Aviation Sector

AirAsia to fly from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur; announces promotional fare at Rs 2,099

AirAsiaMumbai - No-frills carrier AirAsia has announced resumption of its flight services to Hyderabad from Kuala Lumpur and also offered a promotional all-inclusive fare of Rs 2,099 for a one-way journey.

The airline had discontinued the route in 2011.

"The recommencement of Hyderabad-Kuala Lumpur route will enable many guests to experience our 'fly-thru' service through Kuala Lumpur. The resumed service will also connect to other exciting domestic destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and many more," AirAsia head of commercial Spencer Lee said in a release.

Qantas A380 flying world's longest route

Qantas A380Wellington, Sep 29 : The world's largest passenger aircraft- Airbus A380 superjumbo- is flying the world's longest air route from Sydney to Dallas.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the Qantas Sydney-Dallas route became the longest non-stop flight in the world late last year after Singapore Airlines ended its non-stop flights from Singapore to New York , a 19-hour slog that covered 16,700 kilometres on a four-engine Airbus A340-500.

The A380 superjumbo will take a little more than 15 hours to cover the Sydney- Dallas route at 13,800 kilometres.

AAI identifies 29 airports for starting of operations

airportsNew Delhi, Sept 23 : The Airports Authority of India (AAI) that participated in the 20th World Route Development Forum held at Chicago from 20th to 23rd September has identified 29 metro and non-metro airports for domestic and global airlines to start operations from there.

The airports identified were Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Leh, Srinagar, Varanasi (Banaras), Bhubaneswar, Gaya, Kolkata, Port Blair, Ranchi, Raipur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Indore, Goa, Pune, Surat, Chennai, Coimbatore, Calicut, Madurai, Mangalore, Trivandrum, Trichy and Visakhapatnam.

Jet Airways announces two special fares for economy class

Jet Airways announces two special fares for economy classMumbai - Domestic air carrier Jet Airways has announced special five-day fares for all passengers traveling in its economy class on the domestic network, effective yesterday to September 10.

One of the special all inclusive fares starting from Rs 1,999 is for travel period between October 7, 2014 to January 15, 2015, the airline said in a release.

Another 5-day special fare starting Rs 600, excluding taxes, is for travel period between January 16, 2015 to July 31, 2015.

AAI to develop 50 low-cost airports

G K ChaukiyalKolkata: The state-owned airport operator Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to develop 50 new low-cost airports across the country to cope with the growing air traffic.

Announcing this at a conference on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance systems (CNS), AAI Member (Operations) G K Chaukiyal said that the low-cost airports would be built over 10 years in an effort to reduce the cost of operation.

SpiceJet Rs 499-offer a hit; bookings cross 1-lakh mark on Day 1

SpiceJetMumbai : Budget carrier SpiceJet under its discount fares as low as Rs 499 has sold over one lakh tickets on Day 1 of the three-day offer.

"The airline has been rolling out such special and heavily discounted fare offers almost every other day so far this year. But the way it has been lapped up by customers today indicates a record of sort," an airline source said.

By 4 pm, tickets sale touched 1-lakh mark, the source said adding: "It expects to set a new sales record in terms of booking, in a single day."

Now SpiceJet offers Rs 499 fare on domestic network

SpiceJetMumbai: The country's second largest airline by market share, SpiceJet on Monday launched yet another limited period special fare scheme, 'Early Bird', offering customers ticket prices as low as Rs 499 on its domestic network.

The bookings for this three-day offer commences from today with a travel validity period between January 16 and October 24 next year, SpiceJet said in a release here.

SpiceJet offers discounted flying options to destinations across the country, with one way fares starting as low as Rs 499 (including fuel surcharge but excluding applicable statutory taxes and fees), the release said.

JAL opens revamped first class lounge at Haneda Airport International Terminal

JAL-First-Class-LoungeTokyo, Aug 30 : The JAL Group has announced the opening of its revamped JAL First Class Lounge at International Terminal of Tokyo's Haneda Airport, following the upgrade of Sakura Lounges earlier this year.

The design of space in new JAL First Class Lounge features Japanese tradition in a modern way.

AirAsia launches free user trial of WiFi service

wifiKuala Lumpur: Malaysia's budget airline AirAsia has launched a two-month-long free user trial of its onboard WiFi service designed to provide affordable, low-cost Internet connectivity to passengers.

The trial will be available for free for up to 60 passengers on selected flights from now until October.

The airline has not given details of the sectors on which WiFi would be available, The Star newspaper reported.

Passengers using the service will have an Internet data quota of 1 MB and will enjoy a special package, which will allow them to chat via applications like LINE, WhatsApp and WeChat.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 30 pc staff in wake of dual air tragedies

Malaysia-AirlinesLondon, Aug 29 : In the aftermath of the dual air tragedies and subsequent losses in recent months, Malaysia Airlines has decided to cut 6,000 staff as part of its recovery plan.

The airlines will reduce its workforce by nearly 30 percent and will completely become state-owned with a new chief executive in place, the BBC reports.

The move comes amid continuing losses suffered by Malaysia Airlines in the second half of the year.

The airlines had earlier issued a statement saying it had witnessed "a sharp decline" in weekly bookings.

JAL places orders for 15 jets with Embraer SA

Embraer-Japan-AirlinesNew Delhi, Aug 29 : Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a firm order with Brazilian aircraft manufacturers Embraer SA for 15 jet planes, comprising the E170 and the E190 jets models. JAL has also enquired about an additional twelve jet options. The planes are scheduled to be delivered starting from 2015.

Qantas suffers biggest annual loss of 2.8 billion dollars

qantas-airlinesLondon, Aug 28 : Australia's national flag carrier Qantas has reportedly suffered its biggest annual loss of 2.8 billion Australian dollars till June this year.

According to the BBC, analysts said that they had predicted a loss of around 750 million Australian dollars.

Qantas authorities said that several reasons including poor consumer spending, weak domestic demand and rising fuel costs contributed to the shocking loss.

This has been the worst result for the company till date in its entire history.

The firm's loss before the taxes, however, had been 646 million Australian dollars. (ANI)

Embattled Malaysian Airlines opt for giveaways to win back trust

Malaysian-AirlinesSydney, Aug 28 : In order to stay afloat from a business point of view, a struggling Malaysian Airlines has opted to cut-price flights and giveaways in order to win back the trust of its customers and crew who have deserted the airline.

Aiming for passengers from Australia and New Zealand, the airline has launched a USD 495 dollar economy class return airfare ticket to Kuala Lumpur. This comes days after its rival Air Asia launched its own sale, including flights from Australia to the Malaysian capital from USD 159 dollars and onward flights starting from USD 13 dollars.

Air India faces maximum passenger complaints

Air India faces maximum passenger complaintsNew Delhi - Air India tops the list of passenger complaints lodged against Indian airlines in July this year, followed by no-frill carrier SpiceJet, official data shows.

Most air travellers, who have lodged complaints against the airlines, complained of problems relating to delayed flights and their customer services.

While Air India topped the list with the maximum of 213 complaints, it was followed by SpiceJet with 129 and IndiGo with 92. These carriers were followed by GoAir with 81 complaints and Jet Airways 61, the data for July showed.

Jet-Etihad Airways deal: SC seeks Centre reply on Swamy's plea

Jet-Etihad Airways deal: SC seeks Centre reply on Swamy's pleaNew Delhi - The Supreme Court Tuesday sought Centre's response within four weeks on pleas by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking Cabinet note concerning Jet-Etihad Airways deal and copy of the transcript of tapped telephonic conversation of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in which she had allegedly talked about civil aviation sector.

A bench comprising justices H L Dattu and S A Bobde asked Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao who accepted the notice on behalf of the Centre to file response on Swamy's application.

Air India flight with failed engine makes emergency landing in Jaipur

Air IndiaJaipur, Aug 22 - An Air India flight form Delhi to Ahmedabad had to make an emergency landing in Japiur today after its left engine stopped working.

A passenger told ANI, "We got message from the captain that the left engine has failed and the plane will land at Jaipur."

Another passenger, Vinay Chaturvedi, told ANI that the staff handled the situation badly.

Jet Airways seeks month's time to clear Rs 100 cr arrears of pilots

Jet AirwaysMumbai : Jet Airways Wednesday sought a month's time to clear about Rs 100 crore worth of salary arrears of its pilots, who have been expressing their ire against the delay in making the payment, airline sources said.

The management's plea came during an almost six-hour meeting with representatives of pilots at the airline's headquarters here this afternoon, the sources said.

The meeting was attended by chief executive-designate Cramer Ball and other officials while the pilots' representatives came under the banner of National Aviators Guild (NAG) which acts as an interface between the pilots and the management.

SpiceJet shares surge nearly 13%

SpiceJetMumbai: Shares of low-cost carrier SpiceJet Monday climbed nearly 13 percent, in-line with a strong stock market, ignoring the disappointing June quarter earnings.

SpiceJet's scrip zoomed 12.60 percent to settle at Rs 13.49 on the BSE. In intra-day, the stock surged 13.52 percent to Rs 13.60.

On the volume front, 74.42 lakh shares of the company changed hands at the BSE during the day.

SpiceJet had on Thursday reported a net loss of Rs 124.10 crore for the three months ended June, mainly bogged down by higher expenses.

The no-frills carrier had a net profit of Rs 50.56 crore in the year-ago period.

Jet Airways London flight departs after nearly 24-hour delay

Jet AirwaysMumbai: Around 300 air passengers, who were stranded for nearly 22 hours after a London-bound Jet Airways plane was grounded due to a technical glitch, finally left for for their destination this morning.

"The stranded flight took off at around 11.45 AM today after a long delay of 22 hours. The airline today operated it as a special flight 9W 1118 with an Airbus 330," sources told PTI here.

The London flight was grounded due to technical issue, Jet Airways spokesperson had said in a statement yesterday, adding that the airline will be operating a special flight on Saturday morning to London Heathrow.

Jet cancels London-Delhi flight for 'operational reasons'

Jet AirwaysLondon : Jet Airways has cancelled its evening flight from London's Heathrow airport to Delhi for "operational reasons".

No further information was available for the reason behind the cancellation.

"The flight to Delhi has been cancelled for operational reasons and the one to Mumbai has been delayed until tomorrow. Accommodation is being provided to passengers at the airport," a Jet Airways guest services executive told.


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