Vinod Kannan, Vistara's chief strategy officer, said, "We are pleased to be working with Amadeus, a key partner for Vistara's growth as we recognise the need to grow beyond our home market. At the same time investment in the best technology will simplify our customers' interactions with us and deliver the level of service which Vistara is renowned for."
Boeing's 737 Max jet got another boost at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, this time with an order from Kazakhstan's newly-launched budget carrier as the Chicago-based company works to try and win U.S. regulatory approval to get the airplane back in the sky by early next year. The plane has been grounded around the world after two crashes that killed 346 people. The jet's automated flight control system has been blamed in part in the crashes that occurred after take-off from Indonesia in October of last year and from Ethiopia in March. Still, the single-aisle jet managed to secure some deals at the airshow.
While constantly complaining of ultra high operating cost — fuel for domestic flights being costliest in India — and fares that do not cover costs leading to losses, all big and emerging Indian carriers (except divestment-bound Air India) are adding planes at a furious pace. Then to fill them up, they offer low fares.
On November 1, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had told the airlines to replace the PW engines under both wings of 97 A320neo aircraft "at all costs" by January 31 or they would be grounded. The aviation regulator had also said "desperate measures" were required to "put things in order".
“We found that some of our officials were showing extra interest in auditing companies with their friends and family in it. We would want such officials to stay away from auditing such companies,” said a senior DGCA official, who did not want to be identified. Sources added that this order was reiterated after DG Arun Kumar came across such instances.
Spicejet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh on Wednesday said that the airline is studying the market and may start operation to UAE's Ras Al Khaimah by the beginning of next year. "Just like we operate flights to Dubai, we can operate flight to Ras Al Khaimah," he said, adding that while bilateral rights between Indian cities and Ras Al Khaimah are thin.
"SpiceJet and Gulf Air will look at collaborating in the field of pilot training to nurture talent in order to deliver the finest resources for both the airlines. The airlines will also engage and collaborate to enhance their respective cargo and engineering services," the Indian budget carrier said in a statement.
The strategic technology partnership with TCS supporting back-end IT functions, now covers new technology programmes on digital channels, contributing directly to Virgin Atlantic's vision to be the world's most loved travel company, a statement said. Working with TCS has enabled Virgin Atlantic to identify the next digital innovations,it added.
Flight operation on the route was started on Monday. Kandla is Alliance Air's 55th destination under UDAN scheme. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, would operate flight on the Ahmedabad-Kandla route every weekday, according to a release by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
"Virgin Atlantic will introduce a second daily service between Heathrow (at London) and Delhi, offering 1,08,000 additional seats for summer 2020," the airline's statement said. It said the second flight would depart from Heathrow in the morning, complimenting the airline's current evening departure.
The initiative is being taken in view of high pollution levels in Delhi, the airline said, adding that PM 2.5 particles can "reach deep into the lungs". PM 2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter. "The campaign will commence on November 19, 2019, and end on November 29, 2019," AirAsia India said in a statement.
On Monday, the Mumbai bench of the NCLT directed the resolution professional to communicate with the South American firm Synergy Group to appear before the bench. The tribunal has also made the ministry of civil aviation and DGCA party to the case and sought their response regarding the availability of the slots to fly between destinations.