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We plan to be a very strong force in the region, says SriLankan Airlines’s Ashok Parthirage

BUSINESS

We plan to be a very strong force in the region, says SriLankan Airlines’s Ashok Parthirage

Ashok Parthirage, chairman of the flag carrier is courting the Indian traveller, while also hard-selling Sri Lanka as an investment, tourism and domicile destination

India a very important market, believe bilaterals have to expand, says flydubai’s Ghaith Al Ghaith

BUSINESS

India a very important market, believe bilaterals have to expand, says flydubai’s Ghaith Al Ghaith

flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith also says that while the Indian aviation market presents a good opportunity, his company is currently focused on business in the emirate

Here’s how it felt flying on the new Boeing 737 MAX

BUSINESS

Here’s how it felt flying on the new Boeing 737 MAX

After two Boeing 737-800 Max crashes left over 300 people dead, flyers have been worried about the aircraft's safety. The new MAX, however, should put those fears to rest—175 of 195 global regulators, including India's, have cleared the plane, and 30 airlines have commenced services, flying over 235,000 commercial flights

Explained: SpiceJet’s agreement with Boeing on compensation for grounding of MAX 737 aircraft

BUSINESS

Explained: SpiceJet’s agreement with Boeing on compensation for grounding of MAX 737 aircraft

SpiceJet has announced an agreement with Boeing for compensation over grounding of MAX 737 planes.

IAF aerobatics team enthrals spectators at Dubai Air show

INDIA

IAF aerobatics team enthrals spectators at Dubai Air show

The Sarang team participated in the Al Ain Grand Prix in the UAE in 2005 but the DAS was the first occasion for the Surya Kirans and the Tejas to show off their manoeuvres in Dubai.

Interview | Akasa order underscores strength, resilience of India's aviation sector: Boeing's Darren Hulst

BUSINESS

Interview | Akasa order underscores strength, resilience of India's aviation sector: Boeing's Darren Hulst

Boeing's Vice President of Commercial Marketing Darren Hulst speaks on Akasa aircraft order and how that will tilt the balance in favour of Boeing in the Indian market.

Chourangi by Aditya Ghosh and Anjan Chatterjee is Bengali cuisine's newest outpost in London

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Chourangi by Aditya Ghosh and Anjan Chatterjee is Bengali cuisine's newest outpost in London

Chourangi opened near Hyde Park in October 2021. Some of the main chefs at the Bengali food restaurant in London are from Kolkata.

Pakistan's refusal to allow Srinagar-Sharjah GoFirst flight an isolated incident: Observers

BUSINESS

Pakistan's refusal to allow Srinagar-Sharjah GoFirst flight an isolated incident: Observers

Pakistan’s decision to deny GoFirst permission perhaps has to do with the fact that the flight originates in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir industry observers said,

India’s air-bubble arrangements may not be driven by pandemic: IATA DG

INDIA

India’s air-bubble arrangements may not be driven by pandemic: IATA DG

The International Air Transport Association is of the view that India might be using the pandemic as a pretext to go in for possible revision of bilateral agreements.

As travel begins to rebound, are employees of Indian airlines vaccinated?

BUSINESS

As travel begins to rebound, are employees of Indian airlines vaccinated?

The risk of infection spreading on airplanes is lower if Covid-19 protocols, including vaccination, are adhered to. Researchers say the danger of transmission is highest during meal services as well as boarding and departure procedures

Jewar airport eyes September 30, 2024 opening date, to handle 12 million passengers a year

BUSINESS

Jewar airport eyes September 30, 2024 opening date, to handle 12 million passengers a year

Noida International Airport, coming up on the outskirts of New Delhi, is targeting the end of September 2024 for start of operations, CEO Christoph Schnellmann said, expressing confidence in the growth potential of India’s aviation industry. “We are here to stay,” he said. 

Disinvestment has opened the door for Air India to improve products and services, says Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh

BUSINESS

Disinvestment has opened the door for Air India to improve products and services, says Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh

In a conversation with Moneycontrol from the Star Alliance headquarters in Frankfurt, Jeffrey Goh said AI going to the Tatas “will remove AI from any form of government involvement. It will provide AI with more autonomy in terms of investments in products and services.”

Resuming India operations after a decade, Qantas to launch Delhi-Sydney flight in December

BUSINESS

Resuming India operations after a decade, Qantas to launch Delhi-Sydney flight in December

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said these tri-weekly non-stop flights will initially be meant for Australian citizens but expects tourists from India to use the service once the country’s borders reopen to international visitors

Airports set to increase revenue after Tata Group takes over Air India

BUSINESS

Airports set to increase revenue after Tata Group takes over Air India

The takeover of Air India by the Tatas is expected to increase the number of business-class and transfer passengers, improve operational efficiency, and payment of dues on time, all of which will benefit airports.

Vistara narrows loss in FY21, revenue drops 53% in pandemic year

BUSINESS

Vistara narrows loss in FY21, revenue drops 53% in pandemic year

The airline now expects business to recover to pre-COVID levels by late 2021.

Indian government considers reviewing bilateral air services agreements, airlines cautiously optimistic

BUSINESS

Indian government considers reviewing bilateral air services agreements, airlines cautiously optimistic

In the last couple of years, India has hardly exchanged any fresh ASAs. Yet, the Indian government is keen to revise some ASAs which it believes are heavily skewed in favour of airlines from some other countries. The decision that has generally been welcomed by the global airline industry. 

Vistara lessor looks to set up aircraft-leasing unit in GIFT City

BUSINESS

Vistara lessor looks to set up aircraft-leasing unit in GIFT City

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Robert J Martin says the taxes in GIFT City are favourable, and the company is now studying funding-related aspects. Most probably, BOC Aviation will open a separate entity in 2022, he says.

Retired Air India pilot: "In 1971 everything was perfect, the culture was beyond compare"

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Retired Air India pilot: "In 1971 everything was perfect, the culture was beyond compare"

Memories of two Air India pilots who flew with J.R.D. Tata. Plus, their thoughts on what went wrong and top tips for Ratan Tata.

Air India outlook under new ownership will be positive: IATA boss Willie Walsh

BUSINESS

Air India outlook under new ownership will be positive: IATA boss Willie Walsh

Indian consumers deserve to have a quality sustainable airline serving the market, says Walsh.

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta: After Air India sale, Tatas will be a formidable aviation force

BUSINESS

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta: After Air India sale, Tatas will be a formidable aviation force

Rononjoy Dutta added that India’s aviation market is big enough to accommodate two or three airlines.

Air India sale will affect us, says Emirates President Tim Clark

BUSINESS

Air India sale will affect us, says Emirates President Tim Clark

Emirates is not interested in setting up a domestic airline in India right now, Tim Clark told Moneycontrol.

Global airline industry to report loss of $201 billion during 2020-22: IATA

BUSINESS

Global airline industry to report loss of $201 billion during 2020-22: IATA

Net industry losses are expected to reduce to $11 .6 billion in 2022 after a $51.8 billion loss in 2021 (which worsened from the $47.7 billion loss estimated in April).

Air India bid: How the Maharaja fell from the skies

BUSINESS

Air India bid: How the Maharaja fell from the skies

Air India and its erstwhile domestic unit Indian Airlines once ruled the skies before a series of events led to their decline.

Here’s why Air India’s new owner will have its work cut out

BUSINESS

Here’s why Air India’s new owner will have its work cut out

Dealing with the flag carrier’s massive headcount, employee unions, festering Air-India-Indian Airlines integration issues and the huge outgo to upgrade aircraft are just some of the challenges awaiting the new owner 

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