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Emirates group first half fiscal 2014 net profits up 4%. Airline net profit up 2% to $475 million

by Devesh Agarwal Emirates A380. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. The Emirates Group, the aviation holding company of the Al Maktoum family which rules Dubai, and the parent of Emirates airline, announced its first half (April to September) results of the fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2014) today. Group The Emirates Group revenues reached AED 42.3 billion (US$ 11.5 billion) …

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Expect to use some portable electronic devices during the entire flight very soon

by Devesh Agarwal The United States’ aviation regulator the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has today allowed airlines to relax rules regarding the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) on-board flights below 10,000 feet. In a release the FAA said Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, …

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Qatar Airways joins oneworld alliance

by Devesh Agarwal Flag carrier Qatar Airways becomes part of oneworld® alliance at midnight Doha time tonight, becoming the first carrier from the burgeoning Gulf region to join join any airline alliance. Qatar also joins fellow middle-east carrier Royal Jordanian which is a member of oneworld. QR633 which departs from Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka for Doha at 03.15 local (00.15 Doha …

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Singapore Airlines debuts new 777 cabin products on Mumbai route for a limited time

by Devesh Agarwal Singapore Airlines débuted its latest cabin products on its Boeing 777-300ER flying between Mumbai and Singapore for a limited time. This is the latest cabin product of the premium airline which will be standard on its Airbus A350-900 aircraft, but which is also fitted on eight of its new Boeing 777-300ERs, the latest of which was recently …

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United States grants approval to Etihad-Jet Airways code share request

by Devesh Agarwal On September 4th, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways had petitioned the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to authorise them to code share i.e. put their marketing codes on each other airlines’ flights. Download the original petition in PDF format here or scroll to end of the article to view it and the approval letter. Etihad requests …

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Lufthansa to start charging fees for advance seat reservations

by Devesh Agarwal German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa will start charging passengers fees for advance seat reservations (ASR). However, unlike fellow European carrier British Airways, Lufthansa will limit its fee to economy class as of now. From November 26, 2013, for a fee of 10 euros Lufthansa passengers can reserve in advance, their preferred seat in economy class when booking …

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British Airways increases London Chennai frequency to six flights a week

by Devesh Agarwal British Airways Boeing 777-200ER. Photo © Devesh Agarwal. From October 27, flag carrier British Airways will add an additional weekly flight on the London Heathrow Chennai route, taking its weekly frequency to six. With this flight the airline will increase its weekly flights to 48 to five cities in India, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad. …

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Boeing reports robust third quarter fiscal 2013 results. Raises full year earnings guidance

by Devesh Agarwal Chicago based, US aerospace and defence giant The Boeing Company reported earnings of $1,160 million, a massive 12% jump in its third-quarter profit compared to $1,030 million from the same period a year ago. The company has also raised its 2013 financial performance outlook, based on an increase in commercial aircraft deliveries. Key highlights of the quarter …

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Qatar Airways to fly to Miami from June 2014

by Devesh Agarwal Image courtesy Qatar Airways Flag carrier, Qatar Airways, has announced Miami to be its sixth destination in the United States with flights beginning June 10, 2014. The airline will offer four non-stop flights a week from Doha using a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a two class configuration with 42 lie-flat seats in business class, and 217 seats …

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ATR 72-600 suffers first fatal crash

by Devesh Agarwal Lao Airline ATR72-600. Photo courtesy ATR. Airbus joint-venture subsidiary ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport régional) suffered the first fatal crash of the ATR 72-600 aircraft it manufactures. The airframer confirmed that an ATR 72-600 operated by Lao Airlines as flight QV301 from capital Vientiane to Pakse crashed at around 16:00 (09:00 UTC) near …

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Analysis: Air India sells Boeing 777-200LRs to Etihad. Aircraft ill-suited for its operations.

Two days ago, when gulf major, Etihad Airways, announced its intention to fly between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, we at Bangalore Aviation were the first to indicate that Etihad’s announcement was a pre-cursor to its purchase of Boeing 777-200LRs from Air India. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Air India will indeed sell five of its eight Boeing 777-200LRs to …

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Etihad Airways to commence Los Angeles flights using Air India 777-200LRs?

by Devesh Agarwal Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the launch of direct non stop flights between its home base of Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles, California, USA (LAX), from June 1, 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. The announcement goes on to say, Etihad will deploy a three …

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Alaska Airlines orders five additional Boeing 737-900ERs

by Devesh Agarwal Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today the carrier is exercising options to purchase five Boeing 737-900ER (extended range) aircraft. The five new aircraft are worth $481 million at Boeing’s current list price. Two of the aircraft will arrive in 2015 followed by two more in 2016 and one in 2017. Alaska Airlines Boeing …

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Delta receives first next generation Boeing 737-900ER

by Devesh Agarwal Delta Air Lines commenced its single-aisle fleet renewal process when it took delivery of the first next generation Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011. Delta Air Lines new next generation Boeing 737-900ER N801DZ. Boeing photo. All rights reserved. Delta’s new 737-900ER seats 180 passengers and features the new Boeing …

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Analysis: Etihad announces huge increase in flights and seats between Abu Dhabi and India

Bangalore-Abu Dhabi-Chicago, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi-New York, Delhi-Abu Dhabi-Newark amongst new flights requested by Devesh Agarwal and Vinay Bhaskara Image Credit: Etihad Airways   On the back of the new bilateral air services agreement which has almost quadrupled capacity, Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, will greatly increase both seats and flights for travel to and from India, …

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SpiceJet to launch Bangalore – Bangkok flights

by Devesh Agarwal Delhi based low fare carrier SpiceJet will commence international flights from Bangalore on October 28. The first destination is Bangkok with four flights per week. The carrier will be the only Indian carrier to service this route. As per the SpiceJet website on which tickets which are available for purchase, the schedule is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, …

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Sudheer Raghavan leaving Jet Airways?

by Devesh Agarwal The rumour mill has that Jet Airway’s Chief Commercial Officer Sudheer Raghavan will be leaving the airline soon and is expected to be succeeded by Mr. Wayne Pearce, currently the CEO of Oman Air. Pearce reportedly enjoys a good rapport with Etihad CEO James Hogan. Etihad which is in the process of completing a 24% stake purchase …

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Tatas and Singapore Airlines to form new airline in India

by Devesh Agarwal Taking advantage of India’s recent liberalisation of the aviation sector, the country’s most famous conglomerate, Tata Sons, and flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding and applied for Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to establish a new airline in India, thus adding a well financed full service carrier with strong customer service …

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Bangalore International Airport introduces official airport app for BlackBerry smartphones

by Devesh Agarwal The operator of the Bengaluru International Airport, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd., has announced the launch of its official ‘Airport Guide Application’ for BlackBerry® smartphones for all information relating to services at the airport. The free app is designed for both BlackBerry® 10 and BlackBerry® OS smartphones (running OS 5 or higher), and is available for downloads on …

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