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    What Is The Condor?

    The Antonov An-124, better known by its NATO reporting name of the “Condor,‘ has a primary role as a transportation aircraft and was manufactured by Russian aircraft manufacturer Aviastar-SP. The Condor’s greatest asset is its size. It was the largest airplane in production until the Antonov An-225 was built and it flew for the first time in 1982 for testing but was introduced to the public in 1986.

    The Antonov An-124 is remotely similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a significantly larger payload capability, being almost 25% larger. The Antonov An-124’s have been utilized in the transporting of locomotives, yachts, aircraft fuselages, and a variety of other oversized cargoes. The Antonov An-124 is able to “kneel” to allow easier front loading. Up to 150 tons of cargo can be carried in a military variant Antonov An-124 in addition to the safe transit up to 88 passengers in an upper deck behind the wing center section. The Antonov is unmatched in its ability to transport large cargo to distant locations.

    The original Antonov An-124 was built with a projected service life of approximately 7,500 flight hours with the possibility for extension. However, the majority of all military airframes have flown more than 15,000 flight hours.

    But all of the Antonov An-124 built after 2000 took on the modified name of Antonov An-124-100. Lockheed Martin contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport the Atlas V launch vehicles. Though two flights are required to transfer each launch vehicle, one for the Atlas V main booster stage and another for the Centaur upper stage, no other aircraft could take on such a massive payload. Space Systems Loral contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport satellites to the Arianespace spaceport. The modification seen in the An-124-100’s is an improved service life of 24,000 across the board. This modification came about in response to complaints by commercial users that certain airframes were serviceable for longer life cycles than others. With the An-124, those built before 2000, are being upgraded to this standard of the An-124-100 predecessor. Additional researching is being performed to extend its service life to 40,000 flight hours.

    The Star Alliance Is The World’s First And Largest Airline Alliance

    Star Alliance is the world’s first and largest airline alliance. An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate on a substantial level. Alliances provide a network of connectivity and convenience for international passengers and international packages, and the Star Alliance network is the front runner of this. Founded in 1997, its name and emblem represent the five founding airlines which are the Air Canada airline, the Lufthansa airline, the Scandinavian Airlines System airline, the Thai Airways International airline, and last but not least the United airlines company. Since then the Star Alliance has grown exponentially.

    All airline alliances provide certain benefits to the individual airline company, not just name and organization recognition. The benefits offered by the Star Alliance network are greater than most other network alliance airlines, thus explaining their position as the number one airline alliance in the world. Some of the benefits can consist of cost reduction from sharing certain purchases and investments, cross sharing staff, sharing sales offices and other facilities such as maintenance and operational facilities.

    More importantly than what the Star Alliance network offers their airline companies is what they offer the travelers that choice to fly with them. Such benefits include lower prices on airfare, more departure times to a given route, shorter travel times, faster mileage rewards, a wider variety of destinations, better airport lounges, etc.

    All the members of the Star Alliance network are among the most respected airlines in the world. Thus becoming a member is not easy and is very exclusive. In order for an airline to become a member of the Star Alliance, the airline must comply with the highest industry standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure. The Star Alliance network together offers convenient and comfortable travel to almost any destination in the world.

    Statistically speaking, Star Alliance network has 25 airline company members, over 3,700 aircraft and almost 460,000 employees on file. Star Alliance network flies nearly  590,000,000 passengers per year; bringing in an annual sales revenue of $169 billion and servicing over 170 foreign countries.

    Star Alliance was the first and is the largest of all airline alliance networks, and it shows in their successes.  Their activities and benefits offered to both airline companies that join them and passengers that fly with them are endless.

    Who Is Minding The Airlines?

    The American airline industry has been in turmoil over the past few years, due to the decline of the American economy. But one can not help but wonder, who all is benefiting from this? Does the American airline industry show a direct correlation to that of other country’s industries?

    Anytime one loses, another wins, or is more than better suited for the advantage. India, for instance, has begun to implement something that American airline industry has had for years. The establishing of the economic regulatory authority for airports and airlines. An economic regulatory authority is a governmental agency that regulates businesses in the public interest.

    Titled the “Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008,” this act was first written in December of 2008 but was signed into law in May of 2009. The act establishes an independent body to regulate tariffs and monitor the performance of airports.

    To many, this may sound common or mundane, but to a country that did not have these regulations prior to having them now is of great significance.

    This new regulatory authority will attempt to remove all the anomalies that occurred during the “Airports Authority of India,” the prequel to the “Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008.” This reign as the service provider and regulator of domestic and international airports in India is the framework that the new regulatory authority hopes to correct.

    One of the major problems with the old regulatory authority was that the charges for services did not match the quality of services provided in most cases. And without the intervention of an independent regulator, much like that of the American airline industry, India lacked the necessary environment
    for the development of an airport infrastructure that could compete on a global standard.

    The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008 will be directly responsible for the regulating of tariffs at major airports; determining such fees as those for development and other passenger services fees, and monitoring performance standards relating to the quality of services at major airports.

    It may be too soon to tell the effects of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008, but one thing is for sure, that this government control will overall better the country in the long run.

    What Is The Condor?

    The Antonov An-124, better known by its NATO reporting name of the “Condor,‘ has a primary role as a transportation aircraft and was manufactured by Russian aircraft manufacturer Aviastar-SP. The Condor’s greatest asset is its size. It was the largest airplane in production until the Antonov An-225 was built and it flew for the first time in 1982 for testing but was introduced to the public in 1986.

    The Antonov An-124 is remotely similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a significantly larger payload capability, being almost 25% larger. The Antonov An-124’s have been utilized in the transporting of locomotives, yachts, aircraft fuselages, and a variety of other oversized cargoes. The Antonov An-124 is able to “kneel” to allow easier front loading. Up to 150 tons of cargo can be carried in a military variant Antonov An-124 in addition to the safe transit up to 88 passengers in an upper deck behind the wing center section. The Antonov is unmatched in its ability to transport large cargo to distant locations.

    The original Antonov An-124 was built with a projected service life of approximately 7,500 flight hours with the possibility for extension. However, the majority of all military airframes have flown more than 15,000 flight hours.

    But all of the Antonov An-124 built after 2000 took on the modified name of Antonov An-124-100. Lockheed Martin contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport the Atlas V launch vehicles. Though two flights are required to transfer each launch vehicle, one for the Atlas V main booster stage and another for the Centaur upper stage, no other aircraft could take on such a massive payload. Space Systems Loral contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport satellites to the Arianespace spaceport. The modification seen in the An-124-100’s is an improved service life of 24,000 across the board. This modification came about in response to complaints by commercial users that certain airframes were serviceable for longer life cycles than others. With the An-124, those built before 2000, are being upgraded to this standard of the An-124-100 predecessor. Additional researching is being performed to extend its service life to 40,000 flight hours.

    The Star Alliance Is The World’s First And Largest Airline Alliance

    Star Alliance is the world’s first and largest airline alliance. An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate on a substantial level. Alliances provide a network of connectivity and convenience for international passengers and international packages, and the Star Alliance network is the front runner of this. Founded in 1997, its name and emblem represent the five founding airlines which are the Air Canada airline, the Lufthansa airline, the Scandinavian Airlines System airline, the Thai Airways International airline, and last but not least the United airlines company. Since then the Star Alliance has grown exponentially.

    All airline alliances provide certain benefits to the individual airline company, not just name and organization recognition. The benefits offered by the Star Alliance network are greater than most other network alliance airlines, thus explaining their position as the number one airline alliance in the world. Some of the benefits can consist of cost reduction from sharing certain purchases and investments, cross sharing staff, sharing sales offices and other facilities such as maintenance and operational facilities.

    More importantly than what the Star Alliance network offers their airline companies is what they offer the travelers that choice to fly with them. Such benefits include lower prices on airfare, more departure times to a given route, shorter travel times, faster mileage rewards, a wider variety of destinations, better airport lounges, etc.

    All the members of the Star Alliance network are among the most respected airlines in the world. Thus becoming a member is not easy and is very exclusive. In order for an airline to become a member of the Star Alliance, the airline must comply with the highest industry standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure. The Star Alliance network together offers convenient and comfortable travel to almost any destination in the world.

    Statistically speaking, Star Alliance network has 25 airline company members, over 3,700 aircraft and almost 460,000 employees on file. Star Alliance network flies nearly  590,000,000 passengers per year; bringing in an annual sales revenue of $169 billion and servicing over 170 foreign countries.

    Star Alliance was the first and is the largest of all airline alliance networks, and it shows in their successes.  Their activities and benefits offered to both airline companies that join them and passengers that fly with them are endless.

    Who Is Minding The Airlines?

    The American airline industry has been in turmoil over the past few years, due to the decline of the American economy. But one can not help but wonder, who all is benefiting from this? Does the American airline industry show a direct correlation to that of other country’s industries?

    Anytime one loses, another wins, or is more than better suited for the advantage. India, for instance, has begun to implement something that American airline industry has had for years. The establishing of the economic regulatory authority for airports and airlines. An economic regulatory authority is a governmental agency that regulates businesses in the public interest.

    Titled the “Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008,” this act was first written in December of 2008 but was signed into law in May of 2009. The act establishes an independent body to regulate tariffs and monitor the performance of airports.

    To many, this may sound common or mundane, but to a country that did not have these regulations prior to having them now is of great significance.

    This new regulatory authority will attempt to remove all the anomalies that occurred during the “Airports Authority of India,” the prequel to the “Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008.” This reign as the service provider and regulator of domestic and international airports in India is the framework that the new regulatory authority hopes to correct.

    One of the major problems with the old regulatory authority was that the charges for services did not match the quality of services provided in most cases. And without the intervention of an independent regulator, much like that of the American airline industry, India lacked the necessary environment
    for the development of an airport infrastructure that could compete on a global standard.

    The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008 will be directly responsible for the regulating of tariffs at major airports; determining such fees as those for development and other passenger services fees, and monitoring performance standards relating to the quality of services at major airports.

    It may be too soon to tell the effects of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act 2008, but one thing is for sure, that this government control will overall better the country in the long run.