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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:59 am    Post subject: Air India News -- Part 34 Reply with quote

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/flights-grounded-till-april-14-airlines-take-up-repairs-upgrades/articleshow/74838590.cms

Air India orders overhaul of its entire fleet of 147 aircraft

Mar 27, 2020

With over 650 aircraft now on the ground as both international and domestic flights face extended curbs, regular maintenance and upkeep of the aircraft to keep them serviceable has become one of the main concerns for airlines.

All international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till April 14, aviation regulator DGCA announced on Thursday. The government had suspended domestic passenger flight operations from midnight on March 24.

Air India has asked its subsidiary Air India Engineering Services ltd (AIESL) to undertake regular maintenance of its entire fleet of 147 aircraft including that of Air India Express and Alliance Air. “Presently, all 147 aircraft are in India. Many of them are at Delhi, while another big chunk is at Mumbai airport. Some A320s are at Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Nagpur,” said HR Jagannath, CEO of AIESL.

The airline plans to use the lockdown period to carry out the maintenance upgrades of its Boeing 787s and 777s.

“We wanted to bring in all aircraft for C checks and certain modifications. We want to do a full software upgrade to 10.3 version on all 787s and 777s which takes a week to do. We also want to upgrade the engine thrusts from present 67k to 70k. These aircraft fly on Australia or London routes. We have got the approvals,” Jagannath said.

The airline is facing a manpower crunch as the country faces a 21-day lockdown over coronavirus fears.

“We have been told to deploy minimum staff and follow social distancing. There was a training course for B2 level engineers but now we have postponed it. We always keep minimum aircraft fully serviceable whenever the government requires for special missions like evacuations in Wuhan, Japan, Milan and Rome that Air India carried out during the COVID-19 outbreak,” he added.

Due to AIESL’s engineering standards and experienced staff, American engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney roped it in to carry out the repairs on its A320 engines. The technical snags led to several safety incidents involving A320 aircraft in the fleets of IndiGo and GoAir.

Maintenance of aircraft involves several checks: daily checks, transit checks, weekly checks, checks for night halt, A and C checks, weekly, and yearly check.

“The engineers have a list of things to be carried out that needs to be ticked as the walkaround inspection goes on and the list becomes more exhaustive,” he said.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a deep clean and fix broken seats, bins, walls, etc
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about a deep clean and fix broken seats, bins, walls, etc


What broken seats?

Signed, Air India.

AI is a GOI entity. Quality, consistency are not its goals.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:43 pm    Post subject: Evacuation flights? Reply with quote

Currently 5 Air India aircraft are online on FR24 probably evacuation flights to Europe.

B77W - VT-ALN - AI3001 - from Mumbai
B77W - VT-ALO - AI3003 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANN - AI3005 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANL - AI125 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANR - AI121 - from Delhi

Destination is N/A.

Any details?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Evacuation flights? Reply with quote

5Patel wrote:
Currently 5 Air India aircraft are online on FR24 probably evacuation flights to Europe.

B77W - VT-ALN - AI3001 - from Mumbai
B77W - VT-ALO - AI3003 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANN - AI3005 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANL - AI125 - from Mumbai
B788 - VT-ANR - AI121 - from Delhi

Destination is N/A.

Any details?


Yes,

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/air-india-plans-nine-charter-flights-in-indian-cities-to-send-stranded-german-nationals-back-home/article31199221.ece#

German tourists stranded in India are being sent back home.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/88439-air-india-leases-heathrow-slots-from-garuda-indonesia

Air India leases Heathrow slots from Garuda Indonesia

02.04.2020

Following its decision to end services to London Heathrow, Garuda Indonesia has leased out its slots at the British gateway to Air India. The Indonesian flag carrier operated its last flights to London from Denpasar via Medan Kuala Namu on February 1, 2020.

According to slot coordinator ACL, Air India has leased three slot pairs for evening operations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The lease is for two years and will expire at the end of the Summer 2021 season. Air India intends to exploit the slots for flights from Mumbai Int'l using B787-8s.

Flights that use these slots (AI127/128) are already scheduled and will resume the moment the airline restarts operations after restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Air India plans to operate 32x weekly to London Heathrow during the Summer 2020 season, including 2x daily from Delhi Int'l (using B787-8s), 11x weekly from Mumbai (daily on B777-300(ER)s and 4x weekly on B787-8s, including the three Garuda slot flights), 4x weekly from Ahmedabad, and 3x weekly from Bangalore Int'l (both using B787-8s).

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/air-india-shuts-bookings-for-domestic-and-international-flights-till-30-april-11585930611973.html

Air India shuts bookings for domestic and international flights till 30 April

3 Apr 2020

Air India has shut its booking window until 30 April for all domestic and international routes and is awaiting a decision after 14 April, when the nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end.

"We are awaiting a decision post 14 April," the airline spokesperson said, reported PTI.

On Thursday, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said airlines are free to take ticket bookings for any date after 14 April. The 21-day nationwide lockdown began on 25 March.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/88439-air-india-leases-heathrow-slots-from-garuda-indonesia

Air India leases Heathrow slots from Garuda Indonesia

02.04.2020

Following its decision to end services to London Heathrow, Garuda Indonesia has leased out its slots at the British gateway to Air India. The Indonesian flag carrier operated its last flights to London from Denpasar via Medan Kuala Namu on February 1, 2020.

According to slot coordinator ACL, Air India has leased three slot pairs for evening operations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The lease is for two years and will expire at the end of the Summer 2021 season. Air India intends to exploit the slots for flights from Mumbai Int'l using B787-8s.

Flights that use these slots (AI127/128) are already scheduled and will resume the moment the airline restarts operations after restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Air India plans to operate 32x weekly to London Heathrow during the Summer 2020 season, including 2x daily from Delhi Int'l (using B787-8s), 11x weekly from Mumbai (daily on B777-300(ER)s and 4x weekly on B787-8s, including the three Garuda slot flights), 4x weekly from Ahmedabad, and 3x weekly from Bangalore Int'l (both using B787-8s).


So the Garuda flights seem loaded (based on the days of the week listed here) but the other 4 flights mentioned to get AI to 11 other flights aren’t showing - just one Sunday flight is (so three are missing). Btw AI has basically managed to get the flight timings reasonably the same. So good job or they got lucky. Maybe AI is waiting on new timings for the other 3?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to know how much AI paid for the Garuda slots at LHR.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It will be interesting to know how much AI paid for the Garuda slots at LHR.


India wanted to punish Malaysia for speaking in favour of Pakistan post Article 370 withdrawal. So the GoI decided to make Indonesia the main supplier of palm oil to India, and the Idonesians reciprocated by giving these slots to AI for cheap.

Don't quote me on this. It's a rumour doing the rounds Wink
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Air India May 2020 Preliminary International Network as of 03MAY20

Air India in the last few days filed preliminary International operation for the month of May 2020, which sees initial reduced frequencies on selected routes when it resumes operation. As India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced extended scheduled service suspension until 17MAY20, the following preliminary schedule is effective 18MAY20 – 31MAY20, as of 03MAY20 OAG schedules.

Additional changes remain likely in the next few days, reflecting projected demand as well as on-going travel restrictions in various countries.

Ahmedabad – Kuwait City 2 weekly A321
Ahmedabad – London Heathrow 4 weekly 787-8
Amritsar – Birmingham 3 weekly 787-8
Amritsar – London Stansted 3 weekly 787-8
Bangalore – London Heathrow 3 weekly 787-8
Bangalore – Male 6 weekly A321
Chennai – Colombo 1 daily A321
Chennai – Dubai 1 daily A321
Chennai – Muscat 1 daily A321
Delhi – Bahrain 4 weekly A319
Delhi – Bangkok 2 weekly A321
Delhi – Birmingham 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 777-300ER
Delhi – Colombo 1 daily A321
Delhi – Copenhagen 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Doha 6 weekly A321
Delhi – Dubai 2 daily 787-8
Delhi – Frankfurt 1 daily 787-8
Delhi – Kabul 4 weekly A320
Delhi – Kathmandu 2 daily A320
Delhi – London Heathrow 2 daily 787-8
Delhi – Madrid 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Melbourne 2 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Milan Malpensa 2 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Muscat 1 daily A321
Delhi – New York JFK 1 daily 777-300ER
Delhi – Paris CDG 1 daily 787-8
Delhi – Rome 2 weekly 787-8
Delhi – San Francisco 10 weekly 777-200LR
Delhi – Seoul Incheon 2 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Singapore 4 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Stockholm Arlanda 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Sydney 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Tel Aviv 4 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Toronto 1 daily 777-300ER
Delhi – Vienna 3 weekly 787-8
Delhi – Washington Dulles 3 weekly 787-8
Goa – Dubai 4 weekly A321
Goa – Kuwait City 3 weekly A321
Indore – Dubai 3 weekly A321
Kolkata – Dubai 4 weekly A321
Kolkata – Kathmandu 4 weekly A319
Kozhikode – Dubai 1 daily A321
Kozhikode – Sharjah 1 daily A321
Mumbai – Abu Dhabi 1 daily A321
Mumbai – Bangkok 2 weekly A321
Mumbai – Colombo 4 weekly A319
Mumbai – Doha 3 weekly 787-8
Mumbai – Dubai 13 weekly A321/787-8
Mumbai – Frankfurt 4 weekly 787-8
Mumbai – Kuwait City 1 daily A321
Mumbai – London Heathrow 11 weekly 777-300ER/787-8 (Previously not covered on Airlineroute, AI plans to add 11th weekly flight in S20)
Mumbai – Muscat 1 daily A321
Mumbai – Nairobi 3 weekly 787-8
Mumbai – Newark 1 daily 777-300ER
Mumbai – Singapore 2 weekly A321
Thiruvananthapuram – Male 1 daily A321
Thiruvananthapuram – Sharjah 1 daily A320


Source: Airlineroute.net
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
[i] Air India May 2020 Preliminary International Network as of 03MAY20



Any updates on domestic ops?
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Air India May 2020 Preliminary International Network as of 03MAY20


Ahmedabad – London Heathrow 4 weekly 787-8
Amritsar – Birmingham 3 weekly 787-8
Amritsar – London Stansted 3 weekly 787-8
Bangalore – London Heathrow 3 weekly 787-8




Delhi – Frankfurt 1 daily 787-8

Delhi – London Heathrow 2 daily 787-8
Delhi – Madrid 3 weekly 787-8

Delhi – Milan Malpensa 2 weekly 787-8

Delhi – Paris CDG 1 daily 787-8
Delhi – Rome 2 weekly 787-8


Delhi – Vienna 3 weekly 787-8



Mumbai – Frankfurt 4 weekly 787-8

Mumbai – London Heathrow 11 weekly 777-300ER/787-8 (Previously not covered on Airlineroute, AI plans to add 11th weekly flight in S20)


Source: Airlineroute.net


They might as well drop all the Europe terminators. The whole of EU is closed to non-EU passenger air traffic till further notice.
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Seriously AI, your May/June schedule is a bit crazy. It looks like 50%+ of long haul is back. Europe is not even really open yet nor is the US. I think AI should have done (ji’m just focusing on long haul to the West) 3X each to BOM-LHR, DEL-LHR and 2X each to BLR-LHR, AMD-LHR and 7x DEL-FRA and 7X BOM-FRA. Maybe 3X EWR-BOM, 4X DEL-ORD and 3X DEL-SFO, 2X DEL-YYZ (ensuring DEL-US is daily). Just to get basic connectivity so that people aren’t trapped and essential travel (which is super low) can happen. Connect to Star hubs like FRA, EWR, ORD, SFO to then connect to EU and NA. I kept LHR as there is O&D, business and gets people in and out. Now maybe cargo is booming to justify their schedule but there is no way India will have all this travel when even US airlines have totally slashed US-EU summer flights.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that is AI's wish list. I am not sure if AI will actually operate all these flights, maybe they will add slowly later.

As every one pointed out, there is very little traffic now and India will probably allow international flights only in July. By then some cities in EU and many cities in US maybe open with some traffic. Technically, US is open now but most flights are cancelled due to low traffic.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caliguy wrote:
I think AI should have done (ji’m just focusing on long haul to the West) 3X each to BOM-LHR, DEL-LHR and 2X each to BLR-LHR, AMD-LHR and 7x DEL-FRA and 7X BOM-FRA. Maybe 3X EWR-BOM, 4X DEL-ORD and 3X DEL-SFO, 2X DEL-YYZ (ensuring DEL-US is daily). Just to get basic connectivity so that people aren’t trapped and essential travel (which is super low) can happen.


7X FRA from BOM and DEL is totally unnecessary when almost all EU-EU and EU-NA flights are cancelled.

7X LHR would be a better option. Apparently there are a large number of British citizens stuck in India who want to return. The UK government is planning to operate repatriation flights.
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Caliguy wrote:
I think AI should have done (ji’m just focusing on long haul to the West) 3X each to BOM-LHR, DEL-LHR and 2X each to BLR-LHR, AMD-LHR and 7x DEL-FRA and 7X BOM-FRA. Maybe 3X EWR-BOM, 4X DEL-ORD and 3X DEL-SFO, 2X DEL-YYZ (ensuring DEL-US is daily). Just to get basic connectivity so that people aren’t trapped and essential travel (which is super low) can happen.


7X FRA from BOM and DEL is totally unnecessary when almost all EU-EU and EU-NA flights are cancelled.

7X LHR would be a better option. Apparently there are a large number of British citizens stuck in India who want to return. The UK government is planning to operate repatriation flights.


I just meant from a connectivity POV. Meaning if the GOI or AI wants to ensure India is still connected to a lot of the world operating to FRA makes sense so people can connect to LH’s network rather than 2/3X to all those individual EU cities.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a booking on AI to fly on 27th July: MAD-DEL-TRV.

It seems that the AI tollfree number in the US is no longer working in the US. The chat feature on the homepage is gone as well. An email that I send has been unanswered.

Any idea what else I can try to contact AI?
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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/92443-dot-curbs-air-indias-us-charters

DOT curbs Air India's US charters

29.06.2020

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an order requesting Indian carriers - effectively only Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) - to apply for charter pre-authorisation for each such flight they want to operate to the United States, alleging that the Indian flag carrier is using the false pretence of repatriation flights to bypass the law.

"The Department is taking this action because the Government of India is engaging in unfair and discriminatory practices with respect to charter air transportation services to and from India. This order will allow the Department to scrutinize charter flights by Indian carriers on a case-by-case basis. The Department seeks to restore a level playing field for US airlines," the DOT said.

According to the US authorities, Air India's charter flights, supposedly operated exclusively for repatriation of passengers, amount to 53% of its normal scheduled capacity to the US.

"Considering this rate of flying, and that Air India is selling tickets on the market, the charters go beyond true repatriations, and it appears that Air India may be using repatriation charters as a way of circumventing the Government of India-imposed prohibition of scheduled services," the DOT alleged.

The authority underlined that the Indian ban prohibits any of the US carriers from serving India. Given Air India's alleged "beyond true repatriations" charters, this situation puts American carriers at a disadvantage and creates a virtual monopoly on the US-India market benefitting Air India.

The DOT said it would reconsider its policy once it feels "confident that the level playing field was restored" and the US airlines are again allowed to serve India.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) served India directly from the United States.

Air India has been operating charter flights to San Francisco, CA, Chicago O'Hare, and New York Newark among others as part of its Vande Bharat repatriation strategy.

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