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Analysis – Jet Airways decision to axe Chennai-Brussels and add Bangalore-Munich is viable

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

It has been almost a month since India’s largest airline Jet Airways announced that it was cancelling its flights between Chennai (India’s third largest city) and its once robust scissors hub in Brussels, and I still am having trouble fully understanding the impetus behind the decision, though I do believe that there is a scenario where the move(s) made by …

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Hooray for the courts. Drunk IndiGo passenger gets life term for hijack threat

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

Early in February 2009, Bangalore Aviation had advocated a strong “zero tolerance” approach to drunk passengers in Indian skies, specifically citing the case of Jitendra Kumar Mohla, a Chartered Accountant, and son of a former Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force, who boarded an IndiGo flight 6E-334 from Goa to New Delhi, in a drunk condition. Today, we are …

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Malaysia Airlines to join oneworld alliance on Feburary 1

Malaysia Airlines will become a full member of the oneworld® alliance on Friday February 1, 2013. The national airline of Malaysia received clearance after successfully completing a review of its readiness conducted by its mentor, Qantas, along with the oneworld central team. Malaysia Airlines’ Airbus A380 superjumbo makes a high speed pass over the Farnborough air show 2012. Malaysia Airlines’ …

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Boeing Posts a Strong 3rd Quarter

Late yesterday, Boeing, the world’s second largest commercial aircraft manufacturer by deliveries, reported its results for the 3rd quarter of calendar year 2012. The Seattle-based original equipment manufacturer(OEM) reported a net profit of $1.03 billion ($1.35 per share) on revenues of more than $20 billion. Revenues grew 13%  versus Q3 2011, driven primarily by a 28% growth in revenue at …

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Singapore Airlines orders more Airbus A380 and A350 aircraft

National carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will order 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380 super jumbos and 20 A350-900s. Singapore Airline was the launch customer of the A380 in 2007, and has received all of its ordered 19 aircraft. The airline operates these aircraft to ten destinations around the world from its Singapore hub. …

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Opinion: Kingfisher Airlines’ license suspension actually helps Vijay Mallya

On Saturday India’s civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, announced that aviation regulator, the DGCA had suspended the operating permit of Kingfisher Airlines, after the carrier failed to respond to their show-cause notice. With mountains of unpaid debts, the airline has been on life-support for some time now. Unpaid employees have been striking since October 1, resulting in a suspension of …

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Air traffic plunges 11.5%, as air fares rise. Jet Airways group crashes almost 21%, IndiGo down 11%.

Talk about irony. In March this year, Dr. Dinesh Keskar and Bangalore Aviation were discussing the double digit, yet profitless growth occurring in the Indian airline industry. Less than six months later, air traffic continues its fifth consecutive month of decline. Within, just the third calendar quarter, (second quarter of the fiscal year 2012~13), air traffic plunged over 11.5%, from …

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Opinion: India’s government should allow A380 operations into India

Late last week, a report published in the Business Standard suggested that India’s erstwhile Ministry of Civil Aviation may finally loosen its rules governing Air Service Agreements (ASAs – or bilateral) by removing the aircraft type clauses from such agreements and restricting only seats,  frequencies, and route pairs allowed. What this means in effect, is that there would no longer …

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Cathay Pacific upgrades Delhi Hong Kong route to new Business, Premium Economy and Economy class cabins

Cathay Pacific Airways is upgrading its daily Delhi Hong Kong service with the introduction of the airline’s new Business Class cabin and its new Premium Economy Class cabin from October 29. Cathay Pacific will operate this route with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring a three-class configuration – new Business Class, Premium Economy Class and the new long-haul Economy Class seats. …

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Exclusive interview: Giorgio De Roni – CEO GoAir – Part 2: We first deliver results, we do not over-promise.

Continuing from part 1 of the interview with the the soft spoken CEO of GoAir, Giorgio De Roni, who has quietly turned around the Wadia family promoted airline from a rock bottom position, dismal market share, and reputation for frequent cancellations, to a top performing contender in the Indian airline industry, with some of the best performance parameters in the …

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Kingfisher Airlines: Diverting the media’s attention away from things that matter

For the last week or so we are overloaded with the media’s fascination about the financial troubles at Kingfisher Airlines and its flamboyant Chairman Dr. Vijay Mallya, and his less than flamboyant, and far less street smart son Sidhartha. Like the famous wild dogs of Africa, which hunts in packs, the media had descended en mass on the sorrowful suicide …

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50 flights diverted due to Dubai airport closure

Air Traffic at the middle-east’s busiest hub experience major snarls due to the fog and loss of power to a critical runway backup system. The closures were caused this morning when reduced runway visibility. About 06:45 there was a loss of power to a critical runway backup system required to maintain runway lights during foggy conditions. While actual power was …

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AirAsia Japan to commence flights between Tokyo and Seoul

Low cost carrier AirAsia Japan, is commencing a flight on the busy Tokyo Narita Seoul Incheon route from October 28. The flight will be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft in an all economy configuration with a capacity of 180 seats. Flight JW893 departs Tokyo Narita 14:15 arrives Seoul Incheon 17:00Flight JW892 departs Seoul Incheon 17:45 arrives Tokyo Narita 20:00 …

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India seeks Lufthansa help for Air India to join Star Alliance, again. Jet can join too.

At the Directors General of Civil Aviation conference being held in New Delhi, India’s civil aviation minister, Mr. Ajit Singh said that his ministry would once again seek the help of German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa for Air India to enter (may be re-entry) the Star Alliance. In August, the world’s largest grouping of airlines had rejected the national carrier’s application …

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Exclusive interview: Giorgio De Roni – CEO GoAir – Part 1: GoAir is profitable

Over the last 18 months, the soft spoken Giorgio De Roni has been quietly turning around the Wadia family promoted GoAir. From a rock bottom position, dismal market share, and reputation for frequent cancellations, De Roni has grown GoAir to surpass Kingfisher Airlines and JetLite in market share, and made GoAir a contender in the Indian airline industry, with the …

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Qatar Airways to join oneworld alliance

Doha based, Qatar Airways is to join oneworld® airline alliance. Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced today at a press conference in New York. The Doha-based airline’s implementation into oneworld is expected to take between 12 and 18 months. British Airways will serve as the carrier’s sponsor in joining oneworld. This move comes close on the heals …

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