Yearly Archives: 2012

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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Photos: Air India receives first Charleston built Boeing 787 Dreamliner VT-ANI

Last week Boeing delivered to Air India, the carrier’s third 787 Dreamliner. ZA237, LN 46, registered VT-ANI. This the first aircraft built at the new Boeing assembly line in Charleston, and the first outside the venerable Everett factory near Seattle. Courtesy Boeing, some special photos of the delivery ceremony. Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar and Air India Representatives cut the …

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Air France-KLM, Etihad, airberlin enter in to a code share agreement

The Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways, and airberlin will implement code-share agreements as of October 28, 2012, which will offer their respective customers more destinations. Air France, KLM, and Etihad code-shares On the routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways customers will be able to fly on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi daily flight operated by KLM. Air France customers will …

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Vijay Mallya shifts ownership of his Airbus A319 private jet VT-VJM away from Kingfisher Airlines

In what could be a move to protect his personal toys, UB Group has transferred the operational ownership of the ultra-luxurious Airbus A319-133ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) used by Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya out of Kingfisher Airlines. In its previous avatar, VT-VJM used to sport a tail with the Kingfisher Airlines logo and used to operate with the radio call …

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Opinion: A date of ignominy in the Kingfisher Airline calendar

2010 Kingfisher Calendar. Copyright KingfisherWorld Kingfisher is known for its super-sexy swimsuit calendar, featuring some of the most beautiful women in the world, and Kingfisher Airline’s Chairman Dr. Vijay Mallya’s son, Sidhartha, may love cavorting on the beach with them, but yesterday, October 4, 2012, witnessed a tragedy, and was, to borrow the words of FDR, a date that will …

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Mangalore, Lucknow, Varanasi, Trichy, Mangalore and Coimbatore declared International airports

Photo copyright Samrat Mondal. Used under CC licence. The Union Cabinet today approved the declaration of Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi and airports at Tiruchirapalli, Mangalore and Coimbatore as international airports. The Indian ministry of civil aviation says, all these airports are capable of handling medium capacity long range type of aircrafts and are also …

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Survey: The Kingfisher Airlines drama continues. Is the airline ready for euthanasia?

Employees of Kingfisher Airlines have finally reached a breaking point. The airline, blaming the employees has declared a lockout Kingfisher Airlines Limited today announced that following a series of protracted and unabated incidents of violence, criminal intimidation, assault, wrongful restraint and other illegal acts including refraining from attending work, by a small section of recalcitrant employees which were all unnecessary …

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AirAsia shifts Bangkok operations from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang airports

In a move that will lose it international passengers arriving in to Thailand, AirAsia, has shifted its operations at Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the old Don Mueang International Airport today. AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Tony Fernandes commented “I am extremely happy with our move to Don Mueang International Airport, which is probably Thailand’s biggest and first low …

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Share your view: Strikers manhandle fellow employees at Kingfisher Airlines disrupting flights across the network

Our topic of this week comes thanks to the financial troubles at Kingfisher Airlines. The flights of the financially ailing carrier have been disrupted across its India network due to striking engineers. As per media reports, striking employees, after hearing that some employees received salaries, manhandled fellow employees, beat up a management executive, held passengers hostage aboard a flight for …

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