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Aviation sector and flight news from India

News, launches, schedules and flight announcements from India's expanding airline sector.

Finn Air sees Mumbai as potential destination
January 23, 2007: Mumbai is on the radar of the Finnish carrier Finn Air. The airline which about three months ago launched operations to India, has said that Mumbai would be its second destination in India.

Jet Airways plans flights to Thailand, China, North America
December 17, 2006: Under an attempt to increase its revenues through international operations, India's largest private carrier Jet Airways is planning to launch services to Thailand, China and North America next year.

EasyAir launch this November
May 10, 2006: EasyAir, a new private airline to be floated by NRIs based in US, is expected to start flying this year. The brand EasyAir will be owned by Premier Airways.

India, UAE sign MoU for increasing air traffic
March 21, 2007: India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will start 18 new services between the two nations, with Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram being added as points of call for designated airlines of UAE.

Air Pacific’s India flights by 2011
March 13, 2007: Look who’s now flying to India. Airline major Air Pacific has announced plans to fly direct to India, South America and beyond the US West Coast from 2011.

Paramount Airways and Air Sahara look to expand
March 1, 2007: While the South India based Paramount Airways plans to enter the western Indian skies by the end of this year and add 15 more aircraft in the next three years, fast growing airline Air Sahara is set to expand by adding a destination

Air India Express flight to Bahrain
March 1, 2007: State-run low cost carrier Air India Express is all set to start operations to Bahrain on March 25.

Flights from London to Larnaca, Cyprus
March 21, 2007: UK-based low-cost carrier Monarch Airline is to commence scheduled services from London Luton airport to Cyprus Larnaca airport, starting March 26, 2007.

Air Canada to drop India service
March 15, 2007: Cost-cutting needs have forced Air Canada to drop its India service. The Montreal-based airline has said that will end its regularly scheduled service to India on May 1.

Proposed Kerala airline hits airpocket
March 15, 2007: Air Kerala has not yet become a reality, but set backs are already in. The Centre has turned down Kerala’s request to allow its proposed airline Air Kerala to fly abroad.

Caparo aims at bringing aircraft makers to India
March 8, 2007: Aiming at bringing aircraft manufacturers to India, Caparo India, part of the Caparo Group owned by Lord Swraj Paul, is keen on entering the aerospace sector in a big way.

Spirit Air unveils fees for checked baggage
March 8, 2007: In an attempt to liberate customers from being forced into paying for services they do not desire or use, US airline Spirit Airlines has unveiled a new fare structure.

Pawan Hans plans small aircraft for regional routes in India
February 19, 2007: In an attempt to connect the countyr’s remote destinations , Pawan Hans, the country's largest helicopter operator, has lined up plans to make an entry into the regional airline market

Air India budget flights to Europe, US
February 6, 2007: Air India is mulling of commencing low-cost services to Europe and US, under an attempt to replicate the success of its subsidiary Air India Express.

Eva Air plans flights to Taiwan, Taipei from Mumbai
December 17, 2006: Taiwanese airline EVA Air has commenced passenger flights to Mumbai from the capital city of Taipei.

Bangalore take-off for Emirates
January 15, 2006: Emirates Airline has inaugurated its brand new 5000-square-feet Bangalore office. This is Emirates' fifth such in South India and adds to the tally of 19 offices across the country.

Air India Express flights from Mangalore to Muscat, Abu Dhabi
February 6, 2007: Air India Express will operate direct flights from Mangalore to Muscat and Abu Dhabi from March 1, 2007, a change from the earlier announced schedule.

More Mumbai Colombo flights from SriLankan
February 2, 2007: Colombo has suddenly become nearer to Mumbai with Sri Lankan Airlines’ all set to expand operations with the launch of double-daily flights to Mumbai this month.

Air India will have to wait till merger for IPO
February 2, 2007: The proposed merger with Indian Airlines has prompted Air India to put off its IPO plans.

Spicejet offers 99 paisa tickets in low cost battle
January 26, 2007: Spicejet flight tickets at 99 paisa will be available for travel between February 15 to April 15.

Kingfisher Airlines opens City Ticketing Office in Kolkata
January 31, 2007: Fastest growing Indian airline Kingfisher Airlines has unveiled its City Ticketing Office at the West Bengal capital of Kolkata.

Jet Airways to fly on M&C Saatchi campaign
January 27, 2007: Jet Airways which had undertaken and extensive and exhaustive selection process, has now picked advertising major M&C Saatchi to handle its global advertising business

Fly to Freedom with just 99 paisa with Spicejet
January 27, 2007: Low frills airline SpiceJet is saluting the nation as it celebrated its 58th Republic Day.

China India flights from Indian soon
January 26, 2007: Connectivity between India and China is seen being bolstered by yet another direct link to the communist nation.

Global alliances lure AI, Indian
January 26, 2007: The Indian skies are set to welcome a behemoth of an airline, once the Air India – Indian merger is complete.

Spicejet flights from Kolkata to Goa
January 26, 2007: Come winter 2007, and the Kolkata-Goa airline sector would get all spiced up.

Mumbai & Chennai Kuala Lumpur flights from Jet Airways
January 21, 2007: Jet Airways is launching another daily Chennai-Kuala Lumpur service by August this year

Air Sahara flights to Maldives from New Delhi
December 17, 2006: India's private carrier Air Sahara is to introduce a service to Maldives, even as it is gearing upto launch services to Guangzhou in China and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram flights from Air Arabia
December 17, 2007: Air Arabia has launched two new services to the southern cities of Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram, even as the low-cost carrier added Kathmandu on its destination portfolio. 

Kingfisher Airlines partners with Toyota F1 racing
March 22, 2007: Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines is on a racing track. India’s fastest-growing airline, along with Toyota Motorsport, has entered into a multi-year partnership deal for the Panasonic Toyota F1 Racing team.

Kingfisher flights to Thiruvananthapuram from Bangalore
January 22, 2007: Thiruvananthapuram has finally got a taste of Kingfisher. Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines touched base in the Kerala capital.

Air Canada: India out, China in
February 19, 2007: The Canadian national airline's decision to stop the country's only direct flights between Canada and India in favour of expanding service to China has come in for flak.

M&M aims for the skies
March 1, 2007: M&M is looking at aviation tech. The Indian automobile major has inked a deal for design and development of a new general aviation aircraft.

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