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ATSB report and images of Emirates A340 tail-strike incident in Melbourne

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released it’s preliminary report along with detailed images and simulations in the tail strike incident of the Emirates Airlines A340-500 A6-ERG at Melbourne on March 20, 2009. The jet with 257 passengers, 14 cabin crew and 4 flight crew on-board narrowly avoided disaster as its pilots struggled to take off from the end of …

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Images: Cockpit close-ups shows pilots during landing

I went spotting last week and managed to get close enough to get some close-up pictures of pilots during landing. I was rather surprised to see all the Airbus pilots leaning forward when the one picture of a Boeing pilot shows him sitting back comfortably. It will be interesting to hear comments on the differences. Any pilots reading Bangalore Aviation? …

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Skytrax awards Qatar Airways best Economy class in the world, Etihad Business, Singapore Airlines First

Qatar Airways has won the annual SkyTrax airline award for the best Economy Class in the world, which means a lot in these tough economic times when passengers are increasingly moving to the back of the plane from the front. Qatar Airways recently revamped its Economy Class meal service using a more environment friendly, upmarket, appetising and stylish way. Qatar …

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Two first deliveries on the same day: Airbus A330-300 to Finnair, Boeing 777F to Emirates

Two deliveries of “first” of aircraft model occurred on March 27th. Airbus delivered the first A330-300 to Finnair, out of an order for eight. Powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines, the new aircraft is in a two class configuration 42 Business, 229 Economy for a total seating for 271 passengers. On the same day, Boeing delivered the first 777 Freighter …

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Emirates Airbus A340 runs off, damages, and disables runway at Melbourne

An Emirates Airlines Airbus A340-500, Emirates Airlines Airbus A340-500, registration A6-ERG performing flight EK407 from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with 225 people on board, damaged and decommissioned the main runway at Melbourne airport while taking-off. The aircraft ran off the runway 16 (length 3657 meters / 12,000 feet) around 22:30 local (12:30GMT) March 20, during its …

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Emirates to drop A380 from New York, slams Airbus for defects

Emirates recently announced that it will commence services to Toronto and Bangkok with its Airbus A380 superjumbo from June 1st. In order to do this Emirates will have to reposition two of its A380s from the current double-daily New York route. Emirates representatives have confirmed this re-positioning. One aircraft will be deployed on the three times a week Dubai Toronto …

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A380 production updates: MSN027 & MSN029 for Qantas, MSN023 & MSN017 for Emirates

Some updates on the production progress of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, courtesy of the A380 production forum. MSN027 (F-WWSY) the fifth for Qantas (VH-OQE Lawrence Hargrave) came out of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) hangers and made its taxi tests. MSN029 (F-WWSA) the sixth for Qantas (VH-OQF Charles Kingsford Smith) has been outside since it came out of the FAL …

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The best wine cellars in the sky

Very rarely do I get an opportunity to combine my two passions of aviation and wine and write about it. A very special thanks to the In-flight Supervisor on a recent Singapore Airlines flight who went in to the first class cellar and served me a superlative Chateau Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, Bordeaux. Even at 35,000ft, it was one the …

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Emirates’ expansion goes for the jugular

The natural tendency during a recession is to batten down the hatches, freeze all spending, and ride out the storm. There is also a school of thought which advocates increasing investments and advertising spend during a recession to increase market share, when customers are looking to change in an effort to obtain better value for their spend. Quite evidently, Sheikh …

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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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Emirates to commence A380 service to Seoul in November 2009

Dubai based Emirates Airline will commence operations of its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport in November 2009. Emirates currently operates daily flights to Seoul using a Boeing 777. Trade ties between South Korea and Dubai have been growing steadily, and major Korean corporations are active in the Dubai business arena. The Korean government is also positioning …

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Singapore Airlines prepares to fly its one millionth A380 passenger

A mere 16 months after launching services with the Airbus A380 superjumbo, Singapore Airlines is expecting to fly its one millionth A380 customer in February 2009. Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, when it began commercial services between Singapore and Sydney in October 2007. The Airline …

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Gulf Air to lease four Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ERs

Jet Airways procured ten ultra-luxuriously appointed Boeing 777-300ERs for its ambitious international expansion. It even won awards for its international first class, featuring private suites. Now those plans are in tatters, and Jet has abandoned its international ambitions, at least for the foreseeable future. Recently TravelBizMonitor reported Jet Airways, has dropped its expansion plan, especially plans of expanding overseas informed …

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March of Emirates across Indian skies

On 16 October 2008, Emirates Airlines, moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal 3. Terminal 3 is over 1,500,000 m2 (370 acres) in size, the single largest terminal building in the world, and is dedicated exclusively to Emirates Airlines. The move demonstrated the meteoric rise of the airline since its inception on May 25, 1985 with just two …

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Airbus delivers 11th A380 to Qantas, aims for 12 this year

Airbus SAS today handed over its 11th A380 superjumbo to Qantas Airways Ltd. of Australia. Airframe serial number MSN022 was registered VH-OQC and christened Paul McGinness. The plane was the third A380 for Qantas this year, Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said in an interview to Bloomberg. The first two VH-OQA (Nancy-Bird Walton) and VH-OQB (Hudson Fysh) have been operating between …

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Jet Airways and Emirates announce partnership

Jet Airways and Emirates Airline, have today announced their partnership plans spanning a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement and unilateral code share agreement. Effective December 15, 2008, the two airlines will launch a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement whereby members of Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest frequent flyer programme, may earn and redeem miles across Emirates’ rapidly-expanding international network, with the exception …

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