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Saving face or saving Jet Airways

The Jet Airways revival is stalled over the issue of the grant of slots. Jet’s position is that they should be able to reclaim the slots that were “temporarily assigned” to other airlines. The government on the other hand has indicated that the government will consider the airline’s request for slots as per existing policy. Effectively saying that Jet would …

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Guide to traveling on Air-Bubble and Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights (Updated 6 Dec 20)

by Sanjiv Kapoor Former COO, Spicejet and former CSCO of Vistara I keep getting questions on testing and quarantine requirements for those returning to India on the scheduled “air bubble” flights from places like the US, UK, EU, and UAE, as well as on the special ad-hoc “Vande Bharat Mission” or VBM flights that operate from time to time from …

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SpiceJet Q2FY21 results: financial health remains fragile

The Q2FY21 results of India’s second-largest low-cost carrier point to the continued fragility of the airline’s financial health driven by large accumulated losses, questionable revenue recognition policy and uncertainty surrounding the resumption of international airline operations currently suspended on account of the pandemic. SpiceJet Q2FY21 results snapshot (in INR) comparisons to Q2FY20 ● Revenues ₹1,305 crores (down by 54%) ● …

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Inflight review: Vistara Business Class: Airbus A321neo: Bangalore to Delhi

The Tata Singapore Airline joint venture Vistara recently took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo. This aircraft is the 93.5-ton maximum take-off weight (MTOW) version fitted with one additional centre tank (ACT) which will allow it airline to fly as far as Istanbul or Manila from the airline’s New Delhi hub. Vistara is expected to use their A321neos for these …

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Vistara introduces new yoga-inspired inflight safety videos

The retro crew uniform that will be used on special flights of the Retro Livery Tata SIA Airlines Vistara A320neo. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

The Tata Singapore Airlines brand Vistara, has released a new set of in-flight safety videos for display on their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A321neo aircraft. Vistara new inflight safety video in English (A321) Vistara new inflight safety video in Hindi (B789) A journey across India Vistara has chosen Yoga. Their new in-flight safety video goes beyond the aircraft …

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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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Vistara commencing flights to London Heathrow next week

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

Social media chatter indicates the Tata – Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara will commence its maiden long-distance international flights this Independence Day with flights between New Delhi IGI and London Heathrow. The flight will be operated by Vistara’s sole Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (click the link for cabin images), though the airline is expected to receive its second 787 in about …

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Air India Express IX1344 overshoots runway and falls into valley at Kozhikode airport

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 operating flight IX1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode Calicut airport landed at the airport but overshot the runway and fell into a valley. The aircraft has broken into several pieces. The aircraft involved was VT-AXH, delivered to the airline in November 2006 and carried the Gateway of India / India gate tail art. Rescue services …

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Karnataka guidelines for international arrivals (V4, August 2020)

The government of Karnataka has issued revised guidelines for international arrivals into the state. Passengers must pre-register before travelling As with the earlier guidelines, all passengers must pre-register on the Karnataka COVID war room website at least 72 hours before travel. Categorized arrivals All passengers will be categorized on arrival. Passengers showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent to …

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Airline hubs are facing a huge challenge

The Corona pandemic continues to impact traffic volumes across the globes. Airports that were once bursting at the seams are now eerily silent while many of the terminals remain empty. Runways that would count seconds until the next arrival and departure now wait longingly for aircraft to alight. The buzz of jet engines has been interspersed with large periods of silence. …

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SpiceJet Q4FY20 results analysis: A sharp deterioration in financial health

Spicejet Boeing 737-800 VT-SPL "Cardamom"

After a long delay, India’s second-largest low-cost carrier reported its Q4FY20 results yesterday. Despite strong revenue growth, the airline posted a loss of ₹807 on account of increases in fuel costs, decline of the rupee and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The accumulated losses and increase in liabilities have deteriorated the financial health of the airline. SpiceJet Q4FY20 results snapshot …

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Indigo’s Q1FY21 results analysis: Highlighting the depth of the challenges

India’s largest airline reported its first-quarter results yesterday. If Q4FY20 losses of 870 crores were of concern, Q1FY21 has only made this much worse. The loss at 2,844 crores was three times the loss of the previous quarter. This was in the most part not surprising given that much of the quarter had aircraft sitting on the ground due to …

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Vistara introduces full-flat business class seats on it’s new Airbus A321neo

Vistara has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A321neo from Airbus’ Finkenwerder plant in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is the first of six A321neo for the airline, on lease by Air Lease Corporation, is part of a 50 A320neo family aircraft order that the airline placed in 2018. The aircraft was meant to be deployed on short to medium-haul routes …

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Schedule of phase 4 Vande Bharat repatriation flights to India

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.

Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat repatriation flights is kicking off on 3 July and includes flights to India from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam. The schedule of flights being operated to these countries from India is available here. The …

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Indigo Q4FY20 results: Is India likely to see an airline failure? Indigo’s results point that way

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

India’s largest airline reported its results yesterday. What was surprising was the quantum of the loss at 870.8 crores. Indigo attributes this to the impact of COVID-19, coupled with the weakness of the rupee, which has resulted in a spike in costs. Indeed, it is very telling that for an airline that is so focused and disciplined, there has been …

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New repatriation flights from 16 May from Australia, Canada, Europe, Central Asia, Russia and more

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.

Following the first week of repatriation flights operated by Air India and Air India Express, phase two of the Vande Bharat repatriation flights have now been released. Flights will be operated from the following countries which were not covered in phase one: Afghanistan – Kabul Armenia – Yeravan Australia – Sydney, Melbourne Belarus – Minsk Canada – Vancouver, Toronta France …

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