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Indian Aviation Highlights from 2017

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CSIA Mumbai sets world record with 969 movements

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport sets a benchmark of 969 movements on a single runway on a given day, beating its competitors worldwide and setting up a new world record. The airport handles around 900+ movements almost every day and is one of the busiest airports in India and world. The airport’s primary runway has almost 4 movements in every 5 minutes including takeoff and landing and at peak hours, it has also seen 52 movements in an hour.

Air Deccan makes a comeback in Indian skies

Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost carrier, formerly taken over by Kingfisher Airlines in 2008, re-instated operations in the Indian markets connecting flights between Jalgaon and Mumbai under the UDAN scheme with a cap of INR 2500 for a one-way fare. According to Capt. Gopinath, Air Deccan would be soon connecting to all the corners of Indian Territory. The airline has bagged 34 slots in the UDAN scheme and is currently operating with Beech B1900D aircraft barring a capacity of 19 seats.

Jet Airways increases connectivity to Europe

By partnering with AirFrance-KLM, Jet Airways now has a stronger connection in the European markets for its Indian and global customers. The airline with its newly launched routes, Bengaluru-Amsterdam and Chennai-Paris now connects India to Europe, 31 times a week from Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. As a part of this agreement, Jet Airways passengers can now book direct flights to US and fly with AirFrance, KLM, Delta or Virgin Atlantic.

Jet Airways now flies 3X Mumbai London

With the ever-increasing demand and trends of fliers from Mumbai to London and vice versa, Jet Airways now adds its third direct daily flight to London’s Heathrow. The airline had already witnessed the ever-growing markets that have been flourishing in these two busiest cities and made sure it connects them with an additional frequency giving more options to a flyer. The airline also operates 2 daily direct flights from Delhi to London which makes it connect 35 times a week to UK from India.

Thank you SpiceJet: Donald Trump

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet made the US President happy by ordering planes worth $22 billion thus making more opportunities to create jobs in USA. Ordering 205 airplanes from Boeing would create jobs for 132,000 highly skilled and talented citizens in USA which would be a great boost to the economy of the nation.

World’s Youngest 777 Woman Commander

Air India’s daring and courageous, Anny Divya became World’s youngest Boeing 777 woman commander. Anny started flying for Air India at the age of 19 and had been previously flying the Boeing 737s for the national carrier. At the age of 30, she broke all the records and became the youngest female to command the beast, Boeing 777 for Air India thus inspiring a lot of women who aspire to take up flying as a carrier.

Shirdi Airport finally gets a clearance for takeoff

Shirdi Airport gets a green flag and the first flight departs from Shirdi to Mumbai. The Indian President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the newly built airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra. The airport would have operations by Alliance Air connecting Shirdi to Hyderabad and Mumbai. The aerodrome has been owned and developed by Maharashtra Airport Development Company and will be developing many such airports across the state.

IndiGo now turbo-charged with the delivery of its first ATR

Interglobe Aviation Ltd., gets the delivery of its first ATR 72-600 which will be used for the UDAN scheme connecting the regional airports of India. The connections will be commenced from south of India and the first sectors were Hyderabad to Mangalore. The airline already crossed 1000 flights a day, highest in India and thus plans to keep the network growing its tier II & III cities operations. IndiGo is India’s third airline to induct the ATR 72-600 in its fleet.

#NotJustAnotherNEO by Vistara

Vistara, a TATA-SIA joint venture, takes delivery of its first Airbus A320NEO. The airline in its expanding network has deployed its NEO on Delhi Mumbai, Delhi Srinagar and Delhi Bengaluru routes currently. The airline has taken delivery of 3 Airbus A320NEOs. The special feature of this airplane includes the artistic mood lightning which according to the airline is one of the best experiences never done before by any Indian airline.

India now gets closer to Sweden

Air India, India’s national carrier now flies non-stop to the city of Stockholm from Delhi three times a week. Stockholm becomes Air India’s 44th international destination and the route its flown by the state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner offering 238 economy and 18 business class seats. Not just this, Air India flies to London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Rome, Birmingham and Milan in the EU.

Mumbai Airport becomes the first in India for Singapore Airbus A350XWB

July 1, 2017, Singapore Airlines kicked off its Airbus A350XWB operation to India and Mumbai hits up the list making it the only airport with 3 X A350s The A350XWB is one of the highly advanced and most modern airplane that the airline is currently operating in its fleet. The airline has 3 X flights between Singapore and Mumbai which are being operated by Boeing 777 and Airbus A380. The airline plans to swap the entire operation of Mumbai with the Airbus fleet from Feb 2017.

Zoom Air kicks off operation in India

Zoom Air, a low-cost carrier with a fleet of Bombardier CRJ 200LR airplane finally took off its wings on February 2017. The airline’s inaugural service between Delhi and Durgapur had been an eye-catcher and made it the 12th domestic airline from India. With its expanding network, the airline plans to connect cities such as Amritsar, Surat, Bhavnagar etc.

SpiceJet to launch sea-plane services

India’s budget airline SpiceJet plans to launch sea-plane services in 2018 and had successfully conducted the trial run for the same on December 9, 2017. The airline carried test flights with the amphibious airplane from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Girgaon. As per Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman, SpiceJet, the airline is already working with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and getting the regulations formulated for a smooth takeoff for this initiative in 2018.

CSIA Mumbai welcomed its first Airbus A350XWB

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport welcomed the first Airbus A350XWB of Ethiopian Airlines on April 6, 2017. The airline becomes the first to operate a scheduled flight service of the A350 to Mumbai and the airport received the second A350XWB in the same month from Lufthansa.

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