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Air India fleet plan calls for sale-leaseback of 787

Earlier this week, Air India, the beleaguered Indian national carrier, announced that it would be utilizing a sale-leaseback arrangement to evade the divisive lawsuit filed by the Air Transport Association (ATA), a US airline lobby group, over Us $ 3.4 billion worth of financing for the carrier’s order of 27 Boeing 787 and 3 777-300ER widebody jets. The lawsuit from …

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Opinion: Air India should should take all ordered Boeing 787 Dreamliners

By Vinay Bhaskara and Devesh Agarwal Last week, media reported that the board of Air India’s board had recommended the ailing national carrier cut its order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the original ordered 27 aircraft down to 12 Air India aircraft at Mumbai CSI airport Last month, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) published a scathing financial audit of …

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China Eastern cancels Boeing 787 Dreamliner order, goes with Airbus A330s

On October 17, China Eastern Airlines announced that it would be converting its order for 24 Boeing 787s into an order for 45 Boeing 737 narrowbodies, citing extended delivery delays for the 787 program. Additionally, the carrier announced an order for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft, while simultaneously selling its 5 Airbus A340-300s back to Airbus. China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200. …

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Finally!!! Boeing delivers first Boeing 747-8F freighter to Cargolux. Second today.

by Vinay Bhaskara On 12th October, Boeing finally delivered the first new generation Boeing 747-8F freighter to Cargolux, ending a three week dispute with the carrier over compensation for the aircraft. The aircraft bears registration number LC-VCB. Click on image for a high resolution view Cargolux was seeking additional compensation due to performance shortfalls of the 747-8F with regards to …

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Indian and global commercial aviation news briefing: September 28th

by Devesh Agarwal India top news SpiceJet passenger loads on Q400 flights exceeding expectations within a week of commencing serviceSources inside the airline have told Bangalore Aviation that the passenger load factors on their Q400 operations have smashed the airline’s expectations within the first week of travel itself. On almost all routes, the passenger load factors are exceeding the break-even …

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Delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways in a few hours time

Yes, it is three years late, but finally, the tires have been kicked, ANA’s team from the ground to the flight crews have checked out the plane, and the payment has been made. Boeing and launch operator All Nippon Airways (ANA), have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner ZA101, registration (tail) number JA801A. …

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Podcast: Air India’s 787 plight, Is Kingfisher bankrupt?, SpiceJet’s Q400 delivery experience

The team of Vinay Bhaskara, Addison Schonland and Devesh Agarwal bring you another edition of the India aviation review podcast. In this edition we feature the dilemma faced by a bankrupt Air India and its 27 787 Dreamliner order. There is no doubt that the airline needs a good mid-sized aircraft, but it is out of money. Is the national …

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Podcast: AirAsia Malaysia Airlines stock swap, Star’s India misfire, Air India’s 787 Dreamliner

Another edition of the Asian air scene podcast featuring Addison Schonland, Vinay Bhaskara and Devesh Agarwal. We covered the share swap between AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines and what benefits would it offer and what would it take away. In the India scene we covered the suspension of the application of national carrier Air India and the reported fait accompli presented …

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Photo: Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 N787EX arrives on maiden India trip

Boeing brought its 787 Dreamliner ZA002 test registration N787EX in to India’s capital New Delhi earlier today. Fellow plane spotter Uday Krishna captured this photo and has graciously agreed to share it with Bangalore Aviation. Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 N787EX on finals to runway 11 Delhi airport. Click on image for a larger view This photo courtesy of the airport …

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Breaking news!!! Boeing announces delivery of Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner

Boeing India president Dr. Dinesh Keskar has announced that Boeing will deliver Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner in the fourth quarter (between October and December) 2011. The plane carries a registration VT-ANA. Pictures available here. The US airframer has been facing criticism from airlines across the world for years of delay. The launch customer, Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Air India …

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Video: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off – almost

The test pilots at Boeing completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner ZA001 earlier today. During the testing, the pilots lifted the nose gear from the pavement as the airplane reached a top speed of approximately 130 knots (150 mph, 240 kmph), and could have so easily carried on, off the ground. Thanks to aviation enthusiast Liz Matzelle …

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Boeing completes 787 Dreamliner static test review and final gauntlet testing

Boeing has completed the review and analysis of the static test that was conducted November 30 to validate the side-of-body modification made to the 787 Dreamliner. Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program confirmed that the static test review as well as final gauntlet testing has been completed satisfactorily. “I am happy to report that the …

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