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Air India Express-bookings?  
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14915 times:

Has AIX started accepting bookings? I tried checking on amadeus but was not able to find any AIX flights loaded. It's website, www.airindiaexpress.in is still under construction. If it intends to start flying in April 2005, they should have loaded their schedule into the CRS and have had a fully functional net booking facility on its website by now.

Has it started booking through travel agents or through AI offices? Really curious to know more...... please help....

thanks in advance,

cheers!!!!!!


An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14896 times:



Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
If it intends to start flying in April 2005, they should have loaded their schedule into the CRS and have had a fully functional net booking facility on its website by now.

Yes, they SHOULD have done this.  confused 


User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14811 times:

I thought Low Cost and CRS dont mix???

User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14798 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
It's website, www.airindiaexpress.in is still under construction.

Yeah, I followrd this up, too.. it is really annoying.. at least, they managed to register the domain before one of my fellow Punjabi Puters would have done it and offered it for sale.. I have no idea how one can promote a product that badly

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 2):
I thought Low Cost and CRS dont mix???

I would not see AIX as a typical LCC. Though I am waiting for someone to assess them within the present landscape of international careers.. probably they do not know themselves


User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14782 times:

Why AIX wont work according to a very informed person in the travel trade in Kerala (not myself) with whom I had a talk recently.

1 AIX is understimating the potential of its competitors to react. Airlines like QR and UL have deep pockets, so they will drop fares accordingly . Both are no strangers to these games esp in the Kerala Middle East market. And for the latter, capacity restrictions are also not a big issue as they come under SAARC open skies and already have a presence in Calicut in addition to COK and TRV.

2 Air India's inefficiency will rub off to some extent to AIX as well. And thus they will not be able to drop fares that dramatically, (aka Southwest/Ryan Air etc). For a drop of 800 -100 Rs (25 USD), the chap coming home after two or three years might as well decide that he can afford that extra 1 grand to booze to his hearts content as well as eat food which is not exactly trash in a full service carrier. Plus the Macho image - normally for every such person who arrives home after every two/three years, the average no of meeters and greeters will be 10 to 15. Now he doesnt want to ruin his image at the airport itself by flying AIX, will he? And also not to forget how he is going to bring all that baggage which has been entrusted to half the district by all the friends of relatives of all his acquaintances???

3 Unlike an Air Deccan trip, where somebody who flies Air Deccan MAA BLR with them saves 1000 grand once every two weeks if he is a regular flier, our friend, the NRK (Non resident keralite),saves that Rs 2000 once in every two years or more. So the net savings is not anything to talk about when you look at it on a quantum basis per day!


Now this philospohy is for the NRKs. But may be Air India will have more success with the NRTs (Non resident Tamilians) and NRMs (Non Resident Mumbaikars!), AIX's other key planned markets .

Any comments???


NB : No offense intended to any one in this post . Trying to put the point accross in a non technical way!


User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14766 times:

Have they taken delivery of their aircraft in India as yet? If they have the aircraft, but don't have a booking system in place; now that will probably be a first! Or possibly existing AI bookings on the Kerala-Gulf sectors (as an example) will be operated by AIX (What's their 2 letter code?) to start off with?


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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14746 times:

maybe they will start to fill thier planes thru agent sold packages, or with the overflow from regular AI destinations in the middle east, and bother with direct bookings later?


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 14724 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 5):
Have they taken delivery of their aircraft in India as yet

I seen the AI Express B738 in the AI Mx hangar at Old Airport Mumbai.It was visable from the Domestic terminal side.Im sure it looked like the AIeB738s.I'll confirm on my Day Shift on Thursday.
But its def here.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14689 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
seen the AI Express B738 in the AI Mx hangar at Old Airport Mumbai.I

Great - nothing like knowing the aircraft is actually in, and hence service is likely to be launched (though without a booking engine, it may just be assorted babus and AI family). Now waiting to hear about 9W/S2 aircraft arriving in India!



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User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 14659 times:

Just checked the AIX website, www.airindiaexpress.in again. It's functional and will be launching reservations soon. Looks better than the AI website. AIX is offering 50% discounts for early bookings.

cheers!!!

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14658 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 9):
It's functional and will be launching reservations soon

I don't know if it's functional, all I get is the home page with a shot of a 747 in the top banner, and text that says "Coming soon". Nothing else on that page!

I wonder why the shot of the 747 in the banner, maybe it just looks better than the profile of a 737?



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 14323 times:

The webpage is fully functional now and...

It is extremely sexy! Super job, same should happen for the AI page soon, too, hopefully!


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14312 times:

Amazing prices! The page is really great... probably the first time sth under GOI auspices works (page maintenance is outsourced Big grin ) - nice to see a page by Indian IT experts that really looks as to be done by experts!


Quick access: www.airindiaexpress.in


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14287 times:

Good to see its functional at last. I find it better than any other airline website in India. The fares are really great.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14276 times:

Just done about 10 random searches, after consulting its timetable. On about 9 occasions it came up with 'No availability found.' How frustrating.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14036 times:

Wonderful website visually may be !!!- but I dont know which whiz Kid in Air India Express approved this!! Whoever it is, must be dumb!!!

Why ?? - The home page is too similar to that of Air Deccan

The website has been developed by the same guys who developed Air Deccan website (www.airdeccan.net)- "InterGlobe Technologies" . Some of the text in the Air Deccan home pages is duplicated as it is !!!!- nothing wrong I suppose - but I thought taking 5 minutes extra to come up with something different was not too difficult - or does English Language have such a shortage of synonyms!!!

Does cost cutting for an LCC have to go to these lengths!!!!


My 5 paise worth!!!


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13843 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 15):
Why ?? - The home page is too similar to that of Air Deccan

Just checked out the Air Deccan website. IX website is very similar to DN's. I guess some GOI babu might have approved it without bothering to check out the other websites designed by InterGlobe Technologies.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineVictorTango From India, joined Jan 2005, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 13699 times:

AIX is supposed to have approached DN for developing their reservation system on the lines of DN. I read about this in some news article sometime ago. That's probably why AIX's website is similar to DN's.

Olly


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13641 times:

Their fare to AbuDhabi is simply amazing----Rs 2750[one way] whereas EK and others are around the 12-13,000 mark.[Round trip]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13622 times:

They seem real cheap Costwise  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13594 times:

Kochi-Trivandrum = 721 one-way including tax.  Big grin

[Edited 2005-03-20 10:46:01]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13590 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 20):
Kochi-Trivandrum = 721 one-way including tax.

Time for AI express to compete on the liberal European Market against FR and kick their butt bigtime, my friend  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13587 times:

Nah, not when labour and all other costs are probably less than 1/4 the cost of those in Europe.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13579 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 22):
Nah, not when labour and all other costs are probably less than 1/4 the cost of those in Europe.

It is a shame that all of a sudden you are against competition  bigthumbsup  - one country has resource A abundant, others resoruce B...


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13589 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 23):
It is a shame that all of a sudden you are against competition

Eh? I am all for competition! Anyway, good cheap prices in India - including for foreigners (although there will invariably be a little note to the effect that the stated price is only available to Indian residents  Silly )!

[Edited 2005-03-20 11:22:12]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
25 TKMCE : Not for Air Deccan
26 HAWK21M : Who is the cheapest after Air Deccan. Anyone with Statistics on how well the Airlines of India fared the last qtr. regds MEL
27 TKMCE : Air Deccan is cheap if you book days (or months ahead). HOWEVER, in some (not all routes), you may be surprised to learn that provided you are a blok
28 Hawaijahaz : Did anybody click on the special services button? You can get a baby cot and a wheelchair but have to pay money for them. (Rs. 700 odd and Rs 1300 odd
29 B747-437B : Air India Express will provide pre-prepared boxed meals free of charge.
30 Post contains images HAWK21M : Good Advice. Containing what regds MEL
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