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Tag Archives: Air India

Guide to traveling on Air-Bubble and Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights

by Sanjiv Kapoor Former COO, Spicejet and former CSCO of Vistara This guide has been updated. Please click here to view the updated guide. I keep getting questions on testing and quarantine requirements for those returning to India on the scheduled “air bubble” flights from places like the US, UK, EU, and UAE, as well as on the special ad-hoc …

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Air India Express IX1344 overshoots runway and falls into valley at Kozhikode airport

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 operating flight IX1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode Calicut airport landed at the airport but overshot the runway and fell into a valley. The aircraft has broken into several pieces. The aircraft involved was VT-AXH, delivered to the airline in November 2006 and carried the Gateway of India / India gate tail art. Rescue services …

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Air India Phase 5 repatriation flights schedule. Vande Bharat flights to/from the US and Europe

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EXC.

Air India has released its schedule for phase 5 of the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights which will be operated from 1st to 31st August 2020. The airline will operate three times a week to New York JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Paris. It will operate four times a week to Frankfurt. The current schedule for flights …

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Schedule of phase 4 Vande Bharat repatriation flights to India

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.

Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat repatriation flights is kicking off on 3 July and includes flights to India from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam. The schedule of flights being operated to these countries from India is available here. The …

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Air India Phase 4 repatriation flights schedule. Vande Bharat flights from India to US, UK, Australia, ME and more

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANE.

It has been over a month since Air India began operating the first set of flights under the Vande Bharat mission of the government of India to repatriate stranded Indian’s overseas and travellers stranded in India. The latest schedule of Air India flights departing from India has been released. Passengers can directly book seats on these flights on Air India’s …

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How the government could spin repatriation flights to oil India’s stagnant aviation sector

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

Guest post by Shivam Vahia. The Government of India (GoI) has undertaken a massive exercise dubbed “Vande Bharat Mission” to bring back Indians stuck in other countries amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights are technically “repatriation” flights and not “evacuation” because the passengers are paying for the seat, and the state isn’t bearing the end-cost. Unlike previous efforts like the …

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New repatriation flights from 16 May from Australia, Canada, Europe, Central Asia, Russia and more

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.

Following the first week of repatriation flights operated by Air India and Air India Express, phase two of the Vande Bharat repatriation flights have now been released. Flights will be operated from the following countries which were not covered in phase one: Afghanistan – Kabul Armenia – Yeravan Australia – Sydney, Melbourne Belarus – Minsk Canada – Vancouver, Toronta France …

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How to book a repatriation flight from India to USA, UK and Singapore

When the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) announced repatriation flights to bring people back to India, it was unclear whether people would be allowed to fly out of India on the aircraft that would bring stranded Indians back. Yesterday, after a notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Air India began taking bookings for flights to the United States, United …

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Fares for repatriation flights to India

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EXC.

Yesterday a schedule for the first seven days of repatriation flights to India were released. Unlike the initial evacuation flights that were operated by Air India, the flights that will be operated from 7 May 2020 will be charged. The fares for these flights have been released: Repatriation fares on Air India Repatriation fares on Air India Express For more …

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Schedule of repatriation flights to India

VT-ALA Air India Boeing 777-200LR at Delhi Airport.

Earlier today we wrote that the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has released a calendar of repatriation flights that will be operated to bring Indian’s stranded abroad back to India. All the flights will be operated by Air India and Air India Express. Links to register for these flights are available in our earlier story. In addition to the flights …

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Repairing and retaining brand Air India will challenge any buyer

The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

As the government of India attempts to privatise Air India, media reports suggest the second time around is seeing renewed interest. Reports also indicate the government is keen the Air India brand is retained post any sale. One can see why. The airline is still India’s national carrier and the brand has a high recall value and familiarity quotient. Despite …

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What the budget 2020 holds for Indian aviation

As the finance minister presented the Budget this Saturday expectations were that there would be some announcements related to aviation. This because of sections on the economic survey and also the fact that last year’s budget speech had laid out a vision towards India entering the aircraft financing and leasing market; the divestment of Air India; consideration for re-examining foreign …

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Air India wants 2400 crores more, the bleeding continues

Air India Boeing 747-400 VT-ESP Ajanta. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal.

After a loss of 8,556 crores in FY19, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India has indicated that the airline needs a sovereign guarantee of 2400 crores to fund ongoing operations. The airline continues to bleed cash at an alarming rate. Capacity woes continue and estimates indicate that twenty-two aircraft are grounded. On the costs side, there have …

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Should India feed its citizens or prop up Air India?

The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

India leads the world in hungry people. In the recently released Global Hunger Index, India dropped to rank 102 out of 117 countries, placing it below its impoverished neighbours Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. About 15% of India’s population is either malnourished or undernourished. About 194 million Indians go hungry each day, and regretably a large percentage are children. The government …

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Demystifying the Air India Asset Holdings bond offering

The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

As the government preps Air India for divestment, a key element of the plan is the reduction of the debt burden. The goal is to make the airline a better proposition for buyers. The debt reduction has been carried out by creating a special purpose vehicle (SPV) named Air India Asset Holdings Ltd (AIAHL) and moving half of the debt …

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What if Air India does not attract any buyers? What then?

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.

Military aviator and strategist John Boyd famously said, “If you want to understand something, take it to the extremes or examine its opposites.” Applied in the context of Air India, this becomes particularly interesting. That is, at a point of time where everyone seems to be convinced that the airline will be sold off, to understand the situation fully one …

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List of candidates to lead the Jet Airways turnaround

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

It is well known the aviation business is competitive, and India is probably the most difficult market to succeed in. While airlines are making handsome profits across the world, almost every Indian airline is facing financial issues. Leading the losses are national carrier Air India and private sector pioneer Jet Airways. Even the low-fare carriers are suffering in this era …

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An overview of India’s commercial aviation fleet and orders – 2019

View of part of the ramp at Bangalore Airport at night.

Indian aviation is on a growth track with the commercial aviation fleet set to double in the next five to eight years. This is reflected in the statistic that for each aircraft flying there are approximately 1.7 aircraft on order. India is poised to become the 3rd largest aviation market by 2030. Highlights of the fleet are presented below. 638 …

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Air India to begin Bangalore – London flight, cancels London – Newark

Air India will begin thrice a week flights from Bangalore to London Heathrow from 17th November 2018. The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 which features the airline’s newest cabin product. With this flight Bangalore will be the fourth destination from which Air India flies to London after Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Read our review of Air India’s …

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