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Aviation trivia: Launch customers of Airbus aircraft

Airbus Plant Visit.

This second article in our launch customer series will be on the launch customers of all Airbus aircraft. We have also included the predicted launch customers of some aircraft in this list. Airbus A300 Family A300B2-100 Air France A300B2-200 South African Airways A300B4-100 Germanair A300B4-200 Hapag-Lloyd Flug A300B4-200FF Garuda Indonesia A300C4 South African Airways A300-600 Saudi Arabian Airlines A300-600R American …

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Inflight review: Etihad Business Class: Airbus A340-600: Bangalore-Mumbai-Abu Dhabi

Etihad A340-600 A6-EHJ featuring the Formula 1 livery.

I had to make a short-notice business trip to Dubai in early November 2014. For the week I needed to travel, I found airfares on most carriers extremely high. This included the only non-stop airline between Bangalore and Dubai, Emirates. On shopping for better fares, I came across a good fare on the UAE’s other national carrier, Etihad which flies …

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Airbus corporate foundation coordinates relief aid to the Philippines

An Airbus A340-300 test flight aircraft left Lyon, France at 7:45 Nov. 15, for Cebu, Philippines with 28 logistics and emergency rescue specialists on board plus nearly 30 tonnes of water purification equipment and energy biscuits, destined for the victims of the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines. This relief mission has been jointly organised with Action Contre la Faim (ACF). …

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Analysis: Emirates to launch Kabul continues trend of contrarian A340-500 utilization

by Vinay Bhaskara MEB3 carrier Emirates is launching daily nonstop services to Kabul, its first Afghan destination, from 4th December, 2013. The route will be served using 258 seat Airbus A340-500 aircraft in a 3-class configuration (12F / 42J / 204Y).Flight Schedules for the new route are as follows: Route Depart Arrive Duration Aircraft Dubai – Kabul 0955 1315 2:50 …

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Analysis: SriLankan Airlines to grow its Indian operations

by Vinay Bhaskara According to a report from the Press Trust of India, newly minted oneworld alliance member SriLankan Airlines is eyeing an expansion of its Indian operations by adding 12 new weekly flights to tap into its burgeoning hub at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport. SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe had this to say about Sri Lankan’s plans We have not …

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Analysis: Qatar Airways to Philadelphia — Etihad upgrades New York JFK

Major route announcements came from 2 Middle Eastern carriers yesterday, with Qatar Airways announcing plans to start new services to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (as well as Addis Ababa and Clark in the Philippines) and newly minted Jet Airways partner Etihad Airways revealing an up-gauge in capacity on its daily Abu Dhabi-New York JFK services to a Boeing 777-300ER. For Qatar …

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Timeline and Fleet Matrix of Turkish Airlines expansion

by Vinay Bhaskara Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines has been pursuing a strategy of rapid fleet and destination growth over the past few years. Already, they are the airline which serves the most countries in the world, and  they have already announced plans to start 41 new destinations over the next two years. The following table details Turkish Airlines’ expansion plans over the …

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Airbus ends A340 era, selling last two aircraft, defaulted by Kingfisher Airlines

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. announced the sale of the last two A340-500 aircraft in its inventory, marking an end of the longest range model of its portfolio. AJW Capital Partners Limited, a worldwide aviation services group based in the UK, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of two Airbus A340-500s aircraft. With this order AJW Capital becomes the …

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Details of Cathay Pacific’s new Premium Economy and Economy class seats

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways has released details of its new premium economy class and economy class seats which will be progressively introduced on its long-haul flights from March 2012 for operational commencement from April 2012 onwards. Unfortunately the carrier is not releasing pictures of the new cabin till next year. With the carrier intending a clear differentiation between …

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The end of an era: Airbus officially removes Kingfisher A340-500s from its order book

A news report from the Dow Jones yesterday stated that Airbus had finally removed the Airbus A340-500 that were once ordered by Kingfisher. Airbus has officially taken (06-Dec-2011) Kingfisher Airlines’ two A340-500s off its order book. The carrier, as previously reported, was expected to cancel the two orders after Airbus announced last month it was abandoning production of the aircraft …

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Trip Report: Lufthansa to Switzerland- Part 2

by Vinay Bhaskara Earlier this year, I took a trip to Switzerland on Lufthansa. The first part of this trip report was published during my time at FlyerTalk’s The Gate blog, so this part covers the return trip (a review of the lounges at both Zurich Kloten and Frankfurt will be published at a later date). As I mentioned in …

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Kingfisher Airlines continues to present Airbus A340-500 models — this time to Ranbir Kapoor

A little tongue in cheek humour as we enter the Easter weekend.As previously announced, Kingfisher Airlines launched its Delhi – London Heathrow flights on March 28th. At the ceremony the guest of honour was famous Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Along with the press release one picture caught my eye. Kingfisher’s head of sales Mr. Vijay Arora presented what appears to …

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EASA proposes Airworthiness Directive on Airbus A330/A340 Thales pitot probes

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a Proposal for an Airworthiness Directive (PAD) requiring all Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft currently equipped with Thales pitot probes should be equipped with Goodrich pitot probes on position 1 (Captain) and 3 (Standby) instead, while pitot probe 2 (first officer) should be upgraded to the enhanced Thales pitot probe type BA …

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Boeing and Airbus: 40 years of rivalry and one-upmanship – Part two

Continuing the story on the forty year old rivalry between Airbus and Boeing from yesterday, we pick up the rivalry from the mid 1980s till date. Following the success of the A320, Airbus next introduced the four engined A340 and twin-engine A330 mid-sized aircraft in 1987. While the A340 was designed to compete in the long distance over-water intercontinental routes, …

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Kingfisher Airlines re-aligns international operations and fleet to contain losses

The financial woes at Kingfisher Airlines continue. Despite carrying the maximum number of domestic passengers, over dues are piling up. In some cases cheques issued by the airline are bouncing, salary and other cost cutting measures are making employees like pilots leave the airline to join competitors. This photo from Digital Airliners on Flickr encapsulates the three stages of Kingfisher’s …

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ATSB report and images of Emirates A340 tail-strike incident in Melbourne

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released it’s preliminary report along with detailed images and simulations in the tail strike incident of the Emirates Airlines A340-500 A6-ERG at Melbourne on March 20, 2009. The jet with 257 passengers, 14 cabin crew and 4 flight crew on-board narrowly avoided disaster as its pilots struggled to take off from the end of …

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Trivia answer: The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight?

Firstly, many thanks to all the Bangalore Aviation readers who participated in last week’s trivia question – Which is the longest scheduled commercial airline flight ? For the purpose of definition I placed four criteria for an ultra long-haul non-stop flight: Operated by a commercial airliner with a definite schedule No intermediate stop-over point within its scheduled duration More than …

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Emirates Airbus A340 runs off, damages, and disables runway at Melbourne

An Emirates Airlines Airbus A340-500, Emirates Airlines Airbus A340-500, registration A6-ERG performing flight EK407 from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with 225 people on board, damaged and decommissioned the main runway at Melbourne airport while taking-off. The aircraft ran off the runway 16 (length 3657 meters / 12,000 feet) around 22:30 local (12:30GMT) March 20, during its …

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Kingfisher Airbus A340-500 becomes a “white tail” at Toulouse

This photograph by Digital Airliners taken just two days ago at Toulouse shows two Airbus A340-500’s. One is still painted in Kingfisher Airlines’ colours. Kingfisher had ordered five A340-500s, but defaulted on taking delivery last year. Three were diverted to Nigeria’s Arik Air, but it appears the balance two have become the dreaded white tail for Airbus, i.e. a jet …

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