Three Indian LCCs in top 15 worldwide by aircraft on order

The Blue Swan Daily published an analysis of top 20 LCCs (Low cost carriers) worldwide by aircraft on order. Lion Air tops the list with 444 aircraft on order, comprising of 415 narrow body, 8 wide body and 21 turbo prop aircraft. However, Lion Air orders are across the group companies which comprise of Lion … Continue reading Three Indian LCCs in top 15 worldwide by aircraft on order

IndiGo takes the battle home to AirAsia – launches Kuala Lumpur

After battling AirAsia in India, low cost carrier and Indian domestic market leader IndiGo is taking the battle to AirAsia’s home – Kuala  Lumpur. The airline announced launch of flights from Delhi and Bengaluru effective 15th November 2018. The flights would operate as below 6E 1821 DEL 0255 – 1040 KUL x2 6E 1814 KUL … Continue reading IndiGo takes the battle home to AirAsia – launches Kuala Lumpur

India – Australia sign open skies agreement

India and Australia signed a revised Air Services Agreement (ASA) last week to liberalize travel between the two countries. The new arrangement gives unlimited access to Australian carriers to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Indian carriers will have unlimited access to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide airports in Australia and can nominate one … Continue reading India – Australia sign open skies agreement

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

Airline fleet in India likely to expand by 181% by 2024, where is the infrastructure?

Last week, the Hon. Minister of Civil Aviation tabled before the parliament, proposed Fleet expansion of Airlines in India. The plan submitted by airlines looks as below Air India: Will induct 3 B777-300ER and 16 A320 aircraft between December 2017 and March 2019. AirAsia India: Will induct 60 aircraft in the next 5 years. Go Air: … Continue reading Airline fleet in India likely to expand by 181% by 2024, where is the infrastructure?

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 … Continue reading India needs a better On-Time Performance monitoring system

The new IndiGo in the making – with or without Air India

The last two weeks have been exciting times for Indian Aviation. The union cabinet gave its nod to privatise National carrier Air India and Secretary Civil Aviation Mr. R N Choubey informed that IndiGo has expressed interest in the National carrier. I have closely followed IndiGo since inception and have many a times predicted their … Continue reading The new IndiGo in the making – with or without Air India