SpiceJet launches new services from Hyderabad

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SpiceJet launches new services from Hyderabad

These will connect to Mumbai via Surat

After launching three news routes on June 1, and announcing the start of operations on three more routes from July 1, SpiceJet will enhance frequency on the Hyderabad-Surat route, via Mumbai from July 10.

There will be a daily flight connecting Mumbai to Hyderabad via Surat. SpiceJet will take off from Mumbai at 1745, land in Surat at 1840; take off again at 1900 before landing in Hyderabad at 2110.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flight SG 2671 will take off from Hyderabad for Surat at 0545 and arrive at 0735. The connection will take off at 0755 and land in Mumbai at 0850.

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, SpiceJet will take off from Hyderabad at 0510, land in Surat at 0700, take off for Mumbai at 0725 and land at 0830.

Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet, said, “We have been working towards enhancing the network for Surat to ensure better connectivity with key metros. Hyderabad and Mumbai are key business centres drawing huge movements.  In the absence of a daily direct flight on these routes up till now, SpiceJet is optimistic to attract huge demand from day one. We are thankful to the government of Gujarat and Hon. MP Shri. C. R. Patil for his support, which has enabled us to explore new flight between Mumbai and Surat.”

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Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet, said, “We have been working towards enhancing the network for Surat to ensure better connectivity with key metros. Hyderabad and Mumbai are key business centres drawing huge movements.  In the absence of a daily direct flight on these routes up till now,  is optimistic to attract huge demand from day one. We are thankful to the government of Gujarat and Hon. MP Shri. C. R. Patil for his support, which has enabled us to explore new flight between Mumbai and Surat.”

 

SpiceJet signs Letter of Intent with Bombardier for 50 Q400 aircraft

SpiceJet and Bombardier

SpiceJet and Bombardier

SpiceJet signs Letter of Intent with Bombardier for 50 Q400 aircraft

The order will support the airline’s regional expansion strategy

SpiceJet has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Bombardier for up to 50 Q400 aircraft. If the order goes through, it will be the single biggest order for the Q400 by an Indian airline, SpiceJet states in an official announcement.

“I am delighted to announce this new order for 50 Q400 planes. SpiceJet operates India’s largest regional fleet and is the only organised operator in this space. This order will help us further increase connectivity to smaller towns and cities and help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly,” said Ajay Singh – chairman and managing director of SpiceJet. “Our passengers will be able to fly to more cities and help expand India’s already booming aviation market.”

SpiceJet is one of five domestic carriers who are part of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), a government initiative to connect India’s under-served and unserved airports to larger metros, and make air travel affordable for the common man.

The Q400 is an 86-seater turboprop airplane best suited for short-to medium-haul routes. SpiceJet currently operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and international destinations.

François Cognard, VP: Sales — South-Asia and Australasia said: “The Q400 is the largest turboprop aircraft available on the market and the 86-seat configuration will support SpiceJet develop its domestic operations from tier-2 and tier-3 cities across India. Our continued partnership sets the stage for a brighter future, and years of profitable and efficient operations for SpiceJet.”

SpiceJet has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for 40 737 MAX airplanes.

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SpiceJet signs Letter of Intent with Bombardier for 50 Q400 aircraft

The order will support the airline’s regional expansion strategy

SpiceJet and Bombardier

SpiceJet and Boeing sign a deal for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

On June 19, India’s low cost carrier SpiceJet and American aircraft manufacturer Boeing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 40 737 MAX airplanes.

The deal is valued at US$4.74 billion at current list prices. It includes 20  pieces of 737 MAX 10, and will convert 20 of the airline’s 737 MAX 8 airplanes of its current order to 737 MAX 10s. SpiceJet will take delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.

With this order, SpiceJet aims to expand its operational fleet to 100 aircraft by 2020. It currently operates 35 Next-Generation 737s and 19 Bombardier Q400s.

A press release by the airline states that the entire 737 MAX family will be the most profitable single-aisle airplanes, enabling SpiceJet to offer the lowest seat costs to its passengers. The MAX 10 includes features such as the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior and large flight deck displays.

Ajay Singh, the chairman and managing director at SpiceJet says, “As a Boeing 737 operator and current customer of the 737 MAX, we are proud to be a part of the launch of the 737 MAX 10 and to be the first airline in India to order the newest version of the 737, which will enable us to maximise revenue on our dense routes while having a lower unit seat cost. With the introduction of our 737 MAXs next year, we will be able to further expand our network, while keeping our costs low for our customers.”

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

Ministry of Civil Aviation asks airlines to move from Delhi Airport’s T1 to T2

Delhi International Airport

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation wants budget carriers GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet to move operations from Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 (T1) to Terminal 2 (T2).

Currently, T1 that has a capacity for 20 million passengers is handling 24 million passengers. By moving the low cost airlines to T2, the ministry hopes to reduce the load on T1 and begin work on its expansion well before winter.

The airlines have been hesitant to move as they fear a rise in operational costs.

In a strongly worded letter to the airlines, published by Hindustan Times yesterday who has a copy, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said: “As a final opportunity, the airlines operating from T1 shall discuss the issue among themselves in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable situation in a month, by July 15, 2017. In case there is no consensus by July 15, the airport operator shall be free to decide the suitable course of action, which shall be binding on these airlines.”

Terminal 2 was renovated early last year so the low cost airlines could operate out of there. However, airlines have been hesitant to move as they fear a rise in operational costs.

Until 2016, T2 was used for international flights, which now operate out of Terminal 3 (T3). Since the carriers have been hesitant in moving to T2, the terminal remains under-utilised, serving Haj flights once a year.

Currently, Delhi Airport’s operational Terminals 1 and 3 are handling a total capacity of 62 million passengers per annum. International Terminal 3 is also reaching a stage of congestion, which the ministry hopes to ease by making T2 operational “before the commencement of winter schedule 2017”.

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Jet Airways, IndiGo resume using the UAE airspace for Doha flights

Doha Skyline

Indian airlines that fly to Doha: Jet Airways, IndiGo and Air India Express had stopped using UAE airspace for flights to Doha. Instead of flying over the UAE, the airlines had to use Pakistan’s and Iran’s airspace to fly to the Qatar-capital, resulting in increased flight durations.

The restrictions on the usage of UAE airspace arose when nine countries – Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Mauritius, Mauritiana, Yemen, Libyas eastern-based government and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of extremist support.

This resulted in higher fuel burn and increased costs. “The duration of our flights to Doha will increase by an hour and a half or so in either direction. We will have to avoid the UAE airspace and fly over Pakistan and Iran instead,” said K Shyam Sundar, chief executive officer of Air India Express to Press Trust of India.

Yesterday, Jet Airways and IndiGo announced that they have resumed using UAE airspace for flights to Doha, bringing operations back to normal for the two airlines. This development followed the clarification by UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority that the ban applied to airlines, aircraft and companies registered in Qatar.

Air India Express is yet to go back to its original route. The airline operates flights between Mumbai, Mangaluru, Kozhikode and Doha.

Jet Airways operates flights between Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram and Doha, while IndiGo operates flights between Delhi, Mumbai and the Qatari-capital.

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Indian airlines that fly to Doha: Jet Airways, IndiGo and Air India Express had stopped using UAE airspace for flights to Doha. Instead of flying over the UAE, the airlines had to use Pakistan’s and Iran’s airspace to fly to the Qatar-capital, resulting in increased flight durations.

The restrictions on the usage of UAE airspace arose when nine countries – Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Mauritius, Mauritiana, Yemen, Libyas eastern-based government and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of extremist support.

This resulted in higher fuel burn and increased costs. “The duration of our flights to Doha will increase by an hour and a half or so in either direction. We will have to avoid the UAE airspace and fly over Pakistan and Iran instead,” said K Shyam Sundar, chief executive officer of Air India Express to Press Trust of India.

Yesterday, Jet Airways and IndiGo announced that they have resumed using UAE airspace for flights to Doha, bringing operations back to normal for the two airlines. This development followed the clarification by UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority that the ban applied to airlines, aircraft and companies registered in Qatar.

Air India Express is yet to go back to its original route. The airline operates flights between Mumbai, Mangaluru, Kozhikode and Doha.

Jet Airways operates flights between Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram and Doha, while IndiGo operates flights between Delhi, Mumbai and the Qatari-capital.

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SpiceJet to fly to Porbandar and Kandla

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Effective from July 10, SpiceJet will launch flights on two new routes under the government’s UDAN scheme.

UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a government initiative that aims to improve regional connectivity by air and make air travel affordable to Indians. Under this scheme, five airlines will operate on 128 routes, which connect 70 served, under-served and unserved airports.

Under UDAN’s Regional Connectivity Scheme’s (RCS’s) first phase, SpiceJet will launch daily direct flights between Mumbai and Porbandar, and Mumbai and Kandla.

Flight SG 2873 will depart from Mumbai for Porbandar at 0930 and arrive at 1045 (₹2,250 all inclusive fare). The return (non-RCS) flight will depart at 1105 and land back in Mumbai at 1220 (₹3,099 all inclusive fare).

Flight SG 2875 will depart from Mumbai at 1305 and arrive in Kandla at 1430 (₹2,500 all inclusive fare). It will take off again at 1510 and land in Mumbai at 1650 (₹2,500 all inclusive fare).

Ajay Singh – CMD, SpiceJet said, “I am delighted that SpiceJet is helping realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly.  UDAN is a grand scheme and we are proud to be amongst the pacesetters for the scheme. It has been our constant endeavour to enable the common man to fly since we began operations 12 years back. We will connect many more small towns and cities in times to come.”

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Effective from July 10, SpiceJet will launch flights on two new routes under the government’s UDAN scheme.

UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a government initiative that aims to improve regional connectivity by air and make air travel affordable to Indians. Under this scheme, five airlines will operate on 128 routes, which connect 70 served, under-served and unserved airports.

Under UDAN’s Regional Connectivity Scheme’s (RCS’s) first phase, SpiceJet will launch daily direct flights between Mumbai and Porbandar, and Mumbai and Kandla.

Flight SG 2873 will depart from Mumbai for Porbandar at 0930 and arrive at 1045 (₹2,250 all inclusive fare). The return (non-RCS) flight will depart at 1105 and land back in Mumbai at 1220 (₹3,099 all inclusive fare).

Flight SG 2875 will depart from Mumbai at 1305 and arrive in Kandla at 1430 (₹2,500 all inclusive fare). It will take off again at 1510 and land in Mumbai at 1650 (₹2,500 all inclusive fare).

Ajay Singh – CMD, SpiceJet said, “I am delighted that SpiceJet is helping realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly.  UDAN is a grand scheme and we are proud to be amongst the pacesetters for the scheme. It has been our constant endeavour to enable the common man to fly since we began operations 12 years back. We will connect many more small towns and cities in times to come.”

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Jet Airways and Aeromexico sign codeshare agreement

Jet Airways and Aeromexico codeshare

India’s full-service airline, Jet Airways and Mexico’s flag carrier, Aeromexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that includes codeshare flights and frequent flyer programs.

The MoU details codes on each other’s services between India and Mexico via London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

For starters, Jet Airways will place its code “9W” on Aeromexico flights from London Heathrow to Mexico City. Aeromexico will place its code “AM” on Jet Airways flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai and New Delhi.

Through this, passengers of both airlines can enjoy onward connections to other Indian and Mexican cities. They will also have a wider choice of destinations accessible to them on a single ticket, through the codeshare agreement.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Naresh Goyal, the chairman of Jet Airways, said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Aeromexico, which will significantly enhance the international reach of both airlines bringing increased benefits to all our guests. We are confident that this new codeshare partnership will stimulate the demand for business and tourist travel between India and Mexico. The new relationship between Jet Airways and Aeromexico illustrates our commitment as well as strategic efforts to continuously strengthen our network, connecting India with the rest of the world as well as providing opportunity and convenience to our guests who can now connect to Mexico from India via our European gateways and vice versa.”

Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico added, “It is a great pleasure for us to settle this code share partnership with Jet Airways that will build new bridges and connect Mexico to India more easily. This achievement is a manifest of our will to continuously offer new flight destinations to our passengers. Also, by connecting with an important country as India, Aeromexico creates new cultural bonds and tourism exchange between both nations”.

The codeshare flights will begin via London Heathrow. Flight tickets under the agreement will open for sale later this year and can be purchased through the two airlines’ sales offices, websites and call centres.

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Jet Airways to add third daily Mumbai-London service

Jet-Airways-B777

Starting October 29, Jet Airways will add a third daily direct flight between Mumbai and London, and change timings of the existing two non-stop daily services on this route.

Current flights 9W 118 and 9W 120 that depart from Mumbai for London at 1255 and 0145 will now take off at 1310 and 0230 respectively. Return flights 9W 117 and 9W 119 that leave from London at 2120 and 0930 respectively will, October onwards, depart 15 minutes earlier and 25 minutes respectively.

New flight timings: Mumbai to London

  • Departure 0230, arrival 0700
  • Departure 0905, arrival 1335
  • Departure 1310, arrival 1740

New flight timings: London to Mumbai 

  • Departure 1005, arrival 0030
  • Departure 1530, arrival 0555
  • Departure 2105, arrival 1125

The B777 aircraft will continues serve this sector.

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Starting October 29, Jet Airways will add a third daily direct flight between Mumbai and London, and change timings of the existing two non-stop daily services on this route.

Current flights 9W 118 and 9W 120 that depart from Mumbai for London at 1255 and 0145 will now take off at 1310 and 0230 respectively. Return flights 9W 117 and 9W 119 that leave from London at 2120 and 0930 respectively will, October onwards, depart 15 minutes earlier and 25 minutes respectively.

New flight timings: Mumbai to London

  • Departure 0230, arrival 0700
  • Departure 0905, arrival 1335
  • Departure 1310, arrival 1740

New flight timings: London to Mumbai 

  • Departure 1005, arrival 0030
  • Departure 1530, arrival 0555
  • Departure 2105, arrival 1125

The B777 aircraft will continues serve this sector.

jetairways.com 

Starting October 29, Jet Airways will add a third daily direct flight between Mumbai and London, and change timings of the existing two non-stop daily services on this route.

Current flights 9W 118 and 9W 120 that depart from Mumbai for London at 1255 and 0145 will now take off at 1310 and 0230 respectively. Return flights 9W 117 and 9W 119 that leave from London at 2120 and 0930 respectively will, October onwards, depart 15 minutes earlier and 25 minutes respectively.

New flight timings: Mumbai to London

  • Departure 0230, arrival 0700
  • Departure 0905, arrival 1335
  • Departure 1310, arrival 1740

New flight timings: London to Mumbai 

  • Departure 1005, arrival 0030
  • Departure 1530, arrival 0555
  • Departure 2105, arrival 1125

The B777 aircraft will continues serve this sector.

jetairways.com

Vistara takes delivery of its first A320neo

Vistara A320neo economy class

On May 24, India’s full-service airline, Vistara took delivery of its 14th aircraft and first A320neo at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. Up until then, the airline had an all-A320 fleet.

Delivery of the A320neo is the first of seven aircraft to be leased from BOC Aviation. With this, the airline can now look at expanding its network internationally.

Visitor’s new aircraft comes in a three-class configuration — eight seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 126 seats in economy class. It features mood lighting, new seat bottom and seat back design, and softer cushions and seat leather across all cabins.

The airline’s brand colours: aubergine and gold dress the business and premium economy cabins; aubergine and grey in economy.

The business class has wider seat backs and enhanced literature pockets, in comparison to what’s available on the A320. The new premium economy cabin is fitted with “redesigned height 4-way adjustable headrest”. Padded head support is now available to economy class passengers.

Commenting on the product enhancements, Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara says, “We have paid attention to the smallest of details; from the look and feel of our newly designed seats in fine leather upholstery and mood lighting, to the aroma of a cup of freshly brewed Starbucks coffee on-board, Vistara ensures delight at every touchpoint. The A320neo also ensures operational enhancement as well as cost leadership for us, with extra payload capacity, greater fuel efficiency, and improved range, perfectly aligning with our growth strategy.”

A press release by Airbus reads: “The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 per cent fuel and CO2 savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020, as well as 50 percent noise reduction.”

 

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Vistara delivery A320neo

Vistara delivery A320neo

Vistara delivery A320neo

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