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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If GoAir is indeed guilty of letting pilots fly without completing the mandatory training - it's definitely a breach of judgement and something that the airline needs to be penalized for. that being said, the DGCA is supposedly a cesspool of inefficiency/ corruption (witness our loss of US Cat1), so I wonder if they're barking up the wrong tree?


Apparently G8 is guilty but I am sure they will manage to brush it under the carpet
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ Whoa - seriously? Why would an airline skimp on training for it's pilots? Is this thinking permeating the whole organization? Skimp on MX? Skimp on the quality of the spares? Jeez!
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http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/goair-to-give-andaman-people-30-concession-114082801087_1.html

GoAir to give Andaman people 30% concession

August 28, 2014

GoAir today announced 30 per cent concession on base fare of its flights operating to and from Port Blair throughout the year for residents of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

"It is indeed very satisfying to make our humble contribution in the development of Port Blair ... By connecting it to several Indian cities on the mainland," GoAir Vice President (Airports, Customer Services & Nodal Officer) Kamal Kikani said here.

"There is an immense scope to increase tourist traffic to the islands leading to the development of the local economy, employment opportunities, support services and quality of life in general," he told a press conference.

The service would start from October 1.

"The A&N Islands need to be given a special status like Jammu & Kashmir and also improved air connectivity for an all round development," Islands Lt Governor A K Singh said.

Stating that 11 islands here have been provided with helicopter service for the people, he said, connecting many more islands with similar service would be done soon.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serious if true.......
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume that people from A&N will use this discount for flights primarily between IXZ and MAA/CCU and not between DEL-BOM. I also do not know if all sectors are part of the scheme.

The fact is that G8 does not operate at all to IXZ in the lean season so not a good scheme IMO.

The general mentality is that if the flight is not operating now, it may not operate later so why book it then !
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder why G8 is opting for this promo? It's going to cost them money, but might lead to better loads on their future IXZ flights.
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GoAir: Kerala could be the base for the carrier's proposed international flight operations
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GoAir VP sales and marketing Manoj Dharmani said Kerala could be the base for the carrier's proposed international flight operations in summer 2015/2016, stating: “The State is on the radar and Kochi will be the likely port for the take-off of international flight operations to Middle East Asia" (The Hindu, 19-Sep-2014). The airline commenced operations in Nov-2005 and is expected to take delivery of its 20th aircraft by the end of 2014. Mr Manoj said: “We would approach the government for the international route permits after this.” Mr Dharmani also said the airline has plans to add Thiruvananthapuram to its domestic network. The airline is also looking at connecting Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode with the metro and non-metro cities where it is operating now
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go Air international is like a myth, nobody knows what is happening.

They are intending to launch operations to Bhubaneshwar in the next few months if they decide to take an aircraft
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're just 1 short of 20 aircraft, but they have none on order aside from 72 NEOs that pop up only next calendar year.

I wonder how they'll work around this.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They're just 1 short of 20 aircraft, but they have none on order aside from 72 NEOs that pop up only next calendar year.

I wonder how they'll work around this.


They 20th they sold to Frontier Neutral

and now getting one from the market
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Bhubaneswar/Go-Air-to-start-Bhubaneswar-operations-from-October-26/articleshow/43314599.cms

Go Air to start Bhubaneswar operations from October 26

Sep 24, 2014

The carrier would run four flights —two Delhi-bound and one each to Kolkata and Mumbai. With the commissioning of the Go Air flights, the total number of domestic flights taking off from the city will touch 20. Earlier, there were 19 flights but Jet Airways had withdrawn three flights in October last year.

In a letter sent to Biju Patnaik Airport director Sharad Kumar on Monday, the airline sought space for ticket counters, back-up office, apron and airside engineering at the domestic terminal.

"The airline has given us the proposed flight schedules (to and fro) for the four flights. We have sent the schedules to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters for approval. There may be some changes in the schedules after they are reviewed by AAI," said the director.

According to the proposed schedule, the two Delhi-bound flights will leave Bhubaneswar at 8.45 am and 7.30 pm, while the Mumbai flight will take off 11 am and the Kolkata flight at 6.30 pm. At present, Indigo has 11 flights from the city airport flying to Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

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An Airbus A-320 of GoAir, VT-WAK, was grounded after it was found that a number of screws and bolts of its right-side air-conditioning panel were loose and not fixed properly, which could have caused a dangerous safety situation in- flight, they said.

The door seal of the aircraft's nose-gear was also found to be not properly sealed, they said, adding that the aircraft manual, a mandatory document on board for the pilots, was also not updated.


http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/dgca-grounds-three-planes-of-goair-air-india-pvt-operator-114101000514_1.html
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why the poor MX? Just untrained staff? Or a systemic problem?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go Air is launching flights to Bhubaneshwar, effective winter schedule. The flights would connect Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata, Mumbai & Delhi. The flights would operate as below.
G8161 DEL0610 – 0815BBI D
G8162 BBI0845 – 1110DEL D
G8163 DEL1645 – 1855BBI D
G8164 BBI1925 – 2130DEL D

G8243 CCU0920 – 1030BBI D
G8244 BBI1830 – 1940CCU D

G8243 BBI1100 – 1335BOM D
G8244 BOM1540 – 1755BBI D

This will be 22nd station for Go Air and a new station after 2012, when Chennai & Port Blair were launched. Go Air has launched this without any addition to its fleet and operates 19 aircraft across its network.

IndiGo is the dominant player at Bhubaneshwar with flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Vizag, Mumbai, Chennai & Hyderabad. Go Air is attempting to fill in the void created by Jet Airways when it pulled out of Bhubaneshwar as part of network restructuring. Jet Airways was a dominant carrier once upon a time with double daily flights to Kolkata and direct flights to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Raipur and Chennai.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir to launch seasonal service between Delhi and Jaisalmer.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GoAir to launch seasonal service between Delhi and Jaisalmer.


This is one off. I think planned for end November. Can find out more if not listed on website
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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theflyingsikh wrote:
GoAir to launch seasonal service between Delhi and Jaisalmer.
This is one off. I think planned for end November. Can find out more if not listed on website
JSA! I had thought that regular flights to Jaisalmer had ended with the exit of Kingfisher Airlines, though this is clearly a one-off: Ameya Sir, yes, we will wait eagerly for some more details, as well as some analysis as to the sudden event which prompted G8 to rush in, where others have feared to tread. Does the IAF impose severe restrictions on the civilian traffic to the air base?
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According to the schedule updated in their website, they are operating a charter flight on 26th and 27th Nov from DEL to JSA. While returning back to DEL, they have opened booking. Same way, they are going to pick them (passengers of two aircraft) back on 29th Sat. So they opened booking for DEL-JSA as it goes empty.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's definitely potential for good tourist traffic to Jaisalmer, especially in the winter season. I was planning to go to Jaisalmer end December this year, and the train tickets were sold out in exactly 1 minute after the bookings opened - I was amazed at the way the agent community is still able to game the system!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So they opened booking for DEL-JSA as it goes empty.
Thanks you Basheer, for the input!
Nimish wrote:
I was planning to go to Jaisalmer end December this year, and the train tickets were sold out in exactly 1 minute after the bookings opened
Nimish: Try it via Jodhpur: most of the tourist crowd does that when the rail bookings run out. The AI 475/476 is a popular Air India option both ways from DEL/BOM, which sees good tourist partonisation, including a lot of domestic tourists. Many Bongs do the route via DEL, to see the famed Jaisalmer fort, which was the site where Satyajit Ray's famous sonAr kellA was shot. the Jet flight is another popular option.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answering few of them togeather.
1. JSA does see a lot of charter ops in winter. All are marriage charters and many a times there are special requests for meals onboard owning to the nature of the charter, along with gifts to be given out on the way back.
2. It is generally difficult to get permission at JSA due to the operational forward airbase
3. Regular flights by KF did see good loads but only in Winter, the routing used to be DEL JAI UDR JDH JSA JAI JSA JDH UDR JAI DEL. Obviously was one of the first flights to disappear once problems started, owning to seasonal nature of the traffic
4. Opening ferry flights for sale is not new. Generally international ones are not done, but domestic ones are certainly done. While DGCA mandates that charter ops should be done as additional flying without cancellation of scheduled operation, that rule is hardly followed
5. Flights to any place in Rajasthan in December / Jan are priced very high – DEL->UDR/JDH, BOM->JAI,UDR,JDH
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
Answering few of them together.
Thank you for this information, which as a layperson, at least I would not have been able to gleam off friends in the industry, especially the charter part.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's time the Rajasthan govt. prioritized connectivity - places like JSA can do very well during the tourist season, and the govt. should promote civil aviation. Sure - when there's a war going on, the "forward base" can be devoted to fighter aircraft, but during normal times, surely the infrastructure can be judiciously shared?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think it's time the Rajasthan govt. prioritized connectivity - places like JSA can do very well during the tourist season
Nimish, I do not think the Rajasthan Govt is doing too badly on that count. It has one of the best Govt tourist infrastructure, and the three airports with regular service (JAI, JDH and UDR) cater to the capacity relatively well. JSA has only seasonal demand, and having a civilian conclave for charter flights does the job. The other places such as Kota, Bikaner and the rest have either air force establishments, or low-demand small charter flight provisions, which more-or-less serve the purpose. I think the state Govt does relatively well to live up to its tourist potential, and organise the transportation infrastructure accordingly. Rajasthan's rail connectivity and road infrastructure is not too bad, either. Being a Delhi'ite for most of my while has ensured some roaming around in Rajasthan over the years, both officially, as well as on pleasure trips, and in most cases, my experiences have been quite nice. I have done the tourist circuits, and some slightly off-beat delights as well, such as Pilani/Deeg/Alwar.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Nimish. . But unfortunately airlines in India do not operate like those in the west, adding frequencies in winter and redeploying them to other places in summer.

I have hit roadblock with 2 airlines in the past, where the suggestion was to deploy one aircraft in south in winter doing runs to IXZ - MAA IXZ CCU IXZ MAA COK MAA and shifting it to north in Summer
DEL SXR DEL IXJ DEL UDR DEL IXB DEL

JSA certainly needs to be opened up and I am sure somebody would be willing to operate
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
I agree with Nimish...JSA certainly needs to be opened up and I am sure somebody would be willing to operate
I guess I was completely mistaken on JSA: thanks for the information Sir, and I apologise for my mistaken view on JSA, Nimish. I haven't been to Jaisalmer and Udaipur, for the record, though many immediate relatives have done this part of Rajasthan, as well.
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http://www.firstpost.com/business/aai-asks-goair-to-clear-dues-worth-rs-38-crore-2027667.html

AAI asks GoAir to clear dues worth Rs 38 crore

Jan 2, 2015

Acting tough after its experiences with Kingfisher and SpiceJet, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has asked no-frill carrier GoAir to pay its dues worth about Rs 38 crore within a week.

The AAI has issued a notice to the Wadia Group-promoted airline warning that it may be put on the "pay-as-you-fly" mode if the dues are not cleared on time.

A GoAir official said that the issue was being sorted out.

"Going by the bank guarantee of Rs 30.50 crore that the AAI has secured from us, we have an excess amount of only around Rs eight crore towards the airport operator. We have received a communication from them asking us to pay the balance amount. We are hopeful of the issue being sorted out soon," the airline official said.

Due to AAI pressure last year, GoAir had doubled the collateral amount or bank guarantee from about Rs 15 crore to Rs 30.5 crore, the official said.

The airline owes this money to the government-run airport operator towards charges relating to route navigation, landing and parking at its airports across the country.

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Shouldn't the airlines be cash rich at this stage given the heavy loads/ prices during the December peak travel period?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir stiffed me out of a meal combo on their Delhi - Patna - Kolkata flight by playing the "printout list is not available" game with me and then expected me to forget the 200/-, they have another one coming, for the agony caused.

That apart, the aircraft I was on was looking really really long in the tooth.

But fairly efficient tail-to-tail transfer at Patna for the Patna-Kolkata leg. Way better than the overfed, smug and dull lot at Delhi.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GoAir stiffed me out of a meal combo on their Delhi - Patna - Kolkata flight by playing the "printout list is not available" game with me and then expected me to forget the 200/-, they have another one coming, for the agony caused.


What - never heard of this scam before? What do they expect you to do?
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GoAir looking at Nepal for it's first intl ops ?


Six international airlines have recently announced plans to begin operation in Nepal, spokesperson of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mohan Krishna Sapkota said on Monday.
The spokesperson told Xinhua that Himalayan Airlines of Nepal, Go Air of India and Sichuan Air of China are yet to get operation authorization.


http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/150112/six-international-airlines-begin-operation-nepal
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^^ There's enough and more demand on India-Nepal - esp. on the cheapest fares. If Go Air can figure out a cheap enough airport to operate from (perhaps VNS?), then they are assured loads, and low operating costs should ensure good yields IMO.
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^^ There's enough and more demand on India-Nepal - esp. on the cheapest fares. If Go Air can figure out a cheap enough airport to operate from (perhaps VNS?), then they are assured loads, and low operating costs should ensure good yields IMO.


6E and SG have tried for VNS-KTM but each time their proposal was rejected to protect the route for AI. The IC era flight does very well on VNS_KTM and I dont think G8 would be allowed this route either, so they will have to stick to DEL-KTM, if at all they are going ahead.

To the best of my knowledge, the process involves getting clearances from the country of flag carrier before approaching foreign airport - which in this case is clearance from GoI before approaching TIA-KTM and G8 has not even applied for permissions yet !
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6E and SG have tried for VNS-KTM but each time their proposal was rejected to protect the route for AI. The IC era flight does very well on VNS_KTM and I dont think G8 would be allowed this route either, so they will have to stick to DEL-KTM, if at all they are going ahead.


Interesting to know that the govt. is still protecting AI! If VNS is blocked, can't the private airlines try some other secondary city - like LKO/ PAT etc.? Or secondary airports in Nepal (not sure if there are any)?

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=del-ktm,+lko-ktm,+vns-ktm,+ccu-ktm,+pat-ktm

My assumption is that low-yielding traffic is assured given the massive Nepalese crowd in India, and the arduous 24 hour bus journey alternative. Is that even a fact?
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Protectionist statements from GoAir CEO.

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GoAir: Airlines should serve domestic market prior to international expansion
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GoAir said the domestic market needs to be served first before carriers are permitted to expand internationally (PTI, 12-Jan-2015). GoAir CEO Giorgio De Roni said: "First of all the role of the industry (airlines) should be to develop a stronger domestic market... when they play a role, then lets allow them also to grow international (market)". Stating that the Indian market should not fall to the foreign entities, Mr De Roni said: "We should have a foreign partners who supports the growth of the Indian market and have an existing airline to become stronger and stronger." He said competition can certainly play a role in this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
6E and SG have tried for VNS-KTM but each time their proposal was rejected to protect the route for AI.

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Interesting to know that the govt. is still protecting AI!
To me, one word: UNFAIR. The ignoramus that I am, i had the impression that after the Gulf routes were the last bastion, which was opened up to private airlines, to usher in a level playing field in aviation, which had earlier been the duopoly of Air India, and Indian Airlines. Opening up erstwhile protected routes gave more choice to a customer, and actually also helped Indian Airlines and Air India, to cut their flab, improve services, and become more competitive. If for a moment we forget the economic bailing out for Air India, I had thought that not having through check-ins for international flights and not being allowed `international connectors' was unfair enough, but this is only a small hassle to passengers of other airlines, than the other airlines not being allowed to operate a route at all. Please forgive my ignorance here, but I do not see much similarity in AI-IC's protected Gulf runs, vis-a-vis the VNS-KTM route. To me, seated high on an armchair enthusiast's bench, the economics seem quite different.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/GoAirs-fix-To-have-reclining-seats-or-not/articleshow/45878040.cms

GoAir’s fix: To have reclining seats or not

Jan 14, 2015

European aircraft major Airbus offered its fuel efficient A-320 new engine options (Neo) with a seating capacity of up to 189 seats to Wadia group's GoAir. The low-cost carrier (LCC) currently uses A320s with 180 seats — just like IndiGo.

Sensing that nine more seats may make things bit too tight for its passengers, GoAir has opted for six more seats — meaning one more row in the aircraft. But it is yet to decide whether the 186 seats on its A320 Neos should be reclining or fixed upright.


He said that the decision on having reclining seats will be "based on passenger comfort and technical enhancements that seat vendors are offering which would be analyzed." Go has ordered 72 A320 Neos, which it will receive from next April to December 2020.

"We aim to offer the best value for money to our flyers. If our aircraft has six more seats and better fuel consumption (the Neo is a 15-20% thriftier version of the current 320), then we can offer more affordable fares. But travel with us will always remain comfortable from customer perspective," the Italian CEO, who has made GoAir profitable, said.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Soon-GoAir-may-begin-operations-at-Jolly-Grant-Airport/articleshow/46070350.cms

GoAir may soon begin operations at Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport if senior officials at Airports Authority of India (AAI) are to be believed.

At present, three airlines - Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet - operate 18 flights every day from the state capital mostly to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Aiport. With the new carrier joining, at least four more flights will be added to the list, sources said.

Arrangements are already underway for the new airline to begin functioning. "Spaces have been earmarked for counters, airline staff and hangars. Full-fledged operations are expected to begin during the peak tourist season in summer," said a senior AAI official.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way the seat pitch is reducing over time...soon pax will travel domestic standing Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir CEO resigns
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31-Mar-2015 10:00 AM
GoAir CEO Giorgio De Roni is reportedly departing the airline after nearly four years in the position (Business Standard, 31-Mar-2015). Mr De Roni, who joined the airline in 2011, is the longest serving CEO of the carrier. Reports indicate he is resigning due to health reasons.
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