Wednesday , 5 August 2020

Miscellaneous

Etihad to begin A380 service to India

Middle eastern carrier, Etihad Airways will begin to operate it’s Airbus A380 to Mumbai from May 2016. The new route is designed to connect to the carrier’s A380 New York service and will allow connecting passengers a through journey on the super-jumbo. Mumbai is the fifth destination that Etihad has announced for their A380 service, but should be the fourth …

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Air India’s new London flight, fixed price tickets, drops Bangalore Dreamliners

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EXC.

National carrier Air India will commence its fourth daily flight from India to London Heathrow, the third daily flight between New Delhi and London effective November 1, 2015. The carrier flies one non-stop from Mumbai to London too. The schedule of the new flight is: AI 161 departs New Delhi at 02:15 arrives London Heathrow at 06:30 AI 162 departs …

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AirAsia Japan granted air operator’s certificate

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane after pushback.

Yoshinori Odagiri, CEO of AirAsia Japan Co Ltd. announced today that the airline has been granted it’s Air Operator’s Certificate by the Civil Aeronautics Act by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, under the air transport business, Japanese Aviation Law Article 100. The airline is scheduled to commence operations from their base at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi …

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Air India to commence thrice a week New Delhi San Francisco non-stop

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

At an event in the Indian capital, New Delhi, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani announced the launch of a non-stop flight between New Delhi and San Francisco. San Francisco will be Air India’s fourth destination in the United States after New York (JFK), Newark, and Chicago O’Hare. The flights will be operated three times a week on …

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Nepal Airlines, Thai AirAsia and Kuwait Airways begin Bangalore service

Kuwait Airways Airbus A300B4-605R 9K-AMA at Frankfurt Main airport. Kuwait Airways Airbus A300B4-605R 9K-AMA at Frankfurt Main airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Three new foreign carriers are beining services to Bangalore today. The first Nepal Airlines RA-225 was operated by an Airbus A320 (9N-AKX), the service will operate thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA RA-225 Kathmandu Bangalore 12:40 15:35 RA-226 Bangalore Kathmandu 16:25 19:40 The second airline to commence service today is Thai Air …

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Boeing delivers Korean Air’s first 747-8i

Korean Air Boeing 747-8i. Boeing Image.

Korean Air has taken delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. The aircraft is the first of 10 747-8i’s the carrier has on order. Korean Air has configured the aircraft with 368 seats. The First class feature the brand new Kosmo Suite 2.0, which includes a sliding door and higher partitions to provide added privacy for passengers. The suites are …

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Air China to begin a direct Mumbai-Beijing service

Air China's first Boeing 747-8i. Boeing 747-89L B-2485 LN (MSN) 41191.

Chinese national carrier, Air China will launch a direct service from Mumbai, India to Beijing, China from 25 October 2015. The service will be operated by an Airbus A330-300 in a 301 passenger configuration with 30 seats in Business class, 16 seats in Premium Economy and 255 seats in Economy Class. The airline will be discontinuing it’s existing Mumbai – …

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IndiGo confirms 250 A320neo order with Airbus

CGI of IndiGo A320neo with PW Pure Power 1100GTF engines. Airbus image.

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, has placed a confirmed order for 250 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) with the European airframer. Signed on India’s 69th Independence Day, August 15 2015, the order is a confirmation of the agreement entered into in October last year, by the two companies. This order is the single largest order by numbers ever placed on …

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First independent airport lounge opens at London Heathrow Terminal 5

The first independent shared-use airport lounge has opened at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 (T5). Located at the north end of the terminal, near gate A18, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5‘ is jointly owned and operated by Collinson Group, the owners of Priority Pass, and Swissport, the world’s largest aviation services provider. The lounge is open from 05:00 …

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Delhi to be first 787-9 destination for British Airways

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJC. Image Copyright Devesh Agarwal.

British Airways has announced that it will operate it’s first Boeing 787-9 dreamliner from London Heathrow to New Delhi. The airline will begin the dreamliner service from the 25th of October. The airline will initially operate the 787-9 five days a week and will increase to seven from late March. Flight Number Departure STD Arrival STA BA257 London Heathrow 1930 …

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Global distribution systems and airline ticket distribution in India

Airline global distribution system network. Graphic by Devesh Agarwal

With the recent news around Lufthansa levying a surcharge for all bookings via global distribution systems (GDS), the debate on airline distribution has returned to the forefront. We examine the distribution strategies of various airlines in the Indian context Despite the push by airlines to offer direct bookings via their websites, these global distribution systems still handle significant booking volumes …

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Vietnam Airlines receives its first Airbus A350 XWB via AerCap

Vietnam Airlines A350-900 first flight.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, thus becoming the second airline in the world, after launch customer Qatar Airways, to operate the new generation aircraft. The airline has 10 A350 on direct order with the European airframer, and four with aircraft leasing companies. At a special ceremony in Toulouse, the A350-900 was officially delivered …

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Vistara to commence weekend flights between Mumbai and Goa

Vistara Airlines, Airbus A320 VT-TTB in its official livery receiving water cannon salute.

The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture airline, Vistara, will commence weekend flights between Mumbai and Goa from July 17. The thrice a week flights will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays till September 13, and become a daily service from September 14 after Vistara receives its seventh brand new A320 from Airbus. The airline already operates flights between its hub in …

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Seven tips for healthy fasting during Ramzan

Azim Azimzade [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The holy month of Ramzan (Ramadan) starts today. This period during which the Muslims of the world fast from dawn to dusk is during peak summer in India, the Middle East, northern Africa. In parts of Europe, North America, and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, those fasting will have to contend with extremely long daylight hours. Dr. Issam Badaoui, Medical …

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Travelling to a Muslim country during Ramadan? Follow these etiquette tips.

Air India Airbus A321 VT-PPO. Seen here handing in the early morning light at Bangalore Airport.

The holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims across the world, fast from dawn to dusk, commences today. International SOS a travel risk company highlights some proper etiquette tips for travellers to Muslim countries and dealing with Muslims especially during this month. Do not eat, drink or smoke in public, especially during the daylight fasting hours it is rude to …

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Exclusive photos: Vistara’s inaugural flight to Bangalore

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

The Tata-Singapore Airline joint venture airline, Vistara commenced operations at Bangalore today, a little over five months after it first commenced operations. As reported earlier, from today the airline commenced daily flights from the tech capital of the country to the the national capital New Delhi and the financial capital Mumbai. Bangalore Aviation was at hand to capture the arrival …

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Air Pegasus to launch Bangalore Madurai flights

Air Pegasus ATR. Courtesy the airline.

Bangalore based Air Pegasus announced it will launch thrice a week flights between Bangalore and Madurai from June 26, 2015. The flights will be operated by ATR72 turbo-prop aircraft. The flight will depart Bangalore on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:40 arrive Madurai at 12:00 The flights will return on the same day, departing Madurai at 12:30 and arriving Bangalore …

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Vietnam Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 takes off

Vietnam Airlines A350-900 first flight.

Vietnam Airlines is due to become the first Asian airline and second carrier globally, after launch customer Qatar Airways to operate the Airbus A350 XWB. The first of the airline’s 14 ordered A350-900 completed its first flight in Toulouse, France yesterday. Vietnam Airlines has a very recognisable blue and gold livery which looks good on the new aircraft. The aircraft …

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Air Pegasus announces Bangalore Kadapa flights

Air Pegasus ATR. Courtesy the airline.

Bangalore based Air Pegasus has announced the launch of flights between Bangalore and Kadapa (previously Cudappah), its third destination after Hubli and Thiruvananthapuram. Kadapa in south-west Andhra has a strong mining, agricultural and industrial economy. It is poorly connected to Bangalore by rail, and the flight should be a hit with the more senior business travellers. The flight will depart …

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