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by CaliguyNYC
Fri May 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

Fortunately for the Indian airline industry actual customers could care less about things like connecting in North India or this odd HYD vs BLR debate. Seriously, I don't even understand these deep bigotries that are expressed in Indian aviation forums (sorry that is what it seems - do people even r...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 11, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

"can have a nice stopover in DXB/DOH/AUH" - look all pax are not the same. There are many pax who do not consider transiting in the ME "nice". Plus if you miss your connection in DEL, chance are you can be rebooked in a reasonable amount of time. AI doesn't need everyone to want ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 11, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 31424

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

I wonder if expanding the ban is a way to not make it look like its targeting only the ME. If its countries with bad security, then ok. I do find it hard to accept that the UK has bad security. Or maybe the US is pushing for the EU to ban laptops on all flights from the ME to the EU. And if they don...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet mulls possible widebody aircraft order
Replies: 55
Views: 8485

Re: Spicejet mulls possible widebody aircraft order

Look I think under the old government many airlines felt the way to success was lobbying the government to somehow favor them and hurt other airlines or AI. Under the current government, it seems like the prime focus is on operating a good airline (I am not naive to the way India functions hence the...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces AED 2.5 billion (US$ 670 million) profits
Replies: 52
Views: 7747

Re: Emirates announces AED 2.5 billion (US$ 670 million) profits

In the revenue list by region where is South Asia? Also how do they determine revenue generated by region - If someone buys a ticket LHR-DXB-BKK and back does 100% get booked to Europe or 50% Europe and 50% East Asia (because of the return flight)?

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

Huh what I wrote applies equally to a US origin pax as an Indian one. Why not? What's wrong with arriving at DEL in the early afternoon leaving plenty of time to connect onward to secondary cities so you'd arrive there by 9-10 PM For me, it works leaving the US in the early/late evening, which the ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 10, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

I think after a 16 hour flight form the US the 2 hour domestic Indian flight on a 737 or A320 doesn't bother most people especially since food is served. Also AI offers wide body international connectors to BOM & HYD at a min. I think the main advantage is the AI flights arrive the US early tha...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 10, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

I think after a 16 hour flight form the US the 2 hour domestic Indian flight on a 737 or A320 doesn't bother most people especially since food is served. Also AI offers wide body international connectors to BOM & HYD at a min. I think the main advantage is the AI flights arrive the US early than...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 10, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

make something work with the UA hub on top of a decent sized Indian community. But DFW? Are you kidding me? DFW is the mother of all AA hubs and two of the ME3 are already eating EK alive, let alone AI! You cannot think about AI's plan in terms of an American, but rather an Indian. No Visa issues w...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue May 09, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible New Air India Routes
Replies: 105
Views: 15476

Re: Possible New Air India Routes

I would think that Detroit to India has potential. My question is why would the start service to a city where one of the ME3 already serves and covers India really better than Air India can and not add cities where they can have the whole market to themselves. Detroit is a small market. DL/9W are b...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue May 09, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

At end of 2017, DEL will have nonstop to YYZ/YVR/JFK/EWR/IAD/ORD/LAX/SFO/DFW. That's nine NA destinations nonstop from India! I find it amazing that nobody has even managed to get a BOM-JFK nonstop running, given the success of AI's DEL-NA nonstops. 9W doesn't have aircraft capable of BOM-JFK (they...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue May 09, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

American Fact Finder is not the easiest tool to use plus they define metro areas strangely - Example SF and San Jose are two metro statistical areas but for everyone else they are one big metro area. In the end, a DEL-IAH flight would also serve DFW, DAL, AUS, San Antonio etc because AI can put its ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue May 09, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 38499

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

But surely the small advantages that DFW has over IAH is surpassed by UA's Star hub with Star FF's? Can AI's 788 handle BOW-EWR nonstop (also won't 3 frames be needed for daily)? I thought the only one they could even consider changing was JFK-DEL but even that would be an issue for a 788. Can a 77W...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon May 08, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 42310

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

I don't think India-US traffic is down (both the US and India are doing well). I think this is a direct result of AI's expansion plus the 9W/DL deal. Star was always strong in India and with AI launching new routes, Star travelers have even fewer reasons to fly the ME3. DL/AF/VS/KL partnership with ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri May 05, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

Why should Vistara work with EK? EK just wants more feed into DXB. That is not a long term business model. Vistara needs to connect DEL nonstop to major business and O&D markets. Find planes that can fly DEL-USA nonstop that have the lowest seat cost and are not too big (so 789 or A350). Fly to...

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri May 05, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 41467

Re: India Aviation Thread - May 2017

PIA to suspend its only flight to Mumbai from Karachi from May 11 http://www.livemint.com/Companies/2cUqZF3iaAyvo5bORB15vK/PIA-to-suspend-its-only-flight-to-Mumbai-from-Karachi-from-M.html With only 2 flights/week on this short haul route, it must be unprofitable for PIA to deploy capacity at such ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 04, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

Why should Vistara work with EK? EK just wants more feed into DXB. That is not a long term business model. Vistara needs to connect DEL nonstop to major business and O&D markets. Find planes that can fly DEL-USA nonstop that have the lowest seat cost and are not too big (so 789 or A350). Fly to ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu May 04, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

I thought the Indian bilateral with SIN allowed SQ to fly unlimited flights outside the big metros so why is PNQ an issue? As far as LHR slots when has that ever stopped an airline from starting? They can get a 9:30pm departure as a new entrant (I think) or buy morning slots like others have done. S...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 03, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

I think UK should go with the A350 (stay away from the 77W) and have a three class J/Y+/Y config that is much less premium heavy than SQ. That said go with J seats like DL is putting on their A350 that have doors. Basically be the premium J class from DEL. Launch with LHR, HKG and EWR or JFK (which ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 03, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

Great to hear - hadn't seen the above press article about not being a feeder into SIN. Look its the right thing for SQ to do. So kudos to them for thinking big picture. I think a tie up with BA would be very interesting for UK. OW needs an Indian partner and BA is probably the most premium player in...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 03, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 41467

Re: India Aviation Thread - May 2017

KLM is seriously considering an AMS-BOM flight: https://wap-business--standard-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/wap.business-standard.com/article-amp/companies/klm-to-explore-flight-cargo-deals-with-jet-airways-ceo-pieter-elbers-117050200875_1.html 9W upgrades DEL-DOH flight 553 to A330 from B738 https://t...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed May 03, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 8977

Re: Vistara to borrow planes from SQ to start intl flights?

Why does Vistara need to run feeders to SIN. SQ has the market covered from a Vistara/SQ group perspective. I am not saying vistara shouldn't operate to SIN, I just don't understand why SQ would invest in an airline to then just run more flights to SIN (The Indian SIN bilateral is pretty generous). ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon May 01, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia dropping AUH flights
Replies: 15
Views: 4869

Re: Air Serbia dropping AUH flights

Is AUH government even conceerned, the carriers flying there now are just the ususal ME, South Asian and Turkish ones. Philippines is the only east Asian there now. From Europe Alitalia, Air Berlin, KLM, British and Baltic, Seychelles from non-Arab Africa. gone Swiss, Lufthansa, Air France, Iberia,...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon May 01, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 41467

Re: India Aviation Thread - May 2017

Agreed, I don't think you will see any changes with the India/Turkey ASA. With the rumored FRA-BOM AI flight, AI is firmly in bed with LH for intra Europe connections. As far as NA, AI has clearly signaled its going the nonstop route. Plus I am sure AI doesn't want TK dumping cheap seats from India ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

I hear you on AUH not being motivated to merge the agreements. But they are one country. The UAE doesn't have to allow EY's seats to be given to EK if they don't want to. But by merging the bilaterals at least the Indian side can increase seats to DXB. In the end DXB benefits even if its just Indian...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

I agree that nonstops from India to places like SEA would not work but the premise that there is surprisingly low business ties between India and NYC is just not true. The ME3 all run fairly premium heavy configurations into BOM, DEL and partly BLR. BOM routinely get's their best product. Who do you...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

Look I'm pro Indian aviation not out of some nationalistic pride but because aviation is a driver of a country's economy. Aviation brings jobs, tourism and business. The more connected a city is, the more business travelers arrive. The ME3 do serve a purpose in that they make it easier for people to...

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

I'm not sure this will end the bilateral related woes when only about 14k seats are available in total on the UAE side, with most of the unutilised capacity remaining with Abu Dhabi, who may not be keen on letting Emirates use them. This will only be a stop gap measure until the Indian carriers uti...

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

I think clubbing all the bilaterals together is a GREAT idea. This way the India-DXB max out is solved for the Indian side (and theoretically the UAE side). It was silly for India to allow separate agreements to begin with. It just opened India up to pressure from each sheik. I bet EY will object an...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

Turkey's president is visiting India later this week. Turkey has been seeking enhanced bilaterals for a while now, but the govt is following the policy that the Indian side should have used 80% of the entitlements, and no Indian carrier serves Turkey presently. However, India is seeking Turkey's su...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Lease B787-9
Replies: 90
Views: 17120

Re: Air India to Lease B787-9

That report is from 2014 and is that guys ESTIMATE. Seriously, its like one thing is repeated and repeated as fact. Look fuel is much lower now. Also Star FF have absolutely helped the AI flight. People continue to get for and more used to nonstops. AI definitely is now seeing people willing to fly ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Lease B787-9
Replies: 90
Views: 17120

Re: Air India to Lease B787-9

EWR-BOM is kept to make sure their other hub is still connected to North America. Also, there is a large domestic bank that feeds this flight that comes into BOM right before AI 191 takes off (The AI 020-099 series). Is there any proof that this flight is loss-making? I've never seen a source for i...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways to start two new routes from Europe to India later this year
Replies: 53
Views: 8979

Re: Jet Airways to start two new routes from Europe to India later this year

I think they will fix all the small things like baggage quickly. 9W is clearly the way AF/KL/DL/VS are taking on the ME3. The dagger to the heart in a fight against the ME3 are India pax. This is the core part of the ME3's traffic. Move India pax away from the ME3 and their networks start to bleed. ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways to start two new routes from Europe to India later this year
Replies: 53
Views: 8979

Re: Jet Airways Announces Partnership With Delta/KLM

9W also announced CDG-MAA per another site. Its 5 days a week x23 usual Europe-India timings And so it begins. Comes at the right time as well with the laptop ban. Big question is if AF will retain their metal into BLR. I think they are 6/5 days a week winter/summer. Maybe stabilize at 5 days year r...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 42310

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

This doesn't surprise me. Many of these routes probably couldn't stand to lose even a small percentage of their J class pax. This is not EK being money conscious (its way too quick for that). These were clearly routes that were already hurting and after the ban are probably bleeding. You can't just ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?
Replies: 47
Views: 6082

Re: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?

MAN - BOM is an "unserved route of the week"... Possible route for Viatara to pursue? http://www.anna.aero/2017/04/12/manchester-mumbai-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week/ "In total O&D traffic, Manchester-Mumbai ranks third behind Heathrow and Paris CDG, and way ahead of s...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?
Replies: 47
Views: 6082

Re: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?

I don't think Vistara's focus will be on India-SIN (although they will fly it form DEL since its their main hub). SQ does not have the same bilateral issues that the ME3 have. They don't need an Indian carrier to help feed their hub in SIN. The Indian carrier allows SQ to capture premium business tr...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Start Delhi to Washington DC non stop from July 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 21599

Re: Air India to Start Delhi to Washington DC non stop from July 2017

77L vs 788 Good Even with 40 seats blocked, 788 can carry same number of Y pax as 77L. Shred the dead weight of F class with 23% PLF. J gets lie flat. Cutting J capacity in half increases J load factor %. IFE may be better, WiFi integration easy and content streaming may be possibility. Bad No crew...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

Small update on the upcoming BLR-AMS sector by 9W, AMS Schipol Airport has given the "Go ahead" for the flight. The request is now with the ministry and will be "cleared soon" said a ministry official. Also seems like AF/KLM is not very happy abt it. Why would AF/KL not be happy...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Lease B787-9
Replies: 90
Views: 17120

Re: Air India to Lease B787-9

I highly doubt AI would be able to capture significant Indian traffic from the ME3. Besides its well known issues of being unreliable, the only folks who might benefit are those who live in the Del vicinity. There is so much of direct connectivity from many of the ME3 to many local airports in Indi...

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by CaliguyNYC
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India sees bookings to US double after laptop ban
Replies: 52
Views: 9261

Re: Air India sees bookings to US double after laptop ban

The bilateral may have hurt AI, but the average Indian probably is better off with cheaper access to foreign travel, as well as the benefits of increased tourism and business. For all the griping about subsidies and whatnot, there's no denying that geography helps the ME3. If a flight from Mumbai t...

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by CaliguyNYC
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Lease B787-9
Replies: 90
Views: 17120

Re: Air India to Lease B787-9

IAH has Star Alliance connection, but the Indian community in DFW is far larger and growing far faster as is ties with India. Its a wash. Personally I think AI in Texas is a bad idea and that DFW or IAH to DEL would be failures assuming profit is an issue. I think saying Dallas is way bigger is a s...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India sees bookings to US double after laptop ban
Replies: 52
Views: 9261

Re: Air India sees bookings to US double after laptop ban

I knew this was going to happen (at least with US-India traffic). My 70 year old mom just refused to fly EY on her trip back from BOM (I was getting a great J class fare). She refused to check in her IPAD (its an old first gen one) saying she had jewelry stolen in checked baggage 4 years ago. So no ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Lease B787-9
Replies: 90
Views: 17120

Re: Air India to Lease B787-9

I dont know why people say BOM-EWR is a loss maker but JFK-DEL does well. No way that is true. NJ has see a huge increase in Indian immigrants while NY is more or less stagnant with immigrants who came from India in the 80's as well as Caribbean Indians (that show as Indian but have very little conn...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 10957

Re: India Aviation Thread - April 2017

Air India BHX-DEL stats 2016. Credit: the UK CAA The UK CAA figures have been out for a while and I have been waiting for the full year punctuality stats to obtain the load factor but I have given up and used the individually monthly figures. 2016 140338 passengers compared to 130092 in 2015. Numbe...

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Start Delhi to Washington DC non stop from July 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 21599

Re: Air India to Start Delhi to Washington DC non stop from July 2017

[/quote] Fundamental challenge that AI had was mismanagement and political interference in pretty much everything they did. Since 2014 with new government in place, the 2nd factor is cut down ( except the Ahmedabad LHR EWR service). On the first, they have a new CEO who does not come from Airline in...

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by CaliguyNYC
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 411
Views: 41432

Re: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries

as i stated, i did a youtube search for "etihad", and an ad by UA for polaris was the first result. it doesn't mean the US3 will run an all-out ad blitz demonizing the ME3 and stoking fear. all i mean is that they can fine tune their ads so that people searching for US-india flights, for ...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 15356

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

WE finally took of from ATL at 11:15pm. So glad. The one thing that is really crazy is why they didn't use stairs and buses to get pax of the planes that needed gates. Also the AA section of T terminal was empty. Why couldn't DL have used those gates. Surely the gates can be used in emergencies by a...

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by CaliguyNYC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 15356

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

Stuck in ATL. They keep making announcements that no flights are leaving. Seems to be a total ground stop. Pretty amazing. Even the screens showing connections are down. The gate agents have very little info.

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by CaliguyNYC
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to increase to daily flight on SFO-DEL
Replies: 58
Views: 11465

Re: Air India to increase to daily flight on SFO-DEL

The India-US market is not price sensitive in the stricketest sense (say like Canada 10 years ago where people would fly unknown airlines to save money). On both sides I would hardly call the demo bottom feeders - on the US side, indians are one of the most affluent ethnic groups; and on India the o...

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