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Kingfisher Airlines ceases Airbus A330 operations from Bangalore commences Mumbai to Hong Kong and Singapore

This is one of the finest airplane spotting photos I have ever taken. The first Airbus A330-200 of Kingfisher Airlines VT-VJK in it’s beautiful red and white livery against the blue spring skies approaching Bengaluru International Airport. Sadly this is a sight we cannot expect to see in Bangalore for the foreseeable future. In a re-structuring of it’s international operations …

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Images: Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 rolls out of final assembly line

The first Lufthansa A380 aircraft rolled out the final assembly hangar in Toulouse on September 7th, 2009. A380-841 Manufacturer Serial Number MSN038 which is currently registered as F-WWSH will eventually be registered as D-AIMA when it is delivered to Lufthansa next year. External ground tests are being carried out before preparation activities for the first flight. In a few weeks, …

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Hoax bomb scare delays IndiGo airlines flight

An Indigo airlines Airbus A320-232 registration VT-INA performing flight 6E-203 from New Delhi IGI airport to Kolkata NSCB airport with 123 passengers and 6 crew was delayed due to an anonymous phone call threatening that a bomb has been placed on the flight. The call was made to Indigo’s call centre at around 16:00 local (11:30Z) scheduled to depart at …

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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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Airbus completes A350 XWB all CFRP fuselage demonstrator test barrel

Image copyright Airbus, photographer C. Brinkmann This second-generation of CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) fuselage demonstrator was designed to be very close to the final design of the A350 XWB fuselage as it will be used for certification of design principles and sizing methods. The barrel demonstrator measures 18 metres in length and more than six metres in diameter. Its …

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Aero-Instruments Pitot Probe approved by FAA for use on Airbus aircraft

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Aero-Instruments 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe as a replacement part on Airbus Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340 series airplanes airplanes flown worldwide. Each Airbus commercial aircraft has three Pitot Probes, which are the primary air speed sensing components on aircraft and are designed with integrated electrical heaters to prevent icing. …

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Thai Airways receives 1000th A330/340 family; Emirates is largest Boeing 777 operator

Two milestones were achieved last week on Thursday July 30th. In Toulouse, Airbus S.A.S. delivered its 1000th A330/A340 family aircraft an A330-343X. MSN1035 test registration F-WWKS was handed over to Thai Airways International at a special ceremony. The aircraft equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B-60 engines is registered HS-TEP. Thai increases its in-service A330/A340 fleet to a total of 25 …

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A tale of four Kingfisher tails

On a recent spotting trip I took a rather rare picture of four Kingfisher aircraft, two Airbus A321-200s flanking the two Airbus A330-200s lined up in a row at the Bengaluru International Airport. From left to right all Kingfisher all Airbus : A321-200 VT-KFZ, A330-200 VT-VJK, A330-200 VT-VJP, A321-200 VT-KFS. Come September 15th we in Bangalore will miss this sight …

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Images: Airbus delivers A320 family aircraft to Juneyao and Shanghai airlines

Airbus SAS delivered two new A320 family aircraft to Chinese airlines recently. Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately-owned carrier, has taken delivery of its first purchased A320 during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, adding to its currently leased 10 leased Airbus aircraft fleet – two A319s and eight A320s – with 10 more A320s, via operating lease and purchase, due …

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Singapore Airlines to commence Airbus A380 service to Melbourne

Singapore Airlines is commencing an Airbus A380 superjumbo service to Melbourne, Australia from September 29 2009. The daily A380 flights will replace an existing daily Boeing 747-400 service (part of a triple daily) to Melbourne and will help the airline increase capacity by 10%. SQ227 will depart Singapore Changi Airport at 2100hrs and arrive in Melbourne at 0610hrs (0710hrs from …

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Official report of Presidential helicopter near miss at Mumbai in February

The Joint Investigation team constituted on February 19, 2009 to investigate the serious incident of a near miss between the Presidential Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter and a Air India flight IC-866 on February 9, 2009 at Mumbai airport has submitted it report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To translate the official findings (shown below), the Presidential formation called …

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