Tag Archives: Airbus

Air France #AF447: BEA initial report; real-time transmission of flight data

A lot has been interpreted over France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) initial findings in to the crash of Air France AF-447 from Rio to Paris. I do not want to add to the interpretation. Two good starting points for Bangalore Aviation readers. The official initial report of the BEA which can be downloaded in PDF format here. Simon Hradeck’s …

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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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News Brief: GoAir increases Bangalore flights; Kingfisher delays results; Air India analysis; SpiceJet appoints new CFO

Go Air increases Bangalore flights. GoAir recently inducted it’s eighth Airbus A320-214, most likely VT-WAK. (Despite follow up the airline’s media partner could not give me the information.) After a complete withdrawal from Bangalore, GoAir has re-focussed on Bangalore with two new connections to Mumbai and New Delhi, taking the airline’s total number of weekly flights to 377. With the …

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Kingfisher Airline’s Airbus A320 hits bunker wall at Bagdogra airport

A Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320-232 registration VT-ADR performing flight IT-3334 from Badogra, West Bengal, India to New Delhi, India, was taxiing for take-off, and executing a 180 turn at the end of the runway to line up, when the right wing tip of the aircraft hit the wall of a grass-camouflaged bunker located in the proximity of the runway. The …

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Spotting images: Air India’s latest Airbus A319-100 VT-SCQ

Air India has been in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. I would like to finish the work week on a positive note and present pictures of Air India’s latest Airbus A319-112 VT-SCQ which entered service just a few days before this picture was taken on June 14th at Bengaluru International Airport. Reversing thrust after touchdown on …

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Rescuing Air India from crisis requires hard decisions and political support

The state owned National Aviation Company of India Limited NACIL, which operates the airline Air India is in crisis. It’s annual losses have reached a staggering Rs. 5,000 crore ($1 billion) and total accumulated debt of Rs. 16,000 crore ($3.2 billion). Air India contributes 10% of global airline losses with just 0.35% of global traffic. It owes over Rs. 1,400 …

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Airbus delivers first Chinese assembled A320 aircraft to Sichuan Airlines

Airbus today delivered the first A320 aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin. At a grand ceremony, the aircraft was handed over by Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders, to the Chairman of Dragon Aviation Leasing, Li Hai. The aircraft will be leased to and operated by Sichuan Airlines. The FALC is a joint venture between …

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Orders for Airbus A320 and A350 dominate Paris air show; Paramount to buy 10 Airbus A321s

John Leahy is a happy man; may not be as happy as in 2007, but surely the orders received for the Airbus A320 and A350 families at this year’s Paris air show, must give him a cautious sense of optimism. Airbus SAS is expected to walk away from Le Bourget with about orders for 110 new planes or commitments worth …

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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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Qatar Airways to buy 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft with IAE V2500 SelectOne engines

Qatar Airways today signed a firm contract for 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The agreement includes twenty A320s, as well as the firming up of four A321 aircraft announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008. The Doha-based carrier currently operates 19 A320 Family aircraft, and is the Middle East’s largest customer of this particular fleet. The new aircraft, …

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

Forty years ago as the 1969 Paris Air Show unfolded, the world was abuzz over the Boeing 747 and the BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde both whom had just made their first flights just a few months before. At the same time, European aerospace companies were finalising a consortium to wrest back dominance of the United States in the commercial aviation market. Within …

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Air France #AF447: The search so far – some great sources of information – IAG and ATI

The search and recovery operations go on for Air France AF-447, as does my search for information. Some information I recommend as well worth reading and listening. My good friend Addison Schonland at IAG has created and continues to create a nice series of articles and podcasts on AF447. A decoding and analysis of the ACARS messages A podcast of …

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Air France #AF447: Two bodies, luggage and debris recovered

Fox News is reporting that two bodies of passengers on-board the doomed Air France flight AF-447 from Rio to Paris have been recovered. The first bodies of passengers of the doomed Air France flight that plummeted into the sea have been found, Brazil’s air force said Saturday. The Brazilian military said search crews scanning the Atlantic Ocean located two male …

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Air France #AF447: Finding answers will be difficult

The search for the debris is widening. As per Brazil’s Defence Minister Nelson Jobim the debris discovered so far is spread over 230 kilometres (140 miles) located about 640 kilometres (400 miles) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands. This wide debris field suggests a mid-air break-up. A deep water submersible considered key to finding the Digital Flight Data Recorder …

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A birthday, loss of Air France 447, loss of a sister — what a day

The Chinese have a saying May you live in interesting times Yesterday, June 1, 2009 was certainly interesting to say the least. The day began mixed. My son celebrated his birthday, while my sister was battling for her life in hospital. By 3:30pm (10:00Z) reports started filtering in about Air France’s flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris being …

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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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Spotted: IndiGo airline’s newest Airbus A320-232 MSN3943 F-WWDT VT-INZ

Courtesy fellow spotter a380spotter we have a picture of the newest Airbus A320-232 due to join the fleet of value carrier IndiGo Airlines MSN3943 currently test registered as F-WWDT is expected to be registered as VT-INZ when she joins the IndiGo fleet by the end of June; and will be the 21st A320 in the fleet. IndiGo will take a …

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40th anniversary of the agreement for first Airbus aircraft programme — the A300

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the agreement which launched the first ever aircraft programme of Airbus — the A300, which in effect launched the company Airbus. 40 years ago the United States lorded over global civil aviation with giants Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed. In the mid-1960s, tentative negotiations commenced regarding a European collaborative approach to re-enter the lucrative …

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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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Airbus A380 MSN021 F-WWSQ 9V-SKH for Singapore Airlines ready for delivery

Airbus A380-841 MSN021 F-WWSQ touched down in Toulouse arriving from Hamburg. Image courtesy and copyright TLaurent She is expected to be delivered as the 8th A380 in the Singapore Airlines fleet on Thursday and should bear the registration 9V-SKH. This is the second of five A380 superjumbos expected to be delivered to Singapore Airlines this fiscal year. Also Airbus A380-861 …

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