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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...

62 pilots grounded in 6 months for violating air safety norms

Civil aviation regulator DGCA suspended 62 pilots in the last six months for safety violations, up 30% from the corresponding period last year, an RTI query by HT has found. The Director General of Civil Aviation took action against 93 pilots in 2015 — an average monthly suspension rate of less than eight. This has gone up to 10 in 2016. Suspensions can last 15 days or go up to several ye...

JET AIRWAYS TO OFFER TAILOR-MADE FARE OPTIONS UNDER ‘FARE CHOICES’

Jet Airways, India’s premiere international airline, will introduce a new flexible fare structure allowing guests more choice and freedom when booking flights. The new fare structure, named 'Fare Choices' will be introduced effective August 17, 2016, and will provide significant benefits to guests.  Jet Airways joins a select group of airlines worldwide offering a branded...

Rostec: India will continue buying airfrafts from Russia

T-90 tanks, Su-30MKI fighters, Ka-226 helicopters, the C-400 Triumph air defense systems are set to consolidate the military and technical cooperation between Russia and India, according to Izvestiya. Victor Kladov, Director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Rostec State Corporation, told Izvestiya that Deli intends to strengthen its combat readiness through the procurement of...

Boeing revises India aircraft forecast to 1,850 new jets over 20 years

Boeing Co said on Tuesday it expects Indian airlines to order 1,850 new aircraft worth $265 billion over the next 20 years, up from an earlier forecast, thanks to the new aviation rules that the manufacturer said will boost demand. In March, the company had forecasted that demand from India would add up to orders for 1,740 planes over 20 years. "India continues to have a strong commerci...

Jet Airways to operate Boeing 777 aircraft on Mumbai-Singapore route

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will deploy the Boeing 777-300 ER, the largest aircraft in its fleet, on the Mumbai-Singapore route resulting in a 50% capacity increase on this key sector. With effect from August 6, 2016, the Jet Airways flight 9W 12 from Mumbai to Singapore and the return flight 9W 10 from Singapore to Mumbai will operate on a Boeing 777-300 ER aircra...

Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Bell Helicopter to collaborate on India aviation modernisation initiative

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defense modernization initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’. Under this agreement TASL and Bell Helicopter will join forces to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary wing...

Safran and HAL to form JV in India to support Indian helicopter operators

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have agreed to establish, in India, a support centre for national and international rotorcraft customers. The joint venture will be opened in the coming months. This new centre will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters. This scope would...