Saturday, October 13, 2012

Passengers to India Can Soon Buy Tickets on A380 Flights

India bound foreign travellers who miss the ‘massive’ appeal of the world’s largest passenger airplane, the Airbus A380, after grabbing their flights tickets to the country would soon be able to realise their fantasy! The Indian government, that was hitherto not willing to allow foreign operators to bring in ultra long-haul aircraft into the country, has shown signs of flexibility.

If reports doing the rounds in Indian media circles are to be believed then the authorities in the country may very well agree to the operations of carriers who wish to offer flights tickets on the Airbus A380 to India.

Keeping in mind the interests of domestic carriers, India had previously restricted international airlines from flying these big planes into the country.

Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Dubai-based Emirates are the evident beneficiaries as both have been waiting for the nod from the concerned authorities to fly A380s to India, for some time now. Lufthansa and Emirates already operate multiple flights services to India, offering air tickets for several major cities in the nation.

The news has brought cheer to aviation industry with experts hoping the move will help airlines push up their profits as cost per seat plummets down. More number of seats in a single plane on India bound flights will mean more savings on fuel costs.

Whether the carriers pass on the benefits to the flyers in the form of cheap air tickets on flights to the destination remains to be seen. However, increased number of seats on flights may also result in lesser frequency of services, restricting the flexibility of flyers looking for cheap air tickets.

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