Aviation Strategies International and Airports Authority of India sign Memorandum of Understanding on Competency Building

  | June 28, 2016

Aviation Strategy International (ASI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India(AAI), a government agency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India entrusted with the development, expansion and modernization of its air traffic services, passenger terminals, operational areas and cargo facilities.

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Aeroflot Russian Airlines A330-300 takeoff from New York JFK bound for Moscow Sheremetyevo. Sorry for the demon baby screaming at the beginning of the video. It was crying almost the whole 9hr 55min flight.

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Aeroflot Russian Airlines A330-300 takeoff from New York JFK bound for Moscow Sheremetyevo. Sorry for the demon baby screaming at the beginning of the video. It was crying almost the whole 9hr 55min flight.

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