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Flights to more US cities soon

NEW DELHI, JAN 5: In an effort to liberalise air services between India and the US, civil aviation minister Praful Patel will be flying to that country for talks scheduled for January 13-15.

“While there is no restriction on passenger load between the two countries, a restriction exists on points of call, i.e., number of destinations,” an official explains. The aim of the talk is thus to connect more cities.

As per the existing arrangement, Air-India is permitted to operate 26 flights per week to four cities in the US - Chicago, New York, Newark and Los Angeles. On the other hand, Delta Airlines is permitted to operate seven flights per week to Chennai and Mumbai.

Air-India has identified the need for non-stop operations to the US and is tailoring its fleet acquisition accordingly. Services to San Francisco, Washington and Houston (also Toronto in Canada) have been planned in a phased manner.

The India-US talks come in the wake of a significant increase in international air traffic — passenger as well as cargo — to and from India during the period May-November 2004.

Last year, long-pending civil aviation issues between India and UK - the biggest market for Air-India - were resolved through negotiations. Consequently, entitlements for operation of air services will be more than doubled this year.

Each airline will be entitled to operate 40 services per week by winter 2005. UK carriers have also been granted access to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cochin besides the four metro destinations, and Indian carriers to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol in addition to London, Manchester and Birmingham.

On the India-Australia sector, entitlement will be enhanced for both sides from 2,100 to 6,500 seats per week over the next two years. Australian carriers will also get access to Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.


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With long haul routes in mind both Jet Airways and Sahara are looking at widebody aircraft to operate on routes such as to London and the US. Jet Airways seems to be considering the Airbus A340-300 and Boeing 777-200 while Air Sahara is also considering the A340 and B777 in addition to the Airbus A310.


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Indus Airways to launch low-cost operations by April
Start-up budget airline -- Indus Airways -- will begin operations in north India by April with five 50-seater Embraer planes.

Indus will initially connect the national capital with cities like Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla and Kangra. It plans to keep operational costs low by hiring ex-employees of Air India (AI) and offer fares about 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than those by legacy, full-service airlines.

''We had submitted a proposal to the government on April 22 last year,'' said Indus chairman Brig Kapil Mohan. ''A high-level committee of the civil aviation ministry approved it last month. Now we are awaiting a no-objection certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).'' Brig Mohan is also managing director of Mohan Meakin Limited, one of the top breweries famous for its brand Old Monk rum. But he has invested in his personal capacity and Mohan Meakin has nothing to do with the airline venture.

Other promoters include Mr Krishan Gopal Beri, a Mohannagar-based businessman, and non-resident Indians Parminder Lakhanpal and Baldev Seth.

Indus is taking five Embraer aircraft RJ-145 on lease cum purchase basis. ''We should have 20 planes in coming months,'' Brig Mohan said adding the company's initial investment totals Rs 15 crore.
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Bangladesh private airline eyes more flights to India

Taking advantage of India's liberalised aviation policy, a private carrier from Bangladesh is looking to increasing its operations to the country.

The move by GMG Airlines Ltd follows India's offer to foreign airlines of unlimited flight frequency during the peak tourism season from November to March.

GMG Airlines, which currently operates two weekly flights on the Dhaka-Kolkata route, will begin daily flights on the sector from February 18, a company official told IANS on Tuesday.

"Though the Indian offer would end on March 31, we are in touch with civil aviation regulators in Bangladesh and India to continue the increased flight frequencies beyond March," the official said.

He said the consultative committee meeting between civil aviation regulators from Bangladesh and India, likely next month, could pave the way for GMG flying to more Indian cities.

GMG would seek permission at the meeting for more flights to Kolkata and for expanding operations to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, he said.

The airline will also begin operations on the Dhaka-Colombo sector soon with Sri Lanka accepting GMG as the designated carrier of Bangladesh replacing the national carrier Biman, which prefers not to operate flights to the island nation.

The official said Bangladesh and Nepal too were likely to revise the air services agreement next month, enabling GMG to fly to the Himalayan kingdom's capital Kathmandu.

Starting domestic operations in 1998, GMG made its international debut last year by launching flights from Bangladesh's southern port city of Chittagong to Kolkata in September and on the Dhaka-Kolkata route in December.


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Air-India to add 3 US destinations
The Maharaja is on a roll.
AI has decided to add 3 more destinations in the US to the four it is presently flying. AI director Jitendra Bhargava said the airline was planning to link Mumbai-Delhi with San Francisco, Houston and Washington in the next 12 months by taking more aircraft on lease, pending the fleet expansion proposal.,0002.htm


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According to rumors circulating around management in Air India they have been approached by Star Alliance carriers (Esp. LH with whom they have a strategic partnership) to join the alliance.

They are also being pressured to comply with certain requirements such as cutting travel agent commissions, setting up of consolidator agencies to sell tickets, altering their routes etc..


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Well with massive route expansions from Indian based Airlines on the cards after ASEAN, UK and NYC the EU finally gets added to the list.

An interesting point is about the 5th freedom rights.

Indian airlines have also been allowed fifth freedom rights to operate flights to New York and four other points in the US via France. Similar connectivity to Montreal and Toronto in Canada has also been cleared, according to civil aviation ministry sources.

Connectivity between India and France is set to improve as the revised agreement allows for 35 flights per week between India and France as compared to 14 earlier.


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There is an advertisement in the Herald Tribune today on page 3 placed by Indian Airlines stating that they are looking for "dry lease of upto twelve A330/A340/A310-300/B767 (ER versions only)/B777 aircraft. The deliveries of aircraft should be available between July 2005 and Ocotber 2006 for a lease period of 5 years and/or 3 years extendable by 2 years. Offers from agents or brokers will not be entertained."
Should be interesting to see what happens. Anybody think that they will have long haul operations up and running by July/August of this year. Seems kind of odd that they would place an add like that in a newspaper. You'd think they would know of more direct channels to go through. Anybody have any further information/speculation regarding their long haul future?


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Indian Airlines set to bid for UK landing
New Delhi, March 7: State-run Indian Airlines has decided to apply for the rights to fly five times a week to Gatwick.
The airline has agreed to hire wide-bodied aircraft after civil aviation minister Praful Patel indicated that the absence of such planes is holding up the airline’s plan to fly to Europe.
now hunt begins for any remaining widebodies..


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IA set to roll out intercontinental flights from July
IA is actively scouting for a dozen aircraft like Boeing 777/767 (extended range) and Airbus 330-200/340 to introduce flights to a string of points, including Sydney and Hong Kong, Jeddah and Riyadh and Birmingham, Manchester and Gatwick.
Towards next summer, it proposes to connect the Big-Apple which thanks to the Open Skies with India will have no restrictions on flights or ports of call from Indian carriers.,curpg-1.cms

Bin mal gespannt ob der englische Markt alle Inder verträgt.
Ist nach meiner Berechnung rund eine Verdopplung der Gesamtkapazität UK - Indien binnen 12 Monate. Auch BMI, Air India, British, Virgin, Jet Airways und Air Sahara haben bzw. wollen die Kapazitäten zwischen Indien und U.K. aufstocken. Warum geht nach Deutschland diesbezüglich so wenig???
Haben wir wegen der Verkehrsrechte wieder mal kräftig geschlafen??? ;)
Wird der deutsche Markt für die Lufthansa so künstlich geschützt???


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Air India yesterday inaugurated the first direct service from Hyderabad to Chicago. The airline will operate the route twice a week with a Boeing 747-400 departing on Wednesday mornings via Mumbai and Frankfurt and Friday mornings via Mumbai and London Heathrow.


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Virgin keen on more flights to India

March 31, 2005 19:24 IST

After the formal announcement of three flights a week from London to Mumbai, Virgin Atlantic Airways is now hoping it would get more flights to India during the next round of bilateral talks between the British and Indian governments early next month.

"We are hoping to make the service to Mumbai daily and add Bangalore, Hyderabad or Ahmedabad and Amritsar if given additional slots," Virgin chairman Richard Branson told a crowded media conference in Mumbai on Thursday.

"It will be better if there is open skies between the two countries so that some of the new entrants like Jet and Sahara can operate to more destinations in Britain and British carriers to India, which will benefit the customer as it would lead to lower fares," he said.

Asked if he is looking for investment in other sectors also, Branson said he is "having discussions" in the telecom sector but declined to elaborate.

"I use the airline as a bridge to various countries and possibly look at more businesses," he said.

The flamboyant chairman, dressed in 'kurta pyjama' said clear rules are necessary for investment in India as he is interested in "looking at financial services, health, music industry and, maybe, films too with the Virgin brand."

The operation of low cost airline depends on the quality, reliability and service, he said and cited the success of his budget airline Jet Blue in Australia.

On the over 500 seater Airbus A380 in which he plans casinos, gymnasium, double bedrooms, Branson said he may consider it to operate on the India route.


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Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL) announced Wednesday plans for daily nonstop flights between India's capital New Delhi and New York, beginning Nov. 1.

A Continental Airlines statement said the decision is pending government approval.

The statement added thatflying nonstop will cut the travel time between the two destinations by two hours.

The airline plans to operate the 283-seat Boeing 777 on the route.

India's air traffic to foreign destinations is growing rapidly, helped by a fast-growing economy.

A quick Google search found this press release, issued in India, announcing the service:


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Jet Airways of India will launch daily scheduled service between Mumbai and London Heathrow from 23 May 2005.

The flights will be operated by Airbus 340-300 aircraft on lease from South African Airways and will operate on the following schedule.

9W 118 BOM d1145 LHR a1655 (Mo)
9W 118 BOM d1230 LHR a1740 (Th)
9W 118 BOM d1320 LHR a1830 (ex. Mo/Th)

9W 117 LHR d2125 BOM a1050+1 (daily)


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AI to start flights from Kolkatta to London it looks like June 4th is start date

AI151 Kolkatta London 0935 1555 Tuesday

AI151 Kolkatta London 1345 2005 Thursday

AI151 Kolkatta London 1355 2015 Saturday

AI150 London Kolkatta 2230 1250 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Flights to be operated by B777


Äähm mal ne blöde Frage: Warum verleast SAA einfach mal so drei ihrer (fast) nagelneuen A340-300, haben die aufeinmal bemerkt, dass sie gar nicht so viele A340-300 benötigen?


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Kingfisher Airlines gets Govt nod to start operations

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, May 4, 2005

Private Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines on Wednesday got the crucial operational permit from the Civil Aviation Ministry, recognising it as a scheduled carrier and enabling it to launch flights from Monday next.

"This is the final approval we wanted. Our summer schedule has also been approved. The first flight of Kingfisher will start at 6.05 am from Mumbai for Delhi," Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya said.

The airline later plans to launch three flights a week between Mumbai and Bangalore and three more between Delhi and the Karnataka capital.

The airline took delivery of the first of its four A-320 aircraft late last month from Airbus Industries on lease.

It has also placed firm orders for ten airbus A-320s, plus 20 more with purchase option. It has also ordered three A319s -- for which deliveries begin in September and December respectively. The entire project is estimated at US dollars 1.8 billion.

With the planned deliveries, the new private carrier plans to have a fleet of 12 aircraft by January next year.

Mallya, who owns the UB Group known for its liquor business, has claimed the Kingfisher Airlines would have a brand based on quality and reliability, besides "unparalleled in-flight experience".


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Air-India flights to Toronto after eight years
Web posted at: 5/10/2005 6:35:51
Source ::: IANS
New Delhi: India's flag carrier Air-India yesterday said it will launch three flights a week from Delhi to Birmingham and Toronto via Amritsar starting May 15. The latest service marks commencement of services to Toronto after eight years, the airline said in a statement here.

The flights will be operated with state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire Boeing 777-222 ER aircraft on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto route will provide the people of Punjab "direct and convenient services to Birmingham, the heartland of industrial and economic activity in the UK, and to Toronto", the airline said.


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Jet Airways plans to launch flights to secondary UK airports
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London: Private carrier Jet Airways, which is launching its Mumbai-London flight on May 23, is looking at operating to secondary airports in the UK to mount direct services in the future.

"We have started studies on secondary airports like Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick to operate direct services from Indian destinations," the airline's General Manager (UK and Ireland) Dan Brewin said a day after Air India launched its Amritsar-Birmingham flight.

In case the private carrier decided to launch services to these destinations, there would be no problem on the issue of bilateral air traffic rights, but "this can be done only when we acquire more aircraft".

Brewin also did not rule out operating to Glasgow and Belfast, where there is a significant Indian population, at a later stage. Jet Airways, which would launch its London service with wide-bodied Airbus A340-300E, is likely to acquire six B737-800 aircraft to its fleet over the next two quarters for domestic operations.

The airline currently has 14 B737-800 aircraft in its total fleet of 42. For its services to London and New York, it has leased three Airbus A340-300 aircraft from South African Airways, besides two Boeing 737-800 aircraft specifically for its South East Asia operations. In view of the growing demand from travellers in the UK, Brewin said the London call centre of the airline would be shifted to India in the near future and linked with the vast domestic call centre.