BAStaff

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

Jet Airways to begin Manchester service

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Jet Airways has announced that it will begin a five time a week flight from Mumbai to Manchester. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-200. Manchester will be Jet’s 21st international destination. Time table for the Mumbai – Manchester flight Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA Operation Days 9W 130 Mumbai Manchester 0230 0755 1,4,5,6,7 9W 129 Manchester …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

IndiGo to begin flights to Hubli

IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-600 VT-IYA.

Low cost carrier IndiGo will being operating flights to Hubli. Hubli will be the 52nd destination for the airline. The airline will operate flights to Hubli from Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad with it’s A320’s and from Goa and Kochi with it’s ATR 72’s. (Read our review of Indigo’s ATR). Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo “We are pleased to add …

Read More »

American orders 15 more Embraer 175s.

American Eagle Embraer E175 N200NN.

Embraer has announced a firm order for 15E175 jets from American Airlines. The value of USD 705 million, based on current list prices. Combined with the airline’s three previous E175 orders, American now has an order for 89 E175 aircraft. Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation “We are thrilled that the E175 continues to …

Read More »

Aditya Ghosh resigns from Indigo

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

Low cost carrier Indigo has announced that Aditya Ghosh is resigning from his post as president and director of the company. Rahul Bhatia has been appointed as the company’s CEO. Indigo has also appointed Gregory Taylor as a senior advisor to the company and will be considered by Interglobe Aviation’s board as the company’s next President and CEO. Gregory Taylor …

Read More »

Embraer E190-E2 completes first revenue flight

Windroe Embraer E190-E2 PR-EFL.

Embraer’s brand new E190-E2 has completed it’s first revenue flight with launch customer Widerøe. The aircraft bearing registration LN-WEA and operated as flight WF622 from Bergen airport to Tromsø Airport. The flight marks the entry into service of the first of Embraer’s three new E-jets. The deliveries of the larger E195-E2 are planned to start in 2019and the smaller E175-E2 …

Read More »

Jet Airways announces codeshare agreement with AeroMexico

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Jet Airways and AeroMexico have announced an agreement for codesharing between the two carriers. The codeshare agreement will see Jet Airways will put its “9W” code on flights operated by AeroMexico from London to Mexico’s capital city. AeroMexico will put its “AM” code on Jet’s direct flights from London to India. Sales for the same will begin today for travel …

Read More »

SWISS unveils #SWISSJazzContest

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

Swiss International Air Lines unveils #SWISSJazzContest campaign in association with Switzerland Tourism and Montreux Jazz Festival Through the campaign SWISS provides Jazz enthusiasts and students from different music schools/colleges a chance to showcase their talent by registering on www.flyswiss.co.in and uploading a 2-minute musical audio or video and win tickets to attend the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The contest …

Read More »

Inflight review: Emirates Economy: 777-300ER: Bangalore – Dubai

This review was contributed by BangaloreAviation reader Prathik N.P. Pre-Flight Tickets for this journey were booked exactly two months in advance. Emirates offered incredible fares for a round trip. Indigo and Etihad were also considered which were costlier by about 20% and 50% respectively. Considering the convenient flight times (both ways) and the cost, tickets were booked in a jiffy. …

Read More »

Air India to launch Bangalore Hubli flights

Air India Regional Alliance Air first ATR72-600 VT-AII. ATR image.

National carrier Air India has announced it will launch thrice a week flights between Bengaluru (BLR) and Hubballi (HBX) from 20th July. The flights will be operated by ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as per the following schedule : Flight Departure Arrival AI 9509 (BLR-HBX) 15:45 17:05 AI 9510 (HBX-BLR) 17:25 18:35 …

Read More »

Indian carriers waive charges for Srinagar flights

Bengaluru Kempegowda airport ramp. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

Following the series of disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir state capital Srinagar, airlines in India are waiving off charges and penalties on cancellation and rebooking of flights that are scheduled to operate to and from the capital city. The current situation that has made access to the airport either difficult or impossible, leaving passengers who have booked tickets for outbound …

Read More »

Indian airlines offer famous food brands to woo passengers

Airlines in India are partnering with famous food brands to leverage their ‘star power’ in an effort to woo passengers. The partnerships are with both home grown and glocal (global brands operating locally) brands. Last month, India’s largest private airline Jet Airways, announced a partnership to serve Subway sandwiches and Krispy Kreme doughnuts on board its flights. A week back, low-fare carrier …

Read More »

Alaska Airlines adds domestic routes

Alaska Air Boeing 737-900ER. Image Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Seattle based US carrier Alaska Airlines has announced new inbound and outbound flights to its ‘focus city’ San Diego. For this year’s ski-season, the airline will introduce daily non-stop flights from San Diego to popular skiing and holiday destination Steamboat Springs in Colorado. The city is famous for its Champagne Powder viewing that invites tourists from around the country and …

Read More »

Airbus A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engine certified by EASA and FAA

Airbus A320neo F-NEW with CFM LEAP-1A engine takes-off. Airbus photo.

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) powered by the CFM LEAP-1A has received joint certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This paves the way for deliveries to those airlines which opted for the CFM engine. Airbus also offers the neo with the Pratt & Whitney PW1127G Geared Turbo Fan engine, which was …

Read More »