sign landmark pact to open skies
DELHI, Sept 12: India and the UK have signed a landmark air services
agreement that would enable airlines of both the countries to launch
a major expansion of passenger services and open up new routes.
scheduled services between India and the UK are set to triple this
year, making travel easier and cheaper, and boosting tourism and
business links between the two countries. Next year could see a
further doubling in passenger services. Cargo services are unlimited.
agreement was signed during a successful recent visit of British
Prime Minister Tony Blair to New Delhi. UK Minister for Trade and
Industry Alan Johnson and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel signed
the agreement. Commenting on the agreement, Tony Blair said, "The
UK-India Air Services Treaty will underpin the connectivity which
business needs between market."
new agreement replaces one dating from 1951 when aviation was in
its infancy. As well as formalising the new traffic rights, the
new Treaty inter alia provides guarantees on fair competition, introduces
strict new provisions on safety and security, and removes unnecessary
restrictions on pricing and a range of other operational matters.
The new agreement will benefit airlines from both countries, as
well as passengers, businesses, and ultimately regional and national
to study DGCA restructuring
DELHI, Sept 10: The Indian Government has appointed a committee
on the restructuring of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
"It is a highly technical and complex issue. We need to keep
the best international practices in mind," Civil Aviation Minister
Praful Patel said, adding the issue would be decided in a few months.
Friday only, the Civil Aviation Ministry has invited suggestions
and comments from airlines, non-scheduled operators, training establishments,
employees, professional associations and concerned public regarding
the role of functioning and organizational structure of the Directorate
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of M.K. Kaw, former
Secretary Civil Aviation, to review the role, functions and organizational
structure of the DGCA. The terms of reference of the Committee are
to examine and review different aspects of the functioning of DGCA
and make appropriate recommendations.
Committee shall be looking into functions of DGCA as envisaged by
ICAO; regulations authorizing DGCA to carry out its functions; comparison
of regulations with international requirements; and organization
of DGCA, its manpower and training requirements. It would also look
into procedures adopted by DGCA for licensing of airlines; licensing
of personnel i.e., pilots, flight engineers, navigators, engineers
and flight dispatchers; examination system; and clearance of international
scheduled and non-scheduled flights.
Committee would also look into administrative and financial autonomy
of DGCA for discharge of its functions; conduct audits as per ICAO
Protocol in preparation for ICAO Audit; and to advise whether there
is a need for converting DGCA into an independent statutory authority
Ministry has asked for the public comments on its website latest
by September 14. Recognized bodies relevant and concerned with civil
aviation can also meet the Committee members for presenting their
views, the agenda of presentation and discussion in which case,
will be limited to the terms and reference of the Committee. Request
for meetings with the Committee can be e-mailed to it from the Ministry's
Deccan appoints Brady as new COO
DELHI, Sept 10: Air Deccan has appointed Warwick Brady as its Chief
Operating Officer who spent the past three years with Ryanair, one
of the most successful low cost carriers based in Europe. Brady
was deputy director for operations of Ryanair with overall responsibility
of Stansted airport. He started his professional carrier with Britannia
Airways as a pilot.
Deccan has an exciting growth plan ahead, continuing to deliver
rapid growth and further building upon its strong position in the
rapidly expanding Indian low cost airline market,'' he said in a
statement. ''I look forward to leading the Air Deccan team to deliver
an efficient low cost operation which will continue to provide low
fares coupled with excellent service.'' Brady is married with two
children aged three and six who have moved with him to India.
Airbus aircraft delivered to Lufthansa
DELHI: Airbus has reached a significant milestone when the 4,000th
aircraft to come off the production line was delivered to its customers
Lufthansa. The Frankfurt-based airline took delivery of the twin-aisle
A330-300 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France.
on this achievement, Gustav Humbert, Chief Executive Officer, stressed
the significance of this historical day for Airbus. He said: "This
is a clear reflection of the company's success with customers and
operators and with the travelling public." Since its creation,
Airbus has brought to the market a series of 13 different models
covering all market segments from the smallest 107-seat A318 up
to the large 555-seat A380 double-decker.
Humbert continued: "With our most modern production line, we
reached half the market share over the past few years. I wish to
thank all our customers for their confidence in our products. Our
ambition for the future is to continue to develop, produce and deliver
products that will respond to - and even anticipate - customers'
needs. We want to ensure that they get the best in terms of quality
its creation, Airbus has received orders for 5,570 aircraft including
544 A330s from 243 operators and 210 customers. This shows a healthy
backlog of 1,570 aircraft. Lufthansa was one of the very early Airbus
operators when it took delivery of its first A300 aircraft in 1976,
the first wide body twin engine aircraft to be produced by any aircraftmaker.
Lufthansa has been a loyal Airbus customer since the early days.
airline was launch customer for the A310 back in 1978. Lufthansa
was also one of the driving forces behind the launch of the A330/A340
programme back in 1987, and contributed significantly to the development
of the A320. It became launch customer for the A321 in 1989, and
is now, with more than 80 aircraft in service, one of the largest
operators of the A320 family. Lufthansa was also a launch customer
for the A380 of which it has ordered 15.
appointed HAL spokesman
Aug 13: Anantha Krishnan, defence and aviation journalist, has been
appointed as the Chief of Media Communications at the Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore. He will also be the spokesperson
for the Company.
to his appointment, Anantha Krishnan, a product of Osmania University,
worked as a journalist with The Times of India, Bangalore and Deccan
offers 'Freedom at Midnight'; Delhi, Mumbai becomes Spicer
DELHI, Aug 13: Despite the fact that oil prices crossing $ 66 a
barrel, air ticket prices have been falling continuously in the
country. More and more people are taking to travel thanks to this
trend. To coincide with the Independence Day, Air Deccan has announced
500 tickets daily for a week priced at Rs 500. SpiceJet has announced
amazing low fares ranging from Rs 599 to Rs 1,599 between Delhi,
Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Deccan, India's first low cost revolutionary airline, has announced
a unique concept of "Freedom at Midnight" for booking
tickets during the Independence week. To mark the occasion, Air
Deccan has announced release of 500 tickets everyday priced at Rs
500 plus Rs 221 as taxes between 11 pm and midnight from August
15 to August 21 on all Airbus sectors. These fares will be applicable
only for travel on the following day, says John Kuruvilla, Chief
Revenue Officer, Air Deccan.
airline presently has a 'Happy Hours' scheme running, where tickets
are available between 9 pm and 11 pm at discounted fares termed
as "Simplismile" fares for travel only on the next day.
The 'Simplismile' fares are valid on a few select sectors which
change everyday depending on availability of seats. This scheme
is for Airbus routes only.
its inception in August 2003, Air Deccan has carried over 1.4 million
passengers, covering 35 airports, have close to 120 flights a day,
with a fleet size of five Airbus A 320's (180 seater) and 12 ATR
42's (48 seater).
airline has ordered 62 brand new aircraft (32 Airbus A 320's and
30 ATR- 72- 500's) to be delivered over the next five years, which
will take up its flights close to 600 per day by the end of five
years. Air Deccan is a subsidiary of Deccan Aviation, India's Largest
Charter Company in the private sector.
August 17, low-fare carrier SpiceJet is launching late night flights
on Delhi-Ahmedabad- Mumbai route with very low fares. While the
Delhi-Mumbai fare would be Rs 1,599, the fare between Delhi and
Ahmedabad would be Rs 999 and that between Ahmedabad and Mumbai
Rs 599, the airline said in a release.
flights would initially operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
on Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai route and on Thursdays, Saturdays and
Mondays on Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi route, according to a spokesman
of the airline. From September 2, these flights would operate six
days a week, barring Tuesdays for Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai route and
Wednesdays for Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi route.
Airlines ties up with ESPN
DELHI, Aug 13: In the age of competitiveness, Malaysia Airlines
is strengthening its brand in key Asia markets and expanding its
visibility in more than 11 countries, including India, by tying
up with a top sports broadcaster, ESPN Star Sports. The other countries
include India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines,
South Korea, Taiwan, China and Malaysia.
this sponsorship pact MAS would reach 190 million households. It
is also an extension of the airline's involvement in community development
programmes through sports not only in Malaysia but also in countries
that it operates into. The agreement will give the national carrier
increased visibility during the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 seasons
of the popular English Premier League (EPL).
integrated campaign that includes on-air and online entitlements
around all 'live' matches and repeats on ESPN STAR Sports. It will
also include other must-see football properties -- the FA Cup, FA
Community Shield and all Senior and Under-21 England Team home matches.
One of the ESPN STAR Sports popular magazine programmes dedicated
to the EPL called the Malaysia Airlines Football Extra will be aired
on Sunday mornings, featuring highlights from the previous day's
EPL action as well as phone-ins and email reactions from Asian supporters.
Dr. Munir Abdul Majid, Chairman Malaysia Airlines said, "This
move signals our inaugural involvement with Asia's most watched
TV sport through ESPN STAR Sports. We are able to deliver the Malaysia
Airlines brand experience in fresh and exciting ways through Asia's
most favourite sport."
out to 190 million households through ESPN STAR Sports, it is in
true Malaysia Airlines spirit that we bring the 'best of the world'
to the 'rest of the world'. With this association we bring not one,
but 20 world- class football clubs in action in 760 matches over
two sizzling seasons right up till 2007."
from on-air 'football fever', the Malaysia Airlines EPL Campaign,
themed 'Taking You There', has been launched to bring the English
Premier League and football closer to society.
STAR Sports' coverage of the EPL has scored its own goals by becoming
Asia's most watched sports programming, with viewers being served
more football than in England itself. As with the last season, football
fans will be able to look forward to ten matches each competition
week, most of them live.
rest will be on a quick turnaround and will be accompanied by a
line-up of programming which covers predictions, highlights, news
and information as well as pre and post-game analysis. Fans can
expect up to 380 matches this season, complemented by programmes
that will engage and involve viewer participation. During the 2004/05
seasons, at least 80 per cent of cable viewers in Asia tuned in
each week to experience the drama and excitement of the League with
another 60 per cent more enjoying the action out of home.
relieved as BA staff suspend strike
Aug 13: Staff at British Airways on Friday began to return to
work after an unofficial strike that left thousands of passengers
stranded for hours at Heathrow and other airports in the world
including in India.
had to cancel all in and outbound flights to Heathrow airport
including those operating from New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and
Mumbai following an "unofficial" strike by some 1,000
ground staff in sympathy with 600 workers sacked by BA's in-flight
meals supplier Gate Gourmet. Some of the staff, who include baggage
handlers, started returning to work at Heathrow on Friday night.
are due at conciliation service 'Acas,' but passengers are still
waiting to hear when flights will resume. Acas said talks were
to start "shortly" between union bosses and the catering
firm Gate Gourmet. BA had to cancel all flights in and out of
Heathrow airport last night after talks broke down with the wild
usually runs about 550 flights a day from Heathrow in the busy
holiday season. About 70,000 passengers are thought to have been
caught up in the chaos on Friday, both at Heathrow and airports
around the world. Talks on Thursday aimed at reinstating 600 sacked
staff from Gate Gourmet, which supplies BA's in-flight meals,
a statement, Acas said the parties involved had "agreed to
open discussions, without prejudice via the use of Acas, in order
to resolve the major difficulties they face." Flights by
Qantas, Sri Lankan, Finnair, GB and British Mediterranean Airways,
also serviced by BA ground staff, have also been affected by the
309 survive Toronto jetliner crash
Aug 3: A jetliner carrying 309 people skidded off a runway while
landing in a thunderstorm Tuesday, sliding into a ravine and breaking
into pieces, but remarkably everyone aboard survived by jumping
to safety in the moments before the plane burst into flames.
many as 43 people suffered minor injuries in the 4:03 p.m. crash
landing of Air France Flight 358 from Paris - the first time an
Airbus A340 had crashed in its 13 years of commercial service. The
plane, carrying 297 passengers and 12 crew, overran the runway by
200 yards at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, said Steve
Shaw, a vice president of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
plane touched ground and we felt it was going off road and hitting
a ravine and that's when we thought that was really the end of it,"
said Olivier Dubois, a passenger who was sitting in the rear of
the aircraft. "It was really, really scary. Everyone was panicking."
The aircraft skidded down a slope into a wooded area next to one
of Canada's busiest highways, and some survivors said that passengers
scrambled up to the road to catch rides with passing cars.
Shaw said there were 43 injured passengers, Air France said in a
statement that 22 passengers were treated for minor injuries. Airbus
spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said the A340 has never crashed before
in its 13 years of commercial service.
Yates, an aviation specialist with Jane's Transport magazine, said
the A340 is a very popular "workhorse" among carriers
serving Asian and trans-Atlantic routes, with a very good safety
record. Although it was too early to draw any conclusions about
the accident, Yates said, "we're probably talking about a weather-related
Canada had issued a severe weather alert earlier in the day, saying
its radar showed a rapidly developing thunderstorm with winds up
to about 60 mph. Shaw said the airport had been under a "red
alert" since noon, which indicates the potential for lightning,
but does not prevent planes from landing or taking off.
modern airliners are safer than ever, Yates said, extreme conditions
can still be dangerous, especially during takeoff and landing. "A
thunderstorm can happen anywhere - it comes down to the judgment
of the air traffic controller and the skill of the pilot to determine
whether it's appropriate to land or to divert elsewhere," Yates
airplane crash in Toronto came exactly 20 years after an American
disaster that focused renewed attention to wind shear, a natural
phenomenon that can make airplanes drop out of the sky. While the
cause of the Toronto crash has not yet been determined, the fact
that it happened during a thunderstorm raises the possibility of
1985 airline crash at Dallas-Forth Worth airport, which killed more
than 137 people, made dealing with wind shear "a national imperative"
for the U.S. federal government, said Larry Cornman of the National
Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Since then, he
said Tuesday, systems to detect wind shear have been installed at
almost all major airports in the United States. Cornman said the
Canadian government investigated installing such systems during
the 1990s, but added he did not know how many have been installed.
shear is a sudden change in wind speed or direction. The most dangerous
kind, called a microburst, is caused by air descending from a thunderstorm.
The last major jet crash in North America was on Nov. 12, 2001,
when American Airlines Flight 587 lost part of its tail and plummeted
into a New York City neighborhood, killing 265 people. Safety investigators
concluded that the crash was caused by the pilot moving the rudder
A340 is part of the A330/A340 family of six related aircraft, all
sharing the same frame, manufactured by Airbus. The craft owned
and flown by Air France is the A340-300.
linked to New Delhi
DELHI, July 26: The latest entrant to the Indian skies is Azerbaijan
Airlines when it launched twice weekly flights from New Delhi to
Baku. With this the airline unleashed a fare war to Europe with
London ticket priced at Rs 19,500. A few days earlier, Qatar Airways
had announced similar package to London.
Airlines' Country Manager, Mr Khanlar Karimov, said the airline
would add two more flights from winter schedule though it has permission
to operate seven flights a week to India. From September, the airline
would also launch schedule cargo service to New Delhi with IL 76
aircraft. He said the airline was negotiating with domestic airlines,
including Jet, Kingfisher, Indian Airlines and Spice, to provide
good connections to London, Mr Karimov said the airline also has
convenient to Moscow and Istanbul. These connections from Baku are
within two hours, a much better proposition than some other airlines
are offering. The flights from Delhi are on Boeing B-757 offering
22 business class seats and 158 economy seats. From winter schedule,
it would offer onward connections to Paris, Ankara, Tel Aviv, Tbilsi
and Kiev. "We also plan to connect Baku to Mumbai and Amritsar,"
Karimov informed that the flight from Delhi to Baku takes only four
and half-hours with onward flight to London takes five and half
hours. Azerbaijan also has special agreement with Air France to
fly its passengers from Paris to rest of the European destinations.
Similarly, it has code share agreement with Austrian Airlines. He
informed that the airline would soon connect Baku to Frankfurt.
"We also have plans to fly to destinations in the US and Canada."
Airline has a fleet of 30 passenger planes comprising of Boeing
B757s, Airbus A319s and A320s besides IL76 for cargo operations.
It fleet includes three B727, four B757, one Airbus A 320, six Tupolov
154 and five Tupolov 134. For its cargo operations, the airline
has eight IL 76, four Antonov 32 and two Antonov 12 aircraft. On
its passenger aircraft, the airline has a capacity to carry 13 tonne
of cargo from New Delhi on each flight.
the capital city of Azerbaijan Republic is located on the western
shore of the Caspian Sea. It is famous for its cultural and educational
centers, beautiful tourist places and above all for its petroleum
and chemical industries.
the direct flights between two countries, the Azerbaijan Ambassador,
Dr Tamerlan Karayev, spoke about good opportunity to improve relations
between our two countries. He said the direct flights would help
in improving trade and economic ties between India and Azerbaijan.
Karayev said "lots of Indians are already based in Azerbaijan
and are associated with the various trade and development works
of Republic of Azerbaijan. This direct flight service will definitely
boost the socio-economic tie-ups between the two counties,"
said the Ambassador.
to start of this Schedule Passenger Flight Service, Azerbaijan Airlines
had been operating non-schedule flights to India.
the airline's USP (unique selling point), Mr Karimov said "for
us every passenger is a VIP - be it Business class or Economy class.
We pay special attention to our passengers. We make sure they are
comfortable during the flight. On the flight we offer not only continental
but also Indian food that two of various kinds to take care of the
said the airline takes special care of transit passengers for hassle
free movement. Hindi as well as Punjabi speaking attendants have
been deputed by the airline at Baku airport to look after the transit
with this schedule flight operation, Azerbaijan Airlines also plans
to commence from September schedule cargo freighter service to New
Delhi with IL 76 aircraft. With this service, Azerbaijan Airlines
will project Baku as a cargo hub for Europe and India bound cargo.
At present there is around 16 tons of cargo space available per
week ex-Delhi on the network of Azerbaijan Airlines.
with Baku, Azerbaijan Airlines will also book cargo for London,
Paris, Moscow, Tbilisi, Kiev, Tel-Aviv and Ankara from India. Using
its extensive network from Baku, Azerbaijan Airlines will cover
all these destinations with a minimal transit time, added Mr Karimov.
DELHI, July 25: To strengthen the Executive Management, Kingfisher
Airlines has appointed Mr Nigel Harwood as Chief Operating Officer
with effect from August 1, 2005. Mr Harwood will be based in Mumbai,
where he will be responsible for all Ground, Technical and Flight
Operations on the Kingfisher route network.
addition of Nigel Harwood to our team underscores our commitment
to achieve leadership in the Indian Market," said Dr Vijaya
Mallya, Chairman and Managing Director of Kingfisher Airlines. "Nigel
is a great acquisition and complements our first class team."
to joining KFA, Nigel Harwood, 40, served in several senior positions
with Rolls Royce, living in Asia and the Middle East. He gained
significant experience working in conjunction with several of the
world's major airlines and start up operators in Oman, Taiwan and
Head of Rolls Royce, Toulouse, Nigel's role covered a broad range
of responsibilities including Manpower planning, marketing, scheduling,
operations control and financial management. As an engineer, Nigel
has extensive aircraft and engine knowledge, first hand experience
of start up operations with the A320 and the IAE V2500 Engine and
has worked alongside Indian Airlines in the 1990's, having lived
in Delhi for three years. Most recently, Mr Harwood was Head of
Sales for India & Asia with Airbus, concluding several high
aside media speculation in recent weeks, Kingfisher Airlines also
announced that Mr Alex Wilcox would continue as President and a
member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Kingfisher
Airlines Limited. However, Mr. Wilcox will be based in the USA due
to family considerations but spend considerable time in India with
Kingfisher Airlines. He will also be primarily responsible for Kingfisher's
International Operations planning in preparation for deliveries
of new Airbus A-330, A-380 and A-350 Aircraft.