Category Archives: Aviation

  • Foreign airlines will be first to offer in-flight connectivity

    Posted on May 2, 2018 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    Foreign carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are soon likely to offer mobile connectivity on board flights in Indian airspace after the government’s go-ahead. But local airlines may go slow on rolling out the service because of the cost involved, said industry executives. “It’s a welcome decision. Lufthansa doesn’t offer call services but we […]

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  • Air India’s aircraft sit idle because it can’t pay for spares and repair

    Posted on April 23, 2018 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    Despite many attractions such as lucrative international routes and prime time slots, Air India has yet to find a suitor after the civil aviation ministry came out with the preliminary information memorandum on Air India’s strategic disinvestment on March 28. Air India’s mountain of debt, besides many other issues, discourages buyers. The debt stands at […]

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  • AAI-managed 15 profit-making airports likely to be privatised

    Posted on April 23, 2018 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    About 15 profitable airports, including the facilities at Chennai and Ahmedabad, could be put under private management in the first such privatisation initiative by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as part of the broader government move to enhance India’s aviation infrastructure. “The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has, by the end of last fiscal, about […]

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  • ‘Several queries’ received for Air India privatisation: Disinvestment Secretary

    Posted on April 20, 2018 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    The Centre has received a “lot of queries” from both airlines and non-airlines for the proposed privatisation of national carrier Air India. “There have been several queries — both from airlines and non-airlines,” Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM), told reporters on the sidelines of Assocham organised conference on […]

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  • UDAN provides new hope for defence airports in Bengaluru

    Posted on August 10, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    The Civil Aviation Ministry’s aggressive promotion of the regional connectivity scheme (UDAN) is providing some hope for defence airports in Bengaluru and Bidar to resume operations for small passenger aircraft. The recent “no-objection“ from the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) board to the Hosur airport in Tamil Nadu to operate five flights a week is being […]

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  • 40-year-old aircraft may not get DGCA nod for cloud seeding

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    The government’s efforts to provide respite to farmers struggling without rain through cloud seeding might hit a legal hurdle. One of the four aircraft to be used for the purpose is unlikely to get clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has earlier denied permission to one such plane for the project. […]

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  • Delhi to have a terminal for private flights by 2020

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    To streamline flight movement and cater to the demands of chartered flights in the capital, IGI Airport will have a dedicated terminal and parking bays for private planes by 2020. By consolidating general aviation — all civil aviation operations other than scheduled flight services — the new terminal seeks to provide faster access to chartered […]

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  • Sabarimala airport: Kerala govt to identify consultant for feasibility study

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    Moving a step forward for the ambitious Sabarimala airport project, Kerala government on Monday said that the process of identifying a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the greenfield airport is on. The airport, planned in the 2,263 acre Cheruvally estate about 48 km away from the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, has been […]

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  • No Early Delivery of Rafale Jets for India

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    The Indian Air Force will not be getting Rafale fighter jets before schedule despite several requests by the Indian government to France to speed up the delivery. “The delivery of the aircraft will commence from September 2019 and will be completed by April 2022. There is no anticipation of any delay in the scheduled delivery […]

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  • DGCA to meet airlines ahead of ICAO audit

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Jaspreet in Aviation.

    Aviation regulator DGCA will hold a meeting with airlines here tomorrow to assess their preparedness for the upcoming audit by the UN safety watchdog ICAO, an official said. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is set to carry out a safety oversight audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in November this year. […]

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