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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Survey: Is a low fare all that matters when purchasing a domestic airline ticket?

The readers of Bangalore Aviation are a well travelled, highly knowledgeable group. To make the site more interactive, I will try and bring one survey a week and seek your valuable inputs the results of which we will share the following week. Various airline executives claim most passengers only care about price. Everything is secondary or is not important. I …

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Lufthansa and Singapore Air to commence A380 services to San Francisco and Los Angeles

From Bangalore, the technological capital of India, the number one destination is San Francisco and the surrounding bay area, followed by Los Angeles, both in California. Good news from two behemoths of the Star Alliance, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines both of whom operate the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Lufthansa will upgrade its current daily Boeing 747-400 service to an A380 service …

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IndiGo granted international route permissions. How will it operate Singapore?

Last week, the Indian ministry of civil aviation granted Gurgaon based low fare carrier IndiGo permission to commence its international operations in August with flights to Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore ex-Mumbai and Delhi and to Muscat ex-Mumbai. The Dubai and Muscat routes are a bonanza for the airline. Mumbai and Delhi are the two largest markets in India. There is …

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Upcoming flight disruptions at Delhi and Bangalore airports

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international (IGI) airport will face flight disruptions this week due to Republic Day and Bangalore’s Bengaluru international airport (BIA) will face disruptions in early February due to the Aero India 2011 show. With India celebrating Republic Day on 26 January, flight operations in Delhi will be shut down: Between 0700-1230 hours and 1400-1830 hours on 26 …

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Plane spotting photos: On time is a speedy thing – IndiGo pilot or Formula 1 contender?

India’s largest low fare carrier IndiGo, is known for its no-fuss service and its flight punctuality. The airline has a television advertisement boasting the punch line “On time is a wonderful thing”. Back in late November, early morning flights at Bangalore were delayed due to fog. As the fog lifted with the morning sun, there was the usual mad scramble …

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IndiGo and Airbus ink largest ever large jet order – an analysis

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

In 2005, Gurgaon, India based low fare carrier IndiGo stunned the Indian civil aviation world by signing an order for 100 Airbus A320 aircraft. On Wednesday, the airline stunned the global aviation aviation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with airframer Airbus S.A.S. for the largest ever large jet order. IndiGo which is owned by InterGlobe Aviation Pvt. Ltd., will …

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In foggy New Delhi an Airbus A320 is marginally better than a Boeing 737

Fog is the bane of New Delhi winters haunting air travellers every year like clockwork. All this despite the New Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport being the nation’s most technically advanced airport with Cat IIIB ILS equipped runways which permits landings in as low as 50 meters visibility. It is natural for the average traveller to wonder on these delays …

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Plane spotting pictures: Airbus A320 family – queen of the night at Bangalore

Without a doubt the Airbus A320 family is queen of the night-time ramp at Bengaluru International Airport. The three major Indian operators of the A320, Air India, IndiGo and Kingfisher, station their aircraft at Bangalore for early morning operations commencing from Bangalore. Even on the international front, Airbus rules the roost with the A330 being operated by Air France, DragonAir, …

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Qatar Airways announces Brazil code share with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

Qatar Airways has announced its intention to enter into a code share agreement with one of Brazil’s largest airlines, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes with an aim to offer passengers of its Doha Sao Paulo flights connectivity to 47 destinations within the South American nation at a future date, yet to be determined. Both airlines have filed a joint application with …

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From fear to cautious optimism – Indian aviation review 2010, trends for 2011

Air travel is directly linked to economic activity, and it is globally recognised that the industry grows at roughly twice the GDP growth rate. Conversely, the industry shrinks twice as fast too. Across the world, the harsh economic conditions of the last two years forced the air travel industry to make their organisations leaner and meaner, and find ways to …

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