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Jet Airways cancels Bangalore – Amsterdam, Chennai – Paris and all Singapore flights

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300. Image courtesy Jet.

Beleaguered carrier Jet Airways seems to be going from bad to worse, while the airline is inching forward on fumes waiting for emergency funding – the delay is continuing to cost the airline dearly. So far in the last 30 days: The airline’s fleet has reduced from over a 100 aircraft to around an estimated 15 today. Jet Airways cancels …

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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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Spicejet to relaunch flights to Hubli

SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 VT-SUB lands at Kempegowda airport Bangalore. Photo by Vedant Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Low cost carrier Spicejet has announced that it will restart operations to Hubli. The airline will operate flights to Hubli from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The flights from Chennai and Hyderabad will be under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme and will make Hubli Spicejet’s fifth destination under the scheme. The airline stopped it’s operations to Hubli after a crash …

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Indigo introduces seven new ATR flights

IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-600 VT-IYA.

Low cost carrier Indigo is launching seven new flights with it’s ATR 72 fleet. The airline will begin operates flights to Mangalore and Nagpur from Hyderabad and to Mangalore from Chennai. Read our review of Indigo’s ATR 72-600. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, spokesperson, Indigo “At IndiGo, we are continuously striving to expand deeper into the heartland with our new ATR fleet operations. …

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AirAsia India to restart operations from Chennai

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane after pushback.

Low cost carrier AirAsia India is relaunching flights to Chennai as it’s 17th destination. Chennai was one of the original destinations of the airline when it had first begun it’s India operations. The airline is also inducting it’s 15th Airbus A320. The airline will operate three daily flights between Bangalore and Chennai and 2 daily flights between Chennai and Bhubaneshwar …

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IndiGo, AirAsia India, Spicejet top on-time for 2018. Chennai airport tops.

The ramp at Rajiv Gandhi airport, Hyderabad. Photo by Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. Do not re-use.

Three of India’s low-cost carriers, IndiGo, AirAsia India, and Spicejet feature in the OAG’s Punctuality League 2018 as India’s most punctual airlines. Chennai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi airports also feature in the annual report of airlines and airports with the best on-time performance (OTP) in the world. The best of the best As per the Punctuality League 2018, the most …

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Only one runway in 50 years. India’s lagging airport expansion.

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

In 2006-07, Mumbai and New Delhi airports were awarded to M/s GMR and GVK and entered an era of private airport management. In the mean time, private public partnership greenfield airports were in progress at Kochi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Passengers across the nation waited with anticipation to finally be free of the poor service standards of the Airports Authority of …

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New Jet Air videos connect Bangalore and Amsterdam, Chennai and Paris

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

In less than two weeks Jet Airways will commence flights between Bangalore and Amsterdam and Chennai and Paris in the winter schedule starting October 29, 2017. To showcase these flights, the airline has released two interesting videos that juxtapose the cultures and highlights of the city pairs. I like the way the cities and cultures of South India, Paris and, …

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Jet Airways adds Air France, KLM, Delta code-shares on new flights

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER VT-JEG performing flight 9W117 from London approaches Mumbai airport

Jet Airways is enhancing its existing code-share agreements with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. All three foreign carriers are anchor members of the Skyteam alliance. The Indian carrier will place code-shares of the three Skyteam airlines on its new flights between Mumbai Paris, Chennai Paris, Bangalore Amsterdam, and its third Mumbai London Heathrow flight. Air …

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Six more Indian airports to stop stamping hand-baggage tags from June 1

The PTI is reporting that six additional airports will scrap the hand-baggage tags and stamping from June 1. Chennai, Jaipur, Guwahati, Lucknow, Trivandrum, and Patna, will join New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bengalooru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad which had scrapped this much despised process back on April 1. Quoting Mr O.P. Singh, the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force …

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Jet Airways to begin Bangalore – Amsterdam and Chennai – Paris flights

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Jet Airways will begin two new flights from Bangalore to Amsterdam and Chennai to Paris from 29 October 2017. The airline will operate these routes with it’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft. These flights will offer codeshare connections on Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines and will give passengers one stop connections to 35 destinations in Europe and …

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IndiGo launches 16 new flights

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

Low cost carrier, Indigo is introducing 16 new flights through it’s domestic network. From 7 April, the airline will begin it’s first non-stop daily flight on the Chennai-Guwahati route, 2nd daily Bengaluru-Guwahati and 4th daily Delhi-Raipur. The airline will begin it’s 14th direct Delhi-Bengaluru and 7th direct Delhi-Ahmedabad flight’s on 9 April. A new non-stop daily Chennai-Jaipur flight and one-stop …

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Chennai airport flooding: Expert warned authorities 7 years earlier

Chennai airport flooded. IAF helicopter view from west.

Air safety expert and member of the government appointed safety committee, Captain Ranganathan had warned the authorities about the flooding of Chennai airport over seven years ago. In an article titled “Viable project or white elephant?” published in the Hindu Business Line print edition dated August 13, 2008, the airline captain with over 35 years of flying experience lambasted the …

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Chennai airport shut due to rain flooding. IndiGo suspends flights to the city.

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

It appears that Chennai airport has suspended operations due to flooding thanks to almost one month of incessant and unseasonal rains. India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, released a statement This is to notify IndiGo passengers and the local partners in Chennai – that due to severe weather conditions, Chennai airport is shut for operations. Keeping in mind the safety of …

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Air Pegasus to start service to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tuticorin and Pondicherry

Air Pegasus ATR 72-500 VT-APA. I really like the smiley face on the nose of the aircraft.

Regional carrier Air Pegasus completed 100 days of operations yesterday. The airline currently operates to from its hub in Bangalore to Hubli, Trivandrum, Madurai and Kadapa and is planning to begin services to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tuticorin and Pondicherry shortly. Shyson Thomas, Air Pegasus “To serve the increasing number of sectors, we intend to lease in three more aircrafts in the …

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Air India and Jet Airways deploy wide-bodies to boost Mumbai New Delhi Bengaluru and Chennai capacity

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

India’s two operators of wide-body aircraft, national carrier Air India and private sector Jet Airways will be deploying wide-body aircraft on their routes between Mumbai New Delhi Bengaluru and Chennai to boost capacity for the new year period. Jet Airways will deploy its surplus A330-200s while Air India will deploy its Boeing 777-300ERs. Jet Airways commenced operating its Airbus A330-200s …

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Opinion: Indigo passenger pilot spat: on-time needs an empathetic human touch

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

India’s largest domestic airline prides itself on being punctual. It’s tagline “on-time is a beautiful thing” describes the core pillar that the air traveller wants today, predictability. Punctuality has become part of the airline’s DNA. The airline has adopted processes and equipment to meet its punctuality goals. For example IndiGo slavishly closes its counters exactly 45 minutes before a flight’s …

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British Airways to start Boeing 787 service to Chennai

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

British Airways has announced that it will commence operations with it’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Chennai from 27th October 2014 (Monday). The service will also be upgraded to a daily direct flight from six weekly flights on the Boeing 777 as per the current schedule. After Hyderabad, Chennai will become British Airways second 787 service to India. Christopher Fordyce, Regional …

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