Express suspends flights to Gulf over pilots' resignation
DELHI, July 18: Faced with resignation of pilots, Air-India subsidiary
Air-India Express, which operates flights to the Gulf, has decided
to suspend three flights each from Mumbai and Delhi, effective on
curtailment has been necessitated on account of resignation of six
commanders and two co-pilots, the company said in a release on Monday.
pilots, who were employed by Air-India Express following the PSU
rules of recruitment, have deserted the airline without giving the
required six months' notice," it said.
flights departing from Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode will
remain unchanged, the Mumbai-Abu Dhabi-Muscat-Delhi, Delhi-Muscat-Abu
Dhabi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi-Delhi and Delhi-Abu Dhabi-Mumbai
flights have been cancelled till July 30.
inconvenience caused to passengers on account of "circumstances
beyond its control," the company said efforts were being made
to provide alternate arrangements on subsequent flights of Air-India
Express to their destinations or Air-India flights over Dubai.
fastest growing aviation market: Airbus
DELHI, June 22: The European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, not
only outsold its US rival, Boeing, at the Paris air show by 2:1,
but Airbus also bagged the most plane orders from India proving
that India is the fastest growing aviation market.
"India is one of the fastest growing aviation market in the
world and it proved so at the recently concluded Paris air show
when Indian carriers ordered 125 of the 280 orders Airbus bagged
the 7-day show," said Dr Kiran Rao, Senior Vice President (Marketing
and Pricing and Customer Affairs).
Rao said "the 280 orders and commitments are worth around $
33.5 billion and these reaffirm Airbus' leadership of the airliner
business and reflect an increasingly strong market recovery. In
contrast, Boeing bagged orders for 146 aircraft worth $ 13.3 billion."
Mr Nigel Harwood, Vice President (Sales), Indian subcontinent and
South Asia, said "customers in the Middle East and India made
up of the bulk orders and commitments, with Qatar Airways announcing
it would acquire 60 Airbus A350s and start-up Indian carrier IndiGo
accounting for the largest single deal for 100 Airbus A320 family
Harwood said India leads the world in economic growth and India
and China were driving the world economy. He predicted that India
would need 570 aircraft worth over $ 55 billion in the next 20 years
and Airbus expects to win at least half this market.
100 aircraft order of IndiGo, Mr David Vellupillai said the other
Indian carriers that have placed orders at the biggest air show
of the world include Jed Airways 10 A330s, Kingfisher Airlines 15
that include five A330s, five A350s and five A380s.
Vellupillai said Airbus' success was founded in innovative design,
which has given it the world's most modern aircraft family in every
category - from 100 seat Airbus A318 all the way up to the world's
largest and newest airliner, the double deck A380, and fuel-efficient
Rao said Indian airports would be able to receive 550-seat A380
aircraft in 2007. Several airlines like Singapore Airlines, Virgin
and Lufthansa have ordered A380s and these airlines plan to fly
these planes to India. Kingfisher Airlines is the first Indian carrier
to order five A380s. "India will need 20 A380 aircraft in future,"
informed that Airbus officials have been in talks with the officials
from the Government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) to work
the "modest" modifications required to receive A380s by
2007. He said over 60 airports would see the A380 by 2010. Dr Rao
said A380 is the world's most efficient aircraft as it benefits
not only from economy of scale and new technology but also needs
less distance for take offs and landing as compared to Boeing B747
but also fits within airport size limits.
Rao said Airbus was looking at options of looking at setting up
a training center in India. To overcome the shortage of pilots,
he said India would get about five to eight flight stimulators in
the next 15 to 18 months.
nod to JV to manufacture aircraft engine parts
DELHI, June 23: The government has approved the creation of a joint
venture company by public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
and French firm SNECMA for manufacture of spares and parts of civilian
initial expenditure of Rs 50 crore in the joint venture was also
approved by the Union Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, according to Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister.
approved a 50:50 equity participation by the two partners in the
joint venture company, the formation of which would lead to outsourcing
of aero engine components by HAL and SNECMA at competitive rates,
Mukherjee said SNECMA, one of the leading global firms producing
aero engines, would transfer technology to HAL and buy all products
of the joint venture company initially. The joint venture would
be involved in producing precision components of engines for civilian
India links Dhaka to Delhi and Kolkata
DELHI, June 18: The Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr E
Ahamed, flagged of the Air India flight from Delhi to Dhaka on Saturday
morning in the presence of Foreign Secretary Shayam Saran, acting
High Bangladesh High Commissioner Masud Bin Momen and Chairman and
Managing Director of Air India V Thulasidas.
Thulasidas said the new flight would also link Dhaka to Kolkata
and London. The AI CMD said the new flight to London would have
enormous significance for West Bengal and neighbouring States, including
those in the North Eastern region, as passengers will now be able
to travel in a much shorter time and with far greater convenience.
Mr Thulasidas said the new flight would be operated on thrice weekly
basis on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
at an impressive inaugural ceremony at the Indira Gandhi International
Airport (IGIA), Mr Ahamed said the new flight would help improve
people to people contact and better trade and tourism ties between
India and Bangladesh. He said it has been the Government's endeavour
to have good road and air connectivity within the SAARC region.
Masud Bin Momen said the new flight to Dhaka would help increase
tourism, including medical tourism, and enhance people to people
contacts between the two neighbouring countries. Mr Momen said the
ties between India and Bangladesh have always been good and can
even be better with the higher interaction between the two sides.
He informed that Bangladesh Foreign Secretary is arriving here on
Monday for foreign office dialogue with his counterpart.
said the two Foreign Secretaries would also review the forthcoming
visit of Prime Minsiter Dr Manmohan Singh to Dhaka in November for
the SAARC summit where he would meet his counterpart.
new flight, part of Air-India's sustained drive to expand its worldwide
route network, is the third long-haul flight introduced by Air-India
in the past three months. Air-India had, on March 28 last introduced
its Delhi-Frankfurt-Los Angeles flight and on May 15 last, a new
flight on the Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto sector.
flight will be operated with the state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200
aircraft, which has 272 seats in three class configuration -- 12
First Class, 49 Executive Class and 211 Economy Class seats. While
the First Class seats in the Boeing 777s are flat bed type with
privacy partitions, slumberettes have been provided in the Executive
Class. In-arm-video system with LCD displays and multi-channel audio
systems are available in all three classes.
introductory fares are being offered by Air-India on these flights.
The round-trip Economy Class fare for Kolkata-London, valid till
July 31 is Rs.25,810.
the introduction of flights from Kolkata, Air-India will now have
flights from Mumbai, and 13 other Indian cities to various destinations
in the world. Incidentally, Air-India will operate flights from
Dhaka, formerly Dacca, the Capital and the largest city of Bangladesh,
after a gap of nearly 30 years.
buys half of world's planes
18: India has set itself on the path of rapid economic growth and
air travel will be part of that. This was visibly evident when the
Indian carriers ordered 150 aircraft, near half of world's order,
worth $ 14 billion at the ongoing Paris air show.
on with the boom in the Indian aviation market, the Indian private
airlines have in the last six months placed orders for 250 aircraft,
representing 43 per cent of the total global orders placed with
aircraft manufacturers -- Airbus and Boeing. Add the 110 planes
that national carriers Air-India and Indian Airlines are expected
to order, and India's share of the global aircraft market zooms
beyond 50 per cent. Globally, Airbus and Boeing have secured combined
orders of 573-Airbus 296 and Boeing 277- compared with 647 in the
whole of last year.
on huge orders for Airbus at the Paris air show, Airbus Chief Commercial
Officer John Leahy said, "we see dramatic growth in the Indian
market. It was artificially protected in the past but there are
many new carriers now. India is starting a rapid economic expansion
and we think air travel will be part of that." And he added
that air travel tends to grow at twice the rate of GDP. Airbus President
and CEO Noel Forgeard feels that China and India should be the drivers
of growth in the future, a view that IATA director-general Giovanni
everyone's surprise and to much delight of Airbus, IndiGo, a new-entrant
in the Indian budget airline market, on Thursday placed orders for
100 Airbus jets worth $6 billion at list prices, taking the total
value of deals placed by Indian carriers at the ongoing Paris Air
Show to nearly $14 billion. The airline has placed orders for 100
jets from the Airbus A320 family - which includes A 319, A320 and
A321. Promoter by travel group InterGlobe Enterprises, IndiGo is
expected to enter the domestic aviation market in the winter of
2005 as a low-cost carrier.
backing includes an investment from a seasoned airline executive,
former US Airways chief Rakesh Gangwal, He has also held positions
at United Airlines and Air France, is now Chairman and CEO of reservations
service Worldspan Technologies. Deliveries of IndiGo's planes will
start late in 2006.
Airways was the first to order 30 planes - a mix of 20 Boeing and
10 Airbus with an option to buy 10 more - for a combined worth of
$7.5 billion. Soon after, Kingfisher placed its $3-billion order
for 15 Airbus planes, including the to-be-launched A350 and A380
- the first ever by an Indian carrier. Paramount had signed a deal
for five Embraer jets for $138 million to introduce services on
the regional and metro routes.
Deccan, India's first low-cost airline, took delivery of its first
new ATR 72-500 aircraft at the show. This aircraft, delivered with
a 72-seat configuration, is the first one of an order for 30 new
ATR 72-500 aircraft signed, in February, at Aero India in Bangalore.
In addition, Air Deccan has inked a $90 million maintenance deal
with French turbo-prop aircraft maker ATR.
there are many others who are skeptical of matching funding and
available infrastructure to sustain so many aircraft being bought
by new and upcoming airlines in India. Asks Dinesh Keskar, President
(India) of Boeing, "The world is sceptical about the way Indian
new-born carriers are ordering planes. How are they going to get
so many pilots, where is the infrastructure?" Look who's buying
these birds in India? Complete unknowns-until even a few days ago.
It will have to be seen how many these order actually fructify and
how many of the airlines actually survive the aviation boom.
inks $6-b deal with Airbus
BOURGET, June 17: IndiGo, a new-entrant in the Indian budget airline
market, on Thursday placed orders for 100 Airbus jets worth $6 billion
at list prices, taking the total value of deals placed by Indian
carriers at the ongoing Paris Air Show to nearly $17 billion.
airline has placed orders for 100 jets from the Airbus A320 family
- which includes A 319, A320 and A321. Promoter by travel group
InterGlobe Enterprises, IndiGo is expected to enter the domestic
aviation market in the winter of 2005 as a low-cost carrier. IndiGo
is backed by an investment from former US Airways chief Rakesh Gangwal.
Deliveries of IndiGo's planes will start late in 2006.
see dramatic growth in the Indian market. It was artificially protected
in the past but there are many new carriers now,"said Airbus
chief commercial officer John Leahy. "India is starting a rapid
economic expansion and we think air travel will be part of that."
Indian carriers have been dominating the Paris Show placing huge
aircraft orders as part of their plans to ride the boom in the Indian
Airways was the first to order 50 planes - a mix of Boeing and Airbus
- for a combined worth of $7.5 billion. Soon after, Kingfisher placed
its $3-billion order for 15 Airbus planes, including the to-be-launched
A350 and A380 - the first ever by an Indian carrier. In addition,
Air Deccan has inked a $90 million maintenance deal with French
turbo-prop aircraft maker ATR.
carriers continue to rule Paris air show
BOURGET, PAIRS, June 16: Indian carriers
continued to rule the biggest air show
in Paris on the second successive day
to prove that future of aviation belongs
to India. After Jet Airways orders worth
$ 4 billion on Tuesday, Vijaya Mallya's
Kingfisher Airlines, Capt Gopinath's Air
Deccan and Coimbatore-based Paramount
Airways announced deals to purchase aircraft
worth over $ 3.7 billion.
fact, Kingfisher became the first Indian
carrier to place firm orders for two future
planes - the Airbus A380 super jumbo that
can seat 555 passengers and mid-size A
350 - and Airbus A330-200 that would help
the carrier spread its wings in the international
skies starting 2007. The no-nonsense King
of Good Times Dr Vijaya Mallya signed
the deal with European manufacturer, Airbus,
for 15 aircraft world $ 3 billion at the
ongoing Paris air show.
placed orders for five A330-200s, which
the carrier would use on routes between
India and Europe and Asia. The A380, which
will be configured across 490 seats in
a three-class configuration with a super
first class, would be deployed on non-stop
services between Mumbai/Delhi and New
the 230-seater A350, in two-class configuration,
will be made use on flights between emerging
hotspots in India like Bangalore and Dallas,
San Fransisco and other destinations.
The smaller A330 will fly between India
and Europe and Asia.
deliveries of the A330s are due to begin
in the third quarter of 2007, the A350s
would be delivered in 2012. Two months
ago, Kingfisher Airlines became India's
first private carrier to launch services
with a brand new aircraft A320. Kingfisher
Airlines is already an important Airbus
customer. It has ordered ten A320s and
three A319s, and has options on a further
20 single-aisle aircraft.
is one of the world's fastest growing
markets, especially among the younger
emerging generation and these new Airbus
aircraft will give us the lead in competing
for their business," said Mallya,
chairman of UB Group, the parent company
of Kingfisher Airlines. "We'll begin
with the Airbus A330, which is a great
aircraft and later will create a sensation
with the 21st century flagship A380, before
adding the world's newest airliner, the
A350. Imagine flying the good times, not
just in India, but worldwide!" said
on the benefits of Airbus aircraft, the
company's CEO Noël Forgeard said:
"Our Airbus A330, A350 and A380 are
clearly the right aircraft for the strongly
growing Indian aviation industry. And
Kingfisher is certain to gain from it."Mallya
said that the airline would shortly apply
for permission to the civil aviation ministry
to go international by 2007, by when it
would be three years old in the domestic
skies, which is the mandatory experience
norm for an airline to fly on international
Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel,
had earlier hinted that norms for overseas
foray by domestic carriers will be relaxed
as the market and the operators mature
and gain in experience.
on Wednesday, Air Deccan, the first Indian
low-cost airline, took delivery of its
first new ATR 72-500 aircraft at Paris
Air Show. This aircraft, delivered with
a 72-seat configuration, is the first
one of an order for 30 new ATR 72-500
aircraft signed, in February, at Aero
India in Bangalore.
delivery ceremony took place on the static
with Air Deccan's Managing director Capt
Gopinath and Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive
Officer of ATR. On this occasion, Air
Deccan also confirmed the order announced
in January for 6 second-hand ATR aircraft
(3 ATR 42-500 and 3 ATR 72-500).
Indian airline started its operations
with four second-hand ATR 42s in August
2003. The Air Deccan ATR fleet has now
grown to 12 ATR 42 aircraft, now to be
expanded with the just delivered ATR 72-500
aircraft. ATR aircraft are very well adapted
for feeder routes in India and can access
most of the airports unable to be operated
by jets. Furthermore, they are well known
to be the most economics aircraft in their
currently holds a market share in India
of 60 per cent in the 20 to 90-seat regional
market and of the turboprop sector the
market share is 73 per cent. In the Asia
Pacific area, 104 ATRs are currently operated
by 23 airlines.
Tuesday, two other Indian air carriers,
Jet Airways and Coimbatore-based Paramount
Airways had placed orders for new aircraft
at the show.
Jet had placed orders for 30 aircraft
-- 20 Boeing 777s and 737-800s and 10
Airbus A330- 200/330a -- worth over $4
billion, Paramount had signed a deal for
five Embraer jets for $138 million to
introduce services on the regional and
India to link Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London
DELHI, June 16: Air-India will launch
direct flights from Kolkata to London
from June 18. The new flight, to be operated
on the Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London route
on thrice weekly basis on Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays, will also provide connectivity
between Delhi-Dhaka; Dhaka-Kolkata and
new flight, part of Air-India's sustained
drive to expand its worldwide route network,
is the third long-haul flight to be introduced
by Air-India in the past three months.
Air-India had, on March 28 last introduced
its Delhi-Frankfurt-Los Angeles flight
and on May 15 last, a new flight on the
of this new non-stop flight between Kolkata
and London will have enormous significance
for West Bengal and neighbouring States,
including those in the North Eastern region,
as passengers will now be able to travel
in a much shorter time and with far greater
flight will be operated with the state-of-the-art
Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which has 272
seats in three class configuration --
12 First Class, 49 Executive Class and
211 Economy Class seats. While the First
Class seats in the Boeing 777s are flat
bed type with privacy partitions, slumberettes
have been provided in the Executive Class.
In-arm-video system with LCD displays
and multi-channel audio systems are available
in all three classes.
introductory fares are being offered by
Air-India on these flights. The round-trip
Economy Class fare for Kolkata-London,
valid till July 31 is Rs.25,810.
the introduction of flights from Kolkata,
Air-India will now have flights from Mumbai,
and 13 other Indian cities to various
destinations in the world. Incidentally,
Air-India will operate flights from Dhaka,
formerly Dacca, the Capital and the largest
city of Bangladesh, after a gap of nearly
Jet keep India's flag high at Paris air
BOURGET, PARIS, June 14: For the first
time, India flew its indigenously designed
and developed fixed wing military aircraft,
Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) at a foreign
air show, projecting its credentials as
a maturing player in the aviation industry
and seeking a market for its products.
Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), also known
as the HJT-36, displayed its air power
at the famed Le-Bourget air show at Paris
in the presence of Indian Ambassador to
France Dilip Lahiri, Secretary (Defence
Production) Shekhar Dutt and Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman Ashok
K Baweja besides the international aviation
the public-sector HAL, it was also private
airline Jet Airways that kept India's
flag high at the Paris air show, the largest
show in the world. In a path-breaking
expansion bid, Jet Airways signed a deal
with Airbus to buy ten A 330-200 and A
330-300 aircraft, with options to acquire
ten more, and another with Boeing for
20 of their aircraft.
importance France gives to India could
be gauged from the fact that French President
Jacques Chirac found time to visit the
HAL display area.
the induction of these 30 aircraft, Jet
Airways would become one of the largest
carriers in India. At the moment, the
private carrier has 36 Boeing 737s, three
A-340s and eight ATR 72-500s.
Bangalore-based HAL, which is responsible
for the design and development of the
IJT, is also conducting a flying display
of another indigenously developed aircraft,
the Advanced Light Helicopter, christened
Dhruv. It is also displaying its workhorse
Cheetah re-engined to Cheetal configuration
for superior performance. This is being
billed as India's biggest-ever participation
at an international air show abroad.
Chief S.P. Tyagi, who is expected to generate
considerable attention in view of the
acquisition process of 126 multi-role
fighter aircraft for the IAF, will beef
up the Indian presence at the air show.
IJT is being developed by HAL as the replacement
for the Kiran Stage-II trainer for IAF
pilots. It has an all-metal structure
and its rear cockpit view is avowedly
the best in its class, providing for greater
safety in training. "The IJT has
the highest elevation of rear cockpit
in comparison to any other aircraft of
its class, providing for good all-round
visibility for the instructor. It is designed
to be forgiving of the trainees' errors:
hence the emphasis is on ease of flying
rather than speed," according to
an HAL spokesman.
maximum speed is 750 km per hour, and
designers have made a provision for arming
the aircraft with five hard points. The
maximum take off weight is 4.5 tons, including
1 ton of weapons.
ALH is a 5.5 ton multi-utility helicopter,
which can carry 12 troops in addition
to a two-member crew. Extensive use of
composites provide optimum crashworthiness
and battle damage tolerance to the chopper.
All the services will be equipped with
the ALH, which is now in the process of
naval version of the Dhruv ALH will be
equipped for anti-submarine and anti-ship
warfare. The weaponised Dhruv for the
Army will be equipped for close-air support
to infantry troops, anti-armour operations
and special heliborne operations. Anti-tank
missiles, rockets and turret guns will
be integrated with the chopper.
Jet Airways spokesman said the deliveries
of the ten A-330-200/300 aircraft would
commence in the first quarter of 2007.
But Jet Airways will become the first
Indian operator of the Airbus A330 even
sooner, in May 2006, when it takes delivery
of the first of several aircraft leased
the Airbus A330 has the versatility to
be economic on short, medium and long-haul
services," says Jet Airways Chairman
Naresh Goyal. "Airbus' A330 has exceptional
cabin comfort and style, modern design
and proven reliability, and excellent
economics - just what we need as Jet Airways
Airways is India's largest private carrier,
and recently became the first in the country
to fly the Airbus A330/A340 family by
leasing three Airbus A340-300Es, which
are already a great success on Mumbai-London
flights, and which will shortly inaugurate
services from Delhi to London.
the Boeing deal, he said the private carrier
had placed orders for acquisition of six
Boeing 777-200 LR (long range) Worldliners,
four Boeing 777-300 ER (extended range)
and ten next generation Boeing 737-800s.
This agreement would mark the beginning
of Boeing 777s in its fleet.