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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #601
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Kingfisher Airlines of India, founded by industrialist Vijay Mallya, would soon be making its first landing in the UAE, in line with launching its international operations in September this year.

The Bangaluru-based airline would begin its global services with the United Kingdom and San Francisco launches next month.

Plans are afoot to begin services to the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives, over the next three months, according to a report in Flight International. Kingfisher is expected to launch up to 15 overseas routes over the next three months, the report said.

At the UK's Farnborough International Airshow last month, Mallya had said Kingfisher would start the launch of its international services on September 3, 2008, with an India-UK direct service.

"Gulf is definitely one of the destinations we are looking at but it is too early to reveal details. We should have something to announce soon," Kingfisher Airlines' spokesman, Prakash Mirpuri, told Emirates Business.

With this, Kingfisher would become the second Indian carrier, after Jet Airways, to launch operations in the UAE this year. Privately held Jet Airways is set to launch its flights to Dubai starting August 23, four months after it started Abu Dhabi flights. Jet Airways would be launching two daily flights from Dubai, one each to Mumbai and Delhi.

Industry observers, on the other hand, are sceptical about Kingfisher Airlines launching its Gulf operations this year. "It is highly improbable that Kingfisher would launch Gulf flights this year. Gulf is not on its immediate radar. So it is possible that it would launch Gulf routes sometime mid-next year," said an industry observer, adding that Kingfisher is currently focused on launching its services to London and San Francisco.

Kingfisher Airlines' move follows its merger with budget carrier, Air Deccan, which completes five years of service on August 26, 2008, enabling Kingfisher to embark on international routes. Under Indian aviation rules, carriers must operate for five years in the domestic market before they can start global services. Kingfisher's own operations are only three years old. According to the Flight International report, Kingfisher Airlines is planning to redeploy several of its 51 Airbus A320s, all of which are in two-class configuration, from domestic to short-haul international flights.

The report added that Kingfisher has taken delivery of its first batch of wide-bodies and plans to begin serving its first international destination, London Heathrow, at the end of August or beginning of September. Mallya had unveiled Kingfisher's first Airbus A330-200 and new long-haul in-flight product at the Farnborough air show last month.

The carrier will also take deliveries by October of five A330s and five A340-500s, both in two-class configuration. Kingfisher also has firm orders for five Airbus A380 superjumbos with an option for an additional five.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 08:28 AM   #602
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I'm kind of surprised that places like Munich, where I doubt there's many Indians are getting daily direct flights to India. I bet it's all catering to Indian-American customers.

I think there's a lot of potential for India-U.S. direct flights. I'd like to see direct flights from Detroit to New Delhi in the next 5 years.
Its probably catering to Germans working in India. Probably high percentage of business travel.
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UAE airline to operate direct flights from Jaipur, Kolkata

CHENNAI: The United Arab Emirates national airline Etihad airways would start operating direct flights to Abu Dhabi from Jaipur and Kolkata, from next year. The Indian government had given permission for the airlines to operate flights from these destina tions, its CEO James Hogan told a press conference here on Thursday. “After working out the logistics we will announce the exact dates of the launch,” he said.

The airlines had also sought the permission of the Centre to operate flights from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore and Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi as part of its expansion plan, he said. Once connected to Kolkata and Jaipur, Etihad would have doubled its Indian destinations to eight, ever since it commenced services to Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi last year, before adding New Delhi and the commercial capital of Mumbai.

“We have started operating flights from Chennai and Kozhikode from August 1 this year and the inbound passenger load factor was about 80 to 85 per cent”, Hogan said.

On India's contribution to its total revenue, Mr Hogan parried the question and said “it's an important and significant contribution. We are not big players in India. Once we establish our presence, we will able to put some numbers, perhaps after 24 mon ths''. - PTI
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Old August 17th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #604
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New Delhi, Aug 17: Nordic carrier Finnair, which has been rapidly expanding network in the East, particularly India, has named a new director to anchor growth in the Indian sub-continent where the airline operates 13 flights a week.

Kari Stolbow, who started Finnair's services in Beijing and Latvia, was responsible for the airline's Global Tour Operation sales prior to his India assignment.

The airline operates a daily flight between Helsinki-New Delhi and is expected to make Helsinki-Mumbai service daily by the next summer, by when it would look at expanding to more Indian cities, sources in the airline said, pointing to the upcoming review of bilateral air services agreement between India and Finland by the next month.

Any increase in capacity will complement trade between the two countries that grew by 31.54 percent in 2007, to euro 645.09 million. Nearly 100 Finnish companies have presence in India, including big names like Nokia, Kone Elevators, Elcoteq Wartsila Diesel and Ahlstrom.

Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 6.5 percent in July, while the airline's Asian traffic grew by 12 percent compared with the same period of the previous year. Number of passengers carried on Finnair's Asian flights in July was 125,666, which is 12.5 percent more than a year-ago.

Increase in Asian cargo traffic was 19.7 percent in July, while volume in European traffic decreased by 10 percent, the airline said in a statement.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:11 AM   #606
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Delhi airport runway is Asia’s longest
Friday , August 22 , 2008
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New Delhi, Aug. 21: Asia’s longest runway is now at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

Built at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore and inaugurated today, the runway will double the airport’s capacity (peak hour) to 70 landings and take-offs. The airport is expected to handle about 1400-1500 flights a day once this runway becomes operational later this month.

Completed more than six months ahead of schedule, the 75-metre-wide facility is capable of handling new generation large aircraft such as the Airbus A380. Carriers such as Emirates, British Airways and Air France are expected to ply the A380 here ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

“The runway and a planned terminal will form India’s new gateway to the world when it welcomes participants and guests for the Commonwealth Games,” Kiran Kumar Grandhi, business chairman — airports, GMR Group said. GMR is the head of a consortium that runs the airport.

A survey by the Airports Authority of India said that an estimated 30 to 35 million passengers a year would use the airport by 2010 up from 23 million passengers in 2007.

Problems such as low visibility in winter because of foggy conditions, which have dogged airlines for decades, may also get solved airport officials said.

“The runway like the one next to it is equipped with CAT IIIB Instrument Landing System at both ends allowing aircraft fitted with compatible instrument to land even when the visibility is as low as 50 metres,” said Arun Arora, vice-president with the airport operator.

Besides, an advanced surface movement guidance system has been deployed to track the movement of the aircraft along the runway, said Arora.

Inaugurating the runway, civil aviation minister Praful Patel said construction activities to modernise and expand the Calcutta and Chennai airports by the Airports Authority of India would begin by the end of next month.

“Physical construction (at these two airports) should begin by the end of September,” he said.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #607
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Next wave of Airbus orders from India in 2011-2012

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European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, expects the next wave of aircraft orders from India around 2011-2012, Business Line reported.

As the international freighter market grows, Airbus is looking to capture a greater segment of it.

Airbus believes that as Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines compete in the international arena they will require larger fleets.

Both Boeing and Airbus had predicted that India would require about 1,000 additional aircraft over the next 20 years.
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India to be key R&D centre for Airbus A350 XWB

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Designing work for the A350 is the next project for the Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI), the company’s high-tech aircraft component manufacturing facility in Bangalore, which started functioning in April last year.

“The A350 is the next big project for us. The engineers at the facility are currently working on the development of tools to design the aircraft,” said Kiran Rao, president, Airbus India.

“We will soon get the software for analysing the stress and strain on aeroplanes. We are working on the structural analysis of the aircraft among other things,” he added.

Rao said Airbus was recruiting engineers for the work every month. The Centre has 35 engineers and the number is supposed to grow to 300 in the next four years.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body), the new and improved version of the A350, has been built to take on the Boeing 777 family and some of the models of the Boeing 787.

The aircraft has a wider fuselage, which makes it possible for it to accommodate nine people in every row.

“We have already sold (which means received orders) 480 A350s, out of which 15 to 20 are being bought by Kingfisher,” said Rao. The aircraft will be put into service from 2013.

Airbus has been looking at various ways to use India for both component manufacture as well as leverage its research and development potential. The first manufacturing agreement was with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in 1998 to make doors for the A320.

“More than half the doors for the Airbus 320 are produced in Bangalore. And as we increase the production of A320s to 40 aircraft a month, which is the largest number of civil aircraft ever produced per month in the aviation industry history, more than 20 sets of doors will be produced in Bangalore every month,” said Rao.

Earlier, Airbus had outsourced its engineering projects to other Indian companies like Infosys, which participated in the designing of the A380s, HCL and other companies like CADES, Satyam and Quest.

Airbus rival Boeing has also been striking deals in India. These include a 10-year agreement with HAL to get $1 billion worth of business in the aviation space, a contract to the Tatas to make floor beams.
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cross posting from the Indian thread. You can see the new runway and T3 under construction.

about 2 month old pics.







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two more pictures, thanks to vm2827.

Terminal T3 of the IGI Airport, New Delhi



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Flight delayed? AI to bring out the bubbly, food platter
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MUMBAI: If you are on an Air India flight and there is a delay, count on the cabin crew to soothe your frayed nerves. If you are in India, the cabin crew will serve you food and if you are in a foreign station, except of course the Middle East, then you can now ask for a peg of your favourite tipple, even when your aircraft is on ground.

"Even during a delay, most of the times, food and liquor service begin only after the aircraft has reached its cruising altitude and the seat belt sign has been switched off. The move is bound to be received well by passengers and it will be good for us too as hungry stomachs get aggressive," said a senior cabin crew member, adding that it makes economic sense for the airline too to serve food during a delay.

"Caterers don't take back loaded food crates and if the delay stretches to 4-5 hours, food can go bad, especially during summer months. So it makes sense to serve passengers on board though the aircraft is not flying," he adds.

When the aircraft is on ground the auxiliary power unit (APU) provides electricity to run the air-conditioners etc. APUs are not as powerful and with the doors of the aircraft open too, the temperature inside the cabin is higher than what it is when in air and food turns bad fast on the tarmac. What would also be needed though is an extra load of say, sandwiches, pastries, depending on whether the flight duration exceeds "stomach time".

"Stomach time is five hours. It means passengers don't feel hungry for up to five hours after a proper meal. So on a short Mumbai-Dubai flight, extra food would not be needed but on a 10-hour Mumbai-London flight it would be necessary," he adds.

The practice, till now, was that if the delay was prolonged, the passengers were fed food in the terminal building. The proposal to serve food inside the aircraft was mooted in August 2007, but it was signed and formalised only last week as one of the clauses in a wage cum productivity agreement signed between the Air India Cabin Crew Association and the airline management.

"As per the agreement, a service allowance of Rs 500 per month will be paid to cabin crew for serving food/liquor to passengers on ground during flight delays," said an airline source. However, alcohol (due to customs regulations on imported items) will not be served on Indian soil and in airports in the Middle East (due to religious restrictions). But if the delayed flight is in, say New York or London, Frankfurt, Tokyo etc passengers can expect that flute of bubbly.

An Air India spokesperson confirmed the move. "We have decided to serve food/liquor on ground in keeping with standard industry practices," the spokesperson said.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #611
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In short

* travel time of 25 minutes to Shamshabad
* DLF submitted intial survey or report
* INCAP currently reading the report
* work will start once reading is done
* budget of 5000 crores
* track total length of 42.352 KM
* 6.2 Km underground
* 22 KM elevated
* 4 KM along existing "indian railways" track. railways has accepted the proposal
* underground proposed to by-pass land acquisition problems

cross posting from Hyderabad projects thread. Essentially, they are building a rail and road link to the new Airport, which will cut the travel time o and from the airport to less than 25 minutes. This is apart from the Expressway which is already close to completion. The project being implemented under ppp model.
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First Class cabin of a Kingfisher Flight








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Pretty sure the second pic is from Vijay's own jet But the first one looks great, I heard their A340-500 has TWO bars inside.
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Pretty sure the second pic is from Vijay's own jet .
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Credits to RK Ramesh for the Kingfisher Pics and IU for the AI pic. , cross posting from India Sub forum.
































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