Monthly Archives: December 2008

Delta to commence nonstop Detroit Rome flights

Delta Air Lines plans to commence nonstop flights between Detroit Metro Airport and Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport from June 4, 2009 (subject to government approvals), using Delta’s subsidiary Northwest. This service will be in addition to Delta’s existing nonstop daily service between Rome and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and twice daily nonstop from New York’s John F. Kennedy-JFK International …

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West Bengal’s first private airport in Bardhaman district to be operational by 2011

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd’s. (BAPL) first private airport in Bardhaman district in West Bengal is likely to be operational by end of 2011. According to a report in Projects Today, the project, which is a part of the USD 2.5 billion (approximately Rs 12,500 crore) Durgapur Aerotropolis, has got an approval from the West Bengal government and has also overcome …

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State illegally gave BIAL forest land for hotel?

A potentially explosive report in today’s Deccan Chronicle The state government has illegally helped the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to develop commercial real estate on some 200 acres of forest land. BIAL is developing a star hotel, restaurants and office space on this land — all in violation of the Union government’s rules, regulations and Acts. Documents available with …

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Aviation turbine fuel prices reduced by 11%

Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices have been slashed by over 11 per cent by state-run oil companies. This is the seventh straight reduction since September as price surged to an all time high of Rs 71,028.26 a kilolitre (in Delhi) in August. ATF in Delhi has been cut by Rs 4,208.37 to Rs 32,691.28 a kilolitre effective midnight tonight, said …

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Kingfisher A320 planes de-registered or returned ?

The disagreement between Kingfisher Airlines and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) has become murky. Yesterday, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper reported “In a major setback to Kingfisher Airlines, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has de-registered three of its aircraft on account of rental payment default. These aircraft will be grounded and not permitted to fly on commercial …

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Arik to use Kingfisher A340-500 interiors and seating

According to Business Traveller magazine, Nigerian carrier Arik Air will launch its flights from London to Lagos on December 15, using the Airbus A340-500 aircraft with their plush interiors and seating designed for Kingfisher Airlines. Arik recently took delivery of its first of three A340-500 aircraft, planes originally destined for Kingfisher Airlines before it was forced to shelve the order. …

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Jet Airways wins Business Traveller’s ‘Best First-Class service in the world’ award

Congratulations to Jet Airways, which has been voted as the ‘Airline with Best First-Class Service in the World’, by readers of the prestigious Business Traveler magazine, at the 20th Annual ‘Best in Business Travel’ Awards. The airline received the award at a gala ceremony at the Sofitel, Los Angeles on December 11, 2008. With the introduction of its award-winning First …

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Left luggage facility at Mumbai airport still closed

As per the Times of India, the “left luggage” facilities for transit passengers at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which were closed well before the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, still remain closed. Airport operator GVK promoted, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) had closed down the luggage rooms, where transit passengers could leave their luggage behind and go about …

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Budapest airport on strike, Malev flights affected

Reuters reports that talks between striking unions and Budapest Airport, a unit of Hochtief of Germany, broke down on Sunday, over over demands for improved labour conditions, a new collective agreement and a halt to layoffs. The airport operator said longer delays were expected later following relative calm in the morning. Read the full story here.

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Drunk women create security scare at Mumbai airport

DNA reports a group of drunk women caused chaos at the departure gate of Terminal 2C at Mumbai Sahar airport, early on Friday. They broke champagne bottles in their drunken stupor, forcing authorities to raise the alarm. At about 6am on December 12, the group of five or six foreigners was waiting for a flight near the departure terminal. “They …

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Bangalore flights disrupted by fog

Two flights to Bangalore, one from London and another from Mumbai, were diverted to Chennai airport Thursday morning due to bad weather conditions at Bangalore. The British Airways flight from London and the Indian Airlines flight from Mumbai were supposed to land at Bangalore airport at around 0600 hours. After the weather conditions became better at Bangalore airport, the flights …

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Third runway at New Delhi opens for low-visibility operations

An Express News Service report that the third runway at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, installed with Category III-B Instrument Landing System (ILS), was finally commissioned on Friday for low-visibility air traffic operations during dense fog days, brings much cheer to harried passengers. “The certification was given following an inspection by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after taking …

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IATA working on document calling for foreign carriers to buy in to domestic airlines

According to a PTI report, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working on a non-binding document for its member airlines calling for foreign ownership, saying that the aviation industry should be allowed to run like any other business like automobiles or telecom. IATA is planning to urge all governments to have a re-look at allowing foreign airlines to pick …

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Brussels Airlines to join Star Alliance

The Star alliance press office announced that at their annual Board Meeting, the CEOs of the Star Alliance member airlines have voted to accept the application of Brussels Airlines to become a future member of the alliance. Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline offering the widest choice of flights to and from the “capital” of Europe. With a fleet of …

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Bi-lateral agreement impeding connectivity:Finnair

According to a PTI report, Finnish carrier, Finnair has expressed, that Indo-Finn air services agreement is hampering connectivity between the two countries and its plans to operate flights to more cities in India. “At the moment, it is impossible to connect Finland with more than two India cities. The bilateral agreement between both the countries forbids it,” stated Kari Stolbow, …

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