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Lufthansa to sell BMI to IAG, the owner of British Airways

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) and International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, have signed a binding agreement for the sale of British Midland Limited (bmi) to IAG for £172.5m (approx. €207m) in cash. Lufthansa has the option of selling the ‘bmi regional’ and ‘bmibaby’ units separately before the sale is completed, expected by the end of the first …

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MAP: 8 Air India flights cannot even cover their cost of fuel

According to a report from the Press Trust of India (PTI), Indian civil aviation minister Vyalar Ravi revealed before the Rajya Sabha today that Air India’s estimated loss for FY 2010-2011 was Rs. 6,994 Crore, down sharply from the Rs. 5552.55 Crore loss posted in FY 2009-2010. Ravi also said that, “Based on April-September, 2011 route wise profitability, two routes …

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Can Hong Kong Airlines make long haul premium-class only service work

Picture by Alex Chau. Used under GNU License. On November 7th, 2011, Hong Kong based Hong Kong Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group, announced that it would be launching an all-premium nonstop service between Hong Kong and London, beginning in March of 2012. The service will be offered on Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured in two classes; Club Premier and …

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Air India delay in Gatwick – Indian media should learn from Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today

Without a doubt, passengers of Air India had a harrowing time at London. Inside information seems to suggest that they airline’s precarious financial condition has played a role. While most Indian media outlets were on their usual high pitched drum-beating reporting, one might say rants, about the incident, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of reporting by Ben Mutzabaugh …

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AirAsia X to shift from London Stansted to Gatwick

Malaysian low fare carrier AirAsia X has announced that it will shift its six times a week Kuala Lumpur to London flights from Stansted airport to Gatwick airport from October 24, 2011. AirAsia Airbus A340-300 9M-XAC in Oakland Raiders livery at London Stansted. Click on image for high resolution view. The move will afford AirAsia X passengers better onward connectivity …

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bmi first to commence Amritsar London Heathrow direct service

bmi, British Midland International, Heathrow’s second largest airline, and a member of the Star Alliance will commence a thrice a week service between Amritsar and London Heathrow starting on 14 October 2011. bmi Airbus A330-242 G-WWBB. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Flights will operate to London Heathrow via Almaty in Kazakhstan. bmi will be the only airline to offer a direct …

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Qatar Airways moves to London Heathrow terminal 4, to open new premium lounge

From tomorrow, December 8, 2010, Qatar Airways moves its operations at London Heathrow, its biggest European destination, to Terminal 4 which also houses most of SkyTeam alliance members. T4 has undergone a massive multi-million pound facelift, and the airline’s passengers will benefit from a dedicated spacious check-in area in the terminal’s Zone A. Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A7-BAC Qatar Airways …

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Jet Airways shifts to SkyTeam lounge at London Heathrow

Jet Airways has replaced its premium passengers lounge at London’s Heathrow airport Terminal 4. Previously Jet was using the Etihad Airways lounge but has now shifted to the one year old SkyTeam lounge opposite gate 10. The two-floor lounge includes features such as food and bar counters on both levels, a wine bar, wi-fi internet access, a meeting room, showers …

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Review: Menzies Aviation erodes Lufthansa’s passenger service quality at London Heathrow

In December last year I was a guest of Lufthansa and Fraport for a visit to the Frankfurt airport and Lufthansa world headquarters. Having travelled from Bangalore till Frankfurt, I decided to visit family in London after the visit, and would return via Munich to Delhi. Throughout the trip the on-board service was excellent in both business class (between India …

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Kingfisher to commence New Delhi London Heathrow route on March 28

As analysed by Bangalore Aviation last week, Kingfisher Airlines formally announced the commencement of daily flights on the New Delhi – London route from the start of the summer 2010 schedule i.e. March 28. The schedule is designed to take fullest advantage of the fact that today Kingfisher operates its highest number of flights from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International …

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BBC interviews hero British Airways pilot from Heathrow crash two years ago

BBC has published the first interview with Captain Peter Burkill who commanded the British Airways Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMM which crash-landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on January 17, 2008. Captain Burkill and his co-pilot John Coward were hailed as heroes for avoiding a disaster, but Burkill is modest and in the interview says “I did a good job on the the …

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Kingfisher Airlines granted permission for seven new international routes ex Mumbai and Delhi

The Government of India has granted Kingfisher Airlines traffic rights to operate on seven new international routes, including the highly prized New Delhi – London which was strongly objected to, by the national carrier, Air India. The new international routes for which traffic rights have been granted are: New Delhi – London New Delhi – Hong Kong New Delhi – …

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Qatar Airways commences Doha Melbourne flights; quickest from London

Qatar Airways launched its first flight to the Australian continent with its non-stop Doha Melbourne service using its latest Boeing 777-200LR delivered just a few days ago. Two flight crews are needed for the long 14 hour flight. Click on image for high res version. The 42 2–2–2 configured Business Class seats convert into 180 degree horizontal flat beds with …

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Virgin Atlantic unveils new Clubhouse at London Gatwick airport

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a new and completely refurbished 795 sq. mtr. (8,500 sq. ft.) clubhouse at Gatwick airport featuring a luxurious Cowshed Spa. The Cowshed Spa and Internal Rock Garden provide a new focal point for the Clubhouse. With its porcelain slates, natural stone mosaic floors and black glass mosaic tiled walls, the Clubhouse provides passengers a feeling of …

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Jet Airways shifts to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow

Jet Airways has moved from from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The departures concourse has been newly refurbished and now offers a larger check-in area, with high ceilings and brighter lighting, making it easier and quicker for passengers to check in. Jet Airways’ check-in counters are now located in Zone C, with desks 1-6 in operation …

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Kingfisher Airlines ceases Airbus A330 operations from Bangalore commences Mumbai to Hong Kong and Singapore

This is one of the finest airplane spotting photos I have ever taken. The first Airbus A330-200 of Kingfisher Airlines VT-VJK in it’s beautiful red and white livery against the blue spring skies approaching Bengaluru International Airport. Sadly this is a sight we cannot expect to see in Bangalore for the foreseeable future. In a re-structuring of it’s international operations …

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Kingfisher Airlines re-aligns international operations and fleet to contain losses

The financial woes at Kingfisher Airlines continue. Despite carrying the maximum number of domestic passengers, over dues are piling up. In some cases cheques issued by the airline are bouncing, salary and other cost cutting measures are making employees like pilots leave the airline to join competitors. This photo from Digital Airliners on Flickr encapsulates the three stages of Kingfisher’s …

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Cathay Pacific and Finnair extend their oneworld code share flights to Brisbane

Finnair and its oneworld alliance partner Cathay Pacific Airways are extending their code-share flights partnership between Hong Kong Australia and offering flights to Brisbane. Finnair will operate daily flights from Helsinki to Hong Kong using an Airbus A340 aircraft. Finnair and Cathay Pacific have cooperated earlier on routes between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Now Finnair can also …

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