Yearly Archives: 2012

Air India Chairman’s letter to all employees

By Devesh Agarwal Thanks to the Aeroblogger, we have a copy of Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Rohit Nandan’s letter to all the Air India employees. Dear Colleagues, I wish you and your family members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! May the year 2013 usher in peace, progress and prosperity for all Air …

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JetBlue to launch Boston-Philadelphia – Will it last?

by Vinay Bhaskara New York based low cost carrier (LCC) JetBlue will be launching 5 flights per day between their second largest hub in Boston and Philadelphia beginning May 23, 2013. All flights will be operated with Embraer E190s B62059 BOS 0640 – 0809 PHL E90 DailyB62159 BOS 0845 – 1016 PHL E90 DailyB62259 BOS 1124 – 1250 PHL E90 DailyB62359 BOS …

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Press Releases – December 14, 2012

Dear Readers From today, we are starting a new feature called Press Releases. Every day we receive many releases from companies, despite our best efforts, we are unable to cover all of them. However, it is our endeavour to keep you, our readers, to be informed, and therefore we will post the raw releases in one batch for the day. …

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Opinion: The Etihad-Jet Airways-Kingfisher Airlines love triangle. Who should Etihad choose?

by Devesh Agarwal Two days ago, two Times of India group newspapers, The Bangalore Mirror and The Economic Times reported UAE national carrier Etihad buying a 48% in financially disabled and grounded Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines. The Bangalore Mirror may be a tabloid, but The Economic Times is no slouch when it comes to financial matters. This went against the …

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AirAsia X to increase services from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, Taipei and Chengdu

AirAsiaX the long distance arm of Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia will increase its frequencies from its Kuala Lumpur hub to Melbourne, Australia, Taipei, Taiwan, and Chengdu, China from next year. Melbourne services will see frequencies increase from the current daily flights to nine flights weekly by May 1, 2013 and to twelve flights weekly by July 1. Taipei will …

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After London, Qatar Airways beats Air India again, with first 787 Dreamliner service to Australia

Qatar Airways will be the first airline in the world to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Australia when it commences flights from Doha to Perth in Western Australia from February 1, 2013. Coupled with its Doha London Heathrow 787 service, Qatar Airways will be the first airline to offer a UK to Australia ‘all Dreamliner’ service. Despite being the …

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Jet Airways takes delivery of first new Airbus A330-300

Jet Airways, today took delivery of the first of four new Airbus A330-300 series aircraft into its fleet, at the airframer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. Aircraft registration VT-JWR. The airline is expected to take delivery of an additional A330-300 (VT-JWS) later this month. The first A330-300 aircraft will be be deployed from December 22 as 9W 228/227 on the Mumbai …

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Air India has a one week low air fares sale to international destinations

Following in the footsteps of most international airlines, offering special fares ex-India, national carrier Air India, today announced, it is offering low fares for the lean season which commences from the middle of January. The scheme is valid for immediate out-bound travel to the Far East and Near East, and from 21 January 2013 onwards for the USA, UK, Europe …

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Jet Airways places codeshare on Etihad’s Abu Dhabi Paris Charles De Gaulle flight

By Devesh Agarwal Jet Airways will place its code on Etihad’s flight operating out of Abu Dhabi to Paris Charles de-Gaulle airport with effect from December 10, 2012, offering its India passengers connectivity to Paris, via Abu Dhabi. The airline’s JetPrivilege members will earn JPMiles for their entire journey when they fly on Jet Airways codeshare flights from India to …

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Video: Leo Messi joins Kobe Bryant as global brand ambassador for Turkish Airlines

By Devesh Agarwal and Vinay Bhaskara Flag carrier Turkish Airlines has signed international soccer superstar Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi, of La Liga club, FC Barcelona FC Barcelona as a Global Brand Ambassador. Messi joins NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, who have been brand ambassadors for the airline since …

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Would you like to read posts on how to improve your plane spotting photography?

by Devesh Agarwal A quick query to our readers. Bangalore Aviation has access to some good photographers who are also avid plane spotters and take great photographs of airplanes across the world. Would you like us to feature articles which can help you improve your plane spotting photography? Please post a comment. Do include specific points on what aspects would …

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SpiceJet to launch services to Guangzhou

Indian low cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet will be launching flights 4 times per week between Delhi and Guangzhou, the hub of the Chinese Pearl River Delta. Services will begin on 8th February, 2013 with the following schedule: SG 81 — DEL – CAN — 1720-0035+1 — 2467 —  737-800SG 82 — CAN – DEL — 0155-0525 — 1357 — 737-800 …

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Lufthansa to re-launch new Germanwings budget airline with a la carte service-fare concept

German major, Lufthansa will re-launch its budget airline Germanwings on July 1, 2013, with a new brand and product concept allowing all passengers to enjoy “à la carte flying”. Passengers will then be able to create their own package and adapt it in detail to their individual needs, from low-cost flying without add-ons to a high-quality passenger experience with lots …

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Emerging economies, China, and India, lead IATA’s airline traffic growth forecast

An industry traffic forecast by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic, shows India, China and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), leading air passengers and freight growth over the next four years. The IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2012~2016 sees passenger numbers expanding by an average of 5.3% per annum, between …

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IndiGo expands domestic frequencies as 61st Airbus A320 joins the fleet

As domestic leader, IndiGo, adds its 61st Airbus A320 in to its fleet, it is expanding its domestic route network and will operate 373 daily flights to 33 destinations. Effective December 10, the carrier, will operate its 14th daily non-stop flight on the Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai route. Will operate 6th daily non-stop flight on Mumbai-Bangalore Will operate and second daily non-stop flight …

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Jet Airways to induct new generation ATR 72-600 turbo-prop aircraft

Mumbai-based Jet Airways will the first Indian carrier to induct the new ATR 72-600 series turbo-prop aircraft into their fleet, with five aircraft, starting this month and completing in March 2013. The Franco-Italian ATR (Avions de Transport Régional) 72-600 is an upgrade from the existing ATR72-500 aircraft in the airline’s fleet, and will be used for connectivity to smaller Tier …

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SpiceJet to launch Udaipur

Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal. Used with permission. Low cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet will be launching service to Udaipur from December 15th, utilizing its fleet of 78 seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. SpiceJet continues to pursue a strategy of serving Tier II and Tier III cities with the Q400s. SG 2435 DEL 1610 – 1730 UDR DH8 DSG 2436 UDR 1750 – …

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First Airbus A350XWB ‘MSN1’ enters functional testing

European air-framer Airbus S.A.S. has completed the main structural assembly and system connection of the first A350 XWB aircraft ‘MSN1’, which is also the first flight-test aircraft of this new series. The aircraft pictured moved out of the main assembly hall (Station 40) at A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. It then entered the adjacent indoor ground test …

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