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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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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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Vistara orders six Boeing 787-9 and and 50 Airbus A320neo

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

The Tata-Singapore Airlines airline Vistara has signed letters of intent to place firm orders with Boeing for six 787-9 Dreamliner and with Airbus for 13 A320neo family aircraft. Vistara also has options for an additional four Dreamliners. The order is worth $3.1 billion at list prices, though aircraft manufacturer extend massive discounts. In keeping with their existing fleet mix, the …

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Latest British Airways humorous safety video features British stars

Asim Chaudhry plays "director" Chabuddy G., in British Airways in-flight safety video

Airlines are constantly re-inventing their inflight safety videos to get the attention of passengers. British Airways has just debuted the newest edition of their safety video made in partnership with Comic Relief. The video features British stars (in order of appearance); comedian Asim Chaudhry playing the “director” of the safety video, Chabuddy G., and as themselves Sir Michael Caine, Bond …

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IndiGo to connect Surat with five Indian cities in massive introduction

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

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, is making a massive entrance in to the Gujarati city of Surat connecting it to five major Indian cities. From August 16th onwards, the airline will begin flights between Surat and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, and New Delhi. At the same time, the airline is launching flight on three new routes; Jaipur Varanasi, Jaipur Guwahati, …

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Images of the new United Polaris lounge in San Francisco, now open

United Airlines Polaris Lounge San Francisco - signature cocktails

United Airlines has opened its new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located near gate G92 of the international terminal. United Airlines operates from San Francisco to India in partnership with Lufthansa. We also write about this lounge for the benefit of premium class passengers on other Star Alliance carriers like Lufthansa, Air India, Turkish Airlines, or …

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Iberia receives first upgraded Airbus A350-900

Iberia receives first high MTOW A350-900. Placido Domingo.

Spanish flag carrier, Iberia, also a member of IAG, has taken delivery of the first of its 16 A350-900 XWB on order. While it is the 18th carrier overall to operate the new generate aircraft, MSN219 is the first A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package (PIP) including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) …

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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 …

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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 …

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Why Vistara is likely to choose the 787-10 over the 787-9

Boeing 787-10. Boeing image.

Bloomberg is reporting that the Tata Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara has selected the Boeing 787 Dreamliner over the Airbus A330neo as its wide-body aircraft for long distance international operations. Why did Vistara choose the 787 Just some of the reasons for Vistara choosing the 787 over the A330neo are: The 787 is a newer generation aircraft compared to the …

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Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Oneworld member, Qatar Airways is upgrading its on-board dining for its business and first class passengers, initially on its European routes. The new concepts include newly-designed tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and china. I am impressed that Qatar will place mini condiment grinders for fresh ground black pepper and Himalayan pink salt on the passengers’ tables. The airline has increased …

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Singapore airlines to re-launch world’s longest flight

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will re-launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October. The service will see the airline flying the new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) between Singapore and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline previously operated the world’s longest and second longest routes, Singapore – New York and Singapore – Los Angeles respectively with a fleet of …

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IndiGo re-imposes fuel surcharge on domestic flights

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

Marking an increase in airfares thanks to rising global oil prices, India’s largest domestic airline IndiGo has re-imposed a fuel surcharge on all domestic flights from today. The Indian Rupee has also been under pressure and has been steadily declining against the Dollar. With the airline claiming a 25% increase in Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices, IndiGo will impose a …

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Ocean Infinity calls off search for #MH370

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER registration 9M-MRO taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-Feb-2014. This aircraft went missing while performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 persons on board. Photo copyright M. Azizul Islam

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 is arguably the world’s most mysterious commercial aviation disaster. The aircraft which was carrying 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared on 8th March 2014. A multi-national search effort over many years costing hundreds of millions of dollars was called off in 2017. Earlier this year the search was resumed by …

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