Government plans hiring professionals for Air India top positions through global search

NEW DELHI: The government of India plans to rope in professionals for top positions at Air India through a global search process, as part of efforts to revive the national carrier, according to Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. With the proposed strategic stake sale of the Air India failing to take off in May this […]

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Fake e-ticket cases at airports in 2018 highest in four years

NEW DELHI: Incidents of fake e-tickets usage to gain illegal entry into Indian airports were highest in 2018 in past four years, prompting security agencies to moot biometric or barcode-based access system for passengers. While security officials ruled out any terror-like or extreme sabotage threat in these recorded incidents, they expressed concern over the potential […]

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IndiGo gets its first longer range A321neo plane

MUMBAI: Budget carrier IndiGo has become the first domestic airline to have longer range Airbus A321neo plane in its fleet with the first aircraft arriving on Saturday morning in New Delhi from the European aviation major Airbus’ Hamburg facility in Germany, an airline source said. The maiden A321neo (new engine option), VT-IUA, landed at 9.06 […]

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Jet Airways in talks with SBI for Rs 1,500 crore loan

NEW DELHI: Loss-making carrier Jet Airways is in discussions with the State Bank of India for raising Rs 1,500 crore short-term loan to meet its working capital requirement and some payment obligations, a source said. Jet Airways strategic partner and Middle-east carrier Etihad, which holds 24 % stake in the Indian full service carrier, is […]

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Traffic soared on low fares as airlines bled on high fuel prices

NEW DELHI: Even as strong headwinds — soaring jet fuel prices and low yields — induced financial turbulence, the country’s civil aviation sector maintained robust traffic growth rate during 2018. The double-whammy of high fuel cost and low fares necessitated by extreme competition magnified as the rupee depreciated and interest-rates remained high. On an average, […]

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Multiple warnings, ATC help avert mid-air collision of three planes

NEW DELHI:In a rare incident, three planes of three foreign airlines, carrying hundreds of passengers, came perilously close in the Delhi flight information region and collisions were averted after multiple auto generated warnings and intervention from ATC, an official said on Friday. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started a probe into the incident, […]

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In-flight announcements in local language may be done ‘to extent feasible’: DGCA

NEW DELHI: Indian aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday issued an advisory stating that airlines may consider using local language for in-flight announcements “to extent feasible”. Moreover, in order to enhance awareness about the cultural heritage of India, pilots can make in-flight announcements about important monuments or sites enroute the flight, […]

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Another IndiGo A320 neo plane suffers mid-air Pratt Whitney engine shutdown

NEW DELHI: IndiGo has grounded an A320 neo aircraft after mid-air shut down of a  Pratt & Whitney engine this week, a source said Thursday. The plane, which was flying from Port Blair to Kolkata, returned to Port Blair and made an emergency landing. The incident happened on December 23, the source added. The no-frills […]

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Kerala government can bid for Thiruvananthapuram airport: Jayant Sinha

NEW DELHI: The Kerala government can bid for operating and managing the Thiruvananthapuram airport at the time of leasing out the aerodrome, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Thursday. The Centre’s decision to lease out the Thiruvananthapuram airport on public private partnership basis has been opposed by the Kerala government. In November, the central government […]

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Government has prepared revival plan for Air India

NEW DELHI: The government of India has prepared a revival plan for Air India that provides for a comprehensive financial package, differentiated strategies for each of the airline’s core businesses and robust organisational reforms, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said on Thursday. Various initiatives to turnaround Air India, which is staying afloat […]

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