Monday , 26 September 2022

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Our dedicated staff at Bangalore Aviation bring you stories from across the aviation world.

Vistara becomes first Indian airline to offer in-flight internet

Vistara (Tata-SIA Airlines) will become the first Indian airline to offer passengers in-flight internet connectivity. The service will be available on flights operated by the airline’s Boeing 787s between Delhi and London. The airline is offering the in-flight internet free of charge to all passengers as an introductary offer. Vistara has said that it will use the introductary free period …

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Air India Express IX1344 overshoots runway and falls into valley at Kozhikode airport

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 operating flight IX1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode Calicut airport landed at the airport but overshot the runway and fell into a valley. The aircraft has broken into several pieces. The aircraft involved was VT-AXH, delivered to the airline in November 2006 and carried the Gateway of India / India gate tail art. Rescue services …

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Air Italy to suspend operations on 25th February, to be liquidated

The announcement by the owners of Air Italy that it will suspend operations on 25th February brought to an end the short-lived resurrection of the airline that was founded in 1963 and flew by the names of Meridiana, Meridiana Fly and Air Italy under various ownership structures over the years. Qatar Airways, which picked up a 49% stake in the …

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Indigo becomes India’s first airline to reach 1500 daily departures

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

Low-cost carrier Indigo has become the first airline in India to operate 1500 daily departures. The airline operates these flights to 83 destinations and with over 250,000 passengers daily. Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo “We are very pleased to be the first Indian airline to touch 1500 daily departures, with one flight taking off every minute. The simple philosophy of offering …

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Bangalore Airport announces Map contest

The automated self drop bag drop counters at Bangalore Airport.

Bengaluru International Airport has announced a map designing contest. The objective of the contest is to “is to provide unique maps that would guide travellers to experience the rich diversity of this vibrant City”. Three wining entries will be printed made available to passengers traveling through the airport as takeaways. The contest requirements are: “The map must be fit to …

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IndiGo to begin flights to Vietnam

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

India’s largest carrier, Indigo will begin flights to Hanoi, Vietnam from Kolkata on 3 October 2019. Hanoi will be the carrier’s 19th international (5th Southeast Asian) destination. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo “It is truly a very special moment for all of us at IndiGo as it is the first route connecting Kolkata to Hanoi. This milestone reflects our …

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Emirates to add a fourth flight from Bangalore from October

Emirates Boeing 777-200ER. Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Middle eastern carrier Emirates will begin operating a fourth flight from Bangalore to Dubai. The flight will be a mid-morning departure and will be operates three times a week – on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is scheduled to be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR and will bring Emirates from 21 to 24 flights from Bangalore weekly. The service will …

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PARIS 2019: Embraer announces orders from Fuji and Binter

Embraer announced two orders yesterday at the Paris Air Show. The first was from Japan’s Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) for two E175 jets. The aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats, with deliveries starting in 2019. The second order came from Binter of Spain. The order was a conversion of options for two E195-E2s. Binter will …

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Bangalore airport to close main airport road on 10 June. Alternate access planed.

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The Main Access Road (MAR) at Bangalore Airport will be closed for two years starting on 10 June for expansion. The 1.4km road is being expanded from its current four lanes (to each way) to 10 lanes (five each way). The expansion was planned to accommodate the increase in traffic to the airport with the new terminal 2. In the …

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“Adopt-a-Plant” at Bangalore Airport from 5 June

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore International Airport Limited is giving away 10,000 plants to passengers and visitors at the airport from 5 June 2019. The giveaway will begin from environment day on 5 June 2019. To get a plant you can register at this link or provide your details on site and collect your plant from ‘The Quad by BLR’. A variety of different …

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Bangalore airport to close lounges and transit hotel for renovation

Domestic Plaza Lounge - Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore Airport has announced that it will be closing the airport lounges and transit hotel for renovations. The refurbishment will be done in two phases and will take 18 – 20 months to complete. There are currently two lounges each in the domestic and international hold areas – operated by Plaza Premium and Above Ground Level (Bird Catering and Lounges). …

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Air New Zealand orders eight Boeing 787-10s

Air New Zealand has signed an order for eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners worth $2.7 billion at list prices. The deal includes options for 12 more 787’s which could see the total order rise to 20 aircraft, as well as substitution rights which would allow the carrier to swap same 787-10s for 787-9s if required. The deal to replace Air New …

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SpiceJet to begin Bangkok flights from Mumbai, doubles Delhi flights

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

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will launch two new flights to Bangkok from 17 May 2019. The airline is launching a new route from Mumbai to Bangkok. It will also double its current Delhi – Bangkok with a second daily flight. The airline is attempting to capture market share in the wake of the Jet Airways collapse. It will be adding 27 …

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BIAL announces 120% increase in UDF for next four months

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore Airport (BIAL) has announced that the User Development Fee (UDF) at the Kempegowda International Airport, will be increased for four months from 16 April 2019. The UDF per passenger will be revised: from Rs. 139 to Rs. 306 for domestic departures from Rs. 558 to Rs. 1,226 for international departures The revised fee will be applicable for tickets procured …

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Vistara adds five daily flights from Bangalore to Mumbai, along with other seasonal flights

Full-service carrier Vistara has announced that it will begin operating 14 new flights from 16 April 2019. The flights will be between Mumbai and Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata with varying frequencies and will end on 15 July 2019. The airline appears to be taking the opportunity to seize the market share previously held by rival Jet Airways. In all likely hood …

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Spicejet launches flights from Jharsuguda, Kishangarh, and Lakhimpur. And 20 more flights.

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced new UDAN flights from Jharsuguda, Odisha, Kishangarh, Rajasthan and Lakhimpur, Assam. The airline has launched 14 new UDAN and 14 other direct flights. Starting today the airline will operate the UDAN routes of Kishangarh-Ahmedabad-Kishangarh, Lakhimpur-Guwahati-Lakhimpur, Jaipur-Amritsar-Jaipur, Delhi-Jharsuguda-Delhi, Hyderabad-Jharsuguda-Hyderabad, Kolkata-Jharsuguda-Kolkata and Bhopal-Udaipur-Bhopal. The airline has also launched direct flights on the Mumbai-Bhopal-Mumbai, Mumbai-Gorakhpur-Mumbai, Chennai-Patna-Chennai, Delhi-Bhopal-Delhi (two …

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Breaking: Two Surya Kirans crash at Aero India 2019 rehearsal

Two aircraft of the Indian Air Force aerobatic display team the Surya Kirans have reportedly crashed at the final rehearsal day of Aero India 2019. The pilots have reported having ejected and their condition is unknown at this time. Two suryakiran aircraft have just collided. I see smoke and saw two chutes. No word on anything more at the moment. …

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Airbus to display A330neo at Aero India 2019

European airframer Airbus will be demonstrating the latest edition to its widebody line, the A330neo at the upcoming Aero India airshow. (Read our analysis on why Indigo may buy the A330neo) The aircraft will be performing flying displays and will be on static display. The airframer will also be flying its C295 tactical airlifter. Airbus will also have the H135 …

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Jet Airways announces Republic Day sale

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Full-service carrier Jet Airways has announced a week-long Republic Day sale today. The sale has begun today and offers up to 50% off on base fares through the airline’s domestic and international networks (except to Muscat and Sharjah). The sale is also valid to select destinations in Europe on Air France and KLM. Passengers can book tickets through the sale …

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