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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 6:33 am    Post subject: Go First / GoAir News -- Part 2 Reply with quote

With a front page ad in the Times of India today, it appears that GoAir has rebranded as "Go First".


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't see much difference in the quality of the branding, to be honest.

To my twisted mind 'going' always implies something on the lines of answering the nature's calls. 'Go' Air was bad enough, 'Go First' would imply sheer urgency Wink

Why did Captain James Kirk pee on the ceiling?

A. He wanted to 'boldly 'go' where no man had 'gone' before. haha
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/business/goair-rebrands-itself-as-go-first-252756

GoAir rebrands itself as Go First

May 13

After being in the skies for 15 years, Wadia Group-owned GoAir has rebranded itself as ‘Go First’ as the airline focuses on ultra-low-cost business model amid the aviation industry grappling with pandemic headwinds.

The announcement on Thursday also comes amid reports that the airline was preparing for an initial share sale to raise funds for its ambitious expansion plans. The Go First as ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) would operate single aircraft type across its fleet, which currently has both Airbus A320 and A320Neos (new engine option) planes in operation, it said. — PTI

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/goair-promoter-spar-over-trademark-amid-ipo-plan/articleshow/82642342.cms

GoAir, promoter spar over trademark amid IPO plan

May 15, 2021

After flying for 17 years as ‘GoAir’, owner Nusli Wadia, in an abrupt move, changed the carrier’s brand to ‘Go First’. The rebranding was initiated ahead of taking his company Go Airlines public.

Go Airlines didn’t divulge the reason for the rebranding but its draft IPO prospectus filed with India’s capital markets regulator Sebi revealed that the GoAir brand was owned by Wadia’s younger son Jeh and not the company. Apart from the main brand, Jeh also owns two other marks — Go Airlines and www.goair.in, used exclusively by the IPO-bound company. In March, Jeh had stepped down from the MD’s position at Go Airlines while remaining as its co-promoter.

Go Airlines, which will be the first Wadia Group company to hit the Street in over three decades (another one Bombay Burmah is the second-oldest publicly quoted company in India), said it will pursue legal options to establish “its ownership over all the trademarks and domain names”.

For some period (2006 to 2009 and from 2013 to 2014), there were written licence agreements between the airline and Go Holdings (Jeh’s company) governing the use of the GoAir brand. For the remaining years, the use of intellectual property rights was not by way of a written licence agreement, the company said in its draft IPO document. While Go Airlines has started to use ‘Go First’, the registration of this wordmark and logo are pending approval from authorities, it added.

In March 2021, Go Holdings, said the IPO-bound company, filed two applications to register ‘Go Airlines’ and ‘www.goair.in’. A month later, Jeh made an application to the National Internet Exchange of India to transfer 115 domain names registered in the name of Go Airlines from one domain registrar to another domain registrar. “Our company is opposing the aforesaid applications and have also applied for the registration of these two wordmarks (Go Airlines and www.goair.in) in our own name,” it said.

“There is no assurance that these matters will be determined in our favour or that there will not be claims regarding our intellectual property from Go Holdings in the future. Any such events could have a material adverse effect on our business,” added Go Airlines, which plans to raise Rs 3,600 crore via the IPO.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WJW.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has withdrawn an A320, VT-WAL from the fleet today.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/107317-indian-regulator-gives-goair-greenlight-for-ipo

Indian regulator gives GoAir greenlight for IPO

30.08.2021

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given Go Airlines (India) Private Limited t/a Go First (G8, Mumbai Int'l) the go-ahead for its planned debut on the Mumbai Stock Exchange (BSE), sources familiar with developments have told India's Economic Times newspaper.

“Sebi has cleared the proposal with some observations,” said one of the sources, who said the greenlight came on Thursday, August 26.

In its draft prospectus, GoFirst listed its shareholders as:

Go Investments & Trading Private Limited - a vehicle for the Wadia family whose directors include Nusli Neville Wadia, Ness Nusli Wadia, Anilkumar Jewraj Hirjee, Jeh Wadia, Sunil Kumar Sharma, and Jairaj Champaklal Bham - with 49.12%,
Nusli Neville Wadia with 23.12%,
Baymanco Investments Limited with 21.05%,
Sea Wind Investment and Trading Company Limited with 3.76%.
The remaining 2.94% is held by various smaller shareholders.

According to the Economic Times, SEBI's approval came after Jehangir Wadia, one of the airline's promoters and the younger son of Wadia Group patriarch Nusli Wadia, resigned from the boards of Britannia Industries and Bombay Burmah Group after having stepped down as the managing director of Go Airlines as well as Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co. earlier in the year. His exiting all listed companies under the conglomerate was one of the pre-requisites SEBI had set for its approval for Go First, previously known as GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l), to list.

“SEBI has cleared the proposal with some observations,” said one of the people cited above.

The budget carrier can now move to the next step - the filing of a final red herring prospectus which incorporates SEBI's comments. It can also start road shows to garner investor interest. However, it is uncertain whether investors currently have an appetite for airline stocks given the uncertainty that currently pervades the global travel market.

Go First plans to raise up to INR36 billion rupees (USD490 million) for use in paying off loan repayments, the replacement of letters of credit, which are issued to certain aircraft lessors in securing lease rental payments and future maintenance of aircraft, with cash deposits, debts to the Indian Oil Corporation, and for general corporate use.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WJX.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The A320NEO VT-WJQ has become the first aircraft to be painted in the new livery after rebranding.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2021 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WJZ.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2021 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The A320NEO VT-WJQ has become the first aircraft to be painted in the new livery after rebranding.



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WJY.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/111670-indias-go-first-shelves-ipo-plans-amid-third-wave

Go First shelves IPO plans amid third wave

18.01.2022

Having previously scheduled an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for December 8, Go First (G8, Mumbai Int'l) owner Wadia Group has put the planned INR36 billion rupee (USD485 million) flotation for the carrier on hold, sources close to the group have told The Economic Times.

A third wave of Covid-19 currently raging across India is not the right backdrop for such a move, the anonymous sources said, and bankers the company has been working with “have been told to wait.”

Investors awaiting the IPO, which GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) (as the low-cost carrier was known until a rebrand in 2021) had initially planned for the end of 2019, are now watching what impact the Omicron variant will have on travel before committing any investments to the aviation sector.

In the post-Covid world, the carrier filed to go public in May 2021 and received the nod from market regulator the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in August. It said at the time that it would use the funds to repay loans, replace letters of credit issued to lessors with cash deposits, pay off debts to the Indian Oil Corporation, and for general corporate use.

With all fundraising plans now on hold, Wadia Group is expected to inject additional capital in the airline so it can meet its daily and monthly operational expenses, the sources said.

But market insiders told the newspaper that given the mild nature of the variant it is unlikely investors will have to wait long for the long-anticipated flotation. They view Omicron as a “modest, near-term risk” for airlines due to delays and cancellations caused by widespread staffing shortages, and expect that ongoing vaccinations in India should offset some of the downside.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has withdrawn an A320, VT-GOL from the fleet today.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2022 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With plans to ramp up capacity and add ten more aircraft by March 2023, Wadia Group is aiming for a long-delayed initial public offering (IPO) for its airline Go First (G8, Mumbai Int'l) in early July, sources told the newspapers Business Standard and Moneycontrol.

It aims to add new aircraft starting from August, namely ten new Airbus A320neo by the end of March 2023. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, it currently operates a fleet of fifty-two A320-200Ns and six A320-200s, with ninety-two more of the A320neo to be delivered. The timeline is ten of these deliveries this year, ten next year, and the remaining 72 from 2024 to 2027.

However, it has yet to return all of its current fleet to activity, with ten still inactive. “We have ten more aircraft to be deployed, but all aircraft are expected to be operating by the end of June,” an unnamed Go First executive told Business Standard.

According to Indian broadcaster CNBC TV18, Go First is considering converting part of its A320neo orders to larger, longer-range, and more fuel-efficient A321neo jets or even switching its entire fleet to A321neo.



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has withdrawn an A320, VT-GOM from the fleet today.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/117318-indias-go-first-parks-a-fifth-of-fleet-due-to-engine-delays

Go First parks a fifth of fleet due to engine delays

08.07.2022

Go First (G8, Mumbai Int'l) has put around twelve of its fifty-two A320-200Ns in long-term storage as it awaits delayed redeliveries of upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, The Economic Times daily has reported.

The Indian low-cost carrier, formerly known as GoAir, sent the powerplants to the manufacturer in January 2022, hoping to receive spare engines on an interim basis. The upgrades themselves were due to take around five months. Sources indicated that the airline did not receive the spare engines, while the redeliveries of the upgraded units were delayed and are currently expected by mid-July.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows that Go First operates fifty-two A320-200Ns and five A320-200s. Only the A320neo generation aircraft are affected by the PW1100G engine issues.

Rival IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) completed the upgrade of all of its PW1100G engines by the end of August 2020, although it has since changed the engine supplier for its newly delivered A320neo Family aircraft to CFM International. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) barred all operations of the non-upgraded PW1100G powerplants as of September 1, 2020, although the deadline was later extended for Go First.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/117686-india-grounds-go-first-aircraft-amid-sector-safety-concerns

India grounds Go First aircraft amid sector safety concerns

25.07.2022

Go First (G8, Mumbai Int'l) aircraft have experienced a number of incidents in recent days enough to warrant inspections from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), local media reported. The authority currently has its hands full investigating engine problems and safety lapses at many of the country’s airlines.

Engine problems affected two of the budget carrier’s A320-200Ns in separate incidents on the same day, July 19. One of them, flying from Mumbai Int'l to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee, was diverted to Delhi Int'l due to a fault in the engine interface unit, and the second involved a Delhi-bound flight forced to turn back to Srinagar, Business Standard reported.

“We are investigating the incidents. Both aircraft will be grounded and will fly only after clearance from the DGCA,” an unnamed executive at the airline told the newspaper.

Go First’s Airbus A320neo are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000 geared turbofan engines, according to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module. The airline operates an all-leased fleet of fifty-two A320-200Ns and five A320-200. Eighteen of the neo are currently inactive as most await delivery of engine upgrades.

Go First said in a statement at the time that “maintaining the reliability of aircraft and maintaining the safety of our passengers is our top priority.”

On July 18, it was reported that in the wake of multiple incidents on passenger aircraft in recent weeks, the DGCA had conducted spot checks at various airports and found a lack of qualified maintenance engineers certified to clear aircraft for flight operations. The cause of defects was not being properly identified, and airlines were frequently giving one-off authorisations to junior-ranking engineers, it discovered.

Earlier this month, it gave SpiceJet three weeks to defend itself against regulatory action following a string of safety failures. On July 15, an IndiGo Airlines A320-200 flying from Delhi to Vadodara was diverted to Jaipur due to engine vibration, and two days later its Sharjah-Hyderabad Int'l flight was diverted to Karachi Int'l also due to an engine defect.

On July 15, a live bird was found in the cockpit of an Air India Express jet during a Bahrain Int'l-Kochi Int'l flight, and on July 16, its Kozhikode-Dubai Int'l flight was diverted to Muscat after the smell of burning was detected. The DGCA is currently investigating all of these incidents.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2022 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go First has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-WDA.
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