AVIATION

Jet opens up Europe, US to South India

With two new international flights from Chennai and Bengaluru starting this October, Jet Airways will effectively open up the continents of Europe and North America to South India. HAZEL JAIN Expecting a load factor of more than 85 per cent right from the beginning on its yet-to-start, nonstop services on …

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Air Canada bullish on India

Air Canada continues to invest in the India market, not just in terms of new and expanded direct services but also through the number of airplanes deployed here. This, says Duncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales, Air Canada, represents over $500 million in terms of capital deployment. Hazel Jain Q) Where …

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Air India’s up for sale, who’s buying?

Now that the government has decided to open the gates of Air India for disinvestment, experts and industry players are speculating what lies ahead for the national carrier. While many feel that the move is right, others believe that Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & MD, Air India, should have been given …

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SpiceJet wings to UDAN

Ready to launch new routes under Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, SpiceJet will be expanding its wings internationally as well. SpiceJet is all set to start flying on routes under Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA) UDAN scheme in July, revealed Ajay Singh, Chairman, SpiceJet. “The flights would start …

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AI invested on disinvestment?

In view of the Niti Aayog and Finance Ministry suggesting privatisation of the national carrier, there are lots of questions arising over the need of this step and how it would pan out, if at all. NISHA VERMA Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently suggested disinvestment of Air India owing …

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IndiGo gears up for UDAN

IndiGo will be looking at participating in the second round of bids for Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, reveals Aditya Ghosh, President & Whole Time Director, IndiGo. He shares plans for new routes in an exclusive interaction with TRAVTALK. NISHA VERMA Q) Which new routes will IndiGo be …

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SriLankan flies to Melbourne

Melbourne joins SriLankan Airline’s network from October 29, offering connectivity between Colombo and Australia for the tour-based market from India. SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne from October …

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Munich beyond connections

Munich Airport is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by reinventing the concept of an ‘airport city’. It offers a seamless and convenient gateway to Europe. Donning many a feathers in its cap, Munich Airport is the only European airport that has been awarded a 5-star ranking by Skytrax and …

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AirAsia X flies Mumbai-Bali

Indonesia AirAsia X has recently launched Mumbai-Bali direct daily giving added impetus to not just leisure traffic between the two countries but also business. Taking advantage of the liberal bilateral agreements that have been signed between India and Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra has started a direct flight from Mumbai to …

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India on Qatar Airways’ radar

Among the various business development plans of Qatar Airways, Group Chief Executive H.E. Akbar Al Baker shares that they will be starting a five-star airline in India. Excerpts from the interview. SHEHARA RIZLY Q) How is your investment in India coming along? We have not yet made a formal application, …

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