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by vadodara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 60
Views: 6434

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

There is a much larger diaspora between India and Africa, E. Africa in particular. Previous govt.s were policies were not very helpful; with more liberal policies, traffic seems to have picked-up. Ethiopian Air is rapidly expanding India services. Any figures to back that up? What % of the traffic ...

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by vadodara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 60
Views: 6434

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

[ Previous govt.s were policies were not very helpful; with more liberal policies, traffic seems to have picked-up. Ethiopian Air is rapidly expanding India services. But the previous government was responsible for a lot of liberalisation measures in aviation: India - US Open skies (2005) India - U...

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by vadodara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 7008

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2018

Well one thing I don't know whether you all have noticed or not now all of AI USA routes are making money except one. It's the AMD LHR EWR one. I think unless politics is not removed from the airline, it won't come back on track. We had an entire thread on that route and it was obvious that such po...

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by vadodara
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad
Replies: 22
Views: 3908

Re: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad

One thing AUH has is a US Customs/Immigration facility. Travellers to US prefer that. Yes, and the US preclearance facility is reportedly going to remain in the existing building - meaning lengthy bus transfers for anyone connecting to/from the US. Takes a lot of the convenience factor away, but I ...

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by vadodara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad
Replies: 22
Views: 3908

Re: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad

One thing AUH has is a US Customs/Immigration facility. Travellers to US prefer that. When EY gets out of the mess, AUH could become a niche player is both domestic as well as transfer market. Unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi is floating on oil and business will be conducted in future. Only a benefit if you...

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by vadodara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad
Replies: 22
Views: 3908

Re: Abu dhabi midfield and Etihad

One thing AUH has is a US Customs/Immigration facility. Travellers to US prefer that.

When EY gets out of the mess, AUH could become a niche player is both domestic as well as transfer market. Unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi is floating on oil and business will be conducted in future.

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by vadodara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft
Replies: 36
Views: 5247

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft

A320neo delay may derail plans of IndiGo and GoAir https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airbus-pw-put-a320-neo-deliveries-on-hold-indigo/articleshow/62875258.cms Some highlights: Airbus SE’s decision to halt deliveries of its A320neo planes is likely to im...

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by vadodara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft
Replies: 36
Views: 5247

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft

I am not sure of the economics of long haul with small planes yet. And I think Indigo will be killing themselves if they go head to head with the majors with the A321LR out of DEL/BOM. But the A321LR can be the perfect aircraft for Tier-2 stations with large expat populations and tourist traffic. 2...

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by vadodara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft
Replies: 36
Views: 5247

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft

How would the Himalayas affect possible destinations east into east Asia? Only couple of Chinese cities, viz Chendu and such may be affected. But no one is possibly clamouring service there. Most action is SE Asia or Coastal China. Japan is a good possibility with the Open Free Skies treaty. Howeve...

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by vadodara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft
Replies: 36
Views: 5247

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft

How would the Himalayas affect possible destinations east into east Asia? Only couple of Chinese cities, viz Chendu and such may be affected. But no one is possibly clamouring service there. Most action is SE Asia or Coastal China. Japan is a good possibility with the Open Free Skies treaty. Howeve...

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by vadodara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft
Replies: 36
Views: 5247

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 25 A321LR aircaft

Just out of interest looking at the destinations it could open up from DEL (between 3000nm and 3600nm as a guess of where you would deploy these primarily) and you're looking at Japan, a big swathe of Europe going from Italy through Germany to Scandinavia, and interestingly a big chunk of the India...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

The article's in the Indian media is devoid of any tangible fact, if indeed they were to start by October its time we would see A330 being made. However Indigo is serious about long haul, they are waiting for Air India Sale it seems like... They have to; if for political reasons, the govt. writes a...

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by vadodara
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

I am surprised that neither of the airliners have utilized their extended range narrow bodies to S. Europe yet. Perhaps, it might be yet another distraction with the A32XNEO engine issues. But at some point, be it the A32XNEO's or 737MAX, seasonal routes might be a good initial market for S European...

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by vadodara
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India subsidy cut?
Replies: 29
Views: 1915

Re: Air India subsidy cut?

With the 58000 crore Rafale scam expected to blow up this week, the Modi govt will be pushed into defensive mode. Which means the privatisation bubble will be the first to burst. The rumors are of early elections being called in 2018 itself. This govt is now on its way out. Good opportunity for ove...

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by vadodara
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

Interesting that Indigo has upped the ante. ET was quiet ambigous regarding the fleet.

My guess is that Airbus might make a play with some used 340's to kick-off the service eventually to be replaced either by the 330's or the 350's.

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by vadodara
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India subsidy cut?
Replies: 29
Views: 1915

Re: Air India subsidy cut?

Which is why I say that even if this Govt does sell off Air India now to keep its cronies happy, I have no doubt, no doubt in my mind that we will see another Govt airline being carved out within the year. Much like we saw Mihin being formed within a year of UL's privatisation in Sri Lanka. So we w...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination
Replies: 78
Views: 3636

Re: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination

If I recall, Jet Blue is reducing its pitch size. In addition, it is signing contracts with its crew where it's salaries will now be comparable to the industry. Something will have to give. If Mint is doing well, then jolly good. You are correct in saying that it was eating Virgin's lunch. AS may be...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination
Replies: 78
Views: 3636

Re: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination

Perhaps, it is a bit early. However, the signs of AS becoming a cash generating machine are evident. Jet Blue somehow seem to be having a little issue on that front; if they try and improve their finances, how do they differentiate in the crowded transcontinental market? Seems like Wall St might pus...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY Looking to Scrape Up USD 1.2 Billion in a Hurry to Support Bonds
Replies: 43
Views: 5999

Re: EY Looking to Scrape Up USD 1.2 Billion in a Hurry to Support Bonds

Hogan also failed at realizing the potential of LCC's. EK's owners figured this out once they saw how successful G9 was and launched FZ. EY instead took the opposite approach and focused becoming more luxurious and extravagant. So even with Abu Dhabi and Al Ain (AD emirates' second city, and fourth...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 60
Views: 6434

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Slightly off topic (but in the same general world region)......would there ever be a need for an India to Fiji service, given the large Indian population in Fiji? There is a much larger diaspora between India and Africa, E. Africa in particular. Previous govt.s were policies were not very helpful; ...

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by vadodara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India subsidy cut?
Replies: 29
Views: 1915

Re: Air India subsidy cut?

How about we see an audited annual report of AI? Audited by one of the big accounting firms. AI was actually an extension of govt. department after its nationalization; not even a PSU. AI guys talking about efficiency, profit and loss and so forth is a little out of context. Only issue here is, tha...

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by vadodara
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY Looking to Scrape Up USD 1.2 Billion in a Hurry to Support Bonds
Replies: 43
Views: 5999

Re: Etihad is seeking to prevent a technical default of bonds

Only question is, are they backed by the state of Abu Dhabi? If not, a default would mean the bond subscribers will end up with assets like Air Berlin and Alitalia!

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by vadodara
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 7008

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2018

I concur. Developing DXB was the best thing that happened to Indian aviation.

Cities in Kerala, HYD, AMD and so forth got connectivity. Left to AI/AAI and others, nothing may have happened.

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by vadodara
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 7008

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2018

True, unless congestion is reduced principally at BOM and DEL, it will slow the system down. Opening Hindon Airbase to Udaan flights is a very good move here. It is very critical for Indian economy, especially UP, Uttrakhand, Himachal etc to improve connectivity as a means to quickly transport touri...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar
Replies: 84
Views: 14398

Re: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar

As others have already said, DL probably has a very low level interest in flying to either DXB, DOH or Abu Dhabi. Their best chance of getting back at ME3 is to strike at their connecting traffic. In that regard, their expansion with 9W will be more competitive. Chances of restarting a JFK-BOM are h...

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by vadodara
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

Past experience suggests that you shouldn't read too much into these announcements from SG/6E. Believe it when you see it. This is the most sane reply in this thread. Every quarter SG makes some announcement about low cost long haul flights but nothing has materialised so far. Indigo isn't Spicejet...

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by vadodara
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

How low can Indigo go in order to stimulate demand? It's not like flying to India is expensive. flydubai offers Indian connections for as little as €370. Essentially, the traffic that Indigo has captured flew on upper class in Railways. So to answer your question, roughly that is the upper limit. R...

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by vadodara
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11995

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

And how many of those airlines that fly there rely solely on O&D and how many are there because of connections? For example, Ukraine International Airlines is launching DEL but 54% of their passengers last year were transfers. It's safe to assume that most on this route will be transferring at ...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 9720

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

It would have to be a nonstop DFW DEL or DFW BOM because what’s the point of a European/Middle east transfer? ..Also I’m further skeptical about AI as they have North Indian centric view of the Indian subcontinent. India is not just for Punjabis and Gujaratis after all. The DFW and IAH Indians have...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

What I learnt from recent Gujarat elections, Modi goes for handful highly visible high-value showcase projects while neglecting most the state as Chief Minister and most of the country as PM. So basically bailing out the overworked Air India employees equates to spreading the wealth around? The bai...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

India has no need of Air India anymore from an airline perspective. If a bank bailout is needed, that is better than what I've been reading. Lightsaber What I learnt from recent Gujarat elections, Modi goes for handful highly visible high-value showcase projects while neglecting most the state as C...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 9720

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

It would have to be a nonstop DFW DEL or DFW BOM because what’s the point of a European/Middle east transfer? ..Also I’m further skeptical about AI as they have North Indian centric view of the Indian subcontinent. India is not just for Punjabis and Gujaratis after all. The DFW and IAH Indians have...

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by vadodara
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

What's new? Air Asia won't bid: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airasia-india-says-no-plans-to-look-at-air-india-stake/articleshow/62528301.cms Singapore airlines hasn't committed either way: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/why-sia-sh...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 19360

Re: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE

PAE could be a total flop! Not a chance; with a catchment area of over 1 million travelers, all eager to avoid I-5, and data showing these cities are the ones these folks overwhelmingly travel to, this is going to be a winner for AS. With E-170 as the tool of choice; chip away at the edges of an ot...

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by vadodara
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

It is too early to tell either ways. I see this as a desperate attempt by Modi to reclaim the "reformer" tag that has been severely eroded post disasters like Demonetisation & GST as well as win over corporate cronies who are slipping away. There are rumors of Ambani atleast switching...

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by vadodara
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Atleast they are not on govt. money. However, in your book, everyone other than Air India is a dud. Or am I missing something? Well, Tatas are looking for a front-loaded bailout AKA debt write off, continued sovereign guarantees on av asset debt and even possible rest of the bailout. Right now Air ...

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by vadodara
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Another thing. The market share of AI is <20%.

The best thing that the unions can do is to go on strike and they will do a big favor by clearing the congestion at BOM.

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by vadodara
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

There is 1 principal issue with Air India. 19000 employees most of whom are not pilots, mechanics, baggage handlers or flt attendants. There is another issue. Under union contracts, these guys are entitled to freebies, e.g. several free flights * # of family members. No company, Indian or foreign wa...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Govt. allows 49% FDI in Air India

It is almost certain that the Tata-Singapore Airlines will now enter the fray. Will it be through Vistara or will they float another entity? IndiGo 6E is the only carrier that has expressed interest in AI but it wants only the international ops. Vistara is constrained by the airport saturation at t...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

the Tata's were running Air India just fine. One guy hauling mail on a Puss Moth in 1932 is slightly different from running an international airline in 2018. Were there any bad airlines in that era? Both Vistara and Air Asia India are duds, what makes you think they can run a more complex airline? ...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

As long as GoI keep tweaking rules to make Tata as the single eligible bidder, this process will not move forward. Tweak rules to help a motivated buyer, not someone who hasn't shown any skills in airline management. Tata's? I thought govt. was tweaking rules to favor 'cronies' like SpiceJet. In an...

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by vadodara
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Planeyguy wrote:
Is it possible for a Star Alliance member like Singapore Airlines to have a stake in Air India?


Govt has announced their intention to sell to domestic airlines. Again domestic airlines should have a shot at foreign airport slots.

In any case Vistara bidding for AI means the same as SQ.

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by vadodara
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

They also have implemented stricter bankruptcy laws which is forcing many promoters of bank loan defaulters to either pay up or sell their assets. If the bankruptcy law was in existence a few years ago, Air India, would have been sitting there then. As you highlighted, lots of politically connected...

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by vadodara
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8913

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Now, the amazing amount of politics going on with Air India is certain to extend the process. I happen to agree though that the longer this takes, the less Air India's assets are worth. Lightsaber It is very doubtful anyone will buy Air India as a 'brand'. Ratan Tata was willing a few years ago, be...

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by vadodara
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh
Replies: 23
Views: 2660

Re: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh

dtw2hyd wrote:
AI just took $580 Million loans to buy two 77Ws. Should be a drain on India. I wonder why.


The union spokesperson should be, rightfully, stomping his feet and demanding immediate privitaziation to free AI from the clutches of Politicians.

I wonder why they dont?

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by vadodara
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of EK
Replies: 48
Views: 10202

Re: The Future of EK

Considering the regions around EK are the most populous and fastest growing ones in the world + Etihad & Qatar not going so well, I think it's quite reasonable to think that EK still has a lot of potential to grow, in particular with the new airport. 787-10 serving smaller markets & schedul...

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by vadodara
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh
Replies: 23
Views: 2660

Re: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh

Actually, you (and other Air India apologists) have even more reasons to whine. Both Air Asia and Vistara have announced their intent to fly overseas. http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/tata-airlines-vistara-and-airasia-india-gear-up-for-international-runways-118010600015_1.html Eith...

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