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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's not. Google has put up a previous year schedule showing the now non existent AI 116 ,but there's no sale of tickets showing up on AI website.

Yeah, makes sense cause I was trying to book SF-Delhi for a friend and Google is making all sorts of connections with this flight that say "book with a travel agent"


Go for OZ (Asiana) , it's J class fares are not even 2x of AI's Y class during the same period.
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Air India to launch new flights from Jan 1

17 Nov 2017

Air India Limited will operate new flights in the New Delhi-Port Blair-Vizag-New Delhi and New Delhi-Vizag-Port Blair-Vizag sector from January 1 to March 24, 2018. As per the schedule, AI-485 will depart New Delhi at 5.30 am and arrive Port Blair at 9.15 am, AI-486 will depart Port Blair at 9.55 am and arrive Vizag at 11.55 am and AI-486 will depart Vizag at 12.30 pm and land at New Delhi at 2.35 pm. The flights will operate on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th day of every week.

Similarly, AI-485 will depart New Delhi at 5.30 am and reach Vizag at 7.35 am, AI-485 will then depart from Vizag at 8.10 am and arrive Port Blair at 10.10 am. AI-486 will depart from Port Blair at 10.50 am and land at New Delhi at 2.35 pm. The flights will operate on the 1st, 4th and 6th day of every week.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DEL-Port Blair nonstop would become the longest domestic flight in India.

There was a BOM-Port Blair nonstop, but I don't think it is still operational now.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is the status of the 744s ? A few months ago, I saw one of them without engines and in a state fit for scrapping at BOM. Are all 5 currently active ?


The one you saw is VT-ESN. It's in the corner of BOM that is usually reserved for parting out of aircraft.

That leaves only Four AI 744s flying now. VT- ESO, ESP, EVA and EVB.

Theres only one scheduled Commercial 744 rotation - BOM-HYD-JED-COK-JED-HYD-BOM - which sees a B777 now and then.

Apart from that, the 744s do VIP duty (usually a pair of planes), wildcard Domestic flights (BOM-DELs, DEL-MAA, etc.) and the Hajj Charters.

I checked on FR24, all four airframes are active, having flown substantially in the last week.


Thanks a bunch for the info - very helpful.


The Air India inflight magazine this month does indeed list the number of 744s as 4.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw this on the AI website

http://mmd.airindia.co.in/aimmd/tender/F.NO.3_24_2017-DIPAM0.html

Engagement of Advisors for Strategic Disinvestment in Air India Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Air India Ltd. invites:
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Description
1
Request for Proposal for Engagement of Advisor(s) for Strategic Disinvestment in Air India Ltd. and its subsidiaries/joint venture


So the privatization effort is finally getting off the ground. All the very best, AI.
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http://www.newindianexpress.com/pti-news/2017/nov/24/air-india-to-fly-non-stop-from-birmingham-to-amritsar-1710469.html

Air India to fly non-stop from Birmingham to Amritsar

24th November 2017

Air India plans to introduce two non-stop flights per week between Birmingham and Amritsar in the new year to meet the increasing consumer demand from the Midlands region to Punjab, Birmingham Airport said in a statement today.

The airport's aviation director, William Pearson, said the new non-stop connection will add to the existing daily direct flight to Delhi.

"With over 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional destination shows the large demand within the region for non-stop Amritsar services from the Midlands," he said.

"Air India has been a successful partner for over four years and offers great connections to India with services operated by the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft," he added.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/pti-news/2017/nov/24/air-india-to-fly-non-stop-from-birmingham-to-amritsar-1710469.html

Air India to fly non-stop from Birmingham to Amritsar

24th November 2017

Air India plans to introduce two non-stop flights per week between Birmingham and Amritsar in the new year to meet the increasing consumer demand from the Midlands region to Punjab, Birmingham Airport said in a statement today.

The airport's aviation director, William Pearson, said the new non-stop connection will add to the existing daily direct flight to Delhi.

"With over 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional destination shows the large demand within the region for non-stop Amritsar services from the Midlands," he said.

"Air India has been a successful partner for over four years and offers great connections to India with services operated by the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft," he added.


So AI is going 9 weekly from BHX? Daily to DEL and 2X to ATQ? IF so good on them. Hopefully the 2X new flights will be at a totally different time from the DEL flight. Gives people more options.
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http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/alliance-air-to-add-five-new-atr-planes-by-fiscal-end/947529/

Alliance Air to add five new ATR planes by fiscal-end

November 25, 2017

Alliance Air, plans to induct five ATR planes in its fleet in as many months and will soon roll out flights to three new destinations as part of the government’s UDAN scheme, a top official said. As of now, the Delhi-based airline flies to 46 destinations with a fleet of 15 ATR 72-600s. “We are in the process of inducting new ATR 72-600 aircraft by March next year, which will take our fleet size to 20 planes at the end of the fiscal,” Alliance Air Chief Executive Officer C S Subbiah said at a function held by JRD Tata Memorial Trust here today.

“Along with the fleet, we are expanding our route network as well. We will shortly be launching a flight to Agra from Delhi, which will be our 47th destinations, as part of the government’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN,” he said.

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http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/air-india-express-gets-cat-iii-b-certification-2449309.html

Air India Express gets CAT-III-B certification

Nov 28, 2017

Air India Express (AIE), the overseas budget arm of Air India, has secured the Category III-B certification from regulator DGCA, which allows it to operate in dense foggy conditions.

Air India Express flights can now land and takeoff in low visibility conditions even up to an RVR (runway visual range) as low as up to 50 meters, the airline said today.

The airline is now 100 per cent CAT III B certified and all its pilots have also completed the low visibility training, required for carrying out operations in foggy conditions.

Domestic airlines are required to deploy only CAT-III compliant planes and crew trained to fly under low visibility conditions while operating in and out of a CAT-III.


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http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2017/nov/29/air-india-to-connect-hubballi-with-mumbai-1713538.html

Air India to connect Hubballi with Mumbai

29th November 2017

Air India has decided to fly an Airbus 319 flight from Bengaluru to Mumbai via Hubballi, which has a seating capacity of 120. It will be additional to the existing Bengaluru-Hubballi- Bengaluru ATR-72 flight.

Sources close to the development told Express that the schedule of the new Airbus 319 aircraft is almost fixed on December 15. The flight will take off from Bengaluru and stop for a while at Hubballi before flying to Mumbai. Initially, the flight service will be for three days in a week and later, it will be made daily.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/jet-spicejet-may-bid-for-ai-eye-maharajas-mkt-share/articleshow/61856559.cms

Jet, SpiceJet may bid for AI, eye Maharaja’s mkt share

Nov 30, 2017

Tata Group, which runs two JV airlines in India, and IndiGo may not be the only Indian carriers eventually bidding for Air India. A top government source told TOI that other Indian carriers, especially Jet Airways, may also join the fray for the Maharaja.

"The economics of the game will change completely for whichever airline gets Air India. With its 14% domestic and 17-18% international market share, getting AI will be a paradigm shift for the successful bidder. Other airlines like Jet and possibly even SpiceJet will have no option but to bid for AI," said the top source.

A SpiceJet official said that while the airline is "too small" to bid for AI, it will decide on the same once the final terms are known. When asked the same question, a top Jet honcho said the thinking is on.

While IndiGo has shown interest in AI for spreading its wings in the medium- to long-haul international markets, Tata's relatively young and small JVs — Vistara and AirAsia India — will get an inorganic growth push from the Maharaja's domestic and foreign market share. Market insiders say Qatar Airways may back IndiGo's plan as the Gulf carrier has long wanted to have a stake in the airline. SpiceJet aspires for long-haul flights, but whether it has the financial muscle to do so remains to be seen.

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https://www.ndtv.com/business/domestic-international-operations-of-air-india-to-be-sold-together-1782505

Domestic, International Operations of Air India To Be Sold Together

December 01, 2017

Union minister Jayant Sinha on Friday said the domestic and international operations of Air India would be sold together. The government has initiated the process for strategic disinvestment of debt-laden Air India as part of efforts to revive the national carrier.

"What we will be offering through the bidding process is the integrated airline (Air India), which means both domestic and international operations (together)," Sinha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said here.

On the disinvestment process, he said the government is still in the process of identifying which subsidiaries of Air India should be offered separately.

"Even if they are offered separately, if you want to bid for each one of them and re-integrate them, we are providing flexibility," the minister said.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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https://www.ndtv.com/business/domestic-international-operations-of-air-india-to-be-sold-together-1782505

Domestic, International Operations of Air India To Be Sold Together

"Even if they are offered separately, if you want to bid for each one of them and re-integrate them, we are providing flexibility," the minister said.


What does this mean? A possibility of joint bidder with one buying domestic and the other international, only to integrate later on?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-EXH.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like Air India is trying to fire up the old 737-200s, with a tender for supply of JT8D-17A parts

http://mmd.airindia.co.in/aimmd/tender/tender%20for%20JT8D%20parts.pdf
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Looks like Air India is trying to fire up the old 737-200s, with a tender for supply of JT8D-17A parts

http://mmd.airindia.co.in/aimmd/tender/tender%20for%20JT8D%20parts.pdf


Maybe they've got a maintenance contract from some 737 operator?
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Looks like Air India is trying to fire up the old 737-200s, with a tender for supply of JT8D-17A parts

http://mmd.airindia.co.in/aimmd/tender/tender%20for%20JT8D%20parts.pdf


Maybe they've got a maintenance contract from some 737 operator?


Could be, though I think the JT8Ds were used on the classic 732s, and the -17A version on the old IA ones.
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Air India expands Croatia Airlines codeshare routes from Nov 2017

Air India in late-November 2017 expanded codeshare partnership with Croatia Airlines, covering service to Split.
Approximately from 20NOV17, planned new codeshare routes as follows.

Air India operated by Croatia Airlines
Split – Frankfurt
Split – Rome
Split – Zagreb


Source: Airlineroute.net
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