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AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore goes missing #QZ8501

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

An AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-200 aircraft registration PK-AXC performing flight QZ8501 from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing. The airline has issued a statement “AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.” It is unclear whether the time zone is GMT+7 (Indonesia time) …

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AirAsia sends new A320 originally destined for India to Malaysia instead

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane at the gate.

AirAsia group has sent to Malaysia an Airbus A320 which was originally earmarked to intended to be registered in India. The A320-216(SL) fitted with Sharklets, manufacturer serial number (MSN) 6262 was originally destined for use as AirAsia India’s third aircraft, and was to be registered VT-ATD was instead delivered to AirAsia Malaysia and has been registered as 9M-AJT. AirAsia has …

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AirAsia under-serves Bangalore, hub of its Indian subsidiary

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

A confusion exists on the website of AirAsia with regards to its ‘Fly-Thru’ connectivity service on flights to and from Bangalore. While the flight schedules page of the website offers the connecting service between Bangalore and domestic Malaysian destinations like Penang, Langkawi, Denpesar-Bali, to international destinations like Singapore, Sydney, Perth, and Manila, the booking page does not allow booking of …

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AirAsia India commences direct flights from Bangalore to Jaipur and Chandigarh

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane at the gate.

With the arrival of its second aircraft VT-ATB, India’s newest airline, AirAsia India, commenced its foray in to North India with direct flights from its Bangalore hub to Jaipur and Chandigarh. AirAsia Jaipur and Chandigarh schedule Flight From To Departs Arrives I5 1722 Bangalore Jaipur 9:45 12:20 I5 1723 Jaipur Bangalore 12:45 15:15 I5 1824 Bangalore Chandigarh 15:45 18:40 I5 …

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AirAsia to re-enter Japanese skies

Malaysia low cost carrier AirAsia attempting to re-enter the Japanese low cost airline market. It will be entering into a shareholders agreement with Octave Japan Infrastructure Fund I GK (Octave), Rakuten Inc. (Rakuten), Noevir Holdings Co. Ltd. (Noevir), and Alpen Co. Ltd. (Alpen) to establish AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. sometime later this month. The new airline branded AirAsia Japan is …

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Through the lens: Air Asia India’s maiden flight

First flight of AirAsia India. Takeoff roll.

Air Asia India’s first flight took off today from Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore to Dabolim Airport, Goa. This flight marks the launch of the airline’s operations in India. The inaugural flight, I5 1320, landed at Goa with a 100% flight load. The flight carried some senior airline officials like AirAsia India CEO Mittu Chandilya. The airline will be flying daily to Goa …

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Tech Tuesday: Proving Flights

AirAsia India first Airbus A320 with Sharklets VT-ATF

In late 2013, India’s civil aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) introduced a Civil Aviation Policy, CAP-3100, in line with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation, pronounced eye-kay-oh) guidelines, to guide an organisation on the steps required to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate, or an AOP. The AOP is required for an operator to offer air transport services, …

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AirAsia to implement Airbus managed inventory service

Malaysia low cost carrier, AirAsia, will implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at its bases in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand, becoming the fourth operator in the region to implement this service. The AMI service provides for automatic replenishment of inventory to ensures the continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at …

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AirAsia to use Bangalore as its India hub?

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

AirAsia is close to signing an agreement to use Bangalore as its hub for India operations, Bhaskar Bodapati, Senior Director of the Bengaluru Airport International Limited (BIAL) revealed in Saturday’s Deccan Herald. This will be a coup for the company, especially after the loss of the financially defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Historically, Bangalore has been ignored by India’s domestic airlines for …

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AirAsia India commences recruiting flight attendants

AirAsia India will be hiring cabin crew for its flight operations in India which is planned to be based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The airline is inviting aspiring flight attendants to attend its walk-in interviews to be held on Saturday 13 April 2013 at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, 2, 13th Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet in Chennai, from 9am to 3pm. Successful …

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Opinion: Approving AirAsia-Tata airline will derail goals of FDI in aviation policy

The announcement that AirAsia is joining hands with the Tatas and Bhatias with the intention to start a new airline in India will put the a significant policy dilemma in front of the Government of India related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in civil aviation by foreign airlines, and might just land-up derailing the goals of the fledging policy. While …

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AirAsia, Tatas and Amit Bhatia seek approval to start airline in India. Is SpiceJet the target?

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

by Devesh Agarwal Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad (Ltd.) through its investment arm, AirAsia Investment Ltd. (AAIL) has submitted an application to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) seeking approval for AAIL to invest 49% into a proposed Indian joint venture together with Tata Sons Limited and Mr. Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd. The expected holding …

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AirAsia X to shift from London Stansted to Gatwick

Malaysian low fare carrier AirAsia X has announced that it will shift its six times a week Kuala Lumpur to London flights from Stansted airport to Gatwick airport from October 24, 2011. The move will afford AirAsia X passengers better onward connectivity both by air and surface. The Gatwick Express will provide passengers quick connectivity to London’s Victoria station and …

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Strategic and execution failures make AirAsia scale back India operations

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

Earlier this year, many an Indian waited with expectation while all Indian carriers waited with trepidation as the Malaysian low cost behemoth AirAsia, announced and commenced flights to a slew of cities across the nation. Fast forward six months, and the Indian carriers are breathing easy as AirAsia is quietly withdrawing or dramatically scaling back flight operations from many Indian …

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