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Air France Airbus A330 flight AF447 Rio de Janeiro to Paris missing; 228 feared lost – Update 3

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter. An Air France Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCP performing flight AF447 which departed May 31, 2009, from Rio de Janeiro Galeão – Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Brazil (IATA: GIG ICAO: SBGL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle, France (IATA: CDG ICAO: LFPG) with 216 passengers and 12 crew, is missing and overdue at Paris for more …

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Indian passengers allege racial bias at Air France

Over 50 Indian passengers flying Air France had a “harrowing” time at Paris airport after their aircraft developed a technical problem and on reaching Mumbai, complained bitterly that they were victims of “racial” profiling. The passengers were flying from Boston to Mumbai via Paris in an Airbus A330-200 aircraft registration F-GZCL. AF-218 was en-route from Paris Charles de Gaulle, France, …

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Airbus cutting A380 superjumbo production to 14 deliveries in 2009 20+ in 2010

Airbus has confirmed it is further cutting down production rates for its A380 superjumbo from 18 to 14 for this year in response to specific customer requests for deferrals during the on-going economic crisis. According to the new plan, Airbus expects to deliver 14 double-decker aircraft in 2009 and more than 20 aircraft in 2010 Airbus had already revised its …

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Bengaluru International Airport runs out of gates to accomodate widebody flights

Last night, as Easter Sunday came to an end, a traffic jam began at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), which exposed the weakness of having only four “contact stands” (aero-bridge equipped gates) at the new Bengaluru International Airport, capable of handling wide-body aircraft. In the current summer schedule, the peak period for international flights, is between 22:00 (10 PM) and 02:00 …

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Video: Delivery, departure and arrival of Air France F-GZND the 777th Boeing 777

On Good Friday April 10th at Everett, Air France took delivery of the 777th Boeing 777, in this case 300ER registration F-GZND, and the first aircraft to wear the new Air France livery. Boeing image Air France released a video documenting the delivery ceremony and departure of the ferry flight on April 10th, and the early morning arrival at Paris …

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Air France to take delivery of 777th Boeing 777

On Friday 10 April 2009, Air France will take delivery of the 777th Boeing 777 aircraft manufactured by Boeing, and the 54th Boeing 777 in the Air France fleet. The new aircraft will be registered F-GZND and will be the first aircraft in the fleet to sport the new livery of Air France. For fellow spotters, the aircraft is expected …

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Air France-KLM, GOL-Varig sign cooperation and code-sharing agreement

Air France KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A., which comprises the GOL and VARIG brands, have signed a commercial cooperation agreement which will enable the 15 million customers who are members of AIR FRANCE and KLM’s “Flying Blue” and GOL’s 6 million “Smiles” frequent flyer programmes to have access to new Frequent Flyers benefits and destinations. Beginning May 1, …

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Air France Airbus A330 grounded at Bengaluru International Airport – Update 3

June 1, 2009 – The AF447 Rio to Paris story is here. Originally posted – 16:00GMT 21:30 local March 18 Something is in the air at the Bengaluru International Airport. For the second time in less than a week, an Airbus A330 is getting grounded at the airport with a technical fault. Following the five day grounding of a Dragonair …

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Air Traffic Controllers strike in France: Air France passengers need to read this

Air traffic controllers in France are set to strike on Thursday 19 March in a national day of strike action. Consequently the French Civil Aviation Authority, Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) is limiting the number flights handled for each airline during that day. Air France has confirmed it will operate all of of its long-haul flights. On its short …

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Airbus updates: Emirates A380 MSN017, 500th A321, Korean Air A330 order

A380 MSN017The 5th A380 for Emirates Airlines, A6-EDE, is on the flight line at Hamburg and expected to be delivered in April. Thanks to the folks at the Hamburg Airport forum, enjoy the picture. Given the slowdown at Singapore Airlines, there is some debate on whether the next A380 out will be MSN026 (Qantas’ 4th A380 VH-QQD) or MSN019 (Singapore …

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Video: Air France Boeing 777 freighter gets a water cannon salute and then takes off

Last week Air France took delivery of the first Boeing 777F freighter. Every new aircraft is given a water cannon salute, and for aviation romantics like me, it is always a poignant occasion, and one we do not see too often. Courtesy Liz Matzelle enjoy these two videos of the new “Le Freighter” being given its first shower, and then …

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Video: Air France Cargo takes delivery of first Boeing 777 Freighter

Boeing delivered the company’s first 777 Freighter (777F) to launch customer Air France Cargo in a ceremony at the Future of Flight Aviation Center Tour near Paine Field yesterday. The contractual delivery and airplane departure are scheduled for Friday, and Air France will land F-GUOC, at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport tomorrow, 21 February, to join the airline’s fleet. This video …

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Air France unveils new logo and livery as its Airbus A380 MSN033 takes to the skies

Last week Air France unveiled its new logo and livery. The current livery which was changed way back in 1975, i.e. 34 years ago. Due to the current cost pressures, the new scheme will be gradually introduced as new planes are inducted or as existing aircraft come in for maintenance. Air France is now just one word, and the tail …

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Images: Air France Airbus A380-861 MSN033 taxiing at Toulouse Blagnac

February 6th saw Airbus A380-861 MSN033 destined for Air France taxiing around Toulouse Blagnac (LFBO) airport. Click on the images for high resolution pictures We can expect to see the first flight VERY VERY SOON. Air France is expected to put the aircraft on the Paris Montreal route. Thanks to pictaero for the images.

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Air France withdraws Paris Chennai flight

From the Summer 2009 schedule which commences end March, Air France will suspend its thrice weekly flight between Paris Charles De Gaulle and Chennai Anna International, and withdraw from Chennai. I strongly suspect this move is partly as a result of the relentless capacity expansion by Emirates Airlines across India. With its non-stop connectivity to both the coasts of the …

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Air France-KLM edges out Lufthansa to buy 25% stake in Alitalia

Air France-KLM Group, the world’s second largest airline, has agreed to pay 323 million euro ($432 million) for a 25 per cent stake of Alitalia SpA. Alitalia was put into bankruptcy on August 29, after two years of attempts to sell the 49.9 percent state owned airline. On December 12, CAI agreed to buy Alitalia’s main assets and to combine …

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First Air France A380 moves to the flightline

FlightBlogger is reporting, Airbus brought MSN033, the first A380 for Air France, it’s European launch customer, out to the flight line in Toulouse yesterday. Image courtesy FlightBlogger. Copyright David Barrie F-WWSB, which will eventually be registered as F-HPJA. As the photo shows, the airframe has its four GP7200 engines installed, and we can expect it to take its maiden flight …

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British Airways and Qantas in merger talks

While airlines have seen one of their biggest expenses, fuel, come down in price, they are still struggling to find demand as the world’s major economies contract, and tis the season of industry consolidation. British Airways on Tuesday said it’s holding merger talks with Australian national carrier and fellow OneWorld alliance partner, Qantas Airways, in a deal that could combine …

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Air France KLM flights to Phuket instead of Bangkok

As per a press release Air France and KLM will operate “rescue” flights to Phuket on 1 and 2 December from Amsterdam and Paris-CDG respectively. Due to the closure of Bankok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport, Air France and KLM will operate one flight on 1st December and one flight on 2 December 2008 from Phuket Airport. Departure from Phuket on 1 …

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20 Air France and Lufthansa crew rescued from Oberoi hotel

As per media reports, a group of about 20 airline crew members, have been evacuated from Mumbai’s Oberoi hotel. Most of the rescued airline staff were in Lufthansa and Air France uniforms. A bus immediately whisked the guests away from the hotel. One crew member in a Lufthansa uniform who wore a name tag identifying her as L. Laurence said …

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