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Images: Cathay Pacific’s new Premium Economy and international Economy Class seats

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER registration B-KPY which is the first aircraft to feature its new Premium Economy Class product and new long-haul Economy Class seats. The new Premium Economy class features a quieter and more spacious cabin with between 26 and 34 seats per aircraft. The seat pitch is 38 …

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Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian increase baggage allowance between USA/Canada and India

Member airlines of the “Lufthansa Group” — Deutsche Lufthansa Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, have increased their baggage allowance on trips between USA/Canada and India to TWO checked bags each weighing up to 23 Kgs. As per the website Free Baggage Allowance UPDATE For tickets issued on or after February 17th, 2012, the free baggage allowance for …

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DGCA rules on facilities to be provided by airlines to passengers due to denied boarding, flight cancellation or delays

With the on-going crisis at Kingfisher Airlines, we share with you the official Government of India Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for facilities to be provided to passengers, by airlines, in the event of denied boarding (read over-booking), cancellation of flights, or delayed flights. The Civil Aviation Requirements, Section 3 – Air Transport, Series M, Part IV, Issue I, dated August …

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Kingfisher Airlines Q3 FY2012 financial analysis

The past few days have been admittedly brutal for Kingfisher. Whether it was suspending flights entirely from Kolkata, or dealing with a particularly critical journalist, the events that befell Kingfisher stopped just short of catastrophic. The immediate pressure appears to have been relieved by loans from State Bank of India, which will go further onto the hook for Kingfisher to …

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Kingfisher Airlines blames crisis on income tax department for seizing its bank accounts

In a statement to clarifying the on-going crisis, Kingfisher Airlines has virtually blamed the Income Tax department of India for seizing the airline’s bank accounts. Since the airline has never made a profit since commencement, the airline would not be past due on income tax. What it could be past due on, is, Tax Deduction at Source (TDS). Tax Information …

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Opinion: Bangalore airport should disclose full details of premature runway surface failure

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Late last month, the airport operators of the Bengaluru International Airport announced a closure of the sole runway (09-27) starting from March 11, which will result in a suspension of all flight operations during the day, effectively shutting down the whole airport. Runway 09 at Bangalore airport The operators, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), indicated the runway closure was being …

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Jet Airways Q3 2012 financial analysis

Once again, we will be beginning our financial analyses for Q3 of FY 2012 with an analysis of India’s largest airline Jet Airways, who posted a modest net loss of Rs. 101.2 Crore, down sharply from a net profit of Rs. 217.9 Crore in the same period last year. Q3 is typically the best quarter for Indian carriers, so to …

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Kingfisher posts net loss of Rs. 444 Crore

Late yesterday, embittered Kingfisher Airlines released its quarterly results for Q# of FY 2012. The struggling carrier saw its net loss deepen to Rs. 444 Crore from Rs. 254 Crore in the same period last year. Revenues fell 5% to Rs. 1,547 Crore, while expenditures grew 4.8% to Rs. 1778.06 Crore. EBITDAR was Rs. 125 Crore, down from Rs. 284 …

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Lion Air launch customer of Boeing 737 MAX 9; confirms largest ever commercial plane order for Boeing

Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest private airline, has placed on US airframer Boeing, the largest commercial airplane order ever in Boeing’s history by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. The carrier finalised a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range), worth $22.4 billion at list prices, which was first announced last November in Indonesia. …

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BREAKING NEWS: Austrian Airlines to stop service to Mumbai

Lufthansa group member Austrian Airlines will suspend services between Mumbai and Vienna, most likely from the start of the Summer 2012 time-table which will commence from end March. Austrian is facing seat load factor pressure from the two other members of the group; Swiss and Lufthansa. All three members of the group, have departures from Mumbai to their Europe hubs …

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Analysis: Air India’s $1 billion compensation claim on Boeing for 787 delays is baseless

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that India’s national carrier Air India was asking for roughly $1 billion in compensation from US original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Boeing for the roughly 3 year delay of the Boeing 787-8. With Air India’s initial delivery having been pushed back almost 2.75 years by the natural program delays and further delay of the delivery of …

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Qantas has the best wine cellars in the sky

Photo by Flickr user Star5112. Australian carrier Qantas is the big winner at Business Traveller’s 2011 Cellars in the Sky airline wine awards, winning in six categories. Other winners include Delta, Jetstar, LAN Chile, Qatar Airways, TAM, Emirates, Air France and Cathay Pacific. The awards recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide, with around 250 …

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Korean Air Cargo becomes first airline to operate both Boeing freighters – 747-8F and 777F

Korean Air has become the first airline in the world to operate both freighters from the Boeing stable — the 747-8F and 777F. Three days ago, the national carrier took delivery of the two aircraft at Everett, Washington, USA. Korea’s flagship carrier, a member of the SkyTeam alliance, is also the first Boeing customer to order both the passenger (747-8i) …

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