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Jet Airways signs code-share agreement with Korean Air

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

India’s Jet Airways, and Korean Air have entered into a codeshare agreement and a reciprocal frequent flyer programme partnership. Under the arrangement, from March 1, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Korean Air operated flights between Incheon airport, Seoul and Mumbai, Bangkok, and Singapore. Korean Air will place its marketing code on Jet Airways operated flights between Singapore …

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Philippines Airlines orders six Airbus A350-900s. Options for six more

Computer generated image of the Philippines Airlines' A350-900

Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of national carrier Philippine Airlines and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO of European airframer Airbus announced that the two companies have signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) for the order of six A350-900s, with options to purchase up to an additional six planes. The aircraft which will be used primarily on long distance North …

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Pictures: Iron Maiden’s new Ed Force One

British metal band, Iron Maiden have unveiled their new tour aircraft. Like it’s predecessors this plane also bears the name Ed Force One. The new airplane is TF-AAK a 13 year old Boeing 747-400 belonging to Air Atlanta Icelandic. The 747 has been painted in a special livery for the band’s ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour. The tail is …

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Bharat Forge supplies first titanium forgings to Boeing

Air India Express Boeing 737-800 VT-AXN lands at Mumbai CSI airport.

Bharat Forge has supplied it’s first shipment of titanium flap-track forgings made by the Indian supplier for the Boeing 737. Bharat Forge will also supply forgings for the 737 MAX which is scheduled to enter service in 2017. The company also intends to offer higher value machining and manufacture of assemblies. Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge “BFL …

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Airbus CEO confirms IndiGo as second operator of the A320neo

IndiGo A320neo MSN6720

As launch customer Deutsche Lufthansa took delivery of its second Airbus A320neo, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier has reportedly told Air Transport World that IndiGo, India’s largest domestic carrier, and largest Indian operator of the A320 family aircraft will be the next operator of the new fuel-efficient plane. The magazine website reports “He [Brégier] confirmed to ATW that India’s IndiGo will …

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Jet Airways Q3FY16 analysis – good results, structural challenges remain

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Jet Airways reported their highest ever quarterly profits of Rs 467 crores for fiscal 2015-16 third quarter ending December 2015. The key metrics were trending in the right direction; yet, the structural challenges at Jet Airways remain and require close monitoring. Operational performance Operationally, Jet has clocked a utilisation of more than 13 hours, which is phenomenal by any standards, …

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Airbus begins A350-1000 final assembly

European airframer Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350-1000 at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Toulouse, France. The A350-1000 is the largest variant in the current A350 XWB family, the A350-1000, measuring nearly 74 meters from nose to tail. It will seat 366 passengers in a typical 3-class configuration. The aircraft is intended to replace …

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Star Alliance Gold elite flyers get a free upgrade on Heathrow Express trains

Star Alliance Gold members get a free upgrade on the Heathrow Express train

Starting February 15th, Star Alliance Gold level élite members will enjoy a free upgrade on the Heathrow Express which connects London Heathrow airport with Paddington station in London. Passengers can buy a standard class one way or round-trip ticket and board the Business First Class coach on the train. Show their Star Gold card from one of the 21 frequent …

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Indian airlines’ 2015 annual review – IndiGo, Vistara, and Spicejet the leaders

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

Which is the best airline in India? To which we would say, “by what measure?” An analysis of the DGCA’s data on domestic air travel shows some interesting and contradicting results. The biggest airline by number of passengers is IndiGo. The most punctual airline is Vistara. Spicejet had its aircraft filled the most, but it is also the leader in …

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SpiceJet Q3 FY2016 results analysis – record profits on the path of recovery

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

SpiceJet reported its highest ever profit of Rs 238 crores for fiscal year 2015-16, third quarter ending December 31, 2015. With revenues of Rs 1,439 crores, this continues the upward climb for SpiceJet. A phoenix rising Last year during this same period SpiceJet was in turmoil, on the brink of a shut-down with auditors doubting its ability to continue as …

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Indigo Q3 FY2016 results analysis – flying high but some minor turbulence

IndiGo Airbus A320-232(SL) VT-IFK with Sharklets.

Indigo reported its highest ever earnings of Rs 657 crores for the third quarter ending December 31, 2015 of fiscal year 2015-16 which will end March 31, 2016. With passenger growth of 28% compared to the same period last year, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices at an all-time low, and a 20% capacity increase in seats deployed; Indigo had key …

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