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Indian Aviation Sector Grows but mismanaged Airlines Suffer

Indian aviation sector has been growing over the last few years and experts in the sector have suggested further gains as Indian consumers are expected to fly to more local destinations in future. While the aviation sector has witnessed higher passenger count in the last 10 years, the aviation companies haven’t been able to match the stellar gains in revenue with the gains in bottomline. Indian flag carrier Air India has been facing trouble for more than a decade. The government hasn’t provided the much needed support to the trouble airline and views differ on the topic.

Air India fleet will now have Airbus 320 neo aircraft

Air India fleet will now have Airbus 320 neo aircraft

New Delhi [India], Feb. 14 : National carrier Air India's first Airbus 320 neo aircraft will be delivered on February 16. A total of seven Airbus 320 aircrafts will be included to strengthen the Air India fleet.

"Airbus 320 neo aircraft is a passenger friendly aircraft. In addition to being fuel efficient, it has more seat capacity. The first aircraft will be deployed to the Delhi-Chennai route, scheduled to commence operations by the end of this month," an Air India spokesperson said.

As per data, the Air India fleet comprises 24 airbus 320 aircrafts, most of which are being considered for replacement by the neo Airbus 320 aircrafts. (ANI)

Disinvestment in LIC, Air India, BSNL will unlock lakhs of crores of rupees: Deepak Parekh

Deepak Parekh

Mumbai - Pitching for disinvestment in public sector behemoths like LIC, Air India and BSNL, top industry leader Deepak Parekh has said it can unlock huge funds worth "lakhs of crores of rupees" and shares should be given to retail investors without depending on the overseas entities.

However, one of the major requirements for such large- scale disinvestments is a government thinking on those lines, as lack of political will and union pressure have been halting such proposals for a long time including during the tenure of the previous UPA government, he said.

Giving examples from during the UPA regime, Parekh said 'he has been part of many important government panels,' including those on BSNL and Indian Railways, but nothing moved on the suggestions made by those committees.

Mumbai-bound AI plane from London diverted to Budapest

New Delhi - A Mumbai-bound Air India flight from London was diverted to Budapest in Hungary Thursday night following a technical snag.

The flight landed at Budapest Airport safely and the passengers have been taken care of, an Air India spokesperson told PTI here.

The AI plane took off from London at its scheduled time 1330 hrs (1900 hrs IST) and landed safely in Budapest at 1752 hrs local time (1022 hrs IST), he said.

According to sources, the flight, AI-130 from London to Mumbai, was diverted to Budapest due to technical problem in one of the engines.

Air Astana signs code-share agreement with Air India

Air Astana signs code-share agreement with Air IndiaNew Delhi, Nov.6 - Kazakhstan's largest airline Air Astana has signed a free flow code-share agreement with state-run airline and Star Alliance member Air India. "As a state-run airline and Star Alliance member carrier, Air India feels honoured to enter into this code-share agreement with Air Astana. This agreement has enabled Air India to reach out to the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and eastern European market," ssaid Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rohit Nandan.

Air India evaluating leasing fuel-efficient airplanes

Air IndiaNew Delhi: Aiming at taking growing competition head-on, Air India is evaluating leasing fuel- efficient airplanes like Airbus A-320 neos for itself and Boeing 737 Max for its subsidiary Air India Express over the next three to six years.

While the national carrier would be getting its 18th Boeing 787 Dreamliners in December, it has already started exploring options to lease A-320 neos (New Engine Option) aircraft into its fleet after 2017.

Airline officials said they were looking at leasing the neos by 2017 onwards.

Supreme Court raps govt over state of affairs in Air India

Air IndiaNew Delhi: With Air India grappling with financial crisis, the Supreme Court has rapped the government for giving "profitable routes" to private carriers and asked it to plan a turnaround in the national carrier saying it "faces extinction" if things continued like this.

"Why many lucrative routes have been given to private carriers," a bench comprising justices Vikramjit Sen and Kurian Joseph observed while expressing concern over Air India taking a beating against private airways, post merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.

Air India faces maximum passenger complaints

Air India faces maximum passenger complaintsNew Delhi - Air India tops the list of passenger complaints lodged against Indian airlines in July this year, followed by no-frill carrier SpiceJet, official data shows.

Most air travellers, who have lodged complaints against the airlines, complained of problems relating to delayed flights and their customer services.

While Air India topped the list with the maximum of 213 complaints, it was followed by SpiceJet with 129 and IndiGo with 92. These carriers were followed by GoAir with 81 complaints and Jet Airways 61, the data for July showed.

Air India flight with failed engine makes emergency landing in Jaipur

Air IndiaJaipur, Aug 22 - An Air India flight form Delhi to Ahmedabad had to make an emergency landing in Japiur today after its left engine stopped working.

A passenger told ANI, "We got message from the captain that the left engine has failed and the plane will land at Jaipur."

Another passenger, Vinay Chaturvedi, told ANI that the staff handled the situation badly.

Air India clears proposal to downsize number of employees union

Air IndiaNew Delhi: Air India management has cleared a proposal to downsize the number of employees' unions in the company, as per sources.

Under the proposal, Air India is set to have two unions - one each for pilots and other workers like cabin crew and ticketing staff.

Air India, which became one single entity by merging Indian Airlines, has at present around 14 unions including the unrecognised ones, representing some 25,000 employees along with its two subsidiaries.

Air India re-time flights linking Indian and European destinations

Air-IndiaSingapore: Air India (AI) has rescheduled its flights from here by linking them to those taking off from New Delhi to various destinations within the country and Europe from August 1, 2014.

"We have re-timed the flights from Singapore so passengers get on time in New Delhi for onward flights to Europe and Kathmandu," AI's Deputy General Manager-Commercial and Singapore Country Manager Nirbhik Rai Narang said today.

Apart from international connections, AI's daily flight to New Delhi links passengers to flights heading for Buddhist tourist destinations like Varanasi and Gaya, he said.

Air India targets global aviation market

Air IndiaBirmingham: Air India, a new entrant of the 27-member Star Alliance, has said that it is overhauling its systems to take the country's flag carrier to the next level of global aviation market and meet the challenges arising from the new alliance.

Pankaj Srivastava, Director - Commercial and a board member of Air India, said the carrier will pull all plugs to utilise the opportunities and face the challenges that arise from the deal with the Star Alliance. Asian Lite, a weekly ethnic newspaper,? quoted him as saying this during the celebrations to mark the first anniversary of Air India re-launching flights to? Birmingham Airport in the UK.

AI systems integration with Star Alliance: SITA completes technical requisites

Star-Alliance-Air-IndiaNew Delhi: Global aviation IT firm Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA) on Sunday said it has completed a variety of technical requisites for Air India to integrate its systems with that of Star Alliance, including those concerning ticketing, e-commerce, departure control and revenue integrity.

SITA, which earlier integrated the systems of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India after their merger, also provided its Horizon Passenger Services System (PSS) suite of solutions for Air India to seamlessly integrate with the global airlines' grouping.

Air India resumes Delhi-Moscow flight service after 15 years

Air INdiaMumbai: After a gap of 15 years, national carrier Air India has resumed air service to Moscow with the launch of non-stop daily New Delhi-Moscow flight on July 18.

Air India has deployed a B787 Dreamliner aircraft for the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi sector and offered attractive promotional fares, an official release said.

The state-run carrier had earlier planned to re-launch the service to Moscow in March.

It would serve a long-standing need of Indians settled in Russia as well as Russian locals visiting the Indian subcontinent, it said, adding that service was suspended 15 years ago due to operational reasons.

Air India flight makes emergency landing at Newark Airport following engine glitch

Air-IndiaNew York, July 15 : An Air India flight, bound for Mumbai, was forced to return to New Jersey and make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport after its engine was reported to have caught fire.

Officials earlier said that a bird could have been the reason behind the fire, but on further investigation, it was proved to be incorrect.

After take off from New Jersey, the pilot reported flames coming out of the engine from the left side of the aircraft. The plane had to return to the airport half an hour after takeoff.

AI restructured operations to Dammam since 2012: Govt

Air-IndiaNew Delhi: Air India withdrew and restructured several domestic and international flights, including those to and from Dammam, Toronto and Sharjah, since 2012 as it was not able to recover fuel and other variable costs on these routes.

Since 2012, the national carrier has restructured operations to Dammam and launched daily frequencies from Delhi which enabled the airline "to reduce its losses to a very large extent", Minister of State for Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara said in the Lok Sabha.

Air India formally becomes 27th member of Star Alliance

Air-IndiaNew Delhi: Air India on Friday formally became the 27th member of Star Alliance, opening up its domestic network in the fifth largest aviation market to the global airlines grouping's passengers the world over.

Air India would add about 400 daily flights and over 40 new destinations in India to the 27-member Alliance network of over 18,500 daily flights to 1,316 airports in 195 countries.

With Air India joining it, the Alliance's market share in India grows to 30 percent, posing a challenge especially to Gulf carriers in particular which take away a considerable number of Indian passengers to Europe and North America.

AI sending Boeing 777 plane to bring back nurses from Iraq

AI sending Boeing 777 plane to bring back nurses from IraqNew Delhi: Air India is sending a Boeing 777 aircraft to bring back 46 nurses and other Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq.

The Boeing 777 (Long Range), with a seating capacity for about 300 passengers, would shortly take off from Delhi's IGI Airport to Erbil in north Iraqi region of Kurdistan and is likely to return to Kochi on its way back, Civil Aviation Ministry officials told.

Air India to add another Dreamliner on Singapore route

Air India to add another Dreamliner on Singapore routeSingapore - Celebrating its 60th year of flying to Singapore, Air India is adding another Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' aircraft on its Singapore-Chennai-Mumbai sector from next month.

"The Indian national carrier has seen a big increase in passengers on its latest aircraft from Singapore to India," Country Manager Nirbhik Narang told PTI Friday.

"In June, we had more than 90 per cent passengers on our daily flights from Singapore to India," said Narang, underlining the increase in travellers flying by Air India.

Air India joins Star Alliance

Air-India-Star-AllianceNew Delhi, June 24 : Air India on Tuesday joined the Star Alliance, which might help the airline to increase its revenue by 4-5 percent.

Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, while announcing Air India's inclusion into Star Alliance, said that Air India will get benefit out of this association as a wider reach and access to existing facilities for the members of the world's biggest grouping of airlines would now be available to the passengers of Air India also.

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