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Air India Is Taking Their Rat Problem More Seriously...

It’s sort of scary how often we hear stories about Air India flights being diverted due to rats onboard. For example, this past Saturday an Air India Boeing 787 bound from Melbourne to Delhi was diverted to Singapore after a rat was spotted onboard. It might sound like a joke, or like something out of Samuel L Jackson’s “Snakes On A Plane” movie, but this actually h...

Unused A320 crashes during ground transport in Hyderabad

An unused Air India passenger plane that was being road-transported from the Begumpet Airport ‘crashed’ into private property in Hyderabad. No injuries were reported. Police sources revealed the Airbus A-320 was being shifted from the airport to Air India’s cadet training facility at Balanagar when the incident happened. A part of airport wall was removed to facilitate extract...

Air India pilot demands particular woman co-pilot, delays flight

As many as 110 passengers onboard an Air India aircraft were forced to sit in the plane for two and half hours on Wednesday after its commander insisted for a “particular woman” co-pilot to operate the flight. The incident happened at Air India’s flight to Male from Chennai via Thiruvananthapuram, sources said. In between, the commander also complained of high blood pressur...

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost arm Scoot to launch flights to India soon

Scoot plans to operate from Chennai, Amritsar and Jaipur as part of its India entry plan. Scoot Pte. Ltd, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA), is all set to land soon in three Indian cities including Chennai, making it the fourth carrier from the Southeast Asian nation to operate to the world’s fastest growing aviation market. An announcement in this regard is likely to be...

India reevaluates why it’s keeping pregnant pilots grounded

A few years ago a passenger on an Indian budget carrier caused an uproar on learning that the captain was a woman. “I don’t want to die. She can’t take care of the house, how will she take care of a plane?” he reportedly yelled. Rightfully, he was deplaned. While his knuckle-dragging tribe may have decreased trivially since then, one wonders what the pas...

India in desperate need for bigger, better airports

Severe capacity constraint and lack of infrastructure could come in the way India’s dream aviation story, warn airlines. The result, airline sources say, would be higher fares as they can operate only limited flights to important airports during the morning and evening peak hours. Key metro airports have no peak hour slots left while infrastructure constraints have resulted in limited...

Tata Sons invokes Air India, seeks fair play from rivals

Tata Sons Ltd on Tuesday said the group also had to face unfair hurdles in the aviation space in the past and sought fair play for its new airlines. Tata Sons’ Vistara and AirAsia airlines are asking the government to relax rules that would allow them to fly on international routes. Older airlines IndiGo, Jet Airways, GoAir and SpiceJet are lobbying to prevent a rule relaxation. Existi...

Airbus helps startups enter the aerospace sector

Four startups have been selected to be part of the aircraft manufacturer's business accelerator, in Bengaluru. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is helping startups enter the aerospace ecosystem through its business accelerator Airbus BizLab, which has offices in Toulouse in France, Hamburg in Germany, and Bengaluru in India.  The Bengaluru office, which opened in November 2015,...

Air India flight makes emergency landing at Mumbai airport after engine emits smoke

A Hyderabad-bound Air India flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after smoke was detected in the undercarriage, according to IBN Live. All 120 passengers on board were evacuated immediately and the main runway of the airport closed. Airport officials said around 7.30 am, when the flight was preparing to land, smoke was detected and it made a...

Air India to add 20 planes to its fleet

The 20 planes will include a Boeing 787, six Boeing 737s for Air India Express and 13 ATR aircraft to improve regional connectivity. Air India Ltd will add 20 planes to its feet in the coming fiscal year to expand its international and regional footprint, a spokesperson said on Monday. The airline, together with its subsidiaries, has a fleet of 135 aircraft—the largest in India. The...

Call about bomb on Delhi-Kathmandu Jet Airways flight was a hoax

Nearly 170 people onboard a Jet Airways flight from Delhi had to be evacuated at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Sunday after authorities received a threat about a bomb on the plane, briefly halting flight operations. An unidentified person made a call to the airport authorities saying that explosives have been planted onboard the Jet Airways Flight 260 that took off...

Brussels aftermath: Passengers in India asked to take off footwear, belts

 Amid a heightened alert in the wake of Brussels terror attacks, security agencies have stepped up vigil at sensitive airports in the country with passengers being made to take off their footwear and belts and go through detailed frisking. At major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad, CISF and local police have shored up security apparatus and...