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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...

Jet Airways to operate three recovery flights to fly passengers in Brussels

Jet Airways will operate three recovery flights from Amsterdam to Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto on Thursday to fly the passengers stranded in Brussels following a series of explosions that rocked the airport and metro station in the Belgian capital on Tuesday. An airline spokesperson said the first recovery flight, 9W 227, will depart from Amsterdam for Mumbai at 1400 hrs (local time) while the one...

Helo EMS Set To Take Off In India with New Policy

Long overlooked, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in India will get a boost through a civil aviation requirement to be issued by the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in mid-April. This is the first time separate regulations are being set for the HEMS industry in India. Issues to be addressed include eliminating the requirement for HEMS...

Bizjet Broker Sees Opportunities in India

Despite policies that have deterred the growth of business aviation in India, aircraft broker ArcosJet remains optimistic about the opportunities for the industry. After notable growth between 2003 and 2008 boosted the fleet in India to about 140 aircraft, an import tax that was introduced in 2007, poor infrastructure and bureaucracy “stopped Indian business aviation in its tracks,” Ar...

Mumbai-Delhi flight turns back after mid-air snag

A Delhi-bound SpiceJet Airlines flight that took off from Mumbai on Saturday morning was forced to turn back after the pilots detected a snag mid-air. While the airline said that the crew handled the mid-air emergency according to procedures, some passengers alleged that poor handling led to panic and chaos on board. According to passengers a scary sound resonated inside the flight soon afte...

Tata Group needs a new cash cow but has to trim the fat

India’s Tata Group badly needs to find a new cash machine. The aviation-to-autos and salt-to-steel conglomerate’s existing ATM is Tata Consultancy Services, the nation’s largest software exporter. The code-writing com­pany rakes in more than 180 billion rupees (Dh9.83bn) of annual free cash flow, which more than compensates for the 80bn rupees of cash drain from the group&rsq...

Air India future A320neo operator

Airbus is delighted to further its long relationship with Air India and to welcome them as a future A320neo operator from 2017. Air India and Alafco have signed a lease agreement for operating lease of 14 A320neo aircraft at the Hyderabad airshow in India. With this agreement Air India will benefit from A320neo’s 15 per cent fuel burn reduction, reduced noise and environmental footprint,...

World’s fastest emerging economy requires over 1600 new aircraft

India’s preference for Airbus aircraft was further consolidated in 2015 with 250 new firm orders, lifting market share of orders and the in-service fleet to over 70 per cent. Today some 56 per cent of India’s in service fleet are Airbus aircraft operated by most leading Indian carriers. This includes India’s first A320neo, the first to be delivered in the Asia region. Air traf...