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Air China to launch Shanghai flights from San Jose

There seems to be a flurry of Chinese airlines applying to grab airline routes given the first come first serve policy that only allows one airline to fly a route, the notable exception being Air China which is the de-facto state airline. Air China has now gone ahead and applied for flying rights to fly from Shanghai to San Jose, three times a week. Given that both the cities have a huge technology centre connection, the flight may prove really popular. The airline intends to start flying using an Airbus A330 from June onwards pending Department of Transportation (DOT) approval. As one of Bay Area’s 3rd airport, this can prove to be a good alternative to flying to other airports especially SFO. Conclusion: Even though they…

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Airbus A380 and Emirates, what the future holds?

The future of Airbus A380, the flagship model of the plane manufacturer from Europe hangs in balance. The only two factors justifying the jumbo are the need for transporting more people out of busy slot constrained airports such as Beijing and Heathrow and the Middle East airline giant, Emirates. The A380 super jumbo is lagging in sales and yet to make a profit for Airbus, hence the frame maker is not very keen on bringing in the neo version of the plane which has long been demanded by Emirates, the biggest customer of the aircraft with 140 of those birds on order. The airline has repeatedly said that it needs more of these jumbo to satisfy its need of moving more people around the world…

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Air China to order Airbus jets worth 

As part of the local capability building roadmap, the Chinese government has been luring Airbus and Boeing to build locally by doling out large orders for their jets. The latest in this case is the huge Air China order worth $3.1 billion for Airbus A330 jets. The Chinese government agency COMAC has been trying to build jets on its but its effort have been more of test dummies at best which are still lagging behind the industry standard features and technology. IN order to jump-start itself into the big boys league of the Boeings and the Airbuses of the world. The government has used the large market potential to its advantage whereby its handing out large orders to satisfy its market need by making the…

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Thai airways to ground it fleet of A340s

As per Bloomberg report, Thai Airways has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A340s, some of which are barely a few years old for cost efficiency purposes. The airline says that it’s unable to make any flights on these quad engine aircrafts profitable even after the substantial oil price drop. In this age of twin engines aircrafts performing as good as the yesteryear 4 engine beauties, the need for such aircrafts has been almost wiped out. No airline has any pressing need to fly these birds anymore unless they are flying to hot and high destinations such as Johannesburg or Mexico to name a few. Thai has tried to sell these aircrafts for a while now but without any success and as has been the case…

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A320neo facing production issues?

Airbus’s top seller seems to be facing some production issues even before it can be inducted by the airlines in their fleet. Initially news came in about Lufthansa being the launch customer for the aircraft replacing Qatar. Now we are hearing that Indian customers, Indigo and GoAir have also expressed reservations about the delivery schedule of the A320neo aircrafts. The airlines have commented that they are not confident about when will Airbus be able to start the deliveries of the latest generation aircraft to them. Indigo which is the largest acquirer of the aircraft model seems to be hit hardest should these delays pile up. The major cause of these issues is the new Pratt and Whitney engine which has been blamed to be having issues…

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Air India technician dies after getting sucked into an A319 engine

In a shocking incident an Air India technician was sucked into the engine while performing pre-flight activities. The incident which happened on Wednesday night at the Mumbai airport was caused by the co-pilot misreading the signals from the ground staff and switching on the engines even though there was staff standing right next to it. Due to this sudden start, the technician was sucked right into the engine. In an email that’s reportedly being circulated, it is mentioned that Standard Operating Procedures such placing chocks, getting clearance from the technician by the pilot were not properly adhered to which led to this unfortunate event. The flight AI 619 which was headed to Hyderabad had to be cancelled as the body was stuck in the engine.…

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Singapore Airlines to sport new livery on its A380s

Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence and as part of these celebrations; Singapore Airlines has decided to mark the occasion by painting 2 of its Airbus A380s in the national colours. As per the press release from Singapore Airlines the jumbos will be painted in “the special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.” The first of the A380s to don the new livery will start flying in early June and the second in July. The Airbus A380s are expected to be donning the livery up until the end of 2015, and will be operating the routes from Singapore to Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich. Also the two inboard engines would be displaying the…

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Does Airbus A380 helps easing traffic congestion at airports?

Bloomberg ran an interesting article about how the current regulations mandating 12% more separation between the Airbus A380 and other planes to avoid the wake turbulence generated by the A380 is inhibiting Dubai airport to maximize the benefits of the super-jumbo by increasing the number of flights it can land or take off from the airport. There are no clear cut answers as to whether the A380 is really making the airlines help carry more passengers in totality from an airport. The article has interesting comparison between the separation required between the Boeing 777s which are the other mainstay of Dubai’s flagship carrier, Emirates and the Boeing 747 jumbos and how that fares against the A380. The comparison seems true at face value but to quantify…

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Singapore Airlines A350 starts taking shape

Airbus has been all gung ho about their A350 production plans. As of now it’s only their launch customer, Qatar Airways that flies the A350 and very soon Vietnam Airlines and TAM will be taking the delivery of its own. One Mile at a Time reviewed the A350 including the inaugural flight and you can read about it here and here. Today Airbus posted about the first A-350 XWB for Singapore Airlines that’s come onto the production line. Singapore Airlines is one of my favorite airlines and am really excited to see how this fabulous plane is going to turn up when they start flying it, with their unmatched service levels and the new generation technology it’s definitely going to be a great experience. After…

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Emirates switches its A380 engine provider

Reuters is reporting that Rolls Royce has bagged an order worth $9.2 billion at list prices to supply 50 of its Trent engines for the Airbus A380 airplanes ordered by Emirates. This is in stark departure from the Engine Alliance engines that the existing orders of Emirates A380s are coming with. The airline is the biggest buyer of these planes with almost 140 of them on order and 60 of them already in service. The first A380 plane with the Rolls Royce engines would start only in 2016 but still this news is important. It is rare for an airline to switch engine supplier’s midway of such a big order as typically airlines would stick to one engine supplier to make sure consistency and the…

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