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Air India Airbus A320 Loses One Engine While Landing

Air India's twin troubles with its almost 25-year-old Airbus A320s and aircraft engines show no signs on ebbing. A 26-year-old AI Airbus A320 reportedly had an engine failure while flying on the Varanasi-Delhi sector on Thursday evening. The pilot got a stall warning from an engine just as he was about to begin descending for landing. He switched off the engine, declared an emerge...

Mumbai Airport on High Alert After Bomb Threat

The Mumbai airport received a threat call on Monday night following which security was stepped up. "Around 11:30 p.m., a unknown person called a landline number of the airport and spoke to an airport staffer. He said he was near Andheri railway station when he heard five people talking about attack at Mumbai airport and hotel Taj with explosive laden 16 hired vehicles," said...

Air India to Start Direct Flight of Delhi-San Francisco from Dec. 2

Air India on Sunday announced it would connect Delhi to Silicon Valley hub San Francisco with a non-stop Boeing 777-200LR flight from December 2. This will be the first non-stop flight to operate on the route. San Francisco will become Air India's fourth destination in the United States. It operates daily non-stop flights to New York, Newark and Chicago. "It is a big move by Air India,...

Air India Dreamliner Grounded for 9 Months, with 400 Parts Missing

Air India has kept an aircraft from its prized Dreamliner fleet grounded since January of this year. According to reports in The Times Of India, the Air India Dreamliner (VT-AND) has been "stripped of parts to keep the other Boeing 787s flying." The aircraft that costs around Rs 1,400 crore has been grounded as it has around 400 parts missing. There have been problems rel...

Cabinet Clears Proposal to Buy Military Helicopters from Boeing

India will buy military helicopters from the US costing about $3 billion after the cabinet committee on security (CCS) cleared the plan on Tuesday. The proposal to buy Boeing Co.-manufactured 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters comes days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. The deal has been under negotiations for past couple of years, said a senio...

Govt to do away with 5/20 aviation rule that restricts airlines to fly abroad

Government is likely to do away with the 5/20 aviation rule that restricts airlines to fly abroad before it has flown domestic flight paths for five years and has a fleet of 20 aircraft, an ET report has said. Official known to the matter, has said that scrapping of 5/20 rule is final, however, some consultation is still needed.  As per these norms, an air carrier cannot fly o...

Airlines Fly High on Low Fuel Prices, Travel Growth

There is some oxygen for the choking Indian airline industry. Two positive factors -- domestic air travel growing at almost 30% and sharp fall in jet fuel prices -- are bringing the industry back from the brink, at a time when some players were staring at emergency exits. India's only profitable airline IndiGo reported on Thursday its highest ever net profit of Rs 1,304 crore for...