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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 5

Today, we conclude our continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport. Yesterday in part four, we focussed on the future and airport expansion. Today in the last part five we focus on Marcel Hugerbuehler the man. Most people associate Marcel Hungerbuehler’s predecessor Albert Brunner with the …

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Special low fares from IndiGo, SpiceJet, JetLite and Jet Airways

The offers are just too many to list, but in short after the bonanza for international travellers courtesy Singapore Airlines, Emirates, British Airways and Lufthansa, there is now a bonanza for domestic travellers, courtesy IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, and SpiceJet. I would assume that Kingfisher too would have some scheme but I have not received any information from the airline. …

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American held for carrying gun at airport, Jet to cancel Boeing 777 order, Vijay Mallya’s debt troubles

US national arrested for carrying loaded handgun on board a flight The Times of India is reporting A US citizen was arrested earlier this morning at the Chennai airport for carrying a loaded revolver. Central Industrial and Security Force (CISF) personnel who secure airports across India, found the weapon while scanning the baggage of Mr. Semilar, 58 years old, when …

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Air France #AF447: The search so far – some great sources of information – IAG and ATI

The search and recovery operations go on for Air France AF-447, as does my search for information. Some information I recommend as well worth reading and listening. My good friend Addison Schonland at IAG has created and continues to create a nice series of articles and podcasts on AF447. A decoding and analysis of the ACARS messages A podcast of …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 4

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday in part three, we focussed on the airlines. Today in part four we focus on the future and expansion of the airport. Part 4 – The future expansion of Bengaluru International Airport Q1. Is BIAL committed …

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Qatar Airways advances launch of services to Amritsar and Goa

To capitalise on the peak traffic, Qatar Airways is advancing it’s commencement of scheduled flights to Amritsar on October 11 ahead of Diwali (Deepavali). Similarly, it will commence scheduled flights to the beach destination of Goa on October 25, to capitalise on the inbound winter holiday traffic. Goa is a popular retreat, particularly among European holidaymakers Both routes will be …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 3

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday in part two, we focussed on the revenue streams. Today in part three we focus on the airlines and routes present and future. Part 3 – Airlines Q1. Which airlines is BIAL targeting and trying to …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 2

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday we focussed on the past. Today in part two we focus on the present and more specifically revenue streams. Part 2 – Revenue streams Q1. Can BIAL provide a rough break up of revenue streams. Passenger, …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 1

Bengaluru International Airport was India’s first greenfield private airport conceived. In 1991, just as then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh began the much heralded liberalisation of the Indian economy, the concept of a privately operated airport was born. Bangalore was still to emerge on the Indian map, forget the global stage. Air passenger traffic was not even one million passengers …

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Jet Airways and Air India may defer Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries

As the annual meeting of the airline body International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the news for Boeing India chief Dinesh Keskar is not good. Both Jet Airways and Air India, his two major customers in India, are considering deferring the deliveries of their Boeing 787 Dreamliner orders. Jet Airway’s chairman and founder, Naresh Goyal, …

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Plane spotting images: Smokin’ touchdowns

I had gone spotting some time back and managed to find a good vantage point at the Bengaluru International Airport to get the touchdowns of a few aircraft in the early morning. Got the SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER (one of the only four operating in India), a Jet Airways Boeing 737-700 fitted with the Aviation Partners winglets; something one does not …

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Air France #AF447: Theories abound as recovered debris is not from the jet

As Brazilian authorities indicate the recently recovered debris is not from Air France AF-447, all forms of theories are popping up. One theory that faulty sensors that may have given erroneous speed indications has prompted the airplane manufacturer Airbus SAS to issue warnings to operators of all A330 aircraft. More preposterous theories abound that Air France AF447 collided with another …

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Air France #AF447: Finding answers will be difficult

The search for the debris is widening. As per Brazil’s Defence Minister Nelson Jobim the debris discovered so far is spread over 230 kilometres (140 miles) located about 640 kilometres (400 miles) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands. This wide debris field suggests a mid-air break-up. A deep water submersible considered key to finding the Digital Flight Data Recorder …

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A poem for the victims of Air France AF447

An extract from the poem Footsteps in the Sand by Brazilian poet Ademar de Barros which was read at the end of the inter-religious prayer ceremony for the 228 who perished on-board Air France AF447 June 1, 2009. One night, I dreamed a dream, I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from …

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