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Tatas Plan To Beef Up Air India Fleet

Air India is in the final stages of closing orders for around 200 narrow body and widebody jets, it is planning to take aircraft from the secondary lease market to beef up capacity in the short term. Tata Group has chalked out an aggressive expansion plan for Air India and Air India Express, inducting six Boeing 777200 aircraft and 25 Airbus A320 Neos by the first quarter of next year. Currently, Tata Group's three airlines Air India, AirAsia India, and Vistara - hold a 24 per cent share of the Indian aviation market.

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September 2022

Elon Musk 'building his own private airport'

Elon Musk's use of his private jet has concern raised that he may want to build a private airport.

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September 2022

SLS VERSUS SATURN-V:

A COMPARISON BETWEEN TWO GIANT ROCKETS

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September 2022

ORION IS LIGHTYEARS AHEAD OF APOLLO

Development of the Apollo spacecraft began in 1961 at North American Aviation, the company that built the spacecraft for Nasa. Early designs were predicated on the idea that the Apollo spacecraft would itself land on the moon.

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September 2022

The Zephyr flight ends in a crash

An Airbus Zephyr high-altitude drone was a few hours away from breaking a 63-year-old flight endurance world record when it suffered a catastrophic failure and crashed.

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September 2022

Russian Bizav recovering

AT INonline had an interesting piece on Russian Business Aviation: "The Russian business aviation industry is steadily recovering after the sharp drop in the first half of the year caused by sanctions and the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, according to some leading local experts in the field of business aviation and Russian media reports.

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September 2022

Landing at Mopa!

Goa's ready to inaugurate the "Today, we have completed the international airport at Mopa completed a Required Navigation Performance (RNP) with the landing and take-off of the first commercial aircraft from its runway. Once operational, it will be the second international airport in Goa after the one in Dabolim.

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September 2022

SpiceJet's widening losses and stake sale lollipop

SpiceJet is exploring multiple options, including a stake sale to other airlines, to raise up to $2,000 crore so that it remains a "strong and vibrant" carrier, its chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh, said on Tuesday. SpiceJet has been making losses for the last four years. Moreover, it is currently operating less than 50 per cent of flights, following the July 27 order of the aviation regulator in the wake of a spate of incidents.

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September 2022

Pieter takes over at 6E, eyes 'new frontiers'

IndiGo's new chief executive officer (CEO) Pieter Elbers has formally taken charge at the company's Gurugram headquarters. According to the announcement in May, Elbers was to replace Ronojoy Dutta, from September 30.

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September 2022

Farnborough 2022 concludes

The grand biennial aviation extravaganza in UK witnessed the participation of many countries, and sealing of many deals, thus setting a roadmap for the civil aviation industry for the next few years.

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August 2022

Sri Lankan flights refuel at Kerala

Since May 27, 65 Sri Lankan Airlines flights have proceeded to destinations such as Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and Frankfurt after refuelling at Thiruvananthapuram Airport.

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August 2022

Spirit Airlines opts for JetBlue over Frontier

Spirit Airlines' merger drama has finally come to an end with the airline agreeing to a deal with JetBlue Airways.

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August 2022

Safran expands Indian footprint

On July 7 and 8, Safran inaugurated three new production sites in India and announced the construction of a major new facility in 2025, bolstering its strategic partnership with the country.

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August 2022

Halo partners with Eve for UATM solutions

Halo Aviation has agreed to be the first launch customer for Eve's urban air traffic management (UATM) software.

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August 2022

AFT's VTOL spree

"French aerospace start-up Ascendance Flight Technologies has disclosed letters of intent for 245 examples of its proposed hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft, known as the Atea. The Atea is five-seat, low-carbon aircraft which will go into production in 2025.

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August 2022

A revolutionary 'open architecture'

The open fan architecture is a key component of aero-engine maker CFM International's "Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines" (RISE) technology development program which aims to demonstrate and mature a range of new technologies for future engines that could enter service by the mid-2030s.

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August 2022

Gulfstream takes luxury to new skies

There are private jets, and then eyes were on the new Gulfstream G800 at the recently-held Farnborough Air Show.

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August 2022

Boosting India's Northeast

A strong regional airline network will not only uplift the Northeastern states, but will also help in addressing travel requirements to all the corners of those states, which will directly or indirectly help in creating more and more footfalls and will open thousands of new opportunities including new job openings in the region. An in-depth report.

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August 2022

India-Vietnam market: Hot, hot, and hotter!

With VietJet and Vietnam Airlines doing an 'Emirates' on India with multiple flights to multiple destinations, it is evident they look at the subcontinent as a key market. Is it a temporary relocation of routes till China opens completely again, or is it part of a long-term ambition to create a profitable hub in their home base?

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August 2022

Blue Dart signs UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now Pledge

Blue Dart has signed the 'Climate Neutral Now' (CNN) pledge by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The pledge highlights the organisation's commitment to ambitious CO2 reduction targets.

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July 2022

IndiGo awarded 'Indian Air cargo Transport Leader of Covid Vaccine'

IndiGo has won the Indian Air cargo Covid Transport Leader of Covid Vaccine award at the recently held CarGo India Conference in Mumbai.

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July 2022

Mumbai Airport declared India's 'Cargo Airport of the Year'

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has won the title of 'Cargo Airport of the Year-Region India' at the Air Cargo India-2022 Exhibition & Conference, for excellence in Air Cargo for the fifth time in a row.

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July 2022

SpiceJet gets certifications for cargo delivery to EU & UK

SpiceJet has announced that it has acquired two essential certifications that would allow the company to move mail and cargo of other airlines through SpiceJet effortlessly.

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July 2022

Sleeping in 'economy'

For the first time, economy class passengers are going to have the option of stretching out for some sleep on actual beds during their flights.

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July 2022

IATA's post-Covid call

The 78th Annual General Meeting of IATA in Doha (June 19-21, 2022) was a celebration that aviation is back with a bang. The first full meeting in the post-Covid era, there was renewed enthusiasm, and the industry reviewed the past two years and set new objectives for the global aviation industry to achieve over the next few years.

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July 2022

Superjet's Russian engine readies for flight

Russia's United Engine Corporation has completed ground testing of the PD-8 turbofan and has begun preparing it for flight trials on the Ilyushin-76LL testbed later this year.

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July 2022

The India-Vietnam connection

The India-Vietnam tourism sector is flourishing in the post-pandemic era with many airlines entering the fray.

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July 2022

Vistara's emerging hubs

Mumbai airport was the largest airport in the country by passenger traffic until 2008-2009. The title shifted to Delhi airport, and Delhi has been going strong since then, with the gap with Mumbai increasing with every passing year. No wonder then that the new airlines which started since then, focused more on Delhi and in some cases even Bengaluru.

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July 2022

There is nothing like getting on a plane

After two years of Covid restrictions and grounded fleet, airlines and airports worldwide are scrambling to cope with the growing number of travellers. While it will mean a remarkable turnaround for the industry, it has brought in its wake a desperate effort to hire staff, manage employees, and ramp up operations. An insight into the worldwide impact of the growing passenger numbers.

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July 2022

Unwinding the Pawan Hans knot

A series of irregularities have surfaced over the ongoing privatisation process of Pawan Hans, thus putting everything into a deep quagmire. An in-depth report.

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June 2022

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