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Malaysia may finalize the negotiations to purchase 18 Tejas fighters.

Huge win for India’s HAL as Malaysia confirmed its purchase of 18 fighter jets and training planes, as reported by the Indian government.

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Huge win for India’s HAL as Malaysia may confirm its purchase of 18 fighter jets and training planes, as reported by the Indian government.

According to reports, the deal includes establishing an MRO facility in Malaysia that will also support Malaysia’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft. This will assist in resolving issues brought on by ongoing trade sanctions placed on Moscow in the procurement of spare parts from Russia.

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India Since it began producing aircraft jets more than 82 years ago, HAL has maintained the highest technical standards. HAL now possesses a variety of defense aircraft, such as combat and utility helicopters and fighter trainer type aircraft. It is also developing fifth-generation fighter jets.

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According to reports, Malaysia has decided to replace its current fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets with the Indian-made Tejas light combat aircraft and is allegedly in advanced negotiations to finalize its procurement.

Many nations began expressing interest in the aircraft as it was initially presented at the Dubai Airshow, including Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

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Tejas competed against the Turkish Hurjet fighter jet, although Tejas is already in production and is ready for use. Turkey is at the development stage where its first prototype could be made available by 2023. There is also speculation that the Tejas fighter jet sale was influenced by India’s imports of Palm.

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Four decades after its first approval in 1983, the Indian government last year awarded a $6 billion contract to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for 83 of the locally made Tejas jets, with deliveries to begin around 2023.

As of now, 24 indigenously designed and produced Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) have been brought into the Air Force’s service. Tejas is a single-engine fighter jet with a delta wing that is 57 percent made in India.

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Additionally, India is working on the fifth generation upgraded Medium combat aircraft and the Tejas MK2 variant. which both would later be made available to Malaysia.

By 2025, India hopes to replace its outdated fleet of Mig 21 aircraft. Additionally, Britain declared in April that it would help India’s initiative to produce its own fighter jets. Currently, India possesses a mixture of fighter jets made in France, Britain, and Russia.

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The United States has expressed interest in joining India’s AMCA fighter aircraft programme after France’s saffron engine maker did so, although HAL has not yet officially announced the AMCA‘s engine choice.

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In the agreements, HAL has also committed to buying at least 30% of its goods and services from Malaysian businesses. With Boustead Heavy Industries corporations, HAL has a contractual agreement. Should HAL be awarded the Fighter Lead In Trainer-Light Combat Aircraft tender, Depot Level Maintenance, or providing dependability, availability, maintainability, and supportability to the RMAF, would be required.

The remaining stages of the negotiation deals, which are anticipated to occur during the next three months, are almost entirely cleared. This agreement will go down in history as the first defence export deal and evidence of India’s advancement in aerospace technology.

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Lufthansa is interested in deepening its partnership with Air India to expand its cargo operations

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Lufthansa is interested in deepening its partnership with Air India to expand its cargo operations

Lufthansa is willing to expand its cargo collaboration with Air India in order to increase cargo volumes.

“We believe that a strong Air India is good for both India and global aviation.” “We are always looking for ways to strengthen our ties with Air India,” Lufthansa stated According to the report.

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In the midst of a robust revival in its cargo sector, the German airline is eager to work more closely with Air India. The ambitious growth plan for Air India includes the installation of wide-body aircraft, which will expand its cargo capacity by 300%.

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“Lufthansa Cargo has seen a strong recovery in India, with cargo volumes recovering to surpass pre-pandemic levels in the first half of 2023,” the company said. Positive forecasts for the remainder of the year include continuous expansion, according to the airline. “India is one of the world’s air freight markets with the quickest rate of growth. As India’s economy continues to expand and its exports rise, there will likely be a rise in the demand for air cargo, it added.

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LATAM Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo, adds 13 more to order book

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LATAM Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo, adds 13 more to order book

LATAM Airlines has taken possession of the first A321neo it had leased from AerCap and placed an order for 13 more of the aircraft to boost regional expansion and expand its route network. This A321neo aircraft is the first in a committed backlog of 76 to be delivered. LATAM will receive 111 A320 Family aircraft in total.

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The recently arrived A321neo for LATAM has Airbus’ Airspace XL bins in the cabin and can accommodate 224 passengers. The larger bins enable 60% more carry-on baggage and 40% more storage space, allowing passengers and cabin crew to board flights more leisurely. 49% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) was used to propel the just-delivered A321neo to its destination.

The largest single-aisle A320 Family model sold by Airbus is the A321neo. The lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle aircraft on the market is provided by the A321neo, allowing operators to serve the entire market. Customers from all across the world have ordered more than 5,200 A321neos so far.

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The LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates are the major airline group in Latin America, operating internationally throughout Europe, Oceania, the United States, and the Caribbean in addition to five local markets in the region: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. LATAM is currently Latin America’s largest Airbus operator, flying 240 Airbus aircraft. LATAM received a brand-new Airbus A320neo in July of this year, marking the first delivery made with 30% SAF.

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Airbus has sold over 1,150 aircraft in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 750 are in operation throughout the region, with more than 520 in the order backlog, representing a market share of 58% of in-service passenger aircraft. Since 1994, Airbus has secured 75% of net orders in the region.

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Wings of Growth: India’s Need for 130-150 Additional Wide-Body Aircraft

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Wings of Growth: India's Need for 130-150 Additional Wide-Body Aircraft

According to Vikram Rai, CEO of GE Aerospace South Asia, India’s civil aviation market, one of the fastest-growing in the world, has the potential to add 130-150 more wide-body aircraft to its fleet. In India, there are now about 700 commercial aircraft in service, although only about 50 of them are wide-body aircraft.

India, the third-largest aviation market in the world with about 1,500 aircraft on order from domestic airlines, is viewed as having “great potential” by GE Aerospace, a key manufacturer of aircraft engines.

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India is a focus market and a priority market for GE Aerospace” and added that in his opinion, domestic airlines would think about adding more wide-body aircraft to their fleet and using them on busy domestic routes.

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The government is attempting to create international aviation hubs in India in order for domestic airlines to transport passengers directly to a variety of foreign locations as a result of the growing air passenger traffic.

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Currently, the majority of passengers flying out of India to distant locations do so on connecting flights run by foreign airlines.”We need to reach a stage where we can transport our passengers from end to finish. We are talking about the next stage of growth here, Rai added.

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