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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.

IAF to order around 100 more LCA Mark-1A fighter jets

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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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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