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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flights shorter, wait to land longer

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/flights-shorter-wait-to-land-longer-244805?ref=calcutta-new-stry
Dum Dum: Flights are reaching Calcutta and other cities faster than before because of more airspace being opened to commercial aviation, but that has proved counterproductive for airports unable to handle the increased frequency of landings.
Around 33 per cent of India's airspace was earlier closed to commercial flights because this portion had been reserved for the Indian Air Force. But a more flexible airspace policy has allowed airlines into the hitherto restricted zone, reducing the flying time of many flights.
But speakers at a seminar on Challenges in Aviation - Ground to Sky, organised by the Air Traffic Controllers' Guild (India) in New Town, said a corresponding upgrade in airport infrastructure was required to prevent flight delays.

On some routes, flights now arrive for landing ahead of schedule, only to hover above Calcutta for permission to touch down.
Not that Calcutta hasn't benefited from the flexible use of airspace. The Indian Air Force now allows commercial and private aircraft to fly over its airspace at bases like Barrackpore, Kalaikunda and Bagdogra, air traffic control (ATC) officials said.
"This airspace is opened to commercial flights mostly at night and that considerable reduces the distance some flights would otherwise need to travel," said Kalyan Choudhury, the general manager of air traffic management at the airport.
ATC officials said the flying time from Hyderabad to Calcutta is 19 minutes less when an aircraft is allowed to fly over restricted airspace. Flights operating between Europe and South East Asia can avoid Calcutta and fly over Kalaikunda, clipping 10 minutes off the normal flying time and also decongesting the highway in the sky.
The city airport handles about 700 flights every day. Mumbai has close to 1,000 daily flights and Delhi is even busier with 1,300 of them.
In Calcutta, congestion strikes when several flights approach the city for landing, some of them before time.
"We need to enhance infrastructure at the airport. Runway capacity needs to be increased and we also require rapid taxiways to allow aircraft to vacate the runway quickly. Ditto the number of parking bays," said Captain Sarvesh Gupta, the chairman of the airline operators' committee at the airport.
"The turnaround time of an aircraft should be reduced as well. To achieve this, the terminal must be larger than it is."
Turnaround time is the period when an aircraft lands, passengers disembark, boarding takes place again and the flight is ready for take-off.
The average turnaround time for an aircraft in Calcutta is 35 to 40 minutes. A larger terminal would ensure faster passenger flow and reduce the turnaround time to 20 to 25 minutes. "This would also mean aircraft occupying parking space for lesser durations," Gupta said.
Airport director Atul Dixit said that since April, runway capacity had increased from 30 to 35 flights an hour. "We are building about 15 parking bays. The F taxiway is being extended till the secondary runway to ensure faster evacuation by a flight after landing."
Aviation experts estimate that congestion will only increase because India's aviation sector is growing every year. "With flights increasing, runway capacity is saturating. We need to find ways to address this problem," said Kailash Pati Mandal, general secretary (eastern region) of the ATC guild.
Comment: Taxiway F should have been extended 5 years ago, while Kilo taxiway was being build. Secondary taxiway require a few set of taxiways for smooth functioning.
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Taxing and take off from NSCBI main runway. The secondary runway R19 clearly visible and a new taxiway here will be very useful: https://youtu.be/wZVJ11BA10A
Plane of the future B797 coming up: https://youtu.be/ql0Op1VcELw and https://youtu.be/1gx3-2Gfepo
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https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/279507/emirates-outlines-2q19-service-reductions-for-dubai-airport-runway-upgrade-project/ Dubai – Kolkata Reduce from 11 to 6 weekly. Following flights closed for booking
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https://youtu.be/36Yy7Zz7vVY Landing on Kolkata main runway in rain(19L). Note bright center line lights. It is high time to put these center line lights on all the taxiways!!
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New Singapore option with Sikkim flight debut
Airlines aim for mid-September start with eye on puja holiday travel


Dum Dum: Low-cost airline IndiGo will start a daily flight from Calcutta to Singapore in mid-September, coinciding with SpiceJet flying to Sikkim just ahead of the Puja season.
The average return fare for the Singapore flight could be around Rs 16,000, almost half the market baseline of Rs 30,000.
"IndiGo will operate an Airbus A320. The flight will take off at 6.55pm and land in Singapore at 1.45am local time. On the return journey, take-off will be at 1.40pm and arrival at 3.25pm," an official of the airline said.

The only airline that currently directly flies to Singapore daily from the city is Singapore Airlines.
Travel operators see the Singapore sector doing well, especially with IndiGo eyeing a start just weeks before Puja.
"With Hong Kong posing visa problems, tourists from Calcutta looking to travel during Puja need similar alternatives. The proposed IndiGo flight with a much lower fare than the competition provides them an option other than Thailand and Malaysia," said Anil Punjabi, the chairman (east) of the Travel Agents' Federation of India.Metro had reported in June about Hong Kong routinely rejecting visa registration applications from Calcutta.

Punjabi said student traffic from Calcutta to Singapore had also been growing. "A cheaper flight will provide them the opportunity to travel home more often."
For those looking closer home for holiday options, SpiceJet is finally ready to inaugurate its daily flight to Pakyong airport in Sikkim.
"There were some technical issues that have since been resolved," said an official of the airline. "The flight will start in the morning from Calcutta and take about an hour to reach Pakyong. It will go onward to Guwahati, although the timings have yet to be finalised."
SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to Pakyong from Calcutta and Guwahati under the civil aviation ministry's regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), which aims to revive airports equipped to handle commercial flights but are still not operational.
The cap on fares for the routes is Rs 2,500, applicable to 50 per cent of the seats. SpiceJet will operate Bombardier Q400 aircraft with 78 seats on this sector.
Pakyong airport is 4,600ft above the sea level and around 30km from Gangtok. The terminal building is spread across 3,200sq m.
Tourists headed for Gangtok by air now have to fly to Bagdogra and travel 123km in more than four hours by road to reach their destination.
Air connectivity will also spare tourists and Sikkim any uncertainty over travel resulting from political unrest in the Darjeeling hills.

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https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/new-singapore-option-with-sikkim-flight-debut-248247?ref=calcutta-new-stry
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google Earth update of NSCBI airport, July, 2018.
After a long delay Google updated NSCBI airport satellite view.
https://www.google.co.in/maps/@22.6637403,88.4482433,282a,35y,39.47t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Salient features are :
1) Extensive land filling on north side of the airfield with some reddish clay like materials
2) New service road constructed and painted white.
3) R19 RESA has a service road over it with white paint.
4) Preparations are going on to build taxiway F North. This important project must be taken care sooner.
5) Old airport pond filled up by sand possibly this area will used for new hangar complex or parking lot.
6) On the east side adjacent to main runway service road and apron areas are coming up This road may be prelude to a parallel taxiway in future.
7) Water body right next to R01 and across the airport boundary wall is now completely filled up with sand. This airport is expanding EAST now.
Cool New apron construction over the dismantled AI hangars still going on.
9) Outside the airport on the south side some land acquisition going on. But its full scope is not clear.
10) Church and mosque are in safe/sound condition and well preserved!
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Roomier airport in revamp focus
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/roomier-airport-in-revamp-focus-249954?ref=calcutta-ft-stry


A consultant has suggested that the Calcutta airport set up 32 more aerobridges, extend the width of the security hold area by 7 metres and set up an additional check-in area by demolishing the old domestic terminal.
Landrum & Brown, the US-based firm which specialises in aviation planning and development, has reviewed the master plan drawn up in 2008-09 for the airport's expansion and surveyed the new terminal building before recommending the changes based on utilisation of the facilities.
Representatives of the consultant gave a presentation on their recommendations to the Calcutta airport authorities on July 26.

"The proposal is being studied. We will give our feedback. The airline operators' committee, too, has been asked for feedback. The expansion plan will be finalised after all the suggestions are taken into account," said an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which had hired the American consultant.
The aviation scene has undergone a sea change since the AAI had drawn up the master plan a decade ago.
Landrum & Brown has projected that the 180,000sq m-terminal, which can handle 20 million passengers a year, will see an annual footfall of 45 million by 2027.
Officials said the integrated terminal, which now handles 20 lakh fliers a year, is nearing saturation.
Metro takes a look at some of the key suggestions
Aerobridges and check-in counters
The consultant has suggested that a check-in and security hold hub be set up at the spot where the old terminal building stands. The new facility, which will be adjacent to the integrated terminal, will be for domestic passengers.
"There are two proposals. According to one, an L-shaped structure housing the security hold will jut out from the check-in area," an official said. "The other proposal is to build two parallel structures attached to the check-in hub, which will house the security hold area."
The agency has suggested that 32 aerobridges be built for the new security hold area.
The airport has 18 aerobridges, which officials said are insufficient. Passengers are often taken to the aircraft on buses of the respective airlines.
Security hold
Landrum & Brown has suggested that the width of the security hold area be expanded by five to seven metres.
"They said there is huge unutilised space between the terminal entry gates and the check-in counters. In the security hold area, on the other hand, there are not enough seats for passengers. The area is often congested," the official said.
Besides, more retail stores are coming up in the security hold area and they need more space.
Additional space will be available once the inline baggage scanning system becomes operational, expectedly by the end of this year, and the standalone X-ray machines for baggage scanning are removed.
Officials said the washrooms in the security hold area are small, often resulting in queues. The agency has suggested bigger washrooms.
Runway capacity
The consultant has suggested a simulation study of the two runways to ensure their optimum utilisation.
The study will document runway occupancy time of an aircraft after landing and before take-off and the minimum distance that has to be maintained between an aircraft that is landing and another that is taking off.
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COMMENT: Thanks a lot Emirates, the second national airlines of INDIA!
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https://youtu.be/47nrBEMTc94 Landing daytime on Kolkata main runway, south side (01R). Aircraft flying straight over Tata Cancer Hospital.
Landing on Kolkata secondary runway from north: https://youtu.be/cQ8m37mNIRA Kolkata secondary runway is a long runway!
Business booming for giant cargo aircraft An-124. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-44863988/business-booming-for-giant-cargo-planes
The Kinzhal, already in service, is launched from MiG-31 or Tu-22M3 jets. Interfax news agency says Kinzhal-armed MiGs patrol over the Caspian Sea. Russia fears leak of hypersonic missile secrets to West
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44897577
Under water firing of Russian Bulava missile (SLBM ). Note flight path correction immediately after the missile is in the air. https://youtu.be/EV29Tr_PM70
Emirates removing aircrafts and pilots from the fleet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc35r_YQHI8
Extensive use of southern taxiways on NSCBI secondary runway: https://youtu.be/4stXxfVeYYo
All you need to know about Kolkata metro at the NSCBI airport area : https://youtu.be/9fPiFbMo2-Y
World’s longest runway systems on google earth: https://youtu.be/D0MFWdUoMxE
Emirates B777 landing / taxing at Kolkata airport https://youtu.be/9k_GXjmR8Mo
Three engine aircraft: What happened?: https://youtu.be/gxnptDPy47M
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Google Earth update of NSCBI airport, July, 2018.
This is still not completely up-to-date. Among the three propeller-driven aircraft, only Biju Patnaik's DC-3 remains. The F-27 and HS-748 have possibly been parted out.
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Thanks Sumantra.
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Stressed pilot caused Nepal crash: Probe

Kathmandu/Dhaka: The pilot of the US-Bangla plane that crashed in Nepal in March, killing 51 people, had cried and suffered an emotional breakdown during the flight, according to a report by Nepal's investigators.
The Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12.
Captain Abid Sultan was going through tremendous personal mental stress and anxiety, and a series of erroneous decisions on his part led to the crash of the flight, according to the details of the official investigation led by the Nepal government, the Kathmandu Post reported.
Throughout the flight, Sultan was engaged in erratic behaviour that marked a departure from his usual character-signs that should have immediately raised red flags, Nepali investigators concluded in the report. jumbo A380?

They said Sultan had been smoking cigarettes frequently during the hour-long flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu.
"When we analysed the conversation on the Cockpit Voice Recorder, it was clear to us that the captain was harbouring severe mental stress. He also seemed to be fatigued and tired due to lack of sleep," investigators wrote in the report.
"He was crying on several occasions," the report added.
It also showed that Sultan made multiple abusive statements towards a female colleague (another co-pilot in the company) who had questioned his reputation as an instructor, and their relationship was a major topic of discussion throughout the flight, it said.
The voice recorder has captured nearly an hour-long conversation between the captain and his co-pilot in the cockpit, further demonstrating Sultan's tense mood during the flight and a complete lack of situational awareness.
"I don't f***ing care about safe flight, you f*** your duty," Sultan said at one point inside the cockpit, according to the report. It was not clear whom the pilot was directing the statement at, as the co-pilot was the only crew member present inside the cockpit during the flight. PTI
https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/stressed-pilot-caused-nepal-crash-probe-255102?ref=world-new-stry

Comment: How comes such a mentally unstable parson enter the cockpit. Did the airlines had any in-house psychiatrist? In the west pilot’s mental health, sleep pattern and alcohol consumption all are closely monitored by airlines concerned !
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BENGALURU: A dry run of mid-air refuelling of Tejas fighter took place here. Single engine Tejas hooked up its probe to a refueling tanker Il-78 without exchanging fuel. A few more such tests will be performed with actual fuel exchange. All future combat aircrafts of IAF must have air to air refueling capability. If Tejas could do this then hat’s off HAL!

Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65676631.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
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July passenger report analysis 2018:
Domestic passengers: DEL 4.35M BOM 2.99M BLR 2.39M HYD1.45M MAA 1.42M CCU 1.56M
International passengers: DEL 1.54M BOM 1.15M BLR 0.36M HYD 0.35M MAA 0.515M. CCU 0.22M Cochin 0.45M

Kolkata domestic has done impressively although CCU international very poorly.
Perhaps wishes of GOI in keeping Kolkata as a domestic airport will be fulfilled indirectly. However, two other airports of Bengal IXB: 0.22M over last year 0.14M,and new Andal airport 3000 over last year 478 are doing well.
Of all desi airports HYD ‘s performance is impressive. It may be because of Haj passengers also. All the airports of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh doing well, showing large population migration with or without H1 visa!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Kolkata domestic has done impressively although CCU international very poorly.
Now, the 14-15 flexi-gates (domestic/international: the ones which can be quickly converted into the other, extending or retracting the domestic portion of the terminal, around the bend) are being used along with 16-17, keeping the domestic increase in mind. The F&B options are also relatively decent now. These are the other notes from my end-Aug transit through CCU.
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Thanks for the update. You have forgotten this thread almost!
I think AAI should start using the adjoining old domestic terminal without delay. Passengers will be comfortable and safe. There will be no line or rush to enter the aerobridge. That terminal already has three fully functional aerobridges. Why they are not using them!
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sabya99 wrote:
Thanks for the update. You have forgotten this thread almost! I think AAI should start using the adjoining old domestic terminal without delay. Passengers will be comfortable and safe. There will be no line or rush to enter the aerobridge. That terminal already has three fully functional aerobridges. Why they are not using them!
No Sir: I haven't Smile Too much of work-related absences cause my irregularity.
The erstwhile International terminal is used as the Haj Terminal/Alliance Air flights terminal (at least, used to be used for that till some time back, at least) as it was smaller, and easier to maintain, compared to the larger one. The fixed costs: air-conditioning, maintenance, F&B operation all need to be considered vis-a-vis the growing numbers. My guess is that they will open this up soon, when the demand-cost analysis crosses a threshold. MAA integrated the old with the new due to the heavy international demand, especially. DEL T2 got a facelift and was opened.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65754591.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Monday Tejas, the light combat aircraft made wet contact with IAF tanker IL-78 and transferred 1990 kg of fuel. This will guarantee the front line role of this aircraft in IAF.
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Nepal Airlines completes the first wide body delivery with A330. http://atwonline.com/airframes/nepal-airlines-completes-first-widebody-deliveries .

On Tuesday China announced it had successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft. It could penetrate even the most advanced missile defense system, thanks to its ability to fly six times faster than the speed of sound.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/china-successfully-tests-first-hypersonic-aircraft/ar-BBLEUFA Watch out IAF!

Ten new plane you may soon fly in 2019-20: https://youtu.be/K3qUwOv14lk

Aircraft taking off from Kolkata secondary runway facing south in heavy rain. Initial taxing on alpha taxiway, shows secondary runway has now adequate length to be used from alpha taxiway for launching A320s: https://youtu.be/Kdx0EvHIKRE

Flight take off from Kolkata International airport: https://youtu.be/rndnNtK-EEo

Inside the new integrated terminal: https://youtu.be/u9Cp--KRU2s

9 photos of Russia's new Tu-22M3M nuclear bomber — a nightmare for the US and its foremost weapon.
https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-russias-new-tu-22m3m-nuclear-bomber-a-nightmare-for-the-us-2018-8

A 380 will be broken up and sold for parts:https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12110137
Is this the future of high tech super jumbo A380?

Britain’s best and worst airports according to passengers. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-worst-airport-named-poor-13127990

Landing at Guwahati airport on runway 02 through broken clouds: https://youtu.be/cUDkB9Ilu0c

What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/msn/what-happens-on-plane-full-of-sick-passengers-an-aerospace-medicine-expert-explains/ar-BBMWVm7
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Centre clears Rs 1217-cr project for Patna airport
Terminal building designed by Singapore firm will be able to handle 45 lakh transits a year


The cabinet committee on economic affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the construction of a new domestic terminal building and other allied structures at Patna airport at an estimated cost of Rs 1,217 crore, and handed over the Hotel Patliputra Ashok to the state government.
The airport nod comes after a delay of around six months, which happened due to the estimated cost escalating from around Rs 800 crore to Rs 1,150 crore. Hence the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had to wait for the Union cabinet’s approval, mandatory for any project that exceeds Rs 1,000 crore.
With the new terminal building, the airport will be able to handle up to 45 lakh passengers per annum, up from the existing 7 lakh.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/bihar/centre-clears-rs-1217-project-for-patna-airport/cid/1670320?ref=more-from-states_states-page

Comment: A project long over due!
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First flight to Pakyong packed

The SpiceJet flight that landed in Pakyong at 1.25pm, carried 77 passengers and returned to Calcutta with 68 passengers
Flight operations between Calcutta and Pakyong, Sikkim’s first airport, took off on Thursday amid soaring demand for tickets to the hill destination.
The SpiceJet flight that landed in Pakyong at 1.25pm, carried 77 passengers and returned to Calcutta with 68 passengers.
The airline is flying a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 series aircraft on the route.
The demand is high for seats on the Pakyong flight during Puja and fares for the few seats available on October 16, 17 and 18 — Saptami, Ashtami and Navami — are going at over Rs 30,000 for a round trip.
Tour operators are planning chartered flights for large groups. “We have been flooded with queries for destination weddings in Sikkim. These are groups travelling together. Since the SpiceJet flight can only accommodate 78 people, we are looking at options to charter a flight,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, Travel Agents Federation of India.
Pakyong airport officials confirmed enquiries about chartered flights. “Many companies want to charter small aircraft for their owners who otherwise would have come via Bagdogra. There also several companies in Sikkim who want to hire private planes for their top officials,” said
R. Manjunatha, Pakyong airport director.
Sikkim’s first airport is located 4,600ft above sea level and is a little more than an hour’s drive from Gangtok. It’s a big relief for travellers used to making a 124km road journey to Gangtok from the Bagdogra airport or New Jalpaiguri railway station.
The cheapest ticket on the Calcutta-Pakyong sector has been fixed at Rs 2,600 under a central scheme to promote flights to smaller destinations. This price is restricted to about 25 per cent of the available seats.
A SpiceJet official said the subsidized seats are fast filling up.

Source: https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/first-flight-to-pakyong-packed/cid/1671007?ref=states-section-atf_states-pageource

Comment: Another important domestic destination from Kolkata airport. Hope other airlines will operate ATRs soon. MCA do not ignore Kolkata domestic sector, shape up the airport .
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https://in.reuters.com/article/india-pilots-women/india-soars-above-global-average-in-hiring-female-airline-pilots-idINKCN1LL0PB
India soars high in hiring female pilots among all nations.

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/runway-negligence-six-aircraft-tragedies-that-call-for-stringent-aviation-rules-352489.html
Six runway mishaps require for stringent rules.

Story of Britain’s giant aircraft carriers : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/UK_aircraft_carriers

Designing the perfect airport runway: https://youtu.be/5QZ3eozyQfU

Please take a look at inside the super jumbo A380: https://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-a380-super-jumbo-jet-tour-photo-2018-8#-and-a-bedroom-with-a-double-bed-42

History of Airbus A300: https://travelupdate.boardingarea.com/airbus-a300-video/

An-225 the biggest unfinished plane lies hidden in a Kiev (Ukraine) warehouse:
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Indigo take off from BOM and landing at Kolkata:
https://youtu.be/sMw3Q0PUGQc

Kolkata takeoff and landing at Bagdogra (IXB): https://youtu.be/WUSYfbQW-sg

Flight operating at near zero visibility from Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/UYSN99StxSw

Amazing landing at Shilong airport : https://youtu.be/V3YkCcUyAgs
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Pakyong flight seats command premium
Sikkim’s first airport, located 4,600ft above sea level, is easy on the eye. Not so much on the pocket

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/pakyong-flight-seats-command-premium/cid/1670120?ref=world-related-story-3


Sikkim’s first airport, located 4,600ft above sea level, is easy on the eye. Not so much on the pocket if you didn’t buy a ticket long before the WhatsApp forwards landed.
On Tuesday afternoon, a flight from Calcutta to Pakyong for October 4 was quoting at Rs 9,405 a seat. Calcutta to Bagdogra on the same day costs Rs 2,414.
With a fortnight to go before the first SpiceJet plane to Pakyong takes off, almost all seats on flights scheduled for the four Durga Puja days have been taken.
Till Tuesday afternoon, 69 seats on the October 4 flight had been sold compared to 29 for the new 6am flight to Bagdogra. The Pakyong flights scheduled for October 15 to 18 are full, according to a SpiceJet official.
Anyone wanting to take a flight about six weeks from now would still need to shell out Rs 22,000 for a round trip. Flights to Bagdogra, so far the nearest airport to Sikkim, are considerably cheaper.
“I wanted a ticket to Pakyong for October 22. The return fare was showing Rs 22,000. I went ahead with the booking thinking it will be worth it,” said a resident of Ballygunge Place who can’t stop gushing about pictures of the airport that a friend had WhatsApp-ed to him a few days ago.
The airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, fulfilling a dream that took long to take off but could be worth the wait for travellers used to making a 124km road journey to Gangtok from Bagdogra airport or New Jalpaiguri railway station.
The cheapest ticket on the Calcutta-Pakyong sector has been fixed at Rs 2,600 under a central scheme to promote flights to smaller destinations. This price is restricted to about 25 per cent of the available seats.
The subsidised seats for the first few weeks have long been gobbled up and what remains are only the premium tickets, SpiceJet officials and travel operators said.
SpiceJet is also launching its third flight to Bagdogra from Calcutta, scheduled to take off at 6am. Airline officials said the demand for seats on that flight was much lower compared to that for Pakyong.
The airline will use 78-seater Bombardier Q400 series aircraft for both flights. The Pakyong flight will take off at 9.30am and arrive at 10.55am.
SpiceJet officials said demand had exceeded their expectations. “During our market survey, we had predicted an average 80 per cent occupancy. But on most flights during the festive season, 90 per cent of the seats are sold out,” said Debjit Ghosh, the regional sales head of SpiceJet.
An official at Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino said guests who would usually visit three or four times a year were now enquiring about weekend bookings. “Earlier, an entire day would be used up in travelling. This flight has changed that.”
He said once the flight starts operating, demand would possibly increase even more.
Such is the frenzy already that several hotels and resorts have approached SpiceJet for tie-ups, sources said.
“About 40 per cent of passengers to Bagdogra proceed to Sikkim. We expect most of them to fly to Pakyong now,” Ghosh of SpiceJet said.
For Sikkim, for which tourism is the main source of revenue, agitations in Darjeeling over the past few years have been a big blow.
Many tourists could not visit Sikkim last year because of the unrest in Darjeeling from June till September. National Highway 10, which connects Gangtok to Siliguri, had been cut off for months.
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