Home >> 2010 >> February

Monthly Archives: February 2010

AirAsia fiscal 2009 performance review

AirAsia Berhad announced net profits of RM549 million ($162 million) for the full year 2009 despite what is described as the worst year in aviation history. While globally passenger demand fell by 3.5%, AirAsia grew its passenger numbers by 21% to 14.25 million for the Malaysian operation. The combined Malaysian, Thailand andIndonesian operations forming the AirAsia Group increased passenger numbers …

Read More »

Indian airline market overview for 2010

I was recently interviewed by AirObserver on the outlook for 2010 for carriers in India, with a specific focus on the low fare / value carrier segment. Please read the interview here. For an in-depth feature comparison between various Indian carriers I recommend this article . I also recommend these articles as additional reading for more details on the low …

Read More »

Kingfisher Airlines to join oneworld alliance, will Jet Airways join Skyteam?

Ever since Kingfisher Airlines had a fare war with British Airways on the Bangalore London Heathrow sector over a year ago, there have been behind the scene parleys between the two airlines on cooperation rather than competion. Bangalore Aviation learnt of these negotiations in January, but were requested to hold on till the deal came through. This report on oneworld …

Read More »

Video: News 9 showcases airplane spotting and the Aviation Photographers India

The TV station News 9 showcased the hobby of airplane spotting and the Aviation Photographers India (API). Yesterday, we hosted the News9 crew at the airport and showed them the passion, that some call insanity, of us plane spotters. Many members of API interacted with the News9 crew and offered their perspective. Two of API’s co-founders Praveen Sundaram and myself …

Read More »

Lufthansa pilots strike commences from Monday, significant disruptions expected

Update 1 – 21 February Lufthansa is reporting the pilots have suspended their strike pending negotiations with the airline. The provisional schedule will remain for 22 and 23 February. Please check the airline website for more details. Original post With 93% of its pilots voting to strike work for four days starting from Monday, significant flight disruptions are expected at …

Read More »

Eurofighter Typoons arrive in Bangalore for Indian Air Force MMRCA flight testing

Two Eurofighter Typhoons 30-24 and 30-42 accompanied by their Airbus A310-304 MRTT arrived at Bangalore’s HAL airport Thursday, February 18th afternoon at 15:40 (10:10Z). The three planes flew in over the airport in formation, and then peeled right. Great formation flying by all three. One Typhoon did a low pass over runway 09 to inspect and familiarise, after which the …

Read More »

Preparing for the Lufthansa pilots’ strike next week

Lufthansa and other German carriers face significant flight disruptions starting next week thanks to a strike call by the German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) in a four-day walkout from 22 to 25 February. Lufthansa is taking proactive action to minimise impact of flight disruptions on passengers. Passengers from India are advised to call the telephone hotline 1 800 102 …

Read More »

Kingfisher to commence New Delhi London Heathrow route on March 28

As analysed by Bangalore Aviation last week, Kingfisher Airlines formally announced the commencement of daily flights on the New Delhi – London route from the start of the summer 2010 schedule i.e. March 28. The schedule is designed to take fullest advantage of the fact that today Kingfisher operates its highest number of flights from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International …

Read More »

British plane spotters arrested in Delhi for indulging in an aviation friendly activity – Update 2

Update 2 – 21 February TV channel News 9 showcased airplane spotting and the Aviation Photographers India in a video segment. See the video here. Update 1 – 17 February In an effort to set the record straight about spotting, I sent information on spotting to the Hindustan Times and The Times of India newspapers. Their stories can be read …

Read More »

Overcharging customers for bottled water at airports and cinemas; is legislation needed?

On 10 August 2006, authorities in the United Kingdom uncovered the 2006 transatlantic plot to sabotage airliners travelling from the United Kingdom to North America, reportedly by using liquid and gel based explosives. Since then, most countries have restricted what liquids and gels a passenger may carry into the passenger cabin, and this includes a basic commodity of life — …

Read More »

Boeing details its multi-dimensional partnership with India

In its latest Frontiers magazine, Boeing details its multi-dimensional partnership with India. With a fast-growing economy, middle class and world standing, India is an increasingly important market for the aerospace industry. Building partnerships and strengthening ties with this dynamic country is crucial for Boeing’s continued success in the world’s second-most populous nation. Although India has been a longtime customer for …

Read More »

BBC interviews hero British Airways pilot from Heathrow crash two years ago

BBC has published the first interview with Captain Peter Burkill who commanded the British Airways Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMM which crash-landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on January 17, 2008. Captain Burkill and his co-pilot John Coward were hailed as heroes for avoiding a disaster, but Burkill is modest and in the interview says “I did a good job on the the …

Read More »

Kingfisher Airlines granted permission for seven new international routes ex Mumbai and Delhi

The Government of India has granted Kingfisher Airlines traffic rights to operate on seven new international routes, including the highly prized New Delhi – London which was strongly objected to, by the national carrier, Air India. The new international routes for which traffic rights have been granted are: New Delhi – London New Delhi – Hong Kong New Delhi – …

Read More »

SpiceJet’s new TV advertisements

Gurgaon based value carrier has introduced some clever advertising on TV screens across the nation promoting features of the airline like web check in which is also offered by other low fare competitors, and complimentary supervision of unaccompanied minors which is a USP for the carrier.

Read More »

Lufthansa officially confirms names of its first two Airbus A380 superjumbos

Officially, Lufthansa has confirmed world-wide reports on the name of its first Airbus A380 super jumbo due to be delivered on May 10th. The aircraft is called “Frankfurt am Main”. Lufthansa’s second A380, which arrived at the Airbus facility in Hamburg-Finkenwerder on February 3rd, will be named “München”. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Lufthansa German Airlines Board member says “We are looking …

Read More »