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DGCA approves use of mobile phones at Indian airports soon after aircraft lands and clears runway

In most countries across the world, especially in North America and Western Europe, the use of mobile phones is permitted soon after the aircraft lands and exits the active runway. In India, many a passenger broke current rules by following this practice. No longer. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is finally bringing Indian carriers in line with these …

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IATA advocates desperate need for a wholistic vision for Indian aviation

At an industry gathering in India’s capital New Delhi, IATA’s Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani advocated what most aviation analysts in India have been saying all along — there is a desperate need for a comprehensive approach in Indian aviation, with a common vision by all involved. While most would latch on the the chest-thumping statement of Bisignani “If …

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Boeing details its multi-dimensional partnership with India

In its latest Frontiers magazine, Boeing details its multi-dimensional partnership with India. With a fast-growing economy, middle class and world standing, India is an increasingly important market for the aerospace industry. Building partnerships and strengthening ties with this dynamic country is crucial for Boeing’s continued success in the world’s second-most populous nation. Although India has been a longtime customer for …

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Indian passengers can claim up to Rs. 74,000 for lost, damaged, or delayed bags

Baggage loss, damage, and/or delay is an accepted hazard of air travel. The best of airports have a 0.1% or 1,000 bags per million that do not get delivered as intended. Unfortunately, even today, most airlines operating international flights from India get away by paying paltry sums as compensation thanks to the ignorance of most international travellers from India. Almost …

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Boeing sees recovery in Indian commercial airplane market

Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar while sharing the company’s market data and forecast says India’s commercial airplane market is viable, resilient and poised to rebound supported by the country’s strong GDP growth Boeing forecasts that over the next 20 years the Indian market will require 1,000 commercial jets valued at approximately $100 billion — which represents over 3 percent of …

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British Airways offers free economy plus upgrades on Indian London flights

British Airways has announced a limited time free upgrade offer on all its flights from its five gateways in India (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai) to London. Passengers travelling from India with British Airways in World Traveller (economy class) would get an upgraded one-way to the airline’s premium economy World Traveller Plus cabin. World Traveller Plus is a dedicated …

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Gouging passengers at airports to subsidise airlines

At the 65th annual general meeting and world air transport summit held in Kuala Lumpur in early June, Giovanni Bisignani, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) put India’s two largest airports — New Delhi Indira Gandhi International and Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International on the ‘IATA Wall of Shame’ for their steep hikes of 207% in fees which, he …

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Rescuing Air India from crisis requires hard decisions and political support

The state owned National Aviation Company of India Limited NACIL, which operates the airline Air India is in crisis. It’s annual losses have reached a staggering Rs. 5,000 crore ($1 billion) and total accumulated debt of Rs. 16,000 crore ($3.2 billion). Air India contributes 10% of global airline losses with just 0.35% of global traffic. It owes over Rs. 1,400 …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 5

Today, we conclude our continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport. Yesterday in part four, we focussed on the future and airport expansion. Today in the last part five we focus on Marcel Hugerbuehler the man. Most people associate Marcel Hungerbuehler’s predecessor Albert Brunner with the …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 4

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday in part three, we focussed on the airlines. Today in part four we focus on the future and expansion of the airport. Part 4 – The future expansion of Bengaluru International Airport Q1. Is BIAL committed …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 3

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday in part two, we focussed on the revenue streams. Today in part three we focus on the airlines and routes present and future. Part 3 – Airlines Q1. Which airlines is BIAL targeting and trying to …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 2

In the continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport, yesterday we focussed on the past. Today in part two we focus on the present and more specifically revenue streams. Part 2 – Revenue streams Q1. Can BIAL provide a rough break up of revenue streams. Passenger, …

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First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 1

Bengaluru International Airport was India’s first greenfield private airport conceived. In 1991, just as then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh began the much heralded liberalisation of the Indian economy, the concept of a privately operated airport was born. Bangalore was still to emerge on the Indian map, forget the global stage. Air passenger traffic was not even one million passengers …

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Jet Airways and Air India may defer Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries

As the annual meeting of the airline body International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the news for Boeing India chief Dinesh Keskar is not good. Both Jet Airways and Air India, his two major customers in India, are considering deferring the deliveries of their Boeing 787 Dreamliner orders. Jet Airway’s chairman and founder, Naresh Goyal, …

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