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Lufthansa ignores its two largest markets for Airbus A380 flights USA and India in 2010

In a surprise move, German carrier Lufthansa will ignore its two largest markets, the United States and India, when commences its Airbus A380 uber-jumbo flights in couple of months. Instead, the carrier will commence its A380 services between Frankfurt and Tokyo Narita first, and then Beijing, China. Johannesburg in South Africa will be the third A380 destination for the German …

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Kingfisher finally puts together a reasonably credible international network

From Monday this week, Kingfisher Airlines launched three more new international routes, from New Delhi to Kathmandu and from New Delhi and Mumbai to Dubai. Kingfisher now flies its luxurious wide body Airbus A330’s to London and Hong Kong from Mumbai and Delhi, and to Singapore from Mumbai and it operates two-class A320s featuring the very posh Kingfisher First cabin …

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Emirates’ turbulence incident injures 23, highlights need to wear seat belts at all times

An Emirates airline Boeing 777-21H registration A6-EML performing flight EK530 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB) to Kochi, India (COK) with 350 passengers and 14 crew, was en-route at FL350 (35,000ft) and just about to begin descent towards Kochi, when the airplane experienced severe turbulence for a brief period of time. As per a statement released by the airline, the …

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Jet Airways launches new economic business class – Konnect Select

Jet Airways’ all-economy service ‘Konnect’, will launch a new premium cabin product on some of their Boeing 737 aircraft called ‘Konnect Select’ on April 26th. Sounds confusing? Jet Konnect is by the airline’s own definition an “all economy” service. This moniker will get removed when the new premium class is introduced. A Jet Airways spokesperson clarified, the new cabin will …

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Q.E.D. – Wrong security stamps on boarding passes

Last week I had discussed the need to review the requirement of Indian aviation security agencies of placing a stamp on boarding passes and hand luggage tags. Many readers have commented about similar experiences and the frivolity of having such an archaic system which has become irrelevant in a modern world where threats are more insidious and require ever increasing …

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Jet Airways sponsors social media and blogging contest – “Why I should visit South Africa this summer”

India’s Jet Airways, in association with South African Tourism and Sun International are conducting a social media and blogging contest titled ‘Why I should visit South Africa this summer’. The winner of the contest, to be selected on the basis of a lucky draw, will be provided with two Jet Airways return economy trip tickets (for a couple) from Mumbai …

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Right sizing and re-focussing airport security in India

Thanks to the increasing security threats, queues at security checks have become the bane of air travellers across the world. However, during my recent trip to Malaysia and Thailand, I found reasonably fast moving lines. In contrast, at peak hours across airports in India, we experience extremely long lines at security checks and a boarding process that moves slower than …

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Kingfisher Airlines continues to present Airbus A340-500 models — this time to Ranbir Kapoor

A little tongue in cheek humour as we enter the Easter weekend.As previously announced, Kingfisher Airlines launched its Delhi – London Heathrow flights on March 28th. At the ceremony the guest of honour was famous Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Along with the press release one picture caught my eye. Kingfisher’s head of sales Mr. Vijay Arora presented what appears to …

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