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  • Tata Group will be the king of Delhi after Air India win Oct 08, 2021 04:22 PM IST

    Tata Group will be the king of Delhi after Air India win

    With the Air India group now with the TATAs, Delhi will see Air India, Vistara, AirAsia India and Air India Express having a capacity share of 40.17 percent, about three percent more than IndiGo’s. It will become a two-legged race at Delhi with neck-to-neck departures.

  • First challenge for Tata after Air India win: Schedule integration across 4 airlines Oct 08, 2021 04:20 PM IST

    First challenge for Tata after Air India win: Schedule integration across 4 airlines

    There are two ways of looking at schedule overlaps. The first is how this effectively helps take on the competition and the other is as a challenge

  • For airlines to reach 85% capacity, non-IndiGo airlines need to step up Sep 24, 2021 01:13 PM IST

    For airlines to reach 85% capacity, non-IndiGo airlines need to step up

    There has been an average gap of 10% between the capacity deployed and passenger numbers, except for a few days. If traffic has to reach the 73.7% mark -- the highest ever -- capacity will have to breach 80%. For that, airlines, other than IndiGo, will have to contribute more

  • SpiceJet reaches settlement with aircraft lessor CDB Aviation amid financial pressures Sep 17, 2021 04:21 PM IST

    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

  • 100-day aviation plan: Some of it is old wine in a new bottle Sep 13, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    100-day aviation plan: Some of it is old wine in a new bottle

    Many of the 16 points listed by the Civil Aviation Minister under the new plan are either reparations or extensions of prevailing plans. Five new airports in the next 100 days provide the highest boost to the UDAN scheme.

  • Our sourcing from India is at approximately $1 billion today: Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India Aug 30, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    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 Aug 30, 2021 09:27 AM IST

    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.

  • How a prolonged Afghan crisis could derail India-Central Asia connectivity Aug 27, 2021 11:45 AM IST

    How a prolonged Afghan crisis could derail India-Central Asia connectivity

    With the Taliban having an air arm and in possession of surface-to-air missiles, airlines are likely to give Afghanistan a wide berth, increasing travel time to Central Asia

  • Scindia is right. ATF tax revenues of states are insignificant Aug 27, 2021 10:38 AM IST

    Scindia is right. ATF tax revenues of states are insignificant

    Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia urged states to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF). States have long resisted such calls.

  • Some airlines offer India-UK flights at Rs 19,000-Rs 34,000 in mid-Sept vs current Rs 1-1.5 lakh Aug 12, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Some airlines offer India-UK flights at Rs 19,000-Rs 34,000 in mid-Sept vs current Rs 1-1.5 lakh

    Airfares between India and UK are likely to fall towards normal levels are more flights are being added on the route, but Etihad, Turkish Airlines and Emirates are already offering much cheaper tickets for mid-September

  • How Taliban takeover could impact civil aviation Aug 11, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    How Taliban takeover could impact civil aviation

    Most Europe and North America-bound flights from Delhi fly over Pakistan and Afghanistan. Typically, an airliner spends between 30-45 minutes over the Afghan airspace. Operations to Kabul are always fraught with risks. But to avoid Aghanistan means taking a longer route.

  • Explained | Why India-UK airfares are high and could remain so Aug 10, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    Explained | Why India-UK airfares are high and could remain so

    The simple answer is demand growth and limited flights. Both countries need to increase the number of flights under the existing air bubble agreement between India and the UK.

  • 3 Big Factors That Will Decide If Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Airlines Will Succeed Aug 09, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    3 Big Factors That Will Decide If Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Airlines Will Succeed

    The airline’s ambitions are sky-high, but a number of factors will decide how high it soars in the Indian aviation market, which has laid low many an airline and tycoon in the past. The kind of planes it flies and the hub it chooses will play a role in determining success or failure. Moreover, it may have a dream team in the cockpit, but profitability will still depend on how Akasa Air performs, how IndiGo responds, and how Spicejet and GoFirst fare

  • Is Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa another pie in the sky? Jul 30, 2021 04:21 PM IST

    Is Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa another pie in the sky?

    The ultra-low-cost carrier is timing its entry to capitalise on a recovery in air travel when the pandemic pans out, although it faces hurdles. However, experts generally agree that more competition is always good for the aviation sector

  • Pune airport was most profitable in FY21; Mumbai, Delhi biggest lossmakers Jul 23, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    Pune airport was most profitable in FY21; Mumbai, Delhi biggest lossmakers

    The pandemic curtailed flight operations across the country, widening the combined losses of 138 airports to Rs 2,882.74 crore. Still, the airports at Kandla and Chandigarh did better than the year before

  • The reason IndiGo is such a dreaded competitor Jul 15, 2021 01:59 PM IST

    The reason IndiGo is such a dreaded competitor

    On 194 of the 531 routes that IndiGo operates, the airline had an absolute monopoly. On several routes, it muscles out competitors by increasing frequency of flights or through better fares.

  • Airlines’ dilemma - consolidate or contract to fly out of COVID turbulence Jul 08, 2021 09:33 AM IST

    Airlines’ dilemma - consolidate or contract to fly out of COVID turbulence

    Airlines are bleeding and planning to raise capital to survive. Experts say airlines will have to either contract operations or resort to mergers and acquisition to become viable but both options have pitfalls and challenges

  • Vistara starts weekly flight to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, expands global reach Jul 07, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    Vistara starts weekly flight to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, expands global reach

    By opting to fly to Haneda and not Narita, Vistara will also be able to offer connections to US-bound passengers

  • Spicejet is flying on cargo and a prayer Jul 06, 2021 05:11 PM IST

    Spicejet is flying on cargo and a prayer

    Spicejet’s finances are worse than they were six years ago, when its balance sheet seemed about to crashland. Its income is propped up by assumptions of hefty compensation from Boeing for grounding of aircraft, and it is operating in a tough, pandemic-hit environment, but its small and rapidly growing, cargo business offers a ray of hope

  • Where have all IndiGo’s ‘CEOs’ gone? Jun 28, 2021 11:31 AM IST

    Where have all IndiGo’s ‘CEOs’ gone?

    IndiGo had an active fleet of 130 A320ceo at the end of March 2017 -- its highest-ever active count. Overall, India’s larget airline operated 158 A320ceo in its fleet. Now, it has only 59 of them active.

  • IndiGo’s discounted airfare deal: What’s the offer and what it means for the airline and its passengers Jun 23, 2021 03:44 PM IST

    IndiGo’s discounted airfare deal: What’s the offer and what it means for the airline and its passengers

    Airline becomes first carrier in India to do so. Scheme applicable with immediate effect across its network, comprising 67 domestic stations. However, it also raises the question whether airlines can offer discounts when fare caps are in place.

  • Airline fleet status check in India: Grounded in reality Jun 22, 2021 12:39 PM IST

    Airline fleet status check in India: Grounded in reality

    Less than a quarter of planes operated by Indian carriers were idled by the pandemic on June 11, in contrast with airlines in other countries that placed their aircraft in long-term storage

  • Smaller airlines unlikely to claw back lost market share as COVID-19 hits passenger traffic Jun 18, 2021 05:15 PM IST

    Smaller airlines unlikely to claw back lost market share as COVID-19 hits passenger traffic

    IndiGo is expected to retain its 55 percent market share over the next 2-3 quarters, experts said

  • Once-impossible aviation feat: Bengaluru set to overtake Mumbai in domestic air traffic Jun 16, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    Once-impossible aviation feat: Bengaluru set to overtake Mumbai in domestic air traffic

    Two parallel runways mean Bengaluru could increase air traffic movement to over 60 per hour compared to around 45 in Mumbai. This could translate into over 2,000 additional seats per hour. The final result could be Bengaluru overtaking Mumbai.

  • Flights at one-fourth of pre-COVID levels, but govt caps airline capacity at 50% level Jun 01, 2021 02:48 PM IST

    Flights at one-fourth of pre-COVID levels, but govt caps airline capacity at 50% level

    Also, starting June 1, the base fare will increase across the country. The argument for it is that there are very few passengers across the country and there is no need to increase the ceiling price since flights aren’t full. Also, since discretionary travel is not around, the increase in fare won’t impact demand directly.

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