Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
The plans are for four leased A319's to come in by the end of this fiscal year to replace the very old 737-200's which will go into the new cargo business. Of the 20 A319's which are part of the 43-plane order, some ten will go to Alliance - which is IC's single-class airline (not quite a low-cost) that operates into a lot of secondary airports. In certain cases they operate the only flight to those airports.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
New leased planes for CD - quite a change from flying planes older than me. My experiences with hairy CD flights on those 737's are bad enough to give a young man heart attacks. I wonder what paint scheme they'll paint them in.
Pomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
Alliance Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Airlines, so the utilisation will be done pretty much basis need of the single entity on top. Matter of fact, some of the old B-737-200s with Alliance Air still carry the old Indian Airlines colours.
Route rationalisation, equipment swopping, commercial, the works, is common across IC and CD.
However, expect IC to be much more aggressive on international routes in the very near future. Basic safe airplanes with decent food and plenty of booze, who needs IFE to clog up legroom, especially at the prices they make the market cover?
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
Some of the A319's will be used in the NE, where CD is very strong (their ATR 42's go at 90% loads) but loses out on cargo revenues (ATR's no space). The ATR's will be sent to feeder routes out of CCU and some more might be acquired for DEL (Kanpur, Dehradun). I believe that CD's great DEL-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur-BOM flight will continue with the A319. If anyone plans to get a ride on one of those 737-200's do it on that route. I flew to Jodhpur back in Feb 2003 and landing at the airbase (Jodhpur is a forward AB for the IAF) is quite a sight. The place is crawling with MiG-23's and MiG-29's you'll even see some SAM sites. You actually have to taxi through a large tree lined boulevard (a plane down a boulevard!!!!) to get to the civilian terminal which looks like a groteque mix of a Western and Rajasthani castle. Great flight, and I highly recommend it!
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31201 posts, RR: 58 Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
Local Airports need to be upgraded soon to cope with this Aviation Boom in the Country.
Including its security & Airport Layout.
Some Airports are a Joke with cattle & Autorickshaws using the Shortcuts & borderfences where the Fences can be overcome by a jump.
POmnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1704 times:
Agra from Delhi by air does not work simply because road and rail are very fast as well as very frrequent, also much cheaper. Agra airport further suffers from excessive Air Force paratroopers usage, so that delays things too.
More than anything else, beyond the Taj Mahal, that city has nothing to offer. So n overnight halt is just not feasible which is why day return road/rail options work much better.
but still Agra has the tourist potential for a decent airport and also if it can be connected to Jaipur by air. that should be good as tourists could visit Agra from Del and then fly to jaipur without missing much time on road...
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1651 times:
Quoting POmnath (Reply 21): Agra from Delhi by air does not work simply because road and rail are very fast as well as very frrequent, also much cheaper
Quite true - however the Shatabdi leaves at 6 in the morning. But if you're going to Agra, cars are really the best choice. You have a lot more flexibility - you can see Fatehpur Sikri on the way as well. Plus - Agra-Jaipur by plane would make you miss Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - which incidentally this year has a full complement of bird. That said, the Agra-Jaipur road is awful. And if you do overnight - you have some amazing hotels at Agra and Jaipur.
Talking about IAF interference- Delhi airport of late have been suffering major delays thanks to AF exercises while preparing for AF Day.
Pomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1645 times:
Actually Thursday's major delays at DEL were not so much due to Air Force but because "an international airline" (one that sometimes flies with three engines??) did not take back 17 odd passengers who had landed with visa irrefularities. The aircraft was on taxi by the time Immigration Authorities could get ATC to call the aircraft back, and there was some time wasted after that.
That and the subsequent planned shutdown for 2 hours on Thursday 6th caused many flights to miss their outbound and inbound slots.
25 Cricket: What was this visa irregularity business? Did these 17 passengers also make the same mistake that Ricky Martin did when he came to India (assuming Vis
26 Aseem: which one is that KL/NW or TG. SRB did the same when he came to BOM with his A346. Poor fellow had to call PMO and get extra-ordinary permission. rgd
27 Nimish: I'm guessing he's referring to the "World's favourite airline" here - aka BA.
28 HAWK21M: Nice way of putting it....Play safe regds MEL