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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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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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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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Jet expands Virgin Atlantic, Delta code-share for USA via London Heathrow

Jet Airways has expanded its code share with Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to offer its passengers connections via London Heathrow to nine US destinations operated by Virgin Atlantic. These include Atlanta, Boston, Newark, Washington Dulles, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco. Seattle will be the ninth city when Virgin Atlantic commences services on May 1. Frequent …

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Emirates and Royal Jordanian troll United Airlines post off-loading fiasco

United Airline’s now infamous slogan “Fly the friendly skies” is under attack on the social media world after its fiasco over the forcible removal of a doctor from flight 3411 last week. The doctor was injured when police attempted to forcibly eject him after the airline ran short of seats and needed them for their off-duty flight crew. Two middle-east …

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Record fine assessed on American Airlines for tarmac delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined American Airlines a record $1.6 million for violating rules prohibiting long tarmac delays. This is the highest fine against an airline for violating the tarmac delay rule, and matches the fine against Southwest Airlines in 2015 Under the DOT rules, U.S. airlines operating aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited …

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Jet and Delta tie-up JetPrivilege and SkyMiles frequent flyer programs

Three Jet Airways Aircraft standing at Schiphol, Amsterdam Airport on arrival from Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto

Deepening its partnership, India’s Jet Airways has partnered its frequent flier program JetPrivilege with Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles. The two programs has discontinued their partnership in 2012. JetPrivilege members can earn and redeem JPMiles on Delta’s entire network of 323 destinations in 57 countries across six continents, as per the table below. Delta operates over 15,000 flights, daily, from its …

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Alaska Airlines adds domestic routes

Alaska Air Boeing 737-900ER. Image Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Seattle based US carrier Alaska Airlines has announced new inbound and outbound flights to its ‘focus city’ San Diego. For this year’s ski-season, the airline will introduce daily non-stop flights from San Diego to popular skiing and holiday destination Steamboat Springs in Colorado. The city is famous for its Champagne Powder viewing that invites tourists from around the country and …

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Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines to codeshare

Alaska Air Boeing 737-900ER. Image Copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Seattle-based carrier Alaska Airlines and Japanese flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) have announced plans to begin a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership. Starting June 29th, pending government approval the agreement will allow for combined ticketing and one-stop baggage check-in on flights between the two airlines. Members of Alaska airlines’ mileage plan will also be able to earn and redeem miles …

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United announces full-time return of president & CEO Munoz

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Oscar Munoz (57), president and chief executive of United Airlines, who has been on medical leave since October 2015 after suffering a heart attack will resume his position full-time on 14 March. Brett Hart, the Chicago based airline’s EVP and general counsel has been serving as acting CEO. In early January, Munoz underwent a heart transplant but participated in United’s …

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Jet Airways to codeshare with Delta, KLM, shift Brussels hub to Amsterdam

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300. Image courtesy Jet.

In a major restructuring of its European and North American operations India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways has announced a code-share agreement with Delta Air Lines of the United States and with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the flag carrier of The Netherlands and part of the Air France-KLM airline group. To operationalise these code-share agreements, Jet Airways will shift its …

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Air Canada begins non-stop service to Delhi

Air Canada Boeing 787-9. Airline Image.

Canadian flag carrier, Air Canada begun it’s new non-stop service from Toronto to Delhi today. The new route is the only non-stop between Canada and the Indian subcontinent and will be operated by the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The inaugural flight was operated by G-FNOG which the airline’s newest Dreamliner. The service will begin with four times a week, …

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Lounge review: American Airlines arrivals lounge London Heathrow T3

American Airlines Arrivals Lounge T3 London Heathrow.

London is probably the busiest destination outside the United States for all three major US carriers, American, United, and Delta. While most of the lounges of US carriers cannot compete with those of their gulf or Asian rivals, they offer a service perfectly tailored to their north Atlantic premium traffic which is dominated by the business and corporate traveller, many …

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Air France, KLM and Delta offer special fares to the US from India and Dubai

Air France A330-200 Economy class cabin. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

SkyTeam alliance members Air France, KLM and Delta Air Lines are offering special fares from three Indian cities to 20 destinations in the United States and Canada. A special fare on the Dubai Atlanta route is also being offered. A fare of Rs. 60,000 all inclusive is available under this Independence Day sale. Bookings have started and will be open …

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Delta opens new arrivals lounge at London Heathrow airport terminal 3

Delta Air Lines arrival lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.

Tthe world’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, recently announced it will commence flights to London Heathrow from Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Yesterday Delta announced the opening of its new arrivals lounge at Heathrow airport. The lounge which is open to all BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members is located in the arrivals hall of terminal 3. …

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Inflight review: United Airlines 787-8: BusinessFirst: London to Houston, E175: First: Houston to DFW

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Until very recently, I was under the impression that American flag carriers were lackluster airlines, with poor service and an even worse attitude, in short to be booked only as a last resort. Admittedly, United Airlines was the last carrier on my mind to get from London and Dallas. Never having flown United on a long haul flight I went …

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