Lessors Pay AAI to Repossess Aircraft

With Kingfisher’s financial status continuing to deteriorate even after reforms like FDI and fuel imports have been instituted, foreign lessors have become increasingly impatient about their repossessions of Kingfisher Aircraft. For the past 2 months, Airports Authority of India has refused to allow lessors to repossess aircraft from Kingfisher due to non-payment of dues. Kingfisher […]

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Trip Report: Flying The Dream – Air India 787

This trip report is by Balagopal, an avgeek (Aviation Geek) based in Bangalore. Introduction: Being a die hard aviation enthusiast, it was indeed a shame that my first A380 flight was in 2011… a full 4 years after the first commercial whalejet flight!! But with the Dreamliner I got a chance to correct that   […]

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SpiceJet To Import Fuel From Singapore

SpiceJet will be the first Indian carrier to directly import aviation turbine fuel (ATF) after import rules were liberalized earlier this year. India has some of the highest ATF taxes in the world, and airlines hope to cut their fuel bills by importing fuel. The airline will bring in ATF from Singapore by sea, before […]

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Air India’s Second Dreamliner, VT-AND, Delivered

Air India’s second Dreamliner, VT-AND, was delivered yesterday. The aircraft is en route to Delhi now, via Frankfurt. The aircraft will land in Delhi on September 19th around 17:00 IST. It will commence service to Bangalore, Kolkata, and Dubai the following week. VT-ANH, the first Dreamliner delivered 2 weeks ago, will commence service to Bangalore […]

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NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendation Letter Regarding GEnx Engines

The National Transportation Safety Board, the aviation safety regulator in the USA, has issued an urgent recommendation letter regarding General Electric GEnx engines. These engines power Boeing’s latest models, the 747-8 and some 787s. Air India’s 787s are powered by GEnx engines. The recommendations to the FAA: Issue an airworthiness directive to require, before further […]

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Foreign Direct Investment in Aviation Proposal Approved by CCEA

India’s Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a proposal to permit foreign airlines to invest in Indian carriers. Foreign carriers would be permitted, by the new rules, to own upto 49% of an Indian carrier. The proposal still has to be passed by parliament, but CCEA approval is a major step forward. Under […]

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Air India’s Domestic 787 Familiarization Schedule Revealed

Air India has revealed the domestic familiarization schedule for the Boeing 787 aircraft. The routes are effective September 19th, and have been loaded into GDS and the website. Flight No. Departure Arrival Aircraft Days AI 439 DEL 07:00 MAA 09:40 787-8 Daily AI 430 MAA 10:45 DEL 13:25 787-8 Daily AI 403 DEL 16:30 BLR […]

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SpiceJet Defers Deliveries of 3 Q400s

The last 3 deliveries of SpiceJet’s 15-strong order of Bombardier Dash-8 Q400s have been deferred. SpiceJet has blamed the increase in fees at Delhi International Airport for this decision. The sharp hike in fees at DIAL has caused SpiceJet to require less capacity than expected for its Delhi regional hub. SpiceJet’s order also allows has […]

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Air India’s 787 VT-ANH Ready to Depart

Air India’s 787 VT-ANH will depart momentarily to Delhi, via Frankfurt. It will arrive before 5AM at Frankfurt. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Delhi around 5PM on Saturday, September 8th

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Air India 787: Putting Together the Dreamliner

An excellent video on the production of Air India’s 787-8 Dreamliner:

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