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Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines in code-share partnership

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

India’s largest private airline Jet Airways has entered into a reciprocal code-share agreement with national carrier Vietnam Airlines. Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Vietnam Airlines’ flights from Bangkok and Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Vietnam Airlines will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ services between Bangkok and Mumbai/Delhi, and between Singapore and …

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TigerAir offers exclusive special fares on Cleartip as part of partnership

Tigerair signs strategic distribution partnership with Cleartrip Also announces exclusive special fares for Cleartrip customers Singapore based budget airline Tigerair, has signed a strategic distribution partnership with on-line travel agent Cleartrip.com. To celebrate this partnership, Tigerair has announced one off special fares with limited sales period exclusively for Cleartrip customers starting at INR 5,499 for one-way travel to Singapore for …

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Jet Airways appoints high level executives

Raj Sivakumar has been appointed as chief commercial officer of Jet Airways. He is responsible for the overall development and implementation of a robust sales strategy to enhance market share and maximise revenues. He will report to the chief operating officer. Rajeev Nambiar, an 18 year old veteran of the industry, has joined the airline’s management team as Vice President …

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We salute the brave flying by Air India pilots after engine failure

Air India Boeing 777-300ER VT-ALR Meghalaya landing at Chicago O'Hare airport.

The Daily News & Analysis (DNA) newspaper must be complemented for its report on the bird-strike incident involving Air India Boeing 777-300ER VT-ALR Meghalaya as it performed flight AI144 from Newark to Mumbai on July 13, 2014. It is well written, considering its reader base is technically unaware of aviation intricacies. Very special kudos to the flight crew of Niranjan …

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#MH17 – Count increased to 298. Aircraft first flew on same date of crash exactly 17 years ago

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash 9M-MRD Engine Debris July 17, 2014 Boeing 777-200ER

On the ill-fated flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines has increased the POB (persons on board) count from 295 to 298. This would imply a full flight given the seating capacity on board Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ERs are 282; 35 in business class, 247 in economy. Nationalities of persons on …

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#MH17 – Malaysia Airlines releases official statement

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRL. Sister of 9M-MRO which crashed #MH370 and 9M-MRD which crashed #MH17.

Malaysia Airlines has released a statement at 12:30am local July 18, (16:30Z July 17) regarding flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that has disappeared presumed crashed on July 17, 2014. Media Statement 1 MH17 Incident Released at 12:30am/18 July 2014 Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 …

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Jet’s engine service agreement with GE indicates deployment of 777s to Etihad

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

India’s largest private carrier Jet Airways has extended its comprehensive engine service agreement, OnPoint, with General Electric. The agreement valued at over $200 million, will cover the 22 GE90-115B engines powering the airline’s 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, with GE providing the maintenance, repair and overhaul of these engines through 2022. Jet has also contracted GE to increase the thrust of its …

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Air India joins the Star Alliance

Air India Airbus A320 VT-ESF in Star Alliance livery. Photo copyright Uday Krishna. Used with permission.

A long chased ambition of the national carrier came to fruition on July 11, as it was inducted as the 27th member of the Star Alliance. It is the first Indian carrier to join a global alliance of airlines. The first from the sub-continent is SriLankan Airlines which joined the oneworld alliance. The airline decorated one its older Airbus A320s, …

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Air India to get Rs.6,500 crore bailout this year

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

National carrier Air India will receive a total of Rs.6,500 crore (about $1.08 billion) financial bail-out this year. The tax-payer funded bailout is part of a package exceeding Rs. 30,000 crore (about $6 billion at the time) approved in April 2012 and to be completed over nine years. In his maiden budget budget yesterday, the finance minister Arun Jaitley proposed …

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Air India offers customised in-flight premium class meals

As the national carrier Air India enters the Star Alliance tomorrow, the airline along with its in-flight caterer TajSATS, will upgrade its in-flight meal service for its premium class passengers, with a new concept called ‘table set-up’. The service will be available for first and business class passengers of Air India on select domestic and international routes. The new concept …

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Lufthansa withdraws planned Boeing 747-8i service to Mumbai, to introduce A380

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYA at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport at night.

Less than two months after announcing it was bringing in its ultra-modern Boeing 747-8i and just a week prior to commencing the service, German carrier Lufthansa has quietly shelved these plans. The carrier indicated it would instead plan on bringing its double-decker Airbus A380 super-jumbos to the commercial capital of the country soon. In an exclusive statement to Bangalore Aviation …

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SpiceJet recommences Dubai flights from Mumbai and Madurai

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet will resume its services to Dubai from Mumbai and Madurai from July 21, 2014. These flights, originally launched in June 2012 and November 2013 were suspended in May when Dubai airport commence runway repairs. The airline is offering a special sale fare on these new flights starting at Rs. 5,499 from Mumbai and Rs. 5,999 …

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SpiceJet adds flights in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Coimbatore and Bangalore

Gurgaon based low fare carrier Spicejet is adding new flights the Hyderabad-Delhi, Hyderabad-Coimbatore, and Bangalore-Delhi routes. A limited time period flight has been added on Delhi-Hyderabad sector to meet seasonal demand. The airline will also introduce a second direct flight on the Hyderabad-Coimbatore route using the 78 seat Bombardier Q-400 Dash-8 turbo-prop. This will supplement the existing flights between the …

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