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Exclusive photos: Tractor hits and damages Air India A320 aircraft

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor

Earlier this month a push back tractor appears to have hit an Airbus A320 of the national airline Air India. The incident involving VT-EPJ occurred at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport in the middle of a rain storm, earlier this month. There are some reports that the aircraft rolled forward before the towbar which is connected to the nose wheel was …

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Air India celebrates 1st anniversary with Star Alliance

July 11th marked the successful completion of one year of the Air India’s membership in Star Alliance. To mark this occasion the airline on 10 of it’s domestic metro flights, passengers were treated to an exclusive, personalized inflight experience with a chef on board who interacted with the passengers and assisted cabin crew in the service. The airline also organized …

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Infographics: Domestic performance of Indian carriers over last 12 months

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Bangalore Aviation has produced a set of graphics which provide significant insight in the domestic operating performance of Indian carriers for the last 12 months. The source data is obtained from India’s regulator The Directorate General of Civil Aviation. On time performance One of the key selling points of IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, is, on time performance (OTP). As …

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Full service airlines Air India and Jet Airways offer sale prices to boost traffic

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

Two of India’s full service carriers have resorted to fare sales to boost traffic numbers in the lean season due to commence once the summer school holidays are over. Jet Airways offered the ‘Great Premiere Experience’ where domestic business fares were discounted 25%. Now Air India is offering a ‘Monsoon Sale‘ which is offering fares starting at Rs 1,777 for …

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Indian airlines reduce fares, carry free supplies to aid Nepal earthquake relief

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Disasters bring out the best in people, and Indian airlines are no exception. Following the deadly earthquake in Nepal, all four Indian carriers operating to Kathmandu, Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet, are putting their best feet (or wings) forward, and pitching in to support the aid efforts directed towards the stricken Himalayan nation. Additional flights Indian carriers were …

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Air India Dreamliner first in world in Star Alliance livery

Air India 787-8 Dreamliner in Star Alliance livery.

National carrier Air India’s newest Boeing 787-8 is the first Dreamliner in the world to wear the special Star Alliance livery. The carrier celebrated the milestone delivery of its 20th 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft bearing the registration VT-ANU was built at Boeing’s final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Air India serves more than 60 domestic and 37 …

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Air India’s Boeing 777-300ER in Star Alliance special livery

Air India Boeing 777-300ER VT-ALJ Bihar in special Star Alliance livery being wheeled out of the hangar.

Almost nine months after national carrier Air India joined the global airline grouping Star Alliance, it has painted one of its flagship Boeing 777-300ERs VT-ALJ Bihar is the special Alliance livery. This photograph from our contributor Prathamesh Kini at Mumbai. Contributors also report, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Charleston, South Carolina is also being prepared in the special Star livery. …

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Air India takes delivery of it’s first Sharklet Airbus A320

VT-EXA-Air-India-Right

Last week Indian national carrier Air India took delivery of it newest Airbus A320 equipped with the new Sharklet wingtips. The aircraft is registered VT-EXA and was ferried to New Delhi on the 5th of February. The aircraft delivered under a 12-year operating lease agreement from China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC). CALC shall deliver an additional four new …

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Air India pays 18x delay compensation of private airlines. To deduct salaries of those responsible.

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 a bold move national carrier Air India has put errant employees and vendors who delay flights on notice. The airline will deduct salaries of employees and caterers found responsible for delays of flights. The Maharaja which has one of the worst one-time performance (OTP) records amongst Indian carriers, has been instructed by the top bureaucrat in the civil aviation …

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Exclusive picture: Air India Dreamliner grounded for 9 months, finally restored

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANI LN46 at Mumbai airport after being grounded for nine months for a "reliability retrofit".

It appears that Air India’s troublesome Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANI has finally completed its repairs and retrofits and is getting ready for flight. From a supporter of Bangalore Aviation comes this photo taken at Mumbai airport on India’s Republic Day, January 26, 2015. A hat-tip to the boss. Readers will recall, since April 2014, nine months ago, Air India’s Boeing …

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Air India faces a jumbo fleet problem

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

National carrier Air India finds itself in a jumbo-sized problem. It has a huge excess of wide-body ‘jumbo’ and ‘mini-jumbo’ aircraft used for international flights, while facing a severe shortage of narrow body aircraft leaving it unable to capitalise on the increased winter demand and the additional demand shying away from SpiceJet due to the latter’s financial troubles. The current …

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Air India commences direct New Delhi Vijayawada flights

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

National carrier Air India will introduce a daily direct daily service between New Delhi and Vijayawada from tomorrow, January 15, 2015 which will be the second service on the route. Presently the carrier flies on a one-stop flight via Hyderabad. The new flight AI459 departs New Delhi at 06:20 and arrives Vijayawada at 08:25 The return flight AI460 departs Vijayawada …

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Air India flies grounded Boeing 777 after 31 months, ahead of delivery to Etihad

Air India Boeing 777-237LR VT-ALF Jharkand at New Delhi IGI airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Air India’s newest Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH Maharashtra has finally flown after a gap of over 31 months after it was in storage since March 29, 2012. The test flight AI555 took off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji airport around 13:20 on Friday, January 9, 2015 and performed a series of race track circuits for about 100 minutes (1h40m) before returning at …

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Air India and Jet Airways deploy wide-bodies to boost Mumbai New Delhi Bengaluru and Chennai capacity

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

India’s two operators of wide-body aircraft, national carrier Air India and private sector Jet Airways will be deploying wide-body aircraft on their routes between Mumbai New Delhi Bengaluru and Chennai to boost capacity for the new year period. Jet Airways will deploy its surplus A330-200s while Air India will deploy its Boeing 777-300ERs. Jet Airways commenced operating its Airbus A330-200s …

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Air India Regional inducts first ATR72-600 into fleet

Air India Regional Alliance Air first ATR72-600 VT-AII. ATR image.

Air India’s regional subsidiary company Airline Allied Services Ltd. (AASL) which operates the brand “Alliance Air” has inducted the first of five new ATR72-600 turbo-props in to its fleet. The aircraft registered VT-AII, is leased from Singapore-based aircraft lessor Avation. The livery is painted “Air India Regional”. The right side of the aircraft which is painted in English can be …

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Infographics: Geographical break-up of Air India passengers, revenue 2013-14

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

Based on the recent statement of the Indian Minister of State for civil aviation to the Indian parliament we have produced these two graphics showing the country-wise break-up of Air India’s passengers and revenue for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Air India transported 15,831,554 passengers earning revenues of Rs 15,551.78 thus earning an average revenue of Rs 9,823.28 …

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Infographic: Air India break-up of expenditure 2013-14

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

Based on the statement of the Indian Minister of State for civil aviation to the Indian parliament we have produced this graph showing the expenses of Air India for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2014. Total expenditure for the year 2013-14 was Rs 25,050.60 crores (approximately $ 4.04 billion) against a total passenger revenue of Rs 15,551.79 and …

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