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Introducing the BAASA Index – The World’s First Airline Stock Index

As the post title indicates, we’d like to introduce the Bangalore Aviation Airline Stock Average (BAASA), by our count, the first officially defined Airline Stock Index. The goal of this creation is to provide a measure of global airline financial performance, and investor sentiment about the global airline industry. In creating the index, we first picked a representative sample of …

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Income tax department re-freezes Kingfisher Airline’s bank accounts

The income tax department has frozen two of Kingfisher Airline’s bank accounts for alleged non-payment of dues. However the airline has clarified in a statement The IT department attached two of our bank accounts on May 24th which was not in accordance with the speaking order of the Hon’ble IT Appelate tribunal during the hearing. Subsequently, in a written order …

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First Charleston, SC built Boeing 787 destined for Air India has first flight

First Charleston, SC, built Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner achieves first flight. LN46 is due to be delivered to Air India. Boeing image.

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at their new South Carolina facility, completed its first flight yesterday, even as its destined customer, national carrier, Air India, delayed taking delivery of its first 787 thanks to the on-going strike by its international pilots. Aircraft number 46, which is expected to become VT-ANI when it is delivered to Air India, performed its …

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Infographics: April Data for the Indian Airline Market

The image above shows the load factors at each of India’s airlines. Considering that Kingfisher has shrunk so much, it is surprising that their seat factor has not elevated past its pre-downsize levels. The image above shows on-time performance for April. Two interesting things to note about the data. First, Kingfisher’s OTP has come back down to earth. In earlier …

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Editorial: Time to Eliminate Unions at Air India

When the Indian Pilots Guild, one of two pilot unions at national carrier Air India, began a strike around 2 weeks ago, it once again illustrated the deep fallacy of the employee situation at Air India. Coming on the heels of a $5.8 bailout package over 8 years offered by the Indian government, IPG’s industrial action marks just the latest …

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Topic of the Week – Air India Express as a True LCC

Open publication – Free publishing Above you can find my article in Orient Aviation India magazine (pages 9-10: reading link is http://issuu.com/orientaviation/docs/oamagindia_may12/3) on Air India Express’ hypothetical shift towards an LCC business model. Readers, what are your thoughts on Air India Express’ plan? Will you stop flying Air India Express because of these service cuts? Can this model be modified …

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Jet Airways levies charge for duplicate e-ticket printouts

The below mail from Jet Airways is self explanatory. So please carry your ticket prints with you. Dear Mr. Agarwal, This is to bring to your notice that effective immediately, requests received for duplicate e-ticket printouts at Airline Ticketing Offices and City Ticketing Offices in India across Jet Airways and JetKonnect will attract a fee of Rs. 50 per e-ticket (revenue …

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Your views: Topic of the week: The mess at Air India

For the last week members of the Indian Pilots Guild are causing huge losses to the national carrier Air India, by going on strike. On CNN IBN noted journalist Karan Thapar interviewed the civil aviation minister Mr. Ajit Singh. Mr. Singh was candid, agreeing to the failures of the carrier, even admitting that government had no business running any service …

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Images: Boeing introduces new dual tip winglets. A throwback to the MD-11?

US airframer Boeing unveiled a new dual winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet is expected to provide an additional 1.5% fuel-burn improvement, on top of the 10-12 percent improvement already offered on the new-engine variant. Compared to today’s wingtip technology, which provides up to a 4 percent fuel-burn advantage at long ranges, the Advanced Technology …

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