Sunday , 25 September 2022

Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

Boeing answers questions about aviation safety via this FAQ

View of part of the ramp at Bangalore Airport at night.

I regularly get questions from novice fliers about various aspects of flying, especially with regards to safety. US airframer Boeing has published an excellent “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) page for answering questions and concerns about aviation safety. Some of the questions answered are: Are four engined aircraft safer than two engined aircraft? Are older aircraft safe to fly in? Which …

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Tata SIA Vistara to commence Chennai services

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

Tata Singapore Airlines branded Vistara will commence services from its New Delhi hub to Chennai from February 15. With this the airline will finally connect all the seven major metros to its hub. The carrier will start with a daily flight which will ramp up to a twice-daily service from March 1. This will allow the airline to offer morning …

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IndiGo, AirAsia India, Spicejet top on-time for 2018. Chennai airport tops.

The ramp at Rajiv Gandhi airport, Hyderabad. Photo by Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. Do not re-use.

Three of India’s low-cost carriers, IndiGo, AirAsia India, and Spicejet feature in the OAG’s Punctuality League 2018 as India’s most punctual airlines. Chennai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi airports also feature in the annual report of airlines and airports with the best on-time performance (OTP) in the world. The best of the best As per the Punctuality League 2018, the most …

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Court favours Delhi airport, but IndiGo and Spicejet resist move to T2

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

In the on-going saga of getting airlines to move to the re-opened Terminal 2 (T2) at the Indira Gandhi airport, the Delhi High Court has passed a judgement favouring the airport operator M/s Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). In November, India’s largest domestic airline, Indigo, had approached the court petitioning against DIAL’s efforts forcing IndiGo to shift a part of …

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Lufthansa Group Miles & More program to become revenue-based from 2018

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYA at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport at night.

Mimicking the move from US airlines, Lufthansa Group’s frequent flier program, Miles & More, will be shifting to a revenue-based earnings model from March 12, 2018. In this model earning of miles will be based on the price of your ticket including any carrier imposed fees and surcharges, rather than the distance you fly. Current system at Miles & More …

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OAG report exposes gaps in DGCA on-time performance (OTP) reports

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

Data from the world’s leading provider of digital flight information OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd, appears to contradict the On-Time Performance (OTP) as reported by the country’s regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). OAG which used to be the Official Airline Guide and handles more than 35 million dynamic flight status updates per day shows national leader IndiGo ranked …

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IndiGo follows Go Air. To increase its A320neo seating to 186.

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

India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo, is following the lead of fellow A320neo (new engine option) operator Go Air and will add another six seats to its new A320neo aircraft to increase capacity to 186 seats. IndiGo, the world’s largest A320neo operator has chosen to implement the Airbus Space-Flex cabin made by Zodiac Aerospace. The Space-Flex module was developed in order …

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IndiGo explains the Katyal manhandling incident, admits fault.

IndiGo A320 at Bengaluru airport

Low cost carrier IndiGo has written a detailed clarification to the Civil Aviation ministry explaining the manhandling incident of Mr. Katyal at New Delhi airport. The letter written by Mr. Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s President and Wholetime Director is addressed to Mr. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India. The airline acknowledges its fault and …

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Analysis: Qatar buys 9.61% of Cathay Pacific for $662 million for China foothold

After being rebuffed in its attempt to buy a stake in US carrier and fellow oneworld member, American Airlines Group, national carrier Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. has bought a 9.61% stake in another fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Qatar Airways bought 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific from Kingboard Chemical Holdings and its allied companies for HK$5.2 billion (approximately US$662 …

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Etihad Airways to suspend Abu Dhabi Dallas-Fort Worth flights

Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-ETK London Heathrow

Etihad Airways will suspend its Abu Dhabi – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) flight effective March 25 2018 which be the end of the Winter schedule. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates claimed the route will become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with Etihad. American Airlines had on June 29th, served notice to …

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Photos: New Singapore Airlines A380. Apartment Suites and better Business.

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its much awaited new cabin for its Airbus A380 flagship fleet. The cabins in all four classes of service, Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy are focussed around the theme of “Space made personal, experience the difference”. The new cabins feature intimate and bespoke elements while increasing space and privacy. The new configuration offers 471 …

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Airlines implement ‘enhanced security’ for USA flights

Five international airlines have begun implementing new ‘enhanced security’ measures for their US bound flights which includes ‘enhanced screening’ of personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone. Air France, Lufthansa Group (including SWISS, Austrian and Brussels), Cathay Pacific, Emirates and EgyptAir have also introduced a security questioning process which ranges from filling a questionnaire to questioning by airline staff. …

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First Chinese assembled Airbus A320neo delivered to AirAsia

Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia has received the first A320neo aircraft assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The airframe is registered 9M-AGK. The Chinese line inaugurated in 2008, became the third final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus for single-aisle aircraft. Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany are the other two. Airbus has assembled and delivered …

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IndiGo announces first regional ATR schedules

Indigo will commence regional flights using the ATR72-600 turbo-prop aircraft from December 21, 2017. Bookings start in another ten minutes at 12:01am October 16th. As expected IndiGo will begin with flights on its existing network. Between Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai and Nagpur. It will add two new Tier-II cities, Tirupati and Rajahmundry, in to its network. The ATR operations …

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New Jet Air videos connect Bangalore and Amsterdam, Chennai and Paris

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

In less than two weeks Jet Airways will commence flights between Bangalore and Amsterdam and Chennai and Paris in the winter schedule starting October 29, 2017. To showcase these flights, the airline has released two interesting videos that juxtapose the cultures and highlights of the city pairs. I like the way the cities and cultures of South India, Paris and, …

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Indian ATC ignores repeated mayday, endangers Air Canada flight

Air Canada Boeing 787-9. Airline Image.

In a shocking development, just come to light, it appears that Indian Air Traffic Control (ATC) ignored the repeated MAYDAY calls by an Air Canada flight and endangered the lives of 191 passenger and crew on the night of September 19th. Readers of Bangalore Aviation know how I despise the histrionic headlines found in mainstream media, but this case merits …

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Bangalore wants to be India’s first full biometric entry and boarding airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is trying to become India’s first fully biometric airport by the end of next year. Under this system, a passenger enters their Aadhaar UID number when booking their travel. The passenger can enter the airport, check-in, pass through security, and board the aircraft using their stored biometric information like fingerprints. There will be no need for …

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First 787-10 of Singapore Airlines rolls out at Boeing Charleston

Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 rolls out of the final assembly line in Boeing North Charleston, South Carolina, USA

At its final assembly line (FAL) in Charleston, South Carolina, US air-framer Boeing has rolled out the first 787-10 Dreamliner built for launch customer Singapore Airlines. The airplane will be painted in the airline’s livery before commencing system checks, fuelling, and engine runs before its delivery scheduled for some time during the first half of next year. The 787-10 is …

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Singapore Airlines – Lufthansa Group joint venture launched

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa cabin crew image composite by Bangalore Aviation

Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have finally launched their joint venture (JV) partnership on October 1, which was originally announced in November 2015. The JV will cover flights between Singapore, Australia and Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, the four home countries of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, all part of the Lufthansa Group. Singapore Airlines, …

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