Vistara in talks with Boeing to defer deliveries of Dreamliner planes

NEW DELHI: Tata-SIA-owned Vistara is in talks with the US aircraft maker Boeing to defer the deliveries of 787-900 (Dreamliner) planes as air travel demand is unlikely to rebound to the pre-Covid level before 2023, a source has said. The airline inducted one such plane in the fleet in February and one is expected to […]

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Bombay High Court permits airlines to allow passengers on middle seats

NEW DELHI: The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted all flight operators to allow passengers to occupy middle seats in flights, but said they should strictly comply with guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and S […]

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Andhra Pradesh government signs Bhogapuram airport deal with GMR

AMRAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government and GMR group have signed an agreement to build an international airport at Bhogapuram in the state. The greenfield airport project to come up at Bhogapuram near Visakhapatnam, is being developed as a crucial gateway to the northern part of Andhra Pradesh. The agreement was inked on Friday in the […]

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Face masks, health checks and long check-ins: the future of flying

Cabin crew in protective suits, health certifications for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. This is the new reality of mass air travel. As people dream of taking to the skies once more, they face the prospect that changes to curb the spread of coronavirus will be even more challenging than those brought […]

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Lufthansa offers to fly empty planes to India, carry fliers to Europe

Lufthansa group has offered to fly empty planes to India and carry passengers only on its outbound flights to destinations in Europe, senior government officials said on Tuesday. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, there is a pent up demand for outbound international […]

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Air India likely to get 2 custom-made B777 planes for VVIP travel by September

NEW DELHI: Two custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top Indian dignitaries, are likely to be delivered by Boeing to Air India by September, senior officials said on Monday. In October last year, government officials had said that the delivery of these two planes, which are […]

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Britain starts mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals

Britain introduced a two-week quarantine on Monday for most people arriving from abroad to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus, sparking condemnation from the ailing aviation sector, which claims it could cost tens of thousands of jobs. British residents and overseas visitors will have to comply with the 14-day self-isolation rules or face […]

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China de-escalates airline spat with USA

China said Thursday foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country over virus fears would be allowed to resume limited flights, apparently de-escalating a row with Washington following US plans to ban Chinese carriers. Beijing’s announcement comes as tensions between the world’s two superpowers are sent soaring by a series of issues including Donald Trump’s […]

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‘Keep middle seats vacant or provide wrap-around gowns’: DGCA tells Airlines

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to allot seats in flights in such a manner that middle seats are kept vacant to the extent possible. However, if a flyer has been allotted the middle seat due to a high passenger load “then additional protective equipment like wrap-around gown […]

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