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Air India to dock salaries of pilots refusing to fly at 11th hour

National carrier Air India (AI) has decided to dock salaries of pilots who pull out of flights for which they are rostered for at the eleventh hour. According to the new pay structure cleared by the government, if a pilot refuses to operate a flight, which he has been rostered for, he would be liable for reduction of double flight hours from his flying allowance. The new pay structure, as fi...

ExecuJet Set to Enter Indian Market

ExecuJet Aviation Group is set to expand into the Indian market for the first time, following a successful tender bid for new fixed-based operation (FBO) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India. Together with its Indian partner, The Bird Group, ExecuJet has been awarded one of a limited number of licences to develop, const...

Medical emergency diverts Air France flight to Lahore

The flight has, however, now returned to Delhi from Lahore as the flight duty time limitation of the crew came into effect, and the aircraft would depart for its destination tomorrow morning, airport sources said. An Air France' Paris-bound flight carrying 374 passengers was diverted to Lahore shortly after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here this morning due to a m...

Record profit for India’s Jet Airways

Jet Airways on Saturday posted a record quarterly profit for the three months to the end of December thanks to low fuel prices and high passenger numbers, helped by the success of its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways. The airline declared a net profit of 4.67 billion rupees (Dh252.7 million) for the period, which marked its third consecutive profitable quarter and compares to a profit...

Shah Rukh Khan wants to buy a private plane but cannot!

He is one of the highest-paid actors of Bollywood, but there are things that even Shah Rukh Khan can’t buy. SRK says he aspires to buy a plane, but is running low on funds as he has used them up to make films. “I want to buy a plane but I don’t have money. I put all my money in my films. I would really like to travel in a private plane because I can do a lot more work. One d...

Russian Helicopters delivers 151 helicopters to India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered the final batch of helicopters to India under a previously signed agreement.  India received 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters through  Rosoboronexport.  “India is one of the key markets for Russian helicopter building industry and the largest operator of Russian-mad...

India To Replace MiG Fleet With 106 Upgraded Tejas Jets

The Indian Ministry of Defense has decided to replace the aging MiG fighter fleet of the Air Force with 106 upgraded indigenous Tejas jets. The new upgraded Tejas Mark 1-A would be a 1000 kg lighter than existing version which is 6500 kg along with 43 other improvements, Tribune news daily reported Monday. A decision has been taken to produce 106 “Tejas Mark 1-A” jets and th...

Hyderabad: 70 fliers offloaded from flight for ‘unruly behaviour’

At least 70 passengers were offloaded from a Raipur-bound Indigo flight at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Friday night due to “unruly behaviour”, following which the passengers lodged a complaint with airport police alleging that they were harassed by the staff. The incident took place between 8.30pm and 9.00pm. The passengers, who as a group were travelling to R...

Indian passenger plane with 150 people on board makes emergency landing over bomb threat

An Indian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing after authorities received a telephone call saying there was a bomb planted on board.  The GoAir plane, carrying 150 passengers, was en route from the eastern city of Bhubaneshwar to Mumbai when the call was received, and the aircraft landed in the western city of Nagpur. The passengers were offloaded and airport security...

SpiceJet posts highest ever quarterly net profit at INR. 238 crore

SpiceJet today reported a net profit of INR 238.40 crore for Q3 FY16, an improvement of INR 513.42 crore over the net loss of INR 275.03 crore for the same quarter last year. This is the highest quarterly net profit the airline has reported in its history. SpiceJet has reported an operational revenue of INR 1,459.95 crore in the quarter demonstrating a growt...

Troubled aviation needs a policy push

The Indian aviation sector, the tenth largest in the world, is looking even more curious.  About 70 million domestic tickets are estimated to be sold in 2014-15 and the Centre has an ambitious aim to enable 300 million domestic ticketing by 2022 and 500 million by 2027; similarly, international ticketing is expected to touch 200 million by 2027. In contrast, our neighbouring giant, China, add...

Aviation Minister asks States to rationalise tax on jet fuel

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday asked the State governments, including Tamil Nadu, to rationalise taxes on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) so as to energise the aviation industry. Stating that he had written letters to the Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories on slashing the Value Added Tax on ATF, he said that jet fuel accounted for most part of operat...