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Emirates and Royal Jordanian troll United Airlines post off-loading fiasco

United Airline’s now infamous slogan “Fly the friendly skies” is under attack on the social media world after its fiasco over the forcible removal of a doctor from flight 3411 last week. The doctor was injured when police attempted to forcibly eject him after the airline ran short of seats and needed them for their off-duty flight crew. Two middle-east …

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Air India to launch New Delhi Washington DC non-stop in July

Air India Boeing 777-200LR VT-ALE at New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal

National carrier Air India will operate a non-stop ‘capital’s flight‘ between New Delhi and Washington DC Dulles (IAD) starting from July 7th. The thrice-weekly flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three class configuration with eight first, 35 business and 195 economy class seats. Washington Dulles will be the airline’s fifth non-stop destination in the United …

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Vistara signs code-share agreement with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir

Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara (seated right) and Leonard Louis Arul, Vice President – Partnerships & International Relations, Singapore Airlines (seated left), signed the Codeshare Agreement in Gurugram, India, in the presence of Phee Teik Yeoh, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara (centre). Accompanying them are Vistara cabin crew Purnima Sharma (left) and Shivangi Singh (right).

The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture, Vistaa, has entered in to a code-share agreement with the island nation’s flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the latter’s regional subsidiary SilkAir. Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines will place its ‘SQ’ airline designator code on to Vistara-operated flights beyond Mumbai and New Delhi to 10 destinations within India. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, …

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Air India New Delhi to San Francisco is now the world’s longest non-stop flight

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

Till October 15th, Dubai based Emirates airline held the record for the world’s longest non-stop flight, flying 14,497 kilometres (km) between Dubai and Auckland. On October 16th, national carrier Air India’s flight AI173 from New Delhi to San Francisco claimed that title flying a distance of 15,112km. To top it off, AI173 flew a longer distance of 1,811km in a …

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Indian carriers’ flights cancelled as Dubai airport curtails operations

Dubai airport at dawn

All Indian airlines operating to Dubai have cancelled their flights for today. This includes IndiGo, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Air India, and Air India Express. Jet Airways and Air India have just one of two flights to the Gulf city. Dubai Airports authorities have curtailed operations to a single runway at DXB airport in the aftermath of the crash of Emirates …

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Air India to launch Bangalore Hubli flights

Air India Regional Alliance Air first ATR72-600 VT-AII. ATR image.

National carrier Air India has announced it will launch thrice a week flights between Bengaluru (BLR) and Hubballi (HBX) from 20th July. The flights will be operated by ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as per the following schedule : Flight Departure Arrival AI 9509 (BLR-HBX) 15:45 17:05 AI 9510 (HBX-BLR) 17:25 18:35 …

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Indian carriers waive charges for Srinagar flights

Bengaluru Kempegowda airport ramp. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

Following the series of disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir state capital Srinagar, airlines in India are waiving off charges and penalties on cancellation and rebooking of flights that are scheduled to operate to and from the capital city. The current situation that has made access to the airport either difficult or impossible, leaving passengers who have booked tickets for outbound …

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Indian aviation largely overlooked in the 2016 budget

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

For all the talk of the Government promoting aviation and as the industry watched with baited breath, the budget seems to have continued the Modi-government’s ignoring of  civil aviation. The sum-total budget proposals pertinent to aviation do not even warrant us writing an article. If anything, they could likely be summed up in an SMS message. Namely, Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) …

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Analysis: How will IndiGo integrate the Airbus A320neo?

IndiGo's first A320neo. MSN6799. VT-ITC. Photo courtesy the airline.

Indigo received their first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) today and within a week of the Directorate General’s of Civil Aviation approval with type certificate. With a few more formalities the aircraft will be ready to fly the Indian skies making Indigo the first Asian and Indian operator of the new aircraft. Other airlines (GoAir, Vistara and Air India, all have …

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Indian airlines’ 2015 annual review – IndiGo, Vistara, and Spicejet the leaders

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Which is the best airline in India? To which we would say, “by what measure?” An analysis of the DGCA’s data on domestic air travel shows some interesting and contradicting results. The biggest airline by number of passengers is IndiGo. The most punctual airline is Vistara. Spicejet had its aircraft filled the most, but it is also the leader in …

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A suggestion for Mr. Lohani, CMD of Air India. Experience your airline!!

Listen to your passengers Mr. Lohani

Soon after he took over as Chairman and Managing Director of national carrier Air India, Ashwani Lohani, declared he would engage the over 20,000 work force at the airline. Good idea. I have just one additional suggestion for Mr. Lohani. Learn from the TV series Undercover boss; personally experience your airline by travelling on it, anonymously. To best understand what …

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Hooray!!!! Air India extends San Francisco flight to Bangalore

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

Hooray for national carrier Air India. The airline has finally connected the Silicon Valley of the San Francisco bay area with the Silicon Plateau of Bangalore via a direct flight via New Delhi. The national carrier has synchronised one of its flights between Bengaluru and New Delhi, with the non-stop New Delhi San Francisco flight. It has also changed the …

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DGCA report finds Air India operated 787 with only 4 of 47 screws installed

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.

On October 12, 2013, a little over two years ago, an Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registration VT-ANK performing flight AI803 from New Delhi to Bangalore with 147 passengers and seven crew, had its right hand side (RHS) heat exchanger access panel 196KR detach from the aircraft as it was landing at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru around 09:40 (0410Z) 04:10 …

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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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Air India offers free tickets to business class fliers

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

National carrier Air India is offering freebies and discounts to its business class and women passengers who travel on the carrier’s domestic metro network, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, between November 1 and December 31, 2015. Passengers who travel six times within Air India’s domestic metro network, excepting between Bangalore and Chennai, will get two flight coupons (a …

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Air India faces Rs 640 crore lawsuit in US for breaching Haj contract

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

Dynamic International Airways LLC, a US air carrier head-quartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, has launched a $97.7 million (about Rs 640 crore) lawsuit against Air India alleging breach of contract in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit alleges for the years 2013 and 2014, Air India sub-contracted Dynamic to carry Haj pilgrims …

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Why are Air India’s Dreamliners giving trouble when others are not?

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANE.

Last July, India’s civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told the Indian parliament, national carrier Air India (AI) experienced delays in 318 of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner equipped flights till June 30, 2014 due to a variety of technical snags. This translated to over three per cent of the total Dreamliner equipped flights operated by the airline. In airline jargon, …

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Air India’s New Delhi San Francisco schedule ignores Bangalore

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

Air India has loaded the schedule of its much anticipated New Delhi San Francisco non-stop service, into the global distribution system. AI173 departs* New Delhi at 02:45 and arrives San Francisco International at 06:00 AI174 departs* San Francisco International at 10:00 and arrives New Delhi at 15:35 the next day *all departures on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays Yet, inexplicably, the …

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