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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...

Boeing, Airbus Eye Opportunity in India

Boeing Co and Airbus remain confident about strong demand from Indian Airlines, which is expected to order 1,740 jets in the next two decades. Both of the companies believe that increased demand from the world’s fastest-growing aviation market is likely to offset the overall decline in sales. By the end of fiscal year 2034, India is expected to place orders worth $240 billion. Improved ai...

A320neo makes air show debut in India

The Airbus A320neo has made its air show debut at the India Aviation event in Hyderabad. The aircraft, bearing registration VT-ITC, is the first of the type to enter the Indian low-cost carrier’s fleet. It will appear on static display at the show. The aircraft is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines and was originally delivered to the airline on 11 March, making...

Vijay Mallya's personal Airbus jet to be auctioned to recover government’s dues

The long list of assets owned by Vijay Mallya, who has been in news constantly since the past few days for fleeing away from the country even though he owes state-run banks some 9000 crore rupees, has not been able to avoid the Indian government's hawk eyes. Apparently, the government is all set to auction off Vijay Mallya's assets, which include his personal Airbus ACJ 319, so that his...

Airbus says FDI rules undermine Indian drive to build defence hub

Government rules restricting foreign ownership in the Indian defence sector to 49 percent are undermining New Delhi's drive to lure greater investment in manufacturing, a senior executive at European conglomerate Airbus Group said on Monday. Pierre de Bausset, president of Airbus Group India, said his company needed to own a majority share in joint ventures to justify more investment and th...

Why is nobody talking about Air India's losses worth Rs 30k cr: Mohandas Pai

Amidst a row over beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya leaving India in the middle of a massive loan default probe, former top official of Infosys, T V Mohandas Pai has sought to know why questions are not being raised about the massive losses of Air India, and called for a system for recovery or settlement of loans. "Air India has lost about Rs 30,000 crore. Why don't you hold the peo...