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by VTCIE
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

People cry foul when LH sends a tiny little A319 to Pune without IFE or charging ports. Then it is certainly the prerogative of a ULCC to provide a marginally better passenger experience. While 6E cannot be expected to give streaming IFE à la SG, it can offer things like a pillow and blanket, one ch...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

IndiGo announces Daily Non stop Bengaluru-Gorakhpur flights wef 07/01/2019. 6E-131 BLR 0940 1215 GOP 6E-132 GOP 1305 1540 BLR Quite aggressive huh !! But looking at Fares of GOP-DEL, I see some really good numbers with average fares being above 3000 for next 1 month for this 1 hour flight... Lets s...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35773

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

I flew Euroatlantic 767 BUD-JFK it is horrible. Plane is ran down, extremly dirty. Seats not reclineable, PTV did not work. I have sent complain for LOT Budapest office and to LOT Warsaw. No answer. Made lots of photos. The hungarian crew told us the loadfactor is doing pretty well on the new fligh...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35773

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

I flew Euroatlantic 767 BUD-JFK it is horrible. Plane is ran down, extremly dirty. Seats not reclineable, PTV did not work. I have sent complain for LOT Budapest office and to LOT Warsaw. No answer. Made lots of photos. The hungarian crew told us the loadfactor is doing pretty well on the new fligh...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Goa have no flights to ASEAN?
Replies: 7
Views: 980

Re: Why does Goa have no flights to ASEAN?

Furthermore, plenty of Russian carriers (scheduled and charter), as well as European holiday airlines like BY, fly to GOI, as does QR from DOH. Which, then, is GOI's biggest international market?

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24071

Re: Official: CZ to exit SkyTeam

MF belongs to CZ and MF belongs to MU. So technically there are just 2 carriers in Mainland, but I agree, 2 is still too much. You mean FM belongs to MU. Still, I don't agree with the vast majority of the posters on this thread. I don't know why people feel CX will veto CZ from joining Oneworld. Th...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24071

Re: Official: CZ to exit SkyTeam

SkyTeam had too many Mainland carriers already: CZ, MU and MF, not to forget FM. They failed to add too much value to the alliance, not to mention that alliances themselves have plateaued in importance. If Oneworld does manage to allow room for both CZ and CX, it can take a stranglehold on the Pear...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Tatas are looking to exit from Air Asia India https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/tata-sons-wants-to-fly-out-of-joint-venture-with-airasia/articleshow/66644872.cms This probably means the end of the Indian dream for ...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24071

Re: Official: CZ to exit SkyTeam

This is not really a surprise, but still an interesting development. This got me thinking, when was the last addition to ST, OW or Star Alliance? In 2014: Air India joined Star Alliance, Sri Lankan joined Oneworld and Garuda Indonesia joined SkyTeam. After 2014, no airline has joined these alliance...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

1. Generally speaking, how is MLE as a destination among Indian holidaymakers compared to MRU and SEZ? Will the spate of new G8 flights from BOM, DEL and BLR (not to mention 6E) increase the popularity of MLE among Indian travellers? 2. MLE is generally known as an über-luxurious honeymoon destinati...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24071

Re: Official: CZ to exit SkyTeam

SkyTeam had too many Mainland carriers already: CZ, MU and MF, not to forget FM. They failed to add too much value to the alliance, not to mention that alliances themselves have plateaued in importance. If Oneworld does manage to allow room for both CZ and CX, it can take a stranglehold on the Pearl...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Looking at Georgia's history of mistreating Indian travellers, I sincerely wish the worst luck to this route. Georgia doesn't deserve our tourism rupees. could be the intermediate stop to LGW. Why not choose GYD instead. After all, LH has gone that way. Or perhaps Bucharest. Another leaf out of LH'...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Air India had plans to start NBO and MRU in Africa, and back in 2015, the Mauritian Minister of Tourism announced that Jet Airways would soon launch flights to Mauritius, which has really good business ties with India, and a large number of passengers due to tourism, both inbound and outbound. Air ...

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by VTCIE
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Kenya Airways will resume Delhi service from next year. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/with-an-eye-on-traffic-kenya-airways-mulls-resuming-flights-to-new-delhi-118090500883_1.html Idhar* 9W refuses to serve Africa. ADD, CAI, NBO, DAR, JNB, SEZ, MRU: nothing! *On this side ...

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by VTCIE
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Kenya Airways will resume Delhi service from next year. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/with-an-eye-on-traffic-kenya-airways-mulls-resuming-flights-to-new-delhi-118090500883_1.html Idhar* 9W refuses to serve Africa. ADD, CAI, NBO, DAR, JNB, SEZ, MRU: nothing! *On this side ...

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by VTCIE
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

sand26391 wrote:
Well.. well... well!

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Do they mean Surat Thani, Thailand?

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

As an erstwhile Benglurean, I'm happy that some progress is happening in this regard: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/hal-in-talks-with-bial-to-re-open-old-bengaluru-airport/articleshow/66478543.cms Though the article doesn't specify a timeline, I'm hoping for this to happen soon...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Now let's see what kind of slots they are given . China has a record of not offering proper slots to Indian carriers . Maybe this time China knows that to increase bilateral between the two countries is only possible if it's fully utilised from both sides. Earlier India was generous on that front a...

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by VTCIE
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline monopoly in a country?
Replies: 10
Views: 1177

Re: Airline monopoly in a country?

Do you think Qatar can launch a second airline like Oman did with SalamAir?

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by VTCIE
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any country where no airline operates the A320 family (or) 737 family? Reasons why?
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Re: Is there any country where no airline operates the A320 family (or) 737 family? Reasons why?

North Korea comes immediately to mind. The title says that either A320s or 737s specifically (not all Airbuses or all Boeings) should be operated in that country, but not both, and not neither. Speaking of which, while South Africa doesn't qualify under this category, it is a very interesting contr...

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by VTCIE
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline monopoly in a country?
Replies: 10
Views: 1177

Airline monopoly in a country?

The best examples of airlines with no competition from their country are Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Any others you can think of? And does Icelandair count, now that it is going to buy WOW Air, or is there anything else in Iceland worth speaking of?

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by VTCIE
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any country where no airline operates the A320 family (or) 737 family? Reasons why?
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Is there any country where no airline operates the A320 family (or) 737 family? Reasons why?

There are some countries where there are no 737 operators (like the Philippines), or no A32x operators (like the Netherlands). Bangladesh and Finland take it to an extreme, where not a single airline operates Airbus and Boeing respectively (then again, Finland effectively has just AY). Is there any ...

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by VTCIE
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any country where domestic flying is carried out entirely or almost entirely by one manufacturer's aircraft?
Replies: 21
Views: 2961

Re: Is there any country where domestic flying is carried out entirely or almost entirely by one manufacturer's aircraft

I would have put the Netherlands on this list, with KLM's AMS-RTM flight (E190), but then realised Corendon flies GRQ-MST with a 738. Speaking of which, Airbus has been a spectacular failure with Dutch airlines, far more than with Japanese airlines (JAL will have A350s in its fleet this time next ye...

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by VTCIE
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

In other news, Ural Airlines is launching daily service between DME and BOM. This is a big win, though I wonder how prosperous this route will be considering it's 7+ hours on a narrowbody. Eugh. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281372/ural-airlines-adds-moscow-mumbai-service-in-s19...

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by VTCIE
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wobbly Winter '17/18 (7): Vistara's amazing Business Class! (UK778 CCU-DEL A320 Jan '18, pics & video TR)
Replies: 7
Views: 6774

Re: Wobbly Winter '17/18 (7): Vistara's amazing Business Class! (UK778 CCU-DEL A320 Jan '18, pics & video TR)

Hope you see Dobby again, I have a Dobby of my own (though she is a dachshund). Glad to see that SIA is rubbing off on Vistara. Looking forward to more great trip reports! Love to see your TRs, and it seems UK has really upped its business game. I can't wait to see their 787 product. And may your b...

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cobalt Air has it's licence back
Replies: 6
Views: 2126

Re: Cobalt Air has it's licence back

I kid you not:

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Perhaps it's because I'm in Singapore now?

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by VTCIE
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cobalt Air has it's licence back
Replies: 6
Views: 2126

Re: Cobalt Air has it's licence back

Cyprus authorities have decided to grant Cobalt it's licence back with a time frame for them to renegotiate with investors. It was reported a day before their closure that they had a lot of interest from European investors, namely from France & Spain. The article also mentions how VS stepped in...

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by VTCIE
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

It seems MLE and HKT flights seem to be launched only from the big 3 private airports, BLR, BOM and DEL (and COK), whereas MAA, which is much closer to HKT, is cold-shouldered. Why?

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lufthansa Monopolising Europe?
Replies: 44
Views: 8009

Re: Lufthansa Monopolising Europe

CZ is China Southern Airways, I'm assuming you meant CSA Czech Airlines whose code is OK. The right airline but the wrong name. It's China Southern Airlines, NOT China Southern Airways. In fact the great majority (over 80%) of Chinese airlines contain the word 'Airlines' in their name. CA is the bi...

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 350
Views: 33673

Re: Arabian aviation thread - 2018

EK retired its last non-ER 777-300, A6-EMX, on Saturday after flights to MAA and AMM (how's that for (a)symmetry?). It was a regular at MAA (along with other 773s), operating the morning flight.

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by VTCIE
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594281

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Not to take away the focus from this sad situation; but is this a record from delivery to crash for any airline and/or aircraft made? Nah. If I recall correctly, an A340-600 was destroyed on ground by the crew receiving it brand new from Airbus at Toulouse. It was some middle eastern airline. They ...

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by VTCIE
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594281

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

R.I.P. to all on board. This is a massive setback for Lion Air as it was looking to improve its honestly disastrous safety record.

With the exception of the LaMia flight, no aviation disaster in recent times has had any survivors, and unfortunately this is likely to be the case.

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by VTCIE
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A6-AOS/ Air Arabia New Livery (Pic)
Replies: 5
Views: 2011

Re: A6-AOS/ Air Arabia New Livery (Pic)

It is an excellent update. Its Emirati rival flydubai and other LCCs in the region (Jazeera, SalamAir and flynas) all have sharp, head-turning liveries, and I'm happy to see G9 up its game.

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by VTCIE
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern possibly adding Xian-Madrid flights starting this Winter 2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1924

Re: China Eastern possibly adding Xian-Madrid flights starting this Winter 2018

FRA, IST and AMS (passenger) should be next for XIY. Given that PRG (a smaller city) is there, BRU, OSL or ZRH might work. PRG is a "smaller city" but it is a huge destination for Asian tourists. If XIY and CAN are confirmed for MAD, I guess the next most probable destinations would be Ch...

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by VTCIE
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 joined by other Middle Eastern carriers
Replies: 29
Views: 3937

Re: ME3 joined by other Middle Eastern carriers

I have always considered an ME2+1 (the +1 being TK), without Etihad, since it started spiralling down in 2017. My take on this: EK and QR: the giants. EK has always been the leader. Despite the blockade, QR continues its aggressive expansion in Asia and elsewhere. SV: a huge fleet, close to QR (184 ...

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by VTCIE
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern possibly adding Xian-Madrid flights starting this Winter 2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1924

Re: China Eastern possibly adding Xian-Madrid flights starting this Winter 2018

From XIY alone the European destinations are:
MU: SVO, LED, PRG and now MAD
GS: LHR
HU: CDG, FCO
AY: HEL
Y8 (cargo): AMS

FRA, IST and AMS (passenger) should be next for XIY. Given that PRG (a smaller city) is there, BRU, OSL or ZRH might work.

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Subtle differences in the same livery. Examples and why?
Replies: 42
Views: 7319

Re: Subtle differences in the same livery. Examples and why?

GA's A330s have their titles in the centre of the fuselage, but all other aircraft have them at the front of the aircraft.

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Finally, Drukair is GAU's only international airline, and PBH, GAU and SIN its only international destinations. Guwahati is the gateway to the Northeast, and it surely deserves better – at least a DXB flight on 6E or perhaps FZ. PBH, GAU and SIN are not Drukair's only international destinations, ra...

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

How does Air Deccan use the code DN? Norwegian Air Argentina also uses DN. How is this allowed?

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by VTCIE
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current status of EK's 777 fleet?
Replies: 33
Views: 5542

Re: 15 Emirates 777-300ERs in storage - older & newer frames

A6-EMX (the last 773) will be on its way out this Saturday. It has been flying exclusively to KHI and MAA for the past few weeks. EK545 (the MAA-DXB morning flight) will be the last flight. This makes EK an officially 3-type airline: A388, 77L and 77W. Note that while EK545 was almost exclusively fl...

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by VTCIE
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

It's not just SIN. Many Gulf airports, and above all DXB, hold this distinction. A large number of SIN flights come from the three big international airports in Tamil Nadu: MAA, TRZ and IXM (only time can tell when CJB will get a SIN flight), as Tamils form a huge diaspora in Singapore (Tamil is on...

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by VTCIE
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 2425
Views: 160595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Incidentally singapore with 18 different cities connected could soon become the 4th or 5th most connected city to Indian airport pairs .more than many of the big Indian airports ... wait for it to sink in ? Gauhati just got connected via druk air .vijaywada and Pune start in the next 4 weeks. It's ...

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by VTCIE
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Singapore to MAAtherland and Back: 6E A320(S) and AI 788, Sept.-Oct. 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 6405

Singapore to MAAtherland and Back: 6E A320(S) and AI 788, Sept.-Oct. 2018

This being my first post on the forum, the TR is a work in progress. The FR24 screenshots and IndiGo magazine pictures are yet to be uploaded. **** Personal background There seem to be two kinds of Indian members on this forum. One type discusses the latest failures of the two airlines apparently f...

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