Category Archives: Aviation

LOT Polish Airlines to increase its frequency from 5 times weekly to daily from 14th Sep

LOT Polish Airlines has decided to increase the number of weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights from five to seven effective 14th September 2020. India-originating passengers can now further benefit from the new codeshare agreement between Star Alliance members LOT Polish Airlines and Air India, offering seamless connectivity via New Delhi’s Terminal 3 from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. On its Delhi-Warsaw route, LOT Polish Airlines features Indian meals in all three cabins (LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy Class, LOT Economy Class), complimentary beverages including alcoholic drinks as well as inflight entertainment system including the latest Bollywood releases in Hindi. Amit Ray, Regional Director India and DACH Markets of LOT Polish Airlines: “Our market entry in India has been a great success since the beginning. We have seen strong bookings from corporate and leisure travellers alike. We are therefore very pleased to increase our frequency.”

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Chennai Airport to be first Indian airport to have five-screen PVR multiplex

Chennai Airport will be the first airport in India to house five screens of PVR Cinemas. The screens will be located in the multi-level car parking complex, which is under construction. The facility is being built at a cost of ₹250 crore by the Olympia Group, and will not only have a theatre but also many options for food and beverage. The five screens would have roughly over 1,000 seats. According to officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the multi-level parking would be completed and thrown open to the public by October. It has been revealed that the facility will be constructed in such a way that it will be convenient for passengers to park their cars, shop and watch a film. The facility is coming up on either side of the Chennai Metro Rail station at a height of 27 metres. The parking facility can accommodate 2,000 cars. The theatre will be built by Olympia Group for a budget of 250 crore rupees.

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Sanjay Kumar returns to IndiGo as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer

Sanjay Kumar, who recently stepped down as COO of Air Asia India, will now be joining as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer, IndiGo Airlines. Kumar was previously employed with IndiGo Airlines as Chief Commercial Officer till 2018, before his stint with Air Asia. With over 25 years of experience, Kumar has even worked with SpiceJet and erstwhile Sahara Airlines as well. The news has been confirmed by Kumar, who will reportedly be joining IndiGo very soon.

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Lufthansa chooses Google Cloud as strategic partner to optimise operational performance

Lufthansa Group has chosen Google Cloud as a strategic partner to further improve its operational performance and minimise the impact of irregularities on its passengers. The idea is to build a platform that will suggest scenarios to return to a stable flight plan in the event of an irregularity so that passengers still arrive at their destinations as punctually and comfortably as possible. This will be done by merging data from various processes that are relevant for stable operations (for example aircraft replacement and maintenance as well as crew scheduling). “By combining Google Cloud’s technology with Lufthansa Group’s operational expertise, we are driving the digitisation of our operation even further. This will enable us to identify possible flight irregularities even earlier and implement countermeasures at an early stage,” said Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Group. For example, flights are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions such as snowfall and passengers might miss their connecting flights. In the future, it will be possible to offer faster rebooking possibilities across all four hubs for Lufthansa Group passengers thanks to systems based on artificial intelligence. “Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to revolutionize the future of airline operations,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO for Google Cloud. “We’re bringing the best of Lufthansa Group and Google Cloud together to solve airlines’ biggest challenges and positively impact the travel experience of the more than 145 million passengers that fly annually with them.” A joint team of operations experts, developers and engineers from the Lufthansa Group and software engineers from Google Cloud will be developing and testing the appropriate platform. The test launch will take place in Zurich with SWISS.

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Qantas reduces agent commission from 3% to 1%

Effective March 1, 2020, Qantas Airways Limited, flag carrier of Australia, will reduce the IATA BSP Travel Agency Commission to just one per cent for Qantas tickets issued in India. All Qantas tickets prior to March 1, 2020 will be eligible for the current 3% per cent IATA BSP Travel Agency Commission. The airline recently cancelled nearly one in ten flights on the busy Sydney-Melbourne corridor in the six months to November 2019, according to Australian Government statistics. The route is one of the busiest in the world and Qantas operates up to 46 return services a day at 15-minute frequencies in peak times.

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ANA tops the list in On Time Performance (OTP) in Asia-Pacific, GoAir on 10th spot

Air travel data and analytics company Cirium, in its latest report titled ‘On-time Performance Review 2019’, has named All Nippon Airways (ANA) as Asia Pacific’s most on-time mainline airline and network airline. Singapore Airlines achieves second place in the mainline airline category, followed by Thai AirAsia, JAL and Korean Air. India’s GoAir takes the tenth spot in APAC’s mainline airlines category.  It also reveals that Aeroflot leads the global ranking in most on-time mainline airline, while LATAM is the most on-time global network airline. According to the long-running analysis by Cirium, which provides the definitive ranking of the top 10 most on-time airlines and airports globally, by size and region, 86.7 per cent of Aeroflot’s flights operated on time in 2019.

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India’s top FTA markets grow at a CAGR of 5.5% during 2008–2018: CAPA India

FTAs from India’s top 10 markets increased at a CAGR of 5.5% during 2008–2018, reveals CAPA India. China’s rank improved to 7th in 2018 from 10th in 2017.  FTAs from Russia registered the highest CAGR of 11.2% during the last 10 years, followed by China (11.2%), Malaysia (10.7%) and Australia (9.0%). In 2018, Sri Lanka (16.5%) and c(14.0%) were the only two source markets (amongst the top 10) that saw double-digit year-on-year growth.

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Air India working to secure additional slots at Heathrow airport

The national carrier, Air India is hoping to secure additional slots at the London Heathrow airport during 2020, which will help it grow sales and make the airline more attractive to potential suitors. Air India has obtained three additional slot pairs free of cost on a temporary basis in the winter season, apart from the 28 pairs of slots it already has. The airline will operate 11 flights between Mumbai-London Heathrow in February and March 2020.  “On passenger demand, Air India is going to introduce 11 special flights from Mumbai to London Heathrow. This service will start from February 14. We are in discussion with Heathrow airport authorities for this service on a full-year basis and are hopeful our request will be accepted,” said an Air India spokesperson. With over 700,000 annual passengers and 21 per cent market share Air India is the largest carrier on India-United Kingdom routes. Emirates and British Airways are ranked second and third. Currently, the national carrier operates 28 weekly services to Heathrow from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. It also flies to Birmingham and London Stansted airports. (Source: Business Standard)

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Inbound air bookings down by 15.6% from Dec 17, 2019 to Jan 11, 2020: ForwardKeys

Inbound air bookings have declined 15.6% for the period between December 17, 2019 to Jan 11, 2020 compared with 2.5% annualised decline, reveals ForwardKeys after an analysis of over 7.5 million bookings. The analysis was conducted to assess the impact of CAA protests on inbound air bookings into India at both country and state level. The study took into consideration actual travel bookings growth/ decline into India between the period Jan 11, 2019 to Jan 11, 2020 and showed an annual decline 2.5% decline in passenger bookings into India.

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Ural Airlines appoints Minar Group as India GSA

JSC Ural Airlines has announced the launch of its flights to Mumbai and has appointed Minar Group as General Sales Agent (GSA) for India. JSC Ural Airlines, the full service carrier of the Russian Federation, is all set to launch four weekly flights operations to Moscow-Mumbai, India, starting March 30, 2020. The aircraft used for the new Moscow-Mumbai flight is the brand new A320 Neo aircraft having 2 Class configuration. The flight will depart from Mumbai 0540 hrs and arriving in Moscow at 1005 hrs, the airline is offering convenient timings for business travellers, M!CE and tourist groups. On the other hand, flights from Moscow will depart at 1920 hrs and arrive Mumbai at 0435 hrs. In addition, the airline has appointed Minar Travels (India), the Airline Management Services arm of Minar Group as it’s General Sales Agent for the Indian market. Spokesperson of Ural airlines stated that, “We have selected Minar Travels to position our brand, create awareness of our products and sell our services in this important new market.”

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