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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India took delivery of another 787-8 (VT-ANY) yesterday.

Two more deliveries next month (August) with one more in September.
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http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/oman-air-has-no-plans-to-bid-for-air-india-ceo/article9765297.ece

Oman Air has no plans to bid for Air India: CEO

July 13

Oman Air, has no plans of putting in a bid for Air India, Paul Gregorowitsch, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer said on Thursday.

“Today we have no interest to make a bid for Air India or part of Air India. Today we have different priorities. The economies in the Gulf are having some cross winds… rather than following examples of other Gulf carriers which have not been so successful at financially participating in airlines in either India, Asia or Europe,” Gregorowitsch said in response to a question on whether his airline will bid for Air India.

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http://www.firstpost.com/india/peta-urges-all-indian-airlines-to-serve-only-vegan-meals-to-flyers-3809677.html

PETA urges all Indian airlines to serve only vegan meals to flyers

Jul, 13 2017

Animal rights body PETA on Thursday appealed to all Indian airlines to serve only vegan meals to passengers across all flying classes, days after Air India announced that it would not serve non-vegetarian meals in its economy class to cut down on cost.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA-India) has written to all airlines to encourage them serve vegan meals to passengers, noting that meat, egg and dairy production is one of the leading causes of climate change

In a statement, it said that climate change was causing people throughout India to endure severe drought and heatwave.

In addition to producing an estimated 51 percent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions, animal farming also uses a massive amount of water, land and food resources, it said.

"Balancing an airline's carbon footprint can start with putting meat and dairy products on the no-fly list. PETA is encouraging all Indian airlines to follow Air India's lead and serve exclusively healthy, humane and eco- friendly vegan meals on all flights," said PETA CEO Manilal Valliyate.

The animal rights body said that while more than 194 million people in India were undernourished, at least 50 percent of the world's grain supply was being used to feed farmed animals. The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has also been conclusively linked to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer, it said.

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani had earlier said that the move by the airline was an attempt to rationalise cost. "We have also realised that this will reduce wastage to a great extent because we carry extra vegetarian and non- vegetarian meals. Serving one type of meal to passengers in economy class will also make the job of crew members simpler," Lohani had said.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtUiT5ZXZDE

According to the above link, DEL - IAD flight would be 6 weekly from October 26 of this year. The news clip also adds that the flight would move to the Dreamliner soon. I would be doubtful of their claim since its highly unlikely that the 788 makes it that far.
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http://www.globalatlanta.com/atlanta-pitch-air-india-direct-route/

Atlanta to Pitch Air India on a Direct Route

JULY 18, 2017

Atlanta leaders are looking to persuade Air India that the Southeast’s economic hub should be its next U.S. destination.

Driven by the Consulate General of India in Atlanta, the Indian community is gathering support for a petition that will make a business case to the country’s flag carrier as it expands U.S. service.

Air India has five U.S. gateways and should begin new service to Los Angeles and Dallas later this year. It launched nonstop service between Delhi and Washington on July 7, linking the two nations’ capitals just after President Donald Trump hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House in late June.

The Washington flight started out as an extension of Air india’s New York-Delhi route, but eventually blossomed into a three-days-a-week nonstop as the benefits of the link became clear.

Nonstop would be preferred, but an Atlanta flight could follow a similar model as leaders work to make their case to the carrier, said Nagesh Singh, the country’s consul general in Atlanta, who has long been pushing for greater connectivity.

The effort comes as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ramps up its own efforts to woo the carrier.

“We have trips planned probably within the next few months to India,” Roosevelt Council, the airport’s general manager, told Global Atlanta, fittingly, on the sidelines of an economic development conference where Atlanta airport leaders were training developing-world airport officials in route development.

An India trip this year would be the second for Hartsfield-Jackson in as many years. A 2016 trip included meetings with Air India and was conducted in conjunction with economic development and tourism leaders from Atlanta and Georgia.

Mr. Council said that the airport would welcome a Delta Air Lines flight to India but isn’t waiting on its hometown partner.

“It doesn’t matter who the carrier is,” he said, referring to the economic development impact of a new route. “If we can get Air India to come here it’s the same thing.”

He added that the airport stands as a ready part of the city’s coalition to make a strong case for a new link.

“It’s always a business decision for the airline. No matter how much we want somebody, it needs to be something they feel like can be profitable for them. But I think we actually present a pretty attractive package.”

Air India’s regional manager in the New York office couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

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Why can not 9W operate direct India-USA flights with their 77Ws? What's preventing them?
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Why would AI do ATL when ATL isn't a Star Alliance hub?

Right now, AI does well to serve EWR, ORD, SFO, and IAD - all UA major UA hubs. JFK's catchment area is large enough to handle O&D traffic as is LAX should it ever get started.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
Why can not 9W operate direct India-USA flights with their 77Ws? What's preventing them?


My guess is they need a metal neutral JV with Delta to pull off a nonstop to either JFK or ATL. Also would need strong connections on both ends. Until a real JV goes into place, it looks like DL/AF/KL & 9W have some sort of deal in place where each provides the other some cheap seats for connecting traffic to make their respective flights work
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaysit wrote:
Why would AI do ATL when ATL isn't a Star Alliance hub?
UA has been rather snooty in code-sharing with AI (more so this year, when the code-shares would have benefitted both airlines, and AI wanted an extensive list of code-shares in place by summer). AI haven't announced ATL, in spite of this extensive wooing, and Lohani is not known to be a big talker: he talks only when plans are firmly in place. His only period of continued silence was when the gag-order had come in, post the AI privatisation talk. I do not think AI will add ATL in the near future.

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Right now, AI does well to serve EWR, ORD, SFO, and IAD - all UA major UA hubs. JFK's catchment area is large enough to handle O&D traffic as is LAX should it ever get started.
The JFK strategy was very swift, and effective. Look at the number of B6 inline connections AI is selling, something that benefits both airlines. UA was snooty about AI code-shares even before they pulled out of JFK. AI had a decent plan B in place, and moved in swiftly for the B6 connections. B6 honours the AI baggage policy. Though B6 is a non-IATA carrier, this did not stop AI from drawing up a decent cooperation plan out of and into JFK on B6.

Cheers, Sumantra.
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http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/air-india-wins-major-arbitration-case-against-us-based-airline-117031800655_1.html

Air India wins major arbitration case against US-based airline

March 18, 2017

In a major victory for government-owned Air India, the airline won an arbitration case against US-based air charter company Dynamic International Airways, putting an end to an over three-year legal tussle between the two parties. The order given by arbitrato, former Comptroller and Auditor General P Sesh Kumar, will require the US-based charter operator pay an amount of around Rs 65.71 crore to the national airline.

The arbitrator has also rejected Dynamic Airways’ counter claims of Rs 108.45 crore from Air India.

Air India now plans to move the US judiciary so that the order can be enforced under US laws. Dynamic being a US-based company, it is necessary that the hearing is done in US courts under the United States Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 21 U.S.T 2517.

Air India will also file a caveat petition in Delhi High Court, so that in case the award is challenged by Dynamic, Air India gets an advance notice of hearing.

An Air India spokesperson said it was a major victory for the company following a prolonged legal battle. “It will help to recoup the airline’s expenses and we will take all steps to enforce the award in foreign jurisdiction against the party,” the spokesperson said. Business Standard could not immediately contact the spokesperson of Dynamic Airways.

Under an agreement signed in 2014, US-based Dynamic was supposed to provide aircraft to Air India to carry passengers during Haj. Air India is the nodal carrier from India for undertaking Haj operations.

Problems started once operation started. Dynamic Airways arbitrarily reduced the number of planes it originally agreed to provide. Dynamic agreed to carry only two-thirds of the 36,000 passengers who were supposed to fly from India to Saudi Arabia and back. This resulted in massive mismanagement of the Haj operations in 2014, leading to several flights being cancelled or delayed by several hours, and numerous cases of lost baggage. The situation was so serious that the Saudi envoy to India criticised Air India for operations, following which Air India stopped outsourcing Haj services to external parties.

Dynamic had earlier filed a notice before the US courts that the dispute should be heard in US, not in India. A US federal court rejected the claims allowing the arbitration case to be settled in India.

Dynamic also said that P Sesh Kumar was not an eligible arbitrator in this case as he was a former Government of India employee and under Indian Arbitration Law, anyone who has past or present business relationship with a party is disqualified to oversee such a dispute.




https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/57967-dynamic-intl-airways-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy

Dynamic Int'l Airways files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Dynamic International Airways (2D, Greensboro) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States as it attempts to recuperate from litigation with Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) which saw it hit with damages of USD10 million. The US ACMI/charter specialist said in a statement that it will continue to offer normal services while working through a reorganization process.

In March this year, an Indian arbitration court found in favour of Air India over a dispute regarding Hajj services contracted in 2013 and 2014. Under the contract, Dynamic was to provide India-Saudi Arabia charter capacity, but supplied only four of the five agreed aircraft, resulting in delays and cancellations for Air India's passengers. A countersuit filed by Dynamic alleging breach of contract was rejected. The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina then moved to affirm an arbitration award against Dynamic Intl. issued by the Canadian Arbitration Association in April. The award determined that Dynamic Intl. was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises, one of two Indian firms that acted on its behalf during the Hajj contract.

As such, Dynamic says that while it has filed a notice of appeal and intends to challenge the judgment and award, it has no immediate recourse to stay the judgment. It has therefore determined that a voluntary filing for Chapter 11 protection is necessary.

"Operating under the protection of the US Bankruptcy Court will enable us to continue to serve our customers, keep our team employed and work with our vendors while we navigate through the challenges presented," CEO Paul Kraus said in a statement. "Once we have completed the reorganization process, we expect Dynamic Intl. to emerge as a stronger company with a sound financial structure that is appropriate not only for today's level of business activity but also for the future."

The North Carolina-based carrier currently offers passenger flights from New York JFK to Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Its fleet entails two active B767-300(ER)s with two B767-200s and one B767-200(ER) currently parked

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http://www.kashmirvision.in/news/boeing-747-makes-maiden-landing-at-srinagar-airport

Boeing 747 makes maiden landing at Srinagar Airport

20, July 2017

The Aircraft which made its maiden landing at the Srinagar Airport is the largest aircraft operating in India. The aircraft will be used in ferrying the Hajj passengers directly to Jeddah from Srinagar airport.

The Air India Boeing 747 flights are supposed to depart daily from the Srinagar Airport to Jeddah from 25th of this month.

Air India officials said the scheduled timing for departure of flights would be 9 am and 11.35 am.

Notably, the Boeing 747s which will be carrying around 900 passengers daily to the Jeddah from the Srinagar Airport runs on selected eight routes across India and aboard.

“It was a huge aircraft. It was to test the preparedness for the Hajj flights and it was a success,” said Sharad Kumar, Director of Airport Authority of India, Srinagar.

“There was a little delay due to the wing span of the aircraft. It took some time to move the aircraft backwards,” said Manjeet Singh, Manager operations at Srinagar Airport.

Singh said that the Airport Authority of India will use fifty more workers during the Hajj flights.

The Boeing 747 on its maiden flight to Srinagar carried 260 passengers from New Delhi, while as 407 passengers travelled to New Delhi via same flight.



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747-237 wrote:
http://www.kashmirvision.in/news/boeing-747-makes-maiden-landing-at-srinagar-airport
[i]Boeing 747 makes maiden landing at Srinagar Airport

I saw this parked at a domestic gate, and had a WhatsApp discussion with Ameya on this. VT-ESO `Khajuraho', scheduled for AI 811. I was flying out of Delhi to Nagpur, and Ameya was coming in to Delhi.
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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/aqGPjSTwog4DSoeCHi2ooM/KKR-Warburg-Pincus-show-interest-in-Air-India-privatisation.html

KKR, Warburg Pincus show interest in Air India privatisation

Jul 23 2017

Private equity funds KKR and Co. and Warbug Pincus are the latest to express interest in acquiring Air India’s businesses, according to two people directly aware of the development.

The two buyout firms have separately sought details of the proposed privatisation process of the national carrier that was cleared by the cabinet in end June, the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.

“Air India’s businesses make attractive investment opportunity for the PE funds,” said one of the two people. “However, the discussions are currently at a very early stage and will expectedly gain momentum once there is further clarity on the divestment process.”

While both KKR and Warburg declined to comment, the people cited earlier said the funds were told to wait till an independent adviser is appointed to manage the sale through a bidding process.

“A proposal inviting investment banks to manage divestment is expected soon and quite a few domestic and foreign investment banks have been sounded out,” said the first person.

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http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/no-non-veg-for-domestic-economy-class-fliers-on-air-india/article19246446.ece
No non-veg for domestic economy class fliers on Air India
As discussed on the WhatsApp AI.net forum, I got to experience two flavours of this. 02 Jul AI 013 DEL-AMD and 03 Jul AI 011 AMD-DEL were international connectors, and veg-only flights. However, 18 Jul AI 102 DEL-BOM and 19 Jul AI 101 BOM-DEL were domestic legs of international flights, and had a non-veg option.
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http://www.avgeekery.com/air-india-a320neo-crew-forgets-to-raise-the-gear-lands-safely-short-of-destination/

Air India A320neo Crew Forgets To Raise The Gear, Lands Safely Short Of Destination

24 July 2017

Two Air India Airlines pilots have been grounded for forgetting to retract the landing gear on their spanking-new Airbus A320neo and flying 693 miles (1,115 kilometers) from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) in Kolkata in eastern India to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport / Sonegaon Air Force Base (NAG) at Nagpur with the gear extended on Saturday July 22nd 2017. The pilots didn’t put it together that the gear was in the wind when they were unable to climb higher than 24,000 feet (7,315 meters), which is about 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) lower than their usual assigned altitude of 36,000 feet (10,972 meters). They didn’t figure it out when their jet wouldn’t fly faster than 230 knots (264 miles per hour or 426 kilometers per hour) either.

The Air India A320neo, as flight 676, was supposed to fly from CCU all the way to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai on the western coast of India- essentially a cross-India trip. But the higher than normal fuel consumption due to the added drag of the extended landing gear used up fuel a lot faster than normal. They made it roughly 2/3 of the way before they were forced to divert and land at NAG. It was only when preparing to land at NAG about an hour and a half into their flight that the flight crew realized their faux pas. There were 99 passengers aboard the flight.

The pilots, both of whom were women according to the original report, expressed incredulity when they became aware of their error. One pilot was surprised that the cabin crew and passengers didn’t express concern about the added noise and vibration cause by flight with the landing gear extended. Speculation is that the pilots may have chalked the noise and vibration up to monsoon-caused turbulence aloft over India that day. But there is a post-takeoff checklist which was obviously poorly executed.

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http://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=463298

AI plans to reinvent its menu for international business class passengers

Jul 26 2017

In a bid to lure more passengers, national passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday said that it will introduce a new menu for its international first and business class segments.

According to the airline's spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar, the airline will reinvent its existing menu by introducing regional dishes, more varieties of wine and mocktails.

Apart from new dishes, the airline intends to give a "refresher training" in Indian cuisine to its chefs, who are stationed at various international cities.

"We will showcase new menu with regional dishes, new wines and several other changes during an exhibition which will be held in September," Kumar said.

"The final menu will be decided and pressed into service from the winter schedule from October end."

The move assumes significance as the airline earns 65 per cent of its total revenue from international operations.

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https://bureaucracytoday.com/psumarket.aspx?id=140597

Air India procures 86, sells 5 aircrafts

26/07/2017

Air India has procured 86 aircrafts and sold five planes in the last ten years.

Except the 5 B-777 LR aircrafts which have been sold, all other aircrafts are in service or operations. The 5 B-777 LR aircrafts were sold in order to rationalize the fleet and reduce operational losses.

Out of the 23 B-787 aircrafts, 21 B-787 Dreamliner aircrafts have been acquired under the Sale and Lease Back Arrangement (SLB) and the remaining two aircrafts have been procured under Bridge Loans till their SLB financing is finalized. As per the Turnaround Plan approved by the Govt for Air India, these aircraft were to be procured by AI under SLB arrangement.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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http://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=463298

AI plans to reinvent its menu for international business class passengers

Jul 26 2017

In a bid to lure more passengers, national passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday said that it will introduce a new menu for its international first and business class segments.

According to the airline's spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar, the airline will reinvent its existing menu by introducing regional dishes, more varieties of wine and mocktails.

Apart from new dishes, the airline intends to give a "refresher training" in Indian cuisine to its chefs, who are stationed at various international cities.

"We will showcase new menu with regional dishes, new wines and several other changes during an exhibition which will be held in September," Kumar said.

"The final menu will be decided and pressed into service from the winter schedule from October end."

The move assumes significance as the airline earns 65 per cent of its total revenue from international operations.


They need to clean their filthy cabins, fix the broken fixtures, and while they're at it get rid of their First Class and replace it and its dodgy J Class with a more modern and competitive product. A decent chicken curry doesn't compensate for a lousy product, especially now since they're no longer competitive on price.
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