Yoga to be performed mid-air on select SpiceJet flights


Budget carrier SpiceJet has teamed up with Isha Foundation of Sadhguru to conduct mid-air yoga sessions on some of its Boeing flights on Sunday.

SpiceJet crew and the Isha Foundation instructors will perform Upa Yoga at a height of 35,000 feet on June 21, the International Yoga Day.

According to the airline, approximately 50 dedicated Isha instructors and SpiceJet crew members, who have been specially trained to perform Upa Yoga, will undertake a 10-minute session onboard select Boeing flights across the SpiceJet network.

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Mangaluru International Airport to become first airport with Cargo terminal with private participation

Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) is set to become the first among 22 airports in the country to operate the air cargo terminal with private participation.

Operations of the terminal would begin on June 26, airport director J T Radhakrishna said.

At present, domestic air cargo terminals were available in airports like Coimbatore, Lucknow and Jaipur besides the metro terminals. These were being managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), he said in a release here.

AAI had plan to run these air cargo terminals with private participation in 22 airports including Mangaluru, Ahmedabad, Tiruchirappalli and Visakhapatnam.

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World Travel Awards lands in Seychelles ahead of Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015


World Travel Awards (WTA) has arrived in the paradise destination of Seychelles ahead of the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015.

The prestigious red-carpet ceremony will welcome industry leaders from across the regions to Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare on Saturday, June 20th.

The Gala Ceremony – which will welcome nearly 200 industry leaders to the luxury resort – will be hosted by the glamorous former Miss Seychelles, Sherlyn Furneau, and leading presenter Galen Bresson.

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India’s domestic air traffic grows 18% in May

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As per a Business Standard report, air traffic in India rose 18.35 per cent in May on a year-on-year basis, and IndiGo retained its No. 1 position amongst domestic airlines growing its market share to 38.9 per cent.

In May, domestic airlines flew 7.1 million passengers as against six million in the same month last year. May is the peak season for leisure travel and all airlines reported growth in occupancy over the previous month.

SpiceJet reported the highest load factor of 93.1 per cent followed by IndiGo (91.9 per cent) and GoAir (89 per cent). Vistara’s loads too improved from 67 per cent in April to 71 per cent in May.

Vistara topped the list for on-time performance with 98.5 per cent punctuality record followed by AirAsia, Jet and IndiGo all of which reported punctuality between 80-86 per cent. Vistara and AirAsia also reported zero cancellations in the month.

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Air India to dry lease 14 Airbus A320 planes from Kuwait


National carrier Air India would dry lease 14 Airbus A320 planes from a Kuwaiti lessor as it seeks to replace its ageing narrow-body fleet with new fuel efficient planes.

The carrier plans to replace 19 A320 planes. It has already entered into a deal with a Chinese firm for five sharklets-equipped A320 (ceo-current engine option) aircraft.

For these five planes, it has tied up with independent Chinese lessor China Aircraft Leasing Company, which has already delivered one plane in early February. The rest four are to be inducted by October this year.

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Air India seeks pre-clearance for US-bound passengers to beat competition


NEW DELHI: Facing stiff competition from the Jet Airways-Etihad combine on the lucrative US routes, Air India has requested the External Affairs Ministry to facilitate a pre-clearance facility for the flyers on its US-bound non-stop flights from major domestic airports.

The national carrier has sought the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Mumbai and Delhi airports to begin with, which would allow these passengers complete the immigration process at these airports itself.

“We have requested the MEA for having this facility as it would enable our flyers land in the US as domestic passengers and, if granted, this would save considerable time for them,” Air India sources said.

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IATA supports India on changing norms for flying international, stresses on bilateral air services rights


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has supported India’s move to abolish the international flying eligibility norms despite opposition from Air India and Jet Airways, the association’s members from the country.

The difference of opinion among various stakeholders notwithstanding, it is important to look at the big picture, IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said on the sidelines of the association’s annual general meeting in Miami. “India has a lot of bilateral air services rights that have not been utilised. The government needs to take a holistic view and work towards increasing the utilisation of these rights by Indian carriers.

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