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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaysit wrote:
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http://www.zeebiz.com/companies/news-air-india-cabin-crew-dresses-revamped-check-out-the-new-look-and-more-52370

New Female Cabin Crew Uniforms.

As worn by attractive, fit models.

More professional and sharp than the saffron mess they were wearing for a few years, but still relatively unimaginative.


I am happy they kept the sari.

It is one of the nicest and most graceful things a woman can be seen wearing, IMHO.

I flew AI a couple of years ago and found two of the FAs wearing a hideous looking salwar-kameez lookalike. I wonder where they got that from.

I hope they get rid of that crap and introduce saris throughout.


Spoke too soon.

This is the dumpy uniform with what the babus call a "subtle Western touch" that most of the crew will be sporting. Only hired models get to wear those stunning architectural sarees.

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/with-no-buyer-coming-forward-here-s-how-air-india-is-giving-itself-a-royal-makeover-348016.html


Thats a real pity. The sarees looked good on the models.

And meanwhile they think new seat covers are going to get their first/business load factor up to 80%.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-CIM.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/jnpt-set-to-buy-ais-iconic-sobo-building/articleshow/64770844.cms

JNPT set to buy AI’s iconic SoBo building

Jun 28, 2018

The government has started discussions for the sale of Air India’s iconic building at Marine Drive to the country’s biggest container port JNPT as part of efforts to raise funds for the cash-strapped airline.

Sources in New Delhi confirmed the proposal has received in-principle approval from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following which an inter-ministerial panel has been constituted to work out the modalities.

Air India’s 23-storey building, which was also once the airline’s headquarters, is a prime property and its sale could significantly lessen the airline’s debt. The building also houses priceless artwork, acquired over the past 60 years, including the works of MF Husain, SH Raza, and VS Gaitonde.

The proposal to sell the building to JNPT comes after the government’s efforts of Air India strategic disinvestment failed to take off. This newspaper had reported on June 18 how the Marine Drive building was earning the airline Rs 100 crore annual in rentals. The top floors are occupied by the Income-Tax Department, while the TCS and the State Bank of India are among the other tenants.

Each of the Air India building’s 23 floors are spread over a carpet area of 10,000 sq ft, and the lease rate in the area is around Rs 350 per sq ft, which means a single floor is earning the airline at least Rs 35 lakh. Said a source in the government, “A committee comprising secretaries from the civil aviation and shipping ministries has been set up to decide on the valuation of the building.”

The JNPT chairman, Pawan Bansal, confirmed the port trust was “one of the contenders” to buy the building. “The thinking in the government is the building must remain with the government. We are one of the contenders but there is presently no offer by Air India,” Bansal said.

Meanwhile, sources in the JNPT said the building’s name may not be changed. “In any case, no matter what it is called, it will always be known as the Air India building,” the sources said.

A query sent to Air India spokesperson about the proposal did not elicit a response. According to some Air India officials, who are aware about the proposal, a section within the airline is vehemently opposing any such move. They said that the building was a “cash cow for the airline”.

The JNPT at Navi Mumbai, formerly known as the Nhava Sheva Port, is India’s biggest container port. It handles around 55 per cent of the container cargo in the country and has annual profit worth Rs 1,300 crore. It handled 66 million tonnes of container cargo in 2017-18.

On Monday, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had said the government is giving a new thrust to strengthen Air India’s management practices and operational efficiencies while the disinvestment plan would depend on various circumstances. “In the next 18 months, you will see the visible change,” he had said.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Air India has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-CIM.


I think they should have skipped this registration.
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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/air-indias-artefacts-to-be-handed-over-to-culture-ministry-for-upkeep-1876108

Air India's Artefacts To Be Handed Over To Culture Ministry For Upkeep

July 01, 2018

Air India is in talks with the Ministry of Culture to hand over its priceless art collection to them for their display in the National Gallery of Modern Art in various metros, said officials today.

Air India is holding consultations with the Ministry of Culture on the matter as preservation and upkeep of over 2000 artefacts, some of which date back to the ninth century, is of prime concern now, said an official.

The modalities are being worked out for taking a final decision on the matter, said another ministry official.

Almost all the art works are now housed in the Air India building in Mumbai.

The officials said the artefacts could be displayed under a separate Air India pavilion in the National Gallery of Modern Arts.

The art collection includes stone sculptures dating back to the ninth century, woodwork, decorative friezes and a collection of exquisite clocks, they said.

The clock collection includes a mantle clock in an ebonised break-arch wood case which is said to have been made in London in 1845.

The prized collections include works of legendary artists like M F Husain, Anjolie Ela Menon, Jatin Das, S H Raza, V S Gaitonde and K A Ara.

According to Air India, several of the paintings came under its possession when the artists were not even household names. Artists had also readily availed of an Air India's unique option to barter flight tickets for their artworks.

Much of the credit for the huge art collection goes to the airline founder J R D Tata, who also served as its chairman. Thanks to his efforts, the art work graced the office walls of Air India in cities like Paris, London, Rome, Geneva and Cairo, giving a peek into the rich Indian culture to the visiting people.

The latest development to hand over the art collections comes at a time when the Government has put the ailing airline on the block, though no bidders have evinced interest in the latest round of the bidding process.

Officials said the upkeep and the preservation of the art works have been a casualty because of the uncertainty over the future of the airline. Air India is incurring a loss of about Rs. 15 crore each day.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/68704-air-india-looking-at-leasing-in-dedicated-freighter-aircraft

Air India looking at leasing in dedicated freighter aircraft

Air India is working on a business model which could lead to the re-introduction of dedicated freighters into its fleet.

The carrier's Executive Commercial Director (Cargo), Abhay Pathak, told Asia Cargo News that the studies come as demand has outstripped the airline's bellyhold capacity.

“To be honest, freighters are the need of the hour for us,” he said in an interview. “The only thing is, the organization has to make a call on when and how we’d like to go about it. We can really use them for places like Hong Kong Int'l and Shanghai Pudong, as well as connecting Dhaka and Colombo Int'l to the US. We can play a very big role with a hubbing operation. The requirement will not be less than a daily 747 freighter to Europe and the US.”

However, according to the executive, the business model Air India is looking at would not involve it buying any aircraft. Given the longterm liabilities this would expose the carrier to, it is rather looking at the flexibility that lease or charter arrangements can offer.

“If we’re to be more aggressive in the cargo market globally, there is a need for an Indian carrier like us to use freighter aircraft to change the paradigm,” he said. “Belly space can only satisfy the requirements of the market up to a certain extent, but not beyond that.”

Pathak added that Air India Cargo carries approximately 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum but is looking to increase that to around 350,000 tonnes in the next few years. It is also hoping to implement more product segmenting and to transport more high-yield shipments.

In terms of infrastructure, he said Air India has no capacity issues at its Delhi Int'l hub, where the cargo facility is outsourced and is a joint venture between Delhi International Airport Limited and Cargo Service Center India.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/68704-air-india-looking-at-leasing-in-dedicated-freighter-aircraft

Air India looking at leasing in dedicated freighter aircraft

Air India is working on a business model which could lead to the re-introduction of dedicated freighters into its fleet.
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As they say, better late than never. Good move I'd say, as none other Indian carriers are contemplating going cargo. Hope it is beginning of turn around.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
747-237 wrote:
https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/68704-air-india-looking-at-leasing-in-dedicated-freighter-aircraft

Air India looking at leasing in dedicated freighter aircraft

Air India is working on a business model which could lead to the re-introduction of dedicated freighters into its fleet.
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As they say, better late than never. Good move I'd say, as none other Indian carriers are contemplating going cargo. Hope it is beginning of turn around.

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It is called 'bolting the door of the stable after the horses have run away'.

AI are experts at it.
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/san-francisco-delhi-get-closer-as-air-india-cuts-travel-time-by-an-hour/articleshow/64911585.cms

San Francisco, Delhi get closer as Air India cuts travel time by an hour

JULY 9, 2018

Air India has shaved off almost an hour from the over 16-hour Delhi-San Francisco (SFO) flying time by charting a new path over North Russia while taking the Pacific Route to the Golden Gate. AI’s is the only direct flight between India and US west coast, also one of the longest nonstop on earth, which currently goes nine times a week.

“AI operations zeroed in on a new route that involves flying over north Russia where the average flying time, depending on wind, will be 15 hours and 30 minutes.

It will be 50 minutes less than the usual 16 hours and 20 minutes taken on the other Pacific route we took till now. Lesser flying time will mean we will save $5,625 (about Rs 3.9 lakh at Rs 69 to a dollar) in terms of fuel burn on this route over the earlier Pacific route,” said a senior AI official.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did AIX ever srve Nepal and Maldives?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did AIX ever srve Nepal and Maldives?


AIX is pretty much Kerala/Mangalore to Gulf specific. Don't think there is any other such a specific airlines. I guess I heard somewhere that they'll be serving Surat-Gulf route

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/san-francisco-delhi-get-closer-as-air-india-cuts-travel-time-by-an-hour/articleshow/64911585.cms

San Francisco, Delhi get closer as Air India cuts travel time by an hour

JULY 9, 2018

Air India has shaved off almost an hour from the over 16-hour Delhi-San Francisco (SFO) flying time by charting a new path over North Russia while taking the Pacific Route to the Golden Gate. AI’s is the only direct flight between India and US west coast, also one of the longest nonstop on earth, which currently goes nine times a week.

“AI operations zeroed in on a new route that involves flying over north Russia where the average flying time, depending on wind, will be 15 hours and 30 minutes.

It will be 50 minutes less than the usual 16 hours and 20 minutes taken on the other Pacific route we took till now. Lesser flying time will mean we will save $5,625 (about Rs 3.9 lakh at Rs 69 to a dollar) in terms of fuel burn on this route over the earlier Pacific route,” said a senior AI official.


I'm not trying to diminish the $5,000 savings. The real win is the 1 hour savings. It makes the nonstop that much more competitive and appealing. I was just on a 10.5 hour ATH-JFK daylight flight and boy you want it to end. Good for AI.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air India has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-CIQ.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alliance Air has added a new ATR72-600 to the fleet today, as VT-RKJ.
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