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JetSpeak October 2016

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  • Industry News
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Aviation News

Jet Airways has announced the launch of an innovative in-flight entertainment (IFE) service in the Indian skies. With the launch of this service, Jet Airways has become the first airline in India to allow guests to stream a wide variety of video and audio content directly on their own devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Passengers on board Jet Airways domestic flights can avail JetScreen, the airline's in-flight entertainment service directly on their mobile phones, tablets and laptops. JetScreen includes over 225 hours of video and audio content such as leading Hollywood and Indian movies, TV shorts, music from multiple genres, interactive games, as well as special children’s programmes.

Guests will also be able to experience a highly immersive 3D flight tracker, and access a wide range of destination-related information right at their fingertips.

A press release issued by Jet Airways states, "With an incredibly convenient, easy-to-operate, interactive user interface, JetScreen has been introduced on five Boeing 737 next-generation aircraft in the Jet Airways fleet that operate on key domestic and international routes. In the coming months, it will be rolled out in a phased manner on the entire Jet Airways Boeing 737 fleet."

Jet Airways' plans to eventually transform its in-flight entertainment experience into a fully-fledged, broadband-enabled Wi Fi connectivity (subject to regulatory approvals). The introduction of streaming is the first step in that direction. Once the full-fledged Wi-Fi service is implements, guests can surf the internet, check e-mail, stay connected on social media, get access to connecting flight information, real time travel services and destination deals.

"In order to access the onboard entertainment, guests will need to download the 'Airtime Player' application, available for free in all major App stores, on their Wi-Fi enabled personal devices. Once the application is successfully installed, guests must switch their devices to ‘Airplane Mode’ and select 'JetScreen' as their wireless network of choice. Once connected, launching the web browser enables access to the Inflight Entertainment Portal.", the release continued.

Jet Airways has introduced this state-of-the-art experience in collaboration with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. - a global leader in media content, technology and connectivity solutions to the travel industry.

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Vistara Airlines has announced an “Affordable Luxury” suite of offers, especially for discerning leisure travellers who plan and book early. The scheme encompasses Premium Economy and Business Class travel across Vistara’s entire network and offers as much as 60% discount on advance-purchase flights. A separate scheme for flights and holidays is also on offer.

The discounts available differ for weekdays and weekends and are dependent on the flight route, flight, date of purchase and date of travel.

Affordable Luxury Weekdays Scheme:

As per the “Affordable Luxury Weekdays” scheme launched, Vistara will offer up to 60% discount for Business Class and up to 40% for Premium Economy Class, relative to last minute fares, if booked 30 days or more in advance. The offer is applicable across Vistara’s entire network. Weekday Travel as per this scheme includes travel departing from Sunday 4pm through Fridays midnight.

Sample fares are as follows, between:

Examples of weekday fares for Business Class are:

  • Srinagar and Jammu for Rs 5,650
  • Delhi and Lucknow or Varanasi for Rs 7,050
  • Delhi and Ahmedabad for Rs 8,775
  • Delhi and Kolkata or Guwahati for Rs 9,285
  • Mumbai and Kochi for Rs 9,645

Examples of weekday fares for Premium Economy:

  • Delhi and Lucknow for Rs 2,560
  • Delhi and Ahmedabad for Rs 3,050
  • Delhi and Kolkata for Rs 3,690
  • Mumbai and Kochi for Rs 3,990

Affordable Luxury Weekend Scheme:

For travel on weekends, Vistara’s “Affordable Luxury Weekends” fares are applicable for travel all-day on Saturdays and for departures up to 4pm on Sundays. This scheme offers up to 60% discount relative to normal Business Class fares if booked 15 days or more in advance, and up to 40% discount even if booked at the last minute. “Affordable Luxury Weekends” are available for Business Class only.

Examples of weekend fares for Business Class are:

  • Rs 5,650 between Srinagar and Jammu
  • Rs 7,928 between Mumbai and Goa
  • Rs 9,285 between Kolkata and Port Blair

(All fares shown above are for one-way travel, taxes and fees not included)

For two or more passengers travelling together, Vistara has a ‘Friends and Family’ discount of up to an additional 10% if booked seven days or more in advance. While the best fares are available for those who book 30 days or more in advance, attractive discounts are also available for those who book 7 days and 15 days in advance.

The Affordable Luxury Suite follows close on the heels of another suite of Ancillary Products released by Vistara. The Ancillary Products suite, enhances a traveller's experience, with products and services such as e-Coupon Books and Class Upgrades. Guests can purchase these online while booking their flights, or later, through the ‘Manage My Booking’ function.

According to a press release issued by Vistara on the subject, "Customers who provide their email addresses or mobile phone numbers at the time of booking will also receive an email or SMS with a ‘hot link’ prior to their flight to enable them to directly access their booking and purchase the ancillary products of their choice."

The press release also lists the Suite of Ancillary Products:

  • "E-Coupon Books: Catering to the popular demand, the airline is launching electronic coupon booklets that are available for purchase for all classes of travel. These e-booklets offer substantial savings to regular fares, and can be customized to the travel sector, class of travel, validity period and flexibility level desired by customers.
  • Class Upgrades: Customers can purchase either confirmed or standby upgrades to Business Class or Premium Economy in advance. While confirmed upgrades will assure a seat in the higher class cabin, standby upgrades offered at lower rates are on the basis of space availability.
  • Lounge Pass: Customers can now purchase access to Vistara’s signature lounge at Delhi’s T3, and to partner lounges at other metro airports.
  • Excess Baggage: Customers can pre-purchase excess baggage at a 25% discount to rates payable at the airport. Excess baggage can be bought for 5/10/20/30 kg segments."
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Vistara has received the Category III Bravo (CAT III-B) certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), permitting its CAT III-B compliant fleet and crew to operate with a Runway Visibility Range (RVR) of as low as 75 meters, the highest level of low-visibility rating awarded in India currently.

The certification will enable Vistara to safely operate flights even under low-visibility conditions due to fog or any other poor weather conditions, that parts of North India and North Easters states experience during peak winter.

According to a press release issued by the airline, "Vistara’s current fleet of 13 brand new A320s come with the integrated CAT IIIB auto land system, and its crew is given rigorous training to ensure the safety of its customers and providing a world class travel experience. Vistara has consistently maintained its high On-Time Performance (OTP) throughout the year."

The certification will aid Vistara to maintain its performance during the upcoming fog season.

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Virgin Atlantic has announced significant changes to its baggage allowance. The changes include an inclusion of sports equipment to its overall Virgin Atlantic baggage allowance as well as an increase in the charges for extra bag (s) and /or bag (s) of excess weight.

For bookings made on or after 31 August 2016, sports baggage will be included in your overall checked baggage allowance. Virgin Atlantic passengers can now carry sports equipment (up to 23kg and 190 x 75 x 65cm) as part of their checked bag allowance. For any additional sports baggage (up to 23kg and 190 x 75 x 65cm), a surcharge of 65 GBP / 100 USD / 100 CAD will be levied. Oversize bags will attract oversize charges as well.

For bookings made before 31 August 2016, our previous sports equipment policy will still apply: allowing one extra piece of sports equipment in addition to your checked baggage allowance.

In addition, the excess baggage rates have been revised.

Revised Excess Baggage Charges:

Quantity Charges
1st extra bag GBP 65/USD 100
1st extra sports piece GBP 65/USD 100
2nd extra and subsequent bags GBP 140/USD 200
Overweight bags (23 - 32Kg)* GBP 65/USD100
Oversized bags* GBP 40/USD 60

For passengers departing India, an additional 4.944% tax will be payable on excess baggage charges.

*Oversized and overweight bags can only be purchased at the airport.

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Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair have announced a revision to their baggage policy. The new policy offers passengers an increased check-in allowance and generally lower charges for excess or overweight baggage.

Under the revised weight system policy, all passengers, regardless of their class of travel, will enjoy an additional 10kg allowance for check-in baggage. Marco Polo Club Silver, Gold and Diamond members will benefit from an extra 10kg, 15kg and 20kg respectively.

In line with global industry standards, the zoning of excess baggage charges will also be adjusted. The new zone combinations will see an extensive reduction of charges of up to 40%.

To improve check-in efficiency and reduce queuing time at airports across the airlines' networks, the revised baggage policy will follow a weight system with piece count. Passengers in Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class will be entitled to check-in two baggage items free of charge. First Class passengers will be entitled to check-in three baggage items free of charge. Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond members will be entitled to check-in one additional item on top of their travel class allowance.

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Emirates Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline, has announced a partnership with Dubai Duty Free to enhance the airport experience of its members. With the partnership in place, members of the Emirates Skywards program can redeem their Miles instantly at participating Dubai Duty Free stores at the Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International at Dubai South.

With Miles as a new payment method, members of Emirates Skywards program can enjoy buying their choice of products from the 35,000 + products at the Dubai Duty Free. Participating stores include international and luxury brands for fashion accessories, perfumes, electronics and more.

Customers simply need to present their Emirates Skywards membership card or provide their membership number, along with their passport and boarding pass at the check-out counters. Redemptions start from 4,500 Miles which is equivalent to AED 100. Each additional dirham is equivalent to 45 Skywards Miles, and there is no limit to the number of Miles one can spend. Members can also choose to pay for products using a combination of Skywards Miles and cash or credit card.

Emirates Skywards is in its 16th year and has over 16 million members. In addition to special offers with partner airlines, hotels and retail brands, members also enjoy special access to global sporting, arts and cultural events.

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Emirates has announced an update to Emirates Business Rewards, its corporate loyalty programme, to provide greater value and additional features for its customers.

Under the newly revised programme, members of the Emirates Business Rewards can easily use their Reward Points now to book any commercially available seat at any time and even upgrade their flights even on last minute bookings.

Emirates is the first and only airline in the region to offer such flexibility as part of its corporate loyalty programme – improving cost-effectiveness for business travel.

Enrolment has also been simplified regardless of organisation size. The introduction of the ‘Guest Traveller’ function means that organisations can include non-company persons, such as consultants, or clients who travel on behalf of the organisation, and still earn Business Rewards Points.

While the programme will continue to provide value and service to key industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Trading and IT, the simplified system and unlimited employee enrolment will also allow other industries with a large labour force, such as the construction industry to benefit from the programme.

For more information please visit emirates.com/businessrewards

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Emirates Airlines has announced changes to its Advance Seat Reservation Policy to help customers make a more personalised choice based on their travel needs. The change comes as part of the airline's plans to step away from a one-size-fits-all approach and enable customers to select the fare and associated benefits most appropriate to their profile and journey.

The New Advance Seat Reservation Policy includes a charge for advance seat selection on Economy class Special and Saver fares. However, no charges will be levied for seat selection at check-in, 48 hours prior to departure and for Economy class Flex, Economy class Flex Plus, Business and First class fares.

In addition, families travelling with an infant as well as groups booked under a single PNR will be exempted as well. Members of Emirates Skywards Gold, Platinum and IO (Invitation only) members will be able to select seats without charge for all the passengers in their PNR.

Free seat selection is also available for members of Emirates Skywards Silver Program; however, for them the complimentary service will be limited only to the Silver members and not to any of their co-passengers booked in their PNR.

The charges are highlighted below :

Haul Sectors Charge
Short Between Dubai and the GCC,the Middle East and Iran,
West Asia and Indian Ocean.
AED 50/ USD 15
Medium Between Dubai and Europe, the Far East and Africa AED 100/ USD 25
Long Between Dubai ad the Americas, Australia and New Zealand AED 150/ USD40
5th Freedom* * 5th Freedom is a sector where we fly between two foreign countries, for example: Singapore- Melbourne , New York- Milan. AED 50-100/ USD 15-2

NOTE:

  • Child discount of 50% applies on the above charges.
  • Advance seat reservation charges are per passenger per sector and will be in the same currency as the ticket.
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Jet Airways has announced the introduction of an Additional Cabin Bag Charge to discourage passengers from carrying excessive cabin baggage.

Passengers on Jet Airways will be charged a surcharge of INR 900 (tax inclusive) at the boarding gate for any baggage additional to their baggage allowance, with immediate effect, irrespective of the booking date. Duty free bags will be exempted from additional cabin baggage charge.

Additional Cabin Bag charge:

CABIN ADDITIONAL BAG DIMENSION CHARGE
Economy / Première Must not exceed 115 linear CMS in total dimension i.e. 55cm X 35cm X 25 cm on B737 aircraft and 50cm X 45cm X 20cm on ATR aircraft INR 900 (Tax inclusive)

Terms & Conditions:

  1. On Domestic India flights departing from Metro stations (i.e. DEL, BOM, CCU, BLR, MAA and HYD) a charge of INR 900 will be levied on an additional cabin bag at the boarding gate.
  2. An additional cabin bag at check in will be accepted as check-in bag and check-in baggage rules will apply.
  3. At the boarding gate, staff will identify passengers carrying additional hand baggage more than the permissible limit and collect Rs.900 per additional piece, tag their additional handbag and load in the baggage hold.
  4. Additional cabin bag charge will apply on connecting flights with through journey e.g. BOM-CCU-GAU. Single charge will apply till the final destination.
  5. Additional cabin bag charge on a flight departing from a non-metro station with immediate connection via metro station e.g. GAU-CCU-IXB will be collected at the metro station. The guests must be informed about the same at the non-metro station.
  6. Additional cabin bag charge on a flight departing from an overseas station with immediate Domestic connection via metro station e.g. LHR-BOM-DEL will be collected at the metro station. The guests must be informed about the same at the overseas airport (International cabin policy rule will apply).
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New Flight Launches

Singapore Airlines has announced the launch of a new Singapore-San Francisco non-stop flight service. The new flights will be the longest flights ever in the airline's network, with flight durations ranging between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year.

With the launch of the new service, Singapore Airlines now offer twice-daily flights to San Francisco; the other flight has a stop-over at Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the US cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow, and New York JFK via Frankfurt. (Houston services will be operated via Manchester rather than Moscow with effect from 30 October 2016).

The new Singapore to San Francisco non-stop flights will be operated daily using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. With advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, the A350-900 offers customers an improved travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.

New Flight Timings:

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Frequency
SQ32 Singapore 0830 hrs San Francisco 0915 hrs (+ 1 day) Daily
SQ31 San Francisco 1045 hrs Singapore 1840 hrs (+ 1 day) Daily

All timings are local time; + 1 day denotes next day arrival

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Vistara has announced the launch of a daily flight service from Delhi to Port Blair. The flight UK 747 will stop-over at Kolkata, before proceeding to Port Blair, in time for convenient connections to ferry and catamaran services between Port Blair and Havelock Island. With the addition of Port Blair to its rapidly expanding pan-India network, Vistara now serves 18 destinations across the length and breadth of the country.

Commenting on the launch of the new services, Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, said, “We are delighted to add Port Blair to our fast-growing network with a daily direct flight from Delhi via Kolkata. The Andamans are a beautiful part of India with rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. We are pleased to offer both the visitors, and the wonderful residents of this region, the chance to experience ‘the new feeling’ of flying Vistara, an airline that is setting new standards of service excellence, when they travel to and from Port Blair.”

New Flight Timings:

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Frequency
UK 747 Delhi 1015 hrs Port Blair 1245 hrs Daily
UK 778 Port Blair 1345 hrs Kolkata 1600 hrs Daily
Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Stop Arrival Frequency
UK 747 Delhi 0715 hrs Port Blair Kolkata 1245 hrs Daily
UK 778 Port Blair 1345 hrs Delhi Kolkata 1930 hrs Daily

In a span of just 20 months, Vistara has expanded its network to 18 destinations with 430 weekly flights, further connecting India with multiple international destinations through its interline partners.

Bookings for these Delhi to Port Blair flights are now open. To book your flight tickets, kindly call 011-44112200 or contact your Jetways Travels point of contact. Alternatively, you can even send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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Jet Airways has announced a series of measures including new connections and services in a bid to expand its network and enhance its services. In accord with its expansion plans, the airline has announce the launch of additional frequencies on its international network.

In the International Flight sector, additional services will commence on the Mumbai - Kathmandu, New Delhi - Kathmandu, Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai, Thiruvananthapuram to Doha, Kozhikode to Sharjah and Mumbai to Paris, with effect from October 30, 2016. Kozhikode will become the third Indian city to be connected by Jet Airways to Sharjah by a daily service.

Jet Airways will deploy Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on these routes enabling guests onboard to enjoy its famed Indian hospitality, award-winning in-flight entertainment programmes and a carefully curated menu of delectable international and Indian dining options.

In the Domestic sector, Jet Airways has announced the introduction of wide-bodies aircraft to enhance passenger capacity and service on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata routes. Additionally, the airline is set to commence a new flight between Delhi to Kochi w.e.f. October 30, 2016. Jet Airways will also introduce a fifth daily frequency between Delhi and Kolkata, and a third daily service from Bengaluru to Kolkata.

New Flight Routes & Timings

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Effective
9W 250 Mumbai 0815 hrs Kathmandu 1110 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 249 Kathmandu 1210 hrs Mumbai 1450 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 282 Delhi 1040 hrs Kathmandu 1230 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 210 Thiruvananthapuram 0800 hrs Dubai 1100 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 209 Dubai 2359 hrs Thiruvananthapuram 0545 hrs(+1) October 30, 2016
9W 208 Kozhikode 2125 hrs Sharjah 2355 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 207 Sharjah 1620 hrs Kozhikode 2145 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 124 Mumbai 0250 hrs Paris 0820 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 123 Paris 1130 hrs Mumbai 0045 hrs (+1) October 30, 2016
9W 911 Kochi 0645 hrs Delhi 0950 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 912 Delhi 1605 hrs Kochi 1915 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 901 Delhi 1730 hrs Kolkata 1945 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 902 Kolkata 2025 hrs Delhi 2300 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 665 Bengaluru 0210 hrs Kolkata 0440 hrs October 30, 2016
9W 668 Kolkata 0600 hrs Bengaluru 0830 hrs October 30, 2016

All timings are local time. + 1 day denotes next day arrival.

Bookings for these flights are now open. Please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or call 011-44112200 to book your Jet Airways flight tickets. Alternatively, you can also send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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IndiGo has announced its plans to launch 47 new flights on its existing route network in the month of October 2016. The airline's decision comes close on the heels of 30 new flights / frequencies across India in the month of September, which includes the addition of Port Blair as its 41st destination.

In a press release issued by IndiGo, Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said “It gives me immense pleasure to announce our plans to further strengthen connectivity in India by offering more flights and increased frequencies to our growing customer base. With the continuously increasing presence and phenomenal customer uptake, we are hopeful that these flights will prove to be popular and convenient for our passengers, across our network.”

The airline has introduced almost 77 new flights and frequencies in this period. With the induction of five new Airbus A320 aircraft complementing the new additional services, the airline’s has achieved an increase in its per-day flight frequency. Once the new flights are launched in October, the flight frequencies will increase further to 883 flights daily.

"With maiden flights connecting Port Blair to Delhi and Kolkata effective September 28, 2016 and Hyderabad and Chennai effective September 30, 2016, IndiGo is all set to introduce its first daily return flights connecting Bengaluru to Patna, Varanasi and Imphal. IndiGo is the largest operator from Bengaluru with 100+ daily departures from the city.", the press release continued.

New flight schedules are:

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Effective Frequency
6E-776 Delhi 22:25 hrs Bhubaneswar 00:30 hrs (+1) 1-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-771 Bhubaneswar 06:05 hrs Delhi 08:10 hrs 2-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-793 Bhubaneswar 05:55 hrs Kolkata 07:00 hrs 2-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-775 Kolkata 21:00 hrs Bhubaneswar 22:05 hrs 1-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-484 Bengaluru 23:30 hrs Delhi 02:10 hrs (+1) 1-Oct-16 16th non-stop flight
6E-489 Delhi 23:25 hrs Bengaluru 02:10 hrs (+1) 1-Oct-16 16th non-stop flight
6E-505 Delhi 21:45 hrs Goa 00:10 hrs (+1) 1-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-532 Goa 00:45 hrs Delhi 03:20 hrs 2-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-545 Hyderabad 05:05 hrs Bengaluru 06:05 hrs 1-Oct-16 10th non-stop flight
6E-546 Bengaluru 00:15 hrs Hyderabad 01:15 hrs 1-Oct-16 10th non-stop flight
6E-652 Delhi 08:45 hrs Patna 10:20 hrs 1-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-367 Patna 11:00 hrs Delhi 12:40 hrs 1-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-507 Delhi 15:45 hrs Patna 17:20 hrs 1-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-508 Patna 17:50 hrs Delhi 19:25 hrs 1-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-678 Patna 9:15 hrs Delhi 11:00 hrs 1-Oct-16 6th non-stop flight
6E-873 Bengaluru 05:35 hrs Thiruvananthapuram 6:50 hrs 1-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-874 Thiruvananthapuram 07:20 hrs Bengaluru 8:25 hrs 1-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-875 Bengaluru 09:45 hrs Kolkata 12:25 hrs 1-Oct-16 10th non-stop flight
6E-876 Kolkata 17:35 hrs Bengaluru 20:20 hrs 1-Oct-16 10th non-stop flight
6E-875 Bengaluru 09:45 hrs Imphal 14:50 hrs 1-Oct-16 1st daily flight via Kolkata
6E-876 Imphal 15:20 hrs Bengaluru 20:20 hrs 1-Oct-16 2st daily flight via Kolkata
6E-877 Bengaluru 21:20 hrs Bhubaneswar 23:20 hrs 1-Oct-16 3rd non-stop flight
6E-878 Bhubaneswar 23:50 hrs Bengaluru 01:50 hrs (+1) 1-Oct-16 3rd non-stop flight
6E-721 Bengaluru 07:10 hrs Chandigarh 10:15 hrs 9-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-724 Chandigarh 10:45 hrs Bengaluru 13:50 hrs 9-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-725 Bengaluru 14:30 hrs Nagpur 16:05 hrs 9-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-726 Nagpur 16:35 hrs Bengaluru 18:15 hrs 9-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-742 Hyderabad 20:30 hrs Bengaluru 21:40 hrs 9-Oct-16 11th non-stop flight
6E-739 Bengaluru 18:50 hrs Hyderabad 20:00 hrs 9-Oct-16 11th non-stop flight
6E-731 Bengaluru 22:20 hrs Kochi 23:25 hrs 9-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-734 Kochi 23:55 hrs Bengaluru 01:10 (+1)hrs 9-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-677 Bengaluru 05:40 hrs Bhubaneswar 07:40 hrs 24-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-688 Bhubaneswar 08:30 hrs Bengaluru 10:35 hrs 24-Oct-16 4th non-stop flight
6E-603 Bengaluru 17:35 hrs Patna 20:05 hrs 24-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-604 Patna 20:35 hrs Bengaluru 23:05 hrs 24-Oct-16 1st non-stop flight
6E-985 Bengaluru 11:25 hrs Varanasi 13:45 hrs 24-Oct-16 1st non-stop flight
6E-997 Varanasi 14:25 hrs Bengaluru 16:50 hrs 24-Oct-16 1st non-stop flight
6E-727 Delhi 11:55 hrs Hyderabad 14:05 hrs 28-Oct-16 11th non-stop flight
6E-314 Hyderabad 16:45 hrs Delhi 19:00 hrs 28-Oct-16 11th non-stop flight
6E-313 Visakhapatnam 08:40 hrs Delhi 11:00 hrs 28-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-337 Delhi 19:50 hrs Visakhapatnam 22:10 hrs 28-Oct-16 2nd non-stop flight
6E-312 Hyderabad 06:35 hrs Visakhapatnam 07:45 hrs 28-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-338 Visakhapatnam 12:40 hrs Hyderabad 23:50 hrs 28-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-3955 Kolkata 05:45 hrs Guwahati 07:00 hrs 31-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-918 Guwahati 07:30 hrs Kolkata 09:00 hrs 31-Oct-16 5th non-stop flight
6E-6788 Kolkata 09:45 hrs Delhi 12:45 hrs 31-Oct-16 14th non-stop flight
6E-921 Delhi 13:40 hrs Kolkata 15:45 hrs 31-Oct-16 14th non-stop flight
6E-3326 Kolkata 16:20 hrs Chennai 18:25 hrs 31-Oct-16 8th non-stop flight
6E-923 Chennai 18:55 hrs Kolkata 21:20 hrs 31-Oct-16 7th non-stop flight

* Timings are subject to change without prior notice.
All timings are local time; + 1 day denotes next day arrival

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Emirates has announced its plans to launch its first A380 service from Dubai to Christchurch, New Zealand. The new service will commence from October 30, 2016 and will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily, with a single stop in Sydney, Australia.

With the launch of this service, Emirates Airline will become the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch. Until now, the airline was offering daily flights to Christchurch on a Boeing 777-300ERs, with a stop at Bangkok, Thailand. The stop at Bangkok, will be discontinued, with the launch of the A280 service.

The airline has also planned a simultaneous introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Stop-Over at Destination Time of Arrival
EK412 Dubai 10:15 hrs Sydney Christchurch 13:50 hrs (+1)
EK413 Christchurch 18:45 hrs Sydney Dubai 05:15 hrs (+1)
EK418 Dubai 08:55 hrs Bangkok & Sydney Auckland 15:55 hrs (+1)
EK419 Auckland 16:30 hrs Bangkok & Sydney Dubai 06:45 hrs (+1)

All timings are local time; + 1 day denotes next day arrival

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Air Canada has announced its plans to launch new flight services between India and Canada. The first of its new routes will be a seasonal, three-times weekly Vancouver-Delhi service which will commence w.e.f. October 20, 2016. The second route in the pipeline is a new three-times weekly service from Mumbai to Toronto. The non-stop flights will be operated year-round with effect from July 1, 2017 using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The two new routes will take up the number of Air Canada connections between Canada and India up to 3. The airline already operates a year-round daily Toronto-Delhi service.

Flights will be available for sale immediately with special introductory pricing and are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada's global hub at Toronto Pearson. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Days of the Week
AC046 Toronto 21:35 hrs Mumbai 21:30 hrs (+ 1 day) Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
AC047 Mumbai 23:55 hrs Toronto 05:35 hrs (+ 1 day) Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
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Visa News

The Taiwan Immigration Office has announced an amendment to the provision of free online visa for Indian Nationals, who have been granted a valid resident/visitor visa by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Schengen Agreement countries, Australia or New Zealand.

According to the amendment, now any Indian National can apply for the free online visa, if he has in his possession a resident/visitor visa that expired less than 10 years prior to the citizen's date of arrival in Taiwan.

According to a press release, "To be eligible for the R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant must possess an onward / return air or ferry ticket.
  3. The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan."

Points to be Noted:

  1. The visas in the aforementioned list of required documents do not include work permits.
  2. Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. Persons holding temporary, emergency, or informal passports, or travel documents other than a passport, cannot submit online applications.
  3. If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application.
  4. Once the application has been approved, the applicant is kindly requested to print out the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. The applicant must present the certificate and the required documents for inspection when entering Taiwan. Entry will be denied if the required documents are not produced.
  5. An approved ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is valid for 90 days. Multiple entries within these 90 days are allowed. The holder of an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate may stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival. If the holder wishes to apply for another ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, he or she must do so seven days prior to the expiry of the current certificate.
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VFS has announced the launch of a fully automated self-service IVR (Interactive Voice Response) based system for the purpose of scheduling visa appointments for Netherlands Visa Applicants.

Apart from scheduling appointments, visa applicants can also check the status of an existing application or upgrade to the Premium Lounge service through the same IVR system.

According to a press release issued by VFS, "This telephonic service is available 24X7 for all applicants with English and Hindi language options."

The press release also listed the IVR's Key Service Features:
  • "Service available to Netherland visa applicants across India
  • Appointment scheduling self-service available 24X7 through an IVR system
  • Fully automated state-of-the-art system without any manual intervention
  • Language options available in English and Hindi
  • Upgrade to Premium Lounge services in just a click of a button
  • Check on the status of an existing application"

To book a Netherlands visa appointment or for any queries, call: 022-67866007.
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