Miscellaneous

Photo: Indian Navy’s fourth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft arrives

Indian Navy fourth Boeing P-8I tail number IN323 arrives at INS Rajali naval air station Arokkonam. Boeing photo.

The Indian Navy received the fourth of its ordered eight Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Tail number IN323 has arrived at INS Rajali also known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. (Map). IN323 joins three of her sisters currently undergoing operational evaluation at the air base. The P-8I is the Indian Navy …

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Videos of Asiana Airlines’ new A380 – from production to delivery

Asiana Airlines first Airbus A380 HL7625. Photo copyright Airbus S.A.S.

Airbus delivered to Korea’s Asiana Airlines the airline’s first A380 superjumbo yesterday. We present a series of five videos for your enjoyment on this aircraft registration HL7625. Above is the “best of” video highlighting the special delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France which included a performance by two young Korean musicians living in France, along with a dance presentation symbolising the …

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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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Airports get proactive following Saudi and UAE virus outbreak

A report in the the Mint news paper is highlighting precautions being taken at Indian airports to address the threat of new virus that is spreading across the middle-east and gulf regions. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been reported primarily from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, two areas where there is a significant Indian diaspora, …

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Post #MH370, Inmarsat to provide free airline tracking service

In the aftermath of Malaysia Airlines MH370, Bangalore Aviation salutes the initiative of Inmarsat plc on their proposal provide a global airline tracking service free of cost. The global satellite and communications major, has proposed to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) a free global airline tracking service over the Inmarsat network. This service is offered to all 11,000 commercial …

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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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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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India’s DGCA permits use of cell phones on-board flights

Following the example set by fellow aviation regulators the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), India’s civil aviation regulator, The Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its CAR (Civil Aviation Requirement) Section 5 Series X Part I permitting the usage of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) including cellular telephones. During a meeting with the DGCA …

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Vasuki Prasad, the flying engineer, joins Bangalore Aviation

We are pleased and proud to announce, Vasuki Prasad, who writes as “The Flying Engineer”, will be a regular contributor to Bangalore Aviation, specifically focussing on the technical side of aviation. Starting next week, Vasuki will write a weekly column called “Tech Tuesdays” which will focus on the technical side of aviation, but with reduced complexity for the benefit of …

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Boeing delivers 8,000th 737 to original customer, United

Showcasing a relationship going back almost 50 years, US airframer Boeing has delivered to United Airlines the 8,000th Boeing 737 to come off their production lines. United Airlines was the first airline to order, and take delivery of the 737, way back in 1965. Since then it has operated the 737-200, -300, -500, -700, -800 and -900. United had phased …

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FAA returns Philippines to category 1 status

FAA Logo

Even as India languishes in the category 2 status, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country was downgraded to a Category 2 status in January 2008 which …

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Kenya Airways takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner

Kenya Airways has taken delivery of their first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane registered 5Y-KZA departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) non-stop flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at Nairobi, the hub of the airline. The airline has an additional eight 787 Dreamliners on order. Kenya Airways is undertaking “Project Mawingu” which focuses on increasing …

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Singapore Airlines first to start A380 service to India

Singapore Airlines has confirmed it will be the first airline to commence scheduled services of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, to India. The surprise announcement beats out Dubai-based Emirates airline, the largest foreign carrier in India, and coincidentally, the world’s largest A380 operator, which was widely expected to be the first to commence the super-jumbo’s flights to …

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Photo: Boeing-Ryanair special hybrid livery 737-800

Ryanair_Boeing 737-800WL in special hybrid livery.

Boeing showed its gratitude for one of its longest and largest 737 customers, Ireland’s Ryanair, with a special, new, co-branded livery on the airline’s most recently delivered Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane features the distinctive blue Boeing livery on most of the fuselage, with the airframer’s name near the front. The distinctive Ryanair golden harp logo is on the tail, as …

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Photos: AirAsia India’s first A320 with sharklets

AirAsia India first Airbus A320 with Sharklets VT-ATF

AirAsia India’s first aircraft, an A320 with sharklets, registration VT-ATF, has arrived in India. The airline will take delivery of an additional nine aircraft. AirAsia India has not placed a separate order, and instead will draw its fleet from the 475 A320 family aircraft already on order by the parent AirAsia Group. All AirAsia India A320s are powered by CFM …

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TAM Airlines and US Airways join oneworld alliance. Srilankan Airlines next in line.

TAM Airlines A320 in special oneworld livery

In its biggest expansion since its launch 15 years ago, the oneworld alliance sat the joining of TAM Airlines and US Airways on March 31. Its a double whammy, since both the airlines were leading members of the Star alliance till the switched over. US Airways’ regional affiliates, operating as US Airways Express, also transitioned to oneworld, following US Airways’ …

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