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by VTORD
Mon May 16, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

I agree that BOM is NOW a nice airport. But 17-20 years ago (I am talking when Centaur hotel was alive and kicking), the terminals were dungy, stinky and mosquito/roach/rodant infested. Back in the day, there were trip reports on A.net that highlighted these issues. The domestic to International tr...

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by VTORD
Mon May 09, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

The ironic part is this; “His parents obviously knew how to handle his meltdown ". If they did, he wouldn't have starved and been thirsty and had the outburst then, to the point where other pax had to intervene. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/after-indigo-refuses-to-board-child-with...

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by VTORD
Mon May 09, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

The child did have an incident but was calm by the time boarding was to start. When other passengers(including doctors at the scene) too came to their support I am sure armchair critics like us are the better judge. +1. If you can't imagine being in their parents' shoes, just imagine what it is act...

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by VTORD
Wed May 04, 2022 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/in ... 133739.cms
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End of an Era? DGCA De-registers the 747-400s: VT-ESO, VT-ESP, VT-EVA and VT-EVB based on planespotters.net.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/in ... 133739.cms

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by VTORD
Tue May 03, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA SFO DEL and BLR / AC YVR DEL
Replies: 31
Views: 6371

Re: UA SFO DEL and BLR / AC YVR DEL

So how is UA mostly sending their passengers to India? Do they codeshare with AI or do they stick to LH or NH? From what I remember AI has a difficult relationship with UA? I believe EWR/ORD-DEL are operating, so at the India end they are probably using the UK codeshare as a potential routing. And ...

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by VTORD
Tue May 03, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

The Sunrise announcement today has to have AI seriously thinking about placing orders for a mix of A359/A35K soon, perhaps by even trying to get some of the QR and SU frames if they're not already spoken for. The Tatas can certainly afford it and there's a unique opportunity here that would give AI...

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by VTORD
Mon May 02, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Would somebody mind explaining the Turkey/India political issue in terms of flights? Turkey's stand on Kashmir is aligned with Pakistan and considered as interference with what is a bilateral issue. Anything beyond that will have to be discussed in the Non-AV forum. I think the Air Asia India &...

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by VTORD
Mon May 02, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA SFO DEL and BLR / AC YVR DEL
Replies: 31
Views: 6371

Re: UA SFO DEL and BLR / AC YVR DEL

sfojvjets wrote:
I am pretty sure that 10 weekly is simply a return to pre-covid frequencies.

Previously, the highest frequency that the route operated at during covid was daily.

I think pre-Covid, they were 9x Weekly IIRC. AI173/174 was 6x and AI183/184 was 3x

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by VTORD
Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeings 1Q22 Earnings
Replies: 146
Views: 16368

Re: Boeings 1Q22 Earnings

And I was the idiot who bought $5000 worth of shares in the $240 range... I continue to regret that every time I look at that particular investment account. It was a long term buy, so I'll continue to hold, but dang, more bad news. I bought about 2,000 worth and am taking hits on it too. I agree on...

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by VTORD
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

It is very much likely, but can the *modified* B789s operate such long routes... to and from SFO? I am no expert but I hope someone can answer this, and IF its a YES... then can AA operate SEA-BLR too? I'll leave the answer to people who are more knowledgeable but I think SEA-BLR would be shorter t...

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by VTORD
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

It's been delayed since 12 months or so.. but with Russian Airspace closure, not sure if they will start in the given date. But other than that, really looking forward to this route! I believe from BLR there will be some weight restrictions or so, even with the modifications made on the 789s. Can't...

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by VTORD
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Yes, it is quite asymmetrical in that manner. Indian carriers have no restrictions on where they can fly from in India, while foreign carriers are restricted to only certain points. Personally, I think it is very restrictive because not all of the international airports in India attract intl servic...

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by VTORD
Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

For QR/FZ/EY/G9 to add Pune - The GoI must include Pune as a point of call in the bilaterals. Additionally, since Pune is an IAF field, I believe IAF must approve the individual foreign carriers as well. So help me understand, does the bilateral allow for different points of call from the Indian si...

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by VTORD
Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

At its height, in terms of frequencies, Pune handled a daily flight to Abu Dhabi and Singapore from Jet Airways, daily flight to Dubai from Spicejet and a 3 weekly flight to Dubai from Air India Express. Currently only Spicejet is operating their Dubai flight. I’m hoping Vistara decides to take up ...

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by VTORD
Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

BuildingMyBento wrote:

IIRC, there was an LH flight to PNQ some years back.

Ah Yes! The Privat Air flight, thanks for reminding me about this one.

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by VTORD
Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

What are the odds that PNQ will get international flights now that airlines like SQ, CX, MH ans QR are getting newer efficient narrow bodies? This requires bilateral changes, for unknown reason MH Govt has not been proactive in getting PNQ as point of call for foreign carriers. PNQ does not have im...

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by VTORD
Fri Apr 08, 2022 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Qantas announces 4 weekly Sydney - Bengaluru flight eff September 14, 2022 on an A330. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-sydney-bangalore-india-flights I am assuming based on the article that arrival in BLR will be 3:30 PMish? Should work great for connections I would think. But it won...

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by VTORD
Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 312
Views: 55621

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2022

Jeez, 30% of international traffic drive to Chicago https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/297759/interview-indianapolis-air-service-development-manager-maggie-bishop/ I wonder how they know that? zip codes from CC? Possibly. Plus traveller home addresses too. They may also be capturing...

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by VTORD
Thu Feb 24, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air India’s CEO pick declines offer, cites ‘undesirable’ narrative
Replies: 76
Views: 14398

Re: Tata Group appoints former Chairperson of Turkish Airlines Ilker Ayci as the CEO of Air India

Sooner or later there will be only 1 or 2 brands - AI as FSC and AIX as LCC. Single brand: If I understand / remember the rules, all airlines need to fly certain percentage of their flights / seats between various domestic market categories also. As AIX was under government control. it had this exc...

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by VTORD
Tue Feb 15, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air India’s CEO pick declines offer, cites ‘undesirable’ narrative
Replies: 76
Views: 14398

Re: Tata Group appoints former Chairperson of Turkish Airlines Ilker Ayci as the CEO of Air India

I am from Oz and fly the kangaroo route more than once a year, please tell me that in 2 years time why should I pick AI over the following airlines: 1) QF 2) SQ 3) EK 4) CX 5) QR 6) TG 7) MH 8) CZ The point is not why you should pick AI over any of the airlines listed "2 years from now" i...

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by VTORD
Mon Jan 03, 2022 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21810

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

In response to VTORD's comment about 2 weeks ago..... US carriers have a reputation of poor inflight service on routes to India. I am not surprised that AA ran out of water and did not serve meals. I recently travelled on UA from ORD to DEL on premium economy (paid a high price for it) and was serv...

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by VTORD
Sat Dec 18, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Does anyone know how AA's JFK-DEL is doing? I am part of a H1B/H4 Visa group on FB and someone had posted a very negative and quite frankly surprising review of AA. Apparently they flew SFO-JFK-DEL on AA and were told the flight was out of water (!?) about 4 hours before landing and were not served ...

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by VTORD
Thu Dec 09, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

When will Vistara get their remaining four 787s? Not anytime soon I suppose. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/american-airlines-to-cut-international-flights-due-to-boeing-dreamliner-delays-11639057564 Don't know where Vistara is in the waitlist but until Boeing sorts out it's delivery issues. May ...

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by VTORD
Mon Dec 06, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

I hope we can put an end to the debate here: https://www.deccanherald.com/business/business-news/maharaja-comes-home-chronology-of-air-india-privatisation-1038599.html Relevant point: October 2020: Government sweetens deal; gives flexibility to investors to decide on the amount of Air India debt the...

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by VTORD
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

^^there are many arguments in this post so let me try to understand what is being said: 1. When the government "assumed" some of AI's debt and moved it the SPV, the primary intent of course was to make AI more attractive to the buyer(s). But it is obviously understood that the intent was t...

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by VTORD
Wed Nov 17, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

I travelled back to India in August and returned in September. It was on a commercial flight and not on any Vande Bharat affair. There was no ban at that point of time and there wasn't any earlier either. I don't know what they are on about. "Vande Bharat" was the joke that went on too lo...

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by VTORD
Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Does anyone know why AI127 (DEL-ORD) has diverted twice in the past week, once to Stockholm and the other time to Oslo just yesterday? Both for medical emergency - apparently the Stockholm was a stroke. I read it on a news site which was behind a paywall but that's what the headline said. https://w...

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by VTORD
Wed Nov 03, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Why keep a tarnished brand? All the negative comments online aren't going to be wiped out. Old legacy brands, despite the negative sentiments online, have a great appeal and will find many takers from amongst the average public. There's a certain comfort level for some, with opting for a familiar a...

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by VTORD
Tue Nov 02, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

For what it's worth, my view is that the Government's disposition of Air India is a fantastic move as it took the albatross round its neck. I'd like to know what the view is from the Tata's perspective. Did they get it for pennies on the dollar in the sense that they got it dirt cheap? Or, was it f...

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by VTORD
Tue Nov 02, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

VTORD's theory is plausible but in this scenario what happens to the existing UK codeshare with BA? Can that still survive in a UA/LH/SQ/AI-UK parnership? Someone had commented in the SQ-UA thread that A.Net tends to put lot of undue importance on "airlines not getting along". I agree. If...

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by VTORD
Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Personally I think UA will never treat AI/Uk well since UA is so dominant between US-India. It is either AA/BA or DL/KL/AF from my pov. AI as a GoI vessel was one thing, AI under private ownership might be much more pallatabe and a whole new ball game for UA. Personally pre-pandemic, I would have t...

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by VTORD
Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara obtains slots for DEL-LGW-EWR service
Replies: 5
Views: 2449

Re: Vistara obtains slots for DEL-LGW-EWR service

That doesn't look like a fifth freedom in that filing. Interesting to see if this is a straight EWR-DEL with a crew swop as this doesn't feel like it would be a profitable continuing flight... They should apply for one and should be able to get it easily. However with AI soon to be part of Tata, I ...

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by VTORD
Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas launches Delhi
Replies: 54
Views: 11283

Re: Qantas launches Delhi

The argument wasn't that they don't fly the same routes, but that "if AI int'l route choices were so bad, UA wouldn't be jumping at every other route of AI on the India-US market and literally start network mirroring them." The argument made, I would say naively, was that AI are the leade...

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by VTORD
Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas launches Delhi
Replies: 54
Views: 11283

Re: Qantas launches Delhi

AI finances never gave a breakup of which route makes money or not. Also, if AI int'l route choices were so bad, UA wouldn't be jumping at every other route of AI on the India-US market and literally start network mirroring them. Are they? I mean, they're starting SFO-BLR, so that's one. I have not...

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by VTORD
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas launches Delhi
Replies: 54
Views: 11283

Re: Qantas launches Delhi

Congratulations to QF, DEL and SYD!

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by VTORD
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Even though simple hot meals in economy should not be a problem, but it is for most carriers including AI. It is very difficult to be consistent. Better to keep it simple. A snack + free beverage (juices/coffee/tea/water) and buy on board. The competition is tough, and with Akasa another ULCC comin...

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by VTORD
Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

What do you want then? That everyone paints one doomsday picture after another? We're getting enough of that. A business group that is over a hundred years old and is known for its probity and business sense is making an investment that it can very well afford in the flag carrier of its country. It...

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by VTORD
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

It's the Tatas we are talking about, not some sundry one trick pony loser bania like Naresh Goyal or Vijay Mallya. Just one of the Tata companies, TCS alone, has a market capitalisation of more than 200 billion USD. That's a hundred times what they have paid for AI. The Tatas sure have done their h...

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by VTORD
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Seeing AA flying JFK-DEL on a 77W makes it seem likely. There are a lot of Indians here who like to travel to India even in the pandemic. LA does not have a lot of Indians when compared to NYC. LA's Indian population is significantly less than NYC, Bay area, Chicago and Dallas. Just because AA star...

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by VTORD
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 7443

Re: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines

Folks, I was trying to see if the codeshare is working. I searched for jfk to Mumbai and it isn’t working. How long does it take to get the codeshare activated? I was able to find some flights to AMD and BDQ but the lowest fare I got was like $6,400 with a 21 hour layover! :shock: For BOM, it is ro...

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by VTORD
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 211
Views: 26498

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

First come up with some random unfounded theories (govt not happy w/ Tata) , then add some more masala to your own theories (they working on renegotiating terms). Then deflect by talking of another unrelated airline in this sale process (spicejet), despite knowing well their owner was just a prop i...

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by VTORD
Thu Sep 30, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 7443

Re: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines

6E pruned many of their frequencies to tier 2/3 cities during COVID. They have the ability to add those extra late evening frequencies once traffic picks back up, and it should add a few more possibilities to your list. You're probably looking at their current curtailed schedule, which is by no mea...

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by VTORD
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 7443

Re: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines

AI & Vistara are just "premium", but neither have the network, reach or frequency of what 6E has. 6E covers even smaller tier2/3 towns with multiple dailies, while between the metros they have 15-20 daily flights. The two FSC's will have on average ~5 daily between the big metros (exc...

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by VTORD
Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 13297

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/india-nonstops-on-the-way-american-airlines-codeshares-with-indigo-for-india-connections/articleshow/86584787.cms This seems to be big news. Perhaps this can drive more traffic to AA on their JFK-DEL and SEA-BLR flights. Wonder if this wil...

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by VTORD
Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 13297

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Very difficult to compete with the comprehensive LH network out of India by adding 1-2/week flight out of DEL only. It can feed to UA or LH at FRA in a limited way There are a few possibilities here (subject to slots, schedule etc.,): 1. Feed LH to carry pax from India whether ex-DEL or XXX - DEL, ...

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by VTORD
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 13297

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Not necessarily. Really depends on who is flying for what. For e.g. if I were traveling to U.S. (won't be traveling anywhere for next couple odd years or more till this virus goes away) I would gladly take the time to either sleep or see Serbia, day-life, nightlife whatever it is. I don't want to b...

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by VTORD
Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 13297

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Is there a way to find AI's time table? The one on the website is for March :roll: A friend is being given the major run around between the local AI office in IXR and AI helpline number - former says IXR-DEL for July 24th is cancelled (schedule change cited and he has an email); the latter says it's...

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by VTORD
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 121
Views: 16768

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerosp ... 021-05-07/

I wasn't aware ORD - DEL was being scaled back.
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SATexan wrote:
Can anybody tell me the latest on UA's SFO-BLR flight? When is the start date?


https://www.reuters.com/business/aerosp ... 021-05-07/

I wasn't aware ORD - DEL was being scaled back.

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