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Vistara completes two glorious years of redefining air travel in India

- Vistara’s weekly frequencies grew by more than 50% over one year - Vistara increases frequency to Pune on its 2nd anniversary - Vistara enables a ‘Flight of Fantasy’ for less-privileged children on its 2nd anniversary - Celebrates with customers onboard with special desserts Vistara, India’s newest and fastest growing full service airline that carries the legacy of...

Robot flying ambulance makes first solo flight

An autonomous flying ambulance has successfully completed its first solo test flight, offering a potential solution for challenging search and rescue missions. Completing such missions in rough terrain or combat zones can be tricky, with helicopters currently offering the best transportation option in most cases. However, these vehicles need clear areas to land, and in the case of war zones, helic...

India to buy rescue aircraft from Japan for $1.5-$1.6 billion

India's Defence Ministry will agree on Monday to purchase 12 amphibious rescue aircraft from Japanese manufacturer ShinMaywa Industries worth $1.5 billion-$1.6 billion, the Nikkei news paper reported on Sunday. Japan and India have been holding talks on the purchase for more than two years. It would one of Japan's first sales of military equipment since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe li...

India offers to buy 200 foreign combat jets - if they're Made-in-India

India is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers - as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, air force officials say. A deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India - which the air force says could rise to 300 as it fully phases out aging Soviet-era aircraft - could be worth anything from $13-$15 billion, experts say, potentially one of...

New HE-MRO centre will support Indian helicopter operators

The Indian Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO), a Joint Venture of Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), yesterday in Goa, southwest India. This Joint Venture will support helicopter engines operated by national and international operators from a 1,000 sqm office and a 3,800 sqm shop facility. This new centre will provide mainte...

Radioactive leak at Delhi airport triggers alarm

A minor radioactive leak from a cargo found at the international airport in New Delhi on Sunday (9 October) triggered an alarm. Indian officials have ruled out any danger from the material declaring the leaked occurred from cancer medicines following a brief chaos. The low-intensity leak came from a medical consignment transported by an Air France plane at the Indira Gandhi International Airpor...

Finally, search begins for a fighter to replace MiG-21s

The aircraft, to be manufactured in India, will replace the large number of ageing Mig-21s Within days of signing the deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, the Defence Ministry has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to global aircraft manufacturers, formally starting the process to select yet another fighter to be built in India under technology transfer. Sources told The...

Pilots banned from taking photos

India's air safety regulator has banned pilots from taking photographs when they are on duty. The move comes five months after Hindustan Times (HT) reported a first-of-its-kind complaint against six pilots working with a private airline, for taking selfies on board. HT had reported on April 28 that at least six pilots were investigated for taking selfies with fam...

India to invest over $300 mln in logistics center for Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter parts

India intends to invest more than 20 billion rupees ($300 million) in the creation with Russia’s assistance of a logistics center of spare parts for Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters at the facilities of India’s state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a source in the Indian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday. "To date, the main problem in the operation...

Employees of Ground Handler Firm Threaten Fast-unto-Death

At least 1,800 employees of Cambata Aviation Private Limited (CAPL), the country’s oldest private ground handler, have threatened a fast-unto-death on Monday at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai, demanding payment of pending salaries and policy clearance. This comes after the workers were almost rendered jobless, following the lack of business with the company....

Air India successfully introduces Ahmedabad to Newark via London flight

Air India commenced the first ever flight between Ahmedabad to Newark via London. The Flight AI 171 took off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport 22.08.16 at 05:00 hrs. The flight is receiving immense response from the passengers and not only the inaugural flight but all bookings till September,16 are sold out. The first passenger to check in was handed the boarding pass by Chief...

Profit up at Etihad Indian partner Jet

India airline Jet Airways, a member of the Etihad Airways partnership, reported a surge in operating profit in the first quarter of the 2016-17 financial year, but warned intense competition in the air travel market would continue into the second half. The operating profit leapt by 124 per cent to US$33 million in the three months to June end for India’s second-largest carrier, boosted by...