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Why is IndiGo risking a firestorm over web check-in charges?

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITC. Cabin. Copyrighted image. Re-use prohibited.

India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo, found itself at the centre of a public relations firestorm when it announced a policy change and decided to universally charge for seat allocation during web-check-in. In a rather casual manner the airline clarified that those who did not wish to pay the charge could come to the airport and have a seat auto-assigned. Opposing …

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Route transfers between Scoot, SilkAir, and Singapore Airlines to affect India

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is re-jigging routes between its low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which took over TigerAir, and its regional subsidiary SilkAir, as the latter mergers into it. A number of destinations in India are affected. Between April 2019 and end 2020, Scoot will take over some of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, and also transfer some routes or services …

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Why the Jet Airways acquisition will be good for the Tatas

VT-JAX Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8. Image copyrighted. Do not reproduce.

The potential of the Tatas acquiring the beleaguered Jet Airways, raises a lot of questions. Bangalore Aviation presents an operational analysis on where and why the acquisition makes sense and what it would need to go through. This analysis focusses on the Tatas acquiring Jet and merging it with Vistara, the brand of Tata SIA Airlines Limited, the joint-venture of …

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SpiceJet Q2FY19 results analysis

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

SpiceJet, reported its second quarter results of the fiscal year 2018-19 (FY19) yesterday. Much like the results of other listed airlines, it was a loss for the quarter. SpiceJet Q2FY19 snapshot: Revenues ₹1,9104 crores (up 4%) Costs ₹2,299 crores (up 25%) EBITDAR (₹32.7) crores Profit before tax (PBT): loss of (₹396 crores) Revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) ₹3.73 Cost per …

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China Southern is leaving SkyTeam

China Southern Airbus A321 B-8423. Taking off for it's delivery flight.

China Southern Airlines has officially conformed that it will leave SkyTeam at the end of the year. The airline which is Asia’s largest, posted the below notice to it’s shareholders and investors. There have been rumors of China Southern leaving SkyTeam and going OneWorld for some time now. The airline has had a second rate status in SkyTeam due to …

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Jet Airways Q2FY19 results analysis and what the future may hold

VT-JAX Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8. Image copyrighted. Do not reproduce.

Jet Airways reported its second quarter (Q2FY19) results this Tuesday.  With a loss of 1261 crores, the results were better than analyst expectations – highlighting how low the market sentiment has become. Jet finds itself in a challenging spot with increasing cost pressures, onslaught of low cost carriers in the domestic market and liquidity pressures towards servicing debt. Bangalore Aviation …

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Air New Zealand rap’s it’s newest safety video

Air New Zealand launch Boeing 787-9 in all-back livery leaves Boeing paint shop.

For a few years many airline’s have been putting effort into making unique safety videos. Producing an innovative safety video gives the airline an opportunity to differentiate themselves in one of their most routine tasks while also providing a viral marketing opportunity. It also allows the airline to promote their product and partnerships. For example the below safety video from …

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GoAir to begin flights to Phuket and Male from Bangalore

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

Low cost carrier GoAir has announced that it will begin flights from Bangalore to Phuket and Male from 9th December 2018. The airline recently began it’s international operations with flights to the two destinations from Mumbai and Delhi. GoAir will operate flights from Bangalore three times a week to Phuket and twice weekly to Male. The airline has announced introductory …

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Jet Airways announces three new routes. Adds 10 additional frequencies

VT-JAX Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8. Image copyrighted. Do not reproduce.

Jet Airways has announced three new from Bangalore, Vadodara, Delhi and Coimbatore. The airline is launching daily flights between Bangalore and Vadodara, Delhi and Vadodara and Delhi and Coimbatore. Timetable of Jet Airways’s new routes Sector Flight No. Starting from Days of Operation STD STA Vadodara – Bengaluru 9W 319 28th October Daily 20:35 22:35 Bengaluru -Vadodara 9W 320 28th …

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Inflight review: American Airlines Boeing 787-8: Business: Chicago to London

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Business class seat.

We left the lounge for a second time at around midnight when the lounge agents told us the aircraft would be boarding. The aircraft started boarding at around 15 minutes past midnight around three hours behind schedule. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to London Heathrow (LHR). AA 98. STD 22.10 STA 12.05 +1. All times local. 7-May-2018. Boeing 787-8. Seat 5A. When …

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Lounge Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare

On our flight back from the US, we were connecting through Chicago O’Hare airport. Chicago is one of the airports which feature American Airlines new flagship lounges. The lounge was located very close to the gate we arrived at and we were quickly at the lounge entrance. After getting our boarding passes scanned at the concourse level, we went up …

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Jet Airways to begin Pune – Singapore flights, increases Delhi – Singapore

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Full service carrier Jet Airways will begin flights from Pune to Singapore from 1st December 2018. This will be the airline’s fourth destination to Singapore after Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. (Read our review of Jet Airways’ Bangalore – Singapore flight.) Jet Airways’ Timetable from Pune to Singapore Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA 9W22 Pune Singapore 05.10 13.15 9W21 Singapore …

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Inflight review: American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER: Business: London to Dallas

Inflight review: British Airways Boeing 787-8: Club World: Chennai to London Inflight review: American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER: Business: London to Dallas Lounge Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare Inflight review: American Airlines Boeing 787-8: Business: Chicago to London Inflight review: British Airways Boeing 777-200: Club World: London to Bangalore ——————————————————————————————————————————– After our short stopover in London (or technically our …

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Lufthansa to begin flights to Austin with Indian connections

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport

German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced that it will operate a five time a week flight from Frankfurt to Austin. Austin will be the carriers third destination in Texas after Dallas and Huston. The flight will begin from 3 May 2019. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA LH468 Frankfurt Austin 10.05 14.20 LH469 Austin Frankfurt 16.05 09.10 + 1 The …

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Indigo to begin Bangalore – Hong Kong flights

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

Low cost carrier IndiGo has announced that it will begin flights from Bangalore to Hong Kong from 11 December 2018. Hong Kong will be the 15th international destination for the carrier. Time table for Indigo’s Bangalore – Hong Kong flights Flight No. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Effective Date Frequency 6E 1771 Bengaluru Hong Kong 04:45 12:45 11-Dec-18 Tuesdays 6E 1772 …

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Air India Express IX611 hits compound wall at Trichy

An Air India Express flight operating flight IX611 from Tiruchirapalli to Dubai hit the compound wall of the airport during takeoff today. The flight was being operated by VT-AYD a nine year old Boeing 737-800. The aircraft took off from Trichy airport at around 01.20 today morning. It is being reported that the plane first hit a localizer antenna following …

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