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Vistara to start London flights on 28 August. Bookings Open.

Vistara's first 787-9 lands at New Delhi airport. Photo by Yash Kumar (TeamAviationIndia).

Vistara has officially announced that it will begin operating flights to London Heathrow on the 28 August 2020. BangaloreAviation had previously reported that the airline would likely begin flights this month. The service which will be operated thrice weekly will be operated under the bilateral transport bubble between India and the United Kingdom. The airline is announced one-way fares of …

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Analysis: What prompted Virgin Atlantic to launch flights from Manchester to New Delhi?

Britain’s other major carrier, Virgin Atlantic, rather unexpectedly, announced a seasonal, thrice-weekly service between Manchester and New Delhi starting Winter 2020. The new service will begin from the 26th of October 2020 operating on Monday, Thursday and Saturday on an ex-Air Berlin A330-200 aircraft. Virgin Atlantic added four of these aircraft to its fleet starting March 2018 to deal with …

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Analysis: Virgin Atlantic’s India Expansion

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 G-VNEW. Boeing Image.

Virgin Atlantic made its India debut in July 2000 when the airline launched its flight to India’s capital, New Delhi. Back then, Virgin Atlantic was a boutique airline fuelled by the ambitions of a maverick entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson.  A lot has changed since then. Today, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority shareholder (20%) in the airline with …

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Tata-SIA Vistara to commence New Delhi Bangkok flights

Vistara's first Airbus A320neo VT-TNB on its maiden commercial flight.

The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint-venture Vistara will commence daily flights on the New Delhi Bangkok sector from August 27, 2019. Bangkok is the third international destination for the airline. It commenced flights to Singapore today, and will commence flights between Mumbai and Dubai on August 21st. Like it Mumbai Dubai flights, Vistara will use its three-class Airbus A320neo on the Bangkok …

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Vistara to begin international flights to Singapore

Full service carrier Vistara (Tata-SIA) has announced that it will begin its first international routes to Singapore from Mumbai and New Delhi. The airline will operate a daily flight from Delhi and Mumbai starting 6 and 7 August 2019 respectively. Vistara will operate these flights with Boeing 737-800s in a two-class cabin configuration. Flights between Delhi (DEL) and Singapore (SIN) …

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Inflight review: Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER: First: Delhi – Amsterdam – Toronto

I wrote this review towards the end of February, before Jet Airways ceased operations. While I hope the airline makes a comeback, I can’t help but think that this may have been the last time I got to fly with Jet. So in a way this article acts as a tribute to the airline. Going forward the article refers to …

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SpiceJet to begin Bangkok flights from Mumbai, doubles Delhi flights

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPJ. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will launch two new flights to Bangkok from 17 May 2019. The airline is launching a new route from Mumbai to Bangkok. It will also double its current Delhi – Bangkok with a second daily flight. The airline is attempting to capture market share in the wake of the Jet Airways collapse. It will be adding 27 …

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Jet cancels all Bangalore – Singapore and Delhi – Dubai flights

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

A couple of days back, I had written about the status of Jet’s regional international services. Since the routes are all operated by the airline’s 737 fleet, many of the flights had been cancelled. The airline was also previously cutting the number of daily flights on major routes but trying to maintain at least a single flight. Bangalore – Singapore …

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Air Italy discontinuing India flights from Feb 2019

Air Italy had announced its India flights in April of last year. The airline would operate flights to Mumbai and Delhi from October 2018. In October however, it significantly scaled down its launch and pushed the date back, finally beginning operations in December. Now just a couple of months into the operation, it appears that the airline will be discontinuing …

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AirAsia adds more flights from Delhi, Pune, Srinagar and Hyderabad

Low-cost carrier AirAsia has announced eight new flights across its existing network. The new flights will begin on 1 February 2019. The carrier will add a morning and evening service between Delhi and Hyderabad. AirAsia is also adding a second flight each between New Delhi and Pune and Srinagar. Time table of new AirAsia flights Flight No Station From Departure …

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NokScoot begins Delhi-Bangkok flights

Thai low cost carrier NokScoot has begun flights between Delhi and Bangkok.  The airline which is a joint venture of Thai carrier Nok Air and Scoot which is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. The airline operates a fleet of five ex-Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ERs which are configured in a 24 business and 391 economy configuration. One of the airlines 777s …

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United announces Delhi to San Francisco flight

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

United Airlines has announced a number of new routes from its hub in San Francisco. The airline will begin flights to: New Delhi, India (daily) Amsterdam, Netherlands (daily) Melbourne, Australia (3x weekly) Seoul Incheon (Adding second daily frequency) Toronto, Canada (2x daily) Tahiti, French Polynesia (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Auckland, New Zealand (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Non-stop San Francisco to …

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Jet Airways to begin Pune – Singapore flights, increases Delhi – Singapore

Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGA.

Full service carrier Jet Airways will begin flights from Pune to Singapore from 1st December 2018. This will be the airline’s fourth destination to Singapore after Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. (Read our review of Jet Airways’ Bangalore – Singapore flight.) Jet Airways’ Timetable from Pune to Singapore Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA 9W22 Pune Singapore 05.10 13.15 9W21 Singapore …

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Air Italy delays and scales down India launch

Air Italy is an Italian airline in which Qatar airways has a major stake. Qatar bought a 49% stake in the airline which was formerly Meridiana and rebranded it earlier this year. The middle eastern carrier intendeds to use Air Italy to bolster it’s operations to the US and in Europe. The airline is also undergoing a rapid expansion of …

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Spicejet operates India’s first bio-fuel flight

Low cost carrier SpiceJet operated India’s first BioJet Fuel powered flight yesterday. The airline operated the flight with a Bombardier Q400 on the Dehradun – Delhi route. The fuel used is a blend of 75% traditional aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and 25% of BioJet fuel. The fuel is made by Jatropha crop and been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of …

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Indigo and Spicejet move to Delhi T2 on 25 March

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

Low cost carriers Indigo and Spicejet have announced that they will move certain flights to Delhi airport’s terminal 2 on 25 March 2018. For those unfamiliar with the history, in mid 2017 Delhi airport announced plans to expand terminal 1. To facilitate this expansion the airport needed some of the terminal’s existing traffic to move to terminal 2. The airport …

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AirAsia to add flights to Imphal and Pune

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane at the gate.

Low cost carrier AirAsia India will begin operating a new route from New Delhi to Imphal beginning 7th April 2018. The airline will also new flights between Bangalore and Pune and Bangalore and Delhi. The airline has also inducted it’s 17th Airbus A320 into it’s fleet with which it will operate these flights.

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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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Court favours Delhi airport, but IndiGo and Spicejet resist move to T2

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

In the on-going saga of getting airlines to move to the re-opened Terminal 2 (T2) at the Indira Gandhi airport, the Delhi High Court has passed a judgement favouring the airport operator M/s Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). In November, India’s largest domestic airline, Indigo, had approached the court petitioning against DIAL’s efforts forcing IndiGo to shift a part of …

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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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