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Old June 6th, 2012, 11:13 AM   #3621
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big challenge that.. considering Emirates' size and the amount of cash they are sitting on (not even mentioning govt. support) it wont be easy to build a hub quickly..
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Why Jet Air, SpiceJet want to spread wings in Gulf skies

Jet Airways has just added four additional flights on the Mumbai-Kuwait sector in addition to its existing daily services on the network. The carrier said it wants to expand more in the Gulf region where it already flies to almost all destinations including Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Oman and Bahrain.

Simultaneously, IndiGo which got permission to fly international last year also chose to pick Delhi-Dubai as its maiden international flight and SpiceJet which had applied to the regulator to fly on the same route has just got permission for the same.

Air India which is a veteran on the sector is operating to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai despite its pilots striking work since a month.

Why are all these carriers so bullish on the Gulf sector? Find out

Better yields
*The region is short haul just like any other domestic destination but gives much better returns. For instance, a Mumbai-Dubai or a Delhi- Kuwait flight is around 2.5 hours long, just like any other domestic flight between metro cities, but there is a huge difference in pricing. A Mumbai-Delhi fare will cost you Rs 10,000 maximum for a one-way journey, but in the case of an international flight covering the same distance, the fare will be almost Rs 20,000 as per fare details given on travel portals.

*Revenue driver
"The region accounts for over 30% of international traffic from India and for Air India alone, around 40% (Rs 10,000) revenue come from the Gulf sector," said an AI official.

*High occupancy
"Flights operate on 100% occupancy due to a large number of Indian people working in Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Despite around 15 carriers (including international airlines) are altogether offering 2.5 lakh seats on the sector, yet the space is not cluttered and each airline is trying to increase capacities," says Subhash Goyal, chairman of SITI, a travel services company.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #3623
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Development of airports: Focus to be on tier-II, -III cities

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will invest Rs 67,500 crore over the next two decades to get 400 airports operational in the country.

“We have about 450 airports and airstrips in the country at present, and we want to mobilise as many as possible over this period of time,” Mr G.S. Bawa, General Manager, public relations for AAI, told Business Line, on the sidelines of the Global Investors' Meet 2012 in Bangalore on Wednesday.

According to him, about 125 airports are with the AAI, while 30-35 are civil enclaves. “The rest are all airstrips which need to be mobilised and made operational by 2030,” he said. The target is a steep increase from the current 84 operational airports in the country, he pointed out.

The focus for airport development will be tier-II and tier-III cities, as the “future lies in local hubs”, added Mr Bawa. The AAI will be banking on innovation to generate new traffic in these tier-II and tier-III cities, and he pointed out that while bigger cities become local hubs, smaller destinations will act as sub-hubs. “The model will be decided over a period of time,” he said.

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On the funding of these new airports, he said, “We plan an investment of Rs 67,500 crore, of which Rs 15,000 crore will be the AAI outlay.” AAI is open to getting funding from various investors, and “we are thinking of our own bonds over a period of time. Whatever the gap can be filled through that,” said Mr Bawa.

On the dues that airlines like Kingfisher Airlines owe AAI, he pointed out that all efforts are being made to realise the dues as early as possible.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #3624
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Government sets Rs 2 lakh crore infrastructure investment target

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PM's meeting on targets for Infrastructure
A meeting was held by the Prime Minister on Wednesday to finalise the targets for infrastructure for the year 2012-13. The meeting was attended by the ministers and secretaries of key infrastructure ministries - power, railways, roads, shipping, civil aviation and coal.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the planning commission made a presentation in which he pointed out the detailed process through which these targets were finalised and the high level of ambition they represent. Deputy Chairman then made a presentation highlighting the key targets for each sector.

The Planning Commission proposed a set of targets for these five sectors in consultation with the concerned ministries. This was followed by a second round of meetings in PMO with the principal secretary in which there were significant enhancements in targets in some areas - most notably in ports, civil aviation and railways. Further, keeping in view the direct relation with the Power sector, PMO included the coal sector as well in the target setting exercise.


Highlights of the Targets:


A. Ports:

1. The target for FY 12-13 will consist of a total of 42 projects. These will be for a value of Rs. 14,500 crores and a capacity of 244 MTPA. This is three times what was achieved last year.

2. Two projects for brand new Major Ports will be taken up during the year.

a) These will be in East Coast (Andhra Pradesh) and West Bengal.

b) The total investment will be Rs. 20,500 crores for a capacity of 116 MTPA.

3. The total capacity which will be awarded this year will be 360 MTPA with an investment of Rs. 35,000 crores.


B. Roads:

1. Total Road length to be awarded in FY 12-13 will be 9,500 kms, an increase of 18.7% over last year. The investment will rise by 73.6%.

2. 4,360 kms of roads will be awarded for maintenance under the OMT (Operate, Maintain, Transfer) system for the first time.


C. Civil aviation:

1. Work on Itanagar airport would be commenced by AAI. The total investment on AAI projects will be Rs. 2100 crores.

2. Three new Greenfield Projects will be awarded in FY 13. These will be at Navi Mumbai, Goa and Kannur.

3. New international airports will be declared in 3 or 4 of the following locations this year - Lucknow, Varanasi, Coimbatore, Trichy and Gaya.

4. An airline hub policy would be finalised and Hubs would be operationalised at Delhi and Chennai in FY13.

5. By end-July 2012, additional PPP projects would be finalised for 10-12 existing airports and for 10-12 greenfield airports. These would be awarded during the year.

6. PPP in airport operations would be explored.


D. Railways:

These targets are only for PPP projects. The regular operational and investment targets are known.

1. Dedicated Freight Corridor - PPP for the Sonnagar - Dankuni stretch will be awarded in FY 12-13.

2. Elevated Rail Corridor, Mumbai with a total investment of Rs. 20,000 crores will be awarded in awarded in FY 12-13.

3. The concessions for two locomotive manufacturing units at Madhepura and Marhowra will be awarded.

4. Station redevelopment of 4/ 5 station will be done in PPP mode.

5. Proposal and approach for a High Speed Corridor (Bullet Train) from Mumbai to Ahmedabad will be finalised.


E. Power:

1. The capacity addition target for this year will be 18,000 MW (17,957 MW to be precise) including 2,000 MW to be added by the Kudankulam Atomic Power Project.

2. The power generation target is 930 billion Units, an increase of 6.2%.

3. Ministry of Power is increasingly laying transmission lines with higher voltage (765 KV in place of 400 KV) and consequently of higher transmission capacity per kilometre.


F. Coal:

1. CIL will disptach 470 MT of coal to all sectors, an increase of 8.8%. Of this, it will dispatch 347 MT coal to the power sector in FY 12-13 against 312 MT dispatched last year ( a 11.2% increase).


PM's closing remarks at the meeting

I am very happy that a detailed exercise has been undertaken for finalising targets for the major infrastructure sectors for the year 2012-13. We are all aware of the need to give a major push to these important sectors and today’s exercise is a part of our efforts in that direction. I would like to compliment all those who have been associated with this very important exercise.

After achieving remarkably high growth rates over the past eight years and emerging as the second-fastest growing large economy in the world, we are now running into more turbulent weather. The global economy is passing through difficult times with the Eurozone being the cause of concern all around. There is a flight to safety taking place globally. Then there has been the persistent problem of rising international prices of petroleum and other commodities in the last few years. Domestically, rising demand, along with supply side bottlenecks have contributed to inflationary pressures. All these factors combine to constitute a formidable economic challenge.

In these difficult times, we must do everything possible to revive business and investor sentiment. We must work to create an atmosphere which is conducive to investment and to removing any bottlenecks that may be hurting the growth process. We as a government are committed to taking the necessary measures to reverse the present situation and revive and revitalize India's growth story. We are aware that we have to act on multiple fronts to achieve this and we will indeed do all that is required of us.

I am sure all of us would agree that development of infrastructure would always be an integral part of any viable strategy for faster economic development. In the short term, development of infrastructure will boost investment rates across the economy. In the long run, it will remove the supply constraints that affect economic activity in agriculture, industry and trade. The needs of the infrastructure sector are vast – estimated at over $ 1 trillion in the next five years. The government alone cannot invest such huge amounts and therefore it is important that we involve the private sector in our efforts, through Public Private Partnerships.

The targets that we are setting for ourselves today are certainly ambitious and impressive. They are a significant scale up over earlier performance. For example in roads, we plan to award 9,500 kms of roads for construction this year and over 4,000 kms for maintenance under the new system. In Railways we plan to award work on the Elevated Rail Corridor in Mumbai, two new Loco manufacturing units and the PPP stretch of the Dedicated Freight corridor, in addition to redeveloping 4 or 5 stations through PPP mode. In shipping we have set for ourselves the challenging task of awarding work for two new Major PPP Ports, the first in decades, in addition to capacity addition targets which are three times the targets for the last year.

In civil aviation, work will be awarded on three new Greenfield airports in Navi Mumbai, Goa and Kannur and new international airports at Lucknow, Varanasi, Coimbatore, Trichy and Gaya. Also, two new hubs will be developed in the country making us a destination as well as a transit point. In Power, we plan to add a record 18,000 MW of capacity.

The challenge now is to work together to achieve these targets, and deal with all the bottlenecks that may come in the way. I would urge all the ministries to go the extra mile in implementing what we have planned. I would expect them to very expeditiously resolve any inter-ministerial differences or turf battles that might arise as we move forward.

I am encouraged by your efforts and I am confident that we will deliver. I wish you all the very best and I look forward to reviewing the second and third quarterly progress reports.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #3625
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Air India to receive first 787 'shortly'

A dispute between Air India and Boeing over the delivery of the airline's 787 and compensation over the delays appears close to resolution.

India's civil aviation minister Ajit Singh says that the state-owned carrier will receive the first aircraft "shortly" and that it will initially be deployed on domestic routes.

The flag carrier was due to take its first aircraft last week, but this was delayed because of a dispute over the compensation. Air India, which has 27 787s on order, was initially scheduled to receive the first aircraft in September 2008, although that was pushed back because of delays on the 787 programme.

"Air India will begin to receive the first of its 787 aircraft shortly," Singh said in a press conference on 6 June 2012, although he did not say how the dispute was resolved.

In the first six to eight weeks of service, the aircraft will be used predominantly on domestic routes to "enable faster training", said Singh.

The first long-haul service will be Mumbai-London in August 2012 and the airline will deploy the aircraft to Australia in the August-September timeframe, he added.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #3626
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Old June 9th, 2012, 08:31 AM   #3627
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India will be fastest growing nation for air travel: Airbus

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European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS), on Friday, said India would be the fastest growing country for air travel in the next 10 years as there is enough scope for its economy to develop.

Addressing the Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Bangalore, Airbus (EADS) Vice-President (Sales South Asia Customer Affairs) David Dufrenois said, “As there is an increasing number of middle class opting for air travel, there is huge potential for growth of air travel in India.”Airbus has over 70 per cent market share in India, Dufrenois said. The company has a global order backlog of 4,500 aircraft, he said.

Talking to Deccan Herald, Dufrenois said that going by statistics, it is observed that in the next twenty years, India be flying around 1,068 aircraft. Immense demand and opportuniy is seen in the Indian civil aviation sector.

Airbus VP (International Cooperation - APAC & Middle East) Srinivasan Dwarakanath said the company employs 2,000 Indian workers for its supply chain and that every Airbus 320 family plane is partly made in India.

The company already runs a training facility in the City, which is involved in training aircraft maintenance engineers and also focuses of pilot training.

Airbus would be setting up a new training centre in Delhi NCR by 2013, which, along with the Bangalore facility would be training around 5,000 pilots, maintenance crew Dwarakanath said.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #3628
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Fraport-India is likely to exit GMR-led consortium which runs the Delhi International Airport (DIAL). Fraport, which also runs Frankfurt Airport has invested Rs 240 crore for owning 10% stakes.

According to CNBC-TV18 sources, Fraport 10% equity is locked--in till May 2013 and the company is in talks with GMR over planned exit from DIAL. The company cites policy paralysis in the Indian aviation sector for this decision.

Fraport believes that policies governing the aviation sector in India need to be relooked at and the company did not seem enthused by its experience of airport development in India. The company prefers favourable environment for investors in the sector and has also said that it would prefer different regulatory architecture to promote development in the sector. At the same time, Fraport is not confident whether airport development will take off in India. Of all other issues land acquisition is most critical, it said.

Fraport also thinks that foreign direct investment is very crucial in loss-laden Indian airlines companies as it will help them recoup losses


It may be recalled that in January 2006, the consortium was awarded the concession to operate, manage and develop the IGI Airport following an international competitive bidding process. DIAL entered in to Operations, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) on April 4, 2006 with the AAI. The initial term of the concession is 30 years extendable by a further 30 years.

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Old June 11th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #3629
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IATA attacks government for airport charges hike, delay in infrastructure development

BEIJING: India today came under sharp attack for the recent hike in charges at Delhi airport and major delays in building new airports and strengthening infrastructure, with airlines' body IATA saying this was "clearly unacceptable" and the government should encourage the aviation sector for overall economic growth.

Observing that India's airport regulator AERA allowed a whopping 346 per cent hike in Delhi airport charges, IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said "this is clearly unacceptable".

"The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has to pay 46 per cent of its revenue to the government... This is neither in the interest of the airlines nor of the airport".

Addressing the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) here, Tyler said he would be holding discussions with Indian authorities on this issue soon, expressing hope that "there might be some common ground" which could be found to protect airlines' and consumers' interests.

"Governments often miss the mark with economic regulation of infrastructure supplies... The (airport) regulator in South Africa allowed a 161 per cent increase in airport charges...

"This was outdone by the Indian regulator which allowed a 346 per cent increase in Delhi, making it among the world's most expensive airports," he said.

Both the Indian and the South African airport regulators "failed to protect the public interest", though they followed the prescribed guidelines to allow the massive hike in airport charges and user development fees for passengers.

On aviation infrastructure in India and other parts of the world, Tyler lamented that "Mumbai's much-needed new airport (at Navi Mumbai) will not open as scheduled in 2014 - construction has not even started".

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Old June 12th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #3630
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Indian skies inviting, but no takers for airlines

With a potential air market of hundreds of millions of people, airlines ought to be hammering on India's door - yet global airline executives say it would be madness to invest in a domestic carrier there, even if they were allowed to.

Although India's economy is not the investor darling it was some years ago, the 1.2 billion population includes a sizeable middle class with increasing disposable income and the desire to go places. It's a sprawling nation, trains are packed and their safety record is poor, so the potential for air travel is huge.

But there was little enthusiasm for India at a major airlines summit in Beijing this week.

"Anybody who is looking at India now is going to say it's going to be an extremely difficult proposition. There is a reward, access to a vast market, but the execution of that is the question," Tim Clark, president of Dubai's Emirates Airlines, told Reuters.

"You cannot afford to let civil aviation be a lame duck, not in something the size of India. You will have to find a way to make it work."

A notable absentee at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) meeting was larger than life tycoon Vijay Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines is ensnared in dramatic losses and has been suspended from the group's international settlements systems.

Other Indian airlines like Jet Airways and Spicejet are also in the red.

Foreign airlines are not allowed to take a stake in a domestic Indian airline but the government has been sitting for years on a proposal to allow them to take a maximum 49 percent share. The move could be passed by parliament later this year.

The big issues are the high cost of jet fuel and airport charges, which are the highest in the world. Then there is the lack of political will to push through economic reform, alongside strangling red tape and a lumbering bureaucracy.

On top of all that is state-run Air India. The carrier is hard hit by a pilots strike but is in line for a Rs 32,000 crore taxpayer bailout, and recently slashed fares.

"You have got to address that big white elephant Air India," said Azran Osman, the chief executive of Malaysian low-cost carrier Air AsiaX, which suspended its India operations recently.

"If it continues to behave the way it is, you can make it 100 percent foreign ownership, and no one's going to be attracted."

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG , the owner of British Airways and Iberia, said he does not see reforms on foreign ownership taking place in India.

"But even if they do, so long as you have a state that continues to provide funds to an airline that is inefficient and is dragging down the rest of the industry I think it would be madness to invest."

Potential inviting

It's not all gloom and doom however - India does have some supporters who say what works in its favour is a market size just about a fifth of China's.

"Today what airlines have tapped is very, very small relative to the size of the population," said Kiran Rao, an executive vice-president at Airbus and president of Airbus India.

"What you will see is that India's economic story will continue to succeed. It may go through its ups and downs, but the long term potential for India is very strong."

"A lot of airlines across the world are interested to join the Indian market ... India is still a very young market. Five years down the line, competition will dictate that these issues get sorted out," Rao, whose firm builds three-quarters of India's aircraft, told Reuters.

If and when rules are relaxed, foreign airlines are likely to set up a new carrier with an Indian partner, rather than sink money into an existing concern, industry insiders said.

India's airlines are reeling under a debt load of $20 billion, and overall lost more than $2 billion in the fiscal year that ended in March.

"Foreign airlines do not necessarily have to invest in an existing carrier. They can always invest in a new carrier and that is very much a part of their plans," said a source familiar with foreign airlines' plans.

"Look at Indigo. Just a few years back, it started from a plain clean paper, without any debt load. Look where it is now - right at the top," said the source, who declined to be identified because the plans are private.

Indigo - the only airline making money in India - recently toppled Jet Airways to be the biggest airline in India in terms of a single brand's market share.

Jet, with its low cost arm, JetKonnect, had a market share of 28.2 percent as of April, while Indigo enjoyed a share of 23.8 percent. JetKonnect contributed 6.8 percentage points to Jet Airways' market share.

Kuwait Airways, which held a stake in Jet before the government barred foreign ownership in 1997, will evaluate opportunities to own a stake in a local carrier when new rules come into force, its deputy planning director of international affairs said.

"We have 500,000 Indians living in Kuwait, that's out of a 3 million population. It's a big number ... if we have the facility to fly more flights, we will do that," Saud A Al-Mokhaizeem told Reuters on the sidelines of the IATA meeting.

"India is a very big market, not only to the Gulf, but also to Europe and U.S.A. Despite the yields not being that big because of competition, the volume business is high."

Airlines want to invest in a country which is growing at a fast pace, has a huge population and an "unbelievable market potential," and tend to ignore the negatives, said Dinesh Keskar, a senior vice-president at Boeing who oversees Asia-Pacific sales, including India.

"At the end of the day, you are going with your eyes wide open. It will hopefully will get only better from here on, and if they can make money in this environment, they can make money in any environment."

But the sceptics appeared to be far greater in number. Many industry insiders believe that without the government relaxing taxes, airport charges, and bringing in other reforms, it will be difficult for Indian carriers to attract any foreign investment.

"Lifting the foreign investment limit is obviously a move in the right direction. But that, in itself, is not going to be an answer to everybody's prayers," said Tony Tyler, the chief of the International Air Transport Association, which represents more than 80 percent of the global airline traffic.

"You need to be think about this as a business. What do businesses need? They need capacity, (but) they need to be affordable."

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NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh keen to boost investment sentiment through infrastructure development, a meeting called by him tomorrow is expected to finalise an Airline Hub Policy and give a push to setting up of 17 new airports, including seven international ones.

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====== Already we have allowed Dubai as a hub for Indian travellers to Europe! And Qatar is building a huge airport to challenge Dubai and all of these Gulf airports are competing to be hubs capitalising on India's traffic growth!!! Singapore traditionally has been a hub. Atleast some brains working now!!! Delhi and Mumbai (if possible one from south in long term) should be India's hubs and gateway to Europe. Every other flight from South goes to Dubai or an other Gulf airport for interchange to Europe, pathetic!========
There is no need to be protective in all sectors. There is no need to panic, if the foreign airline/hub can servcie the Indian traffic at a lower cost than the Indian airlines /hubs. The policies should not force a hub in India , just for the heck of it. Afterall, fuel constitutes 40% of the total costs of airlines, which has to be imported anyway.

Singapore, Dubai or Eurpoean cities didn't become hubs because of protectional policies. They became hubs because they provided efficient services at cheaper cost inspite of competition. All that the Govt has to do is to cut the high taxes on aviation sector.It should not waste taxpayers money and efforts in creating one in India. If indian airlines are efficient, they will be able to build a hub in India. Else, let them perish. Australia has completely given its traffic to foreign carriers and its economy is doing fine.
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There is no need to be protective in all sectors. There is no need to panic, if the foreign airline/hub can servcie the Indian traffic at a lower cost than the Indian airlines /hubs. The policies should not force a hub in India , just for the heck of it. Afterall, fuel constitutes 40% of the total costs of airlines, which has to be imported anyway.

Singapore, Dubai or Eurpoean cities didn't become hubs because of protectional policies. They became hubs because they provided efficient services at cheaper cost inspite of competition. All that the Govt has to do is to cut the high taxes on aviation sector.It should not waste taxpayers money and efforts in creating one in India. If indian airlines are efficient, they will be able to build a hub in India. Else, let them perish. Australia has completely given its traffic to foreign carriers and its economy is doing fine.
Efficiency and policy making agreed. But the advantage of having a hub is manifold. When you have a hub the tourism potential is huge. Dubai offlate capitalised on tourism because of connectivity! Also the jobs that come with the huge investments. The business opportunities etc etc. My point is even if it costs something, we should go for a hub challenging Dubai and Singapore!
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Old June 14th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #3634
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Pretty dissapointing
Inside Air India's Boeing 787: the ugliest Dreamliner seats yet?

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Horrendous!!!!! = B class seats

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Awful seats ! Maybe for Dubai/gulf bound flights
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I guess the some Neta ji's son designed the seats.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #3639
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wow the business class seats are the ugliest I have seen
Siddhu - in any case it is only the tainted NETAJIS who travel Phrrusst K'less. I am proud of Air India's imaginitive designs (they must be coming from Indian Railways

BUT TO BE FAIR and impartial, if I were to travel 15 hours in a First Class, I would rather lie flat on a FLAT backrest bed instead of those seats with un-necessary contours which really screw your back .

But then again, who has travelled Air India Phrrrrrust K'less? Phree mein do-ge tabh bhi naji loonga :P
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Old June 14th, 2012, 04:44 AM   #3640
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Horrendous!!!!! = B class seats

Over-spiced = Cattle Class seats
Yeah, the 'seth log' ka seats look like shit (same colour).

Cattle class is 'bhadak'...maybe a lighter shade of red and uniform color throughout would help!
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