Spicejet orders 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, India, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 12-03-2014


SpiceJet 737 MAX8 ArtworkA large order has come from Spicejet at the India Aviation 2014 event for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

This brings the total umber of Boeing aircraft operated or on order by Spicejet to 90, including the 737-800, -900ER and now the MAX variant.

“SpiceJet greatly values the ties we have built over the years with Boeing. The Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, the mainstay of the fleet ever since SpiceJet started operations, have vindicated our choice by their endurance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” said S.L. Narayanan, Group CFO for The Sun Group. “The induction of Boeing 737 MAX will further modernize our fleet, improve customer experience, and ensure that we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future.”

First flight of the new MAX is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,800 orders to date and will have 8 percent lower per-seat operating costs than the future competition.

A380 ban lifted in India

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Dubai, Germany, India, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, Western Europe | Posted on 28-01-2014


Filton A380In a move that is likely to see airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines reviewing their operations to India, the government there has agreed to lift a ban on Airbus A380 flights to the country.

The ban was put in place to protect national carrier Air India from predatory carriers stealing passengers and market share to the country. It was also in part because of a lack of infrastructure to handle the huge superjumbo.

Now, however, A380s will be allowed to fly to the country’s four biggest airports: Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines have now said they will review their operations to India with a view to introducing A380 services. Lufthansa, which currently operates Boeing 747-8s to India said it would also not rule out the possibility of flying its A380s to the country.


Air Seychelles eyes growth

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, France, India, Middle East, Seychelles, Western Europe | Posted on 13-12-2013


Air Seychelles are expecting to take an Airbus A319 aircraft in late 2014 to allow growth from its Mahe base to destinations around the Indian Ocean.

Destinations are likely to include Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, St Denis Reunion, and Mumbai.

The airline will also resume service to Paris Orly (via Abu Dhabi) in February 2014.

Etihad A321 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey | Posted on 19-09-2013


Etihad Airways will take delivery of its first Airbus A321 in December.

This will be the first of 11 the airline has on order. They will initially fly on the following routes:

Abu Dhabi – Chennai
Abu Dhabi – Istanbul Ataturk
Abu Dhabi – Riyadh

More destinations will be introduced as more aircraft arrive.

Best of the web – Airport Spotting Videos – Delhi Departures

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, India, Spotting Videos | Posted on 23-08-2013


Here’s a nice little professional video showing a bunch of aircraft preparing for departure at Delhi International Airport. You’ll see both domestic and international airlines and aircraft and some really nice angles.


Don’t forget our book Mumbai Airports Through Time is a fantastic collection of photographs of aircraft in India from the 1970s to the present day. Makes a great addition to any aviation book collection. More information…

Jet Airways may switch to Amsterdam from Brussels

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Belgium, India, Middle East, Netherlands, North America, Western Europe | Posted on 24-05-2013


Jet Airways 777Etihad Airways’ CEO James Hogan has revealed that Jet Airways may switch its European ‘scissor hub’ from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol.

Currently, Jet Airways operates a number of routes from India to Brussels, and then onwards to North America. In a move that aims to provide more connectivity through codeshares, switching the hub to Amsterdam will allow the airline to work more closely with Skyteam airline partners.

Etihad currently owns 24% of Jet Airways, and has itself recently started a new route to Amsterdam from Abu Dhabi. James Hogan has not mentioned any timescale, but the announcement is likely to be a big blow for Brussels which has very few long haul links.


Mumbai Airports in Airports of the World magazine

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Book Reviews, India, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 08-05-2013


Airports of the World May 2013Our new book title, Mumbai Airports Through Time gets a nice feature in the current Airports of the World magazine (probably the best enthusiast magazine on the subjects of airport spotting!)

The feature shows a snapshot of pictures from Mumbai’s airports, and gives a taste for the book (copies available here).

There’s also the chance to win a copy of Mumbai Airports Through Time, so grab a copy quickly. Go to this link to order: www.airportsworld.com

Or simply head to your local news agent.


Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Asia, India | Posted on 11-04-2013


Mumbai Kingfisher ATRMumbai’s main airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International, located in the area of Santa Cruz (which it often referred to as) which is very much within city limits.

This airport replaced the older Juhu Aerodrome in 1942 when it initially opened as RAF Santacruz.

Today the airport has five terminals (three domestic and two international) and two runways, and is the second busiest airport in India. It handles a lot of domestic and international traffic, along with cargo, government and military movements.

It is a hub airport for Air India, BlueDart, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and Spicejet, with Air India handling a lot of maintenance for their aircraft at the airport.

Mumbai Terminal

There is a master plan for expanding the airport to allow it to handle 40 million passengers per year – up from the current 30 million. The plan will see all domestic and international flights combined into one terminal building. Additionally, some of the existing terminals will be converted for cargo operations. There is also a plan to build a parallel runway and new taxiways. At present the plan is to complete the expansion by the end of 2014, but it has been delayed a number of times.

Mumbai IL-76 Cargo

Spotting in India is not allowed and I do not recommend that you draw attention to yourself by using binoculars, cameras, or even noting down registrations near the airport or in the terminal building.

Mumbai UPS MD-11

The Orchid Hotel has been known as a spotting hotel in Mumbai, with a good rooftop terrace and some rooms with views. As the hobby is not understood in India, it is still advised that you use discretion or speak with hotel staff prior to spotting.

Mumbai Airports Through Time

We recently released the book Mumbai Airports Through Time which covers Mumbai’s two airports from the 1970s to the present day. It is packed full of glossy photographs of aircraft, past and present, by two Indian aviation photographers. Since it’s so difficult to spot in India, I recommend you take a look at this book to get a flavour of the aircraft and airlines operating into Mumbai.

You can find out more and order a copy here: www.destinworld.com

Mumbai Airports Through Time – New photographic book

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Book Reviews, India | Posted on 14-03-2013


Mumbai Airports Through TimeI have been producing a new book by two prolific Indian photographers, entitled Mumbai Airports Through Time. The photographers are Sean DSilva and Jimmy Wadia.

The book is a fantastic photographic journey from the 1970s to the present day at both Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and the smaller Juhu Aerodrome.

Formerly Bombay, Mumbai is one of the main centres of travel in India, and its airports see a lot of interesting aircraft from around the world flying in on a daily basis.

The main airport also sees a range of military, government, corporate and domestic traffic.

The smaller, original Juhu Aerodrome is a base for helicopter and general aviation operators today, but in the past was a busy airport handling the city’s main airline traffic.

Spotting in India is not easy, but these two photographers have been documenting movements at the airports for decades and have a vast range of spectacular images to show for it. Reproduced in this book in large, glossy images, it’s a chance for you to also enjoy the off-limits world of Indian aviation.

The book features 175 images of historic airliners, domestic, international, cargo, military, government, and helicopter traffic. It also covers the airport infrastructure at both airports. It’s a fantastic addition to any aviation book collection, and is available to buy now from Destinworld Publishing or Amazon.

You can buy a copy from this link: http://www.destinworld.co.uk/shop/mumbai-airports-through-time/

The book is 168 pages long, and full of glossy pictures. It is a nice 21cm x 21cm in size, too!

Here’s a selection of pictures from the book, showing off the quality of the shots Sean and Jimmy have taken:

Air Asia expanding with Indian low cost airline

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, India, Malaysia, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 23-02-2013


Air Asia A320

Air Asia has announced it is set to commence flying with its new Indian low-cost airline by the fourth quarter of 2013. The airline is a joint venture between Air Asia and the Tata Group.

The Air Asia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, said that by opening this new venture, its customers would be able to travel by the same low-cost airline brand from Japan all the way to India.

The airline will be based at Chennai, in southern India, and will use Air Asia’s Airbus A320s if permitted. Air Asia will also carry out maintenance for the airline.

India is already a booming low-cost industry, with a number of airlines already well-established and carrying a large number of passengers every year. However, Air Asia’s brand is well known and established, and it is likely to make significant inroads into the market.

Air Asia, based in Malaysia, currently has subsidiary airlines in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.