Pawan Hans’s first UDAN-RCS service launched in Uttarakhand

NEW DELHI: About 274 UDAN routes have been operationalized so far connecting 45 airports and 3 heliports since the launch of the first UDAN flight in April 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla to Delhi, said  Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Civil Aviation. Flagging off the first helicopter service by Pawan Hans in […]

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5 Rafale jets arrive in India in a boost to IAF’s combat capability

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday received its first batch of new multirole combat fighter aircraft in nearly two decades with the arrival of five Rafale jets, giving the country’s air power a strategic edge in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh. The aircraft, having an undisputed track record and […]

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Five Indian Air Force Rafale to ferry to India from Dassault Aviation Mérignac facility

NEW DELHI: Today, five Indian Air Force Rafale operated by Indian Air Force pilots took off from Dassault Aviation Mérignac facility to ferry to Ambala Air Force Station for entering service in N°17 Squadron “Golden Arrows”. After a complete training of Indian pilots and technicians by Dassault Aviation, with the French Air Force participation, the […]

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SpiceJet to operate flights on India-UK routes

NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has been designated as “Indian scheduled carrier” to operate flight services to the UK from India, the Gurugram-based no-frills airline said in a regulatory filing on Friday. On Thursday, the airline was allowed to fly on India-US routes by the governments of the two countries under the bilateral air services pact. “We would […]

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Vistara receives its first A321neo aircraft with flat-bed business class

NEW DELHI: Vistara, a joint venture between TATA group and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft in New Delhi today. The aircraft, arriving from Airbus’ final assembly lines in Hamburg, Germany, features India’s most advanced aircraft cabin in the sky with fully flat beds in business class. Overall, Vistara’s […]

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European airlines seek freedom from airport slots

PARIS: The main association of European airlines called Wednesday on the EU to extend the suspension of its “use-it-or-lose-it” rules governing slots at airports through the slow winter season, saying the return of demand is uncertain. In March, the EU formally shelved until October 24 the requirement that airlines use 80 per cent of their […]

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Airports Authority of India to procure 198 body scanners for 63 airports

By Deepak Patel NEW DELHI: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to procure 198 body scanners for 63 airports and these will replace existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners, besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, officials said. The process to procure the body scanners started earlier this year […]

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Air India LWP scheme: Cost-cutting has to be done

NEW DELHI: Equity infusion of Rs 500-600 crore every year is not sustainable and cost-cutting in Air India is necessary, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday, justifying the national carrier’s decision to send certain employees on leave without pay for up to five years. The minister’s remarks came after TMC MP Derek […]

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