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Wow Air to launch new routes from the USA to India via Iceland

Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-LUV (msn 1607)  AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941069.

Wow Air announced it will launch new connecting routes from the U.S. to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi, India via Iceland. The routes will provide millions of Americans in nine major cities across the country affordable access to the bustling Indian metropolis. The Delhi route will launch on December 5, 2018.

WOW air flight attendant visits the Taj Mahal—, one of the seven wonders of the world—located just a short distance from Delhi. (CNW Group/WOW air)

Service to DEL will be available from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL).

WOW air will use its brand new Airbus A330neo aircraft on the Delhi route with its new Wow Premium seats.

* From Boston (BOS), New York (EWR), Washington D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Pittsburgh (PIT), Detroit (DTW), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and St. Louis(STL) to Dehli (DEL) via Iceland.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wow Air): Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-LUV (msn 1607) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941069.

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Air Kerala defers its planned launch in India

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Air Kerala (Cochin, India) is a new Indian airline partially established by the Government of Kerala and registered as a subsidiary of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL).

The airline was expecting to commence scheduled passenger operations in July 2015, primarily serving the state’s three airports. However this has been delayed again. The board decided to delay its official start until the move to amend the “5/20 rule” becomes clearer. According to this report by The Hindu “the ‘5/20’ rule allows an Indian carrier to fly internationally only after it has completed five years of domestic operations and maintains a fleet of 20 aircraft.”

Previously the proposed airline had planned to commence operations in April 2013.

According to Wikipedia, Air Kerala will be India’s first airline with a State government as one of the primary stakeholders. The State government, CIAL and other public sector companies will together hold 26 percent of the shares of the company, while the remaining 74% will be issued to individuals and private groups.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

SpiceJet Q400 skids off the runway at Hubli, India in heavy rain, the left main gear collapses

SpiceJet DHC-8-400 VT-SUA landing at Hubli (Shylaja Varma)(LR)

SpiceJet (Delhi) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VT-SUA (msn 4373) operating flight SG 1085 from Bangalore to Hubli was involved in an incident on landing last night at Hubli, India. The flight was carrying 74 passengers and four crew members. The Q400 reportedly skidded off the runway in heavy rain and the left main gear collapsed. There were no reported injuries.

Read the full story from NDTV: CLICK HERE

Above: Twitter photo by Shylaja Varma.

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Below Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The aircraft at Toronto (Pearson) before it was delivered on August 26, 2011.

SpiceJet DHC-8-400 C-GJJU (VT-SUA)(05)(Grd) YYZ (TMK)(LRW)

Etihad Airways expands its relationship with Jet Airways with new Indian frequencies

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has announced that Mumbai and Delhi will become its first destinations in India to be served with triple-daily flights, strengthening its partnership with Jet Airways into and out of India.

Both cities will be upgraded from their current double-daily frequencies, with the third daily flight to Mumbai starting on February 15, 2015 and to Delhi on May 1, 2015.

Along with Jet Airways’ services, both airlines will connect Abu Dhabi to 14 Indian cities, with over 200 return flights each week. This includes five flights a day to Mumbai, four flights a day to New Delhi, three flights a day to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, two flights a day to Ahmedabad and Kozhikode, and daily flights to Jaipur and Trivandrum.

Etihad Airways will also launch a daily service to Kolkata, capital of West Bengal, on February 15, 2015 to support its long-term development plan in India, and Jet Airways has announced it will soon launch daily services between Abu Dhabi and Goa, Lucknow and Pune.

In addition to the airline’s network developments, Etihad Airways has upgraded its aircraft on a number of Indian routes, including the debut of three-class, wide-body aircraft on select flights. The airline will also operate its new Boeing 787-9 on Mumbai evening services in January 2015.

Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A330-243 A6-EYH (msn 729) is Etihad Airways’ part of the joint Etihad-Alitalia color scheme to promote the upcoming Expo Milano 2015.

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AirAsia India to start low-fare operations on June 12

AirAsia (airasia.com) (India) (Chennai) will commence low-fare operations on June 12 between Bangalore and Goa.

According to the Economic Times, AirAsia India “will charge passengers for check-in luggage. Cancelled tickets will not earn a refund. Passengers cannot eat their own food on board.”

AirAsia India is a joint venture, partnering AirAsia, Tata Sons Limited and Mr. Arun Bathia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.

The entrance of AirAsia is expected to ignite a new fare war in India.

Read the full account from the Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Read the feature article by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. AirAsia India’s fleet will be drawn from the 475 A320 Family aircraft ordered by the AirAsia Group. To date, almost a third of the aircraft on order have already been delivered and are flying on AirAsia Group’s operations out of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and now Chennai. Airbus A320-216 F-WWBV (msn 6015) became VT-AIF on delivery.

Forbes: Jet Airways needs some direction

Jet Airways (Mumbai) is expected to report a loss of around $330 million for its financial year according to Forbes. The majority owner, India’s Naresh Goyal, now lives in Dubai, not in India. Etihad Airways has taken a strategic investment of 24 percent of the stock so things are bound to change soon. Efforts to cut costs have been going on for a long time although the financial situation continues to worsens. What will happen next?

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-85R VT-JGV (msn 34803) in the special Disney Channel motif arrives in sand-blown Dubai.

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Air India Airbus A320 runs off the runway in Jaipur, wing is clipped

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Air India (Delhi) flight AI 890 late on Sunday (January 5) did not go well. The flight was operating from Guwahati to Delhi with Airbus A320-231 VT-ESH (msn 469) with around 170 passengers and crew members. The flight diverted to Jaipur, India due to bad weather in Delhi. Unfortunately Jaipur’s  weather deteriorated too with fog but the crew elected to make an emergency landing in Jaipur due to low fuel. On landing the aircraft reportedly burst several tires and the aircraft veered off the runway . The left wing collided with an object according to reports. Part of the outer portion of the left wing was clipped off.

Read the full account from a passenger on board the ill-fated flight from Yahoo! News India: CLICK HERE

Read the full account also from India Today (with photos): CLICK HERE

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