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Parliamentarian tantrums impact passengers

The government owned Air India has been undergoing a steady decline ever since it was nationalised. Air India faces a dilemma. It is owned by the Government of India, and all government functionaries, from Members of Parliament (MPs) to the lowest in the hierarchy of government employees, treat the airline as their personal fiefdom. The management of Air India, also …

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Air India and Paramount launch promotions

Air India launched (05-Dec-08) a promotional scheme for passengers travelling on its select domestic metro sectors. The scheme titled ‘Winter Warmth’ will be applicable for travel between the four metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai; and also between the four metros cities and Bangalore/Hyderabad. The scheme, aims at frequent flyers – award of one free return ticket of two …

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SAS and Air India plan agreement for seamless connectivity

Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) is in talks with national carrier Air India to ink a pro-rata agreement for providing connectivity to its passengers from New Delhi to seven more domestic cities. According to a report in today’s Economic Times, SAS will also look at other areas of co-operation with Air India such as ground handling (maintenance and servicing of aircraft) …

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Air India reduces fuel surcharges

Coupled with the recent terror attacks in Mumbai which will hit air traffic, this step by Air India (merged with the old Indian Airlines), will definitely increase the pressure on private carriers Jet and Kingfisher to reduce air fares by pruning the fuel surcharges. Air India announced a reduction in fuel surcharge for all domestic sector flights by INR 400 …

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Flight operations at Mumbai largely unaffected, airlines announce fee waivers

Ratan Tata’s words say it all We cannot replace the lives that have been lost and we will never forget the terrifying events of last night, but we must stand together, shoulder to shoulder as citizens of India, and rebuild what has been destroyed. We must show that we cannot be disabled or destroyed, but that such heinous act will …

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Air India, Jet, Kingfisher, withdraw transaction fee

India’s top three airlines have withdrawn a transaction fee on air tickets effective today for tickets sold through their call centres, websites or offices. Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines have withdrawn the fee, which ranges from 350 rupees on a domestic economy ticket to 1,200 to 10,000 rupees on first class international tickets. Earlier this month, airlines had …

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Low cost airlines win back market share

After steadily loosing market-share, low cost carriers (LCCs) like IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Kingfisher Red (former Air Deccan), have clawed back from 41% during the July-September 2008 quarter, to 46.4% in October. Indian domestic passenger numbers and passenger numbers growthJanuary 2007 to October 2008 Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation and Ministry of Civil Aviation While passenger number rose in October, …

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Air India doubles its bailout please to USD813 million

According to a Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) report, Air India has almost doubled its bailout request from the Indian Government, in the form of an equity injection and a soft loan (30:70 split), to USD 813 million from USD 467 million requested just two months ago. The amount is roughly equivalent to the revised expected losses for the …

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2008: The year reality struck home for airlines in India

The turmoil in the Indian airline industry during the month of October has produced results that can be, only mildly described as, significant. In just four weeks, castles built over the last four or more years, have come crashing down. By the end of 2008, the Indian airline industry which accounts for less than 2% of the global airline market, …

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Air India Airbus 310 tilts and scrapes wing on runway during landing

161 passengers and crew on board an Air India Airbus A310 aircraft AI 962 had a narrow escape today when the right wing of the aircraft on a flight from Jeddah tilted and grazed the runway while landing at the Karippur International Airport in Malappuram, Kerala. According to airport sources, the pilot managed to bring the airplane to a quick …

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Fuel prices reduce, air fares do not

Thanks to the global reduction in crude oil prices, and reductions in Customs duty (in response to desperate pleas by airlines), Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices in India, have retreated back to earlier levels of 8 months ago. Today, ATF is priced almost the same as in March 2008, but air fares show no sign of retreating. Airlines had almost …

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Lufthansa offers to help Air India become a member of Star Alliance

According to the Press Trust of India, German flag carrier Lufthansa, today said, it will act as a mentor to Indian state carrier Air India to become a member of Star Alliance, a global grouping of top airlines. “Lufthansa is the mentor for Air India and we will work together to get the latter on board the Star Alliance,” the …

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Foreign airlines flock to India

Foreign airlines flock to India, ignore global downturn India is seen as a growing market for international airline traffic and the current market size is nearly $5 billion (Rs 21,000 cr) a year They are cutting flights to several destinations in the wake of a worldwide slump in business, but international airlines are doing just the opposite in India because …

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Industry supply chain leaders visit BIAL cargo complex

On Friday, 13 June 2008, I had the privilege of leading a delegation of senior supply chain managers from member companies of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) on a visit of the two cargo terminals operated by Menzies Aviation Bobba (Bangalore) and Air India Singapore Airport Terminal Services (AI-SATS) at BIAL airport. The team comprised of senior …

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