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…

Jet Airways to utilize all its B77W effectively from winter 17

Jet Airways over the past few weeks has updated its schedule to reflect the deployment of all ten B777-300ER (B77W) aircraft. This will probably be the first time when all 10 aircraft will be effectively used for long haul operations. The current published schedule which sees utilization scale up close to 17 hours each day…

Spicejet moves ahead with investments in Technology

Low cost carrier Spicejet has lately been in the news for the proposed long haul operations. The airline has been silently transforming itself on the technology front, after coming out of near bankruptcy two years ago. The airline has started offering “Self Bag Drop” at domestic terminal, Mumbai. (Mumbai Airport introduces India’s first Self Bag-Drop)…

Vistara – Setting the tone for growth

I have always felt that India needs another Full Service Carrier (FSC), ever since the demise of Kingfisher.  There is market for FSC at the right price and differentiator. No wonder then that I have been keenly tracking Vistara, since the day TATA-SIA announced its launch. The airline operates a fleet of 13 A320ceo and…

Vistara signs first code share pact with equity partner Singapore Airlines

Vistara, the TATA-Singapore Airlines Joint Venture, announced its first code share agreement today having signed the codeshare agreement with equity partner Singapore airlines (SIA) & its regional subsidiary Silk Air. The code share is in place with immediate effect. Under the agreement, SIA will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Vistara-operated flights beyond Mumbai and…

Spicejet to increase ancillary revenue by advertisement on fuselage

A Spicejet Boeing B737-800 aircraft will have TATA Hexa – the latest vehicle from Tata Motors being advertised on its fuselage. Pictures of this aircraft started circulating on social media early this week.  VT-SLL was inducted by the airline in July 2016. The aircraft was operated by Brazilian carrier GOL since 2007. The 10-year-old aircraft has been…