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ISRO to Test Reusable Launch Vehicle for Future Space Missions

India is set to flight test, in June, a home-grown reusable launch vehicle to demonstrate its capability to re-enter atmosphere and return to earth for more space missions, a top official said on Saturday. "The winged vehicle, in the shape of an aircraft, is on way to Sriharikota for the maiden flight test in June from our spaceport there," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ch...

No provisions in contract for compensation mount AI’s Dreamliner woes

Facing frequent technical problems in its Dreamliner fleet, the absence of contractual provisions is hindering Air India’s efforts to get financial compensation from aircraft-maker Boeing. National carrier Air India, which is working to turnaround its fortunes, has been grappling with technical glitches with the “game-changer” Dreamliner aircraft since their induction in the f...

Singapore Airlines to fly Scoot into India soon

Scoot, the low-cost, medium-haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, which operates an all-787 Dreamliner fleet, is set to launch operations to India beginning May. Scoot will start operating to Chennai and Amritsar from Singapore on May 24, and begin services to Jaipur on October 2. “Scoot is excited to bring our proposition of value travel and service with Scootitude to gu...

Rafale deal far from over?

The $8.8-billion Rafale deal has not yet been finalised, but is at an ‘advanced stage’, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday, adding that “the intention was to close it quite soon”. The BJP had on Wednesday tweeted a graphic, saying that the Rafale combat aircraft deal has been “finalised” and the Narendra Modi government had saved over `21,000...

Passengers forced to stay overnight inside plane at Indian airport

Passengers on a SpiceJet flight were forced to spend an entire night stuck in the airplane while it sat on the tarmac of an airport in Nagpur, India. According to the Times of India, SpiceJet Flight SG487 from Mumbai to Kolkata was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday night at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur due to a technical issue. Unfortunately for passengers,...

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...