Shirdi International Airport starts commercial services

Today marked the launch of commercial services to the country’s newest airport – Shirdi International Airport. The airport at temple town of Shirdi saw its first commercial departure being flagged off by President Ramnath Kovind earlier today. The services are being operated by Alliance Air – subsidiary of National carrier Air India, which will operate…

On the B737-500 of NAM air

One of the interesting airline which I have come across in Indonesia has been NAM Air. The airline which is part of the larger Sriwijaya Airline Group was founded in 2013 as a feeder to the parent and operates 11 B737-500 aircraft with an average age of over 22 years. The airline also operates two ATR72…

A “New” Delhi airport in the making

Last week, GMR led consortium which runs the country’s biggest airport – Delhi international Airport, came up with a detailed plan for the expansion of the airport. This multi-phase plan looks like a culmination of last few years of planning and revisions which have been going on to add runway capacity, air traffic movement and…

Flying the MAX8 with Lion Air

My work trip to Indonesia coincided with the delivery of B737 MAX8 to Lion Air. No wonder that it was on my list of things to do in the country. Let’s not get into the details of how it happened. Let’s just say – it happened! Special Thanks to Lion Air. Can’t thank them enough…

Batik Air – Refreshing experience in Indonesia

With a few weeks in Indonesia – a rich mixture of culture, history and food, I was definitely excited to club it with aviation and exploring over the weekends. This meant flying many airlines along with aircraft sub-types. Indonesia is a market as crazy as India, with the Lion air group dominating the scene with…