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Ashwini Phadnis

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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 

The plane truth: Here’s why landing on a tabletop runway is so tricky

BUSINESS

The plane truth: Here’s why landing on a tabletop runway is so tricky

Even in excellent weather, landing on a tabletop runway is a challenge. With the Kozhikode plane crash last year being blamed on pilot error, the difficulties landing on such runways have once again come to the fore

Shefali Juneja, first woman chief of UN’s aviation security body, sees drones, cyberattacks as biggest threats

BUSINESS

Shefali Juneja, first woman chief of UN’s aviation security body, sees drones, cyberattacks as biggest threats

A 1992-batch IRS officer, Juneja took over as the ICAO’s Aviation Security Committee chief on September 15. In an interview to Moneycontrol, she talks about the challenges facing the aviation sector and ways to make air travel safer

SpiceJet reaches settlement with aircraft lessor CDB Aviation amid financial pressures

BUSINESS

SpiceJet reaches settlement with aircraft lessor CDB Aviation amid financial pressures

SpiceJet had recently reached a settlement with Avolon, another major lessor of MAX aircraft

Ahmedabad Airport to be closed for runway repairs from January - May 2022

BUSINESS

Ahmedabad Airport to be closed for runway repairs from January - May 2022

Pilots question the period of closure of the airport pointing out that Ahmedabad is an alternate airport for flights coming to Delhi, Jaipur, and Amritsar airports; say maintenance should ideally be done at the night.

Tatas, SpiceJet's Ajay Singh launch financial bids for Air India

BUSINESS

Tatas, SpiceJet's Ajay Singh launch financial bids for Air India

AI disinvestment process now moves towards conclusion.

PLI scheme to be a shot in the arm for drone manufacturers

BUSINESS

PLI scheme to be a shot in the arm for drone manufacturers

In a move which is meant to enhance the number of beneficiaries, the government has agreed to fix the minimum value addition norms at 40 percent of net sales for drones and drone components instead of 50 percent.

Pilot error, ‘systemic failures’ led to Kozhikode Air India Express crash, says probe report

BUSINESS

Pilot error, ‘systemic failures’ led to Kozhikode Air India Express crash, says probe report

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau report points to a string of mistakes—the pilot overlooked SoP, airport equipment misread the weather, poor training of crew and mismanagement of staff by Air India Express

How the 9/11 events turned out to be a setback for Indian Airlines

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How the 9/11 events turned out to be a setback for Indian Airlines

The worst terror attack in history had repercussions around the world, including India, where the dominant domestic airline faced an unexpected crisis.

India relaxes drone rules: Do we have enough trained pilots?

TECHNOLOGY

India relaxes drone rules: Do we have enough trained pilots?

After the euphoria come the questions: Does India have enough trained people to take full advantage of the new Drone Rules?

Telangana’s Medicine from the Sky project to deliver vaccines a step closer to reality

INDIA

Telangana’s Medicine from the Sky project to deliver vaccines a step closer to reality

The State will conduct trials for drone delivery of critical healthcare supplies such as vaccines, medicines and blood from September 9. If successful, the trials could transform how remote areas are supplied with essentials

With doors opening wide, drones club may admit many more members

BUSINESS

With doors opening wide, drones club may admit many more members

The new rules governing drone usage have been welcomed by all but there are also a few words of caution and suggestions on what needs to be done to make their implementation smoother.

Our sourcing from India is at approximately $1 billion today: Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India

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Our sourcing from India is at approximately $1 billion today: Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India

Boeing’s India operations and 275 partners contribute to each of its commercial airplanes worldwide and every defence airplane in India, says Salil Gupte, its country chief​.

Every one of our commercial aircraft today is partly made in India: Airbus’s Rémi Maillard

BUSINESS

Every one of our commercial aircraft today is partly made in India: Airbus’s Rémi Maillard

‘Make in India’ is at the heart of Airbus’s business strategy for the country, says​ Rémi Maillard, President and MD of Airbus India and South Asia.

Why Boeing 737 MAX’s return to Indian skies is some time away

BUSINESS

Why Boeing 737 MAX’s return to Indian skies is some time away

Despite DGCA lifting the ban on Boeing 737-8 and Boeing 737-9 planes, which SpiceJet operated, there are a raft of procedures that have to be followed before these aircraft can fly again in India.

Made in India, flying all over the world

BUSINESS

Made in India, flying all over the world

With global aircraft manufacturers including Boeing and Airbus looking to Indian companies for components, there is a bit of India in many commercial and defence planes crisscrossing the world.

Afghan airspace closed, flights from India to Europe, US set to get longer

INDIA

Afghan airspace closed, flights from India to Europe, US set to get longer

Experts say diversions will add anything between 45 and 75 minutes to the flying time from India to Europe

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