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Air India pays 18x delay compensation of private airlines. To deduct salaries of those responsible.

A tail parade of each of Air India's Boeing aircraft as in 2011. The 747-400, 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 737-800.

In a bold move national carrier Air India has put errant employees and vendors who delay flights on notice. The airline will deduct salaries of employees and caterers found responsible for delays of flights. The Maharaja which has one of the worst one-time performance (OTP) records amongst Indian carriers, has been instructed by the top bureaucrat in the civil aviation …

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TigerAir terminates SpiceJet agreement due to latter’s network changes

SpiceJet and TigerAir announcing their interline partnership in December 2013 which has now been terminated.

A SpiceJet spokesperson has confirmed that its year old passenger inter-line agreement with Singapore based low cost carrier TigerAir has been “terminated based on mutual decision [since SpiceJet’s] network changes made it no longer commercially worth doing.” As per reports in The Business Standard and The Economic Times, Tiger had terminated the agreement due to SpiceJet’s “non-performance”. The financially troubled …

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Graphical analysis of India’s domestic air traffic in 2014

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Keeping in line with the weak economic growth in India, domestic air passenger traffic grew a tepid 9.7% during 2014. In 2013 61.426 million passengers travelled, which grew to 67.383 million. Monthly data and info-graphics December is the peak month for travel in India, both international and domestic. As the stacked monthly graph shows, in December 6.44 million (64.4 lakhs) …

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Spicejet turnaround requires a good risk appetite

Spicejet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SGK at New Delhi airport.

SpiceJet has seen challenging times over the past 5 years. While numerous reasons can be cited for this ranging from network structure, fleet decisions, competition, ability to command a premium, management churn, market weakness and overall brand strength, the financial position of the airline as of today is quite challenging. Much is being reported about the possible funds infusion and/or …

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Opinion: How Indian airlines are positioning themselves

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

The Indian skies are fairly busy. With seven airlines operating, one about to launch services, one in a bit of a challenge and six airline licenses granted by the Ministry of Civil aviation, increased competition is inevitable. Yet, if one looks at profitability, there is only one airline that has been consistently profitable. Which begs the question, are all the …

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Spicejet statements clarifies its position and refutes media frenzy. Our analysis.

The last week has seen a flurry of reports on the troubles of Spicejet. Some accurate, some totally wrong, and many with a mixture of half truths that create more confusion, rather than inform the reader. Amid the media frenzy, the airline has issued three statements to clarify the situation from its point of view. Spicejet statement issued December 5, …

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Analysis: What benefits would capital infusion bring SpiceJet?

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

While SpiceJet’s chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor claims that recapitalisation is the final step of the turn-around process at the airline, there is little doubt SpiceJet desperately needs funds to continue its turn around. Aviation consultancy firm CAPA estimates around Rs 1,500 crore at the minimum. Why is this need for recapitalisation at this stage, and what benefits will it …

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Opinion: India needs long-term systemic changes to boost aviation sector

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

For the better part of this year, India has suffered the ignominy of being one of only 11 countries relegated to Category 2 status by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as its safety oversight regime did not meet international standards. The relegation dealt a serious dent in the operations of India鈥檚 airlines by a freeze on their US …

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Spicejet Boeing 737-800 hits stray buffalo, airline suspends operations to city

Spicejet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SGK at New Delhi airport.

A SpiceJet Boeing 737-800(WL) registration VT-SGK ‘Garlic’ performing flight SG-622 from Surat, Gujarat to New Delhi, on November 6, with 140 passengers and six crew on-board, while on its take-off run on runway 04, struck a buffalo which had strayed on to the runway. The plane impacted the animal at approximately 80 knots speed. The aircraft suffered extensive damage to …

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Sale offer from SpiceJet starting at Rs 1,999

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet has announced yet another sale. This is for flights from select cities, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Fares commence at Rs. 1,999 all inclusive and tickets need to be purchased till September 16, 2014. The travel period is from October 7, 2014 to January 15, 2015 and the usual terms and conditions …

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A salute to airlines and staff providing relief in flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

Kudos to all the airlines of India for yeoman’s service to the thousands of victims stranded by floods in the ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir. The airport at Srinagar has been cut-off from the city by the rising waters, and much of the machinery is non-functional. Airline staffers are preparing hundreds of boarding passes by hand to return the …

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SpiceJet will first serve passengers who pre-booked meals before general service

As an incentive to passengers who pre-book their in-flight meals, budget carrier SpiceJet will serve them first, before commencing general meal and drinks sales service in flight. Pre-booking enables an airline to better prepare meals for a flight thus improving availability and reducing wastage. Many airlines, including competitor IndiGo already adopt this practice. SpiceJet also offers a lower price for …

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Spicejet pre-tax loss narrows to Rs 124 crore in Q1 FY2015. Company says due to restructuring.

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SZK in special crew livery. With all our heart slogan. Photo courtesy Spicejet.

Embattled low fare carrier SpiceJet, reported a loss before tax of Rs 124.10 crore (approx. $20.8 million) for the first quarter of fiscal 2014~2015, ended June. This compared to the profit of Rs 50.56 crore in the same quarter a year earlier. Total income from operations fell to Rs 1,691.04 crore down from Rs 1,701.54 crore in the same quarter …

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SpiceJet recommences Dubai flights from Mumbai and Madurai

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet will resume its services to Dubai from Mumbai and Madurai from July 21, 2014. These flights, originally launched in June 2012 and November 2013 were suspended in May when Dubai airport commence runway repairs. The airline is offering a special sale fare on these new flights starting at Rs. 5,499 from Mumbai and Rs. 5,999 …

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SpiceJet adds flights in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Coimbatore and Bangalore

Gurgaon based low fare carrier Spicejet is adding new flights the Hyderabad-Delhi, Hyderabad-Coimbatore, and Bangalore-Delhi routes. A limited time period flight has been added on Delhi-Hyderabad sector to meet seasonal demand. The airline will also introduce a second direct flight on the Hyderabad-Coimbatore route using the 78 seat Bombardier Q-400 Dash-8 turbo-prop. This will supplement the existing flights between the …

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SpiceJet unveils new Boeing with special “crew livery”

SpiceJet Boeing 737-800WL VT-SZK in special crew livery. With all our heart slogan. Photo courtesy Spicejet.

On May 23rd, SpiceJet Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor tweeted a picture of the airline’s newest Boeing 737-800 VT-SZK at Boeing field, in an white livery, and asked why the livery was all white? Our newest 737NG VT-SZK taxis out at Boeing, bound for DEL. Why all white? We'll just have to wait to find out! 馃檪 pic.twitter.com/S9plVd04cV — Sanjiv …

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