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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheap flights to 11 places
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/cheap-flights-to-11-places-206483


Dum Dum: Air Deccan, which pioneered low-cost air travel in India, will operate flights to 11 destinations from Calcutta starting this month under a regional connectivity scheme that caps fares at Rs 1,400-1,800 for most routes.
The airline will fly to Jamshedpur, Cooch Behar, Andal in Durgapur, Bagdogra and Rourkela, besides Shillong, Dimapur, Aizawl, Agartala, Silchar and Imphal.
Captain G.R. Gopinath, the chairman of Air Deccan, said on Monday that the first Calcutta-Jamshedpur flight would take off on February 15. By the third week of February, he expects the other routes to become operational.
"We will have two Beechcraft 1900D aircraft based in Calcutta. These are 19-seater planes. The aircraft are expected to reach Calcutta within a week,"
One of these aircraft will fly to Jamshedpur, Cooch Behar, Andal, Bagdogra and Rourkela. The second one will be for the Northeast routes.
The airline had bid for these routes under the central government's UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, which aims to revive airports equipped to handle commercial flights but are still not operational.
Gopinath said half of the 18 paid seats - one is reserved for the flight attendant - would be priced lower. Under UDAN, subsidy is extended to an airline as "viability gap funding", 80 per cent by the Centre and 20 per cent by the state. "Fares from Calcutta will be between Rs 1,400 and Rs 1,800 for most of the sectors. For the longest sector, the maximum fare will be Rs 2,000," Gopinath said.
If a passenger travelling to Jamshedpur books early, the fare will be Rs 1,400. For Shillong, the lowest fare will be around Rs 1,800. Air Deccan will sell nine seats on each flight for Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000.
Comment: Why such small aircraft ? They should have used ATR-72!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Why such small aircraft ? They should have used ATR-72!
An AT7 is an overkill for the low demand, and costlier to operate.
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Newly installed solar power generating system at Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/uVDMYTzoB1s What a waste of parking space !
Updated picture of NSCBI airport : https://youtu.be/QsSSAD0iWcA Vast parking area still short of aircraft parking spot.
Dreamliner take off from the newly extended south side of secondary runway: https://youtu.be/fpfY3Y99_aw
Satellite images of new DOKLAM related built up in north Bengal airports:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42834609 Both Hasimara and Bagdogra airports will play a front line role in neutralizing PLA air force in and around Lasha area. IAF don’t ignore these two airports!
Indian Mig 25 breaks the sound barrier over Islamabad (20 years old news) ; https://youtu.be/8Ci0Z9Gy_6s
Take off at Kolkata and landing at MAA: https://youtu.be/hWLwSHD9bkM
Departure from Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/70pMbvzOmcc . Vast space in the East amidst solar panels .
Landing at Kolkata airport on November 12th, 2017: https://youtu.be/NHdg5CLkBsQ . New parking lot C 5 clearly visible. Also new narrow body (?) parking spot construction going on.
Night time landing of A320 on main runway: https://youtu.be/ca731e_F0vY ; https://youtu.be/-iZvCh01CtU
Take off at Kolkata and landing at Bagdogra: https://youtu.be/naboAdidXUo
Bhutan to New Delhi over Mt. Everest: https://youtu.be/M0YvHX2J8RU
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moved to Civil Aviation as the this thread has been consistently active.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
moved to Civil Aviation as the this thread has been consistently active
Good decision Aseem: Dr.Ganguly's dedication towards this thread is incredible!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boost for Bagdogra airport
Night landing system to function on March 29


The Telegraph ( Kolkata )

Siliguri: The Bagdogra airport will get the instrument landing system (ILS), the Airports Authority of India said in a notification on Thursday.
The system will start functioning from March 29, according to the notification, issued by AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.
"It is a major development and it will boost services at the airport," Rakesh Sahay, airport director, Bagdogra, said.
"Operational heads of all commercial airlines have been formally informed. Once ILS is commissioned, it would cut down flight cancellations or delays because of inclement weather or poor visibility."
The airport that is a civil enclave - the air traffic control and the runway are under the air force - has seen a massive surge in the number of flights and passengers over the past few years.At present, 24-odd flights operate every day from 11am to 7pm, with the last flight departing at 6.25pm. The AAI now plans to run flights from 6am to 10pm.
"There had been a long-standing demand for ILS from all quarters because flights get cancelled during winter and the monsoon because of poor visibility," Sandipan Ghosh, general secretary, Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators' Association, said. "Also, there's no flight in the late evening hours or in the early morning hours."
About a year ago, all work for the commissioning of the ILS was done, an AAI official said. These include installation of sophisticated gadgets at the ATC, putting strobe lights at the end of the runway and expanding the runway.
"The runway is 9,000ft long, with the strobe lights extending another 750m. Usually, a minimum visibility of 1,200m is needed for flights to land in Bagdogra. But once the ILS is commissioned, this will drop to 350m," an AAI official said.
The AAI has sought land from the state government for expansion of the terminal building. "We are making best use of the existing space in the building. The state government is still to respond," an AAI official said.
"Once the ILS is commissioned, airlines will have to change the schedule of their flights. If the existing flights are spread over 16 hours, it would help reduce the congestion at the airport."

Comments: At last light at the end of tunnel. Hope IAF will not interfere with its smooth operation.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calcutta flight from Feb. 28
(The Telegraph,Kolkata )

Jamshedpur: Flight services between Jamshedpur and Calcutta will commence from February 28 with operator Air Deccan promising an introductory fare of Rs 999 including all taxes.
"We are eager to provide services under Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme to the people of Jamshedpur," said Air Deccan CEO G.K. Anantharaman, citing procedural issues for the delay in launching the service that it was meant to start in September 2017 but was postponed at least three times.
"We will also have flights from Calcutta to Agartala and Shillong commencing from the same date," said the former Tata Steel employee - he was a deputy manager - who used to live in Kadma in the late 1990s.
The introductory fare the airline was offering was less than the AC first class fares of Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express (Rs 1,260) and Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express (Rs 2,000). Air Deccan will be using an 18-seater Beechcraft1900 D airplane.
Tickets can be booked online at www.airdeccan.co.in. The flight will leave Calcutta at 12.45pm and reach Jamshedpur's Sonari Airport at 1.45 pm. It will leave Jamshedpur at 2.10 pm and reach Calcutta at 3.10pm, operating six days a week, barring Sundays.Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, during a visit to the steel city on January 9, admitted that the launch of the Jamshedpur-Calcutta flight service had been delayed by Air Deccan that won the bid for the route under the UDAN scheme. But, the minister clarified that Air Deccan would lose its right on the route if it did not start services by February 15.
"They (Air Deccan) sought a few days time after February 15, citing procedural delays but promised to launch the service by the last week of February. We have accommodated their request since awarding the route to the next bidder would delay the launch again," said G.K. Chaukiyal, member operations of Airport Authority of India (AAI).
Flight services between Jamshedpur and Calcutta started in 2007 with Air Deccan. But the services had to be stopped after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposed load restrictions on flights due to the short runaway at the Sonari aerodrome. At the time, Air Deccan was using ATR-32 planes.
Subsequent efforts in 2009 and 2010 were also short lived.
Industrialist Inder Agarwal, who used to avail of the Calcutta flight services, welcomed the start of the new Air Deccan flight.
"We hope the government incentive to private airlines, and the low fares, will make the operation viable," said the president of Adityapur Small Scale Industries Association.
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Air Deccan not yet ready to fly all the UDAN routes from Kolkata.

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Calcutta: Air Deccan, the airline that pioneered low-cost flying in India, has missed its take-off date from Calcutta to Jamshedpur and postponed flights to five other destinations by citing a technical restriction, incomplete airports and an unattractive time slot.
Air connectivity to Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Cooch Behar and a cheaper flight to Bagdogra were the highlights of the announcement by Air Deccan that it would fly to 11 destinations from Calcutta under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).
The scheme caps fares at Rs 1,400-1,800 for most routes. The first Jamshedpur flight was to take off on March 4.
"The airline wrote to us on March 1 that it wouldn't be able to start operating from the scheduled date and would let us know about the new launch date later," a senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said on Tuesday.
The AAI had sent a team of air traffic control personnel to Jamshedpur in preparation for the launch. They were withdrawn after the communication from Air Deccan.
Captain G.R. Gopinath, the chairman of Air Deccan, said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had clamped "restrictions" based on the length of the runway in Jamshedpur. The airports in Rourkela and Burnpur are not yet ready, he told Metro.
At Bagdogra, Air Deccan hasn't found a time slot that would be attractive to passengers. "If we can't operate in almost half the network we have got (clearance for), this won't be viable. We are now concentrating on the second network for which we had bid, which is to connect Calcutta to the Northeast," Gopinath said.The AAI official said there were no technical issues in Jamshedpur. "It is a licensed airport and there shouldn't be any problem. We are not commenting on Rourkela and Burnpur."
Sources said Tata Steel, which runs the airport in Jamshedpur, had written to Air Deccan mentioning runway restrictions because of buildings coming up in the vicinity.
"Given these restrictions, we will not be able to carry viable passenger load. We have requested an exemption from the authorities," Gopinath said.
He said the delay had nothing to do with the investment in Air Deccan and Air Odisha by Ahmedabad-based GSEC Aviation and Monarch Networth Capital. "We have entered into a strategic partnership," he said.
Air Deccan had won flying rights to Jamshedpur, Cooch Behar, Andal in Durgapur, Burnpur, Bagdogra and Rourkela, besides Shillong, Dimapur, Aizawl, Agartala, Silchar and Imphal. "I expect to start operating in the Northeast sector by (the end of) this month," Gopinath said.
The airline has procured two Beechcraft 1900D aircraft that will be parked in Calcutta. These are 19-seater planes.
Half of the 18 paid seats - one will be for the flight attendant - are meant to be priced lower under the scheme. Air Deccan will sell the remaining nine seats on each flight for Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 each.
An UDAN subsidy is given to the participating airline as "viability gap funding".
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SpiceJet flight from Kolkata becomes the first passenger plane to land in Sikkim

KOLKATA: Air connectivity with rest of India was opened for landlocked Himalayan state Sikkim when a SpiceJet plane from Kolkata became the first flight to land on its soil on Saturday.

History was created when a SpiceJet Q400 70-seater Bombardier plane took off from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata 10.30 am Wednesday and landed at Pakyong Airport, 32 km from Gangtok, at 11.45 am. The plane took off from the airport for its return journey to Kolkata at around 1.30 pm.

Built at a cost of Rs 650 crores, it took nearly nine years to start operations at the airport. Regular flights to Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati are likely to commence soon.

Majority of the Sikkimese were till now dependent on Bagdogra airport at Siliguri, some four hours drive from Gangtok, for commuting to and from major cities of the country. Incidents of flight misses were common due to frequent landslides on National Highway 10 connecting Siliguri with Gangtok.

Added to that, several Sikkim residents coming down to Siliguri to catch flights were beaten up by Bengali organisations during the height of 104-day Gorkhaland agitation last year after chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling shot off a letter to home minister Rajnath Singh supporting Gorkhaland statehood.

The civilian flight comes just five days after an Indian Air Force (IAF) Dornier 228 transport aircraft landed at Pakyong on March 5. Sources revealed that the necessity to kickstart operations at the airport became a top priority after the tense stand-off between India and China at the Doklam tri-junction of Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim last year.

Lauding the first commercial landing and takeoff, Sikkim’s lone MP Prem Das Rai credited his Sikkim Democratic Front government and Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling for the achievement. “Sikkim’s first commercial flight landed safely today. Spicejet. Great achievement #SDF government. Congratulation to Airport authority, State Government, State Tourism & Civil Aviation, builders, and land-donors. Well done,” he tweeted.

Bagdogra airport director Rakesh Sahay issued a release when the flight crossed the airport at over 21,000 feet above the sea level and hoped that increased civilian flights would boost the tourism sector of the economy.
Comment: One more destination from NSCBI airport.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nati...m-1785076.html
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A popular NE flight was cancelled to operate the Pakyong flight (Silchar). Commerical operations haven't started per se, from what I know. The airport still doesn't have an IATA code, and SpiceJet's website does not list a regular flight yet. After the IAF Do-228, I guess it was a proving flight, or a one-off, for the moment. Any other information on this?
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I have no other information.A trial run is always necessary!Regular flight should start ASAP. Very Happy
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Pakyong airport in Shikim under construction:http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=27.234942&lon=88.590446&z=16&m=b
Looks like a classic table top runway.
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AI 777 pushback and engine start up at SFX: https://youtu.be/GKPUghlGi4AX
Paro international airport, Bhutan: https://youtu.be/sZosIAbW-A4
Landing on Paro airport, Bhutan, cockpit view: https://youtu.be/0_nQ8KazQnE
Chittagong to Kolkata by US-Bangla Airlines; a complete journey: https://youtu.be/5FPN-0VBw3o
Landing at Pune airport: https://youtu.be/8EcspvIl718
Flight takeoff from NSCBI airport: https://youtu.be/jy5kqxiKxhM
Fly high on Air India; Kolkata to IXB: https://youtu.be/WmYzXDDA0tk
Top most beautiful airports around the globe: https://youtu.be/UXWH2_TGTh8
Yangon international airport (Burma) ; https://youtu.be/cUTwKTt6Hj4
The economics of airline classes: https://youtu.be/BzB5xtGGsTc
Apron view ; NSCBI airport: https://youtu.be/QsSSAD0iWcA
MC 21: the new Russian flagship: https://youtu.be/VuiYKUnanm0
Boeing 737; the legacy of the king: https://youtu.be/IDrUbfPuxqQ
Confusion between US Bangla aircraft and ATC let to tragic accident in NEPAL: https://youtu.be/LNprioUJLbA , https://youtu.be/Az0iwN3RXcI
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Was captain of Bangla carrier confused over runway ends?

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/was-captain-of-bangla-carrier-confused-over-runway-ends/articleshow/63293256.cms

KOLKATA: Excerpts from a purported conversation between the captain of the US-Bangla Airlines flight 211 and an air traffic control officer at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu minutes before the crash points to the former’s disorientation that left him confused over the two ends of runway. The plane finally approached it from the wrong end, crashlanded and burst into flames.
But what has left everyone even more perplexed is why the first officer, also known as co-pilot, did not realise the monumental mistake staring at the face and remained a mute spectator leading to the disaster.

“The captain seemed disoriented and went horribly wrong with set operating procedures for approach. It is inconceivable how he decided to land from Runway 20 after making a missed approach from the end Runway 02 that was cleared for landing,” a veteran pilot with an Indian private carrier said.

Another pilot believes part of the problem was the lack of communication between the captain and the first officer. “At each stage of appropach, a captain usually cross-checks the position and height of the aircraft with the first officer and then keeps the aircraft configuration and speed as per the phase of approach. When the captain appeared disoriented, the first officer should have stepped in and corrected him. He did not. It could be due to being years junior and fear of the power gradient in the cockpit,” another pilot said.
An air navigation service official at Kolkata wonders if the cockpit crew was distracted by a snag. “Were they trying to set something right, misjudged the approach the first time and decide to go around? Was the problem so pressing that they


did not then realise the plane was approaching the runway from the wrong end? Once a pilot did approach and land in the wrong runway in Kolkata but it was in the direction of traffic flow, not against it,” he said.


In the taped conversation between the cockpit and ATC that is doing the rounds on social media, the controller is heard repeatedly warning the pilot not to proceed to Runway 20. He is even warned to stay on hold and not land because there is another aircraft approaching Runway 02. When the plane remained on course to land on Runway 20, the controllers put an army aircraft on hold to allow the US-Bangla Airlines to approach and land on Runway 20. But the captain then said, ‘Cleared to land Runway 02’ when he was in fact approaching to land on Runway 20.


“It’s fortunate that it did not crash into another aircraft on the ground because it went head on into other planes that were landing and taking off,” a controller in Kolkata who had a conversation with his counterpart in Kathmandu said.

Comment: Captain looks disoriented. Effects of jet lag or booze?

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Indigo grounds two more planes.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/indigo-grounds-2-more-planes-216785

Mumbai: IndiGo on Sunday had to pull out one of its A320neo planes from operation after metal chips were detected in the jet's engine oil at New Delhi airport and another aircraft because of a hydraulic leak at Srinagar airport.
The two incidents, which took place in less than 12 hours, come days after the aviation regulator ordered the grounding of 11 A320neo planes, fitted with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines of a particular series, belonging to IndiGo and another budget carrier, GoAir.
According to a source, the airline was forced to ground the aircraft, bearing the registration number VT-ITX, after metal chips were detected in the jet's engine
oil on the completion of its Bangalore-New Delhi flight on Sunday.
Hours later, the commander of IndiGo's Delhi-Srinagar flight reported a hydraulic leak from engine 2 of the A320neo upon its arrival at Srinagar, making it the fourth incident since the grounding of eight such planes from IndiGo's fleet on March 12.
IndiGo, in a statement said the aircraft was "proactively withdrawn" in Delhi for a maintenance check to attend to a defect reported by the pilot.
"These maintenance checks are part of a comprehensive programme of early detection. During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on engine number 1, (and) number 3 bearing chip detector, which is a known concern on the Neo engine," the airline said.
Responding to the incident of hydraulic leak, the airline said in a separate statement: "A320neo aircraft that operated Delhi-Srinagar was cleared after maintenance checks upon arrival at Srinagar airport. However, during engine start the pilot-in-command observed a hydraulic (not oil) leakage from #2 engine."
The aircraft was immediately withdrawn to investigate the hydraulic leak and the aircraft was fit to fly after engineers fixed the problem, the statement added.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had on March 12 ordered the grounding of 11 A320neo planes fitted with P&W1100 engines because of to recurring problems, including mid-air shutdowns. Of these, eight belong to IndiGo and the rest to GoAir. Another three A320neos of IndiGo are already on the ground since February.
Sunday's incidents come ahead of the submission of an affidavit by the DGCA next week to Bombay High Court, in response to a PIL, on the steps taken by it to address the anxiety of passengers over issues related to these engines.
Mumbai resident Harish Agarwal, in his PIL, had sought appropriate directions to the civil aviation authorities over recent reports that certain Pratt & Whitney engines, which power A320neo planes, were more susceptible to engine failures. Concerns over the safety of such planes increased with another engine failure forcing the emergency landing of an IndiGo flight at Ahmedabad airport on March 12.
This had forced the DGCA to crack the whip saying there was no concrete proposal in place at this stage to address the issue. PTI

Comment: It is scary. Are they taking care of Maruti car engine or jet aircraft engine?

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Tourism set for Bagdogra boost with 26 daily flights

Kolkata: Bagdogra airport will get 26 daily flights this summer, an all-time high that opens up the mouthwatering prospect of a bumper tourist season in Darjeeling and the Dooars.
Coming after last year’s 104-day strike that crippled tourism, hoteliers in the Hills are looking forward to the additional flights that will ferry tourists from all over the country. Last summer, Bagdogra had 22 flights.

Apart from multiple flights to Delhi (DEL), Kolkata (KOL) and Guwahati (GAU) this summer, there are two direct connections to Mumbai (MUM) and one to Bengaluru (BLR) daily. The highest number of connections though are to Delhi at 10 followed by 9 flights to Kolkata and 4 flights to Guwahati. At present, there are seven daily fligths between Kolkata and Bagdogra.

What comes as a dampner though is airlines’ willingness to operate only within an eight-hour time band with maximum flights still squeezed in between four hours. The lack of flights between 9am and 11am continue to be an inconvenience for tourists.

The highest number of flights is between 1pm and 3pm when 10 flights arrive at and 7 depart Bagdogra. Between 3pm and 5pm, the airport has seven arrivals and nine departures while between 11am and 1pm, there are six arrivals and an equal number of departures.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63372963.cms
Comment: I thought newly installed ILS will help flight operations round the clock!
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Qantas Sets Aviation Milestone as Perth Flight Lands in London
By Angus Whitley and Rebecca Keenan
March 25, 2018, 4:04 AM EDT

Qantas Airways Ltd. started direct flights between Australia and London this weekend, passing a major milestone by reducing to 17 hours a trip that once took 12 1/2 days.

Flight QF9, which originated in Melbourne, landed at London Heathrow at 5:02 a.m. Sunday following a 14,498-kilometer (9,000-mile) trip from Perth, according to the U.K. airport operator’s website. The route marks the first nonstop passenger service between the continents, putting Europe’s financial center one night’s sleep from the capital of Australia’s mineral wealth and the operations of resources companies including BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Group.


For Qantas, the Perth connection is a high-profile test for a planned ultra long-haul network that the airline hopes will span the world by 2022. To succeed, the route must defy the boom-and-bust commodities cycle that has preyed on Western Australia. And Qantas needs business travelers to pay up for the shorter, one-hop flight to London rather than make a stop in Asia or the Middle East.


“You have the resources sector on both sides, you have banks, you have lawyers that all want to fly fast and reliably and comfortably,”’ said Rico Merkert, professor of transport and supply-chain management at the University of Sydney’s business school. “And I think they’re prepared to pay the premium.”


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-25/qantas-sets-aviation-milestone-as-perth-flight-lands-in-london


Comment: Decades ago this hopping Kangaroo flight used Kolkata airport as stop over point.
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Looks like Jet's A330s are heading to CCU once a week...
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UK remembers Bengal fighter pilot.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/uk-remembers-bengal-fighter-pilot-220158?ref=world-new-stry


Amit Roy: As the Queen led the nation in remembering the birth of the Royal Air Force exactly 100 years ago on April 1, 1918, the BBC paid special tribute to a handful of Indians, among them the remarkably audacious Bengali fighter pilot, Lt Indra Lal Roy.
"Laddie" Roy, who went down in flames at the age of 19 - but not before he had managed nine German "kills" (later increased to 10) - initially joined the army's Royal Flying Corps, which merged with the Royal Naval Air Services on April 1, 1918, to form the RAF.
This was the world's first independent air service, which in time set up the Royal Indian Air Force, the forerunner to today's Indian Air Force.
At the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London, there are examples of the SE5a single seat aircraft flown by Laddie, plus archival material on him, including his "casualty card", which mentions he was first reported "missing" on July 22, 1918, and a month later confirmed killed in action.There is also a valuable copy of a book, Skyhawks, by journalist Somnath Sapru, with plenty of material on Laddie and the handful of Indians allowed to join an officer corps that had to be "pure European".
In films (such as Reach for the Sky), books and folklore surrounding "the Battle of Britain", the RAF is one of those organisations that has defined Britain.
Today, it aims to be "progressive" and let in ethnic minorities, which is why in its main morning news bulletin, the BBC mentioned the early days of "diversity" and Roy, Lt Hardik Singh Malik and Lt Errol Suvo Chunder Sen.
Before going to St George's Chapel with the rest of the royal family on Sunday, the Queen said in a message: "The anniversary of the world's first independent air force is of great significance, and it is fitting to pay tribute to the tenacity, skill and sacrifice of the men and women who have served within its ranks over the last century, and who have defended our freedom gallantly.
"Through its enduring focus on professionalism, excellence and innovation, the Royal Air Force stands as a shining example of inspiration around the world today and for the next generation.
"May the glory and honour that all ranks have bestowed on the Royal Air Force light its pathway to the future guarding our skies and reaching for the stars."
She finished the message with the Latin motto of the RAF, Per Ardua ad Astra, which translates to "through adversity to the stars".
The Queen's predecessor, George V, "Emperor of India" (who had visited Calcutta in 1912), sent a condolence message via the "Keeper of the Privy Purse to Laddie's mother, Lolita Devi, on learning of her son's death: "I am commanded to convey to you the expression of Their Majesties' sympathy with you in your sorrow and to assure you that during the long months of uncertainty Their Majesties' thoughts have been constantly with you and those who have been called upon to endure this exceptional burden of anxiety."
It seems Laddie is something of a legend in the RAF.
Comment: A street in south Kolkata was named after Indra Lal Roy.
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MUMBAI: AirAsia India has expanded its fleet size to 18 planes with the induction of a new Airbus A320, which will help it add new routes and enhance the frequency between Kolkata and Bagdogra.

The 18th A320 aircraft will be stationed in Kolkata, which is the third base for the Tata Sons-AirAsia invested domestic carrier, a release said today.

Bengaluru and New Delhi are the two other bases of AirAsia India besides Kolkata, which serves as the gateway to its North-East operations.

With the induction of 18th plane in the fleet, AirAsia India will launch new daily flight services from Kolkata to Visakhapatnam, Imphal, Guwahati, Pune and Bagdogra, starting May 11, the release said.

"We are happy to be expanding our presence in Kolkata with these new routes connecting tier-II/III cities. This year continues to be excitin ..


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Time tweak for Delhi take-off
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/time-tweak-for-delhi-take-off-223078?ref=calcutta-morefrmsection-stry-dtl

Calcutta: Air India will operate a Delhi-Andal flight from April 15 with the departure time pushed back by an hour to 5.50am.
Delhi, the country's busiest airport, had earlier spared a 4.45am departure slot for the flight. Apprehending that seats would remain unsold if the flight took off so early in the morning, Air India had requested the airport authorities for a later slot to make the flight feasible.
For a 4.45am flight, passengers would have had to report at 2.45am.
"DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) has agreed to give us a 5.50am slot and so we will start operations to Andal from April 15," said a spokesperson for the airline.
The flight, to be operated with a 122-seater Airbus A319, will leave Delhi at 5.50am and reach Durgapur at 7.50am. It will take off from Durgapur at 8.25am and arrive in Delhi at 10.35am. The airline is yet to decide on the frequency of the flight - three days or four days a week.
The launch of the flight was confirmed two days ago after the Delhi airport authorities agreed to revise the timing.
Operating flights to and from Andal has been a challenge ever since the greenfield airport near Durgapur opened in 2015. Several airlines have launched flights, only to withdraw them. Air India had withdrawn its Calcutta-Andal-Delhi route in 2016.
The concept of viability gap funding to make up for empty seats hasn't worked. Neither has the state government's offer to waive the surcharge on air turbine fuel bought at Andal airport.
Air India officials said this time there would be no viability gap funding. "We are hoping seats would get filled up this time," said an official.
The state government has requested Air India to operate the Delhi-Andal service for a minimum of 12 months. "But we have not made any such promise," said an official of Air India.

Comment: AI PLEASE DO NOT TAKE A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT APPROACH. GIVE PROPER RESPECT TO THE SENTIMENTS FROM THE EAST.
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Night landing at NSCBI Airport (with music): https://youtu.be/FTuZb3mb4ZA
Indigo A320 neo taking off from Kolkata: https://youtu.be/Lt5lmOPf-ZY
The pilot who stole a secret Soviet jet fighter aircraft; http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160905-the-pilot-who-stole-a-secret-soviet-fighter-jet
New construction of aprons and land reclamation on the East side of NSCBI airport: https://youtu.be/Kuv2DLk2Y9Q . Perhaps AAI at last thinking of parallel taxiway in the east! But those clumsy solar panels must go.
THE MOST DANGEROUS RUNWAYS OF THE WORLD;
http://moneyversed.com/most-terrifying-airport-runways/?as=705aol&bdk=b705aol

Take off from Kolkata: https://youtu.be/70pMbvzOmcc
Endless runway project is essentially a circular runway in which aircrafts could land and take off in circular path: http://www.endlessrunway-project.eu/
Apron view of NSCBI airport: https://youtu.be/DxLfTHXg5-Y ; https://youtu.be/QsSSAD0iWcA Such crowded apron scene was unthinkable five years ago!
A close view of Emirates aircraft at Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/SVQY5m2BT4E
London Heathrow airport landing on 09R: https://youtu.be/6Mchq0BgbZI
New Airbus 380, beds will let passengers sleep in the cargo hold
: http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/11/news/airbus-cargo-hold-beds/index.html Novel idea, but not enough privacy!
The world's busiest airport revealed: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-busiest-airports-preliminary-2017/index.html
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Andal second flight near full load.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/andal-second-wind-with-near-full-flight-223706?ref=calcutta-new-stry

Calcutta/Andal: Air India resumed flights on the Andal-Delhi sector after almost two years on Sunday with more than 100 seats both ways and similar bookings for the next 15 days.
Unlike in 2015, when the first few flights had barely 20 passengers each, a 122-seater Airbus A319 took off from Delhi on Sunday with 116 seats taken. The return flight from Andal had 115 passengers.
Sources in Air India said between 90 and 100 seats on each flight over the next 15 days had already been booked.
The airline is offering a one-way base fare of Rs 1,440 between Andal and Delhi. The average fare is around Rs 2,000.
Low pricing and direct connectivity - in its previous avatar, the Andal-Delhi flight used to go via Calcutta - have apparently made the difference.
Air India had launched the Andal-Calcutta flight with 46-seater ATR aircraft in May 2015, but it never took off in terms of occupancy. The strategy of extending the flight to Delhi with the larger Airbus A319 did not work either. The flight was withdrawn in July 2016.
The new Air India flight takes off from Delhi at 5.50 am and arrives at Andal at 7.50am. The scheduled departure of the return flight is at 8.25am. It lands in Delhi at 10.35am.
Delhi airport had allotted a 4.30am slot for the flight, which Air India argued would not be convenient for passengers.
"Passengers would need to check in at 2.45am to catch a flight at that hour. We have requested DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) to change the time slot," an Air India official had told Metro less than two weeks ago.
The non-stop service will spare passengers from Durgapur a time-consuming road or train journey to Calcutta to catch a flight to Delhi. "Direct connectivity to the capital, and from there to innumerable domestic and international destinations, has been a long-standing requirement of people living in the Asansol-Durgapur belt that has many industries like mining, iron and steel, petrochemicals and telecommunications," a spokesperson for Air India said.
Union minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo was on the first flight from Delhi. He said: "I had been trying hard to get a flight between Andal and Delhi, and it has finally taken off. I won't comment further on this as there is a model code of conduct in place because of panchayat elections in the state. The formal flag-off was also cancelled because of this."

Comment: May be people of Durgapur area like the safety of A319 over a turbo aircraft.Also presence of a dedicated flight indicates AI means business.
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IAF exercise gives g-force thrill to flyers taking off from Kolkata
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/iaf-exercise-gives-g-force-thrill-to-flyers-taking-off-from-kolkata/articleshow/63837776.cms

KOLKATA: The biggest military exercise in recent times involving the Indian Air Force(IAF) has thrown up some collateral benefits. Gaganshakti, currently underway in the northern and eastern skies, has unwittingly provided many flyers from the city a dizzying g-force rush.
Since Tuesday, the day Gaganshakti began in the Kolkata Flight Information Region (FIR), Mumbai- and Delhi-bound flights taking off from the city airport during sorties have had to go into a steeper-than-usual climb immediately after take-off, giving flyers a little of the vertiginous thrill many actively seek in amusement park rides.

The exercise in Kolkata FIR — which includes IAF bases at Kalaikunda, Barrackpore, Panagarh, Purnea, Bagdogra, Hashimara, Jorhat, Tezpur and Gorakhpur — will continue till Friday. Large chunks of airspace that are usually free for flights have been reserved by IAF for this operation. This is why flights are having to do a steeper climb.

“Flights departing during the exercise have been asked to climb to 25,000ft within 50 nautical miles (92km) against the usual ascent of 10,000ft at 25 nautical miles (46km). This has neccessitated a steeper climb,” explained an airline captain.

While restrictions are routinely imposed around Kalaikunda during sorties all year round, Gaganshakti has led to restrictions around Jamshedpur, Purnea, Bagdogra, Sikkim and the northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh.

The south is not affected by the exercise that involves more than 1,100 figher jets, transport planes and helicopters apart from 300 officers and 1,500 airmen. The first phase of the exercise began on April 10 and focused on the western border with Pakistan. This is phase two, with the focus on the north-eastern border with China.

Prior to the exercise, IAF officers and Airports Authority of India’s air traffic control (ATC) officials met over four days to chalk out airspace and corridors within the Kolkata FIR for the exercise. With the fighter planes transiting from Kalaikunda to bases in north Bengal and the Northeast required to maintain 24,000ft, passenger flights that negotiate these corridors have to fly at least 1,000ft higher at 25,000ft and beyond to avoid a possible collision.

“We have notified large areas in the air where IAF is conducting its exercises four times a day. During this period, these areas are shut to civilian flights. Notice to airmen (NOTAM) has been issued to all airlines and pilots, alerting them about the changes. Controllers are guiding the planes over these exercise zones. When flights have to take off or land near these zones, they have to either do a detour or make a sharper ascent or descent,” said an ATC official.


Of the 450 flights that operate to Kolkata daily, nearly two-thirds come in the ambit of the exercise zone. Only flights to south India are exempt of any restrictions. The Patna-Lucknow route in Kolkata FIR is suspended to civilian traffic during the exercise.


All departing flights are usually given the shortest route to the destination. But they are now being carefully chaperoned through the skies that have suddenly become extremely busy. Two IAF officers are present at the Kolkata ATC round the clock to constantly coordinate with the controllers and ensure a glitch-free exercise. AAI has also set up a team to coordinate with IAF.


The IAF exercise includes high-altitude, maritime scenarios and special operations in real time with specific focus on key areas like aerial combat, air-to-surface combat, paratrooper assault and medical evacuation.
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Bar on back-door exit from aircraft
Sanjay Mandal Apr 26, 2018
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/bar-on-back-door-exit-from-aircraft-226131?ref=calcutta-ft-stry

Airport: The civil aviation ministry has barred airlines racing to reduce turnaround time from getting some passengers to disembark through the rear door of aircraft once it is attached to an aerobridge.
A circular issued on April 20 also mentions that airlines should be using aerobridges more than they have been doing at airports where these are available.
The directive is the ministry's response to complaints from passengers that they have been forced to disembark through step ladders attached to the rear even when aircraft are parked in a stand with aerobridge facilities.
On occasion, passengers getting out through the rear door are forced to walk till the terminal.
"It has been observed by senior AAI (Airports Authority of India) officials that airport aircraft parking stands having passenger boarding bridges are not being utilised fully. The non-usage of passenger boarding bridges is causing inconvenience to passengers. Further, it has also come to the notice of that when aircraft is parked in an aircraft parking stand with passenger boarding bridge, airlines are disembarking passengers from passenger boarding bridges as well as from the rear gates of aircraft through step ladders," states the circular.
"The aforesaid practices being followed at airports are not acceptable in terms of passenger facilitation and from the security point of view.”The ministry has specified that all available aerobridges should be allocated to airlines before the remote parking bays are used.
"Whenever an aircraft is parked at a stand with passenger boarding bridges, disembarking passengers through the rear gate of aircraft using step ladder shall not be permitted," the circular says.
Mumbai airport's new terminal has about 50 aerobridges but Calcutta's has only 18 for about 460 flights that take off and land every day. No aircraft is allowed to be attached to an aerobridge for more than an hour, an official said.
Barely 35 per cent of the flights to and from the city currently get to use aerobridges. Airlines fear that their turnaround time, which is crucial to profitability, will be affected by the ministry's stricture that the rear door of aircraft cannot be used for disembarkation. "Since disembarking through the rear door using a step ladder has been stopped, we will need more turnaround time," said an official of a private airline.
Representatives of various airlines are to meet the airport authorities in a couple of days to find a solution.
At AAI-run airports, domestic airlines need to pay Rs 2,000 an hour and international airlines double that amount for using boarding bridges. This user fee and the time limit on usage have played their part in airlines resorting to disembarkation of passengers in the back rows through the rear door.
Around 25 per cent of the passengers in an aircraft disembark in this manner even when an aerobridge is in use. "This practice saves us a lot of time," said an official of a low-cost airline.
An Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 passengers would need between 7 and 9 minutes to empty out if both doors are used. "If we are allowed to take passengers only through an aerobridge, 15 to 20 minutes is the average time required for disembarkation. This will definitely affect our on-time performance," the airline official said.
Turnaround time is the period an aircraft needs to become airborne again after landing. Besides disembarkation, the in-between schedule includes cleaning the aircraft and technical checks.

Comment: All major airports use aerobridges for safe and rapid unloading of passengers. However remotes parking gates are forced to use step ladders for ease of unloading process. I have not seen use of both aerobridges and step ladder in USA. Probably it is Kolkata specific event as number of aerobridges and parking stands are both inadequate and nobody cares.
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^^^ Seen this practice in MAA too. On an AI from DEL, the passengers seated at the back disembarked from the back and were bussed to the arrival hall.
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Zoom to scenic Arunachal with direct flight
Service scheduled to start in May under regional connectivity scheme.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/zoom-to-scenic-arunachal-with-direct-flight-226424?ref=calcutta-new-stry

Calcutta/Tezpur: Calcutta will have a direct flight to Arunachal Pradesh from May to enable tourists to reach the Northeast destination in about two hours.
Zoom Air, which started its Calcutta-Tezpur flight on Thursday under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme, plans to fly to two airports in Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat and Tezu. The airline won bids for this route under the same scheme, officials said.
"We are also starting a Calcutta-Jorhat flight on May 17 with an onward connection to Pasighat from May 24," said Koustav Dhar, CEO and managing director of Zoom Air. "Tezu, the other airport in Arunachal Pradesh, is still not ready; so we are planning to operate from there starting June.”According to Dhar, the airline will fly four days to Pasighat and three days to Tezu.
The Bombarider CRJ 200 LR series aircraft used by Zoom Air has 50 seats and will take about an hour to reach Jorhat, where it will make a 20-minute stopover before flying to Arunachal in another 20 minutes.
The UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme has a provision that subsidises 50 per cent of the seats on a flight. The fare for these seats will be Rs 3,100 one-way to Arunachal Pradesh from Calcutta, airline officials said.
Tour operators see "good demand" for Arunachal Pradesh among tourists from Calcutta, but connectivity is currently a deterrent. Visitors usually go to Guwahati and proceed to Arunachal by road. The journey to Tawang takes close to 16 hours.
"Air connectivity to Arunachal will open another nearby hill destination for Calcuttans. This will also help the city airport get more passengers from other places who are bound for those exotic destinations," said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, of the Travel Agents' Federation of India.
Zoom Air had bid for the Northeast routes in the second phase of UDAN.

Comment: Decades ago AI subsidiary used to fly Tezpur, Pasighat and other small airports in Arunachal Pradesh. Why they stopped flying in the first place?
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Why airports are unable to handle increasing air traffic.

Last month, the tyres on an Indigo flight from Tirupati to Hyderabad burst on touchdown — leading to thousands of passengers being stranded in airports across the country for up to seven hours. Every day, though, delays of half an hour or more, which have a cascading effect on schedules country-wide, are par for the course — a result of soaring passenger traffic, and stagnation in planning and expansion of airports to handle the footfalls.

Airports in India — from the busiest like Delhi and Mumbai to smaller ones in Patna and Guwahati — have become synonymous with queues, delays and congestion. On the airside, failure to add runways and parking bays has meant airports are unable to clear airlines’ requests to add more flights.

“If a flight gets delayed at another city like Delhi or Mumbai, there are delays in all the other sectors. This is beyond our control,” said an airline official. In December, for instance, 45% of flights were delayed at Mumbai.

India has recorded double-digit growth in domestic air passenger traffic for the past 42 months, shows data from International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade body of global airlines. Passenger traffic at Delhi airport grew 14% in 2017 compared to the previous year, making it the fastest growing airport in the world, according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), a global consultancy firm.It’s the same across the country. Hyderabad airport was meant to handle 12 million passengers per annum, but footfalls crossed 18 million in 2017. Last year, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport handled 19.5 million passengers — the terminal can manage 20 million passengers and will run out of space this year. Even at Patna airport, passenger traffic hit 29 lakh last year — a 48% increase over 2016 numbers — when the airport can handle just 7 lakh passengers a year.
Prakash Singh avoids flying in or out of Patna on holidays. “The queue to enter the airport can stretch into the car park,” he said. “There are two baggage scanners, which means you spend a long time completing security check. The airport is the same as it was 20 years ago though the number of flights has shot up. Patna airport can give a bus stand a run for its money,” said Singh, who lives in Noida and travels to his hometown frequently.

Mumbai, India’s second busiest airport, does not feature among the world’s top 20 fastest growing airports. It’s telling because till 2012, Mumbai was the busiest airport in India. “Infrastructure shortages played a critical role in this displacement,” said Kapil Kaul of CAPA. Air travel growth out of Mumbai will remain the same till a second airport comes up.

Airport capacity is measured by two parameters: passenger handling capacity of its terminal buildings and air traffic handling capacity of its runways. And both are in jeopardy at most airports. Last September, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) — responsible for passenger and bag checks — sounded a warning about adding more flights without infrastructure. “Total passenger traffic at all airports has increased by 65% in the last five years… Despite this huge increase, security infrastructure and manpower have remained the same, resulting in congestion and undue pressure on security personnel for speedy clearance,” CISF told the government. “Our airports may turn unmanageable… Planning has to be proactive and futuristic rather than reactive,” it added.
Delhi and Mumbai now deny slots to airlines to add flights as the airports are at capacity. Indian airline companies have ordered 900 aircraft but have nowhere to park.

An aviation ministry official said: “Air traffic has grown faster than the rate at which infrastructure is being added. There is a temporary mismatch. We are working on it. Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Patna and Goa will get second airports in the next three to five years.”

An Airports Authority of India official said: “AAI will construct 273 aircraft parking bays for A321 aircraft in next five years. State governments have been requested to provide additional land.”But experts say the facilities should have been operational by now. IATA India recently said: “IATA anticipates India will be the third largest aviation market by 2024. To make this a reality, airport capacity needs to be augmented.”
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Singapore Airlines flight suffers hydraulic failure
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/singapore-airlines-flight-suffers-hydraulic-failure/articleshow/64051045.cms

KOLKATA: A Singapore Airlines flight suffered a hydraulic failure after landing at the airport here, an airport official said on Sunday.
The Singapore Airlines 516 landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport around 11.30pm on Saturday.


The aircraft reportedly suffered a hydraulic failure after touchdown and could not be moved from the runway for around 20 minutes, the official said.
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Plane snag strands flyers for an hour at Kolkata airport

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/plane-snag-strands-flyers-for-an-hour-at-kolkata-airport/articleshow/64056866.cms

KOLKATA: A Kolkata-bound Singapore Airlines flight made an emergency landing at the city airport late on Saturday after suffering a hydraulic failure.
Singapore Airlines flight SQ 516 landed at 10.28pm on Saturday but could not vacate runway 19L because of a hydraulic problem, which restricted the aircraft’s ability to manoeuvre and its normal functioning.

As a result, around 200 passengers were stuck in the aircraft for nearly an hour on the runway. They were not able to get out till the snag was repaired and the aircraft was moved to an adjacent bay.

Sajal Das, a passenger on the aircraft, said, “The flight touched down and stopped with a sudden jerk. We had to sit inside the plane for nearly an hour.”

Another passenger, Abhijit Halder, said there was no communication from the crew members and it was only after getting down at the airport, that they realized that hydraulic oil had leaked, which prevented the aircraft from moving forward.

In aeroplanes, hydraulics controls the movement of an aircraft in all four directions. In the event of a hydraulic failure, the pilots will lose the ability to control left or right. Hydraulic systems work on the principle that a force applied at a single point will be transmitted to another point using an incompressible fluid. This fluid is normally an oil and is defined as a “fluid which is not reduced in volume by an increase in pressure”.


A basic system will comprise two pistons and an liquid-filled cylinder connecting them. In brief, when one of the pistons is pressed, the liquid moves through the cylinder and exerts the pressure on the other piston, which causes it to move. Hydraulic pressure is used to control aircraft movement. According to airline officials, there are at least two back-ups for faulty hydraulic pressure systems.


On Saturday, the flight had started from the Changi airport in Singapore around 9pm and landed at Kolkata airport around 10.30pm. However, the flight could not vacate runway 19L due the hydraulic problem.


“Immediately, an alternate runway — 19R-01L — was made available. This prevented the operations of other flights from being affected. The runway was handed over back for normal operations after being vacated and properly cleaned of the hydraulic leakage. Runway 19L-01R was also inspected thoroughly. The main runway was operational again at 11.42pm,” said a senior airport official.
COMMENT: This is the advantage of having parallel runways system no matter how close they are!!
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At 26%, Kolkata airport tops in passenger growth; to pip Chennai as 4th largest
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/at-26-city-airport-tops-in-passenger-growth-to-pip-chennai-as-4th-largest/articleshow/64102273.cms

KOLKATA: The city has recorded the highest passenger growth among the top 12 airports in India and is set to overtake Chennai this year to become the country’s fourthlargest airport after Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
The passenger count at Kolkata airport increased from 1.58 crore in 2016-17 to 1.99

crore in 2017-18, a whopping 26% growth. The number of passengers has nearly doubled in four years—it was just 1crore in 2014-15.

Sources said the city airport also saw the highest decadal growth. In absolute numbers, only Delhi airport added more passengers than Kolkata did.

Barring a major disruption, the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is projected to add over 40 lakh flyers in the current fiscal, which will take the overall passenger count close to 2.5 crore.

It’s a combination of more flights into the city with very high passenger loads that helped Kolkata airport achieve such a spectacular growth. In the domestic sector, passenger growth outpaced flights though it was the reverse in the international sector.

While flights from Kolkata to other Indian towns and cities rose by 20%, the flyer count spiralled by 27%. On the other hand, the number of international flights went up by 19% while passenger growth was 16%. The city’s pie of domestic flyers is six-and-a-half times that of international flyers.

The overall aircraft movement in Kolkata went up by 20% during the year with the airport handling 1.5 lakh flights, nearly as many as Hyderabad and Chennai.

The traffic surge has led to fresh challenges for the airport operator, forcing urgent measures to cut congestion and expedite capacity enhancement plans.
300 seats added in waiting lounges

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has had to add more food and beverage kiosks as well as retail stores. It has also added 300 more seats at the waiting lounges to take the count to 3,300.

“While chairs were adequate, we enhanced capacity to pre-empt a shortage from the phenomenal growth. The additional seats will also come in handy in case of an exigency like multiple flight delays when the terminal gets crowded,” said airport director Atul Dikshit.

The airport has already added 1,500 new luggage trolleys and is set to take the trolley count to over 3,500. Another 1,000 new baggage carts will replace the old ones.

“We have set up 10 new self check-in kiosks to reduce congestion in the departure lounge. This October, we hope to further reduce congestion by commissioning the inline registered baggage Xray facility,” Dikshit said.

In the apron area, the AAI has plans to increase aircraft parking bays to accommodate more planes next year. Better utilisation of existing space has increased the number of bays from 51to 55.
Next, a hanger near the terminal’s international wing will be demolished to carve out 10 more parking bays. The new hangar will be constructed to the east of the primary runway.


Also on the cards is a plan to extend the taxi track F by demolishing two other hangars to the north so that departing flights can taxi down to the Barasat end of the primary runway instead of entering it midway, taxiing to the end and then doing an U turn for takeoff.


“This project is essential to reduce runway occupancy time and increase the airport’s flight handling capacity to keep the growth momentum going,” said regional executive director (east) K L Sharma.


In cargo though, the growth is a modest 7%, way below the top-four. In 2017-18, Kolkata airport clocked 1.6 lakh tonne cargo against 3.5 lakh tonne by Bengaluru, 4.2 lakh tonne by Chennai, 9 lakh tonne by Mumbai and 9.6 lakh tonne by Delhi.
Comment: CCU might reach 40 M pax. per year by say 2025-30 time period. Then what next? Will it be extended to 80 M capacity in near future. I don’t think so. If AAI could extend taxiway F north that will open up the scope of a new third terminal in place of old international terminal. Building three C class hangers in the east side of the airfield is very promising. But those solar panels build on the east side must go. That place could be used for more parking lots.
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At present Andal airport has only one daily operation, a direct Air India flight between Durgapur and Delhi. With over 90% load, SpiceJet is also willing to introduce flights between Durgapur and Bengaluru and Hyderabad, but wants the Bengal government to offer aviation turbine fuel at lower rates to its flights when they refuel at Kolkata airport.
Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/with-hasinas-visit-on-may-26-durgapur-to-get-first-international-flight/articleshow/64240965.cms
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C130 Herc. resting on newly built apron at Panagarh AFB. More apron and taxiways construction on the way: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=23.470654&lon=87.437477&z=19&m=b
Airport lighting system : https://youtu.be/FSl8iIpeHEk
World’s longest runways: https://youtu.be/lcLn_2Zw_Zk
IXB to Guwahati airport, landing and takeoff: https://youtu.be/iT_WyIZ1980

Wife 'flew Manchester to India on husband's passport : http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-43959985

http://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-a380-superjumbo-history-boeing-747-emirates-2017-11?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=auddev-test1331&r=UK&IR=T#-the-even-larger-first-class-suites--24. The new big name in airlines industry Airbus A380.

KL-Singapore is world’s busiest air route! Where is BOM-DEL position now? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44000000

NASA has no plan to retire its wooden tail vintage Canberra. Even after sixty years Canberra fly high and fast. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160309-why-nasa-still-flies-an-old-british-bomber-design
Russian Victory day parade of 2018; a display of all kind of weapons for coming decades: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44028810
Silk Air flight landing at CCU main runway at night : https://youtu.be/FTuZb3mb4ZA
Early morning take off from CCU. New apron construction clearly visible: https://youtu.be/h1NbsrwiY6g
JFK-DEL long haul flight of AI- feedback from a recent trip.
http://www.businessinsider.com/air-i...-photos-2018-4
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Andal ILS switchover fails before Hasina flight’
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/andal-ils-switchover-fails-before-hasina-flight/articleshow/64339563.cms

KOLKATA: An attempt to commission the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Andalahead of the arrival of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s flight on Saturday failed after the pilot carrying out test flights submitted an adverse report on a key guidance equipment. Hasina’s flight, a Biman Bangladesh flight, landed using an alternative visual-based procedure that requires a much higher visibility for safe operations.

The flight, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, touched down at Andal at 10.58am on Saturday with the pilot using the Doppler Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (DVOR), a radio navigation aid that gives the aircraft’s position relative to the ground. The AI Delhi-Durgapur flight operates using the DVOR. ILS comes in handy when visibility drops. But there was no such problem on a bright and sunny Saturday.

On the eve of her visit, AI carried out test flights with an Airbus A-320 aircraft to ratify the Category-I ILS installed two years ago. Interference in signals due to the presence of a Coal India dumpsite in the vicinity had led to the regulatory authority refusing its use earlier. Subsequently, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had relocated the antenna and sought for flight trials to commission the ILS. These were carried out on Friday.


During the trials, the ILS system — comprising Localiser, Glide Scope and a distance measuring equipment — that is maintained by AAI functioned perfectly. But the captain operating the flight reported problems in the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), a visual aid that provides guidance information to help a pilot acquire and maintain the correct approach path. This is maintained by airport operator Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL).


Comprising high intensity lights that appears red or white from the cockpit of an aircraft coming in to land, thereby giving the pilot an indication of whether the angle of approach to the runway is correct. The pilot aligns the aircraft in a manner so that the ratio of white and red lights is equal throughout the landing sequence. If more white lights are visible than red, the pilot will know that the aircraft is above the ideal approach angle while more white lights will indicate it is below the ideal approach angle.


According to sources, the pilot felt the lights appeared faded. “The intensity of red lights is poor. Hence, all the lights were appearing white,” a source said. Following the adverse report by the pilot, DGCA has refused to give the nod for commissioning the ILS.

Comment: It seems it is a problem of PAPI which needs to be fixed. Not enough red light coming out of it.
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https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/durgapur-bound-ai-flight-returns-to-delhi-due-to-hydraulic-problem-1250379-2018-06-04

New Delhi, Jun 4 (PTI) An Air India flight from Delhi to Durgapur in West Bengal with 128 passengers on board had to return shortly after it took off this morning due to a hydraulic problem, a spokesperson of the airline said.
Flight number AI 755 returned to Delhi 40 minutes after it took off, when the problem was detected, he added.
The passengers were boarded on an alternative flight, the spokesperson said. PTI SAN RC RC
Comment: A319 loaded with 128 passenger is a good occupancy. I think Durgapore-DEL is a money making sector now!

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After aircraft snag, fog in cabin spreads panic among fliers.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/after-aircraft-snag-fog-in-cabin-spreads-panic-among-fliers/articleshow/64693145.cms

KOLKATA: A video grab of scenes of chaos in a foggy cabin of an AirAsia aircraft uploaded on the social media by a senior executive of a public sector company that went viral with 16,000 views has forced the airline to issue a clarification. Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha later tweeted: “DGCA is reviewing the incident and we will take appropriate follow-up action.”

The flight I5 582 from Kolkata to Bagdogra slated for departure at 9am was initially delayed by half-an-hour. After the passengers boarded the Airbus A320 aircraft, the plane was pushed back to taxi for takeoff but returned to the parking bay after the pilot suspected a snag. The passengers were then kept in their seats for an hour. Around 11.47am, the pilot asked fliers to disembark, leading to murmurs of protest. Soon after, mist enveloped the cabin and triggered panic among passengers, several of them children and women.


Indian Oil Corporation executive director (east) Dipankar Ray, who was on the plane en route to Gangtok, videographed the scene and uploaded it on Facebook: “Aircraft is on fire... Not exactly. Flight no I5 582 of Air Asia to Bagdogra. First they pushed back, then returned to bay... then announced technical snag. Kept stationary for one hour on tarmac to instruct deplaning. When passengers objected, put blowers in full blast to hound passengers out. Simply suffocating kids... No food or water in between. This is the way Aviation industry work in India. This #AirAsiaservice was particularly scary... Avoid Air Asia... .”


AirAsia officials issued a statement confirming the delay of four-and-a-half hours due to a technical fault and expressing regret at the inconvenience caused on account of the disruption. It clarified: “There was no danger to any of the occupants onboard the aircraft as the cool conditioned air being circulated was condensing. This is a normal occurrence on-board all aircraft when the air conditioning is operated in high humidity conditions.”


On Wednesday morning, the humidity was 89%. Airline officials said mist within the cabin on a humid day was not uncommon. The IOC executive said he had no issue with condensation causing the mist but questioned why the captain did not do the obvious to rein in panic. “Had the AC been switched off, the mist formation would have stopped. Instead, the captain allowed the situation to persist despite the panic,” he said.
Comment: LCC airlines too busy making money, no time for aircraft maintenance!

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Crack forces flight to return
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/crack-forces-flight-to-return-240075?ref=calcutta-new-stry

Airport: A Bangalore-bound IndiGo flight had to return to Calcutta within minutes of the take-off after the aircraft's windshield cracked because of bad weather on Sunday morning.
The Airbus A320, carrying 168 passengers, had taken off at 10.15am. Soon after - while the aircraft was over the Bay of Bengal, about 120km from Calcutta - the pilot alerted Calcutta's air traffic control about the crack.
The flight returned to the city and landed at 10.34am. "Emergency arrangements were on standby," an official at the airport said.

An IndiGo spokesperson said the passengers were flown out on another aircraft.
"Due to severe weather conditions... IndiGo flight 6E-345 operating on the Calcutta-Bangalore route suffered minor damage on the outer surface of the windshield. Following standard operating procedures, the pilot returned to Calcutta..." the spokesperson said.
Sources said two cracks were detected on the windshield, which the airline told airport officials were caused by strong winds.
"A windshield has three layers. If the outer layer cracks, the aircraft should reduce its speed and land at the nearest airport," a pilot said. "A crack on the inner layer is more serious."
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Dubai-Mumbai busiest international route, courtesy migrant workers
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New Delhi, Jun 23 (PTI) The Dubai-Mumbai air sector witnessed the highest flow of passengers at about 2.5 million during the 2017-18 financial year, primarily led by migrant workers, according to data released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The route took the pole position in a list of top 10 international destinations that are connected to Indian cities by both Indian and foreign air carriers

The data showed that United Arab Emirates -- with Dubai as one of the key cities -- constituted almost half of the total international seats from India during the 2017-18 fiscal, "primarily led by migrant workers and business market in the Middle East"

The Dubai-Mumbai sector was followed by the Dubai-Delhi sector with about two million passenger movement. The Dubai-Kochi sector came next with just over one million passenger flow, the data showed

The growing appeal of Bangkok as a travellers' paradise was reflected in the data compiled by the ministry, as the Delhi-Bangkok route came at the fourth place with about one million passengers travelling between these two cities during the financial year. The Dubai-Hyderabad route came in at the fifth place and it was followed the London-Delhi route

According to the data, the London-Mumbai route took the seventh spot, followed by Dubai-Chennai, Singapore-Chennai and Colombo-Chennai, respectively

In the domestic sector, Mumbai-Delhi route, considered one of the busiest airline corridors in Asia Pacific region, topped the chart with seven million air passengers travelling in this sector during the last financial year

Bengaluru-Delhi sector followed next with just over four million passengers and Bengaluru-Mumbai sector came in at the third place with close to four million passenger movements, the data showed.
Comment : It is time to decentralize the out flow of blue color workers from many west/north/south indian airports rather than two or three airports!

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Bagdogra bursts at seams, can’t take more peak-hour flights

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/bagdogra-bursts-at-seams-cant-take-more-peak-hour-flights/articleshow/64741223.cms

KOLKATA: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has turned down airlines’ requests for more flights to Bagdogra during the day, citing the overcrowding of the terminal building that is stretched way beyond capacity.

“The terminal building is bursting at the seams. During the peak holiday season when passenger loads shoot up, passengers cram the terminal with no place to sit or even move around freely. Officials at the airport are finding it extremely challenging to manage smooth operations. We have, therefore, taken a conscious decision not to entertain any more flights during busy hours,” said Airports Authority of India regional executive director (east) K L Sharma.
With nearly all flights to Bagdogra from Kolkata and Delhi going full, carriers are keen to operate more flights to the north Bengal airport. Apart from the prospect of more loads, they also get to lift aviation turbine fuel (ATF) sans VAT. But all of them want to operate within the 10am to 5pm window when passengers can travel onwards to Darjeeling and Sikkim. At present, Bagdogra Airport has 26 daily flights, all between 10am and 5pm.
While the runway and parking bays have capacity to accommodate more flights, the terminal building is over-saturated. Designed to handle 400-450 passengers per hour, the terminal has more than 1,000 passengers at any given moment. The situation gets even more challenging between noon and 3pm when seven flights land and five flights take off.


“In recent years, the airport has recorded a huge surge in footfall. We are all trying our best but the infrastructure is woefully inadequate to handle so many passengers. We have personally requested AAI not to entertain any further increase in flights during peak hour,” said Bagdogra airport director Banibrata Bakshi.


Bakshi, however, said the airport was open to welcoming early morning and late evening flights. “The airport now has instrument landing system and can function from 5.30am to 9.30pm,” he said.


“No matter how much we try to make optimum use of the existing terminal building, congestion can’t be avoided. The existing building can handle a maximum of around 500 passengers in the arrival section and an equal number in the departure section in an hour. But we regularly get more than 2,000 passengers per hour,” an official said. Minor changes have been made to add space. These include increasing security hold area on the first floor, shifting the restaurant to another part of the building and churning more space in the check-in area of the ground floor by making adjustments near the section with the conveyer belts and the exit gate.
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Boeing 747 taxing at Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/etistnmyjHE ; probably Hajj flight!

A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous': Emirates' Clark: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a380s-advantages-over-twinjets-still-enormous-em-447681/
and https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/reports/a380s-in-the-china-the-worlds-largest-market-is-there-a-place-for-the-worlds-largest-aircraft-392569

Meet the gargantuan air freighter that looks like a whale: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43641665
Singapore Airlines is bringing back a nonstop flight from Newark to Singapore. Here's what to expect on the world's longest flight: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/02/singapore-airlines-is-bringing-back-the-worlds-longest-flight.html
Final approach to an airport using ILS guidance : https://youtu.be/wxFVoTPVhYs
Take off from Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/4QmkOK6-2g4
Back to back B747 landing at BOM airport: https://youtu.be/08ySONHbVZ4
Why did Emirates ordered so many Dreamliner? : https://youtu.be/vYujSf7pe_I
Landing at NSCBI airport with a view of enlarged cargo apron area(C 5) : https://youtu.be/NHdg5CLkBsQ
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter from Air Force Station Barrackpore finally succeeded in dousing the MV SSL Kolkata fire by Sunday evening. The helicopter, commanded by Wg Cdr Nikhil Mehrotra, operated under extremely trying conditions and poured some 15,000 litres of water on the containers that were burning on the ship’s deck. The helicopter used a contraption known as a ‘Bambi’ bucket slung underneath to pour water on the blaze. : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/ship-inferno-meets-match-in-iaf-choppers-bambi-move/articleshow/64629055.cms
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