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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:59 pm

So did the President get around to inaugurating the new T2 at CCU on the 24th as was scheduled, or did that slip again?
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:01 am

Quoting COEWR787 (Reply 100):

Oh no it happened on time with a CCU-DEL-LHR AI flight being the first one to operate from there.

But strangely regular ops are still from the old terminals even now.
I just went through CCU last weekend, looked all built up from the outside and indeed very beautiful with the L shaped design, but approach roads are a total mess, and the flyover leading to the new terminal is still not completed yet.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:07 am

Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 101):
Oh no it happened on time with a CCU-DEL-LHR AI flight being the first one to operate from there.

AI021 is CCU-DEL. There is no LHR segment which has anything to do with the flight.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:20 am

Quoting Cricket (Reply 96):

Whats the news on this Airline now.....
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:59 am

Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 99):
Jet Airways expects nearly $300 million for its 24% stake sale to Ethiad. Are slots easily available at Munich?

No, but maybe AB has some slots left which 9W can use.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:47 pm

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 102):
AI021 is CCU-DEL. There is no LHR segment which has anything to do with the flight.

Well I didnt really check flight no, but was saying what I read on one of the incompetent dailies.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:22 am

Happy Republic Day!


[Edited 2013-01-26 18:04:58]
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:29 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 103):
Whats the news on this Airline now.....

I thought some of the CR7's were still being used on regional flights - I do believe that the masses of old CRJ's and E145's can be successfully utilised in India by a small start-up carrier connecting regional hubs.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:22 am

Saw something on the OAG thread, that 9W is resuming JFK. Is this true?
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:02 am

Quoting Cricket (Reply 107):
I thought some of the CR7's were still being used on regional flights - I do believe that the masses of old CRJ's and E145's can be successfully utilised in India by a small start-up carrier connecting regional hubs.

Would this be viable - given their high CASM and high taxes/fuel costs in India - and also that fares in India continue to be probably too low? I would doubt that 50-seat RJs could work in India. Maybe for AI because they don't actually have to turn a profit. Am surprised that more Indian carriers don't have large prop fleets - I'd think those are perfect to connect small/medium sized cities.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:13 pm

Howtrue is this rumour of FedEx partnering a courier company & using FDI domestically.....along with POBC....
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:33 pm

9W technicians and pilots threaten strike:
http://www.livemint.com/Companies/Zv...lack-bands-pilots-call-for-me.html

Non-payment of salaries causing problems here too...
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:47 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 110):
Howtrue is this rumour of FedEx partnering a courier company & using FDI domestically.....along with POBC....

Does not FedEx already own Blue Dart or a part of it?
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:16 am

Today's Times of India had an item on AI Cabin Crew in Chicago getting into a fight with cops called in etc., they might get banned from entering the US in the future. If true, what action can AI take and can the Chicago Police charge these folks with anything?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...-US-hotel/articleshow/18246800.cms

That also has a thread of its own btw...
Air India Flight Attendants Nearly Arrested In CHI (by detroitflyer Jan 29 2013 in Civil Aviation)

[Edited 2013-01-29 23:41:31]
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:41 am

Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 112):

Does not FedEx already own Blue Dart or a part of it?

I think DHL partly owns Blue Dart. Blue Dart had some kind of an agreement with FedEx back in the 1990s.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:43 am

It appears that 'Sexy' is one of the first airlines in the world to take delivery of a sharklet-equipped A320; anyone know the registration?

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...rbus-a320/articleshow/18253096.cms
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:55 am

Quoting Cricket (Reply 115):
It appears that 'Sexy' is one of the first airlines in the world to take delivery of a sharklet-equipped A320; anyone know the registration?

errr...don't understand the 'sexy' remark for indigo...has it got anything to do with the airline?  

Worldwide air asia first started operating 320s with the sharklets. A weekback air arabia in sharjah also started operating its newest 320 with the sharklets. True that indigo happens to be the first IAE powered A320 to operate the sharklet version.    (not that i am a major fan of that engine type. pain in the backside to wait for those engines to start unlike the CFM 56   )
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:38 am

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 116):
errr...don't understand the 'sexy' remark for indigo...has it got anything to do with the airline?  

Their code '6E' was chosen for a reason by Rahul Bhatia, say is fast and you know why all of us in the aviation journalism space call them 'Sexy'
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:19 am

Quoting Cricket (Reply 117):
Their code '6E' was chosen for a reason by Rahul Bhatia, say is fast and you know why all of us in the aviation journalism space call them 'Sexy'

yup 6E 6E 6E   got it !!!! LOL
Initially reading your post i thought maybe the new aircraft was registered VT-SXY or maybe they were running some ads on the Indian mass media....

On other news recently in SHJ saw a couple of 6E aircraft and i was thinking finally the Indian carriers have started operating to SHJ and DXB...after all...but was disappointed to know they were just diversions from DXB due to ATC congestion in the DXB airspace itself.

Now this is funny both SHJ and DXB share the same approach controller but very much often than not the controller directs the inbound DXB traffic to enter the hold for 20 mins whereas us going to SHJ get directed to the final approach fix and to maintain high speed. Am pretty sure all the pilots who have operated to SHJ will know what i am saying is the truth.

So if MOCA wants the indian private carriers to increase their flights and seats to the middle east why not start services to SHJ instead of clamoring for the already overcrowded and congested DXB???? DXB and SHJ are just 16 kms apart! i hope 6E and SJ would start SHJ apart from DXB as well.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:48 am

Apparently VJM hurt his leg in Goa recently, no accurate source, but still a beer in his hand...
http://t.co/wRH0MBvE
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:50 am

Quoting himmat01 (Reply 114):
I think DHL partly owns Blue Dart. Blue Dart had some kind of an agreement with FedEx back in the 1990s.

Yes. Thanks for correcting me. I meant DHL owning Blue Dart. FedEx since then joined hands with Pafex (Prakash Air Freight Express) and now has its own presence in India.

Quoting Cricket (Reply 115):
It appears that 'Sexy' is one of the first airlines in the world to take delivery of a sharklet-equipped A320; anyone know the registration?

Dada, I am not allowed to toot my own horn, but we were covering the saga of VT-IFH from the time it came out of the FAL. Photos and all, right from being towed out from the FAL.

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 116):
A weekback air arabia in sharjah also started operating its newest 320 with the sharklets.

Yes. A6-ANO. Next will be GoAir VT-GOL followed by IndiGo VT-IFI. The first A319 Sharklet is getting ready for TACA Airlines.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:41 pm

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 111):

Salaries are being paid to 9W staff mid month post 15th.....for many months now.

Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 112):

Does not FedEx already own Blue Dart or a part of it?
Quoting himmat01 (Reply 114):

I think DHL partly owns Blue Dart. Blue Dart had some kind of an agreement with FedEx back in the 1990s.
Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 120):
Yes. Thanks for correcting me. I meant DHL owning Blue Dart. FedEx since then joined hands with Pafex (Prakash Air Freight Express) and now has its own presence in India.

Blue Dart is Owned by DHL.

FeDex is planning a domestic start up cargo Airline with PAFEX soon too.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:49 pm

Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 120):
Dada, I am not allowed to toot my own horn, but we were covering the saga of VT-IFH from the time it came out of the FAL. Photos and all, right from being towed out from the FAL.

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 116):
A weekback air arabia in sharjah also started operating its newest 320 with the sharklets.

Yes. A6-ANO. Next will be GoAir VT-GOL followed by IndiGo VT-IFI. The first A319 Sharklet is getting ready for TACA Airlines.

Cheers, will read your a bit more often Dev
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:02 pm

Quoting Cricket (Reply 122):
Cheers, will read your a bit more often Dev

Thanks. Look forward to your critical analysis and comments. BTW, GoAir has taken delivery of its first A320 Sharklet VT-GOL today.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:54 am

Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 123):
Thanks. Look forward to your critical analysis and comments. BTW, GoAir has taken delivery of its first A320 Sharklet VT-GOL today.

Interesting, been hearing rumours that as Go keeps increasing their fleet they might get permission to operate some international sectors soon...
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:50 am

This story appeared in Times of India today claiming that Paramount Airways MD M Thiagrajan has met officials from the MoCA and DGCA and claims that he has the funds to start flying again. IIRC Paramount had defaulted on dues, particularly to leasing companies and GECAS had got two of their planes deregistered. I believe one E-175 is still lying about at MAA. Anyway, more details here would be appreciated.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...fly-again/articleshow/18301972.cms
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:29 pm

Quoting Cricket (Reply 125):
This story appeared in Times of India today claiming that Paramount Airways MD M Thiagrajan has met officials from the MoCA and DGCA and claims that he has the funds to start flying again. IIRC Paramount had defaulted on dues, particularly to leasing companies and GECAS had got two of their planes deregistered. I believe one E-175 is still lying about at MAA. Anyway, more details here would be appreciated.

There was something reported about Paramount winning a lawsuit and using that money to restart IIRC...
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:54 pm

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 126):
There was something reported about Paramount winning a lawsuit and using that money to restart IIRC...

That was the first case against GECAS IIRC, but that was back in 2009/10. Even then, this restart will involve A321's and ATR's apparently
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:04 pm

Quoting Cricket (Reply 127):
That was the first case against GECAS IIRC, but that was back in 2009/10. Even then, this restart will involve A321's and ATR's apparently

No, I was talking about the more recent LCIA ruling.
http://www.business-standard.com/ind...ht-be-revivedlawsuit-money/496569/

1650 crore is enough to start an airline for sure...

[Edited 2013-02-02 08:11:23]
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:32 pm

Returned to BLR on BA yesterday early a.m. and saw a billboard on NH 7 for some kind of an air show next week. Can anyone kindly enlighten me about this? Will it be fun to attend? Thanks in advance.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:06 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 129):
Returned to BLR on BA yesterday early a.m. and saw a billboard on NH 7 for some kind of an air show next week. Can anyone kindly enlighten me about this?

https://www.aeroindia.in/Default.aspx

Admission policy is as follows: https://www.aeroindia.in/ADMISSIONPOLICY.pdf
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:04 am

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 130):

Thank you for that! I looked at the website and will try to figure out how to get a ticket for the weekend.

Regards
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:06 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 131):

Dont forget the pictures...... 
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:21 pm

Didn't notice this one.

According to the GDS, Oman Air has also increased MCT - HYD flights from daily to double daily effective February. Total weekly flights by WY to India stands at 96 flights per week covering 10 destinations.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:00 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 132):

I will be using my smartphone to take pictures   Planning to go on Thursday.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:28 pm

Looks like Quikjet is lanning on starting finally.

http://www.quikjet.co.in/
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:20 am

Where is the AERO-INDIA 2013 thread on this site...
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:01 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 136):
Where is the AERO-INDIA 2013 thread on this site...

Man, I hear you. I was hoping some of our BLR based a.netters would post pictures at least.

So I did attend the show and had a great time. The airshows were really breathtaking, starting with a Tiger Moth. The most impressive was the Su-30 aerobatics, closely followed by the Rafale display. The Red Bull team was great, as was the Rudra(?) helo flying backwards.

There were plenty of attendees, and I was very impressed by the sharp turnout of the IAF and IA officers. Squadron Leaders and Wing Commanders at a very young age! I think the defence of India is in good hands.

Interesting to see the domination of the booths by Israel Aircraft Industries and the various ex Soviet firms, like United Aircraft.

The only downside was the endless loop of Kenny G on the loudspeakers and the Air Marshal's blue Ambassador with three stars parked next to the British High Commissioner's sleek BMW.

I couldn't get decent pictures with my camera so I hope others will post.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:56 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 137):
I think the defence of India is in good hands.

Undoubtly.

Quoting comorin (Reply 137):
The only downside was the endless loop of Kenny G on the loudspeakers

Surprised ....I thought it would be Indian film music  

I've seen folks post great pics...but not out here unfortunately.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:36 pm

All -- I am looking for int'l pax traffic numbers for Indian airports, esp CCU. Any tips on where I can get this info? Specifically looking for number of int'l pax handle by CCU in 2011 or 2012. Thanks.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:56 pm

Quoting sankaps (Reply 139):
I am looking for int'l pax traffic numbers for Indian airports

You might find what you are looking for at Indiastat.com but there is a pretty decent membership fee associated to actually get the information:

http://www.indiastat.com/transport/3...tofindia19982012/454470/stats.aspx

The AAI website is nothing to write home about.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:01 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 137):
British High Commissioner's sleek BMW

i thought the british ambassadors and commissioners were mandated to drive around in Brit cars. The ambassador gets a Rolls Royce, the high commissioners shd have Jags atleast.........

Quoting comorin (Reply 137):
I couldn't get decent pictures with my camera so I hope others will post.

BLRAviation should have some pics as tweeted/blogged by them recently.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:23 am

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 141):

Yes, the British HC in Delhi has a vintage Roller. The BMW in Bangalore had a Union Jack on it - just denotes the car he is traveling in. High Commissioners and Ambassadors have the same diplomatic rank, the former title is used for Commonwealth countries.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:12 am

any updates on new routes from BLR? I seem to recall that Virgin Atlantic wanted to start a route from BLR to LHR...
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:07 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 142):
High Commissioners and Ambassadors have the same diplomatic rank, the former title is used for Commonwealth countries.

This is interesting to know. Thanks.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:55 am

Quoting sankaps (Reply 139):
All -- I am looking for int'l pax traffic numbers for Indian airports, esp CCU. Any tips on where I can get this info? Specifically looking for number of int'l pax handle by CCU in 2011 or 2012. Thanks.

CCU International Pax

Nov 2012 143,097
Nov 2011 130,088

Cumm. Apr~Nov

2012 1,073,524
2011 1,000,593

Hope this helps. Check the traffic news section on AAI website for more information. http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/traffic_news.jsp
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:06 pm

Interesting story by Sindhu, makes sense in the light of Indigo being denied acquisition rights for some of the newer planes - they might be forced to start a regional airline

http://www.firstpost.com/business/ex...arate-regional-airline-622818.html
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:42 pm

Quoting BLRAviation (Reply 145):
Hope this helps. Check the traffic news section on AAI website for more information. http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/tra...s.jsp

Thanks, BLR -- much appreciated.
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:27 pm

http://www.bangaloreaviation.com/201...airlines-wants-to-start-tokyo.html

"Japan Airlines (JAL) wants to start a Bangalore Tokyo service, but does not have any plans to do so in the near future, Masaru Onishi, Chairman of the airline, told Bangalore Aviation on the sidelines of the Oneworld event to mark the entry of Malaysia Airlines in to the alliance."

"We we asked about JAL tapping in to the large India to US West Coast market, Onishi explained that JAL already had very high passenger load factors on its trans-Pacific flights, that too from high yield markets like Japan, which makes the airline uncompetitive in low yield markets like India."

I dont understand the last part; does that mean they dont have the capacity for those connecting from India to the west coast or they just wont make any money off the tickets?
 
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RE: Indian Aviation Thread: Part 102

Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:01 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 137):
Man, I hear you. I was hoping some of our BLR based a.netters would post pictures at least.

So I did attend the show and had a great time. The airshows were really breathtaking, starting with a Tiger Moth. The most impressive was the Su-30 aerobatics, closely followed by the Rafale display. The Red Bull team was great, as was the Rudra(?) helo flying backwards.

There were plenty of attendees, and I was very impressed by the sharp turnout of the IAF and IA officers. Squadron Leaders and Wing Commanders at a very young age! I think the defence of India is in good hands.

Interesting to see the domination of the booths by Israel Aircraft Industries and the various ex Soviet firms, like United Aircraft.

The only downside was the endless loop of Kenny G on the loudspeakers and the Air Marshal's blue Ambassador with three stars parked next to the British High Commissioner's sleek BMW.

I couldn't get decent pictures with my camera so I hope others will post.

I'm glad you got to go! I've been to every edition since the first in 1996 (may have been 1995), and I was gutted to have missed this one. The show had a lot to do with my love for aviation today. I think the 2007 and 2009 were the biggest by far because of the competition for IAF contract for 126 fighter aircraft - the Americans and Swedes stayed away this time, having lost out in the race. Even the Surya Kiran Acrobatic Team (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya_Kiran) team wasn't this year, but I heard the White Knights more than made up for their absence. Glad to hear you had a good time! The show is organised by the Ministry of Defence, and the entire Indian Air Force puts its rather significant weight behind it!

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 141):
i thought the british ambassadors and commissioners were mandated to drive around in Brit cars. The ambassador gets a Rolls Royce, the high commissioners shd have Jags atleast.........

Within the British Commonwealth, diplomatic missions all have different designations. The Embassy is known as the High Commission and the Ambassador is known as the High Commissioner. An Ambassador is supposed to be the representative of the Head of State, but because the Monarch of the United Kingdom is or used to be the Head of State, they have an entirely different system, where the High Commissioner is a person with the rank of an Ambassador accredited to St James Court. On a different note, the Representatives of the Holy See (the Vatican City) are called "Nuncio's" and their diplomatic missions are called Apostolic Nunciatures. Interestingly, Bangalore had some form of representation from the Vatican City, but I'm not sure about whether it still exists or if it had an diplomatic status...

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