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Indian air force adds home-grown fighter jets to fleet

India's air force added its first domestically developed light fighter aircraft to its fleet on Friday, as it phases out ageing Russian jets dubbed "Flying Coffins". The bellow of conch shells and crack of breaking coconuts -- auspicious Hindu rituals -- sounded as the two Tejas jets were handed over to the Indian Air Force in the southern city of Bangalore. The combat aircraft...

Global Jet Capital: strong economic growth in India will fuel business aviation market

Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range business jets, expects demand for business aviation in India to increase as a result of the country’s strong economic growth.  Simon Davies, Vice President, Sales – India at Global Jet Capital is currently in India meeting prospective clients who are looking for finance to support potential acquis...

Regional connectivity scheme: Govt plans to levy departures on trunk routes

The government plans to impose a levy of Rs 7,000-8,000 per domestic departure flight on all trunk routes to subsidise airfare on operations to unconnected cities, Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. This levy is estimated to generate Rs 500 crore annually to be used to fund the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), under which airlines will offer services at an all inclusive airf...

Vistara celebrates crossing two million customer mark

Vistara, India’s fastest growing full service carrier, today crosses the milestone of flying 2million happy customers. Having the lineage of great brands – Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara has swiftly gained one million customers in less than six months with addition of just two aircraft to its fleet. The airline with its focus on providing a personalized and seamless flying e...

Air Medical Group Holdings to Launch Dedicated Helicopter EMS Venture in India

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture will primarily be run by Avia...

Passengers made to wait for 5 hours inside Air India flight due to technical snag

Around 200 passengers travelling to Bangkok on an Air India flight spent more than five hours inside the aircraft owing to a last minute snag that could not be corrected due to dearth of technicians. The flight was scheduled for take-off at 1:30 am on Saturday but the snag made it immobile till early morning. Around 5 am on Saturday when passengers became restless, the airline crew allowed t...

DGCA sacks flight safety chief of Air Pegasus, suspends 5 pilots

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sacked the flight safety chief of Air Pegasus from his post and suspended five pilots after a safety audit of the Bangalore-based regional carrier revealed serious safety violations. The airline has been warned of strict action in case of any future violations, the regulator said. The DGCA safety audit, first reported by HT on May 13, thre...

India launches mini shuttle in race to replace NASA spacecraft

India launched a mini unmanned space shuttle on Monday to test the viability of reusable spacecraft. The shuttle will head 43 miles into the atmosphere before dropping down into the sea, the BBC reports. It is not expected to survive in one piece, but will collect data on hypersonic speed and autonomous landing. India has been investing significant rupees in space missions in recent years, l...

SpiceJet flight nearly takes off without 40 passengers, then returns to pick them up

A flight operated by budget airline SpiceJet from Kochi to Mumbai nearly took off without 40 passengers, who were still travelling in a coach from the boarding gate to the aircraft. After the pilots realised what had happened, the plane returned to pick up the stranded passengers. As a result of the ensuing confusion, the flight was delayed by over 75 minutes. The passengers were travellin...

Lufthansa flight LH764: Plane's tyres dissolve on landing in Mumbai

More than 160 passengers on a Lufthansa Airbus have escaped injury after four tyres blew out during an emergency landing in Mumbai, India. The flight from Munich, Germany, touched down at 10.50pm on Friday (local time), reportedly 30 minutes earlier after the pilot declared an emergency due to a landing gear issue.  It's not clear what caused flight LH764's emergency, or what th...

Air India posts profit first time in decade, but still not out of woods

Air India has reported a modest operational profit for the first time in a decade, two years ahead of the target as per its turnaround plan. This is significant since any profit, even if it is at the operational level, has been generated for the first time since the erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines merged to create the present behemoth. Lower fuel prices coupled with improved operational...

5/20 rule ‘anarchic’, trying to change it: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

The rule entails that an airline can fly to international destinations only if it has served within the country for five years and has a 20-aircraft fleet. Terming the 5/20 rule which allows Indian carriers to fly abroad as “anarchic”, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said he was trying to change it so that new airlines can connect with foreign destinations....