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Air India moves to Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Delhi Singapore route

With an eye on the lucrative Australia transit traffic that plies on the Delhi-Singapore-Australia network, Air India has introduced the Boeing 787 on the Delhi-Singapore route. Air India is upgrading the service with the double-aisle Dreamliner and increasing passenger capacity compared to the single-aisle Airbus 319 now. The Dreamliner will carry 18 business class passengers and 238 economy class passengers besides much increased cargo and baggage carrying capacity. This capacity addition with the code share with Singapore Airlines is definitely going to bode well for the beleaguered airline. With the impending entry to Star Alliance, these moves by Air India is a clear indication that the airline is trying to align itself with its partner airlines and thereby make sure profitability on the routes that…

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Air Asia to discontinue flights to Europe and India

Malaysian long haul carrier Air Asia X has planned to scrap its unprofitable routes to Europe and India. The carrier that is planning to list itself in the near future independently from its low cost pioneer parent Air Asia, is ceasing operations to Mumbai from January 2012, while services to New Delhi, London and Paris will cease in March 2012. The airline is citing weak European economy/reduced demand, continued high fuel prices and high airport and government taxes including 1 Jan 2012 carbon tax as the reasons for discontinuation of its services. London and Paris were the only European destinations that the low carrier was flying and this effectively puts an end to its ambitions to fly to those sectors unless the current European crisis…

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