Wednesday , 28 September 2022

Airlines

GoAir relocates all Mumbai operations to Terminal 1B

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

The Wadia promoted, Go Airlines will move its arrivals to Terminal 1B at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai, from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. With this, the airline will consolidate all its operations to Terminal 1B. GoAir was operating in a split mode with departures from Terminal 1B and arrivals in Terminal 1A. GoAir was the last airline operating …

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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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Analysis: How will IndiGo integrate the Airbus A320neo?

IndiGo's first A320neo. MSN6799. VT-ITC. Photo courtesy the airline.

Indigo received their first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) today and within a week of the Directorate General’s of Civil Aviation approval with type certificate. With a few more formalities the aircraft will be ready to fly the Indian skies making Indigo the first Asian and Indian operator of the new aircraft. Other airlines (GoAir, Vistara and Air India, all have …

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IndiGo becomes first Asian and second global operator of the A320neo

IndiGo's first A320neo. MSN6799. VT-ITC. Photo courtesy the airline.

India’s largest domestic airline Indigo, has taken delivery of the first of its ordered 430 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) at Toulouse, France, today. The airline accepted the airframe, MSN 6799 (manufacturer’s serial number) at 1212Z which is 17:42 Indian Standard Time. The aircraft will be registered VT-ITC. Its sisters VT-ITA and VT-ITB will join the fleet later. VT-ITC will …

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Vistara increases its flights 25% to 400 weekly. Additional Bangalore Delhi flight

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

The Tata Singapore Airlines promoted airline Vistara, has announced a 25% increase in the number of flights it will operate in the Summer 2016 schedule starting from April. The airline has commenced new services to Jammu, Kochi (Cochin), and Srinagar. The airline has also added an additional flight on the New Delhi Bengaluru route allowing for same day returns. The …

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Qatar Airways enhances in-flight entertainment content

Qatar Airways In flight entertainment system. Image courtesy the airline.

National carrier and oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways has upped the game in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) arena. The Doha based carrier is now offering up to 3,000 inflight entertainment options on board its flights compared to 2,000 earlier. From March the airline offers a selection of up to 550 movies, 1,400 episodes of TV shows, 1,000 audio selections, and …

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Singapore Airlines announces new IFE app as it takes first A350 delivery

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

As Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB, it announced it was the first airline to introduce an app which enables passenger to pre-select their choices on its KrisWorld In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system ahead of boarding the aircraft. Receives first A350 XWB The airline’s first A350 arrived at Singapore’s Changi airport to the traditional water cannon salute …

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Jet Airways to integrate hub at Terminal 2 at Mumbai

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

Jet Airways will shift its domestic operations from March 15, 2016 (late night of March 14, 2016), to Terminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai. Like it already offers at Delhi’s T3, this move will enable Jet Airways to offer integrated domestic and international services within one terminal, drastically reducing connecting times between flights. The minimum …

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Singapore Airlines to launch Airbus A350 on Amsterdam route

Singapore Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 exits Airbus paint shop. Airbus photo.

National carrier Singapore Airlines which will take delivery of the first of its 67 ordered Airbus A350-900s tomorrow will launch the aircraft on the Singapore Amsterdam route on May 9, 2016 as SQ324 and return as SQ323. The first batch of Singapore’s long haul A350-900s are configured in a three class configuration with 253 seats. 42 in a 1-2-1 business …

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Vistara to reconfigure aircraft, boost economy class capacity

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

The Tata-SIA Airlines Vistara, will be reconfiguring its Airbus A320 aircraft and boosting economy class capacity and reducing both business class and premium economy class capacity tacitly admitting failure of its strategy. The airline will change its existing configuration of 16 business, 36 premium economy, and 96 economy, to eight business, 24 premium economy, and 126 economy class. Class Business …

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Jet Airways signs code-share agreement with Korean Air

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

India’s Jet Airways, and Korean Air have entered into a codeshare agreement and a reciprocal frequent flyer programme partnership. Under the arrangement, from March 1, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Korean Air operated flights between Incheon airport, Seoul and Mumbai, Bangkok, and Singapore. Korean Air will place its marketing code on Jet Airways operated flights between Singapore …

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Philippines Airlines orders six Airbus A350-900s. Options for six more

Computer generated image of the Philippines Airlines' A350-900

Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of national carrier Philippine Airlines and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO of European airframer Airbus announced that the two companies have signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) for the order of six A350-900s, with options to purchase up to an additional six planes. The aircraft which will be used primarily on long distance North …

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Jet Airways Q3FY16 analysis – good results, structural challenges remain

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Jet Airways reported their highest ever quarterly profits of Rs 467 crores for fiscal 2015-16 third quarter ending December 2015. The key metrics were trending in the right direction; yet, the structural challenges at Jet Airways remain and require close monitoring. Operational performance Operationally, Jet has clocked a utilisation of more than 13 hours, which is phenomenal by any standards, …

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SpiceJet Q3 FY2016 results analysis – record profits on the path of recovery

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

SpiceJet reported its highest ever profit of Rs 238 crores for fiscal year 2015-16, third quarter ending December 31, 2015. With revenues of Rs 1,439 crores, this continues the upward climb for SpiceJet. A phoenix rising Last year during this same period SpiceJet was in turmoil, on the brink of a shut-down with auditors doubting its ability to continue as …

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Indigo Q3 FY2016 results analysis – flying high but some minor turbulence

IndiGo Airbus A320-232(SL) VT-IFK with Sharklets.

Indigo reported its highest ever earnings of Rs 657 crores for the third quarter ending December 31, 2015 of fiscal year 2015-16 which will end March 31, 2016. With passenger growth of 28% compared to the same period last year, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices at an all-time low, and a 20% capacity increase in seats deployed; Indigo had key …

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Emirates announces longest non-stop flight between Dubai and Auckland

Emirates Boeing 777-200LR. Airline image.

Is this an effect of low oil prices? but there seems to be a spate of announcements focussed on ultra-long haul (ULH) flights. Dubai based Emirates airline has announced a new non-stop flight between Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Auckland, New Zealand starting March 1. This announcement follows recent announcements by Singapore Airlines on its ULH Singapore Newark …

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Airbus delivers first A320neo to launch customer Lufthansa

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Robert Leduc, Pratt & Whitney President

European airframer Airbus, has delivered the first A320neo (new engine option) to German flag carrier Lufthansa. The A320neo is the latest revision of the popular single aisle narrow-body A320 family. It features the new Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ PW1100G-JM engines which have an improved efficiency and reduce fuel burn by 15% along with reduced emissions and noise, compared …

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GoAir connects Bangalore Port Blair, Mumbai Leh, in network expansion

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Mumbai based low fare carrier GoAir, has added new routes and additional frequencies in its latest round of network expansion which takes effect in the Summer 2016 schedule which takes effect on March 27, 2016. The new flights reflect GoAir’s strategy of connecting Tier 1 metro cities with Tier II and sometimes even Tier III cities. These include two triangular …

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SpiceJet increases frequencies on south India and Kabul routes

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet has increased its frequencies on certain south India routes, and on its Delhi Kabul route. The carrier will increase frequency on the Kabul route to five times a week, from the existing three a week from February 8, 2016. The airline has also added additional flights on its Chennai Hyderabad, Chennai Kochi, Bangalore Vijayawada, …

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