Friday, January 8, 2016

Air Vistara’s fleet is joined by its ninth Airbus A-320 in india

Air Vistara, welcomes its ninth Airbus A-320. The new aircraft will enable Vistara to extend its personalised and seamless travel experience to the airline’s progressively widening customer base by increasing frequencies to its current route network.

On the latest addition, Mr Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara said, “We are delighted to announce the arrival of our ninth aircraft. The new aircraft will allow us to further enhance our capacity on our key routes and allow many more customers to fly a new feeling with Vistara. With this addition, our fleet induction for the year is complete. However, there are many other interesting announcements in the pipeline timed with our anniversary celebrations that will further make our value proposition attractive for our esteemed customers.”

With 12 destinations, 297 weekly frequencies and industry’s best OTP track record, Vistara is fast becoming India’s preferred airline with an increasing number of repeat customers. With each new aircraft, the airline raises the bar to touch new heights as it continues to redefine the flying experience and setting new benchmarks. Like all its previous aircraft, the latest addition has also been manufactured at the Airbus manufacturing plant in Toulouse and leased from BOC Aviation. The aircraft comes with Vistara’s unique cabin configuration of 148 seats (16 Business Class, 36 Premium Economy and 96 Economy Class).

Conforming to the standards of sustainable aviation, the new aircraft has advanced technologies including weight-saving composites and the Sharklets  that reduce fuel consumption by 4% and increases payload-range performance by 100nm corresponding to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions by around 900 tonnes per aircraft.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Daily service between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata by Etihad Airways

Commencing on 15 February 2015, the new flights will bring the total number of Indian cities served by Etihad Airways to 11, with existing routes including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum.

Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is the main commercial, financial and educational hub of East and Northeast India, and is the third largest contributor to India’s economy in terms of GDP contribution.

Home to a diverse mix of cultures, Kolkata boasts modern and colonial architecture, multiple monuments, and has a metropolis population of over 15 million, making it India’s second largest city.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “India, one of the world’s largest growing travel markets, has always been an important destination for Etihad Airways. The launch of our new Kolkata services demonstrates our enduring commitment to serve the Indian market and people, whether in India or overseas.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Policy for Carriage of Live Animals in SpiceJet

SpiceJet carries live animals on the Boeing B737-800 and 900 series aircraft, only in the hold. We do not carry live animals on the passenger cabin
Animals such as dogs, cats and other pets when properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates and other documents required for carriage by air will, with the advance agreement of carrier, be accepted for carriage, subject to Carrier’s regulations.
Domestic pets such as dogs and cats are permitted on SpiceJet flights as freight, in the pressurized and temperature controlled area of the aircraft hold, subject to the following conditions:
  • Properly carried in a container/kennel which should be made of non-chewable material with smooth edges and properly ventilated in the prescribed size.
  • Pet accepted at owner's risk and SpiceJet will not be responsible in the event of such pets being refused entry into or passage through any territory.
  • The owner will be responsible for compliance with all governmental customs and health requirements, including quarantine arrangements.
  • The owner will assume all the risks of injury, sickness or death of the pet accepted for carriage.
  • A declaration indemnifying SpiceJet will be obtained from the passenger
  • The owner must ensure their pets meet the quarantine requirements. Pets may be subjected to quarantine at destination at the owner’s expense. The quarantine period may vary and would be at the discretion of the vet authorities at destination.
Below are few points to be followed with respect to Carriage of animals:
  • Only on domestic flights: Domesticated dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Note: SpiceJet policy prohibits certain aggressive breeds of dogs, hybrid dogs / cats, short-muzzled dogs, for transport by air.
  • Females with suckling young and un-weaned animals are not accepted.
  • Weaned puppies / kittens under 12 weeks not accepted
  • Accepted on flights operated by Boeing aircraft only.
  • Must be carried in the cargo hold, cannot be carried in the cabin. (Note: Service animals accompanying a disabled passenger in the passenger cabin do not fall under this category)
  • One passenger can carry a maximum of 3 containers / Kennels
  • No Airline / SpiceJet liability in case of injury / death
Breeds of dogs and cats forbidden for carriage:
I. SpiceJet will not accept the following breeds of dogs and cats, including short-muzzled dog breeds, as these animals are known to be susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke (when exposed to stress or changes in temperature), breathing difficulties or increased travel stress:*
All short-muzzled dog breeds and their cross-breeds, including:
  • All Boxers, Bulldogs, Mastiffs & Spaniels
  • Akita
  • Brussels Griffin (Petite Brabancon)
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazillero & their crosses
  • Japanese Chin (Chin, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Pug) and all other breeds of Pug
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekinese
  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tosa
The following cat breeds and their cross-breeds:
  • Burmese
  • Exotic
  • Himalayan
  • Persian
II. Dogs / Cats must be a minimum of 12 weeks old for carriage on all domestic flights.

III. Animal/s should not be pregnant.
IV. Animals may only travel if accompanied by a passenger /owner.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jet Airways introduces Full Service Première cabin on JetKonnect Boeing 737-700/800 flights

Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, has introduced its acclaimed full-service Premiere product on all JetKonnect Next-Generation Boeing 737-700/800 flights across India. These JetKonnect flights will now come equipped with a premium, front end Premiere cabin allowing guests to experience Jet Airways' acclaimed Premiere service across its full service and low fare brands respectively. The Premiere cabin serves comes with plush, extra-wide seats with a 44 inch seat pitch, delectable multi-course menu options to choose from, extra legroom, dedicated check-in counters and 30 kgs baggage allowance. Thus, offering guests a comfortable and relaxing flying experience. 

According to Mr. Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, “The Jet Airways Group has always been proactive in responding to guest requirements and has demonstrated a customer-centric approach in devising products and services accordingly. Based on the feedback received from many of our frequent fliers, we have ensured that Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft on our domestic network, be it under Jet Airways or the JetKonnect brand, are configured with Jet Airways' acclaimed Premiere Cabin, one of the best business class products in the world, with no differentiation in the product or service offerings. We are confident that the full-service Premiere configuration introduced on all our JetKonnect Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft, will prove extremely popular with our guests.”

The JetKonnect Premiere cabin service offering is available for sale and travel with immediate effect. These flights are also available as code share flights, using the 9W code.

For more information, guests may also log on to the airline online destination at