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Jet Airways sells its London Heathrow slots to Etihad. Cooperation or desperation for Jetihad?

by Devesh Agarwal and Vinay Bhaskara Yesterday, India’s largest private carrier sold its three precious landing slots at London Heathrow airport to Abu Dhabi, UAE based Etihad Airways for $70 million. Etihad will lease the slots back to Jet Airways for the time being. London is essentially THE destination for Jet Airways, which currently serves Heathrow daily from New Delhi …

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Summary of the Economic Survey 2012~2013

Every year, the Finance Minister, and the Government’s Chief Economic Advisor release the Economic Survey, a day ahead of the annual budget, which details the performance of the Indian economy and expectations. The aviation industry is closely linked to the economic growth of the country, and it is a well established norm, that the industry grows at about two times …

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Images: Airbus moves complete first to fly A350XWB to next stage of ground testing

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. has released pictures of the first A350XWB – A350-900 MSN001 being moved from Roger Béteille A350 XWB final assembly line (FAL) “Station 30” to the Clément Ader area “Station 18” in Toulouse. These are the first pictures of the structurally complete flying prototype aircraft with its wings which include the new curved winglets. The belly fairing …

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Lufthansa India launches Star Chef contest on its Facebook page, but read the terms carefully

by Devesh Agarwal Lufthansa image. German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has launched an exclusive contest, for aspiring chefs, on its India page on Facebook. Called the Star Chef Contest, the aim of the contest is to find Indian main course recipes for service aboard Lufthansa’s First and Business class flights between India and Germany. The winning recipe will be featured in …

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Japan Airlines and Jetstar Japan start codeshare and mileage tie-up

by Devesh Agarwal Japan Airlines (JAL) will start code-share and mileage program partnership with Jetstar Japan (airline flight code: GK) – a joint-investment with the Qantas Group, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. JAL, which started code-sharing with Jetstar (the Australian LCC) in 2007, on routes between Japan and Australia, will now be codesharing with Jetstar Japan on all …

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Video: JetBlue launches first A320 retro-fitted with ‘Sharklets’

by Devesh Agarwal United States low cost carrier JetBlue has retrofitted the first Airbus A320 worldwide (N821JB), with the new fuel saving wing-tip ‘Sharklet’ devices. The carrier was able to carry out the retrofit quickly since the aircraft wing had already been modified to accommodate the increased weights of ‘Sharklets’. JetBlue will deploy this and other ‘Sharklet’ fitted A320 aircraft …

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Etihad Airways signs code share agreement with Kenya Airways; strengthened ties with SkyTeam?

by Vinay Bhaskara Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways has inked a code share with Nairobi based Kenya Airways, expanding access to second and third tier African destinations for its consumers. Etihad Airways will place its code on flights by Kenya Airways to 27 destinations across Kenya Airways’ African network. Meanwhile, Kenya Airways will place its code onto 32 onward destinations …

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Complete and unedited video of Indian Air Force chief NAK Browne’s press interaction at Aero India 2013

The interaction with the Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, at the biennial Aero India 2013 air show, is always attended in force by members of the Indian and foreign media. During his hour long interaction the chief addressed a wide variety of issues on various programmes, budgets, strategies, needs, achievements, including operations …

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Opinion: Approving AirAsia-Tata airline will derail goals of FDI in aviation policy

The announcement that AirAsia is joining hands with the Tatas and Bhatias with the intention to start a new airline in India will put the a significant policy dilemma in front of the Government of India related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in civil aviation by foreign airlines, and might just land-up derailing the goals of the fledging policy. While …

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AirAsia, Tatas and Amit Bhatia seek approval to start airline in India. Is SpiceJet the target?

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

by Devesh Agarwal Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad (Ltd.) through its investment arm, AirAsia Investment Ltd. (AAIL) has submitted an application to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) seeking approval for AAIL to invest 49% into a proposed Indian joint venture together with Tata Sons Limited and Mr. Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd. The expected holding …

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IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI crashes at Pokhran range. Fourth crash of frontline fighter. Crew safe.

IAF Su-30MKI in a flypast at AeroIndia 2011 A Su-30MKI air superiority fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed at Pokharan range, Rajasthan, earlier today around 1920 IST (1350Z). Both the crew ejected safely and there is no damage reported to any civilian property of any casualties on the ground. A spokesperson for the IAF could not divulge details …

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Jet Airways site says they halved ticket pices in a sale, but we cannot find the savings

by Devesh Agarwal Experience India’s biggest air ticket sale with 20 lakh seats on over 450 daily flights across 57 cities within India. Lofares on Jet Airways and JetKonnect flights starting INR 2,250. is what Jet Airways’ website screams at you as one of the largest Indian carriers launches a mega sale valid till February 24, in which it appears …

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Scamster makes 389% profit margin selling official travel tickets to Members of Parliament

by Devesh Agarwal A ticket bought for Rs. 17,270 was sold to the Rajya Sabha secretariat for Rs. 67,270, a 389% mark-up!! We regularly hear either the Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr. Ajit Singh, or the Director General of Civil Aviation, Mr. Mishra, calling for airlines to curb their fares and not indulge in price gouging. One has to wonder …

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Videos: Emirates promotes its multi-lingual crew with colloquial idioms videos

by Devesh Agarwal “You are the cat’s whiskers” is an English idiom meaning “you are perfect” or “you are someone special”. These are just some of the 29 colloquial idioms Dubai-based Emirates airline is advertising to showcase its global network and multi-lingual and multi-ethnic crew. Watch the videos below, and remember, if you want to romance an Italian Madonna, tell …

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Video: IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh talks about why some airlines fail and some succeed

by Devesh Agarwal Aditya Ghosh, President and Executive Director of Indigo Airlines says “Airlines fail because ego comes in the way of wisdom,” (a reference to the flamboyant Dr. Vijay Mallya). “As any business matures, not just the airline industry, it tends to move away from the basics. We tend to forget what the customer really needs, versus what the …

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American Airlines and US Airways to merge in $11 billion deal

American Airlines and US Airways officially announced their expected merger yesterday. Press release is below. American Airlines, US Airways combined route map  AMERICAN AIRLINES AND US AIRWAYS TO CREATE A PREMIER GLOBAL CARRIER —THE NEW AMERICAN AIRLINES Customers to Benefit from an Expanded Global Network and Investment in New Aircraft, Technology, Products, and Services Combined Company to Enhance oneworld® Alliance, …

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Malaysia Airlines woos passengers with higher baggage allowance lower excess baggage charges

In keeping with its Business Plan strategy of ‘Winning Back Customers’, effective today, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is offering passengers an additional 10 kilograms free check-in baggage allowance and reduced excess baggage charges for travel in all classes. The new limits of 30, 40, and 50 kgs in Economy, Business, and First class will apply to all MAS flights using the …

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