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Air India under-serves Chennai in new non-stop to Singapore strategy

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner line number 35 test registered N1015 (later became VT-ANH) at the India Aviation show, Hyderabad March 2012. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

National carrier Air India will introduce an all Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, all non-stop flights strategy to Singapore from October. The airline already operates the new aircraft on the New Delhi Singapore route, and currently operates an Airbus A330-200* a Boeing 787-8 on the Mumbai Chennai Singapore return route. The new flight schedule is : AI342 will depart Mumbai at 00:05 …

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Jet Airways to commence Abu Dhabi flights from Lucknow, Goa, Ahmedabad

Starting from November 14, Jet Airways will connect three more Indian cities to Abu Dhabi the home of its 24% stake-holder Etihad Airways PJSC. The airline will commence daily non-stop flights from Lucknow, Goa and Ahmedabad to the Emirate and will use two class narrow-body Boeing 737-800s on the routes. While the Lucknow and Ahmedabad flights have been scheduled to …

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Air Seycelles to launch flights to Mumbai

National carrier Air Seychelles, which is 40% owned by Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways PJSC, will commence thrice a week direct flights between Mumbai and Mahé commencing December 2 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. The roughly four hour long flight is expected to be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, with 16 business and 120 economy class seats. The …

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Video: Air India celebrates one year at Birmingham, UK

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner line number 35 test registered N1015 (later became VT-ANH) at the India Aviation show, Hyderabad March 2012. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Air India and Birmingham airport authorities had a lavish celebration at the Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn to mark the one year anniversary of Air India flights to the city. Event Host – Sameena Ali-Khan First Speaker: Lord-Lieutenant Paul Sabapathy CBE Second Speaker: Solihull Mayor Kate Wild Third Speaker: Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director, Air India Fourth Speaker: Birmingham Airport CEO Paul …

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Video journey of the Qatar Airways A380

Qatar Airways became the 12th operator of the Airbus A380 super jumbo when it took delivery of its first aircraft registration A7-APA two days ago. The airline has produced a series of four videos showing the aircraft from concept to delivery. Enjoy them. Episode 1 – The assembly [bsu_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngxw37gqHQM” width=”640″ height=”360″ controls=”alt” autohide=”yes” showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” theme=”light”] Episode 2 …

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Air India loses money on all international flights, but two

Air India Boeing 777-237LR VT-ALF Jharkand at New Delhi IGI airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

National carrier Air India lost money on 57 of its 59 international routes in the last fiscal year which ended March 31, 2014. The airline lost a whopping Rs 4,273.35 crores (approximately $712 million at current exchange rates) operating these international flights. This according to an internal “Route Economics” provisional report for April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 which …

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Qatar Airways finally takes delivery of it’s first Airbus A380

Doha based carrier Qatar Airways has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A380 super jumbo today, at a handover ceremony in Hamburg. Under-scoring the importance of their partnership, Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, officially took delivery of the aircraft from Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The airline has taken delivery of the aircraft after a three month stand-off …

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Lufthansa cancels planned Airbus A380 service to Mumbai

As per the time-table on its website, German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has once again cancelled its planned equipment upgrade on its Frankfurt Mumbai Frankfurt service. The airline first cancelled a planned upgrade from the existing Boeing 747-400 to the new Boeing 747-8i in July. At that time the airline said it would upgrade Mumbai to an A380. Just two weeks …

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Sale offer from SpiceJet starting at Rs 1,999

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet has announced yet another sale. This is for flights from select cities, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Fares commence at Rs. 1,999 all inclusive and tickets need to be purchased till September 16, 2014. The travel period is from October 7, 2014 to January 15, 2015 and the usual terms and conditions …

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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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Lufthansa to commence A380 operations to both Mumbai and New Delhi this winter?

German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa is expected to commence its long desired Airbus A380 super-jumbo service to both New Delhi and Mumbai from this Winter schedule which commences on October 26, 2014. READ ONLINE: Emirates may suspend A380 operations to Mumbai Lufthansa A380 schedules to India As per the airline’s on-line time-table which was retrieved today, the schedules are: Frankfurt New …

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Emirates may suspend A380 operations to Mumbai?

UPDATE Five minutes after we published our original story, an Emirates spokesperson sent us this statement [bsu_quote cite=”Emirates spokesperson”]Emirates will continue to operate its iconic A380 aircraft on the Dubai-Mumbai route for the remainder of the summer 2014 timetable as planned, as flight numbers EK500/EK501. Details of the airline’s winter timetable which is due to commence on 26 October are …

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Air India refutes TimesNow TV report on Air India Day extravaganza

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

In an unusual move for the national carrier, Air India issued a strongly worded statement refuting a media report by TimesNow TV on the airline’s recent Air India Day celebrations calling it “baseless” and “devoid of truth”. In a segment titled “What was Air India celebrating?” aired late last week, the television channel claimed [bsu_quote cite=”TimesNow TV report” url=”http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=8&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CFoQIDAH&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwebcache.googleusercontent.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dcache%3Ay5VkuKA84n8J%3Awww.timesnow.tv%2FWhat-was-Air-India-celebrating%2Fvideoshow%2F4463051.cms%2B%26cd%3D8%26hl%3Den%26ct%3Dclnk%26gl%3Din%26client%3Dfirefox-a&ei=LBoEVPWzLJKfugTvoIHQAg&usg=AFQjCNHUC_YOQubD7kS9gxqj6ke_SHrm4g&bvm=bv.74115972,d.c2E”]While the …

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SpiceJet will first serve passengers who pre-booked meals before general service

As an incentive to passengers who pre-book their in-flight meals, budget carrier SpiceJet will serve them first, before commencing general meal and drinks sales service in flight. Pre-booking enables an airline to better prepare meals for a flight thus improving availability and reducing wastage. Many airlines, including competitor IndiGo already adopt this practice. SpiceJet also offers a lower price for …

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Exclusive photos: Air India repairs its Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH previously stripped for parts

Air India Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH. Previously stripped and cannibalised, now restored. Front view. Engines have been removed. Click for a larger view.

Exactly three months and one day ago, we reported exclusive images of Air India’s newest Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALH Maharashtra lying in a pathetic and dilapidated condition at Mumbai airport. Today we are happy to report exclusive images showing Air India has restored the aircraft to a much better condition. She is looking nice and clean. Since the aircraft has not …

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IndiGo to commence 16 new flights to eight destinations

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

Just a day after announcing a slew of new flights from Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), the home airport of civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo, has announced a slate of 16 new flights to eight destinations. Effective August 28, 2014 Second and third daily non-stop flight between Bangalore and Kochi Sixth daily non-stop flight between Bangalore and …

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