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by vadodara
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 105
Views: 12565

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: 105
Views: 12565

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: 264
Views: 24403

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: 264
Views: 24403

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: 105
Views: 12565

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: 264
Views: 24403

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: 264
Views: 24403

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: 53
Views: 7061

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: 53
Views: 7061

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: 53
Views: 7061

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: 1806

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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by vadodara
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara: What's In Store?
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: Vistara: What's In Store?

Vistara hasn't had a profitable quarter yet. They lost around $62 million in the previous year. Running a 3-class service on an essentially short-haul market is a loosing proposition. As you pointed out, on one hand they are competing with nimble 1-class competitors, on the other with a state owned...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Not sure if this was mentioned earlier: AI ending DME this month. http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/273719/air-india-ends-moscow-service-in-july-2017/ That was a surprise; would have made sense to extend the service to IAH. Did not think about that but if they are not getting enough ...

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by vadodara
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air India removes non-veg food for economy passengers on domestic flights
Replies: 32
Views: 491

Re: Air India Stops Serving Non-Veg Meals on All Domestic Flights

They are still offering meals; flyers should be happy!

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... july-2017/


That was a surprise; would have made sense to extend the service to IAH.
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VTORD wrote:
Not sure if this was mentioned earlier: AI ending DME this month.
http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... july-2017/


That was a surprise; would have made sense to extend the service to IAH.

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10023

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

How do you even run a long haul LLC for points west of India given the ME3? They already have pushed fares between the US and India to $800. How much more can Indigo cut? Seems like Indigo is betting that unless ME3, especially DXB, improve access for Indian airlines, their capacity to India may be...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could DFW or IAH fictionally become a hub similar to the ME3 hubs?
Replies: 52
Views: 4806

Re: Could DFW or IAH fictionally become a hub similar to the ME3 hubs?

Would it work dimensionally? I know the ME3 only have one airport to operate from but if you look at networks and ranges couldn't DFW or IAH technically be AUH, DXB, or DOH? They can already reach SE Asia, Australia, MIddle East. And for sure as far as Luanda in Africa, maybe Johannesburg? And agai...

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by vadodara
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Is any info available on profitability of these US flights, or are we the tax payers sponsoring them (like always)? DCA may be worth for the govt. to subsidize for the obvious reasons plus the presence of diaspora. Plus it is a bit underserved with traffic split between BWI as well as NY area airpo...

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by vadodara
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

One one hand Indian carriers won't think beyond DEL/BOM for international flights and on the other hand the Indian government will not/ should not allow foreign carriers to operate to smaller cities. What do you propose residents of smaller Indian cities should do? Waste 10 hours connecting in the ...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10023

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

If you are targeting the business/VFR traffic, then the area around London City/Hounslow is where the traffic is. Perhaps, that prompted the interest in AI with its access to LHR. The Indian diaspora wasn't living in Hounslow when Air India inaugurated their first flight to London from Bombay (Mumb...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Air India loot: Total value of missing paintings could go over Rs 750 crore http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/air-india-painting-loot-mf-husain-jatin-das-ashwini-lohani/1/996159.html Are we adding that to AI's debt that the new owner will have to take over? :lol: :lol: Ha, ha! Perhaps, the new own...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 34458

Re: Air India 103 DEL-IAD to Begin July 7

AI may do better if BOM-AMD-xxx rather than AMD-BOM-xxx; at that point, people may fly ME3. Why is that? Why is connecting at BOM/DEL not an option for AMD pax? It boils down to being competitive on price and reasonable product. The AMD flight is a waste of a valuable LHR slot. AI should be using t...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 34458

Re: Air India 103 DEL-IAD to Begin July 7

Everyone has done their research and the verdict - AMD cannot sustain a long haul flight to LHR or the US because of lack of premium traffic. Economy seats out of India are relatively cheap to the US when one looks at the distance (because of competition). This means that long hauls out of India ne...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 34458

Re: Air India 103 DEL-IAD to Begin July 7

To be Frank AMD will be out of question being 777 ..Already loose money out of AMD-BOM-EWR ultimately they end the route of AMD-BOM tag. It would be wiser Maa/Hyd since Virginia /Washington already has lot of Telugu population in fast growing now. AI may do better if BOM-AMD-xxx rather than AMD-BOM...

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by vadodara
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA International routes
Replies: 67
Views: 15775

Re: New AA International routes

Seems like AA has dusted some aircraft with maybe some useful life remaining and put them from DFW to Europe; perhaps explains the lousy OTP.

For DFW, not a bad deal though to get a few more non-stops. Better to have a stinky AA 767 to AMS/FCO than none at all.

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Air India loot: Total value of missing paintings could go over Rs 750 crore

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/air-india-painting-loot-mf-husain-jatin-das-ashwini-lohani/1/996159.html

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 352
Views: 34458

Re: Air India 103 DEL-IAD to Begin July 7

AI likely will add a domestic tag to the flight; perhaps MAA as someone pointed out or HYD/CCU?

I think AMD makes sense as well considering the large diaspora in the Maryland/Virginia area.

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10023

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

IndiGo's plans are aimed at throwing SQ and ME3 out of India. Finally, someone said it, hope it didn't offend any Indian politicians, journalists, and bloggers. I hope 6E will consider B787 and Boeing will offer a good deal including Goldcare. Unlike AI, Indigo does not get govt. hand-outs. It is e...

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10023

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

Might we see some regular service to LGW from India now? AFAIK, Thomas Cook is the only one with a seasonal GOI flight correct? Depends on the market; if you are talking about sunbathers to Goa, than the likes of Gatwick, Manchaster etc are in play. If you are targeting the business/VFR traffic, th...

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by vadodara
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10023

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

<<AI has taken 70 years to create huge network, we cant do it quickly, slots at airports like Heathrow, JFK constrained: IndiGo's Gangwal>> Rakesh Gangwal has spoken. We can end all speculation now. Looks like IndiGo is seeing the likes of Norwegian start long haul services sucessfully; expect a sle...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

So a N. America -> Europe -> Asia flight time does not equal N. America -> Asia. It is partly dictated by the route/prevailing winds and such. So for instance, it is very common for ME3 airlines to fly over N. Africa from US due to prevailing winds, the return is over N. Pole since it is the shortes...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

Based on the valuation, I wonder if DL is getting some kind of credit for the cheap inventory on EU/US flights it and it's partners are providing. DL can use what ever allocation of cheap seats how ever they want. Clearly helping a JV/investment partner makes more sense than just giving them away. ...

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by vadodara
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

Regarding it point stating underutilization of 77W/333/332..they are fully utilised upto core now.Infact 9W has ordered 737 max inorder to free up the 333/332 on some SE Routes in order to explore new routes.Already in October they are Starting BLR-AMS and MAA-CDG.The 9W widebodies are not at rest ...

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by vadodara
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

This is a step in the right direction. However, I have always thought a better option would be to partner with/invest in Indigo which is like India's version of Jetblue and the largest and most profitable airline in India IIRC. That way WE could operate the flights into India and feed their network...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

It makes sense than 9W would hire someone competent... as opposed to some political lackey... You do realize that 9W is not government owned so the CEO is not a political appointment right? You have it confused with AI Umm, but questions about 9W's financing, at least initial, still remain. Anyway,...

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by vadodara
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 9884

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

Easy decision for Jet; use capital to pay high interest debt. They already have underutilized 777/330 fleet. With DL in control of route planning, the fleet can be gradually leveraged to improve operations. Who knows, there may be some AMS/CDG/LHR-US spokes to a non-DL hub city. Recently, DL had to ...

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by vadodara
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 48
Views: 5084

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

This is going to be the more likely scenario. AI (the former Mahraja) IA (mostly domestic + SAARC) AI Engineering Real Estate I can certainly see IndiGo purchasing the former AI and may be AI Engineering; dont think they would care for the rest. Then again, Vistara (SQ) may want the domestic feed t...

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by vadodara
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 48
Views: 5084

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

The payoff would be a breakup of AI should nobody else bid for it, and Indigo gets to take over the international business. The rest gets liquidated and everybody benefits. This is going to be the more likely scenario. AI (the former Mahraja) IA (mostly domestic + SAARC) AI Engineering Real Estate ...

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by vadodara
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

In the meantime, AI employees do what they do best! :-( Definitely a bigger warning to IndiGo; AI would be great if it could only purchase the routes minus employees minus aircraft! http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/air-india-employees-union-to-meet-plan...

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by vadodara
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where would EK fly if they could
Replies: 115
Views: 14326

Re: Where would EK fly if they could

Hahaha! 1. EK's US flights are mostly O&D (on the US side). They get feed from partners (B6, VX, AS) at said partners' hubs, but not much beyond. Since they can't get feed through Detroit, they'd be relying on traffic from Detroit's area to the Middle East and India. Detroit doesn't have the tr...

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by vadodara
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 48
Views: 5084

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

What is the definition of a Global Giant? Southwest Air, otherwise a highly successful large airline, would hardly be categorized as such. IndiGo, if anything, is a refined version of Southwest. And it has worked wonders. So why should it try and throw-away what it has been doing really well? In bid...

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by vadodara
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Perhaps, that explains the massive asset sale from some friends and family! In fact, the list is getting longer by the day. The Taj Mahal airports of Delhi/Mumbai may soon get a reality check! Gold plating only takes you so far. Seems like demo has has left some people a little sore; best to get ove...

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by vadodara
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Indigo's interest is a little intriguing. Why would a well run airline with simple homogeneous fleet and young aircraft, who get aircrafts at probably one of best rates in the world, be interested in a complex blackhole called Air India? I get slots, but buying Air India may still not be worth it. ...

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by vadodara
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where would EK fly if they could
Replies: 115
Views: 14326

Re: Where would EK fly if they could

Europe to US, India to Europe/US. They would solve most of their DXB capacity issue in this manner.

If Dubai govt does 'not' block this move, it will also prove that Delta is blowing lot of smoke.

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by vadodara
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Umm, there may be a cost of rewiring the aircraft for defence's. For instance, the B737's the Air Force runs have in-built air-defences that a normal civilian aircraft wont have. Re-purposing a civilian aircraft may not be worth the trouble. At anyrate, the govt. should ask AI unions of how to set p...

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by vadodara
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

I am confused why Indigo would want AI. Indigo is a LCC and should stick to that. It seems like a waste to buy up all those planes / routes. I think Tata buying Ai and merging with Vistara makes the most sense (assuming the GOI will wipe out the excessive debt of AI in the transaction). India proba...

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by vadodara
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 173
Views: 17760

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Clearly IndiGo believes that the market out of India is the 'no-frills' one, providing connectivity from secondary cities to other destinations. Other destinations, now include, Europe, N. America, SE Asia and so forth. Indian aviation is coming of age. Went from Tata run elitist to babu run sarkari...

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by vadodara
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

When a country is run by someone with A++ in Drama and F-- in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Business Management, Ethics and everything else, you can never guess what one does. I suppose, you are referring to the nationalization of Air India, Banks, Hindustan Aeronautics etc etc. Tata'...

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by vadodara
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 264
Views: 24403

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

So many deliberately misstated facts here: a) A quick check of the 10 largest insolvent 'debtors' does not include Tata/Adani/Ambani. Most of them are Politician (Congress) owned companies. b) This list somehow fails to include the Govt. owned companies (excluding utilities etc), which are even in w...

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