23 May 2014

India's Most Favorite Airlines

India being one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, now has various options for the passengers to choose. Besides the government owned full service airlines, there are three privately owned full service airlines, and five privately owned low cost carriers. India is expected to be third largest aviation market by 2020. The countries airports would be handling 336 million domestic by 2020. Estimated domestic passenger segment growth is at 12 percent per annum. Here we provide most favorite domestic airlines based on latest Indian air traffic data.

IndiGo:  With over 30 percent market share, IndiGo still retains as the best airlines in India. It is one of India's largest airlines and the country's largest, low-fare carrier. Indigo Airlines started operations on August 4, 2006 and main base is situated in Gurgaon at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The airline has earned accolades in the field of performance in time management and is also preferred for the really low fares it offers. Indigo Airlines doesn't offer Business class or First class air travel, however, with for some additional fare in-flight complimentary meal is offered to passengers. Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Srinagar, Trivandrum and Vadodara are the major domestic destination points in India. In 2014 itself, this low cost airline carried the maximum number of 16.8 lakh passengers as compared to other airlines in India.

Jet Airways:  Commenced operations on May 5, 1993, Jet Airways and its group are at the second spot of India's best airlines. Within India, Jet Airways operates Economy and Premiere which used to be market leader for many years together with subsidiary Jet Konnect, was second at 22.6 percent by the end of 2013.

Jet Airways and its group which reported a market share of 21.8 percent in initial months of 2014, has already ferried a total passengers of 206.99 lakh between January-April as against 202.90 lakh during the same period last year.
Comfort, efficiency in service and delicious meals are the 3 ingredients that make up the Jet Airways Premiere experience. Its main station hub is situated in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai in Maharashtra. One of their most popular programs is the JetPrivilege card. Jet Airways online booking is also available at 54 destinations that cover most metros and other cities in India. The airline has forayed into the domestic sector with budget carriers like JetLite and Jet Airways Konnect.

Air India: India's oldest carrier, Air India has a worldwide network of passenger and cargo service. Headquartered in Mumbai, the airline has bases in New Delhi and Chennai. The AI airlines not only connect to metropolitans and state capitals but also to smaller cities. Companion Schemes, Airport Upgrades and Corporate House Benefits, are some of the unique benefit of Air India.

Air India's frequent flyer program known as 'Flying Returns' is one among the attractive facility by Air India. Air India has its share of inefficiencies. Flights are often delayed, flight attendants and in-flight service leave a lot to be desired, and the airline has been involved in as many as 12 fatal accidents in its history. As per the latest Indian air traffic data, this airlines with 18.3 percent has bagged the third position and so far till April 2014 had carried 9.74 lakh passengers.

SpiceJet: Operated since May 2005, SpiceJet is considered one of the second largest domestic airlines in India. It is owned by the Sun Group of India and situated in Gurgaon even though registered office is located in Chennai. SpiceJet has been unleashing massive discounts from initial months of 2014. Together SpiceJet and IndiGo make up for nearly 48 percent of the domestic aviation market of India. SpiceJet Infants Policy is most attractive among domestic travelers. With 9.5 lakh passengers and 17.9 percent market share, SpiceJet comes up in the fourth place.

GoAir: One among the low-cost domestic airline in India, GoAir commenced operations in November 2005.It is considered as the 5th best domestic airways based on market share with 9.5 percent of the market share and carried 5.07 lakh travellers in April this year.

GoAir fleet includes 7 Airbus A320-200s.Though still a low cost airline, Go Airways also has a premium service known as Go Business in which the passengers, at a higher fare, gets seats in the first two rows of the aircraft. GoAir already covers airports at Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Leh and Lucknow. Being a low cost domestic airline Go Air focuses on the value conscious passenger. It is owned by Bombay Dyeing and Britannia Industries.

AirCosta: India's newest airline, AirCosta is a Vijayawada-based regional airline. It started its flight operation from October 2013 using two Embraer E-170 aircraft. It is part of LEPL Group and has 300. It has started its operation with a pair of Embraer E-170 jets leased from ECC. Another two E-190 jets are to be added to the fleet and aims to have five E-170s and E-190s by the end of 2013, 10 by 2014 and a total of 25 aircraft by 2018. The airline initially planned to start operations with a fleet of Q400 aircraft. It received its Air Operators’ Permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in September 2013. It has announced operations to Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Jaipur and also in Vijayawada. This newest entry into the aviation industry in India didn’t fail to prove itself.

05 March 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets Android 4.4 Kit Kat Update.

Samsung has kept their promise by rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 phones in India. The Korean maker had assured the latest upgrade for the Android operating system and has successfully accomplished it, reports androidgeek.

The rollout will give an update prompt and in case of any trouble one can do it manually as well. To manually update you should go to the about option under the settings tab and click on update. It is highly recommended to do the download over the Wi-Fi as it may involve data charges if done over the normal cellular connection.

The new update is 353.59MB heavy and comes with a boat load of features like status bar notification icons and full screen album art. A quick access option to launch the camera has been added on the lock screen and the keyboard and typing features have been improved for better user experience. The upgrade also provides a facility to toggle between the default Android messaging app and Google Hangouts.

Other features of the new KitKat upgrade include a power saving mode and an option to turn on all the sensors of the gadget while using apps for navigation to get the best result. The wireless printing option and the tap to pay feature of the new release makes it worth installing.    

Samsung has done all the very best to impress their customers by coiling an easy to use manual guide on how to upgrade their Samsung Galaxy S4.

11 February 2014

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Biggest U.S. 2013 Giver.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $ 970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported today that Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $ 970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

 The top 50 contributors made donations last year totalling $ 7.7 billion, plus pledges of $ 2.9 billion.

 The Chronicle's editor says the most significant fact from the list was the amount of money coming from living donors, which totalled about the same amount as the two previous years combined.

 "It's a sure sign that the economy is getting better and people are getting a lot less cautious," said Stacy Palmer, Chronicle editor.

 Some of the nation's biggest givers do not appear on the 2013 list, not because they stopped being generous, but because their donations in 2013 were counted as pledges in previous years.

For example, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, gave their foundation slightly more than $ 181.3 million last year, but they were paying off a pledge of about $ 3.3 billion they made in 2004. CNN-founder Ted Turner and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett also made large gifts toward previous pledges.

It took gifts totalling at least $ 37.5 million to make the list this year. Forty-two of the top 50 made gifts of $ 50 million or more.

Thirty made big gifts to colleges and universities, but Palmer noted most college gifts went to science and research this year, not to buildings, as in previous years.

Ten of the 50 made the list because of bequests after their deaths, including the second biggest giver in 2013, George Mitchell, a Galveston, Texas, man who made his fortune in energy and real estate.

At No 3 were Nike chairman Philip Knight and his wife, Penelope, of Portland, Oregon, who made a $ 500 million challenge grant to Oregon Health & Science University Foundation for cancer research. The Knight pledge requires the university match it within the next two years.

No 4 was philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made gifts totalling $ 452 million in 2013 to arts, education, environment, public health and other causes.

Nineteen people or couples on the list have signed the Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. More than 120 of the world's wealthiest individuals and families have pledged to give at least half their wealth to charity since the movement began.

Although most people on the list were prominent wealthy people who have given generously in the past, Palmer said a few were surprises, including Jack MacDonald, a Seattle lawyer, who gave $ 139 million to three nonprofits upon his death.