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IndiGo adds Varanasi; other domestic routes

Indian low cost carrier IndiGo continues its breathtaking pace of domestic expansion with the addition of two new domestic routes and capacity expansion on Delhi – Hyderabad. This past Friday, IndiGo began service to Varanasi, its 36th destination and 31st in India, with three new daily flights between its largest hub at Delhi and Varanasi using its 180-seat Airbus A320 …

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Plane Spotting: Sarang aerobatic helicopter team

In this week’s plane spotting, we have the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sarang Aerobatic team. The Sarang Aerobatic team is the evolution of the erstwhile Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) evaluation flight team which was formed at Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE), Bangalore, in March 2002. After the completion of field trials of the ALH, the team was tasked …

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Malaysia Airlines opens renovated Golden lounge at Kuala Lumpur

Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines has launched its refurbished Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The 43,284 square-foot lounge which can accommodate 400 passengers, is located in the satellite terminal, is open round the clock to first and business class passengers, platinum and gold level Enrich frequent flier members, and oneworld Saphhire or above elite members departing or transiting …

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Analysis: SpiceJet third quarter fiscal 2013~2014 results – excess capacity killing industry

Earlier this week, low cost carrier SpiceJet reported its latest round of disappointing financial results, reporting a Rs. 172.80 crore net loss for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013~2014 (3Q FY14), swinging from a net profit of Rs. 102.01 crore during the same period last year. The carrier blamed high fuel prices and rupee depreciation for the net loss, …

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Singapore Airline and Air New Zealand form alliance

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance enabling Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time. Air New Zealand last operated to Singapore in 2006. The A380 would be operated daily by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Auckland, progressively …

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Review of Star Alliance Navigator app on Android

The world’s largest grouping of airlines, the Star Alliance has released the Android version of its Navigator App meant to provide various travel related services and information. What the app is supposed to offer Under travel services the app offers the ability to search schedules and then proceed to the particular member airline’s website to make a booking. Flight status …

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Analysis: FAA downgrades India to Category 2 safety status

by Vinay Bhaskara Earlier this month, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a major downgrade of India’s aviation safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight on the part of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The downgrade to Category 2 is a significant national embarrassment, and comes after months, if not years, of FAA warnings to …

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Qatar Airways to operate all-business class A319 between Doha and London Heathrow

National carrier, Qatar Airways will launch a new daily all business class service from its hub in Doha to London Heathrow. The airline’s sixth daily flight to Heathrow will commence from May 15, 2014, using an Airbus A319 aircraft in an all business class, single aisle, 2–2 seating configuration with 40 seats. QR15 will depart Doha at 14:50 and arrive …

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Air India operational and financial analysis 2010~2013 with infographics

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

In response to a series of questions from law-makers, the Indian civil aviation minister Ajit Singh and his junior minister K.C. Venugopal gave some operational insight to the Indian parliament on national carrier Air India. It was the first time, in recent memory where we obtained some numbers on the otherwise very opaque airline. Air India debt and equity As …

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Bell delivers first 407GX helicopter with enhanced safety features to India

Bell Helicopter, has made the first delivery to an Indian customer of the Bell 407GX. SpanAir, the country’s leading air charter company which specialises in customized travel options, is the proud recipient. Built on the proven and well respected 407 platform the 407GX features the first integrated Garmin G1000H™ flight deck which provides critical flight information at a glance for …

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Video: Yuvraj Singh’s IPL price can feed 15,000 mouths for a month

In the ongoing auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) players, Vijay Mallya promoted Royal Challengers of Bangalore (RCB) paid the highest ever price for a cricket player shelling out a whopping Rs. 140 million on Yuvraj Singh for just one season of play. In this video aggrieved former employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines compared the high price for …

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Video: Air New Zealand’s sexy new safety video featuring swimsuit bikini super-models

If you fly Air New Zealand, from the end of February be prepared to see this video of your favourite bikini-clad super-models demonstrating the safety procedures. The airline known for its forward-looking, racy, and anything-goes approach to air safety videos, has released a new four minute ten second one titled “Safety in Paradise” featuring Sports Illustrated swimsuit super-models Chrissy Teigen, …

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Government announces incentives for flights to smaller airports

India’s junior minister for civil aviation K.C. Venugopal today informed the Lok Sabha about incentives being offered to encourage operation of flights to airports which are of low density or do not have current flight operations. No landing charges levied on aircraft with maximum certified capacity of below 80 seats being operated by domestic scheduled airlines and helicopters of all …

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Aeroflot receives its first Sharklet fitted A320

Russian national carrier Aeroflot, has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets, the new wing tip devices. Aeroflot’s A320, powered by CFM56 engines, features a two class cabin, seating 158 passengers with right seats in business class and 150 in economy. The aircraft is named after a famous Russian chemist Alexander Butlerov. Aeroflot was the first airline …

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Aerolíneas Argentinas places order for four Airbus A330-200s

National carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A330-200s. The airline will announce the engine selection at a later date. Argentina’s flagship carrier will deploy the new A330 aircraft for medium and long haul routes from their Buenos Aires hub to destinations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. The airline currently operates eight A340-300s, …

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Mumbai airport’s new terminal T2 commences international operations today

Following its inauguration in January, the new 4.4 million square feet integrated Terminal 2 (T2) at Mumabi’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), will commence international operations today. The transition of all international flights from the existing terminal to the new T2 will begin with the arrival of Air India’s flight from Singapore AI343 scheduled at 1300 hours. The first departing flight …

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