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Vistara announces frequencies to existing routes

The Tata-SIA Airline, Vistara has announced additional frequencies to its existing routes while also adding new ones. Starting May 12th, the airline is introducing its third daily return flights for the Delhi-Bengaluru route and the second daily return flight between Delhi and Goa. An additional third flight will also fly these routes during the weekends. Vistara has also introduced a new …

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Lufthansa, Amadeus sign contract to deliver new load control system

German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG has signed a major framework contract with airline IT company Amadeus to deliver a new load control system. The airline will adopt the Amadeus Altea Departure Control Flight Management (Altea DC-FM) system across its network carriers, starting with Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. The system to be adopted will …

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Boeing delivers 400th 737-800 to Ryanair

American airframer Boeing and Dublin-based low-cost carrier Ryanair celebrated the delivery of airline’s 400th NG 787-800. Taking its first delivery in 1994, Ryanair now operates the largest 787-800 fleet in the world and is the largest European Boeing operator with over 1,800 daily flights carrying 106 million passengers annually to more than 30 countries. The airline has over 130 unfilled orders …

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Turkish Airlines to receive 26 new Boeing aircraft

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines announced that it will be receiving 26 new aircraft from American airframer Boeing this year. The order, predicted by Boeing’s Middle Eastern facility for the year is the largest placed by the airline. It is also the largest order placed for Turkey. The order of 26 involves six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The new aircraft …

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China Eastern finalizes aircraft orders with Boeing and Airbus

China Eastern, one of the nation’s top three airlines has announced aircraft orders with American airframer Boeing and the Europe-based Airbus. Last week, the airline first finalized an order with Boeing for 15 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft valued approximately $4 billion at list prices. The very next day, it announced another big order with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft. This order, valued $6.16 …

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Munich airport begin’s operations from T2 satellite terminal

Line up of Lufthansa aircraft at the Terminal 2 satellite.

Munich airport will begin operations from it’s new satellite terminal today. The new terminal is a 60/40 joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa and is also the first midfield terminal in Germany. It includes 27 gates, reducing the airport’s need for bus transportation. Following passport screening and baggage checks, the facility’s underground transport system will take the passengers to the …

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DFW opens renovated section of Terminal E

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has opened the renovated section of Terminal E. Gates E11 through E17 along with the corresponding ticketing hall for Alaska and Delta Airlines have been renovated as part of DFW’s Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), in time for the upcoming summer travel period. Baggage claim and security checkpoint area of gates E13 and E14 that …

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Horizon orders 30 Embraer E175 jets

Brazilian airframer Embraer and Horizon Air have signed a contract for 30 E175 jets with options for 33 more. The order which is the largest in the airline’s history is valued at $2.8 billion at current list prices and will be delivered over a three year period beginning next year. Horizon Air will use the E175’s to fly lower density …

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Qatar Airways adds second daily New York JFK flight

National carrier and oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways has added a second flight (QR703/704) between its hub in Doha and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport. The new flight operates daily and offers morning arrivals at the destination in both directions. Unlike the existing evening service which targets the Indian sub-continent, the new service appears to cater to O&D …

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IndiGo launches 16 new flights

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

Low cost carrier, Indigo is introducing 16 new flights through it’s domestic network. From 7 April, the airline will begin it’s first non-stop daily flight on the Chennai-Guwahati route, 2nd daily Bengaluru-Guwahati and 4th daily Delhi-Raipur. The airline will begin it’s 14th direct Delhi-Bengaluru and 7th direct Delhi-Ahmedabad flight’s on 9 April. A new non-stop daily Chennai-Jaipur flight and one-stop …

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Expect disruptions as Delhi airport repairs runway

Runway 28 at Indira Gandhi International Airport at night. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Passengers flying through the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport should expect flight disruptions as the airport’s center and most heavily used runway 10/28 will undergo preventive repair work for seven days starting on 5 April. During the repair period changes in flight schedule and delays are expected to occur. The airport’s other two runways 09/27 and 11/29 will remain …

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Air Pegasus orders five ATR-72’s

Air Pegasus ATR 72-500 VT-APA.

Bangalore based Air Pegasus has added a third ATR 72-500 to it’s fleet. The airline will add another two aircraft in the coming two months and has placed an order for five more aircraft, intending to expand its fleet to 10 by the end of this year. Air Pegasus will use the new aircraft to start operations to Puducherry, Goa, …

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Pegasus orders five Boeing 737-800s

Pegasus Boeing 737 Boeing Image.

Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has finalized an order with American airframer Boeing for five 737-800 aircraft, valued at approximately $ 505 million at current list prices. The airline along with its subsidiaries Air Manas and IZair currently operates a fleet of 58 737’s. Pegasus has also ordered 57 Airbus A320neo’s and 18 A321neo’s for it’s future fleet.

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United announces full-time return of president & CEO Munoz

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Oscar Munoz (57), president and chief executive of United Airlines, who has been on medical leave since October 2015 after suffering a heart attack will resume his position full-time on 14 March. Brett Hart, the Chicago based airline’s EVP and general counsel has been serving as acting CEO. In early January, Munoz underwent a heart transplant but participated in United’s …

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Embraer unveils second generation E190-E2 aircraft

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer revealed the first of its line in second generation airliners at its headquarters, São José dos Campos, Brazil. Belonging to the E-Jets clan, the aircraft is expected to make its first flight in the second half of 2016 with first deliveries to be expected in 2018. The second generation aircraft uses new Pratt & Whitney PW1900G geared …

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ATR appoints Giovanni Tramparulo as Chief Financial Officer

Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR has appointed 56 year old Giovanni Tramparulo as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Tramparulo worked with the European consortium from 1992-2014. The new appointment marks his return to the position he held from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he was the CEO’s sales finance special advisor. From 2012, he worked in Venice as …

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Jet Airways to integrate hub at Terminal 2 at Mumbai

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways will shift its domestic operations from March 15, 2016 (late night of March 14, 2016), to Terminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai. Like it already offers at Delhi’s T3, this move will enable Jet Airways to offer integrated domestic and international services within one terminal, drastically reducing connecting times between flights. The minimum …

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Spicejet turnaround requires a good risk appetite

Spicejet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SGK at New Delhi airport.

SpiceJet has seen challenging times over the past 5 years. While numerous reasons can be cited for this ranging from network structure, fleet decisions, competition, ability to command a premium, management churn, market weakness and overall brand strength, the financial position of the airline as of today is quite challenging. Much is being reported about the possible funds infusion and/or …

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Opinion: How Indian airlines are positioning themselves

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

The Indian skies are fairly busy. With seven airlines operating, one about to launch services, one in a bit of a challenge and six airline licenses granted by the Ministry of Civil aviation, increased competition is inevitable. Yet, if one looks at profitability, there is only one airline that has been consistently profitable. Which begs the question, are all the …

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