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Infographics: India domestic airlines’ performance for August 2015

A view of the ramp at Bangalore Airport.

We bring you another instalment of infographics showing historic performance over the last 12 months, of India’s domestic air passenger market as of August 2015. Infographics are based on data published by India’s civil aviation regulator, the DGCA. We encourage you to study all the infographics, and then help us answer “The SpiceJet Conundrum” posed at the end of page. …

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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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GoAir shifts departure terminal at Mumbai, but arrivals remain same

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-GOJ takes off from New Delhi. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

GoAir has relocated its departures at Mumbai CSI airport from terminal 1A to terminal 1B from Friday, September 25, 2015. Terminal 1B is the same terminal where other private operators IndiGo, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet operate from. Entrance to the GoAir check-in counters is from gate 2. However all GoAir arrivals will continue at terminal 1A till further notice from …

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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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flydubai and Mindtree enter into strategic partnership

flydubai Boeing 737-800 A6-FEO. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Emirates’ narrow-body sister airline flydubai has selected India’s technology service company Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] as a strategic technology partner to help the airline shape the digital experience it is envisaging for its passengers. Mindtree will focus on transforming flydubai’s information technology to support passenger sales and service systems, including services such as electronic ticketing and real-time baggage tracking. The agreement …

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Breaking news: Krishnan Balakrishnan leaves Jet joins GoAir as CFO

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-GOJ takes off from New Delhi. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Another senior level departure has hit Jet Airways. Krishnan Balakrishnan, Vice President fleet management and controls is joining the Wadia promoted GoAir as Chief Financial Officer. An internal announcement at GoAir says “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Krishnan Balakrishnan as CFO with effect from Sept 16.” Balakrishnan is a chartered and cost accountant with 22 years …

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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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British Airways Las Vegas engine fire: Report suggests compressor failure

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER G-VIIA

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the engine fire that occurred during takeoff of British Airways flight BA 2276, a Boeing 777-200ER, registration G-VIIO, at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS). The report’s initial factual findings suggest a failure in the high pressure compressor (HPC) area. The engine case showed multiple …

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Vistara to re-configure aircraft? Revisiting strategy due to 60 crore loss?

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

The Tata Singapore Airlines joint venture airline Vistara will be re-configuring its Airbus A320 aircraft going forward in an effort to stem losses. The re-configuration could happen as early as this month when the airline’s seventh A320 is delivered. The airline’s chief commercial officer Gian Ming Toh appears to confirm this development. In response to a query by Bangalore Aviation, …

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Jet Airways’ Kerala schedules revised due to Calicut airport repairs

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

India’s largest private airline, Jet Airways will revise schedules of some of its flights at Kozikode, Trivandrum, Cochin, Mumbai, Doha, and Dammam, due to maintenance work being conducted at Kozhikode (Calicut) airport. Effective September 1, 2015, the revised schedule is as below” Domestic Mumbai – Kohikode Flight 9W 423 will depart Mumbai at 09:05 and arrive Kozhikode at 10:50. Daily. …

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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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Vistara refutes media reports on possible winter fog grounding

Vistara Airbus A320 VT-TTC arrives at Bengaluru performing the airline's inaugural flight UK889 from New Delhi.

The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture airline, Vistara has refuted media reports that quotes Indian regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, officials, that its pilots and aircraft are not likely to be Cat IIIB certified by this winter. In a response to a detailed questionnaire seeking the airline’s responses, a Vistara spokesperson replied“Vistara has been working closely with DGCA for …

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Independent analysis of Jet Airways Q1 fiscal 2015-2016 performance

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

The below analysis has been performed by an aviation consultant and industry professional completely independently of Bangalore Aviation. The views expressed are not ours. – Editor Jet Airways reported a profit of INR 2,217 million or USD 35 million for the 1st quarter of FY16. The results are fairly interesting when one looks at RASK and CASK comparisons that show …

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Air France offers 5th edition of Manish Arora fashion contest

The official page of the Air France Manish Arora contest.

For the fifth season, Air France is offering aspiring designers the opportunity to engage with noted designer Manish Arora and learn from him, first-hand. This season which started yesterday will run till September 3, 2015, will also involve the noted Verve Magazine as an official media partner. This year’s theme is ‘Life is Beautiful’. Fashion designers can participate in the …

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ANA unveils two new Star Wars jets

All three ANA Star Wars liveried jets. ANA Image.

Japanese carrier, ANA announced that two more of its planes will be decorated with Star Wars characters. BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be displayed on the livery of the BB-8™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER and the Star Wars™ ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside of a …

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Tigerair to operate Lucknow service

Tigerair Airbus A320 9V-TRN.

Singapore based low cost carrier, Tigerair will begin a non-stop service between Singapore and Lucknow from 3rd December 2015. The airline will be the first to offer a non-stop flight between Changi International Airport and Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. The flights to Lucknow will be available three days a week operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Lucknow marks the …

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IndiGo confirms 250 A320neo order with Airbus

CGI of IndiGo A320neo with PW Pure Power 1100GTF engines. Airbus image.

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, has placed a confirmed order for 250 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) with the European airframer. Signed on India’s 69th Independence Day, August 15 2015, the order is a confirmation of the agreement entered into in October last year, by the two companies. This order is the single largest order by numbers ever placed on …

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