All stories by Arindam Majumder
'There is space for a brand like Vistara'Rediff.com17 Aug 2022
'I am seven months into the job, but it feels like seven years.'
SpiceJet told to operate only half its flights for 8 weeksRediff.com28 Jul 2022
In an unprecedented action, Indian aviation regulator DGCA has directed low-cost airline Spicejet to operate only 50 per cent of its flights for eight weeks. This follows an unusually high number of incidents involving the airline, raising safety concerns. The curtailment of capacity is unlikely to have any commercial impact on the airline owned by entrepreneur Ajay Singh. SpiceJet already operates less than 50 per cent of the flights it had filed for the summer schedule.
UDAN international plan under cloud as AirAsia India fails to get permitRediff.com26 Jul 2022
Tata group-owned AirAsia India's inability to get approval for international flights is hurting UDAN, the Indian government's regional air connectivity project that also aims to link cities in Northeast India and Odisha to places abroad. Sources said the civil aviation ministry is waiting for the low-cost airline to come under the full ownership of Tata Sons and become part of Air India, the former state-owned carrier now owned by the private conglomerate, before allowing it to operate international flights. Tata owns 84 per cent stake in AirAsia India and it is understood that the group will complete the process of buying rest of the stake by July's end.
Labour pain for pvt domestic airlines as staff threaten mass leave over payRediff.com21 Jul 2022
Failure to reinstate salary even two years after the drastic cuts has landed the airline industry in a massive industrial relation crisis. While employees of Air India had organised a strike back in 2011, it is for the first time that private airlines are facing serious stress related to workers. IndiGo witnessed two of them, back to back. In the first instance, around 50 per cent of the IndiGo flights were delayed as a large number of crew members went on mass sick leave, apparently to participate in a rival airline's walk-in job interview.
How Ukraine war may give wings to Jet's international plansRediff.com6 Jul 2022
Jet Airways is looking to lease around 20 Airbus A320 aircraft from lessors by 2024 as it aims to restart operations and fly international routes in the next one-and-a-half years. Jet's A320 aircraft fleet, according to sources, will be a mix of the Ceo and the more fuel-efficient Neo variants. These planes were originally intended for Russian airlines but could not be delivered following western sanctions on Russia over its Ukraine invasion.
Drone start-ups: Adani to Ambani, billionaire Indians race for supremacyRediff.com13 Jun 2022
An opportunity to enter a burgeoning sector at a low valuation and favourable policies are propelling some of India's largest corporate groups to scoop up drone start-ups. "Indian corporations lost the race in aerospace and space tech. "No one wants to miss the bus this time. "These are seasoned businessmen and they realise that the market cap of tech companies with problem-solving capabilities will exponentially rise in future," says Vipul Singh, CEO of Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS).
Air India offers VRS in first move to prune headcountRediff.com2 Jun 2022
Tata-owned Air India has launched a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for its employees- in the airline's first drive to reduce headcount. The salt-to-steel conglomerate acquired the carrier last year. As of November 2019, the airline had 9,426 permanent employees.
'I'm waiting for my appointment letter'Rediff.com30 May 2022
Hundreds of pilots are staring at a long wait to get the job of their dreams after completing the course, the cost of which runs to Rs 1 crore.
Maruti Suzuki has a blueprint to regain market share in SUVsRediff.com12 May 2022
Maruti's strategy for the SUV segment is to arrest the decline in customers for entry level hatchbacks.
Cognitive disabilities and the dilemma facing India's airlinesRediff.com10 May 2022
Disability rights came under the spotlight again as the country's largest airline IndiGo refused to let a teenager with special needs board its aircraft. While the twitterati as well as fellow passengers have called for strict action, IndiGo has stood by its action saying the airport manager took the decision to ensure safety of other passengers. "Throughout the check-in and boarding process, our intent of course was to carry the family. "However, at the boarding area, the teenager was visibly in panic.
Airlines have to compensate if fliers are denied boarding, says DGCARediff.com7 May 2022
The regulator has warned airlines and in an email on May 2 asked all Indian carriers to give compensation and facilities to passengers affected by such denial of boarding, failing which it would will impose financial penalties on them.
Airspace coordination in India helps airlines save bigRediff.com6 May 2022
Coordination between defence and civilian authorities has freed up airspace for commercial airlines in India, resulting in routes becoming shorter and costs coming down, apart from mitigating pollution. "Due to various restrictions of the military, only about 58 per cent of the Indian airspace was being utilised. It is close to 70 per cent now," said an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Officials of the AAI said to date 119 routes had been shortened. Sources said since December 2020 the cumulative savings of airlines had been close to Rs 200 crore while there was a reduction in emission of around 45,000 tonnes of carbon.
Delhi airport displaced Dubai as world's second busiest in MarchRediff.com3 May 2022
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, India's largest, emerged as the second busiest airport in the world in March, displacing Dubai Airport and trailing only Atlanta in the pecking order, according to OAG, a global travel data provider. Its flight to the second position was the result of a strong recovery in the domestic aviation market. The government's decision to reopen international flights last month also helped increase traffic flow.
US aviation watchdog likely to maintain highest safety rating for IndiaRediff.com28 Apr 2022
A continuation of the highest standard by the FAA will be a relief for Indian airlines especially the Tata group which intends to increase Air India flights on India-US routes. US aviation watchdog Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed the audit of India's aviation regulator DGCA. Sources said that the FAA team was satisfied with the work and changes in regulations by India and is likely to maintain a Category 1 status rating under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme.
Will Jet Manage To Fly This Year?Rediff.com22 Apr 2022
If that happens, Jet Airways will be the first bankrupt airline which will be revived under the Insolvency process.
Airlines start restoring pilots' pay cut as flights go fullRediff.com16 Apr 2022
Despite partial restoration of salaries, pilots across airlines remain dissatisfied, throwing challenges for managers.
Nashik: 20 electric scooters of Jitendra EV loaded in container catch fireRediff.com12 Apr 2022
In light of the recent incidents involving scooters from prominent electric mobility brands bursting into flames, the subject of electric vehicle (EV) safety has come under the spotlight. As many as 20 electric scooters of Nashik-based Jitendra EV Tech caught fire after being loaded on a transport container. While no one has been reported injured, the company said it is conducting an investigation to find the 'root cause' of the fire.
Auto sales jump 13% in FY22Rediff.com11 Apr 2022
Supply chain constraints will keep plaguing automobile companies even though demand significantly improved resulting in a 13 per cent year-on-year (YoY) increase in sales in financial year 2021-22 (FY22). Executives at auto firms fear that the Russia-Ukraine war will further dent the sector's prospects of recovery as supply chains face more disruptions. "The visibility in the supply side is so hazy that it is difficult to give even one quarter projection. But all the parameters of demand like pending bookings and enquiries are increasing.
Airbus leans on existing ties with Tatas; pitches A350 to Air IndiaRediff.com30 Mar 2022
Planemakers have started pitching their latest aircraft to a privatised Air India which has been acquired by salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata Sons. European aerospace major Airbus on Monday said that it is in talks with the airline to sell its long haul aircraft Airbus A350-900. The wide-body aircraft is capable of flying non-stop between India and United States- one of the most popular and revenue generating routes.
As aviation opens up, GE bets on India's wide-body aircraft marketRediff.com26 Mar 2022
The slot constraint in Indian airports is also going to play a role in pushing airlines to have wide bodies.