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Emirates orders Airbus A330neos and A350s

Middle-eastern carrier Emirates has placed an order for 70 Airbus aircraft, which includes 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft. The order comes following discussions regarding the airline’s A380 order, which resulted in the airline cancelling 39 of their pending A380’s for this order. The change has also prompted the announcement of the closure of the Airbus A380 production line. Emirates …

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Jet Airways makes cancellation charges time-based, steep increase for seven day cancellations

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways has revised its cancellation and change fees for domestic flights from today. The airline will now charge different fees depending on whether you if you change or cancel your ticket within seven days of travel. For economy fares, there is a difference of Rs. 800 in fees for changes or cancellations made within seven days of the flight …

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Spicejet announces Hyderabad to Jeddah daily flight

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced a daily flight Hyderabad and Jeddah. The airline will begin operating the flight from 25 March 2019 on its new Boeing 737 MAXs. Jeddah will be the third destination for the airline in the Middle East after Dubai and Muscat and ninth international destination in total. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet “It is …

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Airbus A380 future uncertain as Emirates considers A350

European airframer Airbus has confirmed talks with Dubai based Emirates airlines over the carriers A380 orders, with reports that the carrier is considering switching its orders to the smaller A350. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 109 aircraft and 53 on order. The carrier extended a lifeline to the struggling program in February 2018 by placing …

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Indigo to open Bangalore Airport’s first MRO facility

InterGlobe Aviation (Indigo) has signed an agreement with Bangalore airport to build a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility. The 20-year agreement will see InterGlobe build a 13,000 sqm hangar on five acres of land. The facility will be able to accommodate two narrow-body aircraft and support infrastructure, including an engine QEC shop warehouse and engineering offices. The MRO will …

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Indigo Q3FY19 results analysis: the fare wars have just begun

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

Indigo Airlines reported its third-quarter results this Wednesday. While the results showed an improving trend compared to the last two quarters with a profit figure of 190 crores, overall the results highlight the core challenges in the Indian market. Key numbers fr Indigo’s third-quarter results: Revenue from Operations: 7916 crores Operating cost: 8038 crores EBITDAR: 1681 crores Net profit: 190 …

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Jet Airways announces Republic Day sale

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Full-service carrier Jet Airways has announced a week-long Republic Day sale today. The sale has begun today and offers up to 50% off on base fares through the airline’s domestic and international networks (except to Muscat and Sharjah). The sale is also valid to select destinations in Europe on Air France and KLM. Passengers can book tickets through the sale …

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Japan Airlines will begin Bangalore flights in 2020

Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 at Delhi Airport.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it will begin direct flights to Bangalore from summer 2020. The flight will be the first direct flight between Bangalore and Japan and will be the second Indian destination for the carrier after Delhi. The airline will operate the flight with one of its Boeing 787-8’s which are equipped with the SkySuite business class …

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British Airways announces upgrades to World Traveller Plus

British Airways has announced changes to their premium economy – “World Traveller Plus” offerings. As part of the airline’s five-year £6.5 billion-pound investment plan, BA will update the cabin’s furnishings, service and dining options. Carolina Martinoli, Director of Brand and Customer Experience, British Airways “This latest tranche of our £6.5bn investment is set to improve World Traveller Plus and customers …

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Pictures: British Airways reveals BOAC 747 retro-jet

A Boeing 747 of BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation flying above the United Kingdom on 7 April 1971.

British Airways has announced that it is repainting one of its Boeing 747-400’s in a retro-livery of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as part of its centenary celebration. The aircraft G-BYGC will arrive at Heathrow from the paint shop in Dublin on 18 February in the BOAC scheme and will enter service the next day. The livery will …

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Emirates is reducing its economy baggage allowance

Over the years, the Big 3 middle eastern carriers (ME3) have been known for the full-service offerings. While most airlines were skimping on baggage and in-flight service, they were offering passengers more baggage, better food, etc. All of which has led to the three airlines expanding and developing a loyal customer base. The last couple of years have seen the …

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AirAsia adds more flights from Delhi, Pune, Srinagar and Hyderabad

Low-cost carrier AirAsia has announced eight new flights across its existing network. The new flights will begin on 1 February 2019. The carrier will add a morning and evening service between Delhi and Hyderabad. AirAsia is also adding a second flight each between New Delhi and Pune and Srinagar. Time table of new AirAsia flights Flight No Station From Departure …

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Vistara offers 4X CV points on bookings

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

Full-service carrier Vistara has announced a special offer on its fourth anniversary. Club Vistara members will earn four times the normal CV Points on every booking made between 10 January 2019 and 16 January 2019 for travel up to 10 April 2019. Customers will also get 10% Cashback on using American Express Credit Cards or ICICI Credit & Debit Cards …

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Singapore Airlines begins operations with Bangalore bound regional A350

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

Singapore Airlines has begun operating its regionally configured Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline flew the inaugural flight of the new product from Singapore to Adelaide, Australia. The aircraft is configured 303 seats with 40 business and 263 economy seats. The product is the same regional product found on the airline’s Boeing 787-10. The business class features a 1-2-1 layout with …

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United announces Delhi to San Francisco flight

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

United Airlines has announced a number of new routes from its hub in San Francisco. The airline will begin flights to: New Delhi, India (daily) Amsterdam, Netherlands (daily) Melbourne, Australia (3x weekly) Seoul Incheon (Adding second daily frequency) Toronto, Canada (2x daily) Tahiti, French Polynesia (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Auckland, New Zealand (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Non-stop San Francisco to …

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