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by bostrv
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 649
Views: 37971

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020

PNQ as big as it is does not have the international traffic of many smaller South Indian cities. Except for DXB, there is not much ME3 or even SE Asia O & D traffic to/from PNQ. Don't know why it is, may because of the leakage of some traffic to BOM. PNQ had a flight SIN many years ago, but was...

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by bostrv
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 649
Views: 37971

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020

The thing is that, in a parliamentary democracy, where the MP also becomes a minister, the ability to deliver "pork" or "goodies" is something that constituents count on. QR wouldnt have flown to NAG if the MP wasnt also the minister of Civil Aviation. If GOI wants to have an air...

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by bostrv
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 475
Views: 30047

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2020

British Airways adds 3x weekly additonal flights to Bangalore wef 1st APRIL 2020. The airline will deploy Boeing 777 aircraft on the route, making the freq go up from 7x to 10x. Also the aircraft will be based/parked in BLR for ~11 hours. The sector now has 13x weekly flights from 1st April 2020. B...

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by bostrv
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.
Replies: 137
Views: 16585

Re: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.

As for "Making the goose lay golden eggs for friends and family" - for those who remember, VSNL and MTNL - telecom behemoths before VOIP - were extremely profitable companies that were taken over by the TATA group under a different government before telecom as a whole changed as a business...

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by bostrv
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.
Replies: 137
Views: 16585

Re: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.

If UK is planning to have an all economy configuration, they might want to keep IX within the Vistara brand itself. Airlines have figured out how to be all things to all people with different types of economy class fares. IX is the most profitable part - one of the mistakes that AI made was to give...

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by bostrv
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.
Replies: 137
Views: 16585

Re: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.

If UK is planning to have an all economy configuration, they might want to keep IX within the Vistara brand itself. Airlines have figured out how to be all things to all people with different types of economy class fares. IX is the most profitable part - one of the mistakes that AI made was to give ...

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by bostrv
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 475
Views: 30047

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2020

IndiGo opens booking on daily flight connecting BLR and JED wef 29/03/2020 6E1844 BLR 1920 2250 JED 6E1845 JED 1620 0050+1 BLR Any idea why among the Kerala airports, TRV has few flights to KSA? Is the origin of passengers that skewed? Not asking rhetorically - to KUL for example, multiple attempts...

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by bostrv
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 246
Views: 17804

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2020

AI Xpress should be sold off separately as it could get good value as a stand line Company Air India Express got to fly international from day one. It didn't need adhere to the rule of "20 rotations worth of domestic operations before flying abroad" that the MoCA imposes on other private ...

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by bostrv
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15016

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

Same situation in Europe. Why can't LH Group start a decent LHLCC? How long project "jump" been in the works, 7+ years!!. Too long to start using written-off 343s and part time crew, but they can't. I did see and book extremely low fares from LH for basic economy fares transatlantic durin...

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by bostrv
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15016

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

In some conditions, AI is the only airline that has a decent fare - I have not flown AI internationally since EK started flying to TRV. Now that the kids are older, we take a break in Europe on the way to a summer vacation. Trying to find a MAD-TRV-FCO ticket, and AI is half the price of EU competi...

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by bostrv
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15016

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

In some conditions, AI is the only airline that has a decent fare - I have not flown AI internationally since EK started flying to TRV. Now that the kids are older, we take a break in Europe on the way to a summer vacation. Trying to find a MAD-TRV-FCO ticket, and AI is half the price of EU competit...

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by bostrv
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 426217

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I did use Lyft from the airport a couple of weeks back - from Terminal E, the signage was good. If there are complaints, it could be that people who live around here are used to confusing signage, but people traveling to Boston might have a harder time..

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 211
Views: 18093

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - December 2019

The CEO of CNN is also the formerly of AI (MD?), Mr Thulsidas. His connections surely helps. It has helped nada, nil, zero. Not a single foreign carrier is allowed to operate to Kannur despite his lobbying. Someone did a really good job in convincing GoAir to give CNN a chance. GoAir took that chan...

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 211
Views: 18093

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - December 2019

The CEO of CNN is also the formerly of AI (MD?), Mr Thulsidas. His connections surely helps.

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL’s BOS Hub
Replies: 55
Views: 12253

Re: DL’s BOS Hub

Its not just the hub that is going to attract more passengers to Delta - they now have the best transatlantic economy product by far. For a long time, I havent cared much which carrier I flew, and have done numerous trips to India and EU on QR, EK, LH, BA, AF, KL and DL. My trip last week was the fi...

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by bostrv
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spice Jet to launch a new airline in the UAE
Replies: 29
Views: 6408

Re: Spice Jet to launch a new airline in the UAE

There was news that Air Arabia was interested in launching RKT - India flights.
This could be the Indian response, ie, allow Indian Airlines the same rights as the airline of other emirates.
As bilateral talks are ongoing, these could be the bargaining chips - Just guessing, of course.

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by bostrv
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 380
Views: 37480

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - September 2019

LHR has restrictions in bilateral agreement. Other London airports and rest of UK don't. Also, AI doesn't have any slots at LHR too for launching new flights. Yes, Gatwick would have been better. But they would have done research and they know what they are doing hopefully. I am not sure if ATQ is ...

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by bostrv
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 380
Views: 37480

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - September 2019

I don't know why people keep bringing up DOH and AUH. They won't be fully utilized (and they weren't fully utilized before Jet's fall). The O&D numbers are just not there. Remember Jet really didn't have too many cash cow routes. DXB and Saudi, I believe, were the only two markets that really a...

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by bostrv
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 41695

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Thanks zionite and Air India for the information you have provided. If Munda is not a City and there are 2 other airports just 70 km away, it makes me wonder as to the viability of a fully fledged airport at Munda . Are Adanis taking a “build it and they will come” approach on this project”? They a...

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by bostrv
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 382
Views: 32052

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Air India to begin domestic operations from Kannur from April 2019 Air India will begin operations from Kannur (CNN) in Kerala in April 2019 with the flight starting from Delhi to Kannur to Calicut and back. This will be the first time Air India will begin operations from CNN. Rotation is as follow...

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by bostrv
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 574
Views: 38871

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019

dicate how many seats for the bilateral have not been utilized. My understanding is that seats are 100 percent exhausted for DXB, AUH, and Sharjah for carriers on the Indian and UAE sides https://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/cabinet-approves-indiaabu-dhabi-bilateral-air-services-agreement/art...

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by bostrv
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 574
Views: 38871

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019

"ED special prosecutor Davinder Pal Singh said Talwar’s custody is needed to ascertain his role in “association with the bilateral air service talks and the inroads made by him to influence the decisions”. He added “role of key persons and their modus operandi” needs to be extracted from Talwa...

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by bostrv
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 574
Views: 38871

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019

COK or MAA to connect through DEL or BOM it's like asking them to commit a crime or something. They just won't do it. BUT they seem to have no issue going through LHR, DXB, DOH, FRA, etc. Though I will concede for many, myself included, we don't want a double-connection and getting to DEL or BOM mi...

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by bostrv
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 574
Views: 38871

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - February 2019

IX does fly daily TRV-CCJ-TRV and I believe CCJ-COK-CCJ, one connecting to a DOH flight and the other to BAH. AI flies daily TRV-COK-TRV, and 6E has ~10/week on the same route. Kingfisher used to fly a TRV-COK-CCJ-IXE-GOI flight - I am not sure about the CCJ stop though. and DN used to fly TRV-COK-B...

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by bostrv
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 497
Views: 41729

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2019

Not true because the Government provided the very same dispensation when 2 other airports in Kerala opened! However, I don't know whether it was the BJP or Congress-led government that provided this dispensation at that time. My opinion is that the current BJP government is playing chicken as it do...

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by bostrv
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 497
Views: 41729

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2019

Granting this approval will open a can of worms with several airports clamouring for inclusion in the bilaterals. Not true because the Government provided the very same dispensation when 2 other airports in Kerala opened! However, I don't know whether it was the BJP or Congress-led government that ...

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by bostrv
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

If Jet goes under, which airline/company would be in the best interest of Indian aviation. I think that is Vistara, which is another full service airline, this is a reasonable scenario. If Indigo is allowed to take over remainder of Jet assets (whatever they may be), we will have Indigo controlling...

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by bostrv
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 497
Views: 41729

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2019

Policy short-sightedness, plain and simple. The bureaucracy cannot think beyond 5 or 6 cities Huh? It is airlines that focus on the same cities. There is plenty of seats available for airlines to start intl ops from AMD, ATQ, CCU etc, but they don’t. Also these cities don’t really need more connect...

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by bostrv
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1074
Views: 165510

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

US-India non-stop and DL margins do not add up. Also, both AI and UA pre-empted this move. 9W still in business. Unless DL wants to cross-subsidize these losses across the network, increasing 9W's India-EU feed is the best financially viable solution. OAG published interesting statistics on US-Indi...

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by bostrv
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 497
Views: 41729

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2019

AIRASIA INDIA 20th Aircraft registration is VT-KUL. They can good connections from existing Air Asia hubs back and forth. Secondary airports in India to hubs in South East Asia hubs of Air Asia group will be good business strategy The secondary airports are already well covered by the other airline...

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by bostrv
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Not taxpayers, but other flyers through levying a cess on the airlines flights. Don't try to portray it as if the govt is paying out of their own kitty from other sources. The "government kitty" is general tax payer money. This is a way in which the person who never flies never subsidizes...

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

You are right - the 10% did not exist - It was 25%. http://www.airindia.in/writereaddata/Portal/FinancialReport/1_181_1_2010-2011_Annual_Report_of_Air_India_Charters_Limited.pdf b) As stated in Note 10 of Schedule U, the Company is not to share the cost towards common facilities and services with e...

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

IX had to pay AI royalty for the GCC routes it operated till 2 years back - and it was atleast 10% of the ticket price. Thats why the "profitability" part came late. I have never heard of this royalty. Can you provide a source on this? Edit: AIXL financial statements do not mention this '...

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

VTCIE wrote:
It is difficult to find a non-ME flight to CCJ/TRV


Well, TRV is connected to MLE, HAQ, CMB, KUL, SIN, COK, CCJ, MAA, BOM, BLR, DEL and HYD. Except for KUL and SIN, at least one daily non-stop

VTCIE wrote:
There is no word on MAA-MLE


Maybe no word, but there is an airline that flies that route :)

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by bostrv
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

And yet AIX is the only profitable part of AI's business. AISATS says hi. (AIX has returned profits for a grand total of 2 years of its existence. Pretty sure it has been making losses this fiscal) IX had to pay AI royalty for the GCC routes it operated till 2 years back - and it was atleast 10% of...

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by bostrv
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

If 6E dumping capacity at low prices was the primary reason for 9Ws woes, the routes that they are cutting are ones on which 6E never operated on. And there was the curious IDR expansion just about when all the other cuts were starting to happen.

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by bostrv
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

The thing about holding 43% market share is that in a lot of cases pax don't have a choice. 43% is nation wide. In most non-metro airports, it is more. 6E flies TRV-BLR 5 x daily now, and is the only operator that has a daily flight on that sector. It has 3 out of 4 x in TRV-MAA. This could be the ...

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by bostrv
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

The Indian market is not Amreeka. People will not go for a nickel diming airline if an alternative is available. Team Indigo is hoping that all alternatives end up getting grounded. Hence the concerted media campaign against Jet Airways since February. But the competition is proving to be too stron...

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by bostrv
Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Airlines in other parts of the world have figured out how to unbundle fares, and manage costs so that both a premium and bare bones product can be made available by the same airline, on the same flight.

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by bostrv
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Or they could buy both, merge one into Air Asia India, and the other into Vistara :)

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by bostrv
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Please spare us the pontifications about Amreeka. This is India and things work differently here. Dont be so sensitive - I guess there was a time when legacies in other parts of the world did not know how to compete with LCCs. Most of the survivors figured out how to do it, be it in the US or the E...

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by bostrv
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

How does 9Ws domestic network compare with that on AI? Atleast for the Kerala airports, AI seems to offer much better connectivity.

And for all the vitroil against 6E, G8 hasnt shrunk against 6E, while 9W easily rolled over. IMHO.

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by bostrv
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

The other stations like SFO, ORD, IAD etc., they will have to be smart and let 9W do the lifting to HYD/AMD/BLR/MAA/DEL etc., via CDG/LHR/AMS. BLR already has 9W and AF from AMS and CDG respectively. DEL already has 9W to both AMS and CDG, KL to AMS and AF to CDG. Does MAA have AF to CDG? I do not ...

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by bostrv
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

600 crores loss with a cash reserve of 13,000 crores....they are going to bleed everyone for a year or two, kill a couple of competition along the way, and then feast on those slots. Indigo ain't done with capacity dumping and low fares just yet. That assumes that their bleed remains constant - the...

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by bostrv
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

And the big news is that Only profitable airline in India is also in losses One news article states their one owner blames the competition for that :shock: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/companies/rahul-bhatia-blames-competition-as-low-fares-eat-into-indigos-profits-3081991.html This ca...

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by bostrv
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 403323

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Are slots in Indian airports selleable?

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by bostrv
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?
Replies: 786
Views: 64915

Re: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?

https://m.economictimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/revival-plan-air-india-suggest-govt-to-sell-air-india-express-sats-first/amp_articleshow/66279680.cms AIX is one bright spot in AI's portfolio. Does IX pay AI royalties for the gulf routes it operates - It used to at inception, ...

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by bostrv
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 172355

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

AI is adding a red eye COK-BLR flight, for one.

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