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Rostec Started Flight Tests of the Upgraded Ka-32A11M Fire-fighting Helicopter

Rostec Started Flight Tests of the Upgraded Ka-32A11M Fire-fighting Helicopter
The upgraded Ka-32A11M firefighting helicopter produced by Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) took off for the first time and began flight tests. The rotorcraft fitted with new engines, radio-electronic equipment and fire extinguishing system is to undergo preliminary and certification tests in 2022-2023, after which it will be available for Russian and foreign customers.
The first flight of the Ka-32A11M took place in hover mode at the flight-testing complex of the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KAPE) in Bashkortostan.

“Modernization is significantly expanding the capabilities of one of the world’s best fire-fighting helicopters, Ka-32, аnd we are planning to complete certification of the Ka-32A11M in 2023.   After that, the rotocraft with the latest electronics and firefighting system will be available for Russian and foreign customers,” said Andrey Boginsky, Director General of the Russian Helicopters.

Ka-32A11M was first presented at the MAKS-2021 Aviation and Space Salon. The modernization program of Ka-32 includes equipping it with a “glass cockpit” with an onboard avionics system, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines, and a new fire extinguishing system. VK-2500PS-02 engines will significantly improve flight performance of the helicopter in hot and mountainous environments. According to calculations of engineers, helicopter load-carrying capacity in such conditions can be increased by the value of about 1600 kg.

Technical solutions used in the “glass cockpit” of Ka-32A11M have already been tested on the Ansat and Mi-38 civil multipurpose helicopters; they will greatly facilitate the operation of additional navigation, optoelectronic and search equipment, which can be installed on the helicopter. It will also be possible to work with night vision goggles.

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A new SP-32 fire extinguishing system developed by specialists from National Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov and KAPE has a number of significant advantages. A new tank holds 4 tons of water and is divided into four compartments. The patented flap system with digital control allows the flaps to be opened in pairs or alternately, as well as the opening angles of the flaps to be adjusted, thereby increasing the water discharge time.

The fire extinguishing system can automatically draw 4 tons of water in 60 seconds and add up to 400 liters of foam agent and is adapted for the use of a water cannon. In addition, all SP-32 systems are electrically heated, and that is why SP-32 is the first system in the world that can be used in winter conditions at temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius.

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Coaxial design of the Ka-32 helicopter provides stable hover mode and excellent crosswind stability. In addition, the absence of a tail rotor reduces the size of the helicopter, making it more maneuverable. These features provide special advantages for operating in mountain and forest areas, as well as in dense urban environment. Ka-32 is capable not only of extinguishing fires, but also of performing high-precision construction and installation operations, medical, search and rescue missions and of transporting cargo. It is well suited for high-humidity conditions and is particularly resistant to aggressive marine environments. Ka-32 characteristics allow it to fly in high turbulence and storm winds.

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Mass production of the Ka-32 helicopters has been launched at KAPE. As for now, more than 240 helicopters have been built there. They operate in more than 30 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Canada, Kazakhstan, China, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, South Korea and Japan.

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IndiGo announces codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines

IndiGo announces codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) and IndiGo have announced a new codeshare partnership set to benefit customers with increased travel options between Japan and India.

This collaboration will initially enhance JAL’s connectivity into India, while later phases will provide IndiGo customers with more options on JAL’s extensive domestic and international network.

IndiGo, which commands over 60% of the Indian market, will begin codesharing on domestic routes that connect with JAL flights to and from Delhi and Bengaluru. Currently, JAL operates daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and Delhi, and thrice-weekly flights between Tokyo Narita and Bengaluru, meeting the travel demand between the two nations.

Through this partnership with IndiGo, Japan Airlines will extend its reach across India, tapping into IndiGo’s expansive domestic network. This will cover major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kochi, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Pune, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Goa, providing seamless connectivity for travelers.

IndiGo, renowned for its high-quality service and punctuality, will enable JAL to offer exceptional service to even more travelers. As part of this evolving partnership, the airlines aim to expand codesharing to include JAL-operated flights in the future.

The codeshare agreement is slated to commence in the winter 2024 schedule. JAL’s flights between Tokyo and India (Haneda-Delhi, Narita-Bengaluru) will connect with IndiGo’s domestic services to 14 destinations across India. Additional details regarding the specific routes will be announced in due course, pending government approval.

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Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

Malaysia Airlines and IndiGo, India’s leading airline, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a codeshare partnership and mutual cooperation agreement.

The agreement will enable both carriers to provide customers with more options and flexibility for seamless travels between Malaysia and India. Through this cooperation, Malaysia Airlines will be able to strengthen its connectivity into India as the marketing carrier on IndiGo operated flights.

while IndiGo customers get to explore more Southeast Asia destinations through Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network. This reciprocal arrangement will allow both carriers to provide seamless connections to their customers, besides enabling them to enjoy an
integrated travel itinerary among other facilities.

Currently, Malaysia Airlines flies 71 times a week to nine major Indian hubs: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, and Trivandrum.

To learn more and to make travel reservations, go to the official Malaysia Airlines website at www.malaysiaairlines.com. Customers who would like to start earning Enrich Points and enjoying member-only benefits are invited to sign up for Malaysia Airlines’ renowned travel and lifestyle loyalty programme, Enrich, at www.enrich.malaysiaairlines.com. Get the Malaysia Airlines app to access the newest deals from anywhere at any time.

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These Airlines Are Eyeing New Widebody Aircraft Orders from Airbus & Boeing

These Airlines Are Eyeing New Widebody Aircraft Orders from Airbus & Boeing

Several major airlines are on the verge of making significant fleet expansions, signaling potential orders for widebody aircraft from industry giants Airbus and Boeing.

These forthcoming orders signify a pivotal moment for the aviation industry as these airlines prioritize modernizing their fleets to meet evolving demands and enhance passenger experiences.

Among these carriers, Japan Airlines (JAL) is reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a purchase for around a dozen long-haul widebody planes. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is anticipated to feature prominently in this order as japanairlines aims to revamp its fleet, replacing aging Boeing 767 aircraft with more modern narrowbody jets to fortify its network.

Meanwhile, qatar airways is initiating discussions with both Boeing Co. and Airbus SE for a substantial order of up to 150 widebody jets. With ambitions to rejuvenate its aging long-distance fleet, Qatar Airways is eyeing a mix of airbus a350 900 and Boeing 777X models to modernize and expand its operations. While the specifics of the order remain undisclosed, the airline is poised for a substantial renewal.

Cebu Pacific, a prominent Philippine budget carrier, is poised to make a decisive move in May or June regarding its order for over 100 narrowbody aircraft. CEO Michael Szucs has indicated that the airline is weighing options between Airbus and Boeing models. The decision could see a combination of Airbus A320neo and A321neo or Boeing’s high-capacity 737 MAX 8-200 and 737 MAX 10 entering Cebu Pacific’s fleet starting from 2027.

Lastly, Korean Air is reportedly weighing an order for 20 airbus a350, potentially adding to its existing fleet of A350s following the planned merger with Asiana Airlines. Sources close to negotiations indicate that Korean Air intends to purchase approximately 20 A350 jets, with a decision expected to emerge from a pivotal board meeting held by the airline’s executives on March 21, 2024.

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