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Air India’s A350-900 Set to Make first International Flight on this Route

Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, is set to embark on a new era of international travel with the introduction of its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 jets.

The airline has chosen Dubai as the inaugural international destination for these cutting-edge aircraft, marking a significant milestone in its journey toward modernization and enhanced passenger experience. Commencing from May 1st, 2024, Air India will operate the A350-900 daily on the prestigious Delhi-Dubai route, flight numbers AI995/996.

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The Airbus A350-900, renowned for its advanced technology and exceptional performance, promises passengers an unparalleled flying experience. With a range exceeding 9,000 miles, the A350-900 is more than capable of effortlessly traversing the distance between Delhi and Dubai, offering passengers a smooth and comfortable journey.

Departing from the bustling Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi at 20:45 local time, the maiden Air India A350 flight will touch down at Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 22:45, marking the beginning of a new era in Air India’s international operations. The return journey will commence shortly thereafter, reaffirming Air India’s commitment to punctuality and reliability.

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Air India’s A350-900 aircraft will feature a meticulously designed three-class cabin configuration, boasting a total of 316 seats. Among these, 28 private business suites with full-flat beds will redefine luxury travel, while 24 premium economy seats will offer passengers extra legroom and a host of amenities for added comfort. Additionally, 264 economy seats ensure that every traveler enjoys a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

Passengers aboard Air India’s A350-900 can look forward to an immersive in-flight entertainment experience, thanks to the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 system and HD screens installed in all seats. This promises to elevate the flying experience to new heights, ensuring that every moment spent onboard is memorable and enjoyable.

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In addition to the Delhi-Dubai route, Air India has exciting plans to expand its A350-900 operations to North America, with further announcements expected to follow soon. This strategic move underscores Air India’s commitment to enhancing its global footprint and offering passengers a wider range of travel options to key destinations around the world.

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IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

After nearly 18 years of dominating India’s aviation landscape with its single-class economy configuration, IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, is set to make a significant leap by introducing business class service on its busiest routes.

The decision comes as IndiGo aims to offer passengers more choices and enhanced comfort amid the backdrop of a burgeoning economy. Set to be unveiled around August, coinciding with the carrier’s 18th anniversary, IndiGo’s “tailor-made business product” promises to redefine the flying experience for its customers.

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This move follows closely on the heels of IndiGo’s recent announcement of acquiring 30 wide-body aircraft, indicating the airline’s strategic expansion and commitment to catering to diverse passenger preferences.

IndiGo’s foray into business class service represents a significant milestone, especially considering its longstanding reputation as a low-cost carrier focused primarily on economy class offerings. With a fleet exceeding 360 planes and operating approximately 2,000 daily flights, the airline’s entry into the business class segment is poised to reshape the Indian aviation industry.

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Currently, Air India and Vistara are the sole providers of business-class seats on domestic routes in India. However, by December 2024, IndiGo will join this exclusive league, introducing its bespoke business class experience tailored to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers.

Initially, IndiGo’s business class operations will be rolled out on the busiest domestic routes, ensuring passengers enjoy added comfort and luxury during their journeys. Further details regarding the official launch date, specific routes, and promotional offers will be disclosed by August 2024, heightening anticipation among passengers eagerly awaiting this premium service.

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Turkish Airlines Resumes Afghanistan Flights After 3-Year Hiatus

Turkish Airlines Resumes Afghanistan Flights After 3-Year Hiatus

In a significant development for air travel connectivity, Turkish Airlines has reinstated its flights to Kabul International Airport, marking the revival of crucial links to Afghanistan’s capital.

This resumption comes nearly three years after the carrier’s services were suspended following the collapse of the Western-backed government. Renowned as “the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world,” Turkish Airlines boasts an impressive network spanning 346 destinations across 130 countries, encompassing all six continents.

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With its reputation for extensive global reach, the airline’s return to Kabul underscores the restoration of vital air transport connections to the region. Commencing operations on May 21, 2024, Turkish Airlines now offers regular flights to Kabul, providing a lifeline for travelers seeking to access and depart from the Afghan capital.

The strategic scheduling of flights, occurring four times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, ensures a reliable and accessible service for passengers. Furthermore, travelers can avail themselves of competitive round-trip fares starting from 805 USD for flights between Istanbul and Kabul, inclusive of taxes and fees.

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With flights now available for booking since April 26, 2024, passengers have the opportunity to seize the convenience and accessibility offered by Turkish Airlines’ renewed services to Kabul.

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Chinese Man eats free at airport for a year using a single plane ticket

Chinese Man eats free at airport for a year using a single plane ticket

In a peculiar tale, a Chinese man purchased a first-class plane ticket and re-booked it 300 times. In order to receive free meals at the airport’s VIP lounge without boarding a single flight.

According to a report, he utilised the ticket to enter the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport, where rich visitors dine for free. Before his trip, the man showed his ticket to the lounge employees at the airport in Shaanxi province.

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He then ate a lunch like to that of a first-class passenger and opted to reschedule his flight for a later time. Rather, he returned home and rescheduled his flight, most likely for the following day. Over 300 times a year, he rescheduled his flight in the same way. A fresh day, a fresh ticket, the same delicious meal, and then the ritual process of rescheduling his journey.

Officials from Eastern China Airlines found the man’s scam, when they observed that his one ticket had been rescheduled 300 times in less than a year. According to the New York Daily News, airline representatives acknowledged that there was little they could do to stop the regular meal. The carrier’s spokeswoman referred to the man’s free meal plan as a “rare act.”

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The human meal ticket was stopped when Eastern China Airlines officials confronted him. The airline lost at least $90,000 because of the man. Authorities from Eastern China Airlines confronted him and banned him from carrying out this behaviour any more. He eventually paid his fully refundable ticket and received his entire refund after all of this.

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