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IndiGo to connect Surat with five Indian cities in massive introduction

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, is making a massive entrance in to the Gujarati city of Surat connecting it to five major Indian cities. From August 16th onwards, the airline will begin flights between Surat and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, and New Delhi. At the same time, the airline is launching flight on three new routes; Jaipur Varanasi, Jaipur Guwahati, …

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Images of the new United Polaris lounge in San Francisco, now open

United Airlines Polaris Lounge San Francisco - signature cocktails

United Airlines has opened its new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located near gate G92 of the international terminal. United Airlines operates from San Francisco to India in partnership with Lufthansa. We also write about this lounge for the benefit of premium class passengers on other Star Alliance carriers like Lufthansa, Air India, Turkish Airlines, or …

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Iberia receives first upgraded Airbus A350-900

Iberia receives first high MTOW A350-900. Placido Domingo.

Spanish flag carrier, Iberia, also a member of IAG, has taken delivery of the first of its 16 A350-900 XWB on order. While it is the 18th carrier overall to operate the new generate aircraft, MSN219 is the first A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package (PIP) including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) …

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UDF passenger fees set to significantly reduce at Bangalore airport from July

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of Bangalore’s Kempegowda international airport, has proposed a steep decrease in user development fees (UDF) collected from every departing passenger from July 1. From the current ₹384.27 the UDF for domestic passengers is proposed to be reduced to ₹79.19. International passengers will pay an UDF of ₹316.76 down from the current ₹1,537. However, the joy …

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Spicejet launches training academy for flight crew

Low cost carrier SpiceJet has launched a training center called the Spice Star Academy. The academy will offer students cabin crew training through a six month classroom program and a online course for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Amity University. The airline has stated it will offer placement to all students trained under this program. Spicejet is planning …

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Çelebi to become third ground handling provider at Bangalore

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Turkish ground handling company Çelebi Airport Services has been awarded a ground handling license by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL). The contract was won after a bidding process which saw multiple global ground handling participate. The company will begin to provide ground handling services from August 2018 under a 10 year concession. The company plans to invest $7-9 million in …

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GoAir appoints Cornelis Vrieswijk as CEO

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Low cost carrier GoAir has announced the appointment of Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new Chief Executive Officer effective June 4, 2018. Vrieswijk has over 25 years of experience in aviation and travel industry. He has experience in driving ventures, transitions, turnarounds and large-scale projects for diverse and multifaceted organizations with emphasis in aviation/travel and aircraft maintenance industry in Europe. He …

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Why Vistara is likely to choose the 787-10 over the 787-9

Boeing 787-10. Boeing image.

Bloomberg is reporting that the Tata Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara has selected the Boeing 787 Dreamliner over the Airbus A330neo as its wide-body aircraft for long distance international operations. Why did Vistara choose the 787 Just some of the reasons for Vistara choosing the 787 over the A330neo are: The 787 is a newer generation aircraft compared to the …

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