Air India 787
Air India Criticized For Security Screening Of Human Remains

Air India is in the news over its security screening requirements for transporting human remains, and frankly I'm a bit surprised... CNBC-TV18 reports the outrage among some people over how Air India screens human remains before transporting them on…

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Air India 787 Business Class – 1
Indian Regulators Backtrack On Airplane Picture Ban

On Saturday I wrote about how India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) essentially issued an order threatening airlines that allow photography on planes. Well, just 24 hours after the original order was issued, the DGCA has "clarified" the…

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Indigo A320neo
India Threatens To Ban Airlines That Allow Photography

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has today issued quite a bizarre warning to airlines. India's DGCA has today issued an order stating that: Inflight photography without explicit consent is not allowed in India Even though this has…

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Air India A320
Oh My: Air India Flights Operated By Laid Off Pilots

Air India is in the news for laying off some pilots with virtually no notice, and then still having them operate flights... In late July Air India announced that it wouldn't be laying off any employees. The airline instead created a plan by which many…

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Air India Express 737
Fatalities As Air India Express 737 Crash Lands

This is absolutely tragic. An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 crash landed this evening. The flight in question was Air India Express 1344, bound from Dubai to Kozhikode. The plane operated the roughly ~1,660 mile flight as scheduled, in 3hr56min, but…

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Air India Plane Turns Around Because Pilot Tests Positive For COVID-19

An Air India Airbus A320 operated a 5hr23min flight to nowhere today because a pilot tested positive for COVID-19. Early this morning a one year old Air India Airbus A320neo with the registration code VT-EXR was supposed to operate Air India flight 1945…

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Air India Warns That Vigilantes Are Ostracizing Crews

Air India has posted a press release on Twitter. No, in this case it isn't one of the usual stories of Air India being a basket case, but rather the airline is asking people to stop treating their crews unfairly in light of the current situation. Like…

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Air India’s Award Chart: I’m Speechless

Well, it's official. The award for the world's craziest airline loyalty program award chart goes to... Air India! And that doesn't even have anything to do with their redemption rates. You have to see Air India's award chart to believe it: Like, I actually…

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Air India Putting Inflight Crews On A Diet

It seems that Air India is putting all of their pilots and cabin crew on a diet. The airline is introducing new low fat diet meals for all crew effective immediately. Here's the note sent from Air India's senior director of inflight service to employees:…

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Air India Launching Flights To Toronto

Last week I wrote about how India's Civil Aviation Minister announced that Air India would resume flights to Toronto. I didn't put too much weight on it at the time, given that Air India officials have a tendency to announce routes and then not follow…

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Air India Reduces Baggage Allowance To Prevent Fuel Stops

In late February Pakistan's airspace closed, which is having huge impacts on airlines globally. This doesn't just impact flights to and from Pakistan, but also flights between other regions, given how central their airspace is. One airline greatly impacted…

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Air India Adjusts US Flights Due To Pakistan Airspace Closure

It sure seems like a complicated time for global aviation, between the Gulf blockade, Pakistan closing their airspace, the 737 MAX being grounded, etc. As I posted about a couple of weeks ago, in late February Pakistan's airspace closed. Historically…

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Taag 777 First Class – 1
My 4 Worst Flights Of 2018

Yesterday I wrote a post sharing my nine favorite flights of 2018. This wasn't exclusively intended to be a list of the nine most luxurious flights I was on this year, but rather was intended to reflect some of the innovations and personal touches I…

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Air India 787 Business Class – 1
Video: “International Criminal Lawyer” And “Barrister” Abuses Air India Crew

This is just pathetic. Video footage has surfaced of an "international criminal lawyer" and "barrister" losing it on an Air India flight from Mumbai to London after the crew refused to give her "a wee bottle of wine." This incident occurred on AI131…

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NUTS: Air India Captain Who Oversees Flight Safety Allegedly Fails Breathalyzer

I'd like to think that most airlines take safety very seriously. Unfortunately I can't say that I get that vibe from Air India. There are stories about the completely unacceptable things their pilots do all the time, and it seems like management does…

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Air India Resuming Nonstop Flights From Mumbai To New York JFK

Here's a route update from Air India that I find interesting on a couple of levels. As reported by @airineroute, Air India has just opened bookings for a new 3x weekly flight between Mumbai and New York JFK, which will launch as of December 7, 2018.…

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Ouch: Air India Express 737 Clips Wall On Takeoff

Well this looks... unpleasant. As reported by BBC, Air India Express flight 611 was scheduled to travel today from Trichy to Dubai, when it sustained some significant damage on takeoff. The flight was operated by a Boeing 737-800, and hit a wall on takeoff.…

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Air India Cancels Newark To London Flight

In August 2016, Air India launched a new route between London Heathrow and Newark. I guess it was actually technically a service resumption, because years ago Air India flew from Delhi to London to New York JFK. With this new service, the airline launched…

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Air India Business Class 787 – 8
Air India Is Revamping Their Business Class

The Indian government set a deadline of June for Air India to be privatized. The airline is losing hundreds of millions of dollars per year, and there are no signs of that changing. After a lot of threats, the government has decided to extend the deadline,…

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Air India Threatens Pilots Who Upgrade Friends & Family For Free

Almost any time I take a flight I'll take a look at the seatmap and how many seats are for sale, just to get a sense of whether the flight will be full or not. This is something I'm always especially curious about in international first class, given…

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Air India Is Increasing Service To San Francisco As Of March 2018

Air India has been nicely growing their US route network lately. They picked up momentum when the US electronics ban was put in place against Gulf carriers, and they’ve been able to maintain that ever since. In December 2015, Air India launched 3x weekly…

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Air India To Add Flights To San Jose?!?

Air India has been doing quite well on their US flights lately, which is great to see. It seems like they picked up some momentum when the US electronics ban was put in place against Gulf carriers, and they've been able to maintain that ever since. In…

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Air India Business Class 787 – 71
Air India Will Use Saudi Arabian Airspace For New Flight To Tel Aviv

This is a big step for Israel & Saudi Arabia. Israel doesn't have great relations with many of their neighbors, and this has implications for flights to & from Israel. Several countries don't give flights to & from Israel the right to fly over their…

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