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Blog Entry# 1926779  
Posted: Jul 11 2016 (23:23)

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Last Response: Jul 12 2016 (09:52)
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Jul 11 2016 (23:19)   AI to offer last minute Rajdhani AC II fares on 7 more routes - Moneycontrol.com

🚆Bhartiya Rail🚆   58 news posts
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Air India Last Minute Offer Equivalent To 2A

These ticket prices, as low as Rs 2,240, would be available within four hours of the scheduled departure of the flights.

India will offer last minute ticket prices equivalent to AC II tier fares of Rajdhani trains on seven additional routes including from the national capital to Ahmedabad, Goa and Hyderabad. These ticket prices, as low as Rs 2,240, would be available within four hours of the scheduled departure of the flights. The carrier is already offering these fares on four routes and with the new additions, the total number of such sectors would increase to 11. In a release today, Air India said it has decided to add seven more routes for the reduced rates "on account of popular response and with an aim to enhance growth". The routes are Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi, Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Delhi, Delhi-Goa- Delhi, Delhi-Patna-Delhi and Delhi-Raipur-Delhi. Fares on these routes would be "Delhi-Ranchi Rs 2,770, Delhi-Ahmedabad Rs 2,270, Delhi-Hyderabad Rs 3,275, Delhi- Bhubaneshwar Rs 3,475, Delhi-Goa Rs 3,665, Delhi-Patna Rs 2,315 and Delhi-Raipur Rs 2,240 respectively," Air India said. It is already available on four trunk routes -- Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi, Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi, Delhi-Bengaluru-Delhi and Delhi-Chennai-Delhi. "These fares would be available for sale within four hours of the scheduled departure of the flights... By introducing these fares we are not only able to generate additional revenue but also able to fill each and every seat till last minute," the release said. The 'Spot Fares' scheme -- where ticket price equivalent to Rajdhani Express AC I fares are also available -- is from June 27 to September 30. It is available for more than 100 flights across the country. Air India's move might pose challenges for private carriers, which are alleged to charging exorbitant fares for last minute bookings. On Sunday, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said the move to offer tickets at the price of Rajdhani AC II fares was aimed at providing relief to the passengers from last minute sky-rocketing fares and also to fill the vacant seats. The carrier has an average load factor of 74 per cent across its domestic network while the seat occupancy on these trunk routes stands at around 80 per cent, he had said. PTI RAM .

Jul 11 2016 (23:23)
UP me ek baar phir Akhilesh Sarkaar^~   77507 blog posts   5080 correct pred (77% accurate)
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The routes are Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi, Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Delhi, Delhi-Goa- Delhi, Delhi-Patna-Delhi and Delhi-Raipur-Delhi
Why they are targeting only Rajdhni? They should include popular superfast route also like Delhi Pune, Delhi Jodhpur etc.

Jul 12 2016 (01:10)
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After successful run of premium express (with exorbitant fates) between Delhi & Mumbai, where most of the passengers are company officials and business travellers, the concept was hurriedly implemented pan India including smaller cities. Delhi & Mumbai are the largest & richest cities in India. Except few metro cities, people in general does not have that kind of money. Most of the Suvidha trains are not getting filled up in spite of having much lesser coaches than 24 where as regular trains are running with huge waiting list. This situation is driving many passengers towards buses (thanks to superb Volvo Bus Services which are alarmingly proliferating on longer and longer routes), economy airlines and own cars thanks to tremendous development in expressway & highway network.
of extreme mollycodling the majority of passengers and extreme mauling the remaining is gross injustice which does not auger well for railways as well as nation. Passengers travelling in general Mahamana coach with aircraft like interiors with good speed at hardly 5% of air fare between the same destination. And ones in Suvidha trains, many times with poor coaches, low speed and poor punctuality, shall be paying much more than the air fare.
Danger bells are ringing louder. Earlier 4 routes and now 7 more, today Air India and tomorrow other airlines may follow the suit. It is high time to stop the so called Suvidaha trains charging exorbitant fares. Or the fares must be drastically brought down to reasonable level.

Jul 12 2016 (01:30)
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The close routes round metros say Delhi being connected to Shimla, ASR, DDN, JP, needs trains that can guarantee a seats at short notices similar to buses. Many people just board Volvo buses citing non availability especially in overnight trains. While volvos only offer comfortable seating Railways have the potential pull back provided they introduce both AC/non AC seating in competition. the AC chair cars will allow last minute filling as it will not be the preferred class due to BACK BREAKER concept. But still trains are more comfortable than buses given they offer more relaxed environment (avoid vommiting) and toilets ofcourse. As per budget 2016 Uday DD trains are expected to run on similar concept.

Jul 12 2016 (09:52)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1863 blog posts
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People often go by buses due to lack of suitable train connection be it timing or the class/ reservation availability. Buses and airplanes cannot match the comforts trains can provide when it comes to long journeys say over 5-6 hours.
Bus operators are thriving just because
(1) they are in general better managed from financial as well as operational point of views. They practice tight fiscal management, quickly adopt new technical developments in auto sector like using newer models.
(2) They
are very responsive to market demand, introduce new services where demand exists and rationalize the poorly patronized services whereas IRlys often run new trains on fictitious grounds or on gut feelings without proper market survey and continue to run scores of trains for years with very low occupancy and unable to fulfil demands on other routes.
(3) They earned huge profits whereas Indian railways were saddled with losses due to inherent inefficiencies and imprudent fiscal policies.
(4) Buoyed by the hugh profits earned, they invested heavily for growth of their business where as for perennially loss making investment for capacity/ fleet augmentation took back seat.
(5) As a result their fleet grew many fold and so was road network whereas Indian Rly rolling stock has not even doubled in 65 years and expansion of rly network was at extremely low pace. They grabbed the additional traffic demand created by rapidly growing India Economy and population.
Final result Indian railways which were having a share of 89% and about 60% in freight and passenger segment at the time of independence have lost almost two third of its share and the trend is continuing.
It is time for IR to rationalize its operations, outsource non-core jobs not requiring much technical & financial skills like- station cleaning, running schools, colleges, hospitals and plethora of other non-railway activities for which there are already central Govt. & State Govt. agencies in place.
All the decisions for expansions/ modifications/ new services etc. need to be taken on sound management principle after adequate market research, data analysis, techno-economic analysis rather than on gut feelings or any vested interests. Then only IRlys can regain itslost share over a period of time. Else one day IRly will be more like static/degenerating Pakistan Rlys rather than becoming like fast developing Chinese Railways.
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