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Air India offers free tickets to business class fliers

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 is offering freebies and discounts to its business class and women passengers who travel on the carrier’s domestic metro network, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, between November 1 and December 31, 2015. Passengers who travel six times within Air India’s domestic metro network, excepting between Bangalore and Chennai, will get two flight coupons (a …

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Air India faces Rs 640 crore lawsuit in US for breaching Haj contract

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

Dynamic International Airways LLC, a US air carrier head-quartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, has launched a $97.7 million (about Rs 640 crore) lawsuit against Air India alleging breach of contract in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit alleges for the years 2013 and 2014, Air India sub-contracted Dynamic to carry Haj pilgrims …

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Why are Air India’s Dreamliners giving trouble when others are not?

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANE.

Last July, India’s civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told the Indian parliament, national carrier Air India (AI) experienced delays in 318 of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner equipped flights till June 30, 2014 due to a variety of technical snags. This translated to over three per cent of the total Dreamliner equipped flights operated by the airline. In airline jargon, …

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Air India’s New Delhi San Francisco schedule ignores Bangalore

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

Air India has loaded the schedule of its much anticipated New Delhi San Francisco non-stop service, into the global distribution system. AI173 departs* New Delhi at 02:45 and arrives San Francisco International at 06:00 AI174 departs* San Francisco International at 10:00 and arrives New Delhi at 15:35 the next day *all departures on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays Yet, inexplicably, the …

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Air India shifting to Mumbai airport T2. First to integrate operations

Air India's website banner announcing shift to T2 at Mumbai

National carrier Air India will be the first airline to integrate its operations, domestic and international, at terminal 2 better known as T2, at Mumbai CSI airport. The airline will be shifting its domestic operations from terminal 1A located just off the western express highway to the swanky new T2 located on the northern periphery of the airport. T2 has …

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Air India to commence thrice a week New Delhi San Francisco non-stop

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

At an event in the Indian capital, New Delhi, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani announced the launch of a non-stop flight between New Delhi and San Francisco. San Francisco will be Air India’s fourth destination in the United States after New York (JFK), Newark, and Chicago O’Hare. The flights will be operated three times a week on …

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Air India readies 787 Dreamliner grounded for nine months

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-AND grounded for nine months in a maintenance hangar at Mumbai

National carrier Air India is preparing its second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-AND for flight after grounding the aircraft in the maintenance hangars for over nine months. The aircraft is recorded to have last flown on new year’s day 2015. Bangalore Aviation has received these exclusive photos. This is the second case of an Air India Dreamliner being grounded for over …

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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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