Wednesday , 28 September 2022

Airlines

Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge Singapore Changi

I reached Changi airport at around 12.30PM, way before my flight at 8PM. After entering, I headed to the business class counters to check-in. Despite reaching so far in advance, I was quickly checked in without any issues. After getting my boarding pass, I headed to the Jewel for lunch. The Jewel at Changi Airport The Jewel is a multi-use …

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Indigo fourth quarter FY2018-19 results analysis: Massive increase in Q4 profits, but a sharp annual decline

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Indigo Airlines reported its fourth-quarter results this Monday. As their CEO expounded – this year consisted of two halves. The 4th quarter was critical for Indigo as it pushed the airline to an overall profit. That said, the results continue to highlight the core challenges in the Indian market. Key numbers for Indigo’s fourth-quarter results: Revenue from Operations: 7883 crores …

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Emirates and the impacts of the A380 phase-out

With the production of the Airbus A380 ending 2021, airline enthusiasts the world over are wondering if there will be a replacement aircraft that is as awe-inspiring. The end of the program is also interesting as it contradicts the fact that airports are increasingly constrained and indeed airlines will have to devise strategies to overcome this. Yet, the impacts are …

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Vistara to add four Jet Boeing 737s to fleet. Two additional A320s to join later.

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

Vistara (Tata SIA Airlines Ltd)., will lease four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft from the erstwhile Jet Airways fleet. These aircraft will join Vistara in the next week. Additionally, the airline announced they will lease two Airbus A320neo (A320-251N), which are powered by CFM LEAP 1A engines, during the second half of 2019. We suspect these aircraft are coming from the …

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UPDATED: KLM to commence Amsterdam Bangalore flights

Update – Confirmation from KLM KLM has confirmed our report. In a statement, the airline said “From 28 October 2019, KLM will fly between Amsterdam Schiphol and Bangalore on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The flights with the Boeing 787-9 offer 30 seats in the World Business Class, 45 seats in the Economy Comfort Class and 219 seats in the Economy …

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SpiceJet may just redefine the perception of business class

Spicejet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPL "Cardamom"

May will see the launch of SpiceBiz – SpiceJet’s business class product. It is a strategic shift for an airline that operates on the LCC business model and one that leverages the opportunity presented after the grounding of Jet Airways. The industry is abuzz with debate on whether SpiceJet can pull this off. Our contention is that SpiceBiz may redefine …

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Inflight review: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9: Business Studio: Washington to Abu Dhabi

The gate from the lounge brought me right onto the aero-bride to the aircraft. I was met at the door by a member of the crew who checked my boarding card and pointed me to my seat. Washinton Dulles (IAD) to Abu Dhabi (AUH). EY 130. STD 21.25 STA 19.00 (+1). All times local. Boeing 787-9. A6-BLD. Seat 9A. I …

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Lounge Review: Etihad Airways Lounge Washington D.C. Dulles

I arrived at Dulles on my connecting flight just about three hours and forty minutes before my flight with Etihad. The check in desk had not yet opened and having baggage to check, I had no choice but to wait for it. About 10 minutes after I reached the desk, the desk agents manned the desks and began checking people …

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Etihad cuts seat back IFE screens and revises economy meals

Of the big three middle-eastern carriers, Etihad has been suffering the most financially. The airline has resorted to significant cost cutting over the last couple of years to try to claw their way out of the red. The airline has also been trying to increase revenue out of its existing product by charging to book certain seats, introducing a buy-on-board …

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Inflight review: Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER: First: Delhi – Amsterdam – Toronto

I wrote this review towards the end of February, before Jet Airways ceased operations. While I hope the airline makes a comeback, I can’t help but think that this may have been the last time I got to fly with Jet. So in a way this article acts as a tribute to the airline. Going forward the article refers to …

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The value erosion of Jet Airways

Four 777-300's of Jet Airways at Amsterdam.

Jet Airways has suspended operations as of April 17, 2019.  It was an action that should have been taken much earlier. The debate continues on whether a consortium will successfully bid and re-start the airline or if the government will step-in. While the 16,000+ employees are still hopeful, the fact of the matter is that actions have left the airline …

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Emirates and Spicejet announce codeshare agreement

Emirates and SpiceJet have announced a codeshare agreement to allow both the airlines to take advantage of each others network. The airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which following regulatory approvals will allow SpiceJet to place its code and offer connections on Emirates vast international network. Emirates will gain access to 51 domestic destinations with 10 direct destinations …

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SpiceJet to begin Bangkok flights from Mumbai, doubles Delhi flights

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

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will launch two new flights to Bangkok from 17 May 2019. The airline is launching a new route from Mumbai to Bangkok. It will also double its current Delhi – Bangkok with a second daily flight. The airline is attempting to capture market share in the wake of the Jet Airways collapse. It will be adding 27 …

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Jet Airways cancels flights to London, Amsterdam and Paris

Four 777-300's of Jet Airways at Amsterdam.

Continuing from yesterday, when the airline cancelled its international flights from Bangalore and Chennai. Jet Airways now appears to have cancelled all its flights to London, Paris and Amsterdam. All flights to the above cities have been cancelled for today, they are currently showing as scheduled for tomorrow. However, it is uncertain that Jet will be able to resume these …

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SpiceJet to lease 16 additional 737-800’s

Spicejet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPL "Cardamom"

SpiceJet has announced that it will dry lease 16 additional Boeing 737-800s. The airline has applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for a No Objection Certificate to import the aircraft. The airline has not identified the source of the lease. SpiceJet currently has 13 737 MAX 8s grounded and has indicated that the recent troubles of Jet Airways …

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Grounding Jet Airways is best option for now. Force lenders to act decisively

A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER pulling into it's gate at London Heathrow.

The saga of Jet Airways has been analysed to death. The situation is turning in to a tale of “could have, should have, would have……..”. In this scenario, we opine the best option, for now, is to ground Jet Airways, and suspend all operations. It is a radical opinion, but do read on. The current situation The proposed funds infusion …

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Jet Airways cancels Bangalore – Amsterdam, Chennai – Paris and all Singapore flights

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300. Image courtesy Jet.

Beleaguered carrier Jet Airways seems to be going from bad to worse, while the airline is inching forward on fumes waiting for emergency funding – the delay is continuing to cost the airline dearly. So far in the last 30 days: The airline’s fleet has reduced from over a 100 aircraft to around an estimated 15 today. Jet Airways cancels …

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