Air India to sell three Boeing 777 aircraft


Air India plans to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, according to sources, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways.

The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE 90-110 engines, for outright sale through competitive global bidding, Air India sources said a day after a meeting of its board in New Delhi.

The long-haul global routes flown by these aircraft would now be gradually replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which Air India is inducting at a steady pace. 13 of the 27 Dreamliners the airline has ordered have already joined the fleet.

The sale of five B-777s to Etihad in December last year was estimated to fetch over $335 million (Rs. 2,070 crore at 1 dollar = 61.8 rupees), which Air India plans to use to pay off its outstanding debt.

The three B-777s being sold now have a seat capacity of 238, including eight First Class and 35 Business Class seats.

While the commercial bids for these three five-year-old planes would be opened on May 13, the technical bids would be opened at a later date, the sources said.

As part of its turnaround plan, Air India is inducting the Dreamliners and going for a sale and leaseback arrangement to affect major savings. Under such an arrangement, the seller of an asset leases it back from the purchaser for a long-term and continues to use it.

The airline estimates it could raise about $840 million by selling seven Dreamliners and leasing them back. The money earned through the leaseback arrangement would be used to pay off the bridge loans taken against these aircraft.

Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner in AILA



The Jet AirFly Boeing 787-800 first landed on Sunday at the International Airport Las Americas, José Francisco Peña Gómez (AILA )

Staff from tje Dominican Airports Century XXI ( Aerodom ) Dominican Swissport and other agencies AILA received enthusiastically flight 703 from Brussels International Airport with 208 passengers on board.

The popular Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner from Jetairfly will land every Sunday until March 23, 2014 , the route between Belgium and the Dominican Republic .

Since entering service in June 2013 , the Boeing 787-800 , better known as the Dreamliner , has revolutionized the travel experience for passengers to combine an extraordinary respect for the environment because it uses up to 20% less fuel than aircraft of similar size and passenger comfort , as it has a more comfortable interior to reduce the effects of jet -lag and turbulence , allowing a more relaxed flight .

2013 Caribbean Air Show in Santo Domingo


Caribbean Air Show 2013
Photos by Juan Carlos Porcella / Hector Larrache

CARIBBEAN AIR SHOW 2013, returns with new show and more than 13 international acrobats pilot groups.

The original show, created especially for the Dominican Republic, will be performing on Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 April, on the Malecon of Santo Domingo, produced and Logrosa Extreme Productions.

March 18, 2013 – Santo Domingo, RD-The Caribbean Air Show returns to the Dominican sky, in an original show created especially for the country, to be held on Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 April, on the Malecon of Santo Domingo, low overall production and aerial extreme productions and organizing and coordinating logistics Logrosa land, with the sponsorship of Presidente Beer.

The details of the event were released by Yan Vargas, president of Extreme Productions; Leticia Logroño, president of Logrosa; Admiral Sigfrido Pared Perez, Minister of the Armed Forces and Melissa Martinez, Presidente Beer Brand Manager.


This fourth edition of Caribbean Air Show, will feature a prestigious international cast, including Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows, The 4CE Team, Bill Stein Airshow, Airshow Matt Chapman, Jack Knutson Aerobatic, Firebirds Extreme, Greg Shelton and Ashley Airshow Battles “The Treadmill of Wings” Iron Eagles Formation Team, Skip Stewart Airshows, AeroDynamix Team Team-the largest civilian team in the world, Oliver Skywriter Flying Circus, and Rafael “Dondi” Pesquera in Provost jet. Displays of these teams and drivers experienced acrobats, displayed on the sky of the capital their acrobatic art aircraft, performing maneuvers and stunts that will reveal all its expertise in routines that involve speed, sound and smoke. Similarly Dominican Air Force will participate to the event, demonstrating tactical, rescue and other surprises

The Caribbean Air Show 2013 is supported by the International Council of Airshows (ICAS), under the auspices of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, as part of the national celebration of the Bicentennial of Juan Pablo Duarte, and the co-sponsorship of Bocel Group , Hyundai and Listin Diario. The show is free to the public. The same schedule will be presented at 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Avenida George Washington, in the section from the Maximo Gomez to Abraham Lincoln. For aviation enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the show in comfort, there will be a VIP and Skybox area whose ballot has a cost of RD $ 2,000 per person, per day of show.

As part of its actions as an official sponsor, maca President will develop promotions through social networks facebook / twitter cervezapresidente and CervPresidente, to give away tickets to VIP President, a special space designed for consumers of the brand, from where they can witness this spectacle in the best environment.

This fourth edition of Caribbean Air Show 2013 promises to delivery to the Dominican people two days of adrenaline in an original and unique show, billed as the largest free public show of national history, produced under concepts and standards organization and international regulations.

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Photos by Juan Carlos Porcella / Hector Larrache

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First Dominican Woman Wins WAI Scholarship



Maria Batlle, young Dominican student aviation pilot school from the Yuvina Foundation Green Airport, was selected by Abingdon Watches for a scholarship from the renowned annual conference of women pilots, WAI (Women in International Aviation), held this year in Dallas, Texas.

Abingdon Watches specializes in making watches for women pilots.

Batlle also has the rank of “Commander: in the “AND”, The Dominican Naval Auxiliaries and takes part in training and live search and rescue operations in the Dominican Republic.

Batlle, who was congratulated by the Ambassador of Curaçao for being the only woman present at the training conducted with the Dutch Coast Guard with the Dominican Navy and the AND last year.

Also, she is known as Supermaria VJ (LiveVideo Performer & artist), and is Creative Director at McCann Erickson advertising agancy in the Dominican Republic.

Congrats to Maria, Woman in Aviation