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Old June 22nd, 2019, 05:24 PM   #14481
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But there is no such flight showing on Air India Official Website and Flight Booking Window. I checked till end of August. Has it been confirmed in their Summer schedule ??
It's not showing up on their website but it does on Google flights. Typical Air India, do they even have a marketing department or are they still living in the 1960s?
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It's not showing up on their website but it does on Google flights. Typical Air India, do they even have a marketing department or are they still living in the 1960s?
Can you link once? I am only getting Emirates. Abu dhabi as the next closest option.
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 01:08 AM   #14483
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Can you link once? I am only getting Emirates. Abu dhabi as the next closest option.
Here you go: (attached the screenshot, just in case link doesn't work)...

https://www.google.com/flights?outpu...=1561245155033
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 08:57 AM   #14484
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Here you go: (attached the screenshot, just in case link doesn't work)...

https://www.google.com/flights?outpu...=1561245155033
is it possible that this is some glitch?

given how the new routes(Mumbai-Nairobi , Delhi-Chennai-Bali ,Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto)are being announced even when the dates aren't fixed and
flight numbers not assigned, how is it possible that a big required and much anticipated flight like CCU-DXB isn't announced anywhere even with dates, timings and flight numbers assigned?
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 05:36 PM   #14485
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is it possible that this is some glitch?

given how the new routes(Mumbai-Nairobi , Delhi-Chennai-Bali ,Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto)are being announced even when the dates aren't fixed and
flight numbers not assigned, how is it possible that a big required and much anticipated flight like CCU-DXB isn't announced anywhere even with dates, timings and flight numbers assigned?
Flight Numbers have been assigned AI917 and 918. People have got booking confirmation through Cleartrip.
It is available on all travel sites including Makemytrip etc.
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 09:34 PM   #14486
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Flight Numbers have been assigned AI917 and 918. People have got booking confirmation through Cleartrip.
It is available on all travel sites including Makemytrip etc.
It just feels so weird that it isn't on Air India's booking engine and not a single announcement came about this much needed addition. Maybe i am reading way too much into it
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Old June 24th, 2019, 05:45 PM   #14487
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It just feels so weird that it isn't on Air India's booking engine and not a single announcement came about this much needed addition. Maybe i am reading way too much into it
It is weird AF. But then Air India is weird AF and has always been so. I hope the flight lasts more than 6 months. I mean their pilots are making FAs do their personal chores, stealing from duty free, I don't know how much lower can one go?
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Old June 24th, 2019, 05:53 PM   #14488
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It just feels so weird that it isn't on Air India's booking engine and not a single announcement came about this much needed addition. Maybe i am reading way too much into it
Here's the first media coverage

https://gulfnews.com/uae/air-india-t...uly-1.64814029
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Old June 24th, 2019, 06:17 PM   #14489
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okay it has shown up on their engine. good. I was really scared that this would turn out to be a false new stemming from a glitch or something
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Old June 24th, 2019, 06:51 PM   #14490
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okay it has shown up on their engine. good. I was really scared that this would turn out to be a false new stemming from a glitch or something
It is now prominently advertised on Air India official website...And lo they are also starting Dubai Indore....Good to see them connecting Central India and East India now...
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Old June 24th, 2019, 09:47 PM   #14491
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It is now prominently advertised on Air India official website...And lo they are also starting Dubai Indore....Good to see them connecting Central India and East India now...
I don't see it, I guess they have localized their rotating masthead. Air India is working with a digital agency
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Old June 25th, 2019, 12:24 AM   #14492
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I don't see it, I guess they have localized their rotating masthead. Air India is working with a digital agency

Well here you go... the official announcement on the AI homepage...


http://www.airindia.in/non-stop-flig...re-kolkata.htm


However, its only a 4-weekly flight scheduled ex. CCU in contrast to the Gulf News article above which claims it to fly on all days except Sunday (6-weekly). The Indore flight has a 3-weekly frequency.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 06:10 AM   #14493
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IndiGo adds Kolkata – Hong Kong service from Sep 2019


Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo from September 2019 is expanding service to Hong Kong, with the offering of Kolkata – Hong Kong route. From 04SEP19, Airbus A320 aircraft will operate this route once a day.

6E1791 CCU2240 – 0455+1HKG 320 D
6E1792 HKG0550 – 0740CCU 320 D

Source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...from-sep-2019/
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Old June 26th, 2019, 10:16 AM   #14494
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First, the good news: Air India has announced a flight from Calcutta to Dubai from mid-July.

Now, the bad news: the new route sounds suspiciously like a consolation prize that masks the tale of how Calcutta missed out on a direct flight to London.

The decision to launch the Calcutta-Dubai flight, which will be in operation four days a week, has prompted sources to convey to this newspaper that Air India had almost finalised plans a few months ago to introduce a direct flight from Calcutta to London.

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But the Centre decided to give the route to Bangalore and it was launched in November last year, which the sources have attributed to political reasons.

However, after the Lok Sabha elections that transformed the BJP from an also-ran to a serious contender for power in Bengal, the Centre has apparently decided that a gesture from Air India could reap rich dividends in the international-flight-starved state. At present, the state has no direct flight to any of the countries in Europe and the Americas.

Since the London route had already been given to Bangalore, Air India then decided on the Calcutta-Dubai flight, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Air India announced that the non-stop Calcutta-Dubai flight would commence from mid-July with a 182-seater Airbus A320neo aircraft. The flight will operate four days a week.

Sources in Air India said discussions and deliberations were on for more than two years to revive the Dhaka-Calcutta-London route, which the state-owned airline had withdrawn in October 2008.

“Things had almost been finalised towards the end of last year after a lot of deliberations and discussions. But then suddenly we were told the flight to London would operate from Bangalore and not Calcutta,” said a source in Air India.

“Bengal has been deprived of direct connectivity to London because of political reasons. We had tried for two years for the Calcutta-London flight but it was given to Bangalore,” Derek O’Brien, Trinamul Congress parliamentary party leader (Rajya Sabha), said in response to a question. O’Brien is the chairman of all parliamentary committees on transport, including aviation but barring the railways.

In 2016, Air India chairman-cum-managing director Ashwani Lohani had said in Calcutta the airline would operate the London flight from the middle of 2017 with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

“A Dhaka-Calcutta-London flight is on our radar and I have asked my people here to start a survey. It can be launched by the middle of next year with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” Lohani had told this newspaper.

In 2016, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had requested then civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to start an Air India direct flight to London.

Before that, Mamata had personally requested Jet Airways, which has now ceased to operate, to start a direct flight to Europe. The airline had turned down the request, saying Calcutta was a low-yield market and the flight would not be viable.

After Air India pulled out its direct London flight in 2008, British Airways and Lufthansa had followed suit, snapping Calcutta’s direct air links with Europe.

Aviation industry sources said the Calcutta-Dubai sector could face competition from Emirates and Etihad Airways that flies to Abu Dhabi.

According to these sources, most Emirates passengers proceed from Dubai to Europe and the US. “At least one direct flight to Europe would have been more viable and beneficial for Calcutta. Now many of our clients fly to London and other European destinations through Delhi and Mumbai,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, the Travel Agents Federation of India.

The sources said more than 200 passengers travel daily from Calcutta to the UK through other cities.

An Air India spokesperson said the airline expected the Calcutta-Dubai flight to be successful. “There is demand and we are expecting the flight to become successful,” he said.
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Old June 26th, 2019, 11:36 AM   #14495
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First, the good news: Air India has announced a flight from Calcutta to Dubai from mid-July.

Now, the bad news: the new route sounds suspiciously like a consolation prize that masks the tale of how Calcutta missed out on a direct flight to London.

The decision to launch the Calcutta-Dubai flight, which will be in operation four days a week, has prompted sources to convey to this newspaper that Air India had almost finalised plans a few months ago to introduce a direct flight from Calcutta to London.

–– ADVERTISEMENT ––



But the Centre decided to give the route to Bangalore and it was launched in November last year, which the sources have attributed to political reasons.

However, after the Lok Sabha elections that transformed the BJP from an also-ran to a serious contender for power in Bengal, the Centre has apparently decided that a gesture from Air India could reap rich dividends in the international-flight-starved state. At present, the state has no direct flight to any of the countries in Europe and the Americas.

Since the London route had already been given to Bangalore, Air India then decided on the Calcutta-Dubai flight, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Air India announced that the non-stop Calcutta-Dubai flight would commence from mid-July with a 182-seater Airbus A320neo aircraft. The flight will operate four days a week.

Sources in Air India said discussions and deliberations were on for more than two years to revive the Dhaka-Calcutta-London route, which the state-owned airline had withdrawn in October 2008.

“Things had almost been finalised towards the end of last year after a lot of deliberations and discussions. But then suddenly we were told the flight to London would operate from Bangalore and not Calcutta,” said a source in Air India.

“Bengal has been deprived of direct connectivity to London because of political reasons. We had tried for two years for the Calcutta-London flight but it was given to Bangalore,” Derek O’Brien, Trinamul Congress parliamentary party leader (Rajya Sabha), said in response to a question. O’Brien is the chairman of all parliamentary committees on transport, including aviation but barring the railways.

In 2016, Air India chairman-cum-managing director Ashwani Lohani had said in Calcutta the airline would operate the London flight from the middle of 2017 with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

“A Dhaka-Calcutta-London flight is on our radar and I have asked my people here to start a survey. It can be launched by the middle of next year with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” Lohani had told this newspaper.

In 2016, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had requested then civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to start an Air India direct flight to London.

Before that, Mamata had personally requested Jet Airways, which has now ceased to operate, to start a direct flight to Europe. The airline had turned down the request, saying Calcutta was a low-yield market and the flight would not be viable.

After Air India pulled out its direct London flight in 2008, British Airways and Lufthansa had followed suit, snapping Calcutta’s direct air links with Europe.

Aviation industry sources said the Calcutta-Dubai sector could face competition from Emirates and Etihad Airways that flies to Abu Dhabi.

According to these sources, most Emirates passengers proceed from Dubai to Europe and the US. “At least one direct flight to Europe would have been more viable and beneficial for Calcutta. Now many of our clients fly to London and other European destinations through Delhi and Mumbai,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, the Travel Agents Federation of India.

The sources said more than 200 passengers travel daily from Calcutta to the UK through other cities.

An Air India spokesperson said the airline expected the Calcutta-Dubai flight to be successful. “There is demand and we are expecting the flight to become successful,” he said.
Same old story of depriving Kolkata-happening since Independence! And it will continue …. .
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Old June 26th, 2019, 02:37 PM   #14496
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An Air India spokesperson said the airline expected the Calcutta-Dubai flight to be successful. “There is demand and we are expecting the flight to become successful,” he said.
It's an irony that the source or TT is revealing this information now and not when the flight was 'deprived' !! The same typical narrative continues.
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Old June 26th, 2019, 03:03 PM   #14497
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First, the good news: Air India has announced a flight from Calcutta to Dubai from mid-July.

Now, the bad news: the new route sounds suspiciously like a consolation prize that masks the tale of how Calcutta missed out on a direct flight to London.

The decision to launch the Calcutta-Dubai flight, which will be in operation four days a week, has prompted sources to convey to this newspaper that Air India had almost finalised plans a few months ago to introduce a direct flight from Calcutta to London.

–– ADVERTISEMENT ––



But the Centre decided to give the route to Bangalore and it was launched in November last year, which the sources have attributed to political reasons.

However, after the Lok Sabha elections that transformed the BJP from an also-ran to a serious contender for power in Bengal, the Centre has apparently decided that a gesture from Air India could reap rich dividends in the international-flight-starved state. At present, the state has no direct flight to any of the countries in Europe and the Americas.

Since the London route had already been given to Bangalore, Air India then decided on the Calcutta-Dubai flight, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Air India announced that the non-stop Calcutta-Dubai flight would commence from mid-July with a 182-seater Airbus A320neo aircraft. The flight will operate four days a week.

Sources in Air India said discussions and deliberations were on for more than two years to revive the Dhaka-Calcutta-London route, which the state-owned airline had withdrawn in October 2008.

“Things had almost been finalised towards the end of last year after a lot of deliberations and discussions. But then suddenly we were told the flight to London would operate from Bangalore and not Calcutta,” said a source in Air India.

“Bengal has been deprived of direct connectivity to London because of political reasons. We had tried for two years for the Calcutta-London flight but it was given to Bangalore,” Derek O’Brien, Trinamul Congress parliamentary party leader (Rajya Sabha), said in response to a question. O’Brien is the chairman of all parliamentary committees on transport, including aviation but barring the railways.

In 2016, Air India chairman-cum-managing director Ashwani Lohani had said in Calcutta the airline would operate the London flight from the middle of 2017 with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

“A Dhaka-Calcutta-London flight is on our radar and I have asked my people here to start a survey. It can be launched by the middle of next year with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” Lohani had told this newspaper.

In 2016, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had requested then civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to start an Air India direct flight to London.

Before that, Mamata had personally requested Jet Airways, which has now ceased to operate, to start a direct flight to Europe. The airline had turned down the request, saying Calcutta was a low-yield market and the flight would not be viable.

After Air India pulled out its direct London flight in 2008, British Airways and Lufthansa had followed suit, snapping Calcutta’s direct air links with Europe.

Aviation industry sources said the Calcutta-Dubai sector could face competition from Emirates and Etihad Airways that flies to Abu Dhabi.

According to these sources, most Emirates passengers proceed from Dubai to Europe and the US. “At least one direct flight to Europe would have been more viable and beneficial for Calcutta. Now many of our clients fly to London and other European destinations through Delhi and Mumbai,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, the Travel Agents Federation of India.

The sources said more than 200 passengers travel daily from Calcutta to the UK through other cities.

An Air India spokesperson said the airline expected the Calcutta-Dubai flight to be successful. “There is demand and we are expecting the flight to become successful,” he said.

For once, can Telegraph stop beating the dead horse? We are getting India's first connection to Vietnam, a second hong kong flight, Thai Smile and Malindo Air started ops in the span of 1 year. Air India finally looked towards its stepson and added a Dubai flight. Singapore Airlines added the A350 to Kolkata, the most advanced plane to a city other airlines barely looked towards in the last decade. Can they not be happy for once?

What happens if they British Airways announces a 4 weekly 788 flight to Kolkata sometime next year? Will they pine about how it should be daily?

There are other destinations apart from London. Kolkata is staring at a faint chance of becoming India's Southeast and Eastern Asian gateway, and all they can do is crib on and on about Kolkata not being connected to Europe. Typical Eurocentric bootlicking
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Old June 27th, 2019, 06:38 AM   #14498
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Airport takes a step towards inline scan

Kolkata: Work on the first phase of in-line X-Ray Baggage Inspection System (XBIS) at the Kolkata airport has been completed with the installation of Computer Tomography X-Ray (CTX) machines on seven conveyor belts that carry departing passengers’ luggage deposited at the check-in desks.

The eighth belt that currently has a different baggage handling system needs to be integrated with the other seven before CTX XBIS is installed in it in the next phase. “Work on XBIS has been completed in seven check-in portals. Functional tests are currently underway in all the portals to check the system. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the US department of homeland security, will inspect the robustness and reliability in mid-July. The complete system will be tested in accordance with TSA protocol by a TSA-authorized agency,” Kolkata airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya said. Once the facility is available, passengers will not have to queue up and get their registered baggage scanned before dropping them off at the check-in desk. That will save up to 15 minutes during peak rush hours in the morning and evening.

The official hopes to forward the TSA report to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in the country, for a final nod before XBIS is commissioned. Bhattacharya said the approvals were likely to come by July-end or early-August so that XBIS would be commissioned around Independence Day...


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/69965691.cms
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May 2019 AAI traffic

HYDERABAD (GHIAL) 1946409 1766105 10.2 3735483 3474927 7.5
CHENNAI 1938405 2013157 -3.7 3653710 3842688 -4.9
KOLKATA 1816611 1869151 -2.8 3584618 3640079 -1.5
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Heartening to see the steady increase in International Traffic where Jet had negligible presence.

International Traffic:
May 2019: 244267
May 2018: 230926
Growth: 5.8%

April-May2019: 488867
April-May2018:447883

Growth of 9.2%

Hopefully the domestic traffic will get restored from Jul onwards.
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