InterGlobe, Marc Parent, CAE InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, and CAE, a global leader in flight simulators and training, inaugurated India’s largest pilot training facility in India. Located in Greater Noida, in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Centre, CAE Simulation Training Private Limited (CSTPL), is a joint venture …

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Air Tahiti receives its first ATR42-600

Air Tahiti has taken delivery of its first ATR42-600 in a bid to modernize its fleet. The aircraft is part of the firm order for three ordered in August 2010. The airline has also placed an order for four ATR 72-600s). All the aircraft will be shipped over the next three years. Air Tahiti will introduce the aircraft on the …

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Etihad Airways orders CFM LEAP engine for its A321neo

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term services agreement. To support the new fleet, Etihad has signed a 15-year Rate per Flight …

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Qatar Airways Cargo order five new Airbus A330-200F freighters

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make the deal potentially …

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Jetihad is born. Jet Airways completes 24% stake sale to Etihad Airways

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Mumbai-based Jet Airways today announced that they have closed the transaction of a 24% equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. In a release they said “All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12th, 2013. Jet Airways has, on November 20th, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face …

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Lufthansa places CFM56-5B engine order for Airbus A320ceo

Deutsche Lufthansa has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 30 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. The agreement is valued at more than $610 million U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was announced in June of this year. Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Fleet Management for Lufthansa Group said: “Our choice of the CFM56-5B engine is a …

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AirAsia X to commence flights to Nagoya

AirAsia X Berhad, the long haul affiliate of the AirAsia Group, announced the launch of its third destination in Japan; Nagoya. AirAsia X will commence its first flight into Chubu Centrair International Airport from Kuala Lumpur beginning 17 March, 2014. AirAsia X will commence four weekly flights into Nagoya, Japan. The airline currently operates daily flights to Tokyo (Haneda) and …

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Boeing, flydubai announce historic single-aisle agreement

Boeing and flydubai announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s at the Dubai Airshow. The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai, valued at $11.4 billion at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), is the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East. flydubai operates an all-Boeing …

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Jet Airways and Garuda Indonesia sign code share agreement

Jet Airways and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia have concluded a code share agreement for connectivity between India and Indonesia.Under the arrangement, using Singapore as a hub, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Garuda Indonesia’s flights between Singapore and Jakarta and Garuda will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ flights between Singapore and Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. …

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Emirates to implement Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) Service

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Emirates Airline has signed an agreement to implement a structured trial of the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service which is expected to lead to a wider implementation thereafter. The AMI service, continuously ensures the automatic replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.The AMI automated inventory management solution supports Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By …

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Jet Airways offers special airfare discount for Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit in New Delhi

Jet Airways is offering a special discount on domestic airfares to attendees of the Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit to be held in New Delhi on December 14 and 15. The airline will extend a 5% discount on the base fare and fuel surcharge. Use the discount code “JETRSA2013” when making the booking on the Jet Airways website. Other terms …

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IndiGo adds Bagdogra as a destination. New Ahmedabad Mumbai Guwahati flight.

India’s largest domestic airline is adding Bagdogra as its 30th domestic destination from December 1, 2013. With its 71st A320 joining the fleet, IndiGo will operate 448 daily flights to 30 domestic and five international destinations. Flight 6E-434 commences an almost 12 hour duty cycle at 05:45 starting at Ahmedabad to Mumbai to Guwahati to Bagdogra to Kolkata to Bangalore. …

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Etihad orders 87 Airbus aircraft

Etihad Airways, of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a firm order on European airframer Airbus S.A.S. for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo aircraft and one A330-200F freighter worth $26.9 billion at list prices. The contract was signed yesterday at the 2013 Dubai Airshow by James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The Airbus A350 …

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Pegasus Airlines seals $4.3 billion engine deal with CFM

By BA Staff Pegasus Airlines has finalized its order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its 100 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft on order. The agreement is valued at approximately $4.3 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term service agreement. Under the terms of the 20-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) maintenance agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance …

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Lufthansa $19 billion order launches Boeing 777-9X. Carrier also orders 25 Airbus A350-900

German carrier also orders 25 Airbus A350-900 XWBs by Devesh Agarwal The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, at its meeting yesterday, has approved the purchase of 59 ultra-modern aircraft for the Group, comprising of 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s worth EUR 14 billion (approx $19 billion) at list prices, the largest ever jet order. Computer generated image …

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Bangalore airport shut down as IndiGo flight veers off runway

by Devesh Agarwal IndiGo Airbus A320 VT-IGV at Bengaluru International Airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal. Used with permission. At approximately 20:10 (14:40Z), an IndiGo Airbus A320-232 registration VT-IGV performing flight 6E-125 from New Delhi to Bangalore, with 110 passengers and six crew (two pilots, four cabin crew), veered off the runway 27 while attempting to land at Bengaluru International Airport …

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Japan ‘bans’ Air India’s Dreamliners

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.

Japanese government irritated by Air India’s inefficiency About three weeks ago I wrote debunking the myth being created by the Air India management and their political bosses about the fuel efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft being the saviour of the beleaguered national carrier. Read the Op-Ed piece here. In June no less than the Indian civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh, …

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