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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mumbai to Durgapur flight services start under UDAN scheme
Comment: This is the beginning. Durgapur will become a major airport in eastern India with many more destinations.
Sir, I am not as sure as you are, since AI has been forced to fly this route, and SG is doing this only under UDAN. The demand and the yields need to pick up, to make things viable. Right now, RDP having a non-UDAN conection only to DEL should be an indicator. The CCU-RDP flight failed miserably in the first avatar of RDP connectivity, even with an AT-4 failing to get numbers, forget yields.
On the other hand, I look forward to flying to RDP: I have one trip in early July. This will be my first trip to RDP. I may have another one soon. I will also talk to people around, to know first-hand, if things have changed on the ground.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sumantra, thanks for your comments. Next time you visit Durgapur airport could you please post some pictures.
Regarding lack of CCU-LHR flight, I think we have serious differences of opinion and we have to live with that. I have no faith in Air India internal studies, market analysis, yearly statistics and MCA news releases!
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How Calcutta won a Dubai flight but lost a London one.
The new route sounds suspiciously like a consolation prize.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/how-calcutta-won-a-dubai-flight-but-lost-a-london-one/cid/1693185?ref=west-bengal-recommended-stry-4


But the Centre decided to give the route to Bangalore and it was launched in November last year, which the sources have attributed to political reasons.

Mamata had personally requested Jet Airways, which has now ceased to operate, to start a direct flight to Europe. The airline had turned down the request, saying Calcutta was a low-yield market and the flight would not be viable.

After Air India pulled out its direct London flight in 2008, British Airways and Lufthansa had followed suit, snapping Calcutta’s direct air links with Europe.


The article sums up the arguments against a direct non stop flight from CCU to London. Jet airways turned it down as CCU was a low yield market. BA and other carriers pulled out after AI did.

The only viable option is for BA to introduce a flight with numerous connection possibilities to many destinations and BA might still do it as it has recently started service to Islamabad.

AI introduced a flight from BLR because it is a high yield market and BA was making a killing on this route. BLR already has 4 European carriers, BA, LH, AF and KL and is much more viable than MAA, HYD also.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sumantra, thanks for your comments. Next time you visit Durgapur airport could you please post some pictures.
I will, Sir. In fact, I am quite curious to get some circumstantial evidence of how the flight, and RDP itself is doing.
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Regarding lack of CCU-LHR flight, I think we have serious differences of opinion and we have to live with that. I have no faith in Air India internal studies, market analysis, yearly statistics and MCA news releases!
Sir, I think you have serious difference of opinion with not just me, it is with everyone else not just on this forum, but airline industry insiders as well, across the globe, who seem echo just one pertinent fact in unison: CCU is not yet worth the effort. Of course, you can choose not to have any faith in not just Air India's, but any airline's internal studies, market analysis, yearly statistics and news releases, be it Indigo, British Airways, Lufthansa, or KLM. All these airlines are in a far more respectable economic condition as compared to Air India. and as an Indian taxpayer, I am really happy if less of taxpayers' money goes does the Air India drain.
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As you all know CCU is now served by good number of flights from ME3 airlines. My information is good number of these passengers are for EU and north America. Why AI cannot serve these group of passengers? Does GOI counting on ME3 airlines for CCU bound passengers? Who created such a crazy policy? This requires political authorization and not back door business manipulation. AI is sure to find good number of business class passengers among these group of people to make their flight commercially viable. All you need sincerity and less arrogance! Remember NRI from Kolkata are contributing much to mother INDIA and they should not be marginalized by Air India for any reason. After all CCU is a part of desi air/space!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As you all know CCU is...
Sir, I do not see why you are missing the point. You may point fingers at AI, but surely, the people in charge at Indigo, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa know their onions quite well. The ME3 are a different kettle of fish. Forget foreign airlines. Take Indigo: they rule the roost at CCU in the domestic market. Yet, they are not looking at any long-haul out of CCU. Sir, I think all of us have put our logic forward. Forget conspiracy theories, partiality, the quintessential oppressed mentality. There is sound logic here, which you do not like to believe. I will stop here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DEL-RDP-DEL flights. Tomorrow (that is, in a few hours from now), I will take:
04 Jul (Thu) AI 755: [05:50 am - 07:50 am]
and return the next day, on:
05 Jul (Fri) AI 765: [08:25 am - 10:35 am]
I booked my tickets on the Web Special (Economy) fares classes T and L, respectively, for Rs.3574 and Rs.4834, respectively.
What is still available for booking: the web special fares:
AI 755: Rs.5219 and AI 756: Rs.7119, classes S and L.
That does not give me a nice feeling about yields on this flight being good.
I get the distinct feeling that unless covered under UDAN or the state picks up a tab on the cost, any airline will struggle on this route. LEt me see what circumstantial evidence I see tomorrow, and the day after.
All said and done, I am eager to see the KNI airport at RDP: arrival tomorrow, and departure, the day after.
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IAF lands Sukhois in civil airports in eastern sector. IAF sources said this would help the pilots to enhance their operational capabilities and prepare better to face any threat in the eastern sector from China.

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/national/iaf-lands-sukhois-in-civil-airports-in-eastern-sector-731854.html

How Pakistan's airspace ban has hit India's airlines

Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/69155746.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

After 36 years of service, INS Ranjit to be decommissioned –a glorious past.
INS Ranjit, the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by erstwhile USSR, was commissioned in 1983. The ship will be decommissioned at a ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, om Monday, May6. https://www.thestatesman.com/india/ins-ranjit-to-be-decommissioned-after-36-years-of-service-1502751436.html . This was one of the earliest guided missile destroyer of Navy.
Air India forced to ground 20 aircraft due to lack of funds to replace their engines. https://www.airlive.net/air-india-forced-to-ground-20-aircraft-due-to-lack-of-funds-to-replace-their-engines/

Boeing Knew About 737 Max Sensor Problem Before Plane Crash In Indonesia. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/06/720553748/boeing-knew-about-737-max-sensor-problem-before-plane-crash-in-indonesia Boeing too busy in making money!!
Early morning take off from Kolkata airport using Kilo taxiway: https://youtu.be/h1NbsrwiY6g
Russia's Su-35 Spooks the U.S. Air Force. Here's What We Can Tell You. https://www.yahoo.com/news/russias-su-35-spooks-u-150000777.html

China's furtive underwater nukes test the Pentagon. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/chinas-furtive-underwater-nukes-test-the-pentagon/articleshow/69186361.cms

• Satellite imagery reveals regular presence of Chinese nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines at the strategic base near the resort city of Sanya
• This means China has a force of missile submarines that can launch nuclear attacks from beneath the waves
• The Pentagon said that Beijing now has a "credible" and "viable" sea-based nuclear deterrent

SAD SIGHT: FIRST TWO AIRBUS A380 IN THE SCRAPYARDS.
MIAMI — The first two ex-Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s are being scrapped in Tarbes, France. At a very young age of just 12 years, these two Super Jumbos have failed to find a second-hand operator and will, therefore, be discarded
https://airwaysmag.com/industry/sad-sight-first-two-airbus-a380-in-the-scrapyards/

For ‘hot’ destination Kolkata, airfares touch the skies.
Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/69259627.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Ramp loading of long line of parked aircrafts at NSCBI airport. https://youtu.be/QsSSAD0iWcA It seems GoAir is out of luck in getting aerobridge spot. This airport needs more aerobridges!


What went wrong inside Boeing 737Max cockpit? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/boeing_two_deadly_crashes

IAF carries out aerial version of BrahMos missile fired from Su-30 aircraft.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/69446958.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
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SpiceJet technician gets stuck in aircraft's landing gear door at Kolkata airport, dies.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/spicejet-technician-dies-after-getting-stuck-in-aircrafts-door-at-kolkata-airport/articleshow/70151751.cms ;

A SpiceJet technician was killed at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata after he got stuck in the main landing gear door of an aircraft he was working on.
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United Airlines back in business in Indian sky.

United Airlines announced it is resuming its daily nonstop service between New York/Newark and Delhi and Mumbai on Sept. 6, 2019 (eastbound), and Sept. 7, 2019 (westbound). Tickets are now available for purchase.
“We are excited to get back to connecting our customers and our employees to India as our teams prepare to restart our daily service to both Delhi and Mumbai,” said United’s Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella. “We’re looking forward to beginning our third daily nonstop flight to India this December.” https://www.rustourismnews.com/2019/07/19/united-airlines-resuming-service-between-new-york-and-delhi-and-mumbai/
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Busy apron view of NSCBI airport ; https://youtu.be/C1WvdtM1NYg Aircrafts are still fueled by fuel truck and significant amount of ramp loading going on. This departure is from Kilo taxiway facing south.

No flights to Sikkim from June 1. Is it that difficult to install a ILS system?
Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/69452103.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Beijing is building hundreds of airports as millions of Chinese take to the skies. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/china-new-airports/index.html Why India cannot build airports at this rate? Perhaps China has lot more unproductive land than India!

IndiGo Announces New Flights, Offers Tickets from Rs. 2,499.
IndiGo's latest announcement comes at a time when full-service carrier Jet Airways has suspended its operations temporarily. https://www.ndtv.com/business/indigo-announces-new-flights-offers-tickets-from-rs-2-499-routes-schedule-booking-details-here-2043005

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped from leaving India - airport official. Comment: Whats going on? If you start airlines business someday GOI will get you! Then people should start food or clothing business and not the airlines business! https://www.reuters.com/article/us-jet-airways-debt-idUSKCN1SV0LS


Emirates Looking to Replace 737 MAX Planes with Airbus Models. https://www.flyertalk.com/articles/emirates-looking-to-replace-737-max-planes-with-airbus-models.html

Planes can now fly for 21 hours non-stop. But are people ready? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/05/planes-can-now-fly-for-21-hours-non-stop-but-are-humans-ready/

Hong Kong Airport Authority outlines its ‘Airport City’ vision.
Hong Kong International Airport is planning a transformation from city airport to ‘Airport City’ to ensure the airport can facilitate the expected exponential passenger growth. https://www.internationalairportreview.com/news/92987/hong-kong-airport-city-vision/

India’s Modi just won reelection in a landslide. Here’s what he could do next. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-modi-just-won-reelection-in-a-landslide-heres-what-he-could-do-next/2019/05/30/e74df9ec-8235-11e9-b585-e36b16a531aa_story.html?utm_term=.96703a3cad9c
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Our Ameya Sir's nice write-up on the opening of the CCU-Vietnam route on 6E:
https://networkthoughts.com/2019/07/30/indigo-to-launch-flights-to-vietnam/
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sumantra wrote:
DEL-RDP-DEL flights. Tomorrow (that is, in a few hours from now), I will take:
04 Jul (Thu) AI 755: [05:50 am - 07:50 am]
and return the next day, on:
05 Jul (Fri) AI 765: [08:25 am - 10:35 am]
I booked my tickets on the Web Special (Economy) fares classes T and L, respectively, for Rs.3574 and Rs.4834, respectively.
What is still available for booking: the web special fares:
AI 755: Rs.5219 and AI 756: Rs.7119, classes S and L.
That does not give me a nice feeling about yields on this flight being good.
I get the distinct feeling that unless covered under UDAN or the state picks up a tab on the cost, any airline will struggle on this route. LEt me see what circumstantial evidence I see tomorrow, and the day after.
All said and done, I am eager to see the KNI airport at RDP: arrival tomorrow, and departure, the day after.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Sumantra, please share your experience. I know you are busy but there is no TR on Andal airport that I came across. Eagerly waiting. Thanks
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PAL@YWG wrote:
Sumantra, please share your experience. I know you are busy but there is no TR on Andal airport that I came across. Eagerly waiting. Thanks
Samir-da: I will share photographs and some notes. It is a bare-minimum airport, geared for low-cost efficient operations. The maintenance is not quite up to the mark. The infrastructure around hasn't attracted the investors as originally envisaged: there is hardly any Aerotropolis to talk of. The roads around the place are not in good shape: this changes drastically when one crosses the border and enters Jharkhand! The difference is quite stark.
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https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/puja-date-for-calcutta-vietnam-flight/cid/1695538?ref=more-from-states_states-page

Direct connectivity with Hanoi is good news but I wonder why not Ho Chi Minh City which is more westernized with larger Buddhist population and closer to CCU.I hope in course of time CCU will be connected with Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and S.Korea/Japan.
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sabya99 wrote:
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/puja-date-for-calcutta-vietnam-flight/cid/1695538?ref=more-from-states_states-page

Direct connectivity with Hanoi is good news but I wonder why not Ho Chi Minh City which is more westernized with larger Buddhist population and closer to CCU.I hope in course of time CCU will be connected with Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and S.Korea/Japan.

Sir: I beat you to this news post, please see above Razz
Please see our Ameya Sir's nice analysis. Hanoi is better from a business connection point of view. 6E with its lower cost structure will be able to do much better in the market compared to any other Indian airline at this moment. 6E is leveraging traffic, utilising its leading presence at CCU, and harnessing its cost structure well. At the moment, it one Indian airline can make this route work, it has to be Indigo.
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As airlines fight to claim ownership of the "world's longest flight operator" title, Emirates is heading the opposite route in the distance stakes.
The Dubai-based airline has just announced plans to launch the world's shortest flight on the world's biggest commercial plane -- the double-decker Airbus A380.
Two daily A380 flights between Dubai and Muscat International Airport are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1.
The distance between the two cities is just 340 kilometers (211 miles). Fun fact: That's shorter than the length of all the wiring in the A380, which, according to plane manufacturer Airbus, would stretch over 500 kilometers if laid out end to end. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/emirates-to-launch-worlds-shortest-a380-flight/ar-AACaTar

The Worst Planes and Helicopters Ever Made. http://www.moneypop.com/business/the-worst-planes-and-helicopters-ever-made/?utm_source=ao&utm_campaign=hjm-dtm-us-n-0-0-190520-mp-ao-a0&utm_medium=aol-ao&utm_content=blank&utm_term=4730&safari=1

Landing on Kolkata main runway (19L); please note brightly lighted Cat 111b cockpit view of the main runway : https://youtu.be/pfj1thhpbZ0
Day time landing on south side of Kolkata main runway (01R); cockpit view: https://youtu.be/RqoEzyUp6IE
SriLankan Airlines named world’s most punctual.
In May, it achieved a punctuality rating of 90.75 per cent. https://www.thestatesman.com/business/srilankan-airlines-named-worlds-punctual-1502762946.html

Wreckage of IAF's missing AN-32 spotted in Arunachal Pradesh. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/wreckage-of-iafs-missing-an-32-spotted-in-arunachal-pradesh/articleshow/69744187.cms. A dangerous place to fly. Many turbo planes were lost in nearby airspace during second world war hump operation.

No Stealth for You: India Says It Can 'Track' China's New J-20 Fighter. https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-stealth-india-says-track-200500224.html

Heathrow reveals expansion 'masterplan'. Heathrow Airport will construct a third runway by 2026 and complete its expansion by 2050, according to its "masterplan" published on Tuesday.The plan includes diverting rivers, moving roads and rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the new runway. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48668001

Australian Investigator Finds Substantial New Evidence About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. https://upbeatnews.com/australian-investigator-finds-substantial-new-evidence-about-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh370/?utm_source=revcontent&utm_medium=ja&utm_term=101131&utm_content=rc_ja_003&utm_campaign=un_rc_plane_pg_dt_us_0619_002_ja

It's Official: China Wants to Be an Aircraft Carrier Superpower (As in 6 Carriers).
https://news.yahoo.com/official-china-wants-aircraft-carrier-142900526.html
Satelite observation of new PLA flattop under construction.
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Why the IAF’s triumph is so very important.
Both Balakot foray by the Indian Air Force and the (retaliatory) attempted counter-air operations of the Pakistani Air Force on the following day, therefore, have definitely put forth the necessity of air power in the front line of terror fighting in the future. https://www.thestatesman.com/opinion/why-the-iafs-triumph-is-so-very-important-1502747776.html

IAF MiG-29s get major upgrades, now more lethal.
The Russian origin MiG-29 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been upgraded to meet the challenging battle requirements giving a much-needed boost to the strength of the force.
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/iaf-mig-29s-get-major-upgrades-1502693828.html
Bhubaneswar Airport To Get 2 More Aerobridges Soon. https://odishatv.in/odisha/bhubaneswar-airport-to-get-2-more-aerobridges-soon-380193
LHR to Dhaka on Biman Bangladesh B777-300 : https://youtu.be/np1if0hc_30
World’s worst airlines ranked by Far and Wide : https://www.farandwide.com/s/worst-airlines-world-0cace09f0db54400

Narrow escape for flight on rain-soaked Kolkata airport runway ...
Main runway was closed for 45 minutes and secondary runway started functioning instantly.
Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/70048185.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Busy Kolkata airport on Dec. 18th,2018 morning : https://youtu.be/FJjMj7G24GE

Flight from Kolkata to Guwahati airport : https://youtu.be/VegfpGO9aCY Please note new lighted taxiways and demolition work on old domestic terminal already started at NSCBI airport.

Newly constructed apron area in front of old international terminal: https://youtu.be/vDPgTcbkvKA

Russia plans to make 200 more Sukhoi jets despite crash.
Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/international/russia-plans-to-make-200-more-sukhoi-jets-despite-crash-745787.html
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Take off from Kolkata airport on a rainy day : https://youtu.be/zl_WRcOJX8o

Landing at Kolkata in total darkness: https://youtu.be/8bbh9WpRksg

Beijing just finished construction of its massive new international airport — here's what it looks like. https://www.businessinsider.com/beijing-daxing-new-airport-construction-photos-pictures-2019-7
Govt orders probe into defunct Jet Airways over ‘fund diversion, irregularities’
The cash-strapped company became the first domestic airliner to go into bankruptcy after the NCLT admitted an insolvency petition filed by SBI on behalf of 26 lenders on June 20. https://www.thestatesman.com/business/govt-orders-probe-defunct-jet-airways-fund-diversion-irregularities-1502773902.html

American Airlines apologizes for humiliating doctor who was told to cover up. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/american-airlines-apologizes-for-humiliating-doctor-who-was-told-to-cover-up/ar-AAE5VLE


Airbus takes lead over Boeing in 2019 aircraft deliveries. Deliveries of Boeing airliners tumbled 37% in the first half of 2019 as the company struggled to fix its bestselling plane after two deadly crashes, and Europe’s Airbus surged far ahead in the competition between the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers
Airbus said Tuesday that it delivered 389 planes in the first half, up 28% from 303 a year earlier. Shipments were strong for its more fuel-efficient A320neo family of planes.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-boeing-on-the-verge-of-losing-title-of-worlds-biggest-plane-maker/

Sept 17 deadline for Rupsi airport.
Proposed airport to cater to travellers not only from Assam but Meghalaya & Bengal
By Mukesh Kumar Singh in Dhubri. https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/sept-17-deadline-for-rupsi-airport/cid/1694355

Pakistan impact on Calcutta airport: planes diverted, revenues hit.
After Pakistan shut airspace, Europe-bound overflying flights are forced to change route. Across the world, airports are trying to increase their earnings from commercial operations. However, in 2017-18, the Calcutta airport had earned Rs 965.35 from aeronautical services, compared with Rs 265.08 crore from commercial operations, an official said.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/pakistan-impact-on-calcutta-airport-planes-diverted-revenues-hit/cid/1686659?ref=west-bengal-related-story-3

Landing at NSCBI airport from north on a A319 : https://youtu.be/mbJ6ZXkbQK8

Takeoff from NSCBI airport; taxing over secondary runway then Kilo taxiway to main runway facing south. https://youtu.be/Jao7Gpwhwrk
Tour of Shilong Umroi airport : https://youtu.be/fJ1w_5_9WZE

DGCA suspends flying licences of SpiceJet pilots for violati ..

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Tour of Shilong Umroi airport : https://youtu.be/fJ1w_5_9WZE
Air India no longer serves Shillong. Only Indigo AT7-6 daily flight, from/to Calcutta. I have a second Durgapur KNI airport (RDP) visit in a week's time. Damn...I need to upload pictures from my earlier trip...I hope I get some time to write on this.
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Thanks, Sumantra
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We Now Know Why Russia Never Got Around to Building a Ton of Aircraft Carriers.
Surprising? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/we-now-know-why-russia-never-got-around-building-ton-aircraft-carriers-66762

India Says Russia's Missiles Don't Work (And Wants to Buy Israeli Ones Instead). https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/india-says-russias-missiles-dont-work-and-wants-buy-israeli-ones-instead-67127
I See You: India Says It Can Track China's Stealth Fighters. https://www.yahoo.com/news/see-india-says-track-chinas-070000922.html
Direct flight to Hong Kong in Aug; Vietnam link on cards. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/direct-flight-to-hong-kong-in-aug-vietnam-link-on-cards/articleshow/70311621.cms
Munich airport takes Newark, JFK role.
Europe's best airport is going to take a shot at improving two of America's worst. Munich Airport, named by Skytrax for 12 of the past 14 years, will take responsibility for new terminals at New York's JFK and Newark Liberty airports.
https://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/munich-airport-takes-newark-jfk-role#comments

Flyers irked over local SIM clause to use free Wi-Fi at Kolkata airport.
Kolkata: The city airport’s social media pages have been flooded with complaints from passengers, especially international flyers without a local mobile number, about the difficulty in accessing the free Wi-Fi at the terminal.
As in all airports in the country, the password for the free Wi-Fi is sent as a one-time password to a local mobile number that needs to be put in during the online registration at the airport. For international passengers who do not have a local number, the OTP needs to be collected from a help desk on production of passport and tickets. However, in Kolkata, passengers rue there is neither proper signage nor an official to guide them to help desks.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/flyers-irked-over-local-sim-clause-to-use-free-wi-fi-at-city-airport/articleshow/70321482.cms

Fifth Dornier aircraft squadron commissioned into Indian Navy. https://www.thestatesman.com/india/fifth-dornier-aircraft-squadron-commissioned-indian-navy-1502780994.html
Recent takeoff from NSCBI airport, main runway. Apron construction in the east complete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PvR3Tjg5ik
Airport sets up remote check-in, scan facility in New Town for Haj pilgrims. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/airport-sets-up-remote-check-in-scan-facility-in-new-town-for-haj-pilgrims/articleshow/70403413.cms
Kolkata: For the first time, Kolkata airport authorities have commissioned remote registered baggage X-ray and check-in facilities in New Townfor pilgrims travelling to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Haj. Such facilities are available in several cities abroad like Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur, particularly in airport metro lines where check-in and luggage X-ray are done at the metro station in the city centre.

Bad News: China is Building Three Huge Helicopter 'Aircraft Carriers'. https://www.yahoo.com/news/bad-news-china-building-three-083000911.html
Russia's deadliest new war machines. https://www.cnet.com/pictures/russias-deadliest-new-war-machines/?&ftag=ACQ-00-10aaj4g&adid=34133743917&vndid=FINANCE_US
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Kolkata: Express courier terminal to boost airport cargo facility.

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IAF's Tarun Chaudhri becomes first pilot to accomplish wingsuit skydive jump. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/iafs-tarun-chaudhri-becomes-first-pilot-to-accomplish-wingsuit-skydive-jump/articleshow/70447907.cms

Comment: This is somewhat a common sports activity in the west!

India Almost Sank Its Own $2.9 Billion Submarine by Leaving a Hatch Open. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/india-almost-sank-its-own-29-billion-submarine-leaving-hatch-open-70321
Comment : What is going to happen to this white elephant?


India's Aircraft Carrier Caught On Fire. China Thinks It Knows Why.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/indias-aircraft-carrier-caught-fire-china-thinks-it-knows-why-70711
The blaze was extinguished, but not before an Indian Navy lieutenant commander, who led the firefighting effort, was overcome by fumes and later died in hospital, according to Indian media. He had gotten married just a month earlier. India’s only aircraft carrier suffered a fire that left one sailor dead. And China, which is India’s rival, says this is because Indians aren’t competent enough to operate advanced military equipment.

Airbus is testing a plane with flapping wingtips inspired by the albatross. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/airbus-albatross-wing-tips-intl-scli/index.html

Aviation Ministry advises airlines to keep fares from Srinagar in check. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/aviation-ministry-advises-airlines-to-keep-fares-from-srinagar-in-check/812433.html

Runway extension going on at Barackpore Air Force station near Kolkata. Latest picture: https://www.google.com/maps/@22.7741214,88.3572401,642m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en New runway length about 7100 ft.

The Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet Is Fading Fast. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/airbus-a380-jumbo-jet-fading-181100410.html
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Delhi Airport: DIAL Works On Major Expansion of IGIA To Increase Capacity & Become First Indian Airport With 4 Runways. https://swarajyamag.com/insta/delhi-airport-dial-works-on-major-expansion-of-igia-to-increase-capacity-become-first-indian-airport-with-4-runways

Boeing conducted 500 test flights of 737MAX in bid to restore trust following crashes. https://www.airlive.net/boeing-conducted-500-test-flights-of-737max-in-bid-to-restore-trust-following-crashes/

BA IT systems failure results in cancelled flights and delays at London airports. British Airways is experiencing unspecified technical difficulties at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City airports, prompting it to cancel flights. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252468002/BA-IT-systems-failure-results-in-cancelled-flights-and-delays-at-London-airports

280,000 passengers travel through Dubai airport.
One of the busiest days of the year, as 3 terminals see surge ahead of Eid Al Adha. https://gulfnews.com/uae/transport/280000-passengers-travel-through-dubai-airport-1.65725254

BLR to CCU by IndiGo: Takeoff and Landing. Service road in the east of main runway at Kolkata airport is almost complete! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76DIcoOahM

Inside Kolkata airport ( Complete Guide ) ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JHouK58PLk

Pakistan deploying fighter jets to Skardu near Ladakh, India watching closely. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistan-deploying-fighter-jets-to-skardu-near-ladakh-india-watching-closely/articleshow/70638615.cms
Will there be another Kargil like situation?

B747-400 operating as Haj flight from CCU landing on lighted runway 19L. Please look at runway lights and PAPI; https://youtu.be/_h5Riifwwks

Landing of Cessna 680 on Kolkata main runway : https://youtu.be/V8GxK-9j_PI Brilliant light path near 19L.
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Landing on brightly lighted NSCBI airport; https://youtu.be/50_JxRQiRGw .


Russia flies nuclear-capable TU-160 bombers to region facing Alaska.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-flies-nuclear-capable-bombers-to-region-facing-alaska/ar-AAFO4uH

Billion-dollar route: British Airways' service between London Heathrow and New York JFK is the only route in the world to generate more than a billion dollars in annual revenue. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/highest-revenue-airline-routes/index.html

What Is The Safest Airplane To Fly?
The grounding of the entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet earlier this year in March 2019 has many flyers asking what the safest airplane to fly is. Whether you're curious or have a heightened fear of flying, you might try booking a flight operating on one of these airplanes.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffwhitmore/2019/08/16/what-is-the-safest-airplane-to-fly/#19ede4b85c72

Take off from Kolkata airport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PvR3Tjg5ik

DXB airport retains top position even as traffic dips due to runway closure.
Airport remains the world's busiest for international passengers. Comment: This is because of India bound traffic. https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/dxb-airport-retains-top-position-even-as-traffic-dips-due-to-runway-closure-1.896968

Andaman complains after GoAir, IndiGo, Vistara withdraw flights.
Andaman and Nicobar administration has also flagged the issue of exorbitant airfares charged by the airlines on flights between Port Blair and mainland cities. https://www.thestatesman.com/business/airlines-pull-flights-andaman-complains-1502791360.html

Smooth daytime landing on Kolkata secondary runway: https://youtu.be/Rmwonc8jgrI


Another view of integrated terminal of Kolkata airport : https://youtu.be/Um4LwB_pbss

Bhubaneswar airport: https://youtu.be/Dz0qyRsBzR8

Pak considering full airspace closure for India: Min
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Kolkata to Guangzhou and Kolkata to Ho Chi Min City air services from October.
In an exclusive interview with The Statesman, Willy Boulter, chief commercial officer (CCO) of Indigo Airlines informed that on 23 September Kolkata to Hanoi (Vietnam) daily flight services will commence.
https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/kolkata-guangzhou-kolkata-ho-chi-min-city-air-services-october-1502793788.html

Hope for direct links with West and Far East as internationa ..

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IAF exercise in civil airports starts with Kolkata
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IndiGo inaugurates flights from Kolkata to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City
19 Oct 2019, 04:44AM ISTSource: ANI

India’s largest passenger carrier IndiGo on Friday commenced direct daily operations between Kolkata and Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial capital of Vietnam. IndiGo’s Associate Director, Arvind Bhandari said, “We are launching our second flight to Vietnam. Our first flight response was fantastic and today we are connecting to the second city of Vietnam. We are happy about it.” At present, the airline is on a massive international expansion plan. It has already launched 4 flights in the last 5 weeks to Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Kuwait. Currently, it flies to 60 domestic and 23 international routes.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/city/kolkata/shocking-woman-stripped-beaten-by-mob-after-being-accused-of-having-an-affair/videoshow/71664935.cms
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Window of surge between Durga Puja slump and sluggish Christmas bookings.

Calcutta. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/diwali-rush-home-drives-air-fares/cid/1714291?ref=calcutta_home-template
Air fares to Calcutta are soaring this Diwali after a slump during Durga Puja.
Last-minute fares for flights to Calcutta from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore surged four to five times on Friday and Saturday as tens of thousands of people working outside are returning home for the festival of lights.
Travel portals showed on Friday evening that the one-way fare from Bangalore to Calcutta for a late night flight on Friday was around Rs 39,000.
The average one-way fare in the sector varies between Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,000. (more)
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Sir: you may have noticed the announcement of discontinuation of the Calcutta-Hong Kong Indigo flight. Unfortunately, even the UDAN Pakyong (Sikkim) flight continues to be suspended. While one may temporarily blame other causes (unrest in Hong Kong, weather in Pakyong), the airlines concerned (Indigo and SpiceJet) are not finding it an attractive economic proposition to operate these flights. Unfortunate, but true.
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Russia fires nuclear-capable missile from North Pole. https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2019/08/25/russia-fires-nuclear-capable-missile-from-north-pole/#740c734f15a9
Early on Saturday morning the peace and tranquility of the Arctic, hundreds of miles from the nearest signs of human activity, was shattered. A Russian submarine punched through the ice near the North Pole and fired a Sineva type intercontinental ballistic missile. Meanwhile, around 1,000 miles further south, yet still within the Arctic Circle, another Russian submarine launched a Bulava type intercontinental ballistic missile from beneath the surface of the Barents Sea. The timing and location of these tests may be intended to send messages both internally and to the rest of the world.

Foreign airlines ban MacBook Pro on India bound flights. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/foreign-airlines-ban-some-macbook-pro-models-on-india-flights/articleshow/70834128.cms

Could Pakistan sink an Indian aircraft carrier in the war? https://news.yahoo.com/could-pakistan-sink-indian-aircraft-100000530.html

Why neither India nor Pakis could risk a nuclear war.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-neither-india-nor-pakistan-can-risk-a-nuclear-war/articleshow/70908000.cms
Comments: Agni-2 to Agni 5 were not developed for Paki threat. Those missiles were primary China specific. In future if some crazy middle Eastern countries becomes too hostile to India and directly help Pak in a short but high intensity war they could also be used. I suppose most Agni missiles are spread all across the country under a centralized command. But Prithvi mark 2 are short range and rapid reaction missiles probably only under army control. These missiles have very short reaction time as 2-3 minutes.
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Flight take-off aborted after dog spotted at Goa airport runway. https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/dog-goa-airport-runway-aborts-airasia-india-flight-take-off-1594189-2019-09-01
According to an official, a dog spotted by the Air Traffic Control was immediately removed from the Goa airport runway. The AirAsia India flight then departed at around 9.15 am.
Comment : Is it a dog or Fox? Usually dogs are not that stupid.

HOW TO GET FROM LONDON AIRPORTS TO THE CITY.HTTPS://THEPLANETD.COM/GET-FROM-LONDON-AIRPORTS/

BLR TO CCU IN INDIGO FLIGHT. NOTE HUGE SPACE AVAILABLE AT BLR AIRPORT. SERVICE ROAD EAST OF MAIN KOLKATA RUNWAY IS NOW COMPLETE. WHAT AAI WILL DO NOW; SET UP PLAYGROUND? HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=A76DICOOAHM

RAIN SOAKED KOLKATA RUNWAY(SECONDARY) WITH LCD EDGE LIGHTS: HTTPS://YOUTU.BE/ROIPZKO8VQA

IAF's 17 Squadron to be resurrected on Tuesday; to be first ..

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Delhi IGI Airport gets India’s tallest ATC tower! 10 interesting facts about the new Air Traffic Control tower. https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/airlines-aviation/delhi-igi-airport-gets-indias-tallest-atc-tower-10-interesting-facts-about-the-new-air-traffic-control-tower/1695822/
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Chaos at Delhi airport after IndiGo, SpiceJet shift flight operations to T3
IndiGo and SpiceJet had shifted flight operations to Terminal 3 (T3) of the Delhi International Airport from September 5. https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/chaos-delhi-airport-indigo-spicejet-shift-flight-operations-t3-1502798299.html

India unlikely to seek Pak nod again for Air India One flights. http://defencenews.in/article/India-unlikely-to-seek-Pak-nod-again-for-Air-India-One-flights-596967

Don Mueang airport urgently needs wide-body planes. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1750589/don-mueang-airport-urgently-needs-wide-body-planes
Comment: Desi airports should also have wide body only slots. This way they could increase passenger loads of already crowded airports!

Bees on plane, Air India flight delayed. Three-hour wait on aircraft. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/bees-on-plane-air-india-flight-delayed/cid/1705201?ref=more-from-westbengal_story-page
Comment: Is NSCBI airport that sweet?

The next generation of aircraft will track your bathroom visits.
Airbus plans to use the Internet of Things to transform passenger experience — by monitoring everything from the lavatory to the overhead bins, more closely. https://theprint.in/tech/the-next-generation-of-aircraft-will-track-your-bathroom-visits/291975/

‘IndiGo Delhi-Istanbul flights taking off without passengers’ luggage for last 2 days’.In case there are strong headwinds, the plane has to carry higher amount of fuel, necessitating unloading of passengers and their baggage to reduce weight.
https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/indigo-s-istanbul-flights-taking-off-without-passengers-luggage-for-last-2-days-1568649537412.html

Revealed: Top 20 busiest airports in the world.
Dubai remains the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers
https://gulfbusiness.com/revealed-worlds-top-20-busiest-airports/

Singapore pushes for million visitors a year from India. https://www.connectedtoindia.com/singapore-pushes-for-million-visitors-a-year-from-india-6201.html According to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the city-state is looking at continuing the four-year trend of having over a million visitor arrivals from India in the current year.

Smoke from passenger's tablet: Etihad flight diverted. https://www.msn.com/en-ae/lifestyle/travel/smoke-from-passengers-tablet-etihad-flight-diverted/ar-AAHrcaP?li=BBqrVLO Earlier this month, UAE carriers Etihad, Emirates and flydubai banned passengers from carrying Apple's MacBook Pro laptop computers in checked luggage as part of safety-related measures.
"Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer's recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight," the Abu Dhabi based carrier said in statement.


Virgin Atlantic calls for end to IAG ‘stranglehold’ of Heathrow slots. https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/09/18/virgin-atlantic-calls-for-end-of-iag-stranglehold-of-heathrow-slots/ Virgin said it wants to target new destinations including Kolkata in India, the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Panama City, Kunming in China and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Comment: Let us wait and hope for the best!
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Kolkata airport to get new ATC by 2020

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The tower looks ugly; it seems MCA reluctantly approved this project just because of high domestic passengers.
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KIA world’s fastest growing airport in 2018: Report
Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/city/kia-world-s-fastest-growing-airport-in-2018-report-762672.html

Night landing on Kolkata main runway : https://youtu.be/8bbh9WpRksg Lighted taxiway and apron area.

Beijing Daxing: China's huge new 'starfish' airport opens its doors https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49750182

Is China's JF-17 Fighter Pakistan's Key To Pushing Back On India? https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-jf-17-fighter-pakistans-190000362.html
Take off in rain from NSCBI airport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDntmC1sbfY

Air India to launch Amritsar flights to London Stansted. https://ukaviation.news/air-india-to-launch-amritsar-flights-to-london-stansted/ Comment: Why so many flights from Punjab to UK? They already have DEL nearby! Its an overkill!

Don't Sleep on India's Nuclear Weapons (They Could Kill Billions).
India has 130 to 140 nuclear warheads—and more are coming, according to a new report. Should the world worry?
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/dont-sleep-indias-nuclear-weapons-they-could-kill-billions-84416

GOING BALLISTIC :
More than 100million people would die ‘immediately’ if India and Pakistan wage nuclear war, alarming study reveals. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10053353/nuclear-war-scenario-india-pakistan/ . Comment: Does Pak have any 150KT deliverable war heads?

MBDA Dials Lockheed On 2 Anti-Ship Missiles For Indian Navy’s Incoming Helos. https://www.livefistdefence.com/2019/10/mbda-dials-lockheed-on-2-anti-ship-missiles-for-indian-navys-incoming-helos.html


Singapore Airlines flight to Kolkata on Airbus 350-900, being greeted by water canon on June 3rd, 2019. https://youtu.be/nNS_b_WwcYA

Rajnath Singh Takes Official Handover of First Rafale In France; Takes Off RB001 For Sortie. https://youtu.be/3ry06LtnMqI

Metro hub 150m from Calcutta airport. Metro station will have corridor with walkalators for passengers to reach the terminal from the station. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/metro-hub-150m-from-calcutta-airport/cid/1689212
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DGCA nod for high-speed exit from runway

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France delivered the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets bought by India, and India's defense minister already took a spin in it. https://www.businessinsider.com/france-delivers-first-rafale-fighter-jet-to-india-2019-10

Russia Has a Terrifying Seaborne Nuclear Weapon. But America has nukes too. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-has-terrifying-seaborne-nuclear-weapon-87361

IAF wants new MiG-29s to be equipped with indigenous weapons. https://www.wionews.com/india-news/iaf-wants-new-mig-29s-to-be-equipped-with-indigenous-weapons-255645

Indian Air Force launched military exercise near border with Su - 30 MKI fighter jets. https://timesofislamabad.com/17-Oct-2019/indian-air-force-launched-military-exercise-near-border-with-su-30-mki-fighter-jets
Over the next few days, a bunch of Su-30 MKI and Hawk 132 combat aircraft will take-off and touch down at Dimapur in Nagaland, Imphal in Manipur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and Andal in West Bengal.
The first phase of the exercise, which began on Wednesday will conclude on Saturday whereas the second phase will be conducted between October 29 and November 1. Guwahati, Imphal, Dimapur and Kolkata will be covered in the first phase while Andal and Dimapur will come under the second phase.

Will IAF Rafale fighter jets give it air superiority over PAF?
https://timesofislamabad.com/04-Mar-2019/will-iaf-rafale-fighter-jets-give-it-air-superiority-over-paf
PAK viewpoint: While it is not a full-fledged stealth aircraft, it offers reduced visibility in the air due to many changes to the aircraft's external parts like the fuselage, tail-fin, engine air in-lets and many more.
The Rafale also houses a glass cockpit with a central computer, which selects and prioritises information to be displayed for the pilot. It is a highly-digitized cockpit, and even allows control over a wide range of the plane's functions via spoken voice commands.
Rafale aircraft is fitted with RBE2 AA active electronically scanned array (AESA), which reportedly delivers a detection range of 200 kilometres. In terms of the engine, Rafale aircraft houses two Snecma M88 engines, each of which is very powerful when it comes to providing thrust.
It has a maximum speed of 1,912 km/hr or 1,032 knots while flying high-altitude and 1,390 km/hr in low-altitude flights.
The standard setup includes a single 30 mm GIAT 30/M791 auto cannon with 125 deadly rounds. It also has at least 14 hardpoints (only air force version) for fitting weapons and external fuel tank. It is believed to be adept in both air-to-air and air-to-surface combat.
Therefore, the acquisition of Rafale jet holds significance for India.

Rainy day take off from NSCBI airport, main runway : https://youtu.be/0C9qPLzBHIw

Landing on Kolkata main runway : https://youtu.be/jFjb4IHlvK4 and https://youtu.be/H2jPBnSMIFI In the distance new ATC tower coming up slowly.

Pasighat airport of Arunachal Pradesh; construction complete.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pasighat+Airport/@28.0674601,95.3384792,1958m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x373f96e89760b3f5:0xd1b0f32e416bdd8c!2sPasighat+Airport!8m2!3d28.0681412!4d95.3348462!3m4!1s0x373f96e89760b3f5:0xd1b0f32e416bdd8c!8m2!3d28.0681412!4d95.3348462?hl=en
Brahmaputra river right next to it. Regular Air India flight available now.

World's longest non-stop commercial flight lands 19 hours after takeoff. https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/worlds-longest-non-stop-commercial-flight-lands-19-hours-after-takeoff/ar-AAJ4maz
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Emirates to serve special Diwali sweets on flights. https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/uae/emirates-to-serve-special-diwali-sweets-on-flights/ar-AAJdwHy?li=AAJh6fi

The fastest fighter jet in the world is more than 50 years. old https://www.businessinsider.com/mig-25-worlds-fastest-fighter-jet-over-50-years-old-2019-10?amp%3Butm_medium=referral

Night landing at NSCBI airport from south side: https://youtu.be/-iZvCh01CtU

Bengal hope soars on Assam airport.
The airport has been readied under the regional connectivity scheme of the Centre. The Assam government has announced that Rupsi airport in Kokrajhar district, which was abandoned by the British in 1945, is set to become operational again from December, bringing cheer in neighbouring Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts of Bengal. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/bengal-hope-soars-on-assam-airport/cid/1714525?ref=west-bengal_west-bengal-page

Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft take part in exercise at NSCBI airport .
Air warriors prepare for hostile situations; three aircraft flew till IAF’s Kalaikunda (KKD) Air Base. https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/sukhoi-30mki-fighter-aircraft-take-part-exercise-nscbi-airport-1502811473.html

In a worry for PAF, Indian Air Force signals buying Russian fifth generation Stealth fighter jets Su – 57. https://timesofislamabad.com/30-Oct-2019/in-a-worry-for-paf-indian-air-force-signals-buying-russian-fifth-generation-stealth-fighter-jets-su-57

India's IndiGo places historic order for 300 Airbus planes. Indian budget carrier IndiGo has placed an order for 300 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo-family jets worth at least $33 billion at recent catalog prices, handing the European plane maker what could be its biggest ever order from a single carrier. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indigo-airbus-exclusive-idUSKBN1X80XC

The JF-17 Fighter Shows How China Will Help Pakistan Fight Off India. https://www.yahoo.com/news/jf-17-fighter-shows-china-053000856.html
Chinese design, Russian engine, Pakistani flown.

62 years after last take-off, Spitfire lands in Kolkata as p ..

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Bengal hope soars on Assam airport.
The airport has been readied under the regional connectivity scheme of the Centre. The Assam government has announced that Rupsi airport in Kokrajhar district, which was abandoned by the British in 1945, is set to become operational again from December, bringing cheer in neighbouring Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts of Bengal. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/bengal-hope-soars-on-assam-airport/cid/1714525?ref=west-bengal_west-bengal-page
This is interesting, along with the UDAN tag. I wonder who will take the bait this time, with the strained Assam-WB relations. 9I? Till a possible stake sale/Government resurrection, a lot of decisions have been deferred.

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In a worry for PAF, Indian Air Force signals buying Russian fifth generation Stealth fighter jets Su – 57. https://timesofislamabad.com/30-Oct-2019/in-a-worry-for-paf-indian-air-force-signals-buying-russian-fifth-generation-stealth-fighter-jets-su-57
This really sounds like wishful thinking. The IAF seems to have moved away from the PAKFA idea completely.

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62 years after last take-off, Spitfire lands in Kolkata as p ..Read more at:
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This was in the news, with quite a few pictures of the silver Spitfire. Beautiful!
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This is interesting, along with the UDAN tag. I wonder who will take the bait this time, with the strained Assam-WB relations. 9I?

Cheers, Sumantra.


Sir, TruJet had won rights to fly to Rupsi from GAU under UDAN.
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Sir, TruJet had won rights to fly to Rupsi from GAU under UDAN.
Thanks a lot for the information, Sir!
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/kolkata-airport-burrows-deep-to-fly-high/articleshow/72910049.cms A pragmatic approach to reach the mosque inside Kolkata airport: dig out a tunnel 4meter deep underneath the taxiway with a cost of 60 crores rupees. Will it work?

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Scrapped aircraft wheeled out of Kolkata airport takes Jesso ..
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Yes, it is high time to save that historic aircraft flown by Biju Pattanaik that saved the life of Mr.Sukarno. We have discussed this in this forum years ago.

At least someone in AAI is thinking of this pressing problem!!
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IndiGo inaugurates flights from Kolkata to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City
19 Oct 2019, 04:44AM ISTSource: ANI

India’s largest passenger carrier IndiGo on Friday commenced direct daily operations between Kolkata and Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial capital of Vietnam.


Ok. So now the geriatric bhadra lok from Calcutta and the former Viet cong can visit each other and reminisce about the good old days under communist dictatorship in the shadow of the USSR. Haau naais it bhaas in those taaimes!
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