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Flight review: Air India: economy class: Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Bangalore to Delhi

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.

I looked forward to my first Dreamliner flight with considerable excitement, and with some trepidation, since I gave up flying Air India in 1997. Made the booking via the Expedia website. An okay experience, but given a choice, I would make the booking directly on Air India website. Air India AI505. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANI October 24, 2012 (Dussera Day). …

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Analysis – Jet Airways decision to axe Chennai-Brussels and add Bangalore-Munich is viable

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

It has been almost a month since India’s largest airline Jet Airways announced that it was cancelling its flights between Chennai (India’s third largest city) and its once robust scissors hub in Brussels, and I still am having trouble fully understanding the impetus behind the decision, though I do believe that there is a scenario where the move(s) made by …

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Hooray for the courts. Drunk IndiGo passenger gets life term for hijack threat

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

Early in February 2009, Bangalore Aviation had advocated a strong “zero tolerance” approach to drunk passengers in Indian skies, specifically citing the case of Jitendra Kumar Mohla, a Chartered Accountant, and son of a former Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force, who boarded an IndiGo flight 6E-334 from Goa to New Delhi, in a drunk condition. Today, we are …

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Air France-KLM, Etihad, airberlin enter in to a code share agreement

The Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways, and airberlin will implement code-share agreements as of October 28, 2012, which will offer their respective customers more destinations. Air France, KLM, and Etihad code-shares On the routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways customers will be able to fly on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi daily flight operated by KLM. Air France customers will …

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Vijay Mallya shifts ownership of his Airbus A319 private jet VT-VJM away from Kingfisher Airlines

In what could be a move to protect his personal toys, UB Group has transferred the operational ownership of the ultra-luxurious Airbus A319-133ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) used by Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya out of Kingfisher Airlines. In its previous avatar, VT-VJM used to sport a tail with the Kingfisher Airlines logo and used to operate with the radio call …

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In-flight review: Lufthansa new Business Class: Boeing 747-8i and Airbus A330-300: Mumbai Munich

Lufthansa new business class cabin

Following an excellent trip in India, I started off on my return flight to the US. I got to Mumbai Airport around 22:20 (10:20pm) for my flight to Munich at 01:07. Mumbai airport – A series of bottlenecks Right now Mumbai Airport is in a bit of a transition phase as they construct the new integrated terminal so I suppose …

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Lufthansa commences Boeing 747-8i service to Delhi, first Asian destination. Bangalore in September?

After unsuccessfully trying for almost two years to be the first airline to operate the Airbus A380 superjumbo to India, German carrier Lufthansa, is doing one better, and bringing to its second largest international market, its latest aircraft, the newest avatar of the venerable Boeing 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental or B748i in short. From Monday, the nation’s capital Delhi, will …

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Photos and Videos: Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner cabin interiors revealed

At the India Aviation 2012 show in Hyderabad, Boeing finally unveiled the interiors of its 787-8 Dreamliner meant for delivery to Air India today. Bangalore Aviation was one of the first publications to be invited on board the long awaited aircraft. Line Number 35, test registered N1015B, which when delivered to Air India will become VT-ANH. This video is a …

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Video and photos: Lufthansa’s new full flat bed business class aboard its Boeing 747-8i coming to India

German carrier Lufthansa finally revealed its new full flat business class cabin which will be on its new Boeing 747-8i aircraft which are expected to be deployed on the New Delhi and Bangalore routes later this year, thus bringing to Bangalore, at least, the most modern business class cabin in the skies. Click on any image for a high resolution …

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Qatar Airway’s CEO Al Baker throws tantrum at Dubai air show

Airbus A350 XWB is special Qatar Airways Launch Customer livery

The recently concluded Dubai Airshow on November 15th, became the Akbar Al Baker public tantrum show. The capricious boss of Qatar Airways is known for his mercurial temper, and public berating of airframe manufacturers. At the Paris 2009 air show, it was Boeing that was at the receiving end of his verbal broadsides. At this moment, in Dubai, Boeing is …

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RyanAir planning to show XXX on-board? Another Erin Andrews incident in the making?

Erin Andrews for Reebok. Photo courtesy Reebok. Passengers of RyanAir may encounter sex scenes similar to the one alleged to Keith Clinkscales and Erin Andrews, or the famous sexual romp on-board Kingfisher Airlines, if Michael O’Leary, the irrepressible chief of the low cost carrier has his way. Mr. O’Leary says the airline is planning to show porn on board its …

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Q1 Financial Analysis for Jet Airways

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Continuing the series of financial analyses of India’s airlines, today we take a look at Q1 for Jet Airways. JetLite will be covered in a separate post, as will overall analysis of the Indian market. Previous Analyses: (Kingfisher, SpiceJet) Surprisingly enough, Jet Airways, often considered the most stable of India’s 3 full service carriers, slid to a pretax loss of …

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American Airlines announces largest aircraft order in aviation history. Tops IndiGo and AirAsia

AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR), the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, today announced the largest order in aviation history of 460 narrow-body single aisle jet aircraft with another 465 on option. This tops the recent record setting orders of 180 Airbus A320 family aircraft by India’s IndiGo, and 200 A320neo aircraft by Malaysia’s AirAsia. The deliveries will commence …

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Lufthansa increases check-in baggage allowance, introduces piece concept on all routes

German airline Lufthansa is simplifying and harmonising its check-in free baggage allowance policy, adopting the piece concept on all its flights globally. The new rules bring Lufthansa in sync with its North American Star Alliance partners who also follow a piece concept on all their flights. Currently, the piece concept applies to all flights to/from North America across airlines. To …

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IndiGo and Airbus ink largest ever large jet order – an analysis

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

In 2005, Gurgaon, India based low fare carrier IndiGo stunned the Indian civil aviation world by signing an order for 100 Airbus A320 aircraft. On Wednesday, the airline stunned the global aviation aviation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with airframer Airbus S.A.S. for the largest ever large jet order. IndiGo which is owned by InterGlobe Aviation Pvt. Ltd., will …

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