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Lounge Review: GVK Lounge East Mumbai Airport

After finally clearing immigration at Mumbai airport. I headed to the GVK Lounge East which is the contract lounge used by Air India. I believe there is another larger lounge on the west side of the terminal which also hosts within it a first class lounge. Mumbai airport has a system wherein the individual airlines do have their own lounges …

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Delta, Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic to launch combined joint venture

As India’s Jet Airways gets closer to Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM, the core founders of the SkyTeam alliance, further news of strengthening of these airlines’ 2009 partnership over the busy trans-Atlantic airspace. Delta will invest €375 million investment to acquire a 10% equity share in the Air France-KLM Group. In addition Delta will a seat on the …

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Hotel review: Niranta Mumbai airport transit hotel at Terminal 2

The check-in hall at Mumbai CSI airport.

After getting off domestic Air India flight from Bangalore around 21:00, my onward flight was at 06:30 the next morning. The layover was not long enough to head into town and wasn’t short enough to just loiter around the terminal. I had booked a room at the airside transit hotel at Mumbai airport. Crossing Immigration – Reaching too early!! After going …

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Emirates and flydubai announce extensive partnership agreement

Emirates and flydubai have entered a partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines partner in code sharing and collaborate their network with coordinated scheduling. The agreement will allow Emirates to make use of flydubai’s regional network and allow flydubai to make use of Emirates expansive global network to allow both airlines passengers more destinations. The goal of this partnership …

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Lounge Review: Above Ground Level lounge Bangalore Kempegowda airport

On my Air India trip from Bangalore to London, I finally used the Above Ground Level (AGL) lounge on the domestic side of Bangalore airport. The AGL lounge is located right beside the Plaza premium lounge just after security. The lounge is also located on the mezzanine right beside the Plaza lounge. However unlike the Plaza lounge this lounge does …

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Scoot’s Leslie Thng slated to succeed Phee Teik Yeoh as Vistara CEO

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

TATA SIA Airlines Limited (Vistara) have named Scoot’s Chief Commercial Officer Leslie Thng to succeed Phee Teik Yeoh as Chief Executive Officer for Vistara, from October 2017. Phee Teik Yeoh who has been with Vistara since its inception, will return to his parent, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and will be given a a senior appointment. Thng, a lifelong Singapore Airlines man, …

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Air India hurts itself by withdrawing non-veg economy meal option

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

In another demonstration of why Government should not be involved in the operations of national carrier Air India, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani announced the discontinuation of serving non-vegetarian meals in the economy class on all domestic flights. The disclosure made in an interview with The Hindu newspaper invited swift reaction, much of it negative, by many, …

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Unconvinced by IndiGo’s bid for Air India

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

Indigo’s analyst call on 6th July was scheduled to allay investor concerns about the new direction the airline was taking after submitting the unsolicited bid for Air India. One of the founders admitted, that without numbers, it was like “going to a corporate board meeting in a swim suit” and we wholeheartedly agree. If anything it added to the confusion …

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