AIRLINES

  • Qatar Airways launches 'buy one get one free' ticket offer for Indian customers November 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Gulf carrier Qatar Airways has rolled out a 2-for-1 ticket offer for Indian customers, under which travellers booking one business class ticket will receive a second business class ticket for free on select global destinations. Booking of tickets under the five-day promotional scheme commences on Tuesday and the journey can...
  • Russian TV channel says photos show MH17 shot down by fighter jet November 15, 2014

    Moscow: Russian state-controlled TV has broadcast what it called "sensational" photographs, which it said supported Moscow's theory that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. Several commentators who have examined the photographs have described them as forgeries, however. The photographs, said to be taken by a Western...
  • Malaysia Airlines steward fired over sex assault on passenger November 13, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines has sacked a steward for allegedly sexually assaulting a passenger who was scared of flying with the disaster-prone airline before any hearing into the incident had taken place, a union body said. The crew member has been stuck in a detention centerer at Paris' Charles de...
  • Russian President Putin blames Ukraine for obstructing MH17 inquiry November 10, 2014

    Beijing: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ukraine's government of interfering with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in July that killed 298 people. Independent investigators have had little access to the wreckage of flight MH17 in territory in eastern Ukraine in the hands of pro-Russian...
  • Kingfisher Airlines seeks basis of wilful defaulter tag from UCO Bank November 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Grounded Kingfisher Airlines has written to UCO Bank wanting to know the basis of attaching the 'wilful defaulter' tag on the carrier. "First we had sent the airline and its corporate guarantor a notice asking why the two entities should not be declared as wilful defaulters," a source in the...
  • BSE, NSE announce suspension of trading in shares of Kingfisher Airlines November 8, 2014

    Mumbai: In a major blow to Vijay Mallya, top exchanges like Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange have announced suspension of trading in shares of Kingfisher Airlines from December. The announcement which was made on Friday also includes UB Engineering, a part of Mallya's conglomerate- United Breweries Limited. The...
  • MH17 crash investigators seek local help to reach wreckage in conflict zone November 6, 2014

    Amsterdam: Accident investigators looking into the July crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine said on Thursday they would probably hire local contractors to collect wreckage still beyond their reach because of a continuing pro-Russian insurrection. The crash of flight MH17 as it flew over the conflict zone stirred...
  • Lufthansa Airlines to pay Rs 20 lakh to Indian passenger for downgrading his ticket November 5, 2014

    Chennai: A 70 year-old businessman has been awarded Rs 20 lakh as compensation by State Consumer Redressal Commission after a German airline downgraded his ticket during his flight from Frankfurt four years ago. Complainant Shiv Prakash Goenka had contended that he had opted for Business class travel in Lufthansa Airlines for...
  • India's domestic air traffic grew over 26 per cent in September November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: India's domestic air traffic grew at a record pace of over 26 per cent in September compared to the same month last year with low air fares stimulating the travel demand, IATA said on Tuesday. Indian traffic "spiked 26.3 per cent in September compared to a year ago",...
  • APAI questions 'non-existent' low fares offered by airlines October 26, 2014

    Mumbai: Apex air travellers body, Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) on Sunday questioned the frequent "special fare" offers by domestic carriers and termed them as "non-existent", even as it urged the DGCA not to allow such schemes. The association, in a communication to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, also...
  • Air India evaluating leasing fuel-efficient airplanes October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming at taking growing competition head-on, Air India is evaluating leasing fuel- efficient airplanes like Airbus A-320 neos for itself and Boeing 737 Max for its subsidiary Air India Express over the next three to six years. While the national carrier would be getting its 18th Boeing 787 Dreamliners...
  • Surat-based diamond companies to start an airline service October 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: In a first of its kind initiative, four Surat-based diamond companies have come together to start an airline service to connect Surat with smaller cities in Gujarat. At an initial investment of about Rs 30 crore, these firms have already acquired three aircraft. According to former president of the Surat Diamond...
  • Air Costa to start Chennai-Jaipur service, cut winter flights October 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Regional carrier Air Costa on Tuesday said it will launch a direct daily flight between Chennai and Jaipur from Sunday even as it has reduced capacity by 10 per cent during the winter schedule owing to several reasons. The Vijayawada-based airline also said it will offer a special Diwali discount...
  • Airlines add spice to festive season with discount offers October 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Domestic carriers resorted to another round of discounted fares with cash-strapped SpiceJet making the first move with a limited-period discounted one-way domestic fare offer, ranging from all-inclusive fares of Rs 899 to Rs 2,499. No sooner the Kalanithi Maran's budget carrier rolled out its 'Diwali dhamaka sale' offer, other...
  • SpiceJet announces another low-fare offer of Rs 899 for Bangalore-Chennai-Kochi October 21, 2014

    New Delhi: SpiceJet on Tuesday continued with its galore of special offers announcing yet another limited- period discounted one-way domestic fare offer, ranging from all-inclusive fares of Rs 899 to Rs 2,499. While tickets can be booked at low fares till October 26, the travel period would be between November one...
  • Mumbai: 22 injured as SIA flight hit by turbulence October 19, 2014

    Mumbai: In a close shave, a packed super jumbo aircraft of Singapore Airlines with over 430 people on board was hit by sudden turbulence during descent, leaving eight passengers and 14 crew members injured. The Singapore-Mumbai plane, an A380 double-deck, had 408 passengers and 25 crew on board. The injured...
  • Potential carriers of ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some US flights October 17, 2014

    Potential carriers of the ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some flights in the US. This decision was taken after a second airline passenger was detected with the virus. "She should not have travelled on a commercial airline," said CDC Director. ...
  • IndiGo to buy 250 A320 aircraft with fuel efficient, less polluting engines October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm A320 neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus' single largest order by number of aircraft in the World. Co-founders of Indigo, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe Enterprises have signed the MoU. ...
  • Dutch experts help recover MH17 crash items despite nearby clashes October 14, 2014

    Hrabove: Four Dutch experts visited the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in east Ukraine on Monday to help recover personal belongings of victims despite fighting between government troops and separatist rebels nearby. The experts said they were on hand to advise a local Emergencies Ministry team combing the wreckage...
  • We've right to be represented by lawyers: Kingfisher Airlines to HC October 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Ailing Kingfisher Airlines, facing proceedings initiated by lending bank PNB to declare it and its guarantors Vijay Mallya and UBHL as wilful defaulters, on Monday told the Delhi High Court that it has the right to be represented by lawyers before the bank's panel. "Unless, a law specifically...
  • Haitian man faces US charges over reclining airline seat squabble October 12, 2014

    Boston: A Haitian man who authorities say got into a heated dispute on a flight bound from Miami to Paris over a reclining seat has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant, U.S. prosecutors in Boston said on Friday. Edmond Alexandre, 60, was charged in federal court with interfering with flight...
  • Woman says airline grounded her due to her tweets about the flight's delay where she questioned the pilot's sobriety October 11, 2014

    Manchester, NH: A New Hampshire woman says she was removed from a JetBlue flight after tweeting about the flight's delays, which included a pilot having to take a sobriety test. Lisa Carter-Knight, of Exeter, was waiting to board a Boston-bound plane in Philadelphia on Tuesday. JetBlue says it was delayed when...
  • MH17 victim found with oxygen mask, says Dutch Foreign Minister October 9, 2014

    The Hague (Netherlands): One of the people on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine in July was found wearing an oxygen mask, the Dutch foreign minister and prosecutors said, raising the possibility that some passengers might have known their plane was doomed. "You know that somebody was discovered...
  • Underwater search for missing MH370 enters new phase October 6, 2014

    Melbourne: A new phase of the multimillion dollar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 began today in a refined zone in the remote Indian Ocean after a long pause, in a last ditch-effort to solve the greatest aviation mystery. The underwater search for the Boeing 777 which vanished...
  • 36 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yet to be identified October 4, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch security ministry said that 36 victims of the total of 298 passengers and crew members on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are yet to be identified. Among the 11 identified victims this week, eight people were Dutch nationals, Xinhua reported. At the request...
  • Vistara pays Rs 5 crore to New India Assurance for cover October 3, 2014

    The soon to be launched airline Vistara, from the Tata Group-Singapore Airlines combine, has secured its insurance cover from the country's largest non-life insurer New India Assurance, for Rs 5 crore. "We have provided insurance cover to both the aircraft of Vistara. We are hopeful of providing cover to three...
  • 16 air hostesses, crew of Pakistan airline disappear in Canada October 2, 2014

    Karachi: At least 16 air hostesses and cabin crew members of Pakistan's national carrier have disappeared in the last five months in Canada after going there on international flights. Four air hostesses of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) last month failed to show up for their return flights after disappearing from the...
  • Vistara takes delivery of first Airbus A-320 aircraft in Delhi September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking a step closer to getting its flying licence, Tata-SIA joint venture Vistara took delivery of its first Airbus A-320 aircraft that landed at the IGI Airport on Thursday, as the airline planned to go ahead with its operational launch next month. The launch of Vistara has been delayed...
  • Airlines raise issues affecting aviation sector September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Top officials of Indian airlines on Tuesday raised issues afflicting the aviation sector like high jet fuel cost and airport charges as the government said it would soon finalise a policy to enhance connectivity to regional destinations and remote areas. The issues came up for discussion at a meeting...
  • 225 victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 identified September 20, 2014

    The Hague: The thirty additional researchers, who were sent to Kharkiv last week to investigate MH17 crash, returned to the Netherlands due to unstable security situation in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday. "At the moment it is simply not safe enough to send our people in...