Keralite expatriates who had lobbied aggressively for cheaper airfares between Doha and destinations in their home state are in for a rude shock next April: Air-India Express, the budget airline, will offer fares that on average are, only 15 per cent lower than those of full-service, conventional carriers. In an interview with The Peninsula on Thursday, Air-India's Dubai-based Regional Director, Sanjeev Talwar, said, the budget airline floated by national carrier Air India would operate 12 weekly flights between Doha and various Indian destinations from the third week of April 2006. Of these, three would be to Mumbai, two to New Delhi and the remaining seven shared between the three Kerala cities - Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvanathapurm.
These flights will be operated by new, Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured to carry 180 Economy class seats. Talwar said, fares on AI Express would be about 25 per cent lower than those of full-service, conventional carriers but the advantage would be available mainly to those who book their tickets well in advance. "As the day of the flight nears, the margin will lessen but A-I Express tickets, on an average, would cost about 15 per cent lower," he explained.
However, passengers will be offered some sops: A-I Express will serve a free "basic" meal on board but other in-flight attractions such as free strong beverages and choice entertainment, will be missing. Passengers will also have to make-do with only 30kgs free baggage allowance instead of the current 50kgs.
Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 2986 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4604 times:
It always hurts me that most Indian travellers and even non-travellers, are so eager to criticise Indian carriers like AI and IC (although these carriers score well over a lot of foreign carriers in many respects)...while constantly heaping praise on foreign carriers.....
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4537 times:
Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter): Keralite expatriates who had lobbied aggressively for cheaper airfares between Doha and destinations in their home state are in for a rude shock next Apri
Yeah, yeah, the Mallu expats want their cake and want to eat it was well. Terms like 'rude shock' are misleading. And I didn't know that 50kgs was the allowed allowance on Y class? AIX will have a basic meal just like Air Arabia, you want class - use EK's expanded services to Kerala.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4533 times:
Talk of the Devil, EK just issued this Press Release....
EMIRATES INCREASES FOCUS ON KERALA
WITH EXPANSION IN SERVICES
ï¿½ Emirates to start services to Thiruvananthapuram
ï¿½ Existing service to Cochin becomes daily from 1st February 2005
ï¿½ Airline to also boost services to Chennai
Mumbai, 19th December 2005 ï¿½ Emirates, one of the worldï¿½s fastest growing international airlines, today re-affirmed its commitment to the state of Kerala with the announcement of a significant increase in services starting early next year.
From 1st February 2006, the airline will start services between Dubai and Indiaï¿½s Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. On the same day, it will also increase its service to Cochin from five-a-week to a daily service.
Emirates will fly eight times a week to Thiruvananthapuram, its sixth destination in India and second city in the state of Kerala after Cochin. The airline intends to operate its modern Airbus A330-200 on the route, in a three-class configuration offering seats in First, Business and Economy class, as well as the B777-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration. Both wide-bodied aircraft offer industry-leading comforts including ergonomically designed seats, and personal entertainment systems in all classes.
Effective 1st February 2006, Emirates will add four more flights to Chennai to serve the city eight times a week.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates Chairman, said: ï¿½We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers more travel connections to and from India with our new flights to Thiruvananthapuram, and our increased service frequency to Cochin and Chennai.ï¿½
ï¿½Air transport links form the foundation on which commerce can prosper and on which friendly relations are built. We welcome our new links with Thiruvananthapuram and look forward to growing that relationship.ï¿½
Sheikh Ahmed added: ï¿½We would like to thank the Government of India for its support. Emirates is committed to contributing to the dynamic Indian economy, and we look forward to facilitating greater tourism and business traffic to the cities which we serve.ï¿½
In Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the state of Kerala, Emirates will invest in a dedicated sales office to provide top-notch service to its customers, and recruit over 25 staff to manage passenger, airport and cargo operations. The airline also intends to hire more staff in Cochin and Chennai to support its expanded operations.
The airline will promote its newest destination, Thiruvananthapuram, to business and leisure travellers through its sales and marketing efforts.
India is already one of the U.A.E.ï¿½s top five major trading partners with total trade volume chalking up over AED 13 billion in 2003. Bilateral ties between both countries continue to strengthen with each passing year.
Emiratesï¿½ increased services to Cochin and Chennai will cater to the strong demand for seats between Dubai and India, as both booming economies attract growing interest from regional and international business traffic. The added flights will also benefit the large population of expatriates from Indiaï¿½s southern states living and working in the U.A.E.
Emirates currently operates 43 non-stop flights a week between Dubai and India ï¿½ 19 to Mumbai, seven to Delhi, four to Chennai, five to Cochin and eight to Hyderabad.
Below flight schedules are subject to final approval from the respective airport authorities. All timings are local.
Thiruvananthapuram new service
Flight Days Depart Arrive
EK 520 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat DXB at 1320 TRV at 1840
EK 521 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat TRV at 2010 DXB at 2245
EK 522 Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun DXB at 2155 TRV at 0315*
EK 523 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat TRV at 0430 DXB at 0705
LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5085 posts, RR: 48 Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4462 times:
EK's increase in frequency/destinations to India is fast. Best of luck to them. Does anyone know how EK and EY divide up the 18,000 seats a week to India? Is it first come first serve?
Looking up MAA to JFK, there is a twelve hour wait at DXB. On the return, there is a four hour wait at DXB. Why didn't they schedule it better given that they have two daily non-stop flights to JFK. When are they going to start their non-stops to LAX, and SFO from DXB?
Quote: JET Airways is evaluating the Boeing 747-800 aircraft to consider the option of flying non-stop between India and the US, the Chairman, Mr Naresh Goyal, has said.
"The flight to the US is very much on. Initially, we plan to start operating through Brussels. This flight should start early next year. We are also considering the new Boeing aircraft to see whether the airline can do a non-stop service between the two nations," he added.
The new Boeing aircraft being examined by Jet Airways was launched by the US-based aircraft manufacturer in November and serves the 400-500 passengers market. The aircraft has a range of 14,815 km and is scheduled to enter commercial service in September 2009. Earlier this year, Jet Airways was given official permission to operate a three-times-a-week service on the India-Brussels-New York sector.
Mr Goyal, however, maintained that there was no case in the US and that the airline will start operating on the route from next year. ....
Quote: In a move which may swing the market share of the world's leading aircraft makers in India, Air Deccan is said to be evaluating the new-generation Boeing 737-800/900 for its next round of fleet expansion.
The airline, which has been a loyal Airbus 320 customer with firm orders for 32 planes in its pocket, is said to be exploring better price options with its American rival. Market sources say the airline may be considering induction of 30-40 planes for the next round of ramp-up.
LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5085 posts, RR: 48 Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4248 times:
UAE based investment company raises stake in Spice Jet to US $50 million. Good to see capital from abroad flowing into Indian aviation sector. Link: http://www.ameinfo.com/74480.html
Earlier this year, Istithmar invested US$12.5 million in SpiceJet. The stake rise comes through SpiceJet's recent issue of Foreign currency Convertible Bonds (FCCB). Istithmar's investment in SpiceJet, its first in India, reflects the group's long term plans in the burgeoning aviation industry in India. The investment is in line with the group's strategy of identifying projects with a strong potential for growth and success.
Chennai-Delhi Indian Airlines plane makes emergency landing
An Indian Airlines plane from Chennai carrying 100 passengers and six crew made an emergency landing at the Palam airport tonight after a hydraulic failure.
The plane, IC-539, which took off from Chennai at 1815hrs, landed at the Palam airt at 2050 hrs safely, an airport spokesman said. "There was a hydraulic failure in the aircraft and a precautionary landing was conducted," the spokesman told UNI.
The latest airline to take to the Indian skies, Paramount Airways on Weddnesday launched its Chennai- Delhi-Chennai daily flight offering an inaugural fare of Rs 5,999 per ticket and promising 'business class' facilities to all passengers.
The airlines sources said its 'Embraer 170' aircraft with 70-seats, would leave Chennai at 10.35 AM and reach Delhi at 1.15 PM. The return journey would start at 3.05 PM. reach here at 5.45 PM.
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If anyone can supply me with some Indian airline timetables, I would be willing to pay a few dollars plus postage for each one. I am particularly interested in Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, Jagson Airlines, and Paramount Airways. If you can help, contact me at email@example.com
Panel of Indian ministers Wednesday deferred a decision on selecting bidders for the modernization of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the country's civil aviation minister Praful Patel said Wednesday. The move implies that the government's deadline of finalizing bidders and awarding the contracts on or before December 31 will not be met.
"A committee of five secretaries, headed by the cabinet secretary, will now look into the process and submit their recommendation to the empowered group of ministers within two weeks," said Patel without elaborating. The federal government's left-wing allies have been opposing the modernization of the two airports disagreeing with the selection criteria for the bidders.
The Indian government plans to form two joint venture companies which will restructure and modernize the two busiest airports in the country. Private companies will hold a 74% stake in the venture and remaining 26% will be held by Airports Authority of India and other government companies. The successful bidders will be allowed to run the airports on a 30-year lease, which can further be extended by another 30 years.
The Indian government will, however, handle "sovereign functions" such as airport security, customs, immigration and air traffic control
The government today said that there has been a 12.4 per cent growth rate in air cargo over the last ten years. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said during the year 2004-05, there has been an annual growth of 27.1 percent over the previous year.
Premier Air, a proposed new Chennai-based LCC announced the following launch details:
Base: Chennai; Launch: Oct-06;
Network: Connecting all major metropolitan cities, with major focus on South Indian cities;
Fleet: Six aircraft; Investment: USD50 million; Investors: Group of US-based NRIs.