Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summarizing the last week in Indian Aviation

After being out of action due to a bout of viral fever, and being busy for an entire week before that meant that I could not complete the piece of blog I had started writing. The one about who leads the domestic market share at Delhi. While I will take some more time to complete it, I thought of starting another series here – which comes with a small bit of history with it.

When I completed my MBA and joined work, with “the” premium carrier in India in those times, I had come up with a weekly newsletter, which would summarize what happens in the aviation space – mainly related to networks, new flights, cancellations and big announcements for the week gone bye. Difficult to say, it was popular, but it certainly was useful for many and people still remember those newsletters when I meet them once a while. Thus came a thought of replicating the same idea on the blog.

To be very honest, this will only be a collection of network related news gathered from multiple points including sources and would have been published on multiple forums and social networking sites before it comes here.

Summary for Week 14th June to 20th June

Spicejet to continue with the seasonal wet-leasing of its aircraft

Spicejet, like last year, will again send few of its aircraft to Europe (SmartWings) to be operated for the charter services as part of a wet-lease deal. VT-SPQ has already left Delhi for Prague on 18th June and operated its first flight as QS1082 between Czech capital - Prague and the Croatian resort town – Split on 20th June

New Destination for AirCosta

Vijaywada based startup carrier AirCosta with its fleet of E-170 and E-190 jets is adding Madurai(IXM) as its 9th destination.

Flights will be from Chennai and effective 3rd July

LB 642 MAA1645 – 1805IXM x26
LB 642 MAA1715 – 1810IXM 26

LB 643 IXM1825 – 1925MAA x26
LB 643 IXM1830 – 1925MAA 26

New Destination for Air Asia India

As Air Asia took wings last week with flights between Bangalore & Goa and started flights between Bangalore & Chennai, it announced its 4th Destination – Kochi. Flights will be effective 20th July – which is a very long lead time and the flights would operate at timings mentioned below .

I5-1123 BLR0855 - 0955COK 320 D
I5-1124 COK1020 - 1120BLR 320 D 

This will increase the utilization of its sole aircraft to 8 flights a day, all of almost an hour each.

GoAir adds flights to Chandigarh and seasonally discontinues flights to Port Blair

GoAir, is adding a third flight on Mumbai-Chandigarh route effective 3rd July. GoAir will be joined by Indigo – which already operates triple daily on this sector.

The new flight operates 5x weekly as below
G8 389 BOM1215 – 1430IXC 320 x23
G8 388 IXC1500 – 1725BOM 320 x23

This comes, as Go Air pulls out of PortBlair during the monsoon season where it provides connectivity from Mumbai – Via Chennai and Delhi – Via Kolkata. Flights to Port Blair resume from 1st October’2014

IndiGo adds flights on Chennai – Pune sector

IndiGo, which recently launched its 500th daily flight, when it started the second Delhi – Jammu flight, has launched additional flights on the Chennai – Pune sector. The airline now operates 19 departures a week, each way and offers maximum seats on the sector amongst all the carriers operating.
The new flight operates at below timings.

6E529 PNQ2250 – 0035MAA 320 D
6E385 MAA2155 – 2330PNQ 320 D

It may be noted that Jet Airways pulled out of this sector in April.

 KIA announces policy to attract airlines

Largely seen as a policy to give sops to Air Asia India, which recently shifted its hub from Chennai to Bengaluru, the management at Bengaluru airport has come up with a policy to attract airlines to set up base at Bangalore. Currently, only Air Asia qualifies for the benefits.

1 comment:

  1. I m in total agreement Ameya with a weekly round up of happenings in our sector abt which we are so passionate abt,Will keep u posted from now on to add a pitch of spicy rumors floating around,as always looking forward to your writings & All the very Best!!