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Thai Airways makes wholesale changes to India service in winter 2013-14

by Vinay Bhaskara Bangkok based full service carrier Thai Airways International has announced a series of changes in its Indian services in the winter 2013-14 season as per the Airline Route blog On its Bangkok-Delhi services, beginning 30th September, services will increase from 11 weekly to 14 weekly. Daytime Thai flights TG323/TG324 will increase from four flights per week to …

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Dutch Antilles Express suspends operations

by Vinay Bhaskara A Dutch Antilles Express ATR 42-300 on the ground at its largest hub – Hato International Airport in Curacao According to several news reports (see here and here), Caribbean low cost carrier Dutch Antilles Express, the second largest airline in the Dutch country of Curacao has suspended operations. Formed in 2005 via the merger of Bonaire Express and …

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SpiceJet to commence Pune Sharjah flights

by Vinay Bhaskara New Delhi-based low fare carrier SpiceJet, is launching direct flights between Pune and Sharjah from September 21, 2013. The airline will deploy its Boeing 737-800 which seats 189 passengers in a single class configuration. SG051 departs Pune 22:30 on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturdays and arrives Sharjah 00:25+1SG052 departs Sharjah 01:25 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and arrives …

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Delta ending Seattle-Osaka

by Vinay Bhaskara A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER – Image Credit: Delta Air Lines As per Airline Route, Atlanta-based full service carrier Delta Air Lines is cancelling its 4 weekly services between Seattle-Tacoma and Osaka-Kansai. The flight, which was scheduled to operate throughout the IATA Winter 2013/14 season with a Boeing 767-300ER, was started in 2010 and will now …

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Malaysia Airlines posts operating profit in Q2 2013

by Vinay BhaskaraNewly minted oneworld alliance member Malaysia Airlines saw progress in Q2 2013 in its corporate turnaround plan as the carrier swung to a RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 8 million (US $2.4 million) operating profit from an operating loss of RM 102 million (US $31.0 million) during the same period a year prior. The performance was buoyed by 14% revenue …

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Qatar Airways confirms Dreamliner debut in India

by Vinay Bhaskara Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Image Credit: Qatar Airways MEB3 carrier Qatar Airways has provided confirmation of the plans to bring its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to India via the Doha-Delhi and Doha-Bangalore sectors from September 1st. Bangalore Aviation had previously reported on the new aircraft placement via a report from Airline Route. Qatar Airways Dreamliners are …

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Bhutan Airways (Tashi Air) to begin daily Paro-Kolkata-Bangkok

by Vinay BhaskaraAccording to the Airline Route blog, private Bhutanese carrier Bhutan Airways (also known as Tashi Air) is set to begin daily Paro-Kolkata-Bangkok flights from October 2013 with its new Airbus A320 aircraft. Proposed schedules are as follow: B3700 PBH-CCU 1035 – 1110 CCU-BKK 1150 – 1550 320 Daily B3701 BKK-CCU 0630 – 0730 CCU-PBH 0810 – 0945  320 Daily Tashi Air …

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Spirit Airlines announces new routes out of Minneapolis

by Vinay BhaskaraMiramar, Florida based LCC Spirit Airlines has announced 4 new nonstop routes out of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Beginning November 7th, the low cost carrier will have daily non-stops from Minneapolis St. Paul to Tampa, Orlando, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, complementing existing flights from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Denver. …

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Jet Airways Q1 FY2013~14 performance analysis – part 2 – JetLite, aircraft utilization, and ancillary revenues

by Vinay Bhaskara JetLite continues to be a (modest) bright spot in Jet Airways’ broader operations. The low cost wing of Jet Airways, which was recently merged with the JetKonnect brand to streamline low cost operations, reported a net post-tax profit of Rs. 6.9 Crore, down from Rs. 11.7 Crore a year prior. An increased proportion of JetKonnect’s fleet was …

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Air China ends Shanghai-Chengdu-Bangalore

by Vinay Bhaskara Yesterday, Sunday, August 4th, marked the final nonstop flight for Air China limited, the world’s 10th largest airline by passenger traffic, between Bangalore and Chengdu. Flights have been zeroed out from the global distribution system (GDS) and are no longer bookable via AirChina.com. The nonstop flights, which began in early 2010, had actually been increased in frequency …

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Routes Analysis: British Airways grows Hyderabad – London

by Vinay Bhaskara British Airways wide-bodies on the ramp at their global hub at London Heathrow From October 27th, London based full service carrier British Airways will be up-gauging its services between Hyderabad and its global hub at London Heathrow to daily flights utilizing Boeing 777-200ER aircraft configured in a 275 seat 3-class configuration (48J/24Y+/203Y), including flat beds in Club …

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Analysis: Air India to begin several new routes – including San Francisco and Madrid?

by Vinay Bhaskara Earlier this month, erstwhile Indian national carrier Air India placed a tender asking for fuel supply contracts at 9 different stations as seen below. The tender includes Sydney, where Air India is planning to launch 4 weekly nonstop and 3 weekly one-stop flights (in a triangle routing with Melbourne) on-board the carrier’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Australian …

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British Airways India — A Ticket to Visit Mum

by Vinay Bhaskara British Airways recently launched an powerful advertising campaign entitled “Visit your Mum.” The following video shows British Airways flying Ratnesh home from New York City to surprise his mother and visit his family for the first time in more than 15 years since leaving home at the age of 17. His unwitting mother is cooking his favorite dish …

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Photos and videos: American Airlines receives first Airbus A319

by Devesh Agarwal and Vinay Bhaskara Dallas-Fort Worth headquartered American Airlines recieved its first Airbus narrow body aircraft, an A319-112(WL). MSN 5678 is registered N8001N, is the first A319 delivered, equipped with Sharklets, and the 100th A320 family aircraft delivered, fitted with the new wing-tip devices. The engines are from CFM. Our Vinay Bhaskara captured these exclusive photos at the …

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Analysis: Emboldened by Etihad deal, Turkish Airlines seeks additional flying rights to India

by Vinay Bhaskara Late last week, The Times of India reported Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines in the world, wanted to more than quintuple its Indian footprint, requesting an increase in weekly seat allocation from 4,000 to 20,000 seats per week, and gain access to Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Amritsar, and Ahmedabad. Turkish is also requesting …

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Opinion: After Ethiopian Airlines incident at Heathrow Airport; 787 remains safe

by Vinay BhaskaraLast Friday, a pair of incidents occurred with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Smoke was observed billowing from an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 parked on the ground at London Heathrow International Airport with no passengers on board, while a Thomson Airways Dreamliner operating between Manchester and Sanford, Florida (SFB) was forced to return to Manchester due to a routine …

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BREAKING: US Airways Shareholders Approve Merger With American Airlines

by Vinay BhaskaraEarlier today, at its annual general meeting for shareholders, the shareholders of Tempe, Arizona based US Airways voted to approve the merger between US Airways and Fort Worth, Texas based American Airlines. The merger, which would create the world’s largest carrier by passengers carried, was announced on February 14, 2013. Under the terms of the merger agreement, US …

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