Category Archives: Aviation

Jet appoints Jayaraj Shanmugam as new CCO


Jet Airways has announced the appointment of Jayaraj Shanmugam as its new Chief Commercial Officer. Since joining Jet Airways’ in mid-2015 as Sr. Vice President of Products & Services, Shanmugam has been instrumental in sharpening the organisation’s focus towards delivering superior guest engagement experience together with a host of outstanding, innovative initiatives. He will now be responsible for leading Jet Airways’ commercial teams to maximise revenue streams and use its market reach, people capabilities and brand appeal to accelerate the airline’s reputation for service excellence and efficiency. Specifically, his responsibilities will cover areas of product enhancement, guest services, passenger and cargo sales, marketing as well as corporate communications. He will also oversee other critical functions such as airport and in-flight services, catering, revenue management, cabin crew and e-commerce.

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IndiGo joins hand with Travelport


IndiGo has entered into a strategic partnership with Travelport. Through this tie up with Travelport, IndiGo will place its fares, ancillary products and offers into the Travel Commerce Platform.  Aditya Ghosh, President & Whole Time Director, IndiGo said: “This arrangement with Travelport will allow us to reach new customers, both at home and overseas, in a cost effective manner without incurring the traditional costs associated with participating in global distribution platforms using old style industry mechanisms and instead, enabling our real time connectivity to the GDS platform via an XML API link.”

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Thailand doubles VoA fee to 2,000 baht


Starting from September 27, 2016, Thailand, by the order of Ministry of Interior, will increase its VoA fee from 1,000 to 2,000 THB. Tourists from 19 countries including India, Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are entitled to apply for VoA at 42 designated immigration checkpoints, which will allow tourists to stay in the country for up to 15 days.

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Jet Airways launches in-flight entertainment (IFE)


Jet Airways’ in-flight entertainment service JetScreen, will now be available on domestic flights. Over 220 hours of video and audio content can be enjoyed by Jet Airways’ guests directly on their mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Gaurang Shetty, Whole-time Director, Jet Airways, said: “Streaming of content on personal devices has become extremely popular globally, and we are confident that this initiative, will appeal to all our guests especially the millennials who prefer to access content on the move.”

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Vistara launches suite of ancillary products


Vistara has launched a suite of ancillary products and services to enhance the travel experience and product options at attractive discounted prices. The suite of products include e-coupon books, class upgrades, lounge pass, excess baggage. Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Vistara, said “We are pleased to launch this suite of ancillary products and services that are designed to offer customers more choices at attractive rates, and that can be purchased with the click of a button. This is the first wave of several more ancillary products and services that are in the pipeline, to be launched in the coming weeks to offer customers even more options to enhance their experience as they Fly the New Feeling.”

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India’s 1st heliport in Delhi


Pawan Hans is all set to develop the first heliport in the country in Rohini, Delhi, and it will be done within a month, reveals B. P. Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director. Speaking at an event today, he said, “Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, governance has taken a lead and we are bringing up the first heliport of the country in Rohini, Delhi. It will be ready in a month’s time for the use of people of the people in Delhi and its neighbouring states. And the policy also promotes to bring similar hubs.”

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