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Yearly Archives: 2015

Spicejet offers tickets on EMI

Low cost carrier Spicejet, has launched an Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) scheme called ‘Book Now, Pay Later’. The scheme allows passengers to save up to 70% interest on deferred/delayed payment interest costs relative to traditional credit card fees and is valid on credit cards of Axis Bank, HSBC Bank, Kotak Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank which are issued in India. …

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Lockheed Martin to accuire Sikorsky

United Technologies has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the first quarter of 2016. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund …

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Delhi to be first 787-9 destination for British Airways

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJC. Image Copyright Devesh Agarwal.

British Airways has announced that it will operate it’s first Boeing 787-9 dreamliner from London Heathrow to New Delhi. The airline will begin the dreamliner service from the 25th of October. The airline will initially operate the 787-9 five days a week and will increase to seven from late March. Flight Number Departure STD Arrival STA BA257 London Heathrow 1930 …

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Air India celebrates 1st anniversary with Star Alliance

July 11th marked the successful completion of one year of the Air India’s membership in Star Alliance. To mark this occasion the airline on 10 of it’s domestic metro flights, passengers were treated to an exclusive, personalized inflight experience with a chef on board who interacted with the passengers and assisted cabin crew in the service. The airline also organized …

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Pictures: New Indian carrier Flyeasy’s first Embraer E190

Soon to be launched regional airline Flyeasy’s first aircraft is out of the paint-shop with the airlines livery. After some tracing we believe the aircraft is ex-VP-CQZ (MSN 19000217) which is leased from flynas. The aircraft is a six year old Embraer ERJ-190. The aircraft will most likely be registered VT-VVA. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF34 …

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Lounge review: American Airlines arrivals lounge London Heathrow T3

American Airlines Arrivals Lounge T3 London Heathrow.

London is probably the busiest destination outside the United States for all three major US carriers, American, United, and Delta. While most of the lounges of US carriers cannot compete with those of their gulf or Asian rivals, they offer a service perfectly tailored to their north Atlantic premium traffic which is dominated by the business and corporate traveller, many …

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Infographics: Domestic performance of Indian carriers over last 12 months

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

Bangalore Aviation has produced a set of graphics which provide significant insight in the domestic operating performance of Indian carriers for the last 12 months. The source data is obtained from India’s regulator The Directorate General of Civil Aviation. On time performance One of the key selling points of IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, is, on time performance (OTP). As …

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Global distribution systems and airline ticket distribution in India

Airline global distribution system network. Graphic by Devesh Agarwal

With the recent news around Lufthansa levying a surcharge for all bookings via global distribution systems (GDS), the debate on airline distribution has returned to the forefront. We examine the distribution strategies of various airlines in the Indian context Despite the push by airlines to offer direct bookings via their websites, these global distribution systems still handle significant booking volumes …

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IndiGo aircraft order MOU expired. What questions investors should ask IndiGo.

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

India’s largest domestic airline Indigo filed a 557 page draft red herring prospectus (DHRP) which is a preliminary document towards an initial public offering (IPO). For 10% of the company, Indigo is targeting an IPO of approximately $400 million (Rs 2,500 crores), effectively giving the airline a valuation of $4 billion. The funds from the IPO are to be used …

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Air France, KLM and Delta offer special fares to the US from India and Dubai

Air France A330-200 Economy class cabin. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

SkyTeam alliance members Air France, KLM and Delta Air Lines are offering special fares from three Indian cities to 20 destinations in the United States and Canada. A special fare on the Dubai Atlanta route is also being offered. A fare of Rs. 60,000 all inclusive is available under this Independence Day sale. Bookings have started and will be open …

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Vietnam Airlines receives its first Airbus A350 XWB via AerCap

Vietnam Airlines A350-900 first flight.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, thus becoming the second airline in the world, after launch customer Qatar Airways, to operate the new generation aircraft. The airline has 10 A350 on direct order with the European airframer, and four with aircraft leasing companies. At a special ceremony in Toulouse, the A350-900 was officially delivered …

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Indonesian C-130 crashes in Medan

An Indonesian Airforce Lockheed C-130 Hercules has crashed into a residential area in Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city. The aircraft took off from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on with around 113 people on board, but the aircraft made two stops in Pekanbaru and Dumai before it crashed, due to which it is not clear how many people were on the …

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Inflight Review: Air Pegasus ATR 72: Bangalore-Madurai-Bangalore

Air Pegasus ATR 72-500 VT-APA.

[bsu_note note_color=”#affbcd” text_color=”#070707″ radius=”4″] Alert August 3, 2016 The review below was conducted over a year ago. For updated passenger experiences, please read the comments of fellow readers below the article.[/bsu_note]   Last Friday (26th June), I was invited by new regional carrier Air Pegasus on their inaugural flight from Bangalore to Madurai. Air Pegasus is currently the newest airline …

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Vistara to commence weekend flights between Mumbai and Goa

Vistara Airlines, Airbus A320 VT-TTB in its official livery receiving water cannon salute.

The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture airline, Vistara, will commence weekend flights between Mumbai and Goa from July 17. The thrice a week flights will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays till September 13, and become a daily service from September 14 after Vistara receives its seventh brand new A320 from Airbus. The airline already operates flights between its hub in …

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SWISS appoints an Indian to head its Cargo business

SWISS ramp at Zurich airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

SWISS the national carrier of Switzerland has appointed an Indian, Ashwin Bhat as its new Head of Cargo effective October 1. Bhat, 46, will succeed Oliver Evans who is stepping down after 13 years. Bhat, is currently in overall charge of worldwide sales of the airline’s cargo product as Head of Global Area Management at Swiss WorldCargo division. He has …

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Dennis Muilenburg is new Boeing CEO. McNerney remains Chairman.

Boeing 787-9 ZB001 N789EX at Farnborough air show 2014. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

In a widely expected move, US aerospace giant Boeing announced that Dennis A. Muilenburg will succeed W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr. when the latter steps down on July 1, as Boeing’s chief executive officer, after serving ten years. McNerney will continue to remain Chairman till February 2016. Muilenburg, 51, an aeronautical engineer, was elevated to Boeing’s president and chief operating …

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New voice info system at Bangalore airport in addition to WhatsApp service

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the consortium operating the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAB) at Bangalore, has installed a custom-developed interactive voice response system (IVRS) to provide airport and flight-related information. The IVRS can be accessed via a toll free number 1-800-425-4425 and is multi-lingual, offering support for English, Hindi and Kannada. The airport already offers information via a WhatsApp service …

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Singapore Airlines to open restricted SIA Training Centre to public on July 25

SIA Training Centre. Cabin evacuation training simulator

On any other day the SIA Training Centre is a fortress. Restricted, where visitors are admitted only after a specific invitation and a thorough security checking. But, only July 25, 2015, Singapore Airlines is throwing open this secretive centre open to the public as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the island nation’s founding. Called the SIA Open House, …

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