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Air India Express IX611 hits compound wall at Trichy

An Air India Express flight operating flight IX611 from Tiruchirapalli to Dubai hit the compound wall of the airport during takeoff today. The flight was being operated by VT-AYD a nine year old Boeing 737-800. The aircraft took off from Trichy airport at around 01.20 today morning. It is being reported that the plane first hit a localizer antenna following …

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FAA expands Boeing 737 engine inspections.

CFM56-7B engine used to power all Boeing 737NG aircraft. CFM Photo.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has followed the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and issued a follow-on emergency airworthiness directive (EAD or AD) and mandated inspection of fan blades on CFM56-7B engines. These engines power the Boeing 737NG aircraft globally. In India, the 737NG forms bulk or all of the fleet of Air India Express, Jet Airways and …

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After Southwest accident, CFM orders inspections for Boeing 737 engines

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

CFM International, the sole supplier of engines powering the Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft (the 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, 737-900 and 737-900ER) has issued a new service bulletin in the wake of the Southwest Airlines accident in which a passenger perished. The service bulletin calls for operators of CFM56-7B engines to inspect the fan blades on long-service engines. The Southwest Airlines tragedy, …

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Unconvinced by IndiGo’s bid for Air India

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

Indigo’s analyst call on 6th July was scheduled to allay investor concerns about the new direction the airline was taking after submitting the unsolicited bid for Air India. One of the founders admitted, that without numbers, it was like “going to a corporate board meeting in a swim suit” and we wholeheartedly agree. If anything it added to the confusion …

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Indian carriers’ flights cancelled as Dubai airport curtails operations

Dubai airport at dawn

All Indian airlines operating to Dubai have cancelled their flights for today. This includes IndiGo, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Air India, and Air India Express. Jet Airways and Air India have just one of two flights to the Gulf city. Dubai Airports authorities have curtailed operations to a single runway at DXB airport in the aftermath of the crash of Emirates …

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Air India faces a jumbo fleet problem

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

National carrier Air India finds itself in a jumbo-sized problem. It has a huge excess of wide-body ‘jumbo’ and ‘mini-jumbo’ aircraft used for international flights, while facing a severe shortage of narrow body aircraft leaving it unable to capitalise on the increased winter demand and the additional demand shying away from SpiceJet due to the latter’s financial troubles. The current …

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India flights impacted as Dubai airport commences runway upgrade

Starting tomorrow, May 1, the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai international (DXB) will commence a comprehensive runway upgrade project which will last for 80 days. From tomorrow, till May 31, the southern will see upgrades of runway runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits. From May 31 till July 20, the northern runway which is nearing the …

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Air India Express to lease eight Boeing 737-800s

Air India Express, the low cost arm of beleaguered Indian national carrier Air India, is looking to lease eight new Boeing 737-800 aircraft for a period of between eight and twelve years. According to a tender released by the airline, Air India Express is looking to dry lease eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped with winglets for an initial period of …

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Dubai International’s passenger traffic up 13.1 per cent in September

By BA Staff Courtesy of Wikipedia Passenger traffic at Dubai International, the world’s second busiest airport for international passengers, rose 13.1 per cent in September, according to the latest traffic statistics issued yesterday by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in September totaled 5,407,326, an increase of 13.1 per cent compared to 4,780,394 during the corresponding month in 2012. Year to …

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Air India constitutes over 80% of dues to Airports Authority of India

by Devesh Agarwal Air India is well known for receiving thousands of crores of tax-payer rupees in bailouts, however, the unfettered largesse to the beleaguered national carrier does not end there. The airline is the constant recipient of indirect dole in the form of huge overdues to state-run service providers like the Airports Authority of India which runs most of …

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New Boeing 737-800s of SpiceJet and Jet Airways delivered

by Devesh Agarwal US airplane manufacturer Boeing has delivered to two Indian airlines, SpiceJet and Jet Airways, their newest 737-800NG aircraft. Last Thursday, VT-SZH of SpiceJet, L/N 4573 C/N 41261 B737-86N departed Boeing Field International airport for India via Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The aircraft has already landed in New Delhi and completing its customs and aviation paperwork formalities to enter …

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Air India Express to shift to new Hamad airport in Doha Qatar

Air India Express will shift all its operations to the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) previously called New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar, on April 1, 2013. Nine other airlines are also being made to shift to the new airport. Air Arabia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, RAK Airways, Syrian Air, and Yemen …

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IndiGo concentrates Dubai presence with second Mumbai and first Thiruvananthapuram service

by Devesh Agarwal Gurgaon based IndiGo will commence a daily service between Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Dubai from March 1, 2013. 6E 038 will depart Thiruvananthapuram 18:20 arrive Dubai 21:156E 037 will depart Dubai 11:25 arrive Thiruvananthapuram 17:15 On the same day the carrier will commence its second daily flight between Mumbai and Dubai. 6E 063 will depart Mumbai …

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Opinion: The Etihad-Jet Airways-Kingfisher Airlines love triangle. Who should Etihad choose?

by Devesh Agarwal Two days ago, two Times of India group newspapers, The Bangalore Mirror and The Economic Times reported UAE national carrier Etihad buying a 48% in financially disabled and grounded Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines. The Bangalore Mirror may be a tabloid, but The Economic Times is no slouch when it comes to financial matters. This went against the …

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Coincidence in the registration series of Jet Airways’ 737s VT-JFx and IndiGo’s A320s VT-IFx

This is an interesting snippet and for the interest of plane spotters. At present, the two leading airlines in India are Jet Airways and IndiGo; and they also happen to be aggressively adding aircraft to their fleet. By sheer coincidence, the registration sequences for the new aircraft for both these airlines happen to be very similar. Jet’s new Boeing 737s are …

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Opinion: DGCA fiasco highlights need to resolve conflicts of interests in civil aviation ministry

The abrupt removal of India’s chief civil aviation regulator, the Director General of Civil Aviation, Mr. E.K. Bharat Bhushan, earlier this month, once again brings forth the cross-workings within the ministry of civil aviation, caused by contradictory roles, many of which are driven by political agendas, and the urgent need to re-structure this mammoth ministry to correct the malaise. Indian …

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Topic of the Week – Air India Express as a True LCC

Open publication – Free publishing Above you can find my article in Orient Aviation India magazine (pages 9-10: reading link is http://issuu.com/orientaviation/docs/oamagindia_may12/3) on Air India Express’ hypothetical shift towards an LCC business model. Readers, what are your thoughts on Air India Express’ plan? Will you stop flying Air India Express because of these service cuts? Can this model be modified …

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“How can you save money, except by getting the 787?” Interview with Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President, Boeing India

On the sidelines of the India Aviation 2012 show at Hyderabad, Devesh Agarwal had an exclusive one-on-meeting interview with Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President, Boeing International Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., and Senior Vice President of Sales, Asia-Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr. Keskar also chairs the Committee on Aviation at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which …

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Middle East Loses its Luster for India’s Airlines

Will the majority of future of India-Gulf flights go through Dubai? The first 9 months of 2012 will see a major re-shuffling by India’s airlines on the heavily trafficked India-Gulf sector, as airlines respond to higher fuel prices and a poor regulatory environment, and Air India continues to re-align its network strategy. Air India will be enacting the most significant …

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