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Spicejet scores highest On Time Performance at Delhi

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has maintained the highest on time performance (OTP) of all the domestic carriers operating from Delhi Airport in the month of December. Winter usually sees many delays and diversions in the smog of the capital – SpiceJet has posted the highest OTP at the metro for the last three months. Coming in the second slot was …

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Air Pegasus to re-commence operations following investment by Flyeasy

Air Pegasus ATR 72-500 VT-APA.

Bangalore based regional airline, Air Pegasus, has issued a statement it has entered into a strategic partnership with start-up airline Flyeasy to revive its operations from March 1, 2017. The airline had suspended operations on June 27, 2016, and the regulator the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had suspended the airline’s operator’s permit in November last year. The statement …

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Indigo fleet reaches 125 Airbus A320’s

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

Low cost carrier IndiGo has grown it’s fleet to a 125 Airbus A320’s. The airline took delivery of it’s 125 aircraft VT-ITH in it’s 125th month of operation. The aircraft is Indigo’s 13th Airbus A320neo. The airline is also adding 10 additional frequencies connecting Hyderabad to Goa, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam effective the 1st of January. Aditya Ghosh, President and …

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Record fine assessed on American Airlines for tarmac delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined American Airlines a record $1.6 million for violating rules prohibiting long tarmac delays. This is the highest fine against an airline for violating the tarmac delay rule, and matches the fine against Southwest Airlines in 2015 Under the DOT rules, U.S. airlines operating aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited …

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Video: Painting of TruJet’s first ATR 72-600

Trujet ATR 72-500 VT-TMU. ATR Image.

Regional carrier Trujet has taken delivery of it’s first ATR 72-600. The aircraft bearing the registration VT-TMC will join the airline’s existing fleet of three ATR 72-500’s (212A). The aircraft is configured with 70 seats with the new Armonia cabin. Trujet has leased the aircraft from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). Umesh Vankayalapati, Managing Director, Trujet “We are pleased to introduce …

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Eithad Group and Lufthansa Group agree on leasing and code-share pact

Line up of Lufthansa aircraft at the Terminal 2 satellite. Munich Airport Image.

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa German Airlines have agreed to codeshare flights and lease aircraft. Codeshare is where one airline puts its flight code on a flight operated by the other. Lufthansa will place its ‘LH’ airline code on the twice daily flights operated by Etihad Airways (code ‘EY’) between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt and the twice daily flights between Abu …

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Singapore Airlines adds prem. economy on Houston Machester route with A350

Singapore Airline's India country head David Lau demonstrates the new premium economy seat

Flag carrier Singapore Airlines will upgrade its Singapore Manchester Houston Intercontinental service to its newest aircraft the Airbus A350-900 starting January 17 2017. The airline currently flies a Boeing 777-300ER on the route. The A350 will add a 24 seat premium economy (PE) class on the route while removing the under-used first class. The aircraft will additionally offer a 42 …

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Jet and Delta tie-up JetPrivilege and SkyMiles frequent flyer programs

Three Jet Airways Aircraft standing at Schiphol, Amsterdam Airport on arrival from Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto

Deepening its partnership, India’s Jet Airways has partnered its frequent flier program JetPrivilege with Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles. The two programs has discontinued their partnership in 2012. JetPrivilege members can earn and redeem JPMiles on Delta’s entire network of 323 destinations in 57 countries across six continents, as per the table below. Delta operates over 15,000 flights, daily, from its …

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Emirates’ new Jennifer Aniston advert focuses on all classes not just first

In the past few months, India has been bombarded with an advertising blitz by Dubai-based Emirates airlines, showing off its economy class. What many in India are missing, is the latest edition Emirates advertisement starring Hollywood superstar, Jennifer Aniston. Unlike the earlier ad which focussed on the first class section of the flagship of the airline, the Airbus A380 superjumbo, …

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Jet Airways leverages partnerships to broaden global network

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

In 2012, in an exclusive interview with Bangalore Aviation, then Boeing India boss Dr. Dinesh Keskar advocated the need for both national carrier Air India, and India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways, to dramatically scale up their networks to utilise their widebody fleet (Boeing 777s, 787s, Airbus A330s) effectively. (Read the interview here, and Dr. Keskar’s advice is towards the …

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Indigo Q2 fiscal 2017 results analysis – Capacity affects yields and profits

IndiGo first A320neo VT-ITC touches down at New Delhi's IGI airport after a non-stop flight from Toulouse, France

IndiGo reported its second quarter (ending September 30) results for the fiscal year ending March 31 2017 (FY2017). With earnings of Rs 139.8 crores, the results yet again failed to meet analysts’ expectations. As reported earlier, intense competition in the market, consistent fare sales and aggressive capacity addition have added to the revenue pressures. Key numbers Passenger Revenue – Rs. …

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Jet Airways to launch Bangalore Singapore flight

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

India’s Jet Airways will operate a daily direct flight between Bangalore and Singapore from December 14, 2016. Flight 9W024 will depart Bengaluru Kempegowda at 11:10 and arrive at Singapore Changi at 18:10. Flight 9W023 will depart Singapore at 19:15 and arrive in Bengaluru at 21:15. The flight will be operated by a narrow body Boeing 737-800. Jet Airways intends to …

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Qantas updates livery ahead of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner induction

CGI of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in the new Qantas livery.

Australian flag carrier Qantas has given its aircraft livery a subtle modernisation. This includes the iconic Kangaroo logo on the tails of its aircraft. It is only the fifth time the iconic red-and-white ‘roo’ has been updated since its introduction in 1944. Continuing a tradition The livery change continues a tradition at Qantas, of changing its livery whenever a new …

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Air India New Delhi to San Francisco is now the world’s longest non-stop flight

Air India Boeing 777-237LR VT-ALF Jharkand at New Delhi IGI airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Till October 15th, Dubai based Emirates airline held the record for the world’s longest non-stop flight, flying 14,497 kilometres (km) between Dubai and Auckland. On October 16th, national carrier Air India’s flight AI173 from New Delhi to San Francisco claimed that title flying a distance of 15,112km. To top it off, AI173 flew a longer distance of 1,811km in a …

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On time leader Vistara receives CAT IIIB certification for low visibility ops

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

The Tata-SIA Airlines brand Vistara has received certification for operating in Category IIIB ultra-low visibility conditions the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The certification is a combination of all of the three “components”, the aircraft, the flight crew, and the airport, being approvd for Cat IIIB. All of Vistara’s A320 aircraft are Cat IIIB compliant and integrate …

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Qatar airways to order upto 60 Boeing 737 MAX

A CGI of a Qatar 737 MAX set against a skyline of Doha's financial center. Boeing Image.

US airframer Boeing has announced a $18.6 billion order from middle-eastern carrier Qatar Airways. The order includes a order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs, valued at $11.7 billion at current list prices and most importantly a Letter of Intent for up to 60 737 MAX 8s, valued at $6.9 billion at current list prices. The order builds on …

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Jet Airways expands Jetscreen in-flight entertainment via WiFi to 14 737s

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways, has expanded its recently introduced JetScreen domestic in-flight entertainment service via Wi-Fi streaming to 14 Boeing 737s, up from the five, when the service was introduced last month. Passengers aboard these 14 aircraft can stream video and audio content directly on their personal electronic devices (PEDs) such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Passengers …

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