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AI 173: World’s longest all-women operated flight is ready for take off

With International Women’s Day round the corner, India’s national carrier airline, Air India, is all set to make history. Celebrating the power of women, the flight AI 173 that’ll take the non-stop Delhi-San Francisco route will set a record for being the world’s longest all-women operated and supported flight. The flight that departs from New Delhi on March 6 at 0235 hrs w...

Jet Airways plane’s landing gear collapses, close shave for passengers

As many as 127 passengers on board a Jet Airways plane from New Delhi had a close shave after its main landing gear collapsed when it landed in Mumbai. All the passengers deplaned safely, Jet Airways said in a statement on Thursday. The incident resulted in the blocking of the main runway, forcing Mumbai authorities to shift flight operations to the secondary runway, sources said. Jet Air...

Indian plane takes off without tyre but lands safely

A plane operated by low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet lost a tyre while taking off from Bengaluru on Tuesday, but managed to land safely at its scheduled destination, Kolkata. The airplane had 211 passengers on board, including seven crew members. Ground staff at the Bengaluru airport saw the remains of the burst tyre after takeoff at 8.30 p.m. They alerted the air traffic control, which in turn...

IndiGo to take delivery of 24 Airbus A320neo aircraft by March 2017

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, on Monday said airplane manufacturer Airbus SAS has confirmed that beginning with March 2016, it will deliver 24 fuel efficient A320neo aircraft by March 2017, as compared to the original plan to deliver 26 A320neos. In December, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd that runs IndiGo had said that the delivery of the first fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo h...

Where is Indian aviation headed?

The air traffic system in India is not immune to severe shocks—such as the one in 2010—during which traffic figures plummet and wreak havoc on the industry. The wave of airline mergers, which had occurred only a few years before and was actively encouraged by the ministry of civil aviation, did not prove conducive to making India’s airlines more resilient or competitive. Kingf...

Indian carriers wary on plans to liberalise and auction bilat­eral flying rights

Indian airlines are fiercely debating proposed policy changes which they fear could result in Arabian Gulf carriers being given an unfair advantage to expand in the country. The areas of India’s draft ­civil aviation policy which have raised concerns include plans to liberalise and auction bilat­eral flying rights and raise the cap on foreign direct investment in Indian carriers,...

Jet Airways signs codeshare agreement with Korean Air

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has entered into a codeshare agreement and a reciprocal frequent flyer programme partnership with Korean Air, the largest airline in South Korea. Guests travelling on both Jet Airways and Korean Air will be able to connect from multiple points in India to Seoul over various gateway points in Asia. Under the codeshare arrangement, Jet Air...

DGCA red flags varying flight times on same route

How can airlines flying on the same route with the same type of aircraft have varying flight durations? The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has called a meeting of domestic airlines to standardise the block hours — the actual flying time on important routes. “How can an airline have a inflated block time of two hours twenty minutes on a sector when another airline ha...

Centre hints at possibility of exit from Air India, hospital sector

The NDA government on Saturday indicated the possibility of its exit from Air India and from the hospital sector, a month after a committee of secretaries recommended that it start planning to get out of air services. “In times to come, the DoPT will chalk out a possible plan for exit of government sectors from hospitals, air services, etc, and a sunset clause will be attached to every ne...

When It Comes To India's New Civil Aviation Policy, Less Would Definitely Be More

If local media reports are to be believed, India’s government is inching closer to the final draft of its civil aviation policy – a wide-ranging rulebook that will map out the regulatory landscape for the country’s airlines. We’ve been here before, of course. Government officials had pledged to unveil the document last September – culminating more than a year of st...

India Promotes Gagan SBAS use to airlines, GA

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking at an incentive-based scheme to attract commercial airlines and general aviation companies to adopt India’s “GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation” (Gagan)–which is equivalent to Europe’s EGNOS and the U.S. WAAS system, but for the Indian subcontinent. As such, Gagan will be the firs...

Air India flies grounded plane out of Sharjah

Air India pilots flew back to India a plane grounded by authorities at Sharjah airport, prompting the national carrier to bar a senior captain from operating international flights for violating regulations. The incident drew a sharp response from UAE’s general civil aviation authority (GCAA), which threatened to ban the aircraft from entering the country’s airspace. The carrier late...