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Air India fast tracks Tier Status upgrade to reward Loyalty members

Air India fast tracks Tier Status upgrade to reward Loyalty members

With a limited-time opportunity, Air India, the largest airline in India and a member of Star Alliance, has given flight to its frequent flyer programme known as “Flying Returns,” enabling members to quickly upgrade or renew their tier status with only 50% of the customary required qualifying FR points.

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This faster route to benefiting from Air India’s and the other 25 Star Alliance members’ offerings is consistent with the airline’s goal of making Flying Returns one of the world’s most lucrative loyalty programs.

The refreshed Flying Returns programme offers compelling benefits and rewards for every member. These include:

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Star Alliance Advantages: The only airline programme in India, Flying Returns, gives its members access to Star Alliance’s 25 other international member airlines’ global network connectivity. Every month, more than 1 lakh redemption seats on Air India and Star Alliance partner airlines are available to members of Flying Returns.

Every time a member travels, they can fly on any of the 25 international Star Alliance member airlines and accrue points. Members may now simply use the Miles Calculator to track accrual rates on each route as a result of Air India’s latest website updates. Additionally, Gold & Maharaja Club Members get access to a global lounge network that spans 200 nations.

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No Blackout Date: Air India is one of the few airlines that doesn’t have blackout dates, so members may still use their redemption seats throughout busy travel times and holiday seasons.

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Benefits Related to Travel: The Fast Track programme will make it simpler for members to reach premium levels, giving them access to a variety of benefits like Family Pooling plans, global lounge access through the Star Alliance Network, best-in-class extra luggage allowance, and priority check-in and boarding for Tier Members.

Benefits Related to Reservation: Members now have access to a wide range of advantages when they make a reservation, such as a Welcome Bonus on their first trip after joining and an additional bonus when making a reservation through the Air India website or mobile app.

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Extended Validity of FR Points: The validity of Flying Returns points and tier status have just been extended by Air India until June 30, 2023. If members engage in any accrual or redemption activity in their account from April 1 through June 30 in 2023, the validity of their points will be further extended to the end of the year.

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The Flying Returns programme will continue to be enhanced. The entire range of offers and benefits of Flying Returns is just a click away at Flying Returns | Loyalty | Air India

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

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India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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