Yearly Archives: 2018

Vistara signs code share agreement with British Airways

The Retro Livery Tata SIA Airlines Vistara Airbus A320neo. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

Vistara (Tata-SIA Airlines) and British Airways have signed a codeshare agreement expanding on their existing interline partnership. Under the agreement, British Airways will add its ‘BA’ flight numbers to approximately 60 Vistara flights each day covering thirteen Indian cities. This will add eight new virtual destinations for the British flag carrier – Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and …

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IATA chief: Improve airside infrastructure remove obstacles for aviation growth

Domestic ramp at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji airport. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Bangalore Aviation readers will recall our article last year highlighting the poor growth of air-side infrastructure at Indian airports. This morning, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, called on the Indian government to address, on priority, infrastructure constraints that limit growth and government policies that impose excessive costs on aviation. IATA …

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UDF passenger fees reduced by 67% at Bangalore airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) has published its order of tariffs for the second control period (April 2016 – March 2021) at Bangalore airport. The user development fees (UDF) at Bangalore airport have been reduced by 67% from 16 September 2018. However the UDF will increase every year as the airport invests in the second runway and …

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Jet Airways first quarter FY2018-19 results analysis

VT-JAX Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8. Image copyrighted. Do not reproduce.

We ended our Q4FY18 analysis for Jet by indicating that, “Going forward, it seems that Jet Airways is headed for a turbulent ride. Debt will grow for the short-term. The revenue pressures are intense and the cost base is high. Addressing both these elements is critical to success.” While we forecast a result that would reflect ongoing challenges, little did …

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Spicejet operates India’s first bio-fuel flight

Low cost carrier SpiceJet operated India’s first BioJet Fuel powered flight yesterday. The airline operated the flight with a Bombardier Q400 on the Dehradun – Delhi route. The fuel used is a blend of 75% traditional aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and 25% of BioJet fuel. The fuel is made by Jatropha crop and been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of …

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SpiceJet first quarter FY2018-19 results analysis

SpiceJet, reported its first quarter results of the fiscal year 2018-2019 (Q1FY19) last week. Much like its rival Indigo, it was a result that reflected the ongoing weakness in the market and was below expectations. Key numbers SpiceJet Q1FY19 results snapshot (in INR) comparisons to Q1FY18 Revenues ₹2,236 crores (up 20%) Costs ₹2,245 crores (up 31%) EBITDAR ₹398 crores (down …

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Indigo first quarter FY2018-19 results analysis. Industry losses ahead?

IndiGo ATR72-600 VT-IYA. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. Copyright. Do not re-use.

India’s largest domestic carrier, Indigo, has sent tremors in the aviation community with its first quarter results for the fiscal year 2018-2019 which ends Match 31, 2019. An airline, normally delivering nine and 10 figure profits (in the hundreds of crores or billions), reported a minuscule ₹27 crores (₹270 million) as its profit after tax; and this, for a traditionally …

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Embraer announces huge orders for E-jets #FIA18

Embraer has announced a number of orders for the E-jet family. The airframer had announced one of the first orders of the show with a 25 aircraft order for United. Mauritania Airlines African carrier Mauritania Airlines has placed a firm order for two E175 jets. The order value is USD 93.8 million at current list prices. Raul Villaron, Vice President, …

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Boeing announces major order for 777 and 747 freighters from Volga-Dnepr #FIA18

Boeing started the second day at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow by announcing an order for five 747-8 freighters and 29 777 freighters from Volga-Dnepr. The order is valued at list prices of $11.8 billion which comprises of $2 billion for the 747-8s and $9.8 billion for the 777s. The company also announced agreements to optimize the cargo operators airplane fleet …

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Airbus signs A350 orders from Sichuan Airlines and STARLUX Airlines #FIA18

European airframer Airbus has announced A350 orders for 10 aircraft from Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines and 17 aircraft from startup Taiwanese carrier STARLUX Airlines. The Sichuan Airlines order is for 10 Airbus A350-900’s worth $3.1 billion at list prices. The aircraft will be used to operate fights from the airline’s base in Chengdu to North America and Europe. STARLUX Airlines …

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Jackson Square Aviation becomes 100th customer of 737 MAX #FIA18

Boeing 737 MAX 8 N8704Q.

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) announced the leasing company has ordered 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes in its first direct purchase from a jet maker. The order is worth $3.5 billion at current list prices. Since its founding in 2010, San Francisco-based Jackson Square Aviation has grown by buying new technology airplanes from airlines globally through sale-leaseback financing and pre-delivery payment …

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Goshawk Aviation orders 20 A320neos and 20 737 MAX #FIA18

Goshawk Aviation Limited, a 50/50 joint venture between Hong Kong-based conglomerate NWS Holdings Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited has placed a firm order for 20 Airbus A320neo and 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The company is based in Dublin, Ireland, and has an owned, managed and committed fleet of over 220 aircraft. The Airbus A320neo order is worth …

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United orders four Boeing 787-9s #FIA18

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Boeing and United Airlines have announced an order for four more 787-9 airplanes. The order valued at about $1.1 billion as per current list prices, was finalized this year and was listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. The 787-9 is the longest-range Dreamliner with the ability to fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers). United carriers …

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United Airlines orders 25 Embraer E175s #FIA18

United Airlines has signed an order for 25 E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow. The order is worth $1.1 billion, based on current list prices. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2019. Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation “We are thrilled that United is adding another 25 …

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