The tale of rarest tail yet – Lao Airlines

Call it by choice or rather the lack of it, I found myself on Lao Airlines ATR72-500 (QV 314) for a short hop to Luang Prabang from Hanoi. This definitely is the rarest of airlines I have travelled so far. With a fleet of 11 aircraft (4 A320, 7 ATR), the airline serves 21 destinations.…

The busiest route in Indonesia on Sriwijaya Air

This was to be the last domestic flight I had planned before leaving Indonesia after few weeks of work. I wanted to cover all the major airlines and the only one left was Sriwijaya. Its fleet consists of B737-300 (scheduled for my ride), B737-500, B737-800 and B737-900ER, along with its subsidiary NAM Air, which operates…

On the B737-500 of NAM air

One of the interesting airline which I have come across in Indonesia has been NAM Air. The airline which is part of the larger Sriwijaya Airline Group was founded in 2013 as a feeder to the parent and operates 11 B737-500 aircraft with an average age of over 22 years. The airline also operates two ATR72…

Flying the MAX8 with Lion Air

My work trip to Indonesia coincided with the delivery of B737 MAX8 to Lion Air. No wonder that it was on my list of things to do in the country. Let’s not get into the details of how it happened. Let’s just say – it happened! Special Thanks to Lion Air. Can’t thank them enough…

Batik Air – Refreshing experience in Indonesia

With a few weeks in Indonesia – a rich mixture of culture, history and food, I was definitely excited to club it with aviation and exploring over the weekends. This meant flying many airlines along with aircraft sub-types. Indonesia is a market as crazy as India, with the Lion air group dominating the scene with…

Lufthansa A350-900 – The Next Gen Experience

“This is the blogger who wants to take pictures of this fantastic plane” were the words of the ground staff who handed me over to the crew inside D-AIXC, Lufthansa’s third A350 and one of the handful flying around the world right now. The aircraft would operate as LH764 to Mumbai. I had three options for…