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SilkAir to merge into Singapore Airlines after cabin upgrade

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 9V-MBB.

SilkAir which is the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will undergo a major cabin upgrade program which will culminate with the carrier being merged into it’s parent airline. The airline operates a fleet of 34 aircraft comprising of Airbus A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737-800’s and MAX 8’s. The airline will transition to an all Boeing fleet and has another …

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Photos: New Singapore Airlines A380. Apartment Suites and better Business.

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its much awaited new cabin for its Airbus A380 flagship fleet. The cabins in all four classes of service, Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy are focussed around the theme of “Space made personal, experience the difference”. The new cabins feature intimate and bespoke elements while increasing space and privacy. The new configuration offers 471 …

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Airbus unveils A380plus, an enhanced version of the superjumbo

New split winglets proposed on the A380plus. Airbus image.

European airframer Airbus unveiled a development study for an enhanced version of the A380 superjumbo, the “A380plus”. The study is a bid by the company to re-engergise sales of the world’s largest passenger aircraft that have been stagnant for over a year. It also appears to be an effort to bridge the requests of the largest A380 customer, Emirates airline, …

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New Airbus A320 Airspace interior set to debut in 2020

Airbus A320 Airspace cabin. Entrance area lighting. Airbus image.

European airframer Airbus has developed a new cabin concept for its best-selling narrow body A320 family of jetliners called Airspace. Just as its competitor Boeing borrowed cabin concepts from the 787 Dreamliner and incorporated it in to the 737, Airbus has borrowed concepts from the A350 and the A330neo for the Airspace interior to offer similar designs in both the …

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UK follows USA, imposes ban on large electronic devices

As expected, the United Kingdom has followed the United States, and imposed its own ban on electronic devices from being carried in cabin baggage. In a written statement to Parliament, British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said “phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm [are] not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, …

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US bans electronic devices on flights from Middle East and North Africa

Citing potential security threats and extremists seeking “innovative methods” to bring down flights, the United States has indefinitely banned virtually every electronic device from the cabin baggage of passengers flying on nine middle-eastern and north-African airlines or from 10 airports in the region, destined to the US. Domestic flights within, and international flights from, the US are exempt from these …

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Exclusive pictures of the new Boeing 737 MAX #FAS16

Boeing 737 MAX 8 N8704Q.

Bangalore Aviation’s photo editor Vedant, was given a tour of Boeing’s new 737 MAX which is designed to compete with the new A320neo from Airbus. The MAX features new LEAP engines from CFM, a digital flight deck that derives inputs from its big brother the 787 Dreamliner, split wing-tips, and a host of other new features. Indian budget carrier Spicejet …

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Spicejet’s new TV commercials promote hot food and SpiceMAX service

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Budget carrier Spicejet is preparing to launch a fresh television advertising initiative focussed on their hot food and premium economy type SpiceMAX service. Arch rival IndiGo does not provide hot meals on board its flights, nor does it offer a service comparable to SpiceMAX. The TV commercials focus on the additional leg room offered, hot meals, eliminating queues, using daily …

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Indian airlines offer famous food brands to woo passengers

Airlines in India are partnering with famous food brands to leverage their ‘star power’ in an effort to woo passengers. The partnerships are with both home grown and glocal (global brands operating locally) brands. Last month, India’s largest private airline Jet Airways, announced a partnership to serve Subway sandwiches and Krispy Kreme doughnuts on board its flights. A week back, low-fare carrier …

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Indian boy makes Lufthansa’s first in-flight ‘announcement by a kid’

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI "Fanhansa" Livery

Yashas Dassani, the nine-years old boy from Mumbai, who won the global ‘Your Announcement Contest‘ sponsored by German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa, made his first live announcement aboard a flight. Dassani performed the announcement as a Lufthansa cabin crew on-board flight LH756 from Franfurt to his home-town, Mumbai, in front of over 350 passengers. Prior to his flight, young Yashas …

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A photo tour of Etihad’s new Boeing 787-9 first, business and economy class

Etihad is the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and a 24% stake-holder in Jet Airways. At the recent India Aviation show, BangaloreAviation was invited to tour Etihad’s newest aircraft type, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The 787-9 is a stretched variant and commenced joining Etihad’s fleet from December 31, 2014, just 15 days after the airline’s flagship the Airbus …

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Exclusive photos from inside IndiGo’s A320neo

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

Bangalore Aviation was one of the first allowed on board IndiGo’s newest plane, VT-ITC, the Airbus A320neo it took delivery of just last week. We bring you exclusive shots from inside the cabin. For now we all can relax. IndiGo has opted to retain the existing 180 seat configuration which is common to its existing A320 classic fleet. The airline …

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Boeing develops self-cleaning airplane lavatory

Boeing self cleaning toilet prototype. Boeing image.

Engineers and designers at American airframer Boeing has developed a self-cleaning lavatory prototype that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to kill 99.99 percent of germs in just three seconds. The cleaning system which can be activated after each use, will disinfect all the surfaces using Far UV light. Far UV is safe for humans and is activated only when the toilet …

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Vistara to reconfigure aircraft, boost economy class capacity

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

The Tata-SIA Airlines Vistara, will be reconfiguring its Airbus A320 aircraft and boosting economy class capacity and reducing both business class and premium economy class capacity tacitly admitting failure of its strategy. The airline will change its existing configuration of 16 business, 36 premium economy, and 96 economy, to eight business, 24 premium economy, and 126 economy class. Class Business …

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Singapore’s premium economy seat is wider than many others’ business class

Singapore Airline's India country head David Lau demonstrates the new premium economy seat

Singapore Airlines is known for its luxurious approach to passengers, some would call it over the top (OTT). A similar approach seems to be applied to the airline’s new Premium Economy (PEY) class which is being retrofitted on to the airline’s existing Airbus A380 fleet of 19 aircraft, and another 19 Boeing 777-300ERs (airline internal designation 77WN). The first 20 …

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British Airways reduces cabin hand baggage size, still remains generous

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJC. Image Copyright Devesh Agarwal.

British Airways has always had one of the most generous hand-baggage (carry-on baggage) allowances in the world. Like its American counterparts, even in economy class, it permits two carry-on bags per passenger; one main carry-on bag, and one personal hand-bag / laptop bag. Compare this to the one piece allowed on almost every other airline. However, unlike the normal 7kg …

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Singapore Airlines to open restricted SIA Training Centre to public on July 25

SIA Training Centre. Cabin evacuation training simulator

On any other day the SIA Training Centre is a fortress. Restricted, where visitors are admitted only after a specific invitation and a thorough security checking. But, only July 25, 2015, Singapore Airlines is throwing open this secretive centre open to the public as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the island nation’s founding. Called the SIA Open House, …

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Singapore Airlines launches TCS Mobile Solution

Singapore Airlines A380 business class. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched TCS CrewCollab, a tablet based digital flight-bag solution developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) The application has been developed through a collaboration project by the airline and the software giant, leveraging SIA’s strength in service excellence and TCS’ strength in digital technology development. The airline is the launch customer for the TCS CrewCollab Solution and …

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