The tale of rarest tail yet – Lao Airlines

Call it by choice or rather the lack of it, I found myself on Lao Airlines ATR72-500 (QV 314) for a short hop to Luang Prabang from Hanoi. This definitely is the rarest of airlines I have travelled so far. With a fleet of 11 aircraft (4 A320, 7 ATR), the airline serves 21 destinations.…

India needs a better On-Time Performance monitoring system

The year 2017 has been turbulent for airlines in India on the On Time Performance (OTP) front. Early this year, two staffers of Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) were suspended for alleged fudging of data. While news reports indicated the regulator setting up a committee, neither did we see the report nor did we hear about…

IndiGo opens reservation for ATR flights

India’s largest carrier by domestic market share – IndiGo, has opened booking for its second fleet type – the ATRs. The airline has been coming up with teaser advertisements on its social media handles for the last few days. In preparation for the launch, the airline had made a small change to its booking display…

The busiest route in Indonesia on Sriwijaya Air

This was to be the last domestic flight I had planned before leaving Indonesia after few weeks of work. I wanted to cover all the major airlines and the only one left was Sriwijaya. Its fleet consists of B737-300 (scheduled for my ride), B737-500, B737-800 and B737-900ER, along with its subsidiary NAM Air, which operates…