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by vadodara
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 94
Views: 10473

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

Mckinney is the answer for another passenger service airport in the Metroplex You are so right. Collin County will have over a million residents within 2-3 years. It would also draw pax from northern Dallas County, Rockwall County, et all. I'd also like to see Southwest upset the apple cart by star...

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by vadodara
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India-Japan Plan Open Sky Agreement
Replies: 0
Views: 328

India-Japan Plan Open Sky Agreement

India-Japan Sign Open Free Skies Agreement http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/india-japan-sign-open-sky-agreement/articleshow/60517017.cms List of countries with Open Free Skies Agreement: Japan United States Greece Jamaica Guyana Czech Republic Finland ...

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by vadodara
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet to re-introduce seaplanes in India
Replies: 18
Views: 4126

Re: Spicejet to re-introduce seaplanes in India

Lot of this talk is coming from the fact that govt. is trying to improve connectivity to encourage tourism. Not every idea will pan out; that doesnt mean it should not be tried. For the doubters, another 14-seater plane discussion below: The 14-seater light plane was grounded after 2009 mishap Saras...

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by vadodara
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K
Replies: 35
Views: 5177

Re: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K

Yep! Spice is much better served trying to provide destinations for the Indian market. Why compete with the big boys when there are low hanging fruit.

An additional advantage would be that the stations from DEL/BOM can be repeated across other cities.

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by vadodara
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K
Replies: 35
Views: 5177

Re: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K

Jet Airways bet big and the 777-300ER was simply too much plane for what they wanted to do. Why repeat Jet Airways mistakes! If anything, learn from IndiGo's and Spice Jet's own success! I think Spicejet could challenge the old model and schedule all their departures around Indian based travelers p...

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by vadodara
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo may buy stake in Jet Airways
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: IndiGo may buy stake in Jet Airways

Let's not get emotional here. IndiGo is a well run airline. IndiGo, along with Spice, GO etc have one view of what the policy should be. Likes of Vistara and Air Asia have another. Ofcourse, both AI and Jet would prefer status-quo. Why make accusations when GOI has to balance these 3 separate pressu...

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by vadodara
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

Re: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order

Good move, especially with the India-Japan expected Open Free Skies agreement. JAL, after being bottled down by their bankruptcy proceedings, needs to have a strategy to regain some market share. This offers a good possibility for using DEL as a transfer point for some secondary cities traffic. Perh...

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by vadodara
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

It may be that Scoot has talked about the 4 metro's in India because historically, they were the only 4 destinations for international flights. Possibly that the 5th freedom agreements are written with specific Indian cities. However, considering that AI is shifting flights from BOM to DEL, and thei...

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by vadodara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

There are not going to be any 5th freedom flights out of India. IndiGo would never allow it. They are going long haul and that's where the first LCC on India-Europe will come from Singpore already has 5th freedom rights from India except London, US and Middle-east. Check out the agreement http://dg...

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by vadodara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

Actually Indian market is all year, albeit at VFR level.

Summer: Oubound to Europe/N America
Winter: Inbound Europe
Then the inbound Christmas rush

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by vadodara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

Bilateral, though it is fairly liberal. If anything, it is very advantageous for the incumbent 'dominant' EU carriers.

From the Indian carriers perspective, the main airports where they would like to increase frequency e.g. LHR, are slot controlled.

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by vadodara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

Interesting piece is Scoot jumping on its 5th freedom rights. That brings an interesting question: what about Vistara? It tried to introduce premium in domestic sector. It's cousint, Scoot, thinks LCC is better even for a much longer range journey.

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by vadodara
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines: A Winner Among Legacy Carriers
Replies: 42
Views: 6911

Re: Delta Air Lines: A Winner Among Legacy Carriers

DL certainly has done a great job of optimizing its assets; it manages to utilize arguably the oldest fleet in industry to provide a safe network. A downside of this, ofcourse, is not a fleet that is capable of starting long range routes. It might do well to pay attention to this as opposed to start...

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by vadodara
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops
Replies: 111
Views: 12427

Re: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops

Speaking of specialized medical treatment in Texas, definitely no love for UT-Southwestern. Having said that, I doubt Norwegian would even consider DFW. Market is simply not that big, and AA would definitely drive them out of town. Too bad, DFW could use them for leisure traffic to Europe, and if th...

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by vadodara
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India To Sri Lanka: Forget China, We Want Your Empty Airport
Replies: 5
Views: 3684

Re: India To Sri Lanka: Forget China, We Want Your Empty Airport

Link/Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/08/14/india-to-sri-lanka-forget-china-we-want-your-empty-airport/#2bd3f7911ece Does Sir Lanka really need to have another airport. What will this empty airport give India that they don't have already If you look at data about the rise of ai...

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by vadodara
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 73 Hijack In Karachi
Replies: 59
Views: 18266

Re: Pan Am 73 Hijack In Karachi

If Pan-Am used to fly to India from KHI, and United purchased those routes via LHR hub purchase, do they still have the authority to fly between KHI and India nowadays, and are other carriers allowed to? The India routes were part of the FRA hub; DL got them as part of the PA purchase. They were mo...

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by vadodara
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 320
Views: 35662

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

Long-time reader - first post here. I think all of this back and forth on AA at JFK vs. PHL is interesting and instructive, but what this announcement says to me is that AA is (yet again) in a position where it doesn't have the right aircraft for what it's trying to do. If they're going to make JFK...

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by vadodara
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Jet is planning on removing First class from its 777s. Appears that they have very little occupancy on flights other than London. Should have done this earlier itself. Also, if it cannot get good load factors on F from hubs in DEL and BOM, shows the poor appeal of F in India. Better to go for only ...

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by vadodara
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement
Replies: 25
Views: 3039

Re: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement

As far as DXB is concerned 66502 seats out of a maximum possible 66504 seats are utilized. Same goes for the Indian carriers as well. While EK and FZ operate something like 212 weekly services with all but 30 of those being with widebodies, Indian carriers operate over 320 services but mostly with ...

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by vadodara
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement
Replies: 25
Views: 3039

Re: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement

You may have this little wrong; EK seems to have a fairly liberal access to India but not the otherway. Is that fact or your opinion? There seems to be plenty of Air India Express, Jet and Indigo flights at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah whenever I'm there. If the current agreement isn't equitable, t...

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by vadodara
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement
Replies: 25
Views: 3039

Re: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement

scbriml wrote:
manny wrote:
Indian carriers should have 10 seats of capacity for every 1 seat granted to ME carriers.


Why should the UAE agree to anything other than open skies or equal capacity? :crazy:


You may have this little wrong; EK seems to have a fairly liberal access to India but not the otherway.

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by vadodara
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6E defers A320Neo SLB plans
Replies: 15
Views: 3581

Re: 6E defers A320Neo SLB plans

Probably trying to purchase the Neo's due to expected increase in international flights.

They have been ramping-up ME flights; perhaps, getting ready to expand the range to S. Europe/Far East/Africa.

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by vadodara
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?
Replies: 91
Views: 11870

Re: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?

I would imagine the airlines may come-up with their own baggage policy.

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by vadodara
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement
Replies: 25
Views: 3039

Re: UAE-India to negotiate new air service agreement

Seems like the 2 sides may have different issues to talk about:

On UAE side, especially EK, would like more flights/cities
On Indian side, the carriers would like more access to Dubai

Here, EK/EY may not be on the same page

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by vadodara
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?
Replies: 91
Views: 11870

Re: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?

With several great markets, the future expansion has to be east. That would mean, wide-bodies, at some point. Perhaps, A321's might be a better way to test the waters. Certainly, the A321's can go far south from FLL. I think that's the natural evolution at this stage. A321LR's from BOS/JFK to Weste...

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by vadodara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to purchase 50 ATR72-600s, eyes regional market
Replies: 78
Views: 9498

Re: IndiGo to purchase 50 ATR72-600s, eyes regional market

Lot of these cities are ripe for picking for a low-cost provider. This should do wonders for tourism.

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by vadodara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

It is very surprising that EY hasnt leveraged the Jet deal even more especially with lack of narrow-bodies for EK. If I recall, they also have additional route allocations available.

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by vadodara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates New Regional Routes
Replies: 72
Views: 12135

Re: Emirates New Regional Routes

BDQ

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by vadodara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?
Replies: 91
Views: 11870

Re: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?

With several great markets, the future expansion has to be east. That would mean, wide-bodies, at some point. Perhaps, A321's might be a better way to test the waters. Certainly, the A321's can go far south from FLL.

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9270

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

Most of AI's current negative image is the result of 1) Unlimited ME3 PR budget 2) Mumbai's collective grudge for moving HQ to Delhi. 3) Indian journalists/bloggers writing bad news for free food 4) Unions using it as tool against management/owners 5) GoI deflecting blame to cover its own shortfall...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9270

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

Then cleave off the loans to an entity than has the resources to refinance. But even with a normal debt load, break even us operating costs +8% or more. Healthy airlines make 22% off operations and then 12% net profit. I just do not see the numbers where another airline could bring AI up to the poi...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9270

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

To the other poster - I had said that BOM people don't complain about AI no longer having BOM a hub. I think AI serves strong O&D routes out of BOM (and other cities in India) which is the right way. It's only really people in the South who complain like its some conspiracy fully ignoring all o...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9270

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

The Air India name is for sure more recognized internationally, but it is also not a name that international passengers linked with good services. May not be a bad idea to restart with the Indigo name internationally. On the other hand, the Indian government may not like the Air India name gone. Mo...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9270

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

AI should be sold on the cheap and without a huge debt burden. It's more important to (1) have the government out of aviation, (2) stop pouring in tax money and (3) have an efficient Indian owned airline. Let it go to any of the local players that pays the highest. That said, I really don't think a...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 30 more markets by 2018
Replies: 109
Views: 8796

Re: AS 30 more markets by 2018

Nice to see the potential routes.

However, the most likely scenario is that the new E175's (or 190's, I forget) will pick the marginal VS routes. The free A319/A320's will pick-up the longer routes like JFK/EWR/BWI/IAD

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways posts $1.87 billion loss in 2016 amid turbulent year
Replies: 23
Views: 5599

Re: Etihad Airways posts $1.87 billion loss in 2016 amid turbulent year

So does anyone know (other than the partnerships) why Etihad is losing and what their main issues are? My average estimation would be largely competitive market with EK and QR, along with higher CASM with lower density seating configurations? Their main issue was Hogan; unlike EK and QR who were ve...

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 30 more markets by 2018
Replies: 109
Views: 8796

Re: AS 30 more markets by 2018

Will AS be adding nonstop service from California to ATL, IAH, and/or PHX in 2018? Virgin America considered serving Atlanta, Houston, and Phoenix prior to its merger with Alaska Airlines, but neither Alaska Airlines nor Virgin America have announced any nonstop service from California to ATL, IAH,...

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by vadodara
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 14924

Re: US airline hub closures

Just for AA, hubs that have been shut-down include SJC, BNA, RDU, STL, SJU. For US Air, PIT. For HP(America West), LAS. Hubs likely to be down include PHL. HP also had CMH which, believe it or not, was closed only about 2 years before the merger with US. Yep, forgot to mention that one. Actually ch...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 14924

Re: US airline hub closures

The year 2000 called, they want your post for their forum Sorry, not following you. In 2017, Delta operates a full, banked, throughout-the-day hub at JFK. Good for them; at one point, they concluded that shutting down both FRA and JFK was prudent. And same about NRT. If they feel starting banks at ...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

I'm not a fan of the ME3 and its business practices but it is indisputable IMO that they have made South India more accessible from both the Middle East and the west. This is contributed to the growth of the South Indian economy, particularly Kerala's . At this point while it may be desirable for I...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Fair enough. And for the record, I don't care where the first true Indian hub is (personally I think it will be DEL which is not a city I travel to). I just think India should have multiple world class aviation hubs (or at a min ONE global hub). Aviation represents too many jobs and growth of the l...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 14924

Re: US airline hub closures

Is there a reason DL doesn't have a hub in Texas or anywhere between ATL and LA in the southern states? I think they used to have one in Dallas and it obviously didn't work. I am curious to what dynamics pushed it out. I would think there would be demand. Hub's work only if you can scale them up. A...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Who cares about AI. He hurt the private airlines a lot by stupid rules like the 5 year rule, high ATF taxes and expanding the ME3 bilaterals every time demand started to rise (making it very hard for small airlines to compete). Now look at at EK and Fly dubai. That merger is pro EK but is not in an...

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by vadodara
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 299
Views: 30335

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Clear from these figures (if verified), that the bilaterals on the ME routes are far far in excess of actual O&D. And then some. Clearly, Praful Patel screwed Indian aviation in more ways than one. The ME3 airlines are siphoning off the international traffic leaving the O&D passengers to In...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India adds LAX
Replies: 78
Views: 12342

Re: Air India adds LAX

I asked an Indian friend at work how he got back there, and he said he preferred a stop over in London because he had so many relatives there, so it was a good way to visit, on the way back to India from DFW. So even if there was non-stop service from DFW, he'd opt for a route through the UK. DFW-L...

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India adds LAX
Replies: 78
Views: 12342

Re: Air India adds LAX

The best thing about AI's schedules have been the reasonable times they leave both DEL and other Indian cities as well as arrive in those cities. Granted some people don't care about timings but some do. AI's flights just chip away the available pool for all the ME3. I left out one group that has b...

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India adds LAX
Replies: 78
Views: 12342

Re: Air India adds LAX

AI certainly has advantage if people need to travel to secondary cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and such. For other cities, perhaps not such an advantage. Having said that, last time AI was in LAX, it did put a pretty sorry show. It seems like its service to SFO has been successful and feels bolster...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara: What's In Store?
Replies: 15
Views: 1864

Re: Vistara: What's In Store?

Regardless of what the travel policies are, in reality, the premium travel is really a very small market. Easiest comparison is JFK-LAX/SFO. There is quiet a bit of jostling here with multiple models tried out. Yet, the only model that could be scaled-up was the JetBlue model out of Boston and to a ...

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