Airfares sting, no ‘low-cost’ flight up in the skies now

Airlines will watch for passenger response during the lean months of July-September Airlines will watch for passenger response during the lean months of July-September With the rise in fuel prices, domestic and international airfares have witnessed surge by up to 50% in the past few months, according to data from online portals. A ticket for … Read more

Not easy for airline to turn profit in India, says IATA official

  It is not easy for an airline to turn a profit in India and a lot of issues such as fare caps and high taxes on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) have to be resolved, a senior IATA official said on Sunday. Philip Goh, Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific of International Air Transport Association … Read more

Pawan Hans Disinvestment: Govt Picks Star9 Mobility As Winner For ₹211 Cr Bid

The government has finalised disinvestment for state-owned helicopter service provider Pawan Hans Ltd, according to an official statement on Friday. An empowered cabinet group picked Star9 Mobility Private Ltd as winner for buying 51% stake in Pawan Hans. The asset sale plan will help bridge the budget gap and meet spending targets as the economy … Read more

What are Europe’s ‘ghost flights’, and why are they a problem?

An EU regulation that dates back to 1993 requires European airlines to maintain empty or near-empty flights With the decline in flights for business or pleasure due to the ongoing pandemic, airlines that are attempting to maintain market share are complaining about the ‘ghost flights’ they are being forced to fly. An EU regulation that … Read more

Gangwal decides to exit from Indigo. Next steps from Bhatia keenly awaited.

Finally, as was widely expected, Rakesh Gangwal, the co-founder of Indigo makes some important announcements. He will gradually sell his shareholding over the next 5 years. Gangwal group currently owns 36.61% of Indigo. So as to ease his stake selling and not get restricted due to the access to the non-public information, he has resigned … Read more

Indigo continues to build further strengths. Now focuses on improving safety.

Indigo has mandated NAVBLUE (an airbus company) to upgrade some of its latest A320 aircraft to the most advanced navigation technology, RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required). Key points to note – Indigo is already a customer of NAVBLU since 2006. With RNP AR Upgrade, pilots will be able to navigate mountainous areas … Read more

Blackrock flags concern about SpiceJet’s accounting practices

As per a news report by Mint newspaper, Blackrock (US based large fund manager) had highlighted accounting irregularities at SpiceJet in December 2021. Key points to note: Blackrock had raised the issue of accounting irregularities at the time of rejecting re-appointment of Shivani Singh (wife of the promoter CMD, Ajay Singh) as Director. Blackrock rejected … Read more

Budget 2022: Modi govt’s final Rs 51,000-crore goodbye to Air India

In a final goodbye of sorts to Air India, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the allocation of Rs 51,000 crore towards clearing Air India’s dues to various banks. This assumes significance since after the sale of Air India to the Tata group, almost Rs 46,000 crore of the airline’s Rs 61,000 crore debt was supposed … Read more

Major US airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

The chief executives of major US passenger and cargo carriers on Monday warned of an impending “catastrophic” aviation crisis on Wednesday when AT&T and Verizon are set to deploy new 5G service. The airlines warned the new C-Band 5G service could potentially make a significant number of widebody aircraft unusable and “could potentially strand tens … Read more