Sharmistha Mukherjee

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Aviation minister to talk to states on jet fuel tax

Aviation minister to talk to states on jet fuel tax

Rediff.com4 Sep 2014

Taxes on ATF in India are among world's highest, and are seen as key reason for mounting losses of airlines.

Airport privatisation plan back on the table

Airport privatisation plan back on the table

Rediff.com1 Sep 2014

Inter-ministerial group to meet on Thursday to finalise model concession pact.

India's e-vehicle dream crashes

India's e-vehicle dream crashes

Rediff.com26 Aug 2014

If the drop in sales over the past two years is anything to go by, India's dream of putting seven million electric vehicles on road by the end of this decade has come a cropper.

Air India cleans house, says discipline, performance priority

Air India cleans house, says discipline, performance priority

Rediff.com25 Aug 2014

The company has dismissed 194 cabin crew and 11 pilots over past year for unauthorised absence and such reasons.

Budget airports may transport you to an era long lost

Budget airports may transport you to an era long lost

Rediff.com13 Aug 2014

Get ready to walk into an airport minutes before a flight, check in your own luggage, walk on to the tarmac to board a plane.

SpiceJet discount offer unlikely to get ministry go-ahead

SpiceJet discount offer unlikely to get ministry go-ahead

Rediff.com28 Jul 2014

The airline has launched a series of discount offers since January this year.

Greenfield airports within 150 km of existing ones soon

Greenfield airports within 150 km of existing ones soon

Rediff.com8 Jul 2014

Operators developing greenfield airports (built from scratch on undeveloped land) are likely to face increased competition, with the Ministry of Civil Aviation considering tweaking the norms to allow such airports to be developed within 150-km radii of existing ones.

High court denies Air India's union leaders special leave

High court denies Air India's union leaders special leave

Rediff.com28 Jun 2014

The Bombay High Court has directed four office-bearers of the Aviation Industry Employees' Guild to resume duties by July 7, in a move that supports Air India's drive against absenteeism.

Aviation ministry to press for airlines' direct import of fuel

Aviation ministry to press for airlines' direct import of fuel

Rediff.com9 Jun 2014

Such direct import was formally allowed in February 2012 but the aviation companies lack the infrastructure to do so.

DGCA to ease licence renewal policy for pilots

DGCA to ease licence renewal policy for pilots

Rediff.com4 Jun 2014

The airlines in their representation had said that pilots had to be spared for the renewal procedure, which took a lot of time.

Air India agrees to performance target set by the govt

Air India agrees to performance target set by the govt

Rediff.com14 May 2014

The MoU is a separate agreement entered into with the ministry that is more broad-based.

DGCA grounds Bajaj Auto and Sobha Purvankara's aircraft

DGCA grounds Bajaj Auto and Sobha Purvankara's aircraft

Rediff.com30 Apr 2014

Sobha Puravankara is yet to explain to the safety lapses found by the DGCA.

Jet Airways cancels order for 17 Boeing 737 airplanes

Jet Airways cancels order for 17 Boeing 737 airplanes

Rediff.com16 Apr 2014

The Boeing website lists the price of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft at $90.5 million.

DGCA grounds SpanAir and Business Jet India's planes

DGCA grounds SpanAir and Business Jet India's planes

Rediff.com15 Apr 2014

During the checks on the Cessna aircraft registered with Business Jets India, the DGCA found that the pilots in command did not have necessary training certificates.

Biz jet operators protest as DGCA reports go public

Biz jet operators protest as DGCA reports go public

Rediff.com7 Apr 2014

BAOA says the recent downgrade of India by the America's FAA was triggered primarily by a shortage of qualified staff for conducting safety and airworthiness inspections of aircraft.

How DGCA chief is handling crisis in the aviation sector

How DGCA chief is handling crisis in the aviation sector

Rediff.com4 Apr 2014

Prabhat Kumar, who has been appointed as the DGCA chief three months ago, is taking steps to ensure safety of passengers.

Let's offer better infra to fliers, say regional plane operators

Let's offer better infra to fliers, say regional plane operators

Rediff.com27 Mar 2014

Small aircraft operators want better infra at regional airports.

Compulsory psychometric tests likely for pilots

Compulsory psychometric tests likely for pilots

Rediff.com26 Mar 2014

DGCA considers this in wake of Malaysian tragedy; no rules to gauge mental state now.

Why romance turned sour for Apollo and Cooper

Why romance turned sour for Apollo and Cooper

Rediff.com14 Jan 2014

Apollo and Cooper are yet to make the customary rounds of courts to settle termination charges and break-up fees, but the mood already is buoyant among institutional investors who had red-flagged the highly leveraged transaction agreed upon by the Indian company.

DGCA hiring flight inspectors on contract

DGCA hiring flight inspectors on contract

Rediff.com2 Jan 2014

While waiting for an independent aviation agency to be legislated, moves to address American aviation authority's audit rap.

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