Jet Airways opens reservation for B737 MAX8 flights

Jet Airways – first operator of the B737 MAX8 aircraft in India will receive the aircraft later this month. This will be the first of the 75 aircraft which the airline ordered in 2013 and confirmed in 2015. The airline has subsequently placed an order for additional 75 aircraft and is rumored to be in … Continue reading Jet Airways opens reservation for B737 MAX8 flights

Is it time to look beyond trading of ASK for RDG & merge UDAN & RDG in long term?

Last few weeks have seen the media report the possibility of a tweak in the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) to allow trading of Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs) between airlines to satisfy the mandatory requirement of Category II and Category IIA routes as defined in the Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG). The permission to trade had been “inadvertently” left out from the new policy and something … Continue reading Is it time to look beyond trading of ASK for RDG & merge UDAN & RDG in long term?

Delhi adds another unique connection – WOW air to start flights to Reykjavik from 6th December

Early morning on Tuesday 8th May, I got an intimation that WOW air will announce its Delhi operations on May 15th. Continuing with the policy of not “breaking news” till things are in public domain, I did not tweet until somebody else did. The reaction to the news was “WOW”. This will be the airlines first … Continue reading Delhi adds another unique connection – WOW air to start flights to Reykjavik from 6th December

Jet Airways to start operations on UDAN route starting mid June

Jet Airways, which recently completed 25 years of operations, is likely to start operations on the routes it won under the round 2 of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme. Some of the Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) have started showing flights for sale. These flights have been numbered 9W 3xxx but are not yet … Continue reading Jet Airways to start operations on UDAN route starting mid June

Garuda Indonesia starts non-stop services to Bali from Mumbai

Indonesian National carrier Garuda Indonesia will launch non-stop services between Mumbai and Denpasar (Bali) starting today. The twice a week flight will be operated by Airbus A330-200 and a third frequency will be added from 2nd June 2018. The service would operate on Mondays and Thursdays and Saturday operations would be added later. The flight … Continue reading Garuda Indonesia starts non-stop services to Bali from Mumbai

Delhi, Mumbai top ranked airports in the world in service quality

Airports Council International (ACI) – the trade association of the world’s airports, today announced the winners of 2017 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards. Eleven airports from India were recognised in different categories. Delhi & Mumbai were declared joint winners in the Over 40 million passenger’s category which saw a tie at second place between Beijing and … Continue reading Delhi, Mumbai top ranked airports in the world in service quality

Experience Virtual Reality headsets for flights between Mumbai & Paris from 18 June

Air France has announced the transfer of its flight between Paris & Mumbai to its low cost subsidiary Joon, starting 18th June 2018. The flights will be operated by the A340-300 aircraft and will offer a revamped product. The services will continue to operate with the Air France code (AF) with a minor revision in … Continue reading Experience Virtual Reality headsets for flights between Mumbai & Paris from 18 June

Air India increases frequency to San Francisco, bookings open for new flights

National Carrier Air India started accepting bookings for three additional frequencies to San Francisco. Air India’s Commercial Director Pankaj Srivastava had announced the increased of frequency from 6x weekly to 9x weekly at the CAPA summit in Mumbai on 30th January. The new flights will operate as per below timings and are effective 25th March 2018 and … Continue reading Air India increases frequency to San Francisco, bookings open for new flights

Indian domestic passenger traffic crosses 100 million mark in 2017

"Growth is assured but another 20%+ year will be a miracle & dream". This was the last line of the blog last year and what better way to start this one with the same since that has come true. Indian aviation market grew by 17.3% in 2017 with airlines carrying 117.17 million passengers. These numbers … Continue reading Indian domestic passenger traffic crosses 100 million mark in 2017