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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, AI should start EWR-DEL immediately and I want to be the first passenger!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India closes London – Newark reservation from mid-Nov 2018

Air India in recent inventory update closed reservation for London Heathrow – Newa
rk sector, as bookings for travel on/after 16NOV18 is no longer available. The Star Alliance member operates this sector 3 times a week, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Planned schedule as follows.

AI171 LHR1300 – 1620EWR 788 135
AI172 EWR2315 – 1105+1LHR 788 135

The airline will continue to operate Ahmedabad – London Heathrow sector 4 times a week.


Source: Airlineroute.net
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard a rumor that AI is starting BLR to LHR very soon (3 times a week). Is it still in the works. If they can get codeshares from United, may be it will work, especially to IAH, DEN and LAX, where AI does not fly to.

AI should also investigate codes shares with other airlines, may even DL or VS.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even without code shares, I have seen itenaries that have Delta flights from US connect to AI flights at LHR.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From 17NOV18, AI will introduce Bangalore – London Heathrow route, on board Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

AI177 BLR0525 – 1105LHR 788 246
AI178 LHR1300 – 0400+1BLR 788 135

Almost identical timings to BA.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/in-cost-cutting-mode-ai-targets-cheese-for-premium-passengers/articleshow/66093100.cms

In cost-cutting mode, AI targets cheese for premium passengers

Oct 6, 2018

Air India is halving the quantity of cheese board carried for premium passengers on its international flights and has cut down its catering cost by Rs 2.5 crore.

This is part of an elaborate cost-cutting exercise that the Maharaja has embarked on as operating expenses have mounted and the government’s promised fund infusion is nowhere in sight.

“Inflight caterers load cheese boards on flights. The cabin crew later sets them on a plate and serves them to premium flyers. There was a lot of wastage of cheese as a flyer may not want certain types of cheese being served. Instead of taking this item off the menu, we have halved the quantity being uploaded and the annual saving is expected to be Rs 2.5 crore,” said a source.

To keep aircraft light, AI is planning to fill its pressurised tanks to store potable water to 50-75% of capacity instead of to brim. Reason: Most passengers drink bottled water and few ask crew for drinking water.

Also, cabin crew are allowed two bags of 23 kg each on international flights on the Boeing 777 and 787 that operate to Europe, the US and Australia. The airline is planning to cut the baggage allowance for cabin crew.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:
Yes, AI should start EWR-DEL immediately and I want to be the first passenger!
As Jaysit (Sanjay) has correctly mentioned, the numbers are not there right now. The current AI 191/144 BOM-EWR connection is stretched to DEL, but no direct DEL-EWR. BOM T2 is a delight to transit to now-a-days (since your troublesome experience a few years back), however. UA's B77W on EWR-DEL will be a better product, but UA isn't doing fantastically on the EWR-India routes. F&B, default baggage allowance and Y leg room, plus the clientele (primarily Gujarati) brand loyalty ensures AI 191/144 will continue to do well for AI. JFK isn't doing badly for AI, unlike the situation say, 5 years back, when it bled like anything.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Sumantra, EWR is no longer a Gujju airport. Yes,they are the oldest and largest sub nationality from Indian subcontinent in New Jersey but other people still live here! EWR also attracts passengers from nearby Philadelphia, DC area, even NY City. Large number of EWR passengers are heading for north/east /central India and for them DEL is better destination. Regarding BOM T2 , it is a very modern terminal, but lacks the comfort of DEL T3.For myself presence of large middle eastern labor traffic makes it uncomfortable.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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@Sumantra, EWR is no longer a Gujju airport.
Sir: you missed my point. The Gujju community's brand loyalty to this flight is incredible, and has been, over the ages.
DEL T3 is a very convenient terminal for transit, and AI is making primary hub work rather well: completely agree.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alliance Air has added a new ATR72-600 to the fleet today, as VT-RKK.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/fleet-crunch-may-put-air-india-s-mumbai-new-york-non-stop-flight-on-hold/story-YiC2PyFSQrb07zKKCO7xCN.html

Fleet crunch may put Air India’s Mumbai-New York non-stop flight on hold

Oct 14, 2018

Air India’s plans to operate the first direct flight between Mumbai and New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport could be delayed because the airline does not have the aircraft or the crew to go ahead with operations.

According to senior airline officials, Air India, which had plans to commence the non-stop flight from this month, was planning to use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to fly to New York on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Currently, there are no direct connections to JFK Airport from Mumbai.

The airline’s other non-stop flight to Frankfurt from Mumbai, which was suspended in 2010, is being re-launched from October 16. When contacted, the Air India spokesperson did not respond Hindustan Times.

A senior airline official said that Air India had not issued an official announcement for the commencement of flight operations to JFK airport.

The official said, “Not only are four aircraft currently grounded, but a heavy investment for the commencement of commercial operations on the route is essential. The management is reviewing intricate details.”

Air India has 16 Boeing 777 planes, of which four are currently grounded, because of unavailability of spare parts.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/air-hostess-falls-from-aircraft-at-mumbai-airport/article25224577.ece

Air India air hostess falls from aircraft at Mumbai airport

October 15, 2018

In a freak incident, a 52-year-old Air India air hostess on Monday fell off a Boeing 777 aircraft at the Mumbai airport while it was on ground readying for a 7 a.m. flight to Delhi.

Harsha Lobo fell down from the aircraft door as the step ladder was being attached at 6.15 a.m.

Ms. Lobo was attended to by doctors at the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) at 6.18 a.m. "She is conscious and well-oriented but has sustained compound [open] fracture of right lower leg bones and multiple blunt injuries," an airport official said.

PTI adds:

The airline termed the incident “unfortunate”. Investigation was on, it said.

Ms. Lobo was shifted to the Nanavati Hospital.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/fleet-crunch-may-put-air-india-s-mumbai-new-york-non-stop-flight-on-hold/story-YiC2PyFSQrb07zKKCO7xCN.html

[i]Fleet crunch may put Air India’s Mumbai-New York non-stop flight on hold



They're really a joke, aren't they? I guess there are enough good people at the airline to ensure that aircraft are maintained enough so as not to fall out of the sky, and some good cabin crew who do their best to overcome the terrible product their bosses trot out.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaysit wrote:
They're really a joke, aren't they? I guess there are enough good people at the airline to ensure that aircraft are maintained enough so as not to fall out of the sky, and some good cabin crew who do their best to overcome the terrible product their bosses trot out.
Unfortunately, you are correct on the first point. Fortunately, you are correct on the second one, as well.
The fleet crunch has come due to the spares procurement delay, which comes as a result of money not coming in, in time. A completely avoidable situation. Depressing, since you are absolutely correct on the second point.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/revival-plan-air-india-suggest-govt-to-sell-air-india-express-sats-first/articleshow/66279680.cms

Air India suggest govt to sell Air India Express & SATS first

Oct 19, 2018

Air India has recommended to the government that its low-cost subsidiary and ground-handling unit be sold to improve the national carrier’s financial position in what could be a precursor to its eventual divestment.

This follows a failed plan to sell the debt-laden, state-owned airline earlier this year. The report suggests that Air India Express and Air India-SATS, which were previously meant to be sold with Air India, be put up for sale along with the engineering division and another ground-handling business, said a senior aviation ministry official.


The recommendations on improving Air India are currently being discussed at various levels in the ministry, he said. “The report mentions various ways to improve Air India — both financially and operationally,” he said. “The report is being discussed in the aviation ministry and will be forwarded to the finance ministry for further action.” The report was submitted by Air India chairman Pradeep Singh Kharola to the aviation ministry last week.

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