SHIMLA:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the Shimla-New Delhi flight, the maiden flight under government's regional connectivity scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN). Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, he said that the UDAN Scheme is going to help tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh.    WATCH VIDEO:    window.__ventunoplayer = window.__ventunoplayer||[]; window.__ventunoplayer.push({video_key: 'OTI2OTIyfHw4fHw2fHwxLDIsMQ==', holder_id:...
Asian community organizations from Chicago hold signs to protest after an April 10 United Airlines incident in which a doctor was removed from a flight. United said Tuesday that it's too early to tell how bookings have been affected. Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune via APSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all u...
This week’s featured link: Aviation and the Media Survey There’s a lot of bad reporting out there about aviation, and now the American Aviation Institute is trying to get feedback on the aviation news media in this survey. This is meant for people who are close to the industry only. I’m not being compensated for this. I just hope that a healthy response with clear results could help to improve media coverage of this industry. (There’s always hope…) Two for the ...
The Jordanian national carrier had fun on social media with United's current woes. Royal Jordanian AirlinesSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>Travelers are entitled to their own opinions, and it makes sense that Em...
Matt Hayes poses with an intact Apollo-era F1 rocket engine at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. (Courtesy of Matt Hayes) As a young boy growing up in rural Western New York, Matt Hayes had an interest in aviation and astronomy that had him flying airplanes by the time he was 16. Life has not stopped moving since, he said, and years later Hayes still looks to the sky for inspiration as executive vice president of Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Hayes, who is GeekWire’s latest Geek of the ...
THE 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition opened this morning at Hongqiao International Airport. About 170 of the world’s top business aircraft makers and operators displayed 35 planes at the exhibition. Last year, Shanghai's two airports handled a record of 6,136 business jets, up 10 percent in 2015, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority. Jiang Huaiyu, director of the East China Regional Administration with the Civil Aviation Administration of China said &...
AROUND 170 of the world’s top business aircraft makers and operators will participate in a major aviation event in Shanghai as they aim to tap the soaring demand among Chinese for business and private jets. Manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing and Canada’s Bombardier, will display 35 planes at the 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, which opens today at the Hongqiao International Airport. “We’re seeing China’s business jet market evolve, ...
ABOUT 170 of the world’s top business aircraft makers and operators will participate in a major aviation event to open in Shanghai tomorrow as they aim to tap the soaring demand among Chinese for business and private jets. China has become the world’s major business jet market, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer said at a preview of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition today. Manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier, will display 35 planes at the exhib...
Eurowings, the low-cost arm of Lufthansa, will soon be used for budget transatlantic flights. EurowingsSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>With Lufthansa and the Star Alliance ramping up transatlantic low-cost carr...
NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, at the centre of a row over assaulting an Air India employee, today wrote a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapthi Raju voicing "regret" over the "unfortunate incident". "I write to convey my regrets for the unfortunate incident that took place on 23rd March 2017 in the Air India Flight No. AI-852 seat No. 1F," Gaikwad, who has been steadfast in refusing to tender an apology to either the national carrier or...
Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos is planning a major global expansion for his low-cost airline. Norwegian Air Skift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>Ryanair has little hope of becoming a Booking.com or Expedia but it coul...
Ryanair aircraft. The carrier is worried about the post-Brexit future. RyanairSkift Take: Ryanair and the aviation industry has every right to be terrified about a post-Brexit future. Given the impending elections in France and Germany the two-year negotiating period doesn't look long enough. — Patrick WhyteThe U.K. could lose its air links with European Union countries after Brexit becomes a reality in 2019 if aviation isn’t made a priority in negotiations on the terms of the schism, R...
Royal Jordanian Airlines won't allow mobile phones, tablets, and laptops in economy class for U.S.-bound flights, according to published reports. Royal Jordanian AirlinesSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>With the ...
NEW DELHI:  Condemning the physical assault of the Air India staff who was beaten up by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said no political party will encourage such an act. “It is a question of human behaviour. Any citizen hitting an Air Line staffer doesn’t make any sense. If there is anything, it can always be taken up. No citizen will behave like this. No political party will encourage physical assault. It should neve...
THE GUARDIAN today is running a big story on the woes airlines will face after Brexit. According to the paper, European carriers have been told in private meetings with European Union officials not to expect the aviation industry to be given special treatment in negotiations over Britain leaving the union. That would mean that Britain will probably fall out of the European single aviation market, the agreement that allows any airline in the region to fly whatever route it pleases. That deregulat...
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes walks through the aisle of a JetBlue plane at JFK airport in New York. JetBlue is evaluating its fleet mix as it considers whether to fly to Europe. Kathy Willens / Associated PressSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend...
An Air Canada Airbus A321 wears the carrier's new livery during an event last month in Montreal. The airline's CEO has been critical of Canada's aviation policies. Air CanadaSkift Take: The headline here is politics, but for frequent flyers, that's probably not the most interesting part. There are some good nuggets about Air Canada's fiscal relationship with Aeroplan, its independent frequent flyer program. It sounds like it may change in 2020. — Brian SumersU.S. President Donald T...
During flight tests led by NASA, a DC-8 research jet’s four engines burned either JP-8 jet fuel or a 50-50 blend of JP-8 and renewable alternative fuel of hydro processed esters and fatty acids produced from camelina plant oil. (NASA / SSAI Photo / Edward Winstead) A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Ai...
A Singapore Airlines premium economy meal. Airlines are wary of allocating too much room to premium economy, but many are upgrading other parts of the experience. FCMediaSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>Passenge...
NEW DELHI: In a dig at the CISF's insistence on stamping hand baggage for security, Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has quipped that the best way to check hijack is to bar everyone from entering the airport. Stressing on the need to move with the times on security measures and keep them "non-obtrusive and meaningful", he said the best security would be not allowing anyone to come to airports as that would ensure "there will never be a hijack but there won't be any ...