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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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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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BREAKING: Is Wolfgang Prock-Schauer leaving Go Airlines?

GoAir CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer. Photo courtesy Air Berlin.

Rumours are abuzz regarding a leadership change at the Wadia promoted Go Airlines. Bangalore Aviation has reviewed an internal memo circulated to employees which speaks about a corporate realignment. While the operational heads continue to report to the CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, revenue and finance responsibilities have been shifted to the Chairman/Managing Director and promoter Mr. Jehangir Wadia for “final approval”. …

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Jet Airways offers ‘Biryani Festival’ on-board starting today

Jet Airways Biryani Festival.

Jet Airways starts a week-long, in-flight ‘Biryani Festival’, from today, for passengers in economy class on select domestic flights. Till September 4, the airline will showcase eight different biryanis from various states of India, as part of their lunch and dinner menus. These include: Yakhni Pulao Biryani Aloo Badi Ki Biryani Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani Kabuli Biryani Kolkata Style Chicken …

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Qatar Airways and Vistara sign interline agreement

Qatar Airways A7-BAC Boeing 777-300ER.

Flag carrier Qatar Airways entered into a new interline partnership with the Tata-Singapore Airlines Vistara effective today. The agreement allows passengers of each airline to travel seamlessly under a single ticket on the other’s network via Indian gateways where both airlines operate to. The baggage allowances of the passengers will be as per the issuing airline’s rules. Qatar Airways operates …

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Analysis: Spicejet first quarter FY2018 results. Several items of concern.

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Spicejet’s results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017-18 were a mixed bag, and we find several items of concern. Bangalore Aviation presents an analysis of the numbers: Results snapshot (all figures in Indian Rupees) Revenues 2,068 crores Costs 1,714 crores EBITDAR 479 crores Profit before tax 177 crores Profit after tax 178 crores Revenue per available seat kilometre …

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Analysis: IndiGo first quarter FY2018 results and fleet, plans, and strategy

IndiGo first A320neo VT-ITC touches down at New Delhi's IGI airport after a non-stop flight from Toulouse, France

India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo, reported its first quarter results of the fiscal year 2017-2018 (Q1FY18) yesterday. It was a strong result but perhaps what was different this time, were details on its fleet, international expansion plans and strategic direction, the airline shared. Bangalore Aviation is the first to report on and analyse these comprehensive issues. IndiGo Q1FY18 results snapshot …

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Delta, Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic to launch combined joint venture

As India’s Jet Airways gets closer to Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM, the core founders of the SkyTeam alliance, further news of strengthening of these airlines’ 2009 partnership over the busy trans-Atlantic airspace. Delta will invest €375 million investment to acquire a 10% equity share in the Air France-KLM Group. In addition Delta will a seat on the …

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Scoot’s Leslie Thng slated to succeed Phee Teik Yeoh as Vistara CEO

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

TATA SIA Airlines Limited (Vistara) have named Scoot’s Chief Commercial Officer Leslie Thng to succeed Phee Teik Yeoh as Chief Executive Officer for Vistara, from October 2017. Phee Teik Yeoh who has been with Vistara since its inception, will return to his parent, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and will be given a a senior appointment. Thng, a lifelong Singapore Airlines man, …

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Air India hurts itself by withdrawing non-veg economy meal option

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

In another demonstration of why Government should not be involved in the operations of national carrier Air India, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani announced the discontinuation of serving non-vegetarian meals in the economy class on all domestic flights. The disclosure made in an interview with The Hindu newspaper invited swift reaction, much of it negative, by many, …

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Etihad Airways eliminates free chauffeur service for premium passengers

Etihad Chauffeur Service

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is eliminating its complimentary chauffeur service for its business and first class passengers at all its international destinations. A paid option “at specially negotiated rates” will replace the free service. Economy class passengers can also avail the new paid service, and Etihad Guest members will accrue frequent flier points. The cutback is part of a series …

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Jet Airways adds Air France, KLM, Delta code-shares on new flights

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

Jet Airways is enhancing its existing code-share agreements with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. All three foreign carriers are anchor members of the Skyteam alliance. The Indian carrier will place code-shares of the three Skyteam airlines on its new flights between Mumbai Paris, Chennai Paris, Bangalore Amsterdam, and its third Mumbai London Heathrow flight. Air …

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Inflight Review: Malaysia Airlines: Economy: 737-800: Bangalore – Singapore

This was my first trip on Malaysia Airlines and my first international flight out of India on a narrow body in eight years. Why not fly Bangalore to Singapore direct instead of the roundabout Bangalore – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore?  I am a oneworld frequent flier and Malaysia Airlines is a member of the alliance. The other option would have …

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