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IndiGo expands domestic frequencies as 61st Airbus A320 joins the fleet

As domestic leader, IndiGo, adds its 61st Airbus A320 in to its fleet, it is expanding its domestic route network and will operate 373 daily flights to 33 destinations. Effective December 10, the carrier, will operate its 14th daily non-stop flight on the Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai route. Will operate 6th daily non-stop flight on Mumbai-Bangalore Will operate and second daily non-stop flight …

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Jet Airways to induct new generation ATR 72-600 turbo-prop aircraft

Mumbai-based Jet Airways will the first Indian carrier to induct the new ATR 72-600 series turbo-prop aircraft into their fleet, with five aircraft, starting this month and completing in March 2013. The Franco-Italian ATR (Avions de Transport Régional) 72-600 is an upgrade from the existing ATR72-500 aircraft in the airline’s fleet, and will be used for connectivity to smaller Tier …

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Flight review: Air India: economy class: Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Bangalore to Delhi

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.

I looked forward to my first Dreamliner flight with considerable excitement, and with some trepidation, since I gave up flying Air India in 1997. Made the booking via the Expedia website. An okay experience, but given a choice, I would make the booking directly on Air India website. Air India AI505. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANI October 24, 2012 (Dussera Day). …

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Jet Airways Q2 FY 2012~2013 quarterly results financial analysis

Photo © Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. India’s largest private carrier, Jet Airways, reported a net, post-tax loss of Rs. 99.7 Crore for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012-2013, representing a sharp improvement from the Rs. 713.6 Crore net loss recorded in the same period last year. This 84.8% improvement in results, pushed Jet Airways’ net margin up to …

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Jet Airways offers old Indian Airlines pre-paid booklet scheme to counter passenger flight to trains

Indian airlines are in a no-win situation. From one side they face excessive taxation which distorts input prices like aviation fuel to twice its international price, from the other, airports hiking up charges. After years of bleeding, the airlines have, for the last six months, been hiking airfares to redress the situation. However, many of the hikes are simply too …

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Airbus ends A340 era, selling last two aircraft, defaulted by Kingfisher Airlines

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. announced the sale of the last two A340-500 aircraft in its inventory, marking an end of the longest range model of its portfolio. AJW Capital Partners Limited, a worldwide aviation services group based in the UK, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of two Airbus A340-500s aircraft. With this order AJW Capital becomes the …

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Photo: FedEx freighter aircraft line-up at New Delhi. One of the planes has a very interesting history.

A shot of the cargo ramp at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport, FedEx Express’ main hub in India. If you observe the photo correctly, there is something unusual about this photo. Don’t fully scroll down. Try to see only the photo and see if you can spot the feature? The answer is below the photograph. The line-up consists one …

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves “Firm Concept” milestone

Boeing has achieved a major milestone in the 737 MAX program, the re-engined upgrade of its best-selling 737 narrow-body jetliner. The Boeing 737 MAX -8 firm concept. Upgrade from the current 737-800 Explaining this milestone called ‘Firm Concept’, Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager 737 program said “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes …

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Audio: Mumbai air traffic controller scolds Jet Airways’ pilots for shoddy reporting

Some more light hearted articles in the spirit of the Diwali holidays. On the night of 12 November, 2012, Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGS was performing flight 9W-556 from Kochi, India to Doha, Qatar. Routing was via airway M300 waypoints IGAMA OSIRI NITIX MESAN LEMAX KADOL. The pilot attempts to radio in his AIREP informing Mumbai Radio that the flight …

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Kingfisher’s Q2 FY13 record loss of Rs. 1,115 crore is more than five times its revenue

One of the many Kingfisher aircraft stripped and left Financial beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines saw its second quarter revenue for fiscal year 2012~2013 plunge a massive 87% to just Rs. 200 crore (Rs. 2 billion) from almost Rs. 1,553 crore in the same quarter a year ago. The airline which has not operated a single flight since October 1, due to …

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Plane spotting: Synchronised Jet Airways and IndiGo registrations at Delhi IGI airport

About three months ago, we reported, by a strange coincidence the aircraft registration numbers of India’s two largest airlines IndiGo and Jet Airways are in a very similar series. VT-JFx and VT-IFx. Last week, thanks to the operators of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), M/s Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd., the members of the Aviation Photographers India were airside …

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Hooray for the courts. Drunk IndiGo passenger gets life term for hijack threat

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

Early in February 2009, Bangalore Aviation had advocated a strong “zero tolerance” approach to drunk passengers in Indian skies, specifically citing the case of Jitendra Kumar Mohla, a Chartered Accountant, and son of a former Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force, who boarded an IndiGo flight 6E-334 from Goa to New Delhi, in a drunk condition. Today, we are …

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Malaysia Airlines to join oneworld alliance on Feburary 1

Malaysia Airlines will become a full member of the oneworld® alliance on Friday February 1, 2013. The national airline of Malaysia received clearance after successfully completing a review of its readiness conducted by its mentor, Qantas, along with the oneworld central team. Malaysia Airlines’ Airbus A380 superjumbo makes a high speed pass over the Farnborough air show 2012. Malaysia Airlines’ …

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Singapore Airlines orders more Airbus A380 and A350 aircraft

National carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will order 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380 super jumbos and 20 A350-900s. Singapore Airline was the launch customer of the A380 in 2007, and has received all of its ordered 19 aircraft. The airline operates these aircraft to ten destinations around the world from its Singapore hub. …

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Opinion: Kingfisher Airlines’ license suspension actually helps Vijay Mallya

On Saturday India’s civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, announced that aviation regulator, the DGCA had suspended the operating permit of Kingfisher Airlines, after the carrier failed to respond to their show-cause notice. With mountains of unpaid debts, the airline has been on life-support for some time now. Unpaid employees have been striking since October 1, resulting in a suspension of …

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Air traffic plunges 11.5%, as air fares rise. Jet Airways group crashes almost 21%, IndiGo down 11%.

Talk about irony. In March this year, Dr. Dinesh Keskar and Bangalore Aviation were discussing the double digit, yet profitless growth occurring in the Indian airline industry. Less than six months later, air traffic continues its fifth consecutive month of decline. Within, just the third calendar quarter, (second quarter of the fiscal year 2012~13), air traffic plunged over 11.5%, from …

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