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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/shell-out-more-to-sit-with-family-on-ai-flights/articleshow/63791867.cms

Air India introduces seat selection fee for most rows

Apr 17, 2018

Air India on Monday introduced seat-selection fee for most rows on domestic and international flights. Earlier, it charged only for the front row seats on long-haul flights.

With this, yet another airline has imposed the middle seat selection fee or “family fee” as it is known in certain countries because parents or a passenger travelling with a kid would be forced to pay it to ensure the child doesn’t end up next to a stranger.

In a circular issued to travel agents, Air India listed the fees on various routes, which starts at Rs 100 for middle seats on domestic flights Rs 200 for the window/aisle seats. On international flights out of India, the fee is Rs 200 on most routes, except on flights to Kathmandu, where it’s Rs 100. The emergency exit row fee is between Rs 800 and Rs 1,500 depending on the route, while the window/aisle seat fee is between Rs 240 and Rs 1,500. On flights from international destinations into India, the seat fees depend on the currency of the airport or origin.

On the US-India routes for instance, the middle seat fee is $3, while that for the emergency row exit seat is $50. For all the other window and aisle seats, it is $15. A couple travelling with a child, say, a JFK/NewYork-Mumbai flight would be forced to shell out $33 to be seated on the same row. If they want to save and yet ensure that at least one parent is seated next to the child, they will have to pay at least $18 and book a window or an aisle seat and the middle seat.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since when did AI start charging for seat assignments. Except for some exit rows, I was able to select any seat in any row for no charge as recently as last month on a domestic flight. Probably AI express charges for seat assignments.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From 7th may
Vienna 4/7 instead of 3/7
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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From 7th may
Vienna 4/7 instead of 3/7


Does AI make money on a route operated 2X per week? Or is this just a consolidator route for cheap package deals to Asia?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caliguy wrote:
flyindia wrote:
From 7th may
Vienna 4/7 instead of 3/7


Does AI make money on a route operated 2X per week? Or is this just a consolidator route for cheap package deals to Asia?


I think he’s saying the flight will be operated 4x a week instead of 3x..?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

abhijith16 wrote:
Caliguy wrote:
flyindia wrote:
From 7th may
Vienna 4/7 instead of 3/7


Does AI make money on a route operated 2X per week? Or is this just a consolidator route for cheap package deals to Asia?


I think he’s saying the flight will be operated 4x a week instead of 3x..?


You are right - Wed, Fri, Sun, Mon
My bad. Well good for them if they are adding another flight. When I looked at the flights, I noticed (1) AI was pricing at a premium and (2) there really aren't too many options for AI's flight times since most EU airlines fly to DEL in the am and return in the middle of the night. If I was a tourist, I would pick AI's timings (now their soft product and reputation are well...)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/air-india-disinvestment-around-150-parties-seek-info-on-carrier-s-sale-118042500312_1.html

Air India disinvestment: Around 150 queries on carrier's sale

April 25, 2018

Around 150 queries have been received in the Air India privatisation process, made queries and sought clarifications on the terms of the flagship carrier’s sale. These include both foreign and Indian airlines, as well as a number of domestic and external non-aviation entities, Business Standard has learnt.

“The stakeholder consultation has got a good response. Almost 150 queries have been received,” a senior government official said. He said that the queries are mostly about the treatment of debt, employee future and management of the airline. Transaction advisor EY is responding to the queries and will seek clarification from the government regarding any changes in terms of sale.

The response to stakeholder consultation assumes significance as to major Indian airlines IndiGo and Jet Airways ruled out bidding for Air India that the terms of sale are too strict. However, the official said that there was a chance that IndiGo might rethink their decision.

The last date of submitting queries by interested parties was April 16. According to the practice, the transaction advisor responds to the queries on its own or forwards them to the line ministry – in this case, the Civil Aviation Ministry – or the department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM), if need be. EY will respond to the queries by April 30, the formal expressions of interest (EoI) by prospective buyers are to be submitted by May 14, and qualified interested bidders will be informed by the government by May 28.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India increases European service from May 2018

Air India in this week’s schedule update plans to introduce additional frequencies on selected European markets, set to commence in May 2018.

Delhi – Amritsar – Birmingham
eff 05MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Saturdays. 787-8 operating

Delhi – Copenhagen
eff 11MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Fridays. 787-8 operating

Delhi – Vienna
eff 07MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Mondays. 787-8 operating


Source: Airlineroute.net
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the increase in frequency announced by AI. Either they are doing well enough or breaking even and have spare 787's lying around.

On DEL-Amritsar-Birmingham route: Cannot imagine this route is high yielding. Unless there has been a sudden increase in the wealth of the VFR passengers who use this flight, this appears to be at best break even.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iah87 wrote:
and have spare 787's lying around.



This seems more likely as neither of these routes look strategic. Instead of VIE they should have gone for MUC.

Its alright so long as they are able to increase utilization and break even. But, again this adhocism doesn't help.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
Air India increases European service from May 2018

Air India in this week’s schedule update plans to introduce additional frequencies on selected European markets, set to commence in May 2018.

Delhi – Amritsar – Birmingham
eff 05MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Saturdays. 787-8 operating

Delhi – Copenhagen
eff 11MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Fridays. 787-8 operating

Delhi – Vienna
eff 07MAY18 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly, new flight operates on Mondays. 787-8 operating


Source: Airlineroute.net


SO it looks like AI will fly a total of 9 times weekly to BHX. 5X from DEL and and 4X from ATQ (all nonstop). Is that correct? I get why they have the Tues and Thurs flight flying at the same time at the DEL flight (so you essentially get 7X from DEL) but why have the extra 2X BHX-ATQ fly at similar times as BHX-DEL. I guess the night departure from BHX is what VFR want? I would have thought they would do a DEL-SFO and give some variety of times.
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