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Analysis: Virgin Atlantic’s India Expansion

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 G-VNEW. Boeing Image.

Virgin Atlantic made its India debut in July 2000 when the airline launched its flight to India’s capital, New Delhi. Back then, Virgin Atlantic was a boutique airline fuelled by the ambitions of a maverick entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson.  A lot has changed since then. Today, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority shareholder (20%) in the airline with …

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Video: KLM’s 100th Anniversary Film

A couple of days back, KLM celebrated its 100th anniversary. The airline is the oldest in the world still operating under its original name. KLM has released a celebratory ad to commemorate the milestone. The film is called “To More Memories Together,” and follows three generations of KLM crew. KLM said about the film: “The film tracks KLM’s evolution from …

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Lufthansa to begin Bangalore – Munich flights

Lufthansa A350-900. Image courtesy airline.

German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced that it will begin operating direct flights between Munich and Bangalore from 31 March 2020. The flight will be operated five times weekly by an Airbus A350-900. The airline already operates a daily flight to Bangalore from Frankfurt using the Boeing 747-8i.   On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the flight will take …

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Air France orders upto 120 A220’s. Will retire the A380

Air France has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 60 A220-300 aircraft. The deal also includes an additional 30 options and 30 acquisition rights which could potentially see an order of 120 aircraft. The aircraft are planned to be delivered from September 2021 and will replace the airline’s existing A218 and A319 fleet …

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Technical issue forces British Airways Bangalore flight to return to London

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER G-YMMU

A British Airways Boeing 777-200ER registration G-YMMU, operating flight BA119 from London Heathrow to Bangalore Kempegowda airport returned to London Heathrow airport soon after take-off due to a technical issue. The cause of the issue is being investigated by the engineers, and no determination on what caused the issue has been made as of the time of this report. The …

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British Airways launches Club Suites, new business class with enclosed suites

British Airways has launched its new long-awaited business class seat. The ‘Club Suite’ will offer enclosed suites with a door, industry standard flat-bed seats, direct aisle access with a 1-2-1 seat configuration. The seat will also feature 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power. The Club Suite will first feature on the airline’s first …

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Lufthansa Group orders 787s and A350s. Will start retiring A380s.

The Lufthansa group has placed an order for 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900’s. The order which is worth $12 billion at list prices (as confirmed in the group’s statement, airlines always negotiate a heavy discount from the list price). Deliveries of the new aircraft will be between 2022 and 2027. The new aircraft will primarily replace four-engine …

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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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Lufthansa to begin flights to Austin with Indian connections

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport

German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced that it will operate a five time a week flight from Frankfurt to Austin. Austin will be the carriers third destination in Texas after Dallas and Huston. The flight will begin from 3 May 2019. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA LH468 Frankfurt Austin 10.05 14.20 LH469 Austin Frankfurt 16.05 09.10 + 1 The …

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Latest British Airways humorous safety video features British stars

Asim Chaudhry plays "director" Chabuddy G., in British Airways in-flight safety video

Airlines are constantly re-inventing their inflight safety videos to get the attention of passengers. British Airways has just debuted the newest edition of their safety video made in partnership with Comic Relief. The video features British stars (in order of appearance); comedian Asim Chaudhry playing the “director” of the safety video, Chabuddy G., and as themselves Sir Michael Caine, Bond …

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Iberia receives first upgraded Airbus A350-900

Iberia receives first high MTOW A350-900. Placido Domingo.

Spanish flag carrier, Iberia, also a member of IAG, has taken delivery of the first of its 16 A350-900 XWB on order. While it is the 18th carrier overall to operate the new generate aircraft, MSN219 is the first A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package (PIP) including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) …

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Lufthansa unveils business class seat for it’s 777x

German flag carrier Lufthansa has revealed the concept for its new business class which will feature on its 777-9 which is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. The cabin will feature lie flat seats with direct aisle access. The airline has gone for a particularly interesting staggered 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 configuration. That will make every alternate center seat a throne …

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