28 Nov 2022
India Aviation Industry Newsletter
Air India strengthens global route network
Air India announced the strengthening and expansion of its global footprint with the launch of new flights connecting Mumbai with New York, Paris and Frankfurt, and the resumption of non-stop flights connecting Delhi with Copenhagen, Milan and Vienna. This expansion comes as the airline continues to make progress in augmenting its fleet with newly leased aircraft, and the return of existing aircraft to active service. Air India CEO & MD Mr Campbell Wilson, said, “A key element of our five-year transformation plan, Vihaan.AI, is to strengthen India’s global network, connecting India’s major cities with even more destinations. The introduction of these new non-stop flights to New York, Milan, Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris, and Frankfurt, is another step in that journey, which will accelerate as our aircraft fleet expands. We look forward to welcoming guests and sharing Air India’s warm Indian hospitality with them.”
Airports Authority of India (AAI) commits to electric infrastructure at airports
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working to transition to electric vehicles, encouraging airport service providers to provide electric vehicles, and establishing charging infrastructure at airports, in keeping with the Hon'ble Prime Minister's objective of moving toward e-Mobility. When hiring, leasing, or purchasing replacements for AAI-owned ICE vehicles that meet condemnation standards, AAI is concentrating on giving electric vehicles attention. Actions have been initiated by AAI to transition existing AAI Diesel, Petrol, & CNG Vehicles to e-Vehicles at various AAI Airports, coupled with charging stations to provide proper charging capacity.
Akasa Air announces Visakhapatnam as tenth destination
Akasa Air announced the addition of Visakhapatnam as the carrier’s tenth destination to join the airline’s fast-growing network and the eighth city connecting from Bengaluru. The route will be operated double daily with the first frequency commencing from 10 December with second frequency from 12 December. Akasa Air Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Praveen Iyer said, “We are delighted to add Visakhapatnam to our expanding network as the fourth major destination in South India with daily twice Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam Bengaluru. Visakhapatnam is a promising Tier II city and a key player in India’s growth story owing to its advantageous coastal location, real-estate boom, and industrial prospects. Strengthening our connectivity, we are pleased to add one more frequency each on the high demand Bengaluru-Ahmedabad and the debut Bengaluru-Pune routes.”
IndiGo expands Turkish Airlines code-share agreement into Europe
IndiGo the launch of connecting flights via Turkey to Portugal and Switzerland, through its codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines. These new routes and frequencies, effective from 23 November. IndiGo Head of Global Sales, Mr. Vinay Malhotra, said, “We have witnessed a huge demand for travel from India to Turkey, Switzerland, and Portugal. Keeping the customer demand in mind, we now offer 19 connecting flights through Istanbul to destinations like Geneva, Lisbon, Porto, and Basel
MONTE and Flybig Announce Zero Emissions Partnership
MONTE announced that it has signed an agreement with flybig to provide financing and leasing solutions for the conversion of flybig’s fleet to zero emission propulsion technologies. Flybig are the first operator in India to sign such a partnership as they look to reduce emissions from their operations and transition to a zero emission aircraft fleet. In addition, MONTE will lease two DHC-6-400 aircraft to flybig. Flybig CMD said “We are committed towards a zero emission fleet and to reduce carbon emissions in air transportation in India. Signing an agreement with MONTE is a crucial step in shrinking our fleet’s carbon footprint. This initiative will not only revolutionize air travel in India, but also reduce the cost of flying with flybig.”
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