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Airbus A380 and Emirates, what the future holds?

The future of Airbus A380, the flagship model of the plane manufacturer from Europe hangs in balance. The only two factors justifying the jumbo are the need for transporting more people out of busy slot constrained airports such as Beijing and Heathrow and the Middle East airline giant, Emirates. The A380 super jumbo is lagging in sales and yet to make a profit for Airbus, hence the frame maker is not very keen on bringing in the neo version of the plane which has long been demanded by Emirates, the biggest customer of the aircraft with 140 of those birds on order. The airline has repeatedly said that it needs more of these jumbo to satisfy its need of moving more people around the world…

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Etihad in talks to up stake in Jet Airways to 49%

Jet Airways are once again in news for the reasons related to Etihad. As per the report in Economic Times earlier today, the airline will be issuing convertible bonds worth $300-$400 million to pare down a part of its $1.7bn pile of debt. The transaction is expected to be finalized soon and would be potentially handing out Etihad a right to convert to up to 49% stake in the airline which is the maximum allowed stake for foreign airlines in the Indian carriers. It’s no secret that Etihad acquired the 24% stake in the beleaguered airline only to tap easily into the lucrative Indian passenger market and technically turn Jet into a feeder airline for its hub at Abu Dhabi. The strategy dubbed as the…

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Air India losing senior Dreamliner pilots

In what could be termed as a big setback to Air India’s international plans, at least 8 Senior Boeing Dreamliner pilots have either left or are serving their notice period. Given that the airline is pushing ahead with managing its international operation on the back of the 27 Boeing 787s it has on order, losing senior pilots at this critical juncture can prove to be an expensive disaster. The pilots seem to be headed for greener pastures at Spicejet which has recently bounced back after its own fair share of troubles and given it operates a Boeing fleet the pilots make a good fit. Another reason for he pilots choice is attributed to the move of Mr SP Puri who was earlier with Air India,…

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50% miles back on JPMiles redemption with Jet Airways

Jet Airways is running a new promotion whereby you can get 50% of JPMiles back on each redemption made on flights operated by Jet Airways. For availing this offer you need to redeem your award on jetairways.com between July 15, 2015 to September 30, 2015 and travel between July 15, 2015 to September 30, 2015. The 50% returned miles will be credited into your account in about 3 – 4 weeks post your travel. The redemption is only valid for flights within India and does not apply on cabin upgrades. In case a member falls short of the JPMiles required for the award ticket on a particular sector, the member will need to purchase additional JPMiles on jetairways.com at INR 1.25 / mile (excluding taxes).…

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What does DGCA report reveal about state of India based airlines?

India based airlines can rarely be classified as truly low-cost carriers (LCC) and this is due to a mixture of the following facts: Government policy which does not allow spilt up pricing of each part such as baggage and other add-ons similar to what the Ryanair’s and Air Asia’s of the world do. Lack of availability or permission to use secondary airports where airport charges are a fraction of the big airports. It is due to continued policy paralysis that hasn’t allowed development of new airports in decades and has disallowed any up-gradation of other airfields that could be used by such carriers. Instead the government has always played catch up by using airstrips meant for defence use which results in further congestion and lack…

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Indigo named in the Most Innovative companies list

Ever since I took my first flight with Indigo in August of 2006, I have been charmed by their efficiency and how they have been very using their innovative solutions to ensure consistent profitability in the chaotic Indian aviation sector. Recognizing this fact IndiGo has been named on the Most Innovative companies list by FastCompany ranked in 9th place. IndiGo has been at the forefront of innovation bringing in concepts like efficient fleet management and operational efficiencies which have yielded them excellent results and have also become the defining norms for every airline intending to operate in the Indian travel space which has traditionally been the fiefdom of mismanaged airlines like Air India, Kingfisher and Jet Airways. Now bear in mind that IndiGo isn’t like…

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Jet Airways offering 3X JPMiles and 20% off at Hilton in South East Asia and India

Jet Airways is offering a promotion via which you can earn 3X JPMiles with a weekend stay at any participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio in South East Asia and India. For stays within India,  you are also entitled to 20% off on weekends, including complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, you can find all the deals here. For availing this offer you would need to first register here and then select Jet Airways as your preferred double dip partner. You can select your double dip partner as follows: Login to your HHonors account. Click “Edit Profile”. Click “Edit Preferences”. Choose “MyWay Earning Style”, and select “Points & Miles Earning Style”. Click “Preferred Travel Partner”. Select Jet Airways as your preferred travel partner, and enter your JetPrivilege account…

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