Category Archives: Aviation

AirAsia to add 13 new aircraft in India this year

AirAsia Group has reported that it has plans to add 13 new aircraft to its fleet during 2019 in India. Adding more to its fleet, Indonesia will get five, Philippines will get three and Malaysia, Japan and Thailand will get one aircraft each. India is a strategic market for AirAsia and the airline will soon start its Ahmedabad-Bangkok direct flight from May 31. AirAsia Thailand has recorded a positive load factor of up to 87 percent on its India routes, with guests travelling between Bangkok and existing destinations in India increasing 7% on-year, translating into economic benefits for both countries. (Source: CAPA)

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IndiGo reschedules 2nd Delhi-Istanbul flight to July

IndiGo delays its 2nd daily Delhi-Istanbul flight to July 1, instead of May 1. Right now, there is one daily service between the two cities with one hour layover in Doha.  The closure of Pakistan airspace has affected hundreds of flight operations worldwide. Most of the restrictions implemented in February remain in place. IndiGo now holds the maximum share in the Indian aviation sector (44%) and is trying to fill in the empty slots by Jet Airways, which recently has suspended its international and domestic operations until further notice.

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By 2038, 44% of additional air passenger trips to be from China & India alone: IATA

According to a report by IATA, the ‘Current trends’ scenario predicts that 44% of additional air passenger trips over the next 20 years will come from China and India alone. The report also elucidates that air travel markets are reaching maturity in most developed economies. The rise in the frequency of air travel of the average citizen – which underlies the expected growth in air passenger demand over the next 20 years – will occur mainly in the world’s emerging markets. So, the average citizen in Europe and the US is not expected to fly much more frequently in 20 years’ time than they do today, even though their living standards are forecast to be 20-30% higher in our ‘Current trends’ scenario. Moreover, in developed economies like Germany there is very little population growth – another key driver of air passenger demand – expected either. But in the emerging markets there is expected to be a strong demand to connect cities by air services for trade, investment and travel. This is where both the frequency of travel and populations are expected to rise most.

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Biman Bangladesh to resume direct Dhaka-Delhi operations from May 13

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is all set to restart direct flights between Dhaka and Delhi from May 13. To promote the relaunch, Biman has announced 15 percent discount on the existing base fare on the route, which be valid till May 30. With this flight, Biman will become the only airline to operate direct flights between the capital cities of the two countries. Initially, Biman will operate three flights every week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight from Delhi, BG 098 will depart at 6:20 pm (IST) and will reach Dhaka at 9:20 pm (local time). The return flight BG 097 will take off from Dhaka for Delhi at 3:00 pm. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a configuration of 12 Business class and 150 Economy class seats on this route. InterGlobe Air Transport Limited (IGAT) serves as the exclusive GSA for Biman Bangladesh in India. The airline also runs flights to 15 international destinations (Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh, London, Dubai, Jeddah, Doha, Dammam, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Yangon, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok) and a well-knit seven domestic stations with a younger fleet of 13 aircraft including Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Jet Airways frequent flyer miles still valid

Jet Airways recently has suspended all its domestic and international operations until further notice. Amidst this, the travellers are concerned about the fate of their JPMiles or Jet Privilege Miles. According to a recent, letter from Jet Privilege to all JP Miles holders, these frequent flyer miles are still valid and can be used for flights, hotel stays, fuel and merchandise options. In a statement, on its website, Jet Airways says, “We, at Jet Privilege, as part of Etihad Aviation Group, want to reassure you that your JPMiles are secure and their value remains intact. We know that you have earned and nurtured your JPMiles over the years and we consider it our foremost duty to safeguard the trust you and our partners have placed in us. As always, you can continue to use your JPMiles on hotel stays, fuel & 2500+ merchandise options at the JetPrivilege Reward Store.”

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Malindo Air to add Varanasi to its network from July 18

Lion Group’s Malaysian affiliate, Malindo Air, will start its Varanasi operations from July 18. Boeing 737-800 will be deployed on this route which will operate three times a week- Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday. Malindo will be the only airline serving Varanasi from Kuala Lumpur. Right now, Malindo serves destinations like Amritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Tiruchirappalli etc. India has been an important market for Malindo since shortly after the airline launched.

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GoAir launches 28 new flights to 12 destinations

In a bid to strengthen its connectivity, GoAir has announced 28 additional flights, starting April 26, offering passengers multiple FlySmart options. The new flights will be connecting 12 destinations, namely, Mumbai (8 flights), Delhi (7), Nagpur (3), Ahmedabad (2), Goa (1), Chandigarh (1), Ranchi (1), Jaipur (1), Lucknow (1), Patna (1), Pune (1) and Kochi (1). The new flights for the first time are: Delhi-Nagpur-Delhi and Delhi-Kochi-Delhi. The 28 additional flights cover the length and breadth of the country and is believed to alleviate the shortage of flights and inconvenience caused to passengers due to the Jet Airway’s flight cancellations. Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said: “GoAir is pleased to announce 28 flight options this summer in addition to our existing flights. There are two sectors that GoAir is launching for the first time, namely, Delhi-Nagpur-Delhi and Delhi-Kochi-Delhi. GoAir is committed to provide travelers a value for money proposition through highest standards of customer service and affordable air fares – as low as Rs 1368 on select routes. GoAir is also committed to provide secure and efficient transportation at all times with attention to essential details. Proud to say that for the 7th month in a row, GoAir has ranked top in ‘On-Time-Performance (OTP)’ signifying our efforts towards operational efficiency.” In Mumbai, all flight numbers starting from G8 2000 to G8 2999 will depart and arrive at Terminal 2, effective 26th April 2019.

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Allocation of Jet Airways’ 440 slots to other airlines only for 3 months: MoCA

With Jet Airways suspending its operations temporarily, as many as 440 slots are vacant at Delhi and Mumbai airports. There are 280 vacant slots at Mumbai and over 160 at the Delhi airport. The Civil Aviation Ministry in a statement has said that allocation of the slots of grounded Jet Airways at various airports around the country is purely temporary and is being allocated to airlines inducting additional aircraft. The ministry said that vacant slots have been allocated for a period of three months to reduce the inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity. It further said that the historic rights of Jet Airways, as per provisions of the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s guidelines for slot allocation, will be protected. The slots will be made available to Jet Airways as and when it revives operations. The government said that to ensure the slots are allocated in an equitable and transparent manner, it has set up a committee of representatives from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, private operators and slot coordinators.

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28 additional daily flights on SpiceJet from April 26

SpiceJet will start 28 daily flights connecting Mumbai and Delhi with other cities on its domestic network from April 26. “We hope these new flights will help minimise passenger inconvenience caused as a result shortage of capacity in the Indian aviation market,” said Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet. In addition, SpiceJet has further announced new non-stop international flights to Hong Kong, Jeddah, Dubai, Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Bangkok and Kathmandu from the Mumbai effective May-end. The new flights from Mumbai are on the Mumbai-Jaipur-Mumbai, Mumbai-Amritsar-Mumbai, Mumbai-Mangalore-Mumbai and Mumbai-Coimbatore-Mumbai sectors. The airline has also enhanced operations with additional frequencies from the city on the routes of Mumbai-Patna-Mumbai, Mumbai-Hyderabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai. “SpiceJet will also introduce two new frequencies each from Delhi to Patna and Bengaluru besides three additional frequencies on the Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai sector,” SpiceJet said. The new flights from Delhi to Mumbai and Bengaluru will operate from Terminal 2 and have a 4-digit flight number starting with 8. Additionally, 4 digit flight numbers starting with 6 would be used for flights departing and arriving at Mumbai’s Terminal 2. (Source: PTI)

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