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Kolkata ( NSCBI ) Airport: past, present and future.
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A pragmatic approach to reach the mosque inside Kolkata airport: dig out a tunnel 4meter deep underneath the taxiway with a cost of 60 crores rupees. Will it work?
It looks difficult for the BCAS to approve it, in the current climate. The Delhi plan will possibly never see the light of day, at least going by the current situation. India's security situation is quite different from those of other countries, where such arrangements have worked fine.

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Kolkata: Flyers keep fingers crossed for i ..
Sir, while the inline baggage scans will be a nice addition, the arrival baggage handling is something that suffers from chronic delays at CCU. And it is not an issue that has cropped up recently. This has been there since ages.

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Yes, it is high time to save that historic aircraft flown by Biju Pattanaik that saved the life of Mr.Sukarno. We have discussed this in this forum years ago.
At least someone in AAI is thinking of this pressing problem!!
Sir, the airport director has cleared the F-27 and HS-748 out. The 9I AT42 has also been taken out. The other derelict B732 will also be taken out soon. There are some other derelict aircraft as well (smaller ones). The DC-3 is in bad shape: it is possibly breaking into two. From what I know, there is no plan to take it to Bhubaneshwar and install it in either of the two impressive terminals. This is possibly doomed to get broken up soon.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2jPBnSMIFI. Recent daytime landing at NSCBI airport.
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How India’s Aircraft Carrier Vikrant Went to War Against Pakistan. https://www.yahoo.com/news/india-aircraft-carrier-vikrant-went-023000676.html

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Kolkata may get direct flights to Beijing, Shanghai soon

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Flight to Delhi from Durgapur (KNI) airport: https://youtu.be/fXRxTp-yEwg Looks like airports of Montana. Turning pad is small. Otherwise OK; it might develop in future.

Bombay to Durgapur Spice Jet flight landing at Durgapore airport. https://youtu.be/hJvsVeHGHt4

First flight calibration at Durgapur airport (2015). https://youtu.be/DHLER4R6E50

Recently started flight from Durgapur to MAA. https://youtu.be/EcgH_0blo6w
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US firm drafts plan for futuristic transport hub at Kolkata ..

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Face detection plan for airport. Fliers can enter without physical ID. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/face-detection-plan-for-airport/cid/1717413?ref=west-bengal_west-bengal-page

Journey from Pakyong to NSCBIAirport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFUx2vp6kxY
Beautiful Pakyong airport landing, India’s highest airport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pFi_fKfvM

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Indications in recent months suggest that the upgrade program for India’s fleet of Su-30MKI fighters is finally gathering pace. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has so far placed orders for 272 aircraft, of which 50 were delivered by Russia in 2002-2004 and 2007. Another 222 are to be supplied by the HAL Corporation; production under Russian license began at HAL’s Indian facilities in 2004. So far, more than 200 planes have already been delivered, and the Su-30MKI is the most numerous of the multirole fighters currently in service with the IAF. (more)

Why Russia's S-400 Anti-Air System Is Deadlier Than You Think.
A very powerful weapon.

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Should America Buy 2,000 Hypersonic Missiles Instead of Another Carrier? https://www.yahoo.com/news/america-buy-2-000-hypersonic-050000256.html
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The U.S. military should consider buying a huge arsenal of long-range, hypersonic missiles instead of trying to maintain a large fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
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India frustrated at another humiliation of IAF Pilot WC Abhinandan by the Pakistan Air Force. https://timesofislamabad.com/14-Nov-2019/india-frustrated-at-another-humiliation-of-iaf-pilot-wc-abhinandan-by-the-pakistan-air-force

This Is Why Russia Wanted A 1,000 Feet Long Aircraft Carrier (More Like Supercarrier). https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-russia-wanted-1000-foot-long-aircraft-carrier-more-supercarrier-96331

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The JF-17 Fighter: How China Is Already Helping Pakistan Fight India. https://www.yahoo.com/news/jf-17-fighter-china-already-180000942.html

Air India's 11,000 staff to get 1-year job guarantee.
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India’s 1st elevated taxiway to open at IGI airport by 2022.
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Recent infrastructure upgrade at NSCBI airport:

Digital globe is displaying recent satellite pictures of NSCBI airport at low resolution. So far Google earth did not display any such picture. Massive apron and taxiway construction going in following areas: R19 turning pad, areas adjacent to cargo apron and west side of secondary runway. It seems to be early stage construction of taxiway F north. There are some construction activity near L19 turning pad and near VOR area. New apron construction also going on near south side hangar complex opposite to international terminal.
Once these activities are completed NSCBI airport will look very different. I thank AAI for a bold and timely initiative; hopefully NSCBI will be a 50M pax airport soon. Please view at www. https://discover.digitalglobe.com/ go to Kolkata subarea and enlarge.
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This Survey Explains What Not to Do on an Airplane. Figuring out the proper etiquette on your flight can be tricky business. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/this-survey-explains-what-not-to-do-on-an-airplane/ar-AAK7wPK

Kolkata goes global, airport logs 13% rise in international ..
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Ranchi flight lands in Kolkata after ‘fuel SOS’

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Night landing at NSCBI airport : https://youtu.be/wMVM9QBE1gc

Navy Tejas landing on Vikramaditya. Aircraft slowed down by arrestor wires. https://youtu.be/LyoPf2Sq06Q

Comparison of Kolkata airport vs. Dhaka airport : https://youtu.be/7a_jJgCjBvo

Air India landing at Durgapur airport (KNI airport); https://youtu.be/4SMNlOmU6oE

Dubai to Kolkata takeoff and landing : https://youtu.be/OSaGH0FihLQ
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Twenty Years Ago, Nuclear-Armed India and Pakistan Fought a Chilly, High-Altitude War in the Himalayas. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/twenty-years-ago-nuclear-armed-india-and-pakistan-fought-chilly-high-altitude-war Was nuke war possible? An accurate description of Kargil war!

https://youtu.be/nU8CY-90AlE : New development projects around NSCBI airport.

https://youtu.be/zySyfFKt8dw : Night landing on Kolkata airport main runway 01R

https://youtu.be/hJRrKklxF6g : Cockpit view of B737 landing on Kolkata main runway. This side (01R) is Cat IIIB compatible. https://youtu.be/47nrBEMTc94

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PAF Vs IAF: Stunning comparison of the two adversary Nuclear Powers Air Forces .
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Airline Apologizes for Requiring Passenger to Take Pregnancy Test Before flight.
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Many Aircraft Don't Survive Long, But Russia's MiG-21 Might Last A Century. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/many-aircraft-dont-survive-long-russias-mig-21-might-last-century-115201 The MiG-21 will easily reach sixty, however, and probably seventy without breaking a sweat. It remains one of the iconic fighters of the supersonic age.

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Finally, Southern India Gets First Su-30 MKI Squadron Tomorrow. https://www.livefistdefence.com/2020/01/finally-southern-india-gets-first-su-30-mki-squadron-tomorrow.html

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The Indian Air Force Hopes to Dodge Sanctions as Its Springs for Russian Missiles and MiG and Sukhoi Jet Fighters. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/indian-air-force-hopes-dodge-sanctions-its-springs-russian-missiles-and-mig-and-sukhoi-jet

Using 10 Percent Biofuel for First Time, IAF's AN-32 Aircraft Conducts Flight Ops at Leh.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/using-10-percent-biofuel-for-first-time-iafs-an-32-aircraft-conducts-flight-ops-at-leh/ar-BBZwwYW So aviation fuel mixed with 10% DALDA or TEJ mustard oil is the future of air transport.

Woman On Qatar Airways Delivers Baby Mid-Flight, Forcing Plane To Land/ Baby Gaga. https://www.babygaga.com/woman-delivers-baby-mid-flight/ Mother and son resting happily in a private hospital at Kolkata, near NSCBI Airport.

Extension of taxiway F in Kolkata airport with the help of a level crossing near the mosque: https://www.anandabazar.com/state/kolkata-airport-is-thinking-of-a-level-crossing-to-increase-the-taxiway-1.1097032?ref=related-stry-2 Hope this plan is materialized in near future.

No direct Kol-China flight from Monday. And flights to Hong Kong from CCU reduced to five per week by Cathy.
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East expansion on hold, airline heads to Gulf. Indigo introducing flights to DXB daily and thinking of flights to Cambodia. Fall out of virus attack!
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S-500 anti-aircraft systems to be passed into service in 2020. https://www.pravdareport.com/news/science/144308-s_500/
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Does India's F-21 Look A Little Familiar? It Should. https://www.yahoo.com/news/does-indias-f-21-look-033000686.html


British Airways smashes record for quickest subsonic flight from New York to London. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/british-airways-fast-flight-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

London (CNN) — A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h).
The Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from Saturday to Sunday and reached its destination in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom.

Kolkata airport authority, airlines officials to discuss rol ..
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Pakistan's version on F-16 a facade, says former IAF chief BS Dhanoa. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/pakistans-version-on-f-16-a-facade-says-former-iaf-chief-bs-dhanoa/ar-BBZRaJA

Tupolov aircraft for India's second naval museum arrives in Kolkata. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/tupolov-aircraft-for-indias-second-naval-museum-arrives-in-kolkata/ar-BB102nzP yes, it is a Tu-142. The dismantled TU – 142 aircraft arrived in Kolkata and the work on reassembling the aircraft will soon begin as the Naval Museum starts taking shape. The aircraft, which was handed over to the KMDA authorities will now begin reassembling it.

HAL to provide IAF with 83 Tejas fighters in Rs 39k cr deal. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/hal-to-provide-iaf-with-83-tejas-fighters-in-rs-39k-cr-deal/articleshow/74166367.cms
It should have been 100 Tejas with that price.


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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/74318503.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst IAF should have avoided such detailed description.

For the first time in history, Pakistan to buy Aircraft Carrier to compete India in Indian Ocean.. https://timesofislamabad.com/07-Feb-2019/for-the-first-time-in-history-pakistan-to-buy-aircraft-carrier-to-compete-india-in-indian-ocean
China plans to sell its first aircraft carrier, “Liaoning”, to Pakistan, in order to allow it to compete with India.
This sale is expected to boost Pakistan Navy’s strength, help match the Indian counterpart and improve Pakistan’s military relations with China
Comment: This will create a dangerous situation for India and vast amount of resources have to be poured in developing Indian naval air arm and sub surface navy. Port of Gwadar is ideal for such operation. I think this is Chinese revenge action for Doklam crisis.
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For the first time in history, Pakistan to buy Aircraft Carrier to compete India in Indian Ocean.. https://timesofislamabad.com/07-Feb-2019/for-the-first-time-in-history-pakistan-to-buy-aircraft-carrier-to-compete-india-in-indian-ocean
China plans to sell its first aircraft carrier, “Liaoning”, to Pakistan, in order to allow it to compete with India.
This sale is expected to boost Pakistan Navy’s strength, help match the Indian counterpart and improve Pakistan’s military relations with China
Comment: This will create a dangerous situation for India and vast amount of resources have to be poured in developing Indian naval air arm and sub surface navy. Port of Gwadar is ideal for such operation. I think this is Chinese revenge action for Doklam crisis.


What a bunch of jokers!

Pakistan is nowhere near the Indian Ocean to begin with. By the time their hand me down aircraft carrier and its flotilla of warships exit the Arabian Sea , they will be reduced to pulp by Indian coastal defences.

In any case, aircraft carriers are an outdated doctrine in naval warfare. They are too big, need too much support, are too visible and don't have much of an impact when the opposing side is also equipped with them.

Nuclear submarines armed with nukes are the real deal.
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Yes, I agree with you. But Pakis may be interested to have that flattop just as the first Islamic flattop in the world. If they have it Gulf and Arabian sea shipping for desi cargo will be in danger.
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Travel questions answered.
The visa-free travel of Overseas Citizens of India has also been suspended till April 15

By Subhajoy Roy in Calcutta. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/travel-questions-answered/cid/1754061?ref=more-from-west-bengal_west-bengal-page
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India’s ban on OCI sparks panic, anger, acceptance.

Thousands of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders have been forced to cancel trips to India owing to the recent ban on their entry by the GOI and are apprehensive they will not be able to get back in the event of an emergency.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-ban-on-oci-sparks-panic-anger-acceptance/articleshow/74662104.cms
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India’s ban on OCI sparks panic, anger, acceptance.

Thousands of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders have been forced to cancel trips to India owing to the recent ban on their entry by the GOI and are apprehensive they will not be able to get back in the event of an emergency.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-ban-on-oci-sparks-panic-anger-acceptance/articleshow/74662104.cms


Being an OCI cardholder myself, I fully support this decision from the GoI.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. India can ill afford an epidemic like China or Iran.
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India’s ban on OCI sparks panic, anger, acceptance.

Thousands of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders have been forced to cancel trips to India owing to the recent ban on their entry by the GOI and are apprehensive they will not be able to get back in the event of an emergency.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-ban-on-oci-sparks-panic-anger-acceptance/articleshow/74662104.cms


In an emergency India allows OCI or any other person if they have a compelling need. So they should be able to visit India. And being an OCI it will be easier to show compelling need as they will have ties to India.

But the recent ban from EU is for everyone including Indian citizens. How are they going to enforce that as some Indians may have gone to EU for a short stay.
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Indian Navy surveillance warfare aircraft deployed along Pakistani borders, reveals CDS General Bipin Rawat. https://timesofislamabad.com/17-Feb-2020/indian-navy-surveillance-warfare-aircraft-deployed-along-pakistani-borders-reveals-cds-general-bipin-rawat
Indian Navy surveillance warfare aircraft P-8Is were deployed to keep an eye on the movement of Pakistani troops after the Pulwama terror attack in 2019.
"The P-8I aircraft were the most potent platform to carry out surveillance -- be it sea or mountains. The aircraft was live-streaming data to support decision making during the Doklam face-off," said defence expert Capt D K Sharma (retd).

City airport ( Kolkata )cleanest among eight busiest AAI facilities. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/city-airport-cleanest-among-eight-busiest-aai-facilities/articleshow/74249116.cms

How One Open Hatch Nearly Cost India a $2.9 Billion Nuclear Submarine ?
Comment :How could this have happened ? Possibly sabotage!!
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-one-open-hatch-nearly-cost-india-29-billion-nuclear-submarine-125901

Seal on Calcutta airport expansion plan. More aerobridges and counters on anvil.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/seal-on-calcutta-airport-expansion-plan/cid/1748046?ref=calcutta_home-template Comment: That old domestic terminal building must go, it is of no use.

Success: India's Tejas Fighter Just Landed on an Aircraft Carrier for the First Time. https://news.yahoo.com/success-indias-tejas-fighter-just-000000182.html
Key point: India is growing as a naval power and that means having more planes to use on its carrier. The successful landing of a Tejas is a step in that direction.

East expansion on hold, airline heads to Gulf. Indigo introducing flights to DXB daily and thinking of flights to Cambodia. Fall out of virus attack!
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Does India's F-21 Look A Little Familiar? It Should. https://www.yahoo.com/news/does-indias-f-21-look-033000686.html


British Airways smashes record for quickest subsonic flight from New York to London. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/british-airways-fast-flight-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

London (CNN) — A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h).
The Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from Saturday to Sunday and reached its destination in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom.

Kolkata airport authority, airlines officials to discuss rol ..
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Russia's MiG-29 Has A New Mission: Aerial Armor Destroyer. The MiG-29 is too outdated for its original role. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russias-mig-29-has-new-mission-aerial-armor-destroyer-128287

Govt allows in-flight Wi-Fi services in India: Everything that you need to know.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/govt-allows-in-flight-wi-fi-services-in-india-everything-that-you-need-to-know/ar-BB10CBry

Did Afghan Intelligence help Indian Air Force in failed air strike at Balakot after Pulwama attack? https://timesofislamabad.com/29-Feb-2020/did-afghan-intelligence-help-indian-air-force-in-failed-air-strike-at-balakot-after-pulwama-attack


India Is Turning To Israel After Its Russian-Made Missiles Turned Into Duds.
Can Israeli missiles be integrated on a Russian jet? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/india-turning-israel-after-its-russian-made-missiles-turned-duds-128852
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All the Reasons Why the US Air Force's F-16 Is Still a Deadly Plane.
A very good war machine. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/all-reasons-why-air-forces-f-16-still-deadly-plane-130172

Russia's S-500 May Be Able To Target Stealth Jets
The F-35 and F-22 could be at risk. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russias-s-500-may-be-able-target-stealth-jets-130112

China Hates India's Fast and Sneaky Brahmos Missiles.
No way to counter it? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/china-hates-indias-fast-and-sneaky-brahmos-missiles-130472 Comment: yes, both India and China should start deescalating over the hill tops of Himalayan mountain and save billions of dollars. Common people in both these two countries are historically friendly. India’s real enemy is in the west Asia and not in east or north side.

12 of the longest flight routes in the world.
The longest flights in the world keep getting longer.
Long-haul flights are increasingly being offered by a number of airlines thanks to more affordable oil, more fuel-efficient airliners, and more demand for nonstop trips.
Here are 12 of the longest flight routes in the world. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsother/12-of-the-longest-flight-routes-in-the-world/ss-BB1138Nr?li=BBoPWjQ

NSCBI AIRPORT TODAY A CLEAN AND GREEN AIRPORT : HTTPS://YOUTU.BE/3SVYKZT1XIQ

BANGALORE TO KOLKATA; IN THE BACKGROUND OF SETTING SUN AND ON SECONDARY RUNWAY LANDING. HTTPS://YOUTU.BE/0UPKDPORWXK

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

Coronavirus: British Airways suspends all Gatwick flights. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52103171

Smooth daytime landing on Kolkata secondary runway: https://youtu.be/Rmwonc8jgrI
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Stranded Indians rush to return amid ad hoc nCoV cancellations. Kolkata: Ad hoc cancellation of international flights by airlines struggling with India’s lockdown order has left Indians desperate to return and foreigners keen on exiting, bewildered and in extreme panic. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/stranded-indians-rush-to-return-amid-ad-hoc-ncov-cancellations/articleshow/74619455.cms


Russian Planes Are Flying Thousands of Miles to Track NATO Submarines.
A pair of Russian navy Tu-142 patrol planes flew one of the longest-ever flights in international air space in decades on and around March 11, 2020.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russian-planes-are-flying-thousands-miles-track-nato-submarines-133247


Fourth airport in Bengal ready for commercial flights.
Moloy Ghatak, state law, judiciary and labour minister, while speaking at a seminar on ‘Driving growth to the next level’ organised by the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), said that the construction work of the airstrip of the Steel Authority of India Limited (Sail) is almost complete and he expects flight operations to commence very soon. The new airport will be ready for 20 seater aircrafts. https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/fourth-airport-bengal-ready-commercial-flights-1502866055.html


Delta Air Lines Takes Extreme Measures as Coronavirus Crushes Demand.
Air travel demand is drying up as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe. Delta Air Lines is responding aggressively. https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/15/delta-air-lines-takes-extreme-measures-coronavirus.aspx




India’s ban on OCI sparks panic, anger, acceptance. Thousands of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders have been forced to cancel trips to India owing to the recent ban on their entry by the GOI and are apprehensive they will not be able to get back in the event of an emergency.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-ban-on-oci-sparks-panic-anger-acceptance/articleshow/74662104.cms


Don't Forget That India’s Aircraft Carrier Vikrant Served in Battle Against Pakistan. Key point: Carriers have fought many times in many wars around the world. Here is India's story and experience with using an aircraft carrier.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/dont-forget-india’s-aircraft-carrier-vikrant-served-battle-against-pakistan-134252
Bookings Open for Vistara's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Delhi-Mumbai Route. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/bookings-open-for-vistaras-boeing-787-9-dreamliner-on-delhi-mumbai-route/ar-BB11m4Zu
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Air India opens bookings on select domestic routes from May ..

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Tejas Mark II to have ability to conduct Balakot-like operations. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/tejas-mark-ii-to-have-ability-to-conduct-balakot-like-operations/ar-BB11nj1F


In the Middle of a Pandemic, a Boeing 787 Breaks Passenger Flight Records. https://www.yahoo.com/news/middle-pandemic-boeing-787-breaks-185300407.html


Russia's Tu-160: The Biggest, Fastest and Heaviest Bomber Ever to Fly. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russias-tu-160-biggest-fastest-and-heaviest-bomber-ever-fly-135562

Covid Quarantine: Domestic carriers rationalize services, run fewer flights. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/domestic-carriers-rationalize-services-run-fewer-flights/articleshow/74765002.cms

Flier recounts moments after landing in Calcutta.
Centre has banned all international flights to India from March 22 for a week.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/flier-recounts-moments-after-landing-in-calcutta/cid/1756967?ref=misc-recommended-stry-4

Air traffic falls drastically as airlines ground aircraft. https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/other/air-traffic-falls-drastically-as-airlines-ground-aircraft/ar-BB11Haei
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Indian airports hits a snag: Scarcity of slots.
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport in Kolkata which has 58 parking bays, now has a total of 53 aircraft parked inside.
https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/indian-airports-hits-a-snag-scarcity-of-slots-1502870634.html

Royally Fascinating Facts About HMS Queen Elizabeth. The British Royal Navy is very proud of its “awe-inspiring’ aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The vessel can carry up to 40 aircraft and features state-of-the-art weaponry and communications systems. She also contains many amenities for crew members, including a movie theater and a bakery.

https://www.pastfactory.com/amazing/royally-fascinating-facts-hms-queen-elizabeth/?utm_source=tb&utm_medium=theweatherchannel-tb&utm_term=Why+The+HMS+Queen+Elizabeth+Is+One+Of+The+Best+Aircraft+Carriers+Of+All+Time-https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pastfactory.com%2Fhivemedia-images%2Fcreatives%2Fhmq%2F2_hmq.jpg&utm_content=2867464995&utm_campaign=3580375-tb&utm_source=tb

Russia's MiG-35 Could Be Very Bad News For America's Top Stealth Fighters.
With Russia’s MiG-29 nearing the end of its shelf life as Russia’s staple multirole fighter, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are taking an increasing interest in its successor: the MiG-35.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russias-mig-35-could-be-very-bad-news-americas-top-stealth-fighters-140512

The world's largest passenger plane will soon be ready to fly medical supplies and perform rescue missions. Take a look inside Hi Fly's Airbus A380.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/worlds-largest-passenger-plane-soon-121900561.html


United Airlines to Start Repatriating U.S. Citizens, Indian Americans from India to U.S. Beginning April 5. U.S. citizens were urged by the Consulate to enroll in STEP at https://step.state.gov/ in order to receive critical information from the embassy concerning flight opportunities.
https://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/united-airlines-to-start-repatriating-u-s-citizens-indian-americans-from-india-to-u-s/article_668d4676-76d8-11ea-89b7-df1a80653418.html


Delhi-bound flight takes off from Kolkata with 89 US citizen.
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Aviation stares at $3.6 billion loss. Capa India estimates that Indian airlines will have 200-250 surplus aircraft during the next 6-12 months because of a decline in travel. https://www.telegraphindia.com/business/coronavirus-outbreak-aviation-stares-at-3-6-billion-loss/cid/1762671?ref=more-from-business_business-page

IndiGo chalks out post-lockdown plan: Suspends meals, reduces airport bus operation to half.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/indigo-chalks-out-post-lockdown-plan-suspends-meals-reduces-airport-bus-operation-to-half/ar-BB12qiFI

Death and despair among Indians stranded in US due to travel ban.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/75099814.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

May GOD bless DESI folks!!
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Russia's 'White Swan' Was The Largest Heavy Bomber Ever Built.
It may be some time before we see any new bombers flying around in Russia, stealthy or otherwise. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russias-white-swan-was-largest-heavy-bomber-ever-built-143217

1 from Kolkata among 12 charter flights to .

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Hi Fly repatriation mission one of the longest A340-300 passenger flights ever flown.
https://thepointsguy.com/news/hi-fly-repatriation-longest-flight-a340/

India to purchase Harpoon Block II air launched missiles, lightweight torpedoes worth $155 mn from US.
While the Harpoon missiles will be manufactured by Boeing, the torpedoes would be supplied by Raytheon, the notification said.
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/india-to-purchase-harpoon-block-ii-air-launched-missiles-lightweight-torpedoes-worth-155-mn-from-us-1502877300.html

Emirates airline passengers undergo coronavirus blood tests before boarding. https://nypost.com/2020/04/16/emirates-passengers-undergo-coronavirus-blood-tests-before-flight/

Emirates airline has begun administering coronavirus antibody blood tests on passengers before they board its flights at Dubai International Airport, according to a report.

These Four Aircraft Explain Why Russia's Air Force Is So Powerful
Most military equipment in Russian arsenals today is legacy Soviet hardware. Russian bombers are no exception. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/these-four-aircraft-explain-why-russias-air-force-so-powerful-145242

IAF's Apache helicopter makes emergency landing in Punjab: See pics. The helicopter landed safely with no damage inflicted on it. The pilots onboard--Flight Lieutenant Anoop and Flight Lieutenant Rajat --are safe. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/iafs-apache-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-punjab-see-pics/ar-BB12M8Ng

Comment: APACHE is sleek,but requires lot of ground based technical support!
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Pakistan’s Got a Weird and Powerful Anti-Ship Weapon (Can It Sink India's Aircraft Carrier?).
Pakistan’s newest fighter jet could launch a powerful, but strange, new anti-ship missile.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/pakistan’s-got-weird-and-powerful-anti-ship-weapon-can-it-sink-indias-aircraft-carrier

To London, on an improbable flight. Ray Chaudhuri was stuck this time because of the lockdown forced by the novel coronavirus.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-lockdown-to-london-on-an-improbable-flight/cid/1767260?ref=calcutta_home-template
Comment: I still believe lack of first/business class passengers are not the only issue for BA’s departure from CCU. But this is not the proper place to discuss that!

Russia Wanted To Use This Big Fighter To Kill B-52 Bombers.
But thankfully World War III never happened and this big fighter was replaced by Mig-31.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-wanted-use-big-fighter-kill-b-52-bombers-147816


49 flown to EU from Kolkata

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Night landing at Kolkata airport, cockpit view:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfj1thhpbZ0

Delta Air Lines Says All Customers Must Wear Mask. Delta Air Lines announced Thursday evening that it will require all customers to wear masks or face coverings starting Monday. The Atlanta-based airline encourages travelers to bring their own but will provide face coverings for free to customers who need them. https://news.yahoo.com/delta-air-lines-says-customers-130051493.html

In IAF Fly past in Delhi Today, Sukhoi-30 MKI, MiG-29 to Salute COVID Warriors.
The event will take place from 10-10:30 AM. Additionally, the MoD also released a list of hospitals on which IAF helicopters will showers petals. https://www.india.com/news/india/in-iaf-flypast-in-delhi-today-sukhoi-30-mki-mig-29-to-salute-covid-warriors-4017711/
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Indians’ mega evacuation begins Thursday; US returnees to pay Rs 1 lakh. The first phase of the evacuation will begin from May 7 to May 13, evacuating Indians from 12 countries. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mega-evacuation-of-indians-abroad-begins-thursday-us-passengers-to-pay-rs-1-lakh/story-2ZTaH6cbgepDGKYyMTnA8J.html

Visa, OCI card suspension prevents several Indians in US from flying back home. Decision part of government's global travel restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak. https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/visa-oci-card-suspension-prevents-several-indians-in-us-from-flying-back-home/cid/1772385?ref=more-from-india_india-page

Calcutta missing from first list of flights. Priority has been given to states with better quarantine facilities, a civil aviation ministry official said. COMMENT: Politics everywhere; BONGS are Burst. https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-lockdown-calcutta-missing-from-first-list-of-flights/cid/1771248?ref=india-related-story-3
Kolkata: British flight takes 160 citizens home
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NSCBI airport infrastructure update:
RWY 19R/01L extended by 440M towards north. PCN of extended portion is 101/R/C/W/T and that of the remaining part of the RWY 19R/01L is 45/F/C/W/T. ( Source eAIP AAI ; https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2-02-2019/index-en-GB.html ) Secondary runway length now 3300M.


Will empty middle seats help social distancing on planes? https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200422-when-can-we-start-flying-again

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


April 2019 –February 2020 passenger report for Indian airports: DEL 63.7M (growth 0%), BOM 43.7M ( -3.3%), BLR 30.8M (1.2%), MAA 21.2 M (1.9%), CCU 20.7M (3.9%), HYD20.6M(5.3%), Among other airports of West Bengal Bagdogra 3.02M ( 14.6%) and new Durgapur 153K ( 293%). No one could ignore Durgapur anymore. (Source; www://aai.aero).

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Stuck in city, helpless. Air India is operating nearly 70 flights to several destinations for Indians abroad but Calcutta not on the list. https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-lockdown-indians-working-abroad-stuck-in-city-helpless/cid/1771522?ref=more-from-calcutta_calcutta-page

MEA refutes West Bengal’s allegation of discrimination over evacuation of Indians stranded abroad
The West Bengal government and the centre have been at loggerheads over several issues, including trains for migrant workers and the manner in which the pandemic was being fought by the state government. https://www.thestatesman.com/india/mea-refutes-west-bengals-allegation-discrimination-evacuation-indians-stranded-abroad-1502889042.html
Comment: This parochial attitude will be counter productive for ruling party (BJP) in coming election. There are Indians living in Eastern India too!


Stranded with Calcutta connection? Sorry, no flight for you.
Tale of a man desperate to come back to city and a woman yearning to go back to Dubai

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-lockdown-stranded-with-kolkata-connection-sorry-no-flight-for-you/cid/1773384?ref=calcutta_home-template

Covid-19: OCI card holders vent frustration against travel r ..

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Centre softens after Bengal protest on Vande evacuees .

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COMMENT: Such open confrontation between central govt. and state should have been avoided long ago before it became hot press item; perhaps office of President should have been involved.

Aarogya Setu app compulsory for air, train travel and more: Full list. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/aarogya-setu-app-compulsory-for-air-train-travel-and-more-full-list/ar-BB14bWGD What will happen to international passengers?


DGCA STATISTICS FOR OCT-DEC 2019 INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER LOAD FROM CCU: BKK-CCU 157K, DAC-CCU 152K, DXB-CCU 110K, SNG-CCU 66K,DOHA-CCU 34K, AUD-CCU 27K,RNG-CCU 27K, KUL-CCU 25K, CAN -CCU 22K, HNG-CCU 20K,HAN-CCU 19K, KMG-CCU 15K, CLB-CCU11K, DON MUENG-CCU 25K, KTH-CCU11K, PARO-CCU 15K. Values are total passenger traffic both way.
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Flight from Yangon to land at Calcutta airport on May 29.
Only one international link to city; two domestic ones from Mumbai and Bhubaneswar.

Calcutta has got only one international flight in the next phase of the project to bring back Indians stuck abroad because of the lockdown, though hundreds of people from Bengal are stranded across the globe and are desperate to return home.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/flight-from-yangon-to-land-at-calcutta-airport-on-may-29/cid/1774497?ref=calcutta_calcutta-page

IAF looking for 114 multirole fighters, 100 AMCA, over 200 LCA Tejas, confirms Air Force Chief ACM RKS Bhadauria. https://zeenews.india.com/india/iaf-looking-for-114-multirole-fighters-100-amca-over-200-lca-tejas-confirms-air-force-chief-acm-rks-bhadauria-2284604.html
If you refuse to take a crowded flight, can you get a refund? https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/if-you-refuse-to-take-a-crowded-flight-can-you-get-a-refund/ar-BB14nEky

Kolkata Airport Resumes Operations After Hit by Cyclone Amphan, Air India Hangar Damaged. Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport recommenced operations from Thursday afternoon after it was inundated by heavy rains due to Cyclone 'Amphan'.
According to sources at the airport, operations recommenced at noon with the arrival of a Russian chartered plane for evacuation of stranded Russian nationals.
However, some parts of the airport still remain inundated with water, which is being pumped out.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/kolkata-airport-resumes-operations-after-hit-by-cyclone-amphan-air-india-hangar-damaged/ar-BB14pYYR

Indian Air Force restructures $17 billion fighter jet program. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/indian-air-force-restructures-17-145159444.html

Plane flies out of cyclone-struck city with 102 Russians on board. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/plane-flies-out-of-cyclone-struck-city-with-102-russians-on-board/articleshow/75877129.cms


Coronavirus: MHA permits some categories of OCI cardholders to return to India. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/coronavirus-mha-permits-some-categories-of-oci-cardholders-to-return-to-india/ar-BB14sbJT


Russian S-400 air defense missile system reaches ballistic target at 400 km.
https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/russian_s-400_air_defense_missile_system_reaches_ballistic_target_at_400_km.html


Flight hope and despair for Calcuttans. Cold shoulder to city residents living abroad.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-lockdown-flight-hope-and-despair-for-people-of-kolkata/cid/1775342?ref=calcutta_home-template
30 flights set to land today at Guwahati Airport.
Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says arrival of passengers a big challenge in fight against coronavirus.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/coronavirus-lockdown-30-flights-set-to-land-today-at-guwahati-airport/cid/1775521
COMMENT: Politics everywhere and where is administration!

Kolkata airport to not restart passenger flights from May 25 due to Cyclone Amphan aftermath. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/kolkata-airport-to-not-restart-passenger-flights-from-may-25-due-to-cyclone-amphan-aftermath/ar-BB14wNbK
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India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans .
CDS General Bipin Rawat reiterated doubts about acquiring a third carrier in a recent interview.
https://thediplomat.com/2020/05/indias-defense-chief-opposes-aircraft-carrier-plans/

Comment: India’s island territories should be converted into unsinkable naval air stations at a fraction of a cost. This general thinks in a very pragmatic way.

Delhi-Mumbai One Way Flight Ticket Could Cost As High As Rs 10,000 Once Lockdown is Lifted. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/delhi-mumbai-one-way-flight-ticket-could-cost-as-high-as-rs-10000-once-lockdown-is-lifted/ar-BB13yKI4


Govt suspends all visas, bars travel by OCI card holders

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(US) Congress bid to provide green cards to doctors. The move is likely to benefit a large number of Indian health workers, who are either on H-1B or J2 visas. https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak-congress-bid-to-provide-green-cards-to-doctors/cid/1771705?ref=world_world-page
Comment: Still there are congressmen with vision and wisdom!

Virgin Atlantic Immediately Retires 747, Sheds More Than 3,000 Jobs.
Virgin Atlantic makes major restructuring in bid to return to profitability by 2021 as coronavirus response crushes travel demand.
https://www.aviationbusinessme.com/airlines/21541-virgin-atlantic-immediately-retires-747-sheds-more-than-3000-jobs

Chinese Warships Are Now Armed with Supersonic Anti-Ship Missiles . https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinese-warships-are-now-armed-supersonic-anti-ship-missiles-152921 Chinese are not comfortable with desi Brahmos missiles.

Tejas to beat Rafale, F-21? IAF switching to LCA, says Bipin Rawat.
Rawat said induction of Tejas jets will help India emerge as a key defence exporter
https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2020/05/15/tejas-to-beat-rafale-f-21-iaf-switching-to-lca-says-bipin-rawat.html
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Flight from Yangon to land at Calcutta airport on May 29.
Only one international link to city; two domestic ones from Mumbai and Bhubaneswar.

Calcutta has got only one international flight in the next phase of the project to bring back Indians stuck abroad because of the lockdown, though hundreds of people from Bengal are stranded across the globe and are desperate to return home.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/flight-from-yangon-to-land-at-calcutta-airport-on-may-29/cid/1774497?ref=calcutta_calcutta-page



BOM based crew operated the A320 which had a BOM-RGN-CCU-BOM routing. Load - 100 pax.

The crew has been quarantined in a hotel in Mumbai, awaiting results of their covid tests.
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China-India border tension: Satellite imagery shows Doklam plateau build-up.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42834609

In China-India border standoff ,two airports in north Bengal will play important role in Indian side: Bagdogra and Hasimara AFB. On the Chinese side two airports in Tibet will play equally important role are located near Lasha, Shigatse and Gonggar airports. BBC managed to get satellite pictures of these airports and here is their report:
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IAF requested to allow resumption of Darbhanga airport work: Puri.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "Work on Darbhanga airport was (going on) in full swing till it had to be temporarily halted due to the lockdown necessitated by our fight against COVID-19."
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IAF to operationalize second squadron of Tejas; IAF Chief to do it.
This event will be conducted at Air Force Station, Sulur near Coimbatore. The squadron will be equipped with LCA Tejas FOC Aircraft and will be the second IAF Squadron to fly LCA Tejas,” the IAF said in a statement.
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Bengal issues guidelines for air travel. Here’s what you need to know.
West Bengal has released its guidelines for air travelers arriving in the state on domestic flights from Thursday, more than two months after flight operations were banned to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
West Bengal, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh were among the states who did not open their skies on Monday when most allowed domestic flight operations to restart.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/bengal-issues-guidelines-for-air-travel-here-e2-80-99s-what-you-need-to-know/ar-BB14AYXe

Russia Will Test 6 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles In 2020. https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/12/russia-will-test-6-intercontinental-ballistic-missiles-in-2020/

Bahadur’s one last roar, to pass into history tomorrow .
Over a momentous mark, all the MiG 27 fighter aircraft in the Squadron will take their last flight tomorrow from AFS and thereafter will be phased out of Indian Air Force. https://www.thestatesman.com/india/bahadurs-one-last-roar-pass-history-tomorrow-1502837772.html

Next year, Spicejet to start Durgapur-Delhi services.
At present Air India operates flight services from Durgapur to New Delhi and Durgapur to Hyderabad four days a week. https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/next-year-spicejet-to-start-durgapur-delhi-services-1502838068.html
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Russia deploys Avangard hypersonic missile system. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the "Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered service at 10:00 Moscow time on 27 December", calling it a "landmark event". The boost-glide warhead has great maneuverability and can reach speed of Mach 20! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50927648


400-bed quarantine centre set up at Calcutta airport.
Facility readied at old domestic terminal for fliers from abroad. https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-pandemic-400-bed-quarantine-centre-set-up-at-kolkata-airport/cid/1776164 COMMENT: Do you think any NRI will ever step into that place?

Jet Airways offers two Boeing aircraft for ops under Vande Bharat Mission.
The once full-service carrier, which flew for nearly 26 years, is undergoing insolvency process and its affairs are being managed by insolvency resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia.
https://www.thestatesman.com/business/jet-airways-offers-two-boeing-aircraft-ops-vande-bharat-mission-1502892149.html

Crashed Pakistan plane hit runway three times on first approach, minister says.
Search teams recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Karachi last Friday, a spokesman for the airline said. Two people on board survived.
Flight PK8303, from the eastern city of Lahore, came down less than a mile short of the runway as it was making a second attempt to land.
The flight data recorder has already been found.

COMMENT: Pilot was not trained for belly landing procedure!
https://news.yahoo.com/cockpit-voice-recorder-recovered-debris-094233345.html

Kolkata: Twin-aisle plane’s first domestic run

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COMMENT: Thanks VISTARA for thinking of Kolkata.

Vande Bharat: Air India Plane Called Back After Pilot Found Covid-19 Positive Mid-Flight. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/vande-bharat-air-india-plane-called-back-after-pilot-found-covid-19-positive-mid-flight/ar-BB14Nvqh
Comment: It is time for liquidation for AI.
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China home-built aircraft carrier conducting sea trials.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew.
Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said Friday the exercises were being conducted as planned, apparently unaffected by the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
The Shandong's commissioning last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the country’s rise as a regional naval power at a time of tensions with the U.S. and others over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-home-built-aircraft-carrier-035649658.html

COMMENT: Where is desi Vikranta vs 2 now?


Emirates could take four years to r ..

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World's longest domestic flight. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_longest_domestic_flight

Chinese fighters flying 30-35 kms from Eastern Ladakh, India ..

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75 additional flights to US, Canada in June; foreigners can ..

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Comment: These 1 laks Rupee flights will bring handsome profits to GOI!

Air India Vande Bharat fares less than repatriation flights ..

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AI website gets 6 crore hits in 2 hours as bookings for Vand ..

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INCIDENT An Indigo A320 has been damaged by ground stairs of SpiceJet airlines at Mumbai Airport.
https://www.airlive.net/incident-an-indigo-a320-has-been-damaged-by-ground-stairs-of-spicejet-airlines-at-mumbai-airport/
Ground stairs of SpiceJet airlines crashed into an IndiGo aircraft at Mumbai Airport.
The collision happened due to strong winds on Saturday.
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Airlines fail to enforce mask directive.
Flight attendants say they have been told not to confront passengers. https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak-airlines-fail-to-enforce-mask-directive/cid/1779014?ref=world_world-page

China displays military prowess in Ladakh skirmish with India.
According to a Business Insider report, there might not exist an official number of the troops deployed by each side, although according to a military expert, Liang Guoling, around 40,000 Chinese soldiers are at the border, with standby reinforcements from Qinghai, Gansu, Xinjiang and Sichuan.
The Hong Kong-based military expert said that China has deployed nine combined arms brigades, with requisite expertise in artillery, air defence, mountain infantry, chemical, nuclear and electronic warfare, said the publication.
Since the first escalation of conflict in 2017 in Doklam, a tri-junction border which is disputed between China and India-backed Bhutan, China has ramped up its military arsenal considerably.
The PLA has weapons such as the Type 15 tank, Z-20 helicopter, GJ-2 attack drone and PCL-181 advanced vehicle-mounted howitzer, said the report quoting Global Times. (more)
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/china-displays-military-prowess-in-ladakh-skirmish-with-india/ar-BB155uq4

PM Modi’s new “Air India One” will have advanced defence systems— that and other features of the aircraft. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/pm-modi-e2-80-99s-new-e2-80-9cair-india-one-e2-80-9d-will-have-advanced-defence-systems-e2-80-94-that-and-other-features-of-the-aircraft/ar-BB15aRRl COMMENT: Mody is still dreaming to be another Trump!

High winds pose challenge at Mumbai airport. The monsoons are yet to arrive in Mumbai and the pre-monsoons showers and heavy winds are already posing a challenge for the various airlines at the airport. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/high-winds-pose-challenge-at-mumbai-airport/ar-BB15aqYB

NSCBI airport handled 800 passenger flights in last 10 days.
The NSCBI spokesperson confirmed that the airport handled 415 flights in arrival and 419 departure flights in the last 10 days.
https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/nscbi-airport-handled-800-passenger-flights-last-10-days-1502897641.html


First special flight with hundreds of Chinese nationals depa ..

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Seal on Calcutta airport expansion plan. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/seal-on-calcutta-airport-expansion-plan/cid/1748046
More aerobridges and counters on anvil. Work is set to start on Phase I of the expansion of the Calcutta airport following the approval of the project by the Airports Authority of India.

How times have changed! Relieved to be back from NY.
The Telegraph spoke to some of the flyers and their relatives. The first flight bringing back stranded Indians from the US to Calcutta landed at the city airport on Tuesday afternoon. Part of the Centre’s Vande Bharat mission, 195 people, including children, flew in on an Air India flight from New York via Delhi.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/coronavirus-pandemic-first-flight-brings-back-stranded-indians-from-the-us-to-kolkata/cid/1779799?ref=more-from-calcutta_calcutta-page


LaGuardia Airport just took the wraps off its newest terminal building designed to help revolutionize New York's worst airport — take a closer look.
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/laguardia-airport-just-took-the-wraps-off-its-newest-terminal-building-designed-to-help-revolutionise-new-yorks-worst-airport-—-take-a-closer-look/ar-BB15jeKa
New York's LaGuardia Airport, referred to as a "third-world country" by former Vice President Joe Biden, has reached another milestone in its redevelopment with the opening of a new Arrivals and Departures Hall at Terminal B.
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Climbdown in aviation row with United States.
India is looking at the prospect of establishing individual bilateral bubbles with the US, the UK, Germany and France. Comment: It is time to put some intelligent people in MCA and get rid of all the brain dead. https://www.telegraphindia.com/business/climbdown-in-aviation-row-with-united-states/cid/1783258?ref=business_business-page

Top U.S. Airlines Have Cut Half of Their Routes. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/top-us-airlines-have-cut-half-of-their-routes/ss-BB155EUl

China Keeps Flying Its Su-30 Fighters Over Taiwan, but How Do They Stack Up?
https://news.yahoo.com/china-keeps-flying-su-30-144200195.html

Using a snake as aircraft chocks? Look what happened at Islamabad International Airport. https://www.airlive.net/using-a-snake-as-aircraft-chocks-at-islamabad-international-airport/ Comment: Snakefull of Pakis!

India to buy 21 MiG-29, 12 Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/india-to-buy-21-mig-29-12-sukhoi-fighter-jets-from-russia/videoshow/76446806.cms
New shopping items for Mr.Modi!

India-China stand-off: Galwan skies go quiet, tension simmers on the ground.
Even though the situation is stable after the violent scrap of June 15, the Chinese PLA is fully deployed in Xinjiang and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) with air, artillery and missile support.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/withdrawal-of-troops-on-hold-since-june-15/story-wkD4e4OxkFoPNGHAn5c01N.html
Comment: Both desi air force and Navy must be involved in taming the Chinese Dragon!

An airline will stop flight attendants from wearing face masks after passengers complained they couldn't see their smiles. https://www.businessinsider.com/flight-attendants-masks-smiles-complaints-garuda-indonesia-2020-6 Comment: Air hostess are there for inflight service and not for out of the world romance!


United Airlines put me on another airline! Can I refuse? https://elliott.org/airline-problems/can-united-airlines-put-me-on-another-airline/
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Amitabh Bachchan arranges four flights to take migrants from Mumbai to UP.
Stepping in to help stranded migrants reach their villages, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday arranged for four special flights to send about 700 people to their homes in Uttar Pradesh. Two more flights with migrant workers will take off on Thursday, said sources close to Bachchan, adding he wanted to book a train for the migrants, but the logistics did not work out.
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Airfares in India will rise post Covid-19, says Vistara head.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/money/news/airfares-in-india-will-rise-post-covid-19-says-vistara-head/ar-BB15c6iF
With domestic airlines stepping up their security measures against the novel coronavirus, their operating cost is set to rise, according to Bhaskar Bhat, chairman of one of India’s leading aviation firms, Vistara. This will force airlines to increase ticket prices.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific gets $5bn state-backed bailout. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52960684
Cathay Pacific has said it will get a HK$39bn (£4bn; $5bn) state-backed bailout, as the airline struggles in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the deal the Hong Kong government could take a 6% stake in Cathay and can have two observers on its board.

Govt further relaxes travel restrictions on foreigners, certain categories allowed to visit India amid COVID-19 curbs. Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards, OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like death in family, couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India, university students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India are also allowed to enter the country.
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/govt-further-relaxes-travel-restrictions-on-foreigners-certain-categories-allowed-to-visit-india-amid-covid-19-curbs/ar-BB15oYna


COVID-19: India eases travel restrictions for certain foreigners, OCI card holders...

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3 US Navy aircraft carriers are patrolling the Pacific. And China's not happy.
The deployment of three 100,000-ton US Navy aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean for the first time in years has drawn swift reaction from China, with state-sponsored media saying Beijing will not back down to defend its interests in the region.(more)
COMMENTS: US should deploy five flat tops and not three. China’s big bully attitude must go!
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/3-us-navy-aircraft-carriers-are-patrolling-the-pacific-and-china-s-not-happy/ar-BB15u5ji
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PIA PLANE CRASH: PILOT, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER HELD RESPONSIBLE. HTTPS://WWW.SUCHTV.PK/PAKISTAN/SINDH/ITEM/97695-PIA-PLANE-CRASH-PILOT-AIR-TRAFFIC-CONTROLLER-HELD-RESPONSIBLE.HTML

Analysis Part 1: Russian Navy starts production of amphibious assault ships Project 23900. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/8634-analysis-part-1-russian-navy-starts-production-of-amphibious-assault-ships-project-23900.html

US restricts Air India’s ‘Vande Bharat’ flights citing ‘unfair’ limits on its airlines. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/us-restricts-air-india-e2-80-99s-e2-80-98vande-bharat-e2-80-99-flights-citing-e2-80-98unfair-e2-80-99-limits-on-its-airlines/ar-BB15QIC9

India plans to buy 33 fighter jets from Russia. https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/indian-air-force-fighter-jets-russia/

Indian Army Chief faces Resignation call over butchering of Indian Military Soldiers at the Ladakh Border. https://timesofislamabad.com/23-Jun-2020/indian-army-chief-faces-resignation-call-over-butchering-of-indian-military-soldiers-at-the-ladakh-border


245 fly back home on Vande flights from Dubai, Riyadh

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Why Russia Is Being So Quiet About Its New S-500 Air Defense System. https://news.yahoo.com/why-russia-being-quiet-500-233000595.html
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U.S. to Issue 96 Million Face Masks to Plane, Train Passengers. https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/other/us-to-issue-96-million-face-masks-to-plane-train-passengers/ar-BB15oVCa

US Passport Agencies Begin Reopening in Phase One. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/us-passport-agencies-begin-reopening-in-phase-one/ar-BB15vH8d

US asks Indian air carriers to seek prior authorisation for charter flights.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) said on Monday that it was taking this action to restore a level playing field for US airlines.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/us-asks-indian-air-carriers-to-seek-prior-authorisation-for-charter-flights/cid/1783183

SPICEJET: INDIA’S LARGEST CARGO OPERATOR. HTTPS://AIRWAYSMAG.COM/AIRLINES/SPICEJET-INDIA-LARGEST-CARGO-OPERATOR/

Pakistan International Airlines grounds 150 pilots over "bogus" licenses after deadly crash. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakistan-international-airlines-grounds-150-pilots-bogus-licenses-deadly-crash-flight-8303-karachi/ Comment: Did not know Pak pilots were that bogus.

19 lakh domestic flyers in first month of schedule flights r ..
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Stop Vande Bharat And Other Flights From COVID States to Bengal, Urges Mamata.
"Recently we came to know that a few COVID-19 patients came from Chennai and were not screened at the airport. Later, they got themselves admitted to a hospital in Midnapore," the CM said. https://www.india.com/news/india/stop-vande-bharat-and-other-flights-from-covid-states-to-bengal-urges-mamata-4068540/

India moves air defence missile systems into Eastern Ladakh sector.
In the last couple of weeks, the Chinese forces have brought in heavy air superiority aircraft like the Sukhoi-30 and its strategic bombers to the rear locations which have been detected flying near the Indian territory maintaining the 10 km plus distance from the boundary. https://newsroompost.com/india/india-moves-air-defence-missile-systems-into-eastern-ladakh-sector/528457.html


China standoff: Indian Air Force practises high altitude precision bombing
Indian Air Force has begun practice for high-ammunition bombing.
The IAF pilots are practising precision bombing in Arunachal Pradesh, in what is being seen as a message to China that if it is not ready for de-escalation, Indian……
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/china-standoff-indian-air-force-practises-high-altitude-precision-bombing/videoshow/76674686.cms

No clearance of Chinese goods at Kolkata airport.

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