Yearly Archives: 2012

GMR Maldives CEO refutes claims of Maldives government on handover of Male airport

The CEO of GMR Male International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (GMIAL), Andrew Harrison has put out a statement refuting claims of the Maldavian government of a smooth and orderly take over of Male airport operations by the government. I categorically refute the version of events being portrayed to the media in relation to the meeting this morning with GoM officials and …

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OPINION: Aviation at a Crossroads

The past couple of years have not been kind to the global aviation industry. Whether it’s the European union implementing a misguided carbon taxation scheme, the Indian government crushing its nascent airline industry under the weight of oppressive regulations and heavy fuel taxation, increased “NIMBY” (not-in-my-backyard : a term used to describe local residents who oppose aviation development near their …

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Video: Emirates aims to improve in-flight customer service using Windows 8 HP ElitePad 900 tablets

Dubai based Emirates airline, is deploying a line-of-business application for improving in-flight communication and customer relationship management. Called Knowledge-driven Inflight Service (KIS), the airline is equipping its in-flight Pursers with over 1,000 HP ElitePad 900 tablets running the KIS application on Windows 8. As the video below shows, the KIS application will download passenger data at the start of each …

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DGCA made a bad financial decision in shutting down Kingfisher Airlines

Earlier this month, now shutdown Kingfisher Airlines, once India’s largest private domestic carrier, reported a huge net pre-tax loss of Rs. 1115.5 Crore for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2012-13. The performance was by far and away the poorest quarterly financial performance out of any Indian airline in the last few years, though that is to be expected given …

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Flight review: Air India: economy class: Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Bangalore to Delhi

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner line number 35 test registered N1015 (later became VT-ANH) at the India Aviation show, Hyderabad March 2012. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

I looked forward to my first Dreamliner flight with considerable excitement, and with some trepidation, since I gave up flying Air India in 1997. Made the booking via the Expedia website. An okay experience, but given a choice, I would make the booking directly on Air India website. Air India AI505. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANI October 24, 2012 (Dussera Day). …

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SpiceJet to commence three new international routes

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet will expand its international network by opening three new sectors Kochi Male, Kochi Dubai, and Ahmedabad Dubai. Male is a new destination for the airline. SpiceJet already operates daily flights to Dubai from Mumbai and Delhi. Flight From Destination Departure (Local Time) Arrival (Local Time) Frequency First Flight SG 3901 Kochi Male 1250 hrs …

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Qatar Airways to commence London Dreamliner service on December 13

Qatar Airways will commence its Doha London Heathrow Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from December 13. It is expected that the airline will be the first to operate a regularly scheduled Dreamliner service to the United Kingdom. Flight QR 075 departs Doha 06:25 arrives London Heathrow 11:05 hrsFlight QR 076 departs London Heathrow 15:05 hrs arrives Doha at 00:45 Qatar Airways …

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Video: IndiGo holds world’s first-ever food tasting contest in the sky

On October 29, India’s largest domestic, and low fare, carrier, IndiGo, held the first ever food tasting in the sky. Over 1,000 passengers were given free samples of food, on IndiGo flights across major metros, and asked to to vote for their favourite. The winners would be making it on-board menus as the “Passenger’s Choice.” And who were the winners? …

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Night photos from Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport – the Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 Freighter twins

Bangalore Aviation photographer Vedant took this photograph of a pair of Boeing 747 freighters of Hong Kong based, Cathay Pacific Cargo at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport. Click on the image for a high resolution view. One of the 747s is an original 747 Freighter, while the other is a 747-400 BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter). Can you identify which …

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Night photos from Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport – the Airbus collection

Continuing our photo essay (see part two) on the night photography at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), thanks to the support of the kind friends at Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL) and the DGCA, today is the Airbus collection. Unlike Bangalore where the mid-sized Airbus (since the A380 is not permitted) is the dominant aircraft type, Delhi with its …

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SkyTeam strengthens China dominance with addition of Xiamen Airlines

Image courtesy SkyTeam SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, led by Delta, Air France-KLM, and Korean Airlines, today welcomed Xiamen Airlines as its 19th member Xiamen Airlines, with its hubs in Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou, is the third member in the alliance from China, joining China Eastern and China Southern, and cousin China Airlines from across the straits, in Taiwan. These …

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Jet Airways Q2 FY 2012~2013 quarterly results financial analysis

Photo © Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. India’s largest private carrier, Jet Airways, reported a net, post-tax loss of Rs. 99.7 Crore for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012-2013, representing a sharp improvement from the Rs. 713.6 Crore net loss recorded in the same period last year. This 84.8% improvement in results, pushed Jet Airways’ net margin up to …

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Night photos from Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport – the Boeing 777 collection

Continuing our photo essay (see part one) on the night photography at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), thanks to the support of the kind friends at Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL) and the DGCA, today is the Boeing 777 collection. The 777 is largest twin-engine airliner in the world, along with being one of the most popular, and the …

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Jet Airways offers old Indian Airlines pre-paid booklet scheme to counter passenger flight to trains

Indian airlines are in a no-win situation. From one side they face excessive taxation which distorts input prices like aviation fuel to twice its international price, from the other, airports hiking up charges. After years of bleeding, the airlines have, for the last six months, been hiking airfares to redress the situation. However, many of the hikes are simply too …

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Night photos from Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport – the Boeing collection

Thanks to the support of the kind friends at Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL) who operate the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), and the DGCA, some members of the Aviation Photographers India, went airside for some photography. Click here to see photographs from the entire group. Below are some night photographs from the event taken by the Bangalore Aviation …

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Jet Airways withdraws from Milan

Just a little over two years, after commencing its Delhi Milan Malpensa service, India’s Jet Airways has announced “temporary suspension” of flights from the Italian market, as per Italian tourism trade website TTG Italia, citing the Eurozone financial crisis. The carrier had reduced the frequency on this route from a daily to five a week just about a month ago. …

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