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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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Analysis of Jet Airways’ fourth quarter and full year FY2017-18 results

Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Confirming the challenging nature of the market, Jet Airways posted a loss of ₹1,036 crores for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. This pulled the full year loss to ₹767 crores. This was their first loss after eleven consecutive profitable quarters and the first full year loss after 2 years of profit. The results reflect …

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SilkAir to merge into Singapore Airlines after cabin upgrade

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 9V-MBB.

SilkAir which is the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will undergo a major cabin upgrade program which will culminate with the carrier being merged into it’s parent airline. The airline operates a fleet of 34 aircraft comprising of Airbus A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737-800’s and MAX 8’s. The airline will transition to an all Boeing fleet and has another …

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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 …

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Analysis: Indigo’s fourth quarter FY18 results

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

Indigo’s fourth quarter results were far below expectations, reflecting the intensely competitive market and irrational market and also Indigo’s challenges as it continues its growth path. The results were announced along with the full year results, however we present an analysis only of the fourth quarter as it is reflective of certain trends in the market (a full year analysis …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Spicejet to relaunch flights to Hubli

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 that it will restart operations to Hubli. The airline will operate flights to Hubli from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The flights from Chennai and Hyderabad will be under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme and will make Hubli Spicejet’s fifth destination under the scheme. The airline stopped it’s operations to Hubli after a crash …

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Qatar invests in private jet company JetSuite

JetSuite Phenom 100. JetSuite Image.

Middle eastern carrier Qatar Airways has announced an investment for a minority stake American private aviation company JetSuite and indirectly into JetSuite X the companies scheduled regional service. Qatar is the second airline to invest in the company after JetBlue. Qatar has been investing in foreign airlines over the past few years, they have a 20% stake in IAG (British …

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Vistara receives 20th A320. Qualifies for international operations

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

Vistra airlines has recieved its 20th aircraft. The aircraft is an Airbus A320neo – the seventh of the type in the airline’s fleet. With this delivery, the airline now qualifies to begin international operations. The airline is expected to begin short-haul international operations in the second half of this year and will most likely operate it’s first international flight to …

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