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BREAKING NEWS: Lufthansa upgrades Bangalore and Delhi service to Boeing 747-8i this year

German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG has confirmed the news story first broken by Bangalore Aviation yesterday, that it will operate its newest aircraft the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to Bangalore and New Delhi soon.The airline which took delivery of its first 747-8i just yesterday said it will commence services with flights between Frankfurt and Washington Dulles on June 1, 2012. …

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Lufthansa takes delivery of first Boeing 747-8i. Expected to be deployed to India ahead of Chicago and Los Angeles

Launch customer and German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG has taken delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8i or 748i), the latest variant of probably the most recognised airplane in the world. Lufthansa is getting the airplane which is registered D-ABYA ready for its delivery flight to Frankfurt on May 1. Boeing will host a celebration with senior executives …

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Huge hike in airport charges and fees for passengers and airlines at Delhi. Fares expected to increase.

Image courtesy Wikipedia. At a time when the Indian airline industry is already reeling under the double whammy of lowering economic output and sky-rocketing fuel prices, passengers and airlines are going to get hit by a massive hike in both passenger and aeronautical charges at the national capital New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The airport operator Delhi International …

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Lufthansa group analysis – Part 2: India Operations

Vinay Bhaskara India is the second largest market for German carrier Lufthansa, after North America, in numbers. In return the all member airlines of the “Lufthansa Group” including SWISS, and Austrian Airlines devote a considerable share of their fleet to India, while Brussels Airlines has a strategic partnership with India’s largest private carrier Jet Airways. Most Lufthansa loyalists were excited …

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Indian government approves airlines to borrow $1 billion overseas, but delays FDI

The government of India will allow aviation companies to borrow up to $1 billion (Rs. 5,100 crore) collectively and up to $300 million individually, from overseas, via the external commercial borrowings (ECB) route, as per a statement released by the finance ministry today. In his Budget speech last month, the Indian Finance Minister had announced that companies in the aviation …

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Indian Government expands visa on arrival scheme to 11 countries

The Indian Government is expanding its Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme, first introduced in 2010 to the nationals of 11 countries, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. The TVOA facility is only available for arrivals at the four metro airports, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The government has also expanded the purpose …

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“How can you save money, except by getting the 787?” Interview with Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President, Boeing India

On the sidelines of the India Aviation 2012 show at Hyderabad, Devesh Agarwal had an exclusive one-on-meeting interview with Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President, Boeing International Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., and Senior Vice President of Sales, Asia-Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr. Keskar also chairs the Committee on Aviation at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which …

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Your views: Topic of the week: Profits at IndiGo

Amidst all the turmoil in the Indian airline sector, one airline has stood out as a beacon of profitability in the surrounding gloom. Low cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo has once again posted a net profit for the fiscal year ending March 2012, according to a report in the Financial Chronicle. “We have recorded profits in 2011-12 too though it’s likely …

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First Boeing 787 Dreamliner green bio-fuel flight underway

ANA9397 the delivery flight of a brand new All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is making aviation history as it flies to its destination, Tokyo’s Haneda airport, today. Image courtesy FlightAware It is the first time a 787 Dreamliner has flown powered, at least in part, by sustainable biofuels. The delivery flight between Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. …

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Boeing faces major challenges on the 737 MAX

Earlier this week, Boeing released some of the confirmed design details for its re-engined 737 MAX narrow-body program. The new series of aircraft is expected to retain significant commonality with its predecessor, the Boeing 737NG program, however unlike Airbus’ competing A320neo re-engine program, there are tangible changes being made between the 737NG and 737MAX due to the increased engine diameter …

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A PPP proposal to rescue Air India while retaining government ownership

Yesterday the government announced a massive Rs. 30,000 Crore ($5 billion) bailout of national carrier Air India. The government has justified this this bailout to ostensibly protect the jobs of the over-bloated workforce of 30,000 employees at the airline. Simple maths effectively translates the infusion to Rs. 10 million per employee, a figure the average Indian cannot even hope to …

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Video: Lufthansa’s new “nonstop you” campaign’s TV ad

Image courtesy Lufthansa At the ITB show in Berlin, German carrier Lufthansa announced a new media campaign titled “nonstop you”. The new campaign attempts to build on the carrier’s strong reputation amongst business travellers and also targets leisure travellers more directly than before. Signifying a change in focus by airlines across the globe this year, the campaign focuses on the …

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Your views: Topic of the week: The future of Kingfisher Airlines? Tatas should acquire?

Continuing our weekly interactive post where we seek your views, this week we discuss Kingfisher Airlines. Whether due to his own poor planning and execution, or as some conspiracy theorists will have you believe, there is no doubt, in the case of Kingfisher Airlines, Dr. Vijay Mallya has been systematically pushed against the wall. Kingfisher Airlines is now a weight …

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