Friday, April 8, 2011

Airline Snippets

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April 8, 2011

Neelam Mathews

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April 8, 2011

Neelam Mathews

American Airlines daily nonstop flight from Chicago to Delhi will now land at a convenient time of 5.45pm; three hours earlier than previously scheduled. This opens up same day connection opportunities for those connecting to domestic flights. Over 20 onward connection destinations are now available following the change, including multiple flights to cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

South African Airways will start its Airbus A330 service to India from mid-May 2011.

Air India’s low cost arm, Air India Express will now fly from Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram to Saudi Arabia’s Dammam using Boeing 737-800s of Air India Express under its ‘IX’ code, although Air India’s own ‘AI’ code will also appear as part of a codeshare arrangement. Kozhikode – Dammam, previously flown twice weekly, will now be served four times weekly. Saudi Arabia had over 3.1 million  Origin/Destination passengers from India in 2010, up from 2.6 million in 2009. 

Emirates is expanding its South American network from January  3, 2012 with a new daily link from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro with an extension to Buenos Aires operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with 8 First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy. Indians heading to Brazil will find this a boon.

flydubai with 16 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft is investing $20million in maintenance and engineering. Its network includes destinations include Beirut, Amman, Lucknow, Baku and Kathmandu. The carrier has been unable to procure rights to more cities in India. (

Emirates SkyCargo recently started its first efreight consignment from Delhi to Los Angeles via Dubai carrying 1003 kgs of cargo comprising apparel. This shipment eliminated the aspects of printing the airway bills, handling and processing costs.

Low-cost carrier Nok Air has improved domestic links from some smaller communities in Northern Thailand through the introduction of four new routes to Bangkok Don Mueang. There are now four daily connections to Nan and Roi Et, a four times weekly link to Mae Sot and three flights a week to Loei.

Virgin Atlantic’s first Airbus A330 aircraft – of the ten ordered- with 59 Premium Economy seats and 255 Economy seats has started flying from Manchester to Orlando. The new A330s to be delivered over the next two years will be used to fly to the U.S East Coast, East and West Africa, the Middle East and India. Passengers on the A330 can send and receive emails and texts on mobile devices.

KLM Cityhopper has exercised options for five Embraer E-190 jets valued at $214 million based on list prices. The options were part of a larger order for 20 E-170/190 aircraft plus 18 options previously announced in August 2007.

Air France will introduce a new three times weekly service between Paris CDG and the Cape Town, from November 3.  The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 with a total capacity of 309 seat.

Lufthansa has selected Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines to power the 30 A320neo family aircraft, the third consecutive win for Pratt on the re-engined narrowbody program following IndiGo and ILFC.

Air Astana is increasing service to Turkey in Summer of 2011.
Gulf Air Iraq/Iran service resumption from mid-Apr 2011.

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