Thursday , 11 August 2022

Miscellaneous

United announces Delhi to San Francisco flight

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

United Airlines has announced a number of new routes from its hub in San Francisco. The airline will begin flights to: New Delhi, India (daily) Amsterdam, Netherlands (daily) Melbourne, Australia (3x weekly) Seoul Incheon (Adding second daily frequency) Toronto, Canada (2x daily) Tahiti, French Polynesia (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Auckland, New Zealand (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Non-stop San Francisco to …

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Spicejet to add 14 flights from Bangalore, Hyderabad to Kochi, Port Blair, Kolkata and more

Low cost carrier Spicejet is adding eight new direct flights from Hyderabad to Kolkata, Pune and Coimbatore. The airline will operate these flights daily commencing on 1st January 2019. Flight No. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency SG 749 Hyderabad Kolkata 7:15 am 9:25 am Daily SG 750 Kolkata Hyderabad 9:55 am 12:05 pm Daily SG 751 Hyderabad Kolkata 4:45 pm …

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Singapore Airlines to add second flight to Bangalore with an A350

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines will add a second flight to Bangalore from 17 May 2019. The airline will operate the second flight with its regionally configured Airbus A350-900 three times a week. The airline currently operates a daily flight with a Boeing 777-200ER. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA Frequency Existing 777 Service SQ502 Singapore Bangalore 2005 2150 Daily SQ503 Bangalore Singapore …

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Airbus delivers the first A330neo to TAP

TAP Air Portugal has become the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A330neo. The aircraft an A330-900neo was the first of a 21 aircraft order placed by the Portuguese carrier. The aircraft which is leased from Avalon features 298 seats configured in a three-class layout with 34 business, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats. It is …

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Route transfers between Scoot, SilkAir, and Singapore Airlines to affect India

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is re-jigging routes between its low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which took over TigerAir, and its regional subsidiary SilkAir, as the latter mergers into it. A number of destinations in India are affected. Between April 2019 and end 2020, Scoot will take over some of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, and also transfer some routes or services …

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Jeju Air signs deal for 50 737 MAX

Korean low cost carrier Jeju Air has placed an order for 40 737 MAX 8 airplanes with options for 10 additional aircraft. The order including options is valued at $5.9 billion at list prices. The aircraft will be delivered between 2022 and 2026. The airline which began operations in 2005 as Korea’s first LCC operates an all Boeing fleet of …

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Video: Vigin Orbit completes first flight with launcher rocket

The LauncherOne pod mounted to VirginOrbit's Cosmic Girl.

Virgin Orbit completed the first test flight of it’s modified Boeing 747-400 carrying the 70 foot long LauncherOne rocket. Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company is proving the feasibility of using the modified 747 to launch its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket. The company uses the fifth engine pod mount built in on the 747 to carry the rocket. The aircraft is …

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GE retires it’s 747-100 testbed, world’s oldest active 747

Engine manufacturer General Electric (GE) has completed the final flight of it’s original 747-100 flying testbed. The aircraft N747GE was the oldest active 747 in the world. It was the 25th 747 to roll off the line in October 1969 and was delivered to PanAm in March 1970 as Clipper Ocean Spray. GE acquired the aircraft in 1992 when it …

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Burundi blocks an international flight over ‘No’ business class

In an incredulous move, it is being reported that the government of Burundi has blocked an Kenyan low cost carrier from flying to their country because their aircrafts are not equipped with a business class. Jambojet is the low-cost subsidiary of Kenya Airways – the flag carrier of Kenya. The airline operates regional flights with a fleet of five Bombardier …

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GoAir to begin flights to Phuket and Male from Bangalore

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Low cost carrier GoAir has announced that it will begin flights from Bangalore to Phuket and Male from 9th December 2018. The airline recently began it’s international operations with flights to the two destinations from Mumbai and Delhi. GoAir will operate flights from Bangalore three times a week to Phuket and twice weekly to Male. The airline has announced introductory …

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Jet Airways announces three new routes. Adds 10 additional frequencies

VT-JAX Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8. Image copyrighted. Do not reproduce.

Jet Airways has announced three new from Bangalore, Vadodara, Delhi and Coimbatore. The airline is launching daily flights between Bangalore and Vadodara, Delhi and Vadodara and Delhi and Coimbatore. Timetable of Jet Airways’s new routes Sector Flight No. Starting from Days of Operation STD STA Vadodara – Bengaluru 9W 319 28th October Daily 20:35 22:35 Bengaluru -Vadodara 9W 320 28th …

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Jet Airways to begin Pune – Singapore flights, increases Delhi – Singapore

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Full service carrier Jet Airways will begin flights from Pune to Singapore from 1st December 2018. This will be the airline’s fourth destination to Singapore after Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. (Read our review of Jet Airways’ Bangalore – Singapore flight.) Jet Airways’ Timetable from Pune to Singapore Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA 9W22 Pune Singapore 05.10 13.15 9W21 Singapore …

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Video: KLM 747-400 hits a cargo loader

Last week a Boeing 747-400 of KLM hit a cargo loader while being towed to a bay at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport. The aircraft hit an unattended cargo loader with it’s number four (outer right hand) engine. The engine appeared in photos to have sustained substantial damage. The aircraft has been identified as PH-BFN a 25 year old Boeing 747-400 having …

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Indigo to begin Bangalore – Hong Kong flights

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Low cost carrier IndiGo has announced that it will begin flights from Bangalore to Hong Kong from 11 December 2018. Hong Kong will be the 15th international destination for the carrier. Time table for Indigo’s Bangalore – Hong Kong flights Flight No. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Effective Date Frequency 6E 1771 Bengaluru Hong Kong 04:45 12:45 11-Dec-18 Tuesdays 6E 1772 …

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Air Italy delays and scales down India launch

Air Italy is an Italian airline in which Qatar airways has a major stake. Qatar bought a 49% stake in the airline which was formerly Meridiana and rebranded it earlier this year. The middle eastern carrier intendeds to use Air Italy to bolster it’s operations to the US and in Europe. The airline is also undergoing a rapid expansion of …

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Air India to begin Bangalore – London flight, cancels London – Newark

Air India will begin thrice a week flights from Bangalore to London Heathrow from 17th November 2018. The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 which features the airline’s newest cabin product. With this flight Bangalore will be the fourth destination from which Air India flies to London after Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Read our review of Air India’s …

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Video: Two Antonov aircraft collide on runway at Khartoum Airport

AirLive.net is reporting that an Antonov An-30 and An-32 have been destroyed in a ground collision on the runway at Khartoum International Airport, Sudan. In the video it appears that at around 10.10 today morning, The An-32 was landing on the runway while the other aircraft was on the same runway at a slower speed. There is currently no information …

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IATA chief: Improve airside infrastructure remove obstacles for aviation growth

Domestic ramp at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji airport. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Bangalore Aviation readers will recall our article last year highlighting the poor growth of air-side infrastructure at Indian airports. This morning, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, called on the Indian government to address, on priority, infrastructure constraints that limit growth and government policies that impose excessive costs on aviation. IATA …

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GoAir starts international operations with flights to Phuket and Maldives

GoAir's first Airbus A320neo VT-WGA MSN7047 takes-off at Toulouse airport.

Low cost carrier GoAir will begin its first international operations with flights from its Mumbai and New Delhi hubs to the popular holiday destinations of Phuket in Thailand and Male in the Maldives. The first inaugural flight of GoAir will be from Delhi to Phuket on October 11, 2018 and the first flight to the Maldives will be from Mumbai …

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Air Lease Corporation order 78 Boeing aircraft #FIA18

Leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced on day two of the 2018 Farnborough Airshow orders and commitments for 75 737 MAX 8s and three 787-9 Dreamliners. The order is valued at $9.6 billion at current list prices. The three 787-9s and the first 20 737 MAX airplanes of the order are firm purchases. The subsequent 55 737 MAX …

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