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Old May 9th, 2009, 01:45 AM   #21
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I love the exterior design on the windows on the modern Air India livery!!! It looks so good!
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I think the new Air India livery is better on the 777s, A330s and A320s... The 747 is a little bit bare.
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Kingfisher struggles to keep flying, government steps in

Civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday said he would talk to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to get financially-troubled Kingfisher Airlines assistance from banks.

The minister is also talking to state governments to reduce sales tax on aviation fuel, Ravi told TV channel Times Now.

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Shares of the cash-strapped carrier slumped 18% to a life low on Friday as the airline continued to cancel flights and newspapers reported leasing companies were planning to take planes back and pilots were leaving.

Meanwhile, facing serious financial turbulence, Kingfisher Airlines has sought government help for a bailout even as it continued its flight curtailment spree for the fifth consecutive day today and its stocks plummeted by over 19% to an all-time low but recovered slightly later.

The seriousness of the crisis was underlined by the urgent request Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya made to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and civil aviation inister Vayalar Ravi to help Kingfisher in infusion of funds through banks at low interest rates, besides other concessions in line with what Air India was getting, sources said.

However, there was no official word immediately on whether any step was being taken on Mallya's request made earlier this week. Some 50 pilots and cabin crew did not turn up for duty by reporting sick as over 40 flights were cancelled across its network on Friday.

Innumerable passengers across the country cancelled Kingfisher flight tickets to travel by other airlines, though after paying 20-40 per cent higher at the last moment.

The airline, which had earlier said it would restore its flights after October 19, has now indicated that it would take a few more weeks to normalise the flight schedule, that would go into the peak winter season air traffic.

Apart from taking aircraft off flights to reconfigure and install business class seats in them, airline CEO Sanjay Agarwal told PTI, "We decided to reduce frequency in some of the routes where we had multiple flights like Delhi-Mumbai or low passenger load like Nanded-Mysore."

This exercise was part of route rationalisation to improve profitability and revenue productivity of the flights, he said.

Asked whether they had responded to the show-cause notice issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Agarwal said, "We are in close touch with them. We are explaining to them that these cancellations are temporary in nature. We are keeping them informed."

DGCA has issued the notice under Rule 140(A) of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, asking Kingfisher why it had not taken the regulator's prior approval to curtail its flight schedules as required by this rule. It has also sought to know whether the airline had taken any step to facilitate the passengers inconvenienced by the cancellations.

Meanwhile, all the oil PSUs -- HPCL, IOC and BPCL -- have denied extending credit line to the liquor baron Mallya-owned airline and asked it to pay for lifting jet fuel on a daily basis.

The airline has suffered a loss of Rs 1,027 crore in 2010-11 and has a mounting debt of Rs 7057.08 crore. To questions on alleged exodus of pilots and cabin crew from the airline, Agarwal, "There is a process of natural attrition. Pilots and other staff come and go. If you put the number of pilots who have left in over 7-8 months, it could be 100.

"This has not happened all of a sudden as is being projected. Not a single Kingfisher flight has been cancelled due to shortage of crew as is being reported. We have over 650 pilots on our rolls now," the airline CEO maintained.

Industry sources said the lessors of Kingfisher's leased turboprop ATR aircraft fleet have put the airline on notice and want urgent payments for the lease.

The cash-strapped carrier also has unpaid dues to the operators of airports and other agencies, which have also been putting pressure on it to expedite payment.

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Old November 14th, 2011, 01:46 AM   #31
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More troubles for Kingfisher.

Kingfisher cuts 40 daily flights

Kingfisher Airlines has cut 40 of its most unprofitable daily services as it seeks to stem rising costs and declining yields.

CEO Sanjay Aggarwal said it will now operate 300 daily flights to 54 cities and its fleet configurations have been dropped from seven to three.

The airline didn't stipulate which routes have been culled, but the bulk are believed to be domestic routes between the key Indian cities, along with four flights to Bangkok.

Passengers booked on the dropped services have been offered full refunds or the option of being rebooked on Kingfisher or other airlines.

The lengthy statement contained some interesting comments, some of which may only serve to fuel speculation about the airline's future.

"Kingfisher has credit terms of payment arrangements with all its vendors which we are complying with...Kingfisher has not made any bail out request to the government...there has been a few days delay for the last 2-3 months in payment of employment salaries."

Aggarwal signed off saying Kingfisher does not see any risk to its future or long term viability.

"The whole Indian aviation industry is struggling due to high costs and lower yields," he said.

For more information, visit flykingfisher.com

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Aneesh Phadnis / Mumbai November 14, 2011, 0:39 IST

Airline to increase full-service flights as Kingfisher curtails operations.

Kingfisher’s pain could be Jet Airways’ gain. The Naresh Goyal-led carrier plans to increase the number of its full-service flights to attract passengers affected by Kingfisher cancellations.

Currently, about 60 per cent of Jet’s domestic flights operate under the Konnect brand, a no-frills service. The airline now plans to increase the share of full-service fights to 50 per cent, says Jet Airways chief executive officer Nikos Kardassis.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #33
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How Lufthansa and British Airways are competing with Emirates on Indian routes

13 October 2011 | As the global economy dynamically changes, all major airlines are focusing on the rapidly growing middle class and business markets of the BRICs and the ‘Next 11’ as a new source of growth. According to Boeing’s latest outlook, these emerging economies will collectively occupy over 60 percent of passenger flows by the year 2030.


Last month we discussed how Emirates is capitalizing on new passenger flows, for example connecting Asia with Africa and with Latin America via its Dubai hub. A good showcase of the challenge that the rise of Emirates is posing to European legacy carriers is India, since the subcontinent is the second largest market for both British Airways (50 weekly flights to 5 destinations in India) and Lufthansa (52 weekly flights to 7 destinations), after the United States. India is also Emirates’ largest operational market with 185 flights a week to 10 destinations. Says Orhan Abbas, vice president India and Nepal at Emirates, “The Indian market is a very important one for us as Indians have overtaken the British as the single largest tourist group on Emirates.” In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Emirates’ revenues from India grew 24 per cent to USD1.7 billion, while traffic grew with 10 per cent.

Emirates’ aggressive approach has resulted in significant market shares on international flight routes from India; the airline currently holds 35 per cent on routes from India to Britain, 40 per cent to France, 20 per cent to Germany, and 31 per cent to New York. The airline’s low prices and large network in India make it an attractive option, and on the popular route between India and North America, Gulf airlines such as Emirates are virtually the only practical option for travellers from second-tier Indian cities. A passenger from New York on the way to, for example, Thiruvananthapuram, has to connect twice when flying via Europe (e.g, at Frankfurt and at Delhi), compared to a single connection at Dubai. Besides the large number of Indians working in the Gulf states, “one of the reasons for Emirates’ success is that so many Indians love transiting via Dubai,’’ says Madhav Oza of Blue Star Travels, one of the biggest travel consolidators in Mumbai. “The shopping, easy visas and simply the familiarity with the city often makes them choose it over colder and more congested European hubs like Frankfurt, Paris or Brussels,” he says.


As part of its strategy to become a truly global-oriented airline, Emirates has built an extensive ‘soft’ infrastructure in-flight, catering to diverse passengers tastes with cabin crew from 130 different nationalities, local food and entertainment. In 2009, Emirates introduced a major revamp of its onboard product to meet regional preferences of India’s diverse populace. For example, on all routes the airline offers passengers the choice of two Indian and one Western dish in all classes. In-flight entertainment providess route-specific boarding music, reading material, and Emirates’ IFE system contains a large selection of programmes and music in varied Indian languages. The airline also introduced local cabin crew on its Indian flights, and as part of the program, over 10,000 crew members received a specially-produced DVD titled ‘Journey through India’ containing an introduction to the country, its diverse customs, and guidelines for interaction with passengers from different Indian states.

Lufthansa, British Airways

In order to retain traffic to and from India, European carriers such as Lufthansa and British Airways are emphasizing their direct routes to Europe, as well as their vast trans-atlantic network (many Indians travel between India and North America). “India is a strategic market for Lufthansa and we foresee tremendous growth coming from this region,” says Lufthansa’s Director South Asia, Axel Hilgers. Lufthansa and BA have also been introducing localized services onboard to cater to Indian passengers and compete on the ‘soft elements’ of the passenger experience as well. In-flight service
Lufthansa employs around 200 cabin crew members from India, who speak the language and are familiar with local customs. According to Werner Heesen, former director South Asia at Lufthansa, research showed that Germans and Indians have different behaviour patterns, be it gestures, vocabulary or softer skills. “We would like our non-Indian crew to know these mannerisms. For example, offering water is one of the basic norms of Indian hospitality. In the West, this doesn’t happen. Also, if the demand of a passenger can’t be met in the West, he’s simply told so. In the East, it would be first explained why the demand can’t be met; there’s a reluctance to say ‘no’ on the face.” British Airways’s international cabin crew from India wear a traditional uniform, designed by leading Indian designer Rohit Bal. Additionally, British Airways cabin crew can converse in more than three languages on India routes, i.e. a typical member from Delhi would be able to converse in Hindi, English and Punjabi.

In-flight dining

Lufthansa serves indian meals in Economy Class and has teamed with Indian chefs from The Leela, a chain of luxury hotels in India, to serve Indian dishes in its premium cabins. The german carrier also offers all passengers a choice of chai (spiced Indian tea) as well as Assam teas, and Asian vegetarian and Hindu meals can be booked preflight. Lufthansa says it also makes sure that cabin crew is aware of local customs. For example, whisky is always served with water, whiletea and coffee are served extra hot. British Airways in 2008 changed the standard two meal options in Economy – beef and pork – with fish pie and chicken to respond to religious restrictions from the Hindu and Muslim communities.

In-flight entertainment

While Bollywood cinema has become par-for-course on the India routes of many major airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways are unique among European airlines in their regional entertainment offerings. Both airlines provide the option of music and movies in both Hindi and Tamil, aimed at their North and South Indian routes, respectively.


Lufthansa has also been particularly active in creating marketing initiatives aimed at Indian consumers, tapping into the three great passions in India, food, festivals and cricket. In 2010, the airline organized a fantasy cricket league, while its ‘Flavours of India’ contest asked online users to share their personal Indian food recipes. Another recent campaign is Lufthansa’s A380 Park & Fly game, a set up of large LED screens at malls in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru that lets shoppers taxi an A380 into a hangar using their own cell phone. A specific target group for both Lufthansa and BA are Indian students that study overseas. BA allows Indian students travelling abroad to check an extra piece of luggage, while Lufthansa has created a microsite aimed at helping students wanting to go abroad. Competition
The growth of India’s middle class and businesses, the large Indian diaspora (over 30 million Indians live abroad), and the financial issues that Indian international carriers such as Air India and Kingfisher continue to face, make the subcontinent an attractive market for international airlines. However, with Emirates’ relentless growth and distinct competitive advantages (low cost structure, Dubai hub, flights to eight of India’s second tier cities), the challenges are mounting on all carriers targeting the Indian market. The competition between Emirates and established airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways for Indian travellers is a good example of how airlines, besides their network, are wooing a new and much more diverse passenger base. Special thanks to Vivek Mayasandra for co-writing this article
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They're trying to convey a message that Kingfisher will not go under, but I really wonder whether the government has the appetite to bail them out after Air India.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:11 AM   #35
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Investment hope for Indian airlines

Shares of India’s ailing airlines rose sharply on Wednesday after a government panel recommended that foreign carriers such as British Airways and Singapore Airlines should be allowed to take a stake of up to 49 per cent in local operators.
The entry of foreign airlines, which are currently not allowed to make any investments in India, could provide a vital lifeline to the country’s cash-strapped carriers, analysts said.

“This is good news [for Indian airlines] as they desperately need the cash,” said Sharan Lillaney, an aviation analyst at Angel Broking. “It would be an absolute game changer for Indian carriers.”
Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Kingfisher, the country’s three listed airlines, lost more than 60 per cent of their market value last year as they struggled to cope with rising fuel prices and a severe price war set in motion by state-run Air India.

However, on Wednesday shares in Jet Airways, the country’s largest carrier by market share, and SpiceJet, the only low-cost operator listed in India, both jumped more than 10 per cent after the news. Meanwhile, Kingfisher, the most critically indebted airline in the country, rose more than 7 per cent.

Although it could take more than a year before the recommendation is transformed into legislation, analysts and industry experts said that they were confident that the ruling Congress government would eventually push the reform through.

The panel decision comes after India’s cabinet recently approved two key reforms – the opening up of its retail sector and equity market to foreign investors – highlighting the government’s eagerness to liberalise the economy. Both reforms were first put forward as recommendations similar to the one issued on Wednesday for the aviation sector.

BA, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are among a number of airlines that have often been rumoured as potentially interested in entering India’s fast growing market, where passenger traffic grew nearly 20 per cent last year. To cope with the rising number of passengers, at least 12 new airports are currently under development.

Indian airlines have long been urging the government to open the industry to foreign airlines. However, some analysts fear that the government’s move to open the industry might have come a little too late to save the industry, in particular Kingfisher, which is in critical condition.
Jasdeep Walia, an aviation analyst at Kotak Mahindra, a Mumbai-based bank, said that the industry’s tough operating environment and the poor state of Indian airlines would deter foreign operators from buying a stake in a domestic carrier.

“It would be madness, they [foreign airlines] would be burning money, this is not the time to invest into the Indian market,” said Mr Walia.
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Oneworld Alliance defers Kingfisher's entry

New Delhi: The joining of Kingfisher Airlines into the global airline grouping "Oneworld Alliance" was put on hold on Friday due to the financial crisis faced by the Vijay Mallya owned carrier.

The development came a day after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) suspended Kingfisher Airlines from its Geneva-based clearing house (ICH) due to non-payment of dues to airline members.

"Kingfisher Airlines and Oneworld today agreed to put the Airlines entry into the alliance on hold to give it time to strengthen its fiancial position," a joint statement issued in Washington said tonight.

Kingfisher was slated to formally join the alliance on February 10.

"These are turbulent times for the arirline industry in India and in many other parts of the world. We have been working closely with Kingfisher over the past months and it has become increasingly clear recently that the airline needs more time to resolve the financial issues it is confronting before it can be welcomed into Oneworld," the alliance CEO Bruce Ashby said in a statement.

He said the airline would be inducted on a "new joining date once it is through with this current period of turbulence."

Mallya said that in view of "many priorities centred around Kingfisher's recapitalisation efforts, we felt it prudent to defer our entry into the alliance for a little while."
"This would allow the ariline to focus on the issues at hand," he said, adding, "We look forward to being part of the alliance very shortly."

Kingfisher Airlines slid from a net loss of Rs 263 crore in the first quarter of 2011-12 (FY12) to a net loss of Rs 469 crore in the 2nd quarter of the fiscal. DGCA has also asked the airline to redouble its recapitalisation efforts and ensure that safety parameters are not compromised at any cost.
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Just curious why airlines have to pay dues to IATA? For what purpose, how is that money spent?
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It's not looking good for Kingfisher.
Debt crisis takes India's Kingfisher to the brink

NEW DELHI, Feb 21 (Reuters) - India's debt-crippled Kingfisher Airlines Ltd stood on the brink of collapse on Tuesday after nearly a week of flight cancellations and the resignation of dozens of its pilots.

Vijay Mallya, the flamboyant liquor baron who owns a majority stake in Kingfisher, said he was determined to keep the airline flying and blamed a cash crunch on the tax authorities which have frozen its bank accounts over outstanding dues.

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Kingfisher Airlines has to be saved: Veerappa Moily

New Delhi: Amid criticism from all quarters, beleaguered airline Kingfisher's promoter Vijay Mallya on Tuesday got some sympathy from Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily who came out in his support saying the carrier "has to be saved".

Moily, who was speaking on the sidelines of an Assocham event here, said Mallya has met him as both of them hail from Karnataka and that he should work out a strategy acceptable to the Finance Ministry.

On giving bailout to the carrier, Moily said: "As the Corporate Affairs Minister, we want corporate bodies to build and come up and not wound up... Something has to be done. He (Mallya) has to work out a strategy... The entrepreneur has to take proactive measures so that is acceptable to banks and others".

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Kingfisher Airlines Cuts More Flights

MUMBAI—Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. said Tuesday some of the holders of its debentures converted a portion of their holdings into shares, while the aviation regulator said the airline has cut more flights.

The news sent the stock of India's third-biggest carrier by market share tumbling nearly 20%, though it eventually closed up 0.8% on bargain hunting.

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Indian govt bailing out a private carrier with taxpayers money is a horrendous idea. Though I would love to see Kingfisher back in service. It is one of the very good airlines
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I wonder if those strander pax will ever drink his beer again ?

Bottom line is they're not making money, going under is a normal part of any business envirement.
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