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Qatar Airways Boeing 737 MAX Entry to Service

Qatar Airways Boeing 737 MAX Entry to Service

Recently, Qatar Airways had an opportunity to increase the number of Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft in its fleet; the first of them landed in Doha on April 15. The aircraft has received post-delivery maintenance since its arrival, including the installation of IFE streaming, and has been utilized for pilot training every day.

Qatar Airways orders 100 Boeing planes for up to US $18.6 billion. (Opens in a new browser tab)

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As more approvals are received, the Doha-Kuwait-Doha route will be expanded to other countries, primarily in the GCC, using the Boeing 737-8s will increase capacity to support future growth, especially in short-haul markets. These effective and cutting-edge aircraft are a welcome addition to fleet of narrow-body vehicles as it continue to expand quickly and aims to become the top airline in the world. The remaining 7 Boeing 737-8 aircraft will be delivered to Qatar Airways by the end of July. The airline has now received its second 737-8.

Qatar Airways is awarded the best airline in the world in 2022.(Opens in a new browser tab)

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With 25 of the Boeing 737-10 ordered at the Farnborough Airshow in 2022, Qatar Airways is a major Boeing 737-10 customer. Although there are differences in onboard amenities like the Oryx One Play Wireless Inflight Entertainment instead of the Individual IFE screens which will be available on the Boeing 737-10, the Boeing 737-10 and Boeing 737-8 have a number of operational synergies, particularly in pilot training and ground handling, which will deliver value to customers.

Although the Boeing 737-8 may fly on shorter routes, it is not anticipated that they will be flown completely by this aircraft; instead, a combination of the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 may be used, depending on demand and available space.

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

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

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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