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Indian Aviation Industry Braces For $3.6 Billion Loss, Looks To The Future

After halting international services into and out of the country, the Indian government announced Monday that it would suspend domestic passenger services starting March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus across the country. Airlines were directed to halt their scheduled passenger operations after 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and all flights were told to “plan...to land at their destination” before then. "The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the…

Virgin Atlantic Adds New Manchester to Delhi Service

Virgin Atlantic announced last week that it would be starting flights from Manchester to Delhi from October 26. The flight will operate three times per week on Airbus A330-200s, fitted with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class cabins to seat 266 passengers, according to Routesonline. The flight times are as follows,…

Vistara Receives First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The growing Indian airline Vistara has taken delivery of the first of its long-awaited Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners this past week. It is the first of five and sets the stage for the beginning of true long haul international operations as airlines in India fill the void left by the collapse…

Jet Airways Seeking Fresh Bids

Indian carrier Jet Airways has announced that it will be reopening its expression of interest (EOI) process in a move to potentially attract new investors. After ceasing operations this past April, the insolvency process for the airline saw the reassignment of its slots to other carriers and the repossession of…

Air India Makes Some Progress Towards Privatization

It is now expected that the official expression of interest for privatizing Air India should be done by the end of November, after a delay of a month in the drawn-out process for privatization. The committee overseeing the privatization was supposed to have it ready by the end of October…

London’s Stansted Airport Kicks Off First Service to India

Air India's first service to London's Stansted airport celebrated its inaugural flight on Thursday. The service from Amritsar in India - numbered AI 166 - is operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft and will fly three times a week, departing Stansted on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The route marks the…

IndiGo Places Massive Firm Order for A320neo Jets

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft in what has been labeled as one of Airbus' largest orders coming from a single carrier. The order is spread out in a mix of A320neos, A321neos and the recently launched A321XLR and is valued at a…

Virgin Atlantic Strengthens Manchester Services, Boosts Winter Gatwick Frequencies

Virgin Atlantic announced it will enhance its services from Manchester Airport, one of its secondary hubs in Northern England. The airline will increase frequencies on the Manchester-New York route by 65 percent and launch a three times weekly service to Barbados this winter. Nearly 30,000 additional seats will be offered…

GoAir Potentially Seeking IPO

Indian airline GoAir is a low-cost carrier based in Mumbai that operates a fleet of 51 Airbus A320 aircraft, holding roughly 8.4 percent of market share making it the fifth largest airline in India. The airline is currently held by the Wadia family and appears to be seeking an IPO.…

GoAir Potentially Seeking IPO

Indian airline GoAir is a low-cost carrier based in Mumbai that operates a fleet of 51 Airbus A320 aircraft, holding roughly 8.4 percent of market share making it the fifth largest airline in India. The airline is currently held by the Wadia family and appears to be seeking an IPO.…