Low-cost public sector carrier Air India Express, which completed one year of operations to the Gulf, today said it will expand its network to three more Indian cities. With this, Air India Express will cater to eight destinations in the country.
The Airline, a wholly-owned Air India subsidiary, also intends to increase its flights from 42 to 73 in a week by the end of this year. The airline has experienced a high seat factor of over 90 per cent, generally throughout its first year of operation, he said.
The carrier, which now flies from Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Delhi, would add Trichy, Mangalore and Amritsar to its list of Indian cities.
VTNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 277 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6039 times:
Might be a good idea to include a link to previous thread when starting a new one. I don't get to do much surfing over the weekend and I would like to read the last of the previous posting with out searching. I'll do the honors this time.
Quote: Passengers from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata were kept hovering above Mumbai airport for an hour due to problems on the runway on Friday afternoon.
It also led to around 15 flights of Jet Airways, Indian, Air Deccan and Spice Jet being delayed, leaving passengers stranded on the ground.
"A circle of depression (damage due to broken tar) was found at the beginning point (aircraft touch-down spot) on the runway 14-side (secondary runway), which led to the closure for 30 minutes," airport sources said.
The main runway, 9-27, was closed from 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm due to refurbishment of the Instrument Landing System; during the closure period, the secondary runway was opened to avoid delays, Air Traffic Control sources added.
After detecting the depression on the runway, which was caused by a sharp turn of an aircraft on secondary runway 14-side, the main runway was opened again after sometime.
But the runway 9-side faced tail winds- the wind was in the direction of landings( which makes aircraft landing difficult and risky during landing). This is said to be the second such incident in past two months.
However, Mumbai Airport Director, RJ Treasuriwala, refused to comment on the matter.
Jet Airways is planning to launch a cargo airline within the next two years. It will be headed by a former UPS official. Jet Airways hopes to tap the rising demand for freight transport in the country with the cargo airline. Recently, the company's outgoing COO Peter Luethi had said that the airline last year 67% of its revenues from cargo. The airline also has plans to start a pilot training academy.
Jet Airways also plans to tap the demand for increasing India-bound tourist travel with the launch of new overseas flights to Zurich, Los Angeles and Munich. However, the company may still have a few hurdles to clear, with permission for US flights stuck in the corridors of power. It is also planning direct Amritsar-Birmingham and Amritsar-London flights in 2 months.
The airline is also in talks to tie up with foreign carriers like Air New Zealand and Qantas, said Jet Airways board member Vic Dungca.
Jet it has recorded a 71% rise in its net profit in the last quarter. The profit for the period was Rs 227.12 crore, as against to Rs 133 crore in the corresponding previous quarter. Total income during the quarter rose to Rs 1,969.56 crore from the previous Rs 1,222.61 crore. Jet Airways is planning to raise more resources to finance expansion. It will come out with a $300 follow-on equity issue soon, along with an FCCB issue for $800 million.
New Zealand and India are due to sign a landmark agreement on Tuesday, allowing New Zealand airlines to fly to India daily. The Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard says the two countries have had an air services pact since 1996, but arrangements for airline operations were never finalised.
A New Zealand airline will be able to operate seven aircraft services a week to Mumbai via Australia or Singapore. They would also be able to code share with an Indian partner airline to five Indian cities as often as they wished.
The Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific, is bullish about the prospects in the Indian air passenger and cargo markets.
"India is a key focus area for the airline. Where cargo is concerned India accounts for 35 per cent of the airline's revenue and it is growing. As the number of aircraft in the fleet grows, we would consider launching more cargo flights here," the airline's Bahrain-based General Manager, West Asia, India and Africa, Mr Tom Wright, said.
The airline is to start operating a twice-a-week freighter flight on the Hong Kong-Mumbai-Chennai-Hong Kong sector with a Boeing 747-200 aircraft from June 2 this year.
At present, the airline freighter service to India includes a three-times-a-week flight to Mumbai that continues to Dubai and Paris and then returns to Hong Kong through Dubai.
Vijay Mallya, chairman and MD of Kingfisher Airlines has confirmed that "acquiring an international airline" is very much in his current plans. According to a Times of India report, Mallya is in "advanced negotiations" for this acquisition, which will allow the carrier to operate flights into India. Mallya has repeatedly shown interest in operation flights in the India-US sector.
Mallya, who is interested in controlling the non-stop Bangalore-San Francisco and Mumbai-New York routes, said, according to the report, "I have a plan in mind and acquiring an international airline is part of that plan. I will make a formal announcement once the deal is signed." The deal follows in the wake of Mallya's aborted attempt at acquiring rival Air Sahara.
According to a source cited in the report, "The move aims at cruising past Indian regulations that restrict international flights only to airlines that have a five-year domestic flight track record." The indications are, therefore, that the new acquisition will involve an airline that is in some difficulty in the International market. According to an analyst cited in the report, "A lot of new American carriers are facing trouble and airlines are fast cruising into bankruptcy….This is the ideal opportunity to acquire one of the smaller airlines."
which ones are up for grabs and affordable for VM. Likes of America West and US Airways?
Seems to be a good topic of discussion/speculation..get your juices flowing even if it is a gossip.
I'd presume he'd like to have controling stake, else wait for 5yrs and fly using your own metal and colours from India.
LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5085 posts, RR: 48 Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5786 times:
Quoting Aseem (Reply 12): which ones are up for grabs and affordable for VM. Likes of America West and US Airways?
The merged entity America West/US Airways is out of question as its market capitalization is around $3.6 billion. I am not sure if there is anything else with decent international operations. I figure he needs to buy an airline for its operating licence and then apply for routes to India.
Quote: DEVANAHALLI (BANGALORE RURAL): The road to the airport is the first indication that Bangalore's 10-year-old dream is taking concrete shape: The access road from the NH-4 to the Bangalore international airport site has been levelled and the first layer of granular sub-base (GSB) prior to asphalting has been laid.
As things stand at the end of 10 months, about 20% of the airport construction work is complete, with work ahead of schedule in several aspects. The S shape of the runway has been formed, GSB has been laid on about 2.5 km of the 4 km runway.
And there is a sense of burning urgency among the 2,000 workmen on site to get this protective layer finished on all surfaces - runway, taxiway, two access roads and an air side road before monsoon hits by June. "We are doing all that is possible.
If the GSB is not done, and rains come down like they did last October, the mud that has been levelled will break or wash away and we will have to do everything again," Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) chief projects officer Sivaramakrishnan S Iyer said.
The runway, taxiway and apron area, all cleared and levelled, stand on the exact spot where the erstwhile Arasinakunte village was located. Workmen are filling in an open well - the last visible reminder of that village barely an year ago.
Eleven buildings are in various stages. The contentious terminal building - that the Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel wants expanded - is about 400 metres from the runway.
The basement of this sprawling building has been completed, the ground floor is being laid. Engineering for the redesign of this building that will expand its capacity to handle 11.4 million passengers per year instead of 4.5 million is still going on.
But work on the terminal building will not be hampered: The final design has to reach the construction site latest by February 2007, which is nine months away.
The administrative block, which was the first building to be taken up, is structurally complete with two floors. Plastering work and grooves for electricity and plumbing is taking place.
The Air Traffic Control tower, that will be a dizzying 65 metres high (213.42 feet) is being built at the rate of 2.5 metres every 10 days using a selfclimbing crane.
Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2042 posts, RR: 10 Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5655 times:
Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 11): Vijay Mallya, chairman and MD of Kingfisher Airlines has confirmed that "acquiring an international airline" is very much in his current plans.
somebody tell, is there a point in buying a US airlines, which comes with its own set of problems. Wouldn't it be better if VM waits for few years or applies all his energy to change Govt ruling. To me it seems he is either trying to prove a point or to put pressure on Govt to liberalize.
Stealthpilot From India, joined May 2004, 510 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5574 times:
Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 11): Vijay Mallya, chairman and MD of Kingfisher Airlines has confirmed that "acquiring an international airline" is very much in his current plans.
UA, NW, DL??? You were kidding right
B6, America West and US Airways - no chance
Even if he wanted to buy a majority stake in a US airline, it wonï¿½t be that easy. Even though his children are US citizens doesnï¿½t mean he can just walk in and buy a stake in an airline (controlling stake or a minority), not to mention start flights to India.
This is all talk, I donï¿½t see it happening.
In a move that would give a boost to the Government plans for modernising Delhi and Mumbai airports, the management of the two metro airports pass into private sector hands from midnight tonight. "The Operations, Management, Development Agreement, which is considered as the mother agreement for development of the two airports is now effective.
From midnight tonight the GMR group gets custody of Delhi airport, while Mumbai airport will be with GVK group," sources connected with the process said. Apart from undertaking mandated capital expenditure and fulfilling what has been promised at the time of submitting the bids to the Government, the two private sector companies would now be required to draw up a master plan for making the metro airports into world-class entities.
While I am sincerely hoping DEL and BOM get long overdue expansion and upgrades to reflect the current and future traffic levels and also gain due recognition along with HYD, BLR & MAA as major Indian gateways.
What is totally beyond me is that GOI is completing the transaction and locking the 30 or so yrs lease before getting a detailed description of the upgrades and investment the two companies are going to agree to for DEL & BOM respectively.
Is it just me who feels the preferred approach would have been to lock in the investment and upgrade agreements and then transfer the two Airports to the respective companies. It would be nice to hear opinions of other a.net members...
Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2042 posts, RR: 10 Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5510 times:
Quoting 9W77W (Reply 23): What is totally beyond me is that GOI is completing the transaction and locking the 30 or so yrs lease before getting a detailed description of the upgrades and investment the two companies are going to agree to for DEL & BOM respectively.
I'd presume that must have been done, why else did GOI took so much time. Moreover, AAI will keep its members in the board so as to to see objectives/targets are met.
ala re ala, VT-ALA ala
25 LAXDESI: A-I merger with Indian to be put on fast track. I am not sure if they can bring this about within a year. Link: http://www1.economictimes.indiatimes.c
26 Nimish: Regional airlines to get more concessions, says Patel From: http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=125739
27 Nimish: Two Air Deccan planes grounded From: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=180726 DN's never going to make it to the big league if this
28 Nimish: India & Kenya revise ASA Summary: New agreement allows for 14 services per week for each side, with 2 designated carriers per side (earlier only 1 de
29 Nimish: India & Tanzania revise ASA Summary: New agreement allows for 14 services per week for each side (existing ASA allowed only 3 frequencies and single
30 VTNYC: An article on infrastructure at Indian Airports. Nothing new to the anet regulars. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortu...chive/2006/04/03/8373080/ind
31 9W77W: http://www.business-standard.com/com...o=89851&leftnm=1&subLeft=0&chkFlg= Jet Air to pursue discount strategy P R Sanjai / Mumbai May 04, 2006 Full se
32 Aseem: the only drawback with this airlines good! India opening up with these countries. We should let them have more breathing space. rgds VT-ASJ
33 BandA: Guys, are there any websites in place like the one for Hyderabad Airport for Delhi and Mumbai Airports? (Not the AAI crap) perhaps its too soon...
34 LAXDESI: SpiceJet adds four new flights. Link: http://www1.economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1514540.cms Quotes: Low-cost carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday
35 Karan69: My aunt flew 9W twice already in feb and in april this year she paid 409 Pounds and 345 pounds all inclusive ---in feb she travelled on a weekend and
36 LeftWing: looks like Kingfisher is even copying the Virgin business model .... Mallaya plans to buy a US airline and launch Kingfirsher Intl' some how the aircr
37 WestWing: Any news of when 9Ws leased A330s are going to arrive ?
38 9W77W: Wow! Those were definitely good deals, maybe you can tell us any particular travel agents that carry those... Regards, VT-DEn
39 Karan69: the first one from opodo and the last one from priceline
40 Concorde001: I've seen fares to DEL, non-stop from LHR as little as £299 rtn, including taxes! Here take a look at some of these fares: http://www.hoodaki.com/in
41 9W77W: Thanks for the info! and sorry to take this thread slightly OT.
42 Abrelosojos: " target=_blank>http://www.dgca.nic.in/bilateral/mou...a.pdf = Perfec time as I have heard 9W wants to inaugurate service to NBO and DAR. -A.
43 Nimish: Cool. 9W seems to have a great capacity to work the system! If they're able to get the MoCA officials running around and signing the revised ASAs, go
44 Nimish: AI board sets merger plan with IA in motion From: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1516807.cms What about the capacity lost on one withd
45 Nimish: Consortium gets down to work at Mumbai airport From: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=181034
46 Gr8Circle: I suppose so.....else, the whole excercise would be futile....
47 Aseem: i don't see any increase or decrease in capaciy. Let market forces determine that. What should happen is that both airlines should not be arriving or
48 Blrsea: AI enters market to dry lease 3 aircraft
49 Airish: It also says the airline will look at the wet leasing option in case the aircraft are not available on dry lease.
50 Karan69: From where do you think these aircrafts will come---i do not see anyone getting rid of any 777s or 744s---however NW might give them some 744s if the
51 LAXDESI: Landing, take-off at Mumbai airport unsafe. Link: http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2006/may/136729.htm Quotes: Mumbai airport has as many as 165 obsta
52 Stealthpilot: Is this true, BOM has a steeper GS ??? eP007
53 Aseem: AI and IC combine to launch domestic LCC along the lines of AIX. Alliance Air reborn Govt plans to float new budget airline Economic Times rgds VT-ASJ
54 CHI787ORD: Does anyone know where 9W is getting the slot for this service? Also, when is the leased A330 coming in?
55 9W77W: Thats an intriguing question to me as well. I remember reading somewhere that 9W had acauired 3 pairs of slots at LHR. From July 9W will use all of t
56 LAXDESI: East West Airlines returns this September. Link: http://www.talkingtarmac.com/launch/eastwest.asp Quotes: East West Airlines, the first private airlin