ANA retires its Boeing 737-700ERs

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has retired its mini fleet of Boeing 737-700ERs. The long range 737-700ERs equipped with additional fuel tanks used to ply daily on the Tokyo Narita – Mumbai route till March 26th 2016. ANA started deploying the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to Mumbai starting March 27th 2016.

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ANA had two 737-700 ERs in its fleet – JA10AN & JA13AN. These aircraft were used to launch and operate the “ANA Business Jet” service to cater to premium business traffic. One of the aircraft (JA13AN) was configured in an all business-class 38 seat configuration whereas the other (JA10AN) was configured in a 44 seat business-class + premium economy configuration. On the west bound leg from NRT to BOM, the 737-700ERs had to make a fuel stop at Nagasaki occasionally, depending on wind conditions. However, the east bound leg was non-stop.

The aircraft were also painted in a special “ANA Business Jet” livery to distinguish them from the regular ANA aircraft. One of them was later re-painted in the standard ANA livery.

Both the aircraft are reported to be stored w.e.f. March 27th, 2016.

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Cathay Pacific’s new livery

Cathay Pacific Airlines has recently revised its livery that had been in existence since the early/mid 1990s. The existing livery featuring the distinctive “brushwing” design on the tail and aft of the flight deck windows has been an icon.

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The new livery is a refreshed, simplified version of the existing livery that has served the airline well. The darker green patch situated aft of the flight deck windows has given way to a uniform light green band that stretches across the fuselage. The tail is now painted entirely in a dark green colour with a larger “brushwing” design painted in white.

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B-LIB is the second Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft to be painted in the new livery.

 

British Airways Special Livery on a Boeing 777-200 ER

British Airways have painted a Boeing 777-200 ER in a special livery to commemorate the “GREAT Festival of Creativity” held in Shanghai in March 2015. The aircraft, bearing registration G-YMML sports a design showing a bamboo and a rose signifying “east meets west”

This beautiful design was created by Chinese fashion designer Masha Ma.

I got a chance to click a photo of this aircraft at Mumbai (BOM) as it was departing back to LHR.

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Emirates launches A380 operations to BOM

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Emirates A380 holding on taxiway N1 on a rainy morning in the first week of operations.

Close on the heels of Singapore Airlines, Emirates too decided to deploy the  Airbus A380 aircraft to Mumbai thereby becoming the second carrier to operate the super-jumbo to the city.

With effect from 21 July 2014, Emirates deployed the A380 on its flagship EK500/501 flight that arrives/departs Mumbai early in the morning.


Donald Trump visits BOM – in his private Boeing 757!


 

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Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757-200 N757AF arriving into BOM on a cloudy day.

Aug 12, 2014 – Donald Trump – the chairman & president of the Trump Organization, and founder of Trump Entertainment resorts visited Mumbai on August 12, 2014 for a series of meetings in connection with the construction of Trump Towers in Mumbai, in partnership with the Lodha group.

He along with his son, Donald Trump Jr. arrived on his private Boeing 757-200 registered N757AF.


 

Inaugural Singapore Airlines A380 flight from BOM – May 31 2014

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The inaugural Singapore Airlines A380 flight out of BOM holds short of Rwy 27

May 31, 2014 – Singapore Airlines started operations with the Airbus A380 super-jumbo out of BOM. This made Singapore Airlines the first airline to operate the massive double-decker aircraft to India. The Indian government had recently allowed airlines to operate the A380 to India, overturning an earlier ban on the aircraft from operating to the country.

9V-SKH operated the inaugural A380 flight, SQ423 on May 31, 2014.