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India’s domestic air passenger traffic and airline performance for March 2015

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

We invite you to please read all the way to the bottom. We have introduced a new style for this monthly report and seek your inputs. India’s domestic air passenger traffic statistics for the month of March 2015, show some curious numbers, while by and large maintaining the status-quo. Passengers carried Domestic air passenger traffic for the first calendar quarter …

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Indian airlines reduce fares, carry free supplies to aid Nepal earthquake relief

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Disasters bring out the best in people, and Indian airlines are no exception. Following the deadly earthquake in Nepal, all four Indian carriers operating to Kathmandu, Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet, are putting their best feet (or wings) forward, and pitching in to support the aid efforts directed towards the stricken Himalayan nation. Additional flights Indian carriers were …

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Vistara to connect Bangalore with New Delhi and Mumbai in June

Inaugural flight of Vistara, Tata-SIA airline. Cabin luggage tags for the Business, Premium Economy, and Economy class.

Vistara, the joint venture of Tata and Singapore Airlines, will finally connect Bangalore to New Delhi and Mumbai in mid June 2015. The airline will offer daily flights on the New Delhi Bengaluru and Mumbai Bengaluru routes starting June 16, 2015 for which bookings have been opened. Vistara Bengaluru schedule Route Flight Dep Arr Day of Week New Delhi to …

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Jet Airways offers all its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-200s for sale

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

India’s largest private airline Jet Airways appears to have offered almost all of its wide-body fleet on sale. Bangalore Aviation has confirmed the Mumbai head-quartered airline has invited offers for all 10 of its Boeing 777-300ERs (B77W) and all six of its Airbus A330-200s (A332), on the trade website SpeedNews.com. After Jet sells these 16 aircraft, it will be left …

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Air Asia India’s New Delhi flights to Bangalore, Goa and Guwahati

First flight of AirAsia India. Takeoff.

AirAsia India has announced schedules for its much awaited flights from India’s capital New Delhi. Starting May 21, the airline will offer flights from New Delhi to Bangalore, Goa and Guwahati and represents a major expansion in to a very competitive market. New Delhi is hub to two of India’s large low cost airlines; IndiGo and SpiceJet. The airline is …

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Pictures: Jet Airways’ 737 landing gear collapses at Khajuraho. Airport closed.

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, airport is shut down after the landing gear of a Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 registration VT-JGA collapsed soon after landing, blocking the sole runway at the airport. All 59 passengers and eight crew on board evacuated safely. Flight 9W-2423 originated from New Delhi via Varanasi before arriving at Khajuraho around 13:15 this afternoon. The landing gear is …

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Air Pegasus commences with Hubli flight

Air Pegasus counter at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore.

India’s newest airline, Air Pegasus will commence operations today with its inaugural flight between Bangalore and Hubballi. Indian civil aviation minister, Ashok Gajapati Raju, is inaugurating flight OP111 which will depart Bangalore at 10:30. Air Pegasus will join Gurgaon based SpiceJet on this popular business route. Bangalore Aviation team member Vedant will bring you updates from the venue and the …

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India finalizes deal for 36 Dassault Rafale’s

The Rafale performing at Aero India 2015.

India has finalized a deal for 36 Dassault Rafales during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France. The deal comes after three years of Dassault and the Indian Air force (IAF) working on the larger Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract. The Rafale was shortlisted in 2012 as the final aircraft during the IAF’s MMRCA competition. The original MMRCA tender was …

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Emirates to operate world’s biggest A380 with 615 seats

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

Dubai based Emirates airline has revealed its plans for the world’s largest configured scheduled passenger airplane with a whopping 615 seats. The airline is configuring some of its A380s in to a two class configuration, eliminating the first class, and reducing its business class to 58 seats and increasing its economy class to a whopping 557 seats. This 615 seat …

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Formal press release by US FAA restoring India to Category 1 under IASA

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has formally issued a press release announcing the restoration of India to Category 1 status under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. Press Release – U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Improved Aviation Safety Rating for India NEW DELHI, India – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that India complies with international …

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Jet Airways and Air India to benefit as US FAA restores India to category 1

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

The United States Federal Aviation Administration has restored Indian civil aviation back to Category 1 status in its IASA (international aviation safety assessment) program. This information was conveyed to Director General Ms. M. Sathiyavathy by Associate Administrator Ms. Margaret Gillian in a letter earlier today. India was relegated to category 2, implying unsafe, on January 31, 2014. Since then the …

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In-flight review: Singapore Airlines Business Class: Airbus A380: Mumbai to Singapore

Call it a sheer coincidence, but despite my frequent travels, I had never flown the Airbus A380 till October 14, 2014. Given my years of loyal patronage of Singapore Airlines, divine providence ensured my first A380 flight would be with the island nation’s carrier who was the launch customer of the A380, and coincidentally on the first A380 delivered in …

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Air India Dreamliner first in world in Star Alliance livery

Air India 787-8 Dreamliner in Star Alliance livery.

National carrier Air India’s newest Boeing 787-8 is the first Dreamliner in the world to wear the special Star Alliance livery. The carrier celebrated the milestone delivery of its 20th 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft bearing the registration VT-ANU was built at Boeing’s final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Air India serves more than 60 domestic and 37 …

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