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US-Bangla Q400 crashes at Kathmandu airport

A Bombardier Q400 of Bangladeshi carrier US-Bangla has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal. The aircraft reportedly veered off the runway on landing at the airport. The aircraft has been identified in local media as S2-AGU operating flight BS211. However this has not been officially confirmed. #BREAKING #Nepal: A US-Bangla airlines aircraft has crashed in the eastern side …

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CFM adds LEAP-1A/B capability to Hyderabad training center

The CFM Leap 1B on the MAX 8.

Engine manufacturer CFM has expanded the capability of it’s Hyderabad training center to include both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. The training center provides courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection. The LEAP-1A entered service in India with Air India in February 2017. The engine now powers 15 Air India and five Vistara A320neos. The LEAP-1B will enter service in …

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Indigo introduces seven new ATR flights

IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-600 VT-IYA.

Low cost carrier Indigo is launching seven new flights with it’s ATR 72 fleet. The airline will begin operates flights to Mangalore and Nagpur from Hyderabad and to Mangalore from Chennai. Read our review of Indigo’s ATR 72-600. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, spokesperson, Indigo “At IndiGo, we are continuously striving to expand deeper into the heartland with our new ATR fleet operations. …

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Jet Airways to commence second Bangalore Singapore flight in March

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

India’s leading private international airline, Jet Airways, will commence a second flight on the Bangalore Singapore route effective March 25, the start of the Summer 2018 schedule. The new flight will be an overnight red-eye flight with a morning return and will complement the existing day flight on the same route. Jet will use a two class Boeing 737-800 narrow …

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Airbus A380 rescue. Emirates orders 36 additional superjumbos for $16B

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

The struggling Airbus A380 superjumbo program was just handed a lifeline by its largest operator, Dubai-based Emirates Airline. The Gulf behemoth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The firm commitment is for 20 A380s with options for an 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020. From the first A380 delivery …

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Indigo Partners places record breaking Airbus order

American equity firm Indigo Partners’ has placed an additional order for 430 A320neo family aircraft for it’s four portfolio airlines. The aircraft will be allocated among the ultra low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The deal which is valued at $49.5 billion at current list prices, is the largest single order in …

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Etihad Airways to suspend Abu Dhabi Dallas-Fort Worth flights

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

Etihad Airways will suspend its Abu Dhabi – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) flight effective March 25 2018 which be the end of the Winter schedule. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates claimed the route will become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with Etihad. American Airlines had on June 29th, served notice to …

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Airlines implement ‘enhanced security’ for USA flights

Five international airlines have begun implementing new ‘enhanced security’ measures for their US bound flights which includes ‘enhanced screening’ of personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone. Air France, Lufthansa Group (including SWISS, Austrian and Brussels), Cathay Pacific, Emirates and EgyptAir have also introduced a security questioning process which ranges from filling a questionnaire to questioning by airline staff. …

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First Chinese assembled Airbus A320neo delivered to AirAsia

Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia has received the first A320neo aircraft assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The airframe is registered 9M-AGK. The Chinese line inaugurated in 2008, became the third final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus for single-aisle aircraft. Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany are the other two. Airbus has assembled and delivered …

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India and Australia remove immigration departure cards from July 1

Immigration counters at New Delhi IGI airport. Picture courtesy Wikipedia.

Purely as a coincidence, India and Australia will both remove the immigration departure cards effective July 1. India used to require its citizens to fill up the card for all international departures. Foreign citizens were exempt. In case of Australia all passengers had to fill up the card. The India requirement for foreigners, including Persons of India Origin (PIO) and …

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Jet Airways adds third Mumbai London Heathrow flight. Good USA connections.

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

India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways has announced a third flight on the strategic Mumbai London Heathrow route, starting from the winter schedule which commences October 29th. Flight schedule 9W116 departs Mumbai at 09:05 and arrives London Heathrow 13:35. 9W115 departs London Heathrow at 15:30 and arrives Mumbai 05:55 the next morning. The flight will be operated by a three …

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IndiGo to launch Bangalore Singapore on June 30, with great fares

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

India’s largest domestic airline and low cost carrier IndiGo will launch its Bangalore Singapore direct non-stop flight on June 30th. This will be the second international flight for the carrier originating from Bangalore. It operates a flight to Dubai. The Singapore flight comes close on the heels of full service carrier Jet Airways successfully commencing flights on the Bangalore Singapore …

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Lufthansa upgrades both India Munich routes to newest gen Airbus A350-900

Lufthansa A350-900. Image courtesy airline.

German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has commenced operations on the Mumbai Munich route using the newest aircraft in the world today, the Airbus A350-900 XWB (Xtra Wide Body). With this, Lufthansa is operating the modern airliner on both its India routes. It had commenced A350-900 operations on the Munich New Delhi Munich route in February. Munich is the primary hub …

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DGCAs new regressive policy on callsigns

Qatar Airways Airbus A319LR cockpit

The DGCA has put out a circular with guidelines on avoiding confusing call-signs by operators. Presumably this comes about after a handful of incidents where callsigns were confused. However, this move by the regulator that fails to address the real issue. Full document may be accessed at: Thoroughly confusing and impractical guildelines The guidelines have a bullet list of provisions. Who is …

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Air India to launch New Delhi Washington DC non-stop in July

Air India Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALE at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal

National carrier Air India will operate a non-stop ‘capital’s flight‘ between New Delhi and Washington DC Dulles (IAD) starting from July 7th. The thrice-weekly flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three class configuration with eight first, 35 business and 195 economy class seats. Washington Dulles will be the airline’s fifth non-stop destination in the United …

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