Category Archives: Aviation

AI to operate from Terminal 2 at London Heathrow

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Air India at London Heathrow is operating from Terminal-2 instead of Terminal 4, starting January 25, 2017, according to a communication from Air India to the travel industry. Terminal 2 is the designated Star Alliance Terminal at London Heathrow, which Air India will be sharing with 25 other Star Carriers. Air India will be operating out of Zone D. Terminal 2 has self-service Kiosk check-in for economy class passengers followed by bag drop. The check-in kiosk and bag drop will be shared with other airlines in Zone-D. Although, for Premium passenger, Air India will have dedicated counters.In view of self-service kiosk check-in at Ter-2, passenger may be encouraged to use web check-in, mobile check-in, advanced seat reservations etc. to have a smooth check-in experience at T-2.

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IndiGo announces 10 additional frequencies, adds 125th A320

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Indigo’s new schedule, will see 10 additional frequencies connecting Hyderabad to Goa, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam. The airline also took delivery of its 13th Airbus A-320 Neo ‘VT–ITH’ aircraft. With this aircraft, the airline now has a 125 aircraft fleet in its 125th month of operation. Aditya Ghosh, President and whole-time Director, IndiGo, said, “The delivery of the 125th aircraft in the 125th month of our operation is indeed a landmark occasion for us. It reinforces our commitment towards the industry and living our promise of providing the best flying experience to our passengers. The entire IndiGo team has worked extremely hard to reach where we are today and we are raring to go. Here’s wishing each of you a wonderful 2017.” The new schedule has connections from Hyderabad to Goa, Coimbatore, Bhubaneshwar an Visakhapatnam.

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Jet scales up capacity on domestic & international routes

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Jet Airways will deploy its higher seating capacity aircraft – 254-seater Airbus A330 in place of the existing Boeing 737- on two domestic and two international routes from January 2017 in order to cater to the growing passenger demand. While the wide-body service between Mumbai-Chennai-Mumbai is slated to begin from January 15, the airline will commence its Mumbai-Jeddah-Mumbai and Mumbai-Bangalore-Mumbai services from January 16 and the Mumbai-Kuwait-Mumbai service is scheduled to start from January 18. “The introduction of wide-body services on our key domestic routes allows Jet Airways to scale up capacity in response to increase in demand. The A330 aircraft is designed with a spacious cabin, greater leg-room, lie-flat beds in premiere,” said, Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways. The rolling out of the wide body aircraft with its two-cabin configuration of 18 seats in premiere (business) and 236 in economy class will also increase capacity on the key routes by as much as 50 per cent. Source: India Today

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Air India offers incentives for corporate travel

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Air India reiterated their support for the MICE segment and informed that as part of Star Alliance, the Corporate Plus program is offered to organisations where business travel takes place on a regular basis. The program aims to simplify logistics, save both money and administration time. The information was imparted by Pankaj Srivastava, Director – Commercial, Air India, in response to a question at the PATA India Chapter and Ministry of Tourism’s Update and Outlook meeting. Srivastava elaborated, “We have always been very supportive of the MICE segment and have rolled out several corporate services and incentives. Ever since we started flying to Vienna in April 2016, we have already done about two weddings and five conferences. MICE is an important sector for us since a major part of travel is for business and we will continue to extend our support for it.”

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Cathay Pacific to codeshare with Air Canada

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Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have finalised a strategic co-operation agreement that will enhance travel services for Cathay Pacific customers when travelling within Canada and for Air Canada customers travelling via Hong Kong to Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Cathay Pacific and Air Canada customers will be able to book travel to their final destination on a single ticket with through-checked bags as well as enjoy reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits. Tickets will go on sale from 12 January 2017 for travel beginning 19 January 2017. Travellers on both Cathay Pacific customers will be able to book travel on Air Canada flights connecting with Cathay Pacific’s up to three daily flights to Vancouver and up to two daily services to Toronto from Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific will place its code on Air Canada flights to all major cities across Canada including Winnipeg, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Halifax and St. Johns. Air Canada will offer codeshare services to an additional eight cities in Southeast Asia on flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon connecting with Air Canada’s double daily services to Hong Kong from Toronto and Vancouver. Air Canada will place its code on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights to Manila, Cebu, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. When travelling on these services, members of Cathay Pacific’s travel and lifestyle rewards program, Asia Miles, and Air Canada’s loyalty program, Aeroplan, will be eligible to earn and redeem miles on the above mentioned codeshare routes. Cathay Pacific currently operates double daily flights to Vancouver from Hong Kong using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. From 28 …

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Via.com ties up with Capital Float for collateral-free loans

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Capital Float, Bengaluru-based digital lending platform to SMEs in India, has announced a partnership with Via.com to unveil its ‘VIA Loan Mela’. This loan festival, targeted at 5,000 travel agents across India, will provide them access to working capital finance across five cities in the country. This initiative aims at driving the adoption of Capital Float’s collateral-free product ‘Pay Later’, which will provide agents the necessary working capital support needed to scale up their operations and reach new customers. This festival was organised in Mumbai, Delhi and Faridabad in December and Kolkata and Hyderabad in November, targeting the travel agent community in these cities. ‘Pay Later’, a credit product designed by Capital Float, enables travel agents to make multiple drawdowns from a pre-determined credit facility, increasing their accessibility to instant finance. This revolving credit product can be accessed using Capital Float’s mobile app, which is available for download on the Play Store and the App Store. Agents can conveniently make payments to the principal using this app. Interest is charged on the drawdowns only and not the entire credit facility. Gaurav Hinduja, Co-Founder, Capital Float, said, “The revenue in the tourism industry fluctuates seasonally. During peak seasons, many travel agents from tier II and tier III cities have insufficient working capital to undertake bulk bookings. Through this, we aim to provide travel agents across India with more funds at their disposal to increase their booking capacity and revenue. Our Pay Later product helps small and medium-scale travel agents significantly increase their booking capacity and earn higher income.”

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Changi Airport Terminal 4 to open in 2017

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Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced (16-Dec-2016) the completion of construction for its new passenger terminal building, Terminal 4 (T4). Having achieved the temporary occupancy permit for T4 during Dec-2016, marking the completion of the construction phase, the next stage of development will be focused on its interior fittings, as well as preparing it for operations. The terminal is scheduled to open in 2H2017. Construction work on the new terminal, located at the southern end of Changi Airport, commenced in early 2014. In addition to the two-storey passenger terminal building, the construction involved the development of two multi-storey car parks providing 1700 parking spaces, a two-storey taxi holding area, as well as three vehicular and pedestrian bridges spanning across Airport Boulevard to create new channels of access to T4. A 68m ramp control tower has also been constructed to enhance air traffic controllers’ management of aircraft movements in the apron and taxiways around the terminal. Completed in under three years, the T4 project involved over 4000 workers at the peak of its construction works. Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s Executive Vice President, Air Hub Development, said “The past three years have been an intense and exciting journey for CAG and our project partners. We worked closely with the architects and contractors to ensure that the development works were carried out according to plan, and witnessed the transition of our vision from architectural blueprints to fruition. We thank all our partners and contractors for their contributions towards the successful completion of the terminal’s construction, while achieving a clean safety record of 26.1 million accident-free man hours. For the next phase, we look forward to working with the airport community to prepare the terminal …

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Emirates touches down in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida

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Emirates launched its 11th destination in the United States with the start of a daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. A VIP delegation and a contingent of international media were aboard the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from North America, the Far East, the Middle East, South Asia, the Asian subcontinent and Africa. Fort Lauderdale is Emirates’ second destination in Florida, after launching Orlando more than a year ago. The new service, operated by a GE-powered Boeing 777, marks the first scheduled commercial service from the Middle East to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport serving the South Florida area of Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. “Our new daily service to Fort Lauderdale will significantly enhance South Florida’s commercial and cultural connections. Emirates is proud to connect people across the globe and today’s inaugural flight illustrates the reach of our global network and the potential tourism and trade opportunities of our daily service,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West. “The launch of this historic route will allow us to offer Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying to and from South Florida to our home in Dubai and onwards to more than 150 global destinations.” “FLL is proud to welcome Emirates, one of the world’s premiere airlines to Broward County. This new service to Dubai, and ultimately to the rest of the world, will provide our community with tremendous business and travel opportunities. With an estimated annual economic impact to our region of more than $100 million and approximately one thousand new jobs as a direct and indirect result of Emirates arrival, we are confident this new service …

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Jet launches direct daily between Bengaluru-Colombo from Jan 5

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Jet Airways has announced the launch of a daily direct flight from Bengaluru to Colombo with effect from January 5, 2017. With this new connection, Bengaluru will be the second Indian city after Mumbai to be linked to Colombo and Jet Airways’ third daily service to the Sri Lankan capital. Jet will offer added connection for travellers between South Indian cities and Colombo via Bengaluru. Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said “Jet Airways is delighted to launch a direct service between Bengaluru and Colombo. With increasing economic activity between India and Sri Lanka, Jet Airways realised the gap in the connectivity and plugged it with this direct connection. Guests between these two destinations will be offered the best in-flight product and service excellence.”

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First Delhi to Bhatinda flight takes off along with new airport

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Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched the first flight from Delhi to Bathinda and inaugurated the Bathinda airport in Virk Kalan village on December 12. Among other dignitaries present were AAI chairman Guru Prasad Mohapatra, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and other BJP leaders. Raju said that the new terminal and the flight connectivity will not only boost passenger travel but also be a multiplier for the overall economic growth of the region. The New Civil Air Terminal is spread in 1200 sq. mtrs.  The terminal has been constructed at a total cost of Rs. 25 crores.  The terminal is equipped to handle 100 passengers (50 Departure + 50 Arrival) with modern passenger facilities such as two (2) Check-in-counters, one (1) Security Check X-Ray Machine, one (1) Arrival Baggage Conveyor Belt, one (1) Reserved VIP Lounge with Car Parking and Apron for two (2) ATR-72-600 type aircraft.

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