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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Amid-flight-fare-hike-GoAir-begins-operating-fuel-efficient-A320-neo-plane/articleshow/52673620.cms

GoAir begins operating fuel-efficient A320 neo

Jun 9, 2016

GoAir has put into operations its first fuel-efficient Airbus A320 neo plane, which it had inducted in the fleet last week, with the inaugural flight landing at city's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here from New Delhi, the airline said today.

The first A320 neo (new engine option) flight of GoAir, G8-336, arrived from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi international Airport at 16.20 hours on Wednesday, it said.

The arriving passengers were welcomed by the GoAir Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer along with senior officials from the European aircraft maker Airbus, engine maker Pratt & Whitney, GoAir said.

With the induction of the first of our 72 neo aircraft on order, GoAir has reached a fleet strength of 20 aircraft, Prock-Schauer said adding "With this expansion, we will be able to strengthen our domestic network and will also be available to fly on international routes."

The Mumbai-based airline had, in June 2011, placed order for 72 new A320 neo aircraft, valued at about Rs 32,400 crore on list price, with the European aviation major Airbus.

GoAir, which commands 8.5 per cent market share in domestic traffic, plans to induct as many as eight A320neo planes, of the 72 on order, in the fleet by March next year.

GoAir is also the first airline to use this aircraft in Spaceflex configuration with 186 seats enabling better service and availability during peak seasons, without compromising on the comfort of the traveller, it said.

The airline in a gesture towards conserving water in the face of the drought and severe water shortage in parts of the country, decided not to accept the customary water canon salute to the new flight on its landing at Mumbai airport.

Globally, when an airline starts its operations to a particular airport or flies a new aircraft, a water canon welcome is given from two fire tenders when the plane lands at the destination airport.

The new A320neo incorporates a host of innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which provide for 15 percent saving of the fuel from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year, it added.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe GO Air must be in existence for more than 5 yrs now. Anybody heard about their international plans.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/india-s-goair-shows-intent-to-fly-to-europe-1.1844596

India’s GoAir shows intent to fly to Europe

June 12, 2016

GoAir, which recently became eligible to fly overseas with the induction of 20th aircraft in its fleet, may become the first Indian budget airline to take wings to Europe, subject to government nod.

GoAir has expressed its intent to fly abroad from next year and indicated Europe among several other regions in this regard, a top Civil Aviation Ministry official has said.

Among the four low-cost airlines — SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir and AirAsia India operating in the country, only the first two currently fly international with operations to the Gulf, Southeast Asia and SAARC regions.

“GoAir has expressed its intent to fly overseas from next calendar year. It has indicated some regions,” Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said, adding that Gulf and Europe were some regions that the Mumbai-based carrier was looking at.

However, the airline “has not yet submitted a formal plan in this regard,” he said.

When pointed out that the airline does not have the type of aircraft for the long-haul operations, Choubey said they could be considering “hopping flights”.

Flights of over seven hours are considered long-haul and are generally operated by twin-aisled wide-body aircraft, whereas GoAir’s fleet comprises of 20 narrow-body, single- aisle Airbus A-320s. It has 71 more of the same type of aircraft on order.

Recently during the induction of its 20th aircraft and the first of the 72 A320 neo (new engine option), GoAir Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer had said “with this expansion, we will be able to strengthen our domestic network and will also be available to fly on international routes.”

GoAir had started operations in November 2005. Despite more than 10 years in operations, the airline was not qualified to fly overseas as it did not have 20 aircraft in the fleet under the 5/20 rule, under which only those airlines having five years of operational experience and a minimum of 20 aircraft are allowed to fly overseas.

“GoAir can operate Europe with an Airbus A-320, but with a reduced seating capacity. Since Gulf is too close, it will not be possible for the airline to have a stop either at Dubai or Muscat,” an aviation expert said.

German carrier Lufthansa currently flies an all-business class A-320 plane to Pune from Frankfurt with only 48 seats as against a maximum seating capacity of 180.

“If it has to operate an A320 for long-haul, the airline will have to reduce the capacity of its aircraft by more two- thirds and could fly as all-business class,” the expert said. GoAir’s latest A-320 neo has a capacity of 186 seats.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is not true, GoAir (if ever) can fly via KWI to many points in Europe, may even to UK. Copa flies from Panama City to southern S. America, which have same or greater distances, similar to Kuwait to Western portion of Europe.

I don't know why GoAir is even fooling around with Europe, they should first fly to nearby regions, may be they could try Nairobi, where only Kenyan Air flies.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is not true, GoAir (if ever) can fly via KWI to many points in Europe, may even to UK. Copa flies from Panama City to southern S. America, which have same or greater distances, similar to Kuwait to Western portion of Europe.

I don't know why GoAir is even fooling around with Europe, they should first fly to nearby regions, may be they could try Nairobi, where only Kenyan Air flies.


They're only looking at charters to europe.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52701796.cms

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Low fare carrier Go Air plans from next calendar year to fly to neighbouring international regions and also operate charter services to Europe, two people in the know said Saturday.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my admiration of them has grown gradually; to fine tune the model before mad like expansion.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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my admiration of them has grown gradually; to fine tune the model before mad like expansion.
They also have one of the best in charge, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, who contributed in no small means to Jet Airway's good times. He knows his onions, and knows the region and its dynamics, quite well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir has added a new (its second) A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WGB.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like GoAir gradual safe expansion plans...very much like Bz/DHL thinking in the cargo area.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-10/airbus-said-close-to-7-5-billion-a320neo-deal-from-goair

Airbus Said Close to $7.5 Billion A320neo Deal From GoAir

July 10, 2016

Airbus Group SE is in discussions with Go Airlines India Pvt. about the purchase of about 70 A320neo planes worth around $7.5 billion at list prices, according to people familiar with the situation.

An announcement could come as early as this week at the Farnborough Air Show in England, though talks may extend further into the year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are ongoing.

GoAir is one of only three carriers that have begun operating the revamped Neo version of Airbus’s single-aisle jet, so that a follow-on order would provide a vote of confidence in a model that’s been dogged by issues with its Pratt & Whitney turbines since last year.

The Indian carrier already has a contract for 72 A320neos, two of which have been delivered, after announcing a deal for the jets in 2011.

The new batch would again use Pratt engines, rather than a competing powerplant from CFM International alliance of General Electric Co. and Safran SA, according to the people.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-newspaper/goair-rushes-in-where-other-indian-carriers-fear-to-tread/story-zkHlC0fiOxBAWHa3g8pw1O.html

Iran, Uzbekistan: GoAir rushes in where other Indian carriers fear to tread

July, 11, 2016

GoAir, which is about to become the fourth private airline from the country to operate overseas flights has chosen to start with Iran, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey, countries to which no Indian carrier flies because they are not popular tourist hubs.

The Wadia group-owned budget airline, which has sought government approval for the purpose, is likely to start international services to 14 countries by early next year.

These will also include China, Thailand, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

The Mumbai-based carrier wants to begin international operations from the next summer schedule. Flying rights are granted by the government twice a year—for the summer and winter schedules.

The summer schedule begins from the last Sunday of March and extends up to the last Saturday of October.

“We are requesting to be designated to fly to the countries mentioned on a scheduled basis during the summer schedule 2017. Extensive evaluations have been conducted to arrive at a phase-wise plan for implementation,” GoAir chief executive officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer wrote to the ministry.

“We require allocations for proper planning and hence, we request the ministry for early approval,” the letter said.

GoAir submitted a detailed plan to the aviation ministry on June 23, a copy of which is available with HT.

The airline did not respond to HT’s requests for comments for the story.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GoAir, which is about to become the fourth private airline from the country to operate overseas flights has chosen to start with Iran, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey, countries to which no Indian carrier flies because they are not popular tourist hubs.


These will also include China, Thailand, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.




I have a positive feel about what they are doing. And I am pretty sure they'll be able to fill up their A320s. If they are successful in making money on these route, it will be a turning point in Indian aviation, with airlines thinking out of the box. No more lalaji flights to DXB/SIN/HKG.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir introduces new routes from October/November

- 1 daily Mumbai-Port Blair effective 01 October

G8461 BOM0400 - 0715IXZ 320 D

G8462 IXZ0745 - 1115BOM 320 D

From the same date, Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai will cease to operate. This will be India's longest non-stop domestic route beating Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram. This flight is probably a seasonal flight just running for the Winter Season, with the Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai taking over the same slots for the Summer Season.

- 2 daily Chennai-Bengaluru effective 01 November

G8281 MAA0720 - 0820BLR 320 D
G8283 MAA1940 - 2040BLR 320 D

G8282 BLR0855 - 0955MAA 320 D
G8284 BLR2115 - 2215MAA 320 D

- 1 daily Chennai-Kolkata-Bagdogra effective 01 November

G8501 MAA1030 - 1240CCU1315 - 1425IXB 320 D

G8502 IXB1455 - 1605CCU1640 - 1905MAA 320 D

Bookings open for all segments
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GoAir introduces new routes from October/November

- 1 daily Mumbai-Port Blair effective 01 October

G8461 BOM0400 - 0715IXZ 320 D

G8462 IXZ0745 - 1115BOM 320 D

From the same date, Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai will cease to operate. This will be India's longest non-stop domestic route beating Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram. This flight is probably a seasonal flight just running for the Winter Season, with the Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai taking over the same slots for the Summer Season.

- 2 daily Chennai-Bengaluru effective 01 November

G8281 MAA0720 - 0820BLR 320 D
G8283 MAA1940 - 2040BLR 320 D

G8282 BLR0855 - 0955MAA 320 D
G8284 BLR2115 - 2215MAA 320 D

- 1 daily Chennai-Kolkata-Bagdogra effective 01 November

G8501 MAA1030 - 1240CCU1315 - 1425IXB 320 D

G8502 IXB1455 - 1605CCU1640 - 1905MAA 320 D

Bookings open for all segments


Do they still operate BLR-IXZ?
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justbala wrote:
abhijith16 wrote:
GoAir introduces new routes from October/November

- 1 daily Mumbai-Port Blair effective 01 October

G8461 BOM0400 - 0715IXZ 320 D

G8462 IXZ0745 - 1115BOM 320 D

From the same date, Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai will cease to operate. This will be India's longest non-stop domestic route beating Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram. This flight is probably a seasonal flight just running for the Winter Season, with the Mumbai-Leh-Srinagar-Mumbai taking over the same slots for the Summer Season.

- 2 daily Chennai-Bengaluru effective 01 November

G8281 MAA0720 - 0820BLR 320 D
G8283 MAA1940 - 2040BLR 320 D

G8282 BLR0855 - 0955MAA 320 D
G8284 BLR2115 - 2215MAA 320 D

- 1 daily Chennai-Kolkata-Bagdogra effective 01 November

G8501 MAA1030 - 1240CCU1315 - 1425IXB 320 D

G8502 IXB1455 - 1605CCU1640 - 1905MAA 320 D

Bookings open for all segments


Do they still operate BLR-IXZ?


Yes, they resume the service from 01OCT.
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http://www.lse.co.uk/FinanceNews.asp?code=0jhi6m6u&headline=AIRSHOWIndias_GoAir_signs_77_bln_deal_with_Airbus_for_72_A320neos

GoAir signs $7.7 bln deal with Airbus for 72 A320neos

12th Jul 2016

GoAir, India's fifth-biggest carrier by passengers travelled, announced on Tuesday a preliminary agreement with European planemaker Airbus to buy 72 A320neos in a deal worth about $7.7 billion at current list prices.

The deal will help continue GoAir's growth, the airline said in a statement, and built on its existing order for 72 of the same aircraft which it made in 2011.

"The new aircraft will help us in unlocking new domestic routes while providing a springboard for continued international network expansion in the years to come,"

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http://avherald.com/h?article=49b037fe&opt=0

Incident: GoAir A320 at Delhi on Jul 9th 2016, lightning cracks windshield

Jul 11th 2016

A GoAir Airbus A320-200, registration VT-GOP performing flight G8-102 from Kolkata to Delhi (India) with 180 people on board, was in the initial descent towards Delhi, when lightning struck the aircraft resulting in a cracked windshield. The crew continued for a safe landing on Delhi's runway 10 about 30 minutes later.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 15 hours, then resumed service.

VT-GOP at the gate being checked:


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http://www.ptinews.com/news/7770538_GoAir-gets-nod-to-fly-to-Iran--Uzbekistan--7-other-nations-.html

GoAir gets nod to fly to 9 nations

Aug 16

GoAir has received government's approval to fly to nine countries including Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan, with the Wadia group airline now expecting to take to international skies early next year.

The approval for the Mumbai-based carrier which has been operating for over a decade, comes more than two months after the Government eased the overseas flying norms for Indian airlines.

The airline has received approval to operate flights to nine countries, including Iran, China, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kazakhastan, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia, a senior official said.

"We have got approval to fly to nine countries. We expect to start international operations from the next summer schedule," GoAir Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer told PTI.

Generally, the summer schedule commences from the last Sunday of March and extends to the last Saturday of October every year.

GoAir would be the first Indian private carrier to fly to any CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). CIS countries for which the carrier has got flying nod include Uzbekistan, Kazakhastan and Azerbaijan.

Currently under the air service agreements, Indian carriers can operate 31 weekly services to Iran, seven to Azerbaijan, Kazakhastan (21), Uzbekistan (18 ) and China (42).

In case of Vietnam, Indian airlines are allowed to operate 28 weekly services and permitted unlimited operations from 18 select tourist destinations in India.

Under the bilaterals, the quota for seats and services are equal for airlines of the two countries concerned.

GoAir currently has a fleet of 21 Airbus aircraft including two fuel-efficient A320 neos. It is the lone one among the established players that is yet to start overseas flights. Its peers --IndiGo and SpiceJet -- already operate international flights.




http://www.azernews.az/business/100960.html

The Mumbai-based airline has got an admission for carrying out scheduled passenger flights to Azerbaijan, Iran, China, Vietnam, the Maldives, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia from March 2017.

GoAir received permission to make regular passenger flights from Mumbai or Delhi to Baku with a frequency of three times a week, according to the report.

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any idea whether the international product is going to be any different from domestic. though none of the countries approved look high yielding.

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http://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/nri/go-air-planning-to-start-saudi-flight-service-from-kozhikode-english-news-1.1325604

Go Air planning to start Saudi flight service from Kozhikode

September 2, 2016

Go Air is planning to start flight services to Saudi Arabia from Kozhikode airport after it received nod from government to launch foreign operations.

The company plans to start services from December and for its Saudi services, the airline is eyeing Kozhikode airport. The company has started financial viability survey and has sought details from the Airport Authority of India on the services available at the airport.


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On Thursday, GoAir announced Hyderabad as 23rd destination on its network, connecting it with several cities on the east coast, including Kolkata, beside a flight to Port Blair from here via Bengaluru on Thursday.

Stating Hyderabad was a missing link in their southern network, the CEO said they'd be focusing more on the expansion of domestic operations, as the airline still served only 23 of the 40 top destinations in India.

On international operations, to begin with the summer schedule (June 2017), he said GoAir was allocated traffic rights to all the major neighbouring or nearby countries within the range of an A-320 aircraft (six hours).

These included China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam. The CEO said the same A-320 aircraft would be used for international flights, as he firmly believed in a one aircraft, one fleet principle.

The 186 seater A-320 is a big aircraft; they'd consider the slightly bigger 230-seater A-321 if necessary, he said.


http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/goair-to-decide-on-capital-raising-in-2017-116101300763_1.html
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GoAir has (short term) wet leased two A320s, SP-HAG & SP-HAH from Small Planet Airlines.
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GoAir has added a new (its third) A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WGC.
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anybody besides AI and 9W have any wide-body plans?? If so that would be the next big change in Indian aviation history.

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anybody besides AI and 9W have any wide-body plans?? If so that would be the next big change in Indian aviation history.

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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/E5tncp9sqhimjcHyf58lfJ/Vistara-starts-preparations-to-fly-abroad.html

Vistara starts preparations to fly abroad


An official at an aircraft manufacturer, who declined to be identified, said Vistara has taken and continues to take presentations for both wide-body planes used for long-haul flights and smaller ones for shorter flights.

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http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/budget-carrier-goair-launches-seat-selection-at-rs-99-onwards/468817/

GoAir launches seat selection at Rs 99 onwards

9 December 2016

GoAir has launched a pre-booking of seats scheme priced at Rs 99, GoAir announced the deal today in Mumbai. GoAir says this will allow a passenger to avail a most comfortable and the offer applies to all commuters across all sectors and, according to the airline, is being offered at the lowest available rates across various blocks. GoAir is the only airline to initiate this affordable seat selection offer. Commuters may avail this offer by visiting the website.

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GoAir has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WGD.
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http://www.rusaviainsider.com/small-planet-airlines-extends-its-reach-to-asia/

Small Planet Airlines extends its reach to Asia

December 13th, 2016

Lithuanian leisure charter carrier Small Planet Airlines has announced expansion of its route network in Asia. Besides Cambodia, where the airline has been operating for some time now, it has added two new countries, Saudi Arabia and India.

Two more A320s have been dispatched to the carrier’s Indian base in Mumbai to operate domestic flights in cooperation with the low-cost carrier Go Air.

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GoAir firms contract for 72 A320neo aircraft, doubles order to 144

GoAir, a Wadia Group company, has penned a firm contract for 72 A320neo aircraft following its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during the Farnborough International Airshow. The agreement reached on 30thDecember 2016, doubles GoAir’s firm order book for the aircraft type to 144. The airline has taken delivery of 4 A320neo from its original contract of 72 aircraft and now has a backlog of 140 A320neo.

GoAir took delivery of its first A320neo in June 2016 and now operates a fleet of twenty three aircraft. With the NEO induction, Go Air will expand its network and offer fliers better connectivity and continue its growth as one of India’s preferred low-cost airline.
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GoAir firms contract for 72 A320neo aircraft, doubles order to 144
This is interesting. While W P-S's initial moves were that of consolidation, there were sure but firm small strides, and now, here comes a major one. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir launches Jaipur-Kolkata/Ahmedabad & Ahmedabad-Kochi effective 15FEB

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go Air took delivery of a new A320 NEO VT-WGE.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go Air, which was planning Tehran as one of its initial overseas destinations, has stalled those plans for now. The airline plans to start international flights later this year.

https://financialtribune.com/articles/economy-business-and-markets/59285/indian-airlines-reconsider-plans-to-conduct-iran-flights
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir launched

HYD-IXB-GAU-HYD Daily Eff Feb 1, 2017

G8 299 HYD 09:25 12:00 IXB 12:30 13:15 GAU 13:45 16:35 HYD

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G8 294 IXZ 13:15 15:55 HYD 16:35 17:50 BLR

BOM-IXZ-BOM is Mo, We, Fr, Su effective Feb 1, 2017. It was daily before.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/new-snags-emerge-with-gtf-powered-a320neos-in-india-434678/

New snags emerge with GTF-powered A320neos in India

01 March, 2017


India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation is undertaking extensive examinations of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan engines on Airbus A320neos operated by GoAir and IndiGo, following the emergence of new issues with the engine.

Sources at GoAir have confirmed to FlightGlobal that its fleet of five A320neos are under extra scrutiny from the regulator following an inflight engine shutdown of one of the aircraft on 8 February, which forced the crew on a Delhi-Bengaluru flight to return to the Indian capital.

The engines are being subject to borescope examinations by the DGCA, while the airline is checking the engine's fan blades each night.

Some of the A320neos have also displayed “3 bearing warning” indication on the electronic centralised aircraft monitor (ECAM), which has has been traced back to a problem with the bearing component manufacturer.

"There is a fear now that these specific kinds of failures will have an impact on operations,” says the source.

Local media reports indicate that 16 A320neos operated by IndiGo are also undergoing examinations. The aircraft under inspection have flown for at least 1,000 hours.

IndiGo did not comment when approached by FlightGlobal.

In a statement to FlightGlobal, P&W says that it is supporting GoAir and IndiGo “to assess the situation and minimise any disruption”. However, the engine maker adds that the issues “are still under review so it would be premature to speculate on the cause(s)”.

"We are working closely with our customers and our suppliers in order to address and resolve these issues quickly," it adds.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoAir has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-GOS.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/55875-indias-goair-postpones-intl-launch-over-a320neo-delays

India's GoAir postpones intl launch over A320neo delays

GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) has decided to postpone the launch of its international operations, due to delays in the delivery of its A320neos. The Business Standard reports that international flights will not launch before winter 2017/18.

GoAir has so far taken delivery of five A320neos out of a firm order of 144 of the type. Deliveries have been delayed due to known problems with the neo's Pratt & Whitney PW1100G powerplants.

CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer told The Business Standard that GoAir is now a few months behind its schedule. "The second half of the year will lead to normalisation of our original plan," Prock-Schauer said. "We are quite confident of the measures taken by the manufacturer to rectify the faults. Hopefully, after it becomes normal, we can pick up according to our original plan of expansion."

In mid-2016, the Indian low cost carrier was awarded international traffic rights to Tehran Imam Khomeini, Guangzhou, Kunming Changshui, Ho Chi Minh City, Malé, Baku, Tashkent Yuzhny, Doha Hamad Int'l, and Dammam (Saudi-Arabia).

Domestically, GoAir is increasing its capacity by operating more frequent flights. Prock aims to increase the number of flights by 20% this year, up to 205 daily flights across its network of 23 destinations.

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