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Old February 11th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #1
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IN | India Aviation News & Discussion

Feb 11, 2005
Indian carriers bitter over flights to S-E Asia

By Ravi Velloor
India Bureau Chief


NEW DELHI - INDIA'S private airlines, which have been planning daily flights to Singapore and other South-east Asian capitals from Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai, look set to get far fewer flights to the region than they had expected.

The government will allow No. 1 private airline Jet Airways to fly only the Mumbai-Singapore and Chennai-Kuala Lumpur routes.

Sahara Air, which had wanted daily frequencies from New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, will be allowed to fly just New Delhi-Singapore and Chennai-Kuala Lumpur.

Neither of the two private carriers will, for the moment, be allowed to fly to Bangkok, where additional flying rights will be awarded solely to state-run carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.

The government also allowed Indian Airlines and Air India more than 1,000 extra seats to Singapore.

The news is a huge disappointment for the private carriers, which had been eyeing the South-east Asian market to expand their international operations, now restricted to destinations on the sub-continent. It also underscores the Manmohan Singh government's unwillingness to offend the left-leaning parties that support the national coalition and have insisted on a form of protectionism for the state-run carriers.

'We are trying to figure out what this means,' said a senior official at Jet, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'What's the point of talking about open-skies policies with South-east Asia if this is all you get at the end of the day?'

Sahara chief executive Rono Dutta was in Chicago and could not be reached, his office said.

Both airlines had been making preparations in anticipation of the freeing up of the South-east Asian market, assigning staff, discussing fare structures and lining up aircraft.

The new flights are likely to start in March or April, ahead of the summer holiday rush.

Still, even the limited opening up of the South-east Asian sector will probably help lower fares to the region.

Jet, according to people familiar with its plans, was planning to offer rates to Singapore just below those of Singapore Airlines. Sahara's fares may be closer to Air India's.

The Indian government on Dec 29 permitted private carriers, having 'a minimum of five years continuous experience and minimum of 20 aircraft in their fleet', to operate on all international routes, barring Gulf destinations. Only Jet Airways and Air Sahara fitted the eligibility criteria.
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Business Times - 11 Feb 2005

India to seek airport bids soon


Final offers will be invited for stakes in Mumbai, New Delhi airports this month

(NEW DELHI) India will invite final bids from companies this month for a stake in the Mumbai and New Delhi airports, the country's two biggest, as part of efforts to improve infrastructure.

Bidders will be given 12 weeks to make technical and financial offers, aviation minister Praful Patel said. 'This year itself we will have joint venture partners for both these airports,' he told reporters on Wednesday in Bangalore.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government is spending on transport links and other public works as India's fastest economic growth in 15 years strains power supplies and clogs roads, airports and ports.

India first sought bids for selling stakes in the two airports in June 2004. Fraport AG, Malaysia Airport, Singapore Changi Airport Enterprise Pte, Aeroports de Paris and five other companies participated in the initial round of bids, according to the government.

India expects air traffic to double to 90 million passengers by 2010 and needs US$7 billion in the next five years to fund the growth. The government plans to spend at least US$17 billion to upgrade roads, airports and ports by 2010, in an effort to make it easier for companies to do business in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.

Separately, India will decide on US$6 billion of aircraft purchases by Air India, the country's biggest overseas carrier, and Indian Airlines, India's second-biggest domestic airlines this year, Mr Patel said.

Air India wants to buy 18 Boeing 737-aircraft for its planned low-cost subsidiary and 50 planes by 2013 for adding more flights to countries such as Canada and Australia.

Indian Airlines is negotiating with Airbus, the world's biggest commercial plane maker, for 43 aircraft. The three contracts together may be worth about US$6 billion, Mr Patel said.

Air India's board will decide this month which planes to buy for its 50-aircraft order, while the Indian government's panel on investment by state-owned companies will consider the 18-plane order next week, he said.

The aviation ministry favours extending a ban on aircraft-leasing tax by one more year starting April 1, he added. India, in July, imposed a tax as high as 40 per cent on leasing of aircraft and decided to delay it until April. - Bloomberg

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Old February 11th, 2005, 01:13 PM   #3
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Jet, Sahara can't fly to Thailand

February 07, 2005 19:24 IST

The government on Monday allowed privately-owned Jet Airways and Air Sahara to fly to the Association of South East Asian Nations and raised the seat capacity of Indian Airlines and Air-India to these destinations.

Official sources said that Jet Airways and Air Sahara will now be allowed to fly Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while there were not enough routes left in Thailand for the private airlines to use.

The sources said that Jet Airways and Air Sahara had been allowed to operate a flight each from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur.

Jet Airways was also cleared to fly from Mumbai to Singapore and Air Sahara was allowed to fly between Delhi and Singapore, the sources said.

There were no routes left for private airlines to fly to Thailand as Indian Airlines and Air-India had explored all the routes to that country, the sources said.

Hong Kong has not amended the bilateral agreement to accommodate the private airlines, the sources said adding that

Indian Airlines and Air-India will continue to operate to this destination exclusively.

The sources said Indian Airlines and Air-India had sought enhancement of seats to the ASEAN countries during the coming summer.

Air-India will now have a share of 603 seats while Indian Airlines will have 435 seats for Singapore, 1206 and 2030 for Malaysia and 1608 and 2465 for Thailand respectively, the sources said.

The enhanced seat sharing arrangement would be for the summer season only after which the situation would be reviewed, they added.
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Jet Airways to buy 10 Boeings

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_f...ntent_id=82387

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Old February 12th, 2005, 02:15 AM   #5
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India's Jet Airways IPO to cash in on travel boom

BOMBAY, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Investors are expected to snap up shares of India's biggest domestic airline, Jet Airways, when its $445 million initial public offer opens on Feb. 18, hoping to cash in on surging air travel in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Jet Airways (India) Ltd. has grabbed 43 percent share of the Indian air travel market, which is expected to grow at about 25-30 percent over the next five years as incomes rise in the world's second most populous nation.

The 12-year-old carrier will offer 20 percent of its expanded equity, or 17.27 million shares, at a price ranging from 950 to 1,125 rupees each ($21.70-$25.70).

At the top end, the offering will value Jet at $2.2 billion, or two-thirds that of top car maker Maruti Udyog Ltd. .

That would give Jet a forward price earnings multiple of between 21.1 and 25 -- a discount to Malaysia's AirAsia's 25.9 and Japan Airlines Corp.'s 26.2, but higher than Australian Virgin Blue's 16.3 and Singapore Airline's 11.3, according to Reuters Estimates.

"I don't think there should be a problem with the issue. There is sufficient liquidity in the market and there is likely to be good appetite from foreign institutional investors," said Srividhya Rajesh, fund manager at Sundaram Asset Management.

"The price is a little aggressive," said the head of the capital markets division at a securities house, who asked not to be named. "But retail investors have made money in IPOs last year, so it should be oversubscribed."

Last year, 23 Indian firms raised a record $2.9 billion through IPOs -- more than the seven previous years combined.

Founded by London-based Naresh Goyal, a former travel agent, Jet has grown rapidly since it began operations in 1993 and overtook state-owned Indian Airlines Ltd. [IA.UL], which for decades was a monopoly provider of domestic air services.

Jet has repeatedly been voted India's best airline for its punctuality, young fleet and the quality of in-flight service.

It will use the money to repay debt, build repair and training facilities and fund expansion as air travel booms in the fastest growing major economy after China. India's economy is forecast to grow 6.9 percent in the fiscal year through March.

Falling fares, following lower taxes and intense competition with rivals Air Sahara and budget airline Air Deccan, are spurring growth of air travel in India.

Deutsche Equities India Pvt. Ltd. will co-lead manage the offer.

RISKS AND VALUATIONS

Jet, which has a fleet of 42 planes, mainly Boeing 737s and the smaller ATRs of France, says it had an operating margin of 30 percent in the first nine months of the current business year to end-March, helped by 80-85 percent of its passengers being business travellers.

The carrier posted a nine-month net profit of 2.59 billion rupees, which analysts said would translate to an annualised profit of 3.89 billion rupees and a full-year earnings per share of above 45 rupees.

It is also considering buying or leasing the Boeing N> 747 and 777 or the Airbus A330 and A340 for long-haul international routes, after the government opened that sector to most private carriers in December.

Jet will face challenges on routes to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and London where it will launch operations later this year as existing airlines cut fares to protect their market share, analysts said.

It could also be vulnerable when more budget carriers launch operations in India, said Kapil Kaul, senior vice-president at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Bankers say airline companies are better valued using EV/EBITDAR (enterprise value/earning before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and aircraft rentals), and Jet's 7.34 valuation on this basis is at a discount to international peers such as China Southern Airlines , China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. , Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp. and Brazil's Gol .

The carrier will be India's second traded airline stock.

Royal Airways Ltd. , formerly ModiLuft that folded in the 1990s, is poised to launch a new budget airline, SpiceJet, in May. ($1=43.7 rupees)
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Sahara bags only one slot at London airport
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12 February 2005
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MUMBAI: Jet Airways has bought three slots at London's Heathrow airport, that give it landing and take-off rights every day of the week.

Jet has managed to get two of the slots after aggressive bidding with other international airlines, industry sources said. "Primetime slots at LHR are traded for roughly $15-20m," a source said.

It is not known how much Jet Airways has paid for the slot. The allocation by ACL, the slot co-ordination committee, was free. The airline is allowed to fly seven times a week between Mumbai and LHR. Hence, it technically does not need all the three slots.

When asked about the surplus slots, Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal said, "We are looking at future expansion opportunities."

Interestingly, Air Sahara - the country's other domestic airline that has been allowed to fly to Europe - has only managed a slot at the other London airport Gatwick. The carrier has got permission to fly thrice a week, and will not be able to offer daily connections to passengers. The flight allocations for international operations were made on a pro-rata basis linked to domestic flights, industry sources said.

Meanwhile, Jet Airways plans to start operations to Singapore with its existing 737-800 aircraft, that has been modified for flight over water. No aircraft has been procured yet for the long-haul flight to London.

However, the airline is reported to be negotiating with South African Airways to lease three Airbus A 340-300, which will be operated in a two-class configuration, industry sources said. It is also considering buying or leasing the Boeing 747 and 777 or the Airbus A330 and A340 for long-haul international routes, after the government opened that sector to most private carriers in December.

It will use the money to repay debt, build and repair its facilities, as well as fund training and expansion programmes, as air travel soars in the fastest growing major economy after China.
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India Airport Photos PLEASE!!!

Does anyone have some good photos of airports in India, like New Delhi and Mumbai? I've asked before for these but no one ever responded...
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I've seen photos of Indian Bombay airport in SSC India Forums but the shot is not good. I don't know if it is the domestic or international terminal but they say that the domestic terminal is better than the international terminal.
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If Jet Airways can secure rights to London, it could be an attractive alternative on the Kangaroo Route
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France an India are going to raise the number of weekly flights from 14 to 35. French government has given Indian carries the right to have fifth freedom traffic from France, to New York and four other cities in the US. They can also operate to Toronto and Montreal from France.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/1031019.cms
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Does anyone have some good photos of airports in India, like New Delhi and Mumbai? I've asked before for these but no one ever responded...
I am not too much into airports/airlines and I cannot help on this.

I have not seen any good pics of Mumbai and Delhi or for that matter any Indian airports in the web. The reasons can be two.

1) Airport photography was banned till last year. Most people probably dont even know that the ban has been lifted though there are still some restrictions.

2) Most international flights to and from India arrive and depart at ungodly hours like 2 AM and 3 AM. There is nothing to photograph at this time. And everybody is in a bad mood at this time.

3) The airports are small and people generally don't appreciate them if pictures are posted.

Now that the ban has been lifted we may see more photos in the near future.

Here's a picture of Chennai (Madras) Airport by Josh Rawlin of Airliners.net.

International Terminal



Domestic Terminal



A blued out pic (can you recognize the tails?)



Airlines at Chennai include

1) Air India
2) Indian Airlines
3) Alliance Air
4) Jet Airways
5) Air Sahara
6) Deccan Air
7) Srilankan Airlines
8) Thai International
9) Singapore Airlines
10) Malaysian Airlines
11) Saudia
12) Emirates
13) Gulf Air
14) Oman Air
15) Kuwait Airways
16) British Airways
17) Lufthansa
18) Delta Airlines (starts May 11, 2005)
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Indian Airlines to resume services to Kabul

After a 16-year gap, Indian Airlines will start operating on the Delhi-Kabul sector from March 27. The last Indian Airlines flight to Kabul was in 1989 when it was operating twice a week. India has already gifted three Airbus 300s with essential spare parts to the Ariana Afghan Airlines at a cost of $13.7 million.

Ariana Afghan Airlines currently flies twice a week on Kabul Delhi and once a week on Kabul Amritsar route.

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Jet Airways to fly daily to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Jet Airways will launch daily services to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from April 3 and April 27 with Boeing 737-800s.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/1033684.cms

Air One to take to the skies in May 2005

Air One will start operations in May 2005 and will operate on non-trunk routes and is looking at Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram service, one of the longest routes in the domestic sector. The ERJ 145, fitted with Rolls Royce engines, will take three hours and 20 minutes for a flight on the sector. Air One will expand its fleet to five aircraft within a year and is looking at various routes, including Delhi-Bhubaneshwar and Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/1034963.cms
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India's Jet IPO raises $435 million

BOMBAY, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The initial public share offer of India's biggest domestic airline, Jet Airways (India) Ltd., has been priced at 1,100 rupees per share, raising 19 billion rupees ($434.8 million), a banking source said on Sunday.

Jet Airways's IPO, the country's first airline offering in a decade, has been priced close to the top end of a pre-determined band of 950-1,125 rupees in a book-built issue and was subscribed 16.2 times.

"The book was fully subscribed at 1,125 rupees as well but the company wants to leave something on the table for the investors," a banker close to the deal told Reuters.

The IPO for 17.27 million shares, or 20 percent of Jet's expanded equity, was fully sold within 10 minutes of the opening on Feb. 18.

Bankers working on the deal said the Jet IPO generated an enthusiastic response as investors bought into India's travel boom.

The Indian economy, Asia's fourth-biggest, is estimated to have expanded by 7 percent in the fiscal year to March.

The robust demand will encourage unlisted companies such as Air Deccan and the state-run Indian Airlines Ltd. [IA.UL] and Air-India [AI.UL] to expedite their public offer plans, bankers said.

Share issues by Indian companies in 2005 are expected to outstrip last year's record $7.0 billion, as firms build war chests for acquisitions and to set up new plants to meet the growing needs of an expanding economy. ($1 = 43.7 Indian rupees)
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Does anyone have some good photos of airports in India, like New Delhi and Mumbai? I've asked before for these but no one ever responded...
Like Suncity says, and frankly, neither of the two airports is anything very special. Which is why the government is pursuing modernisation plans at both airports, as well as partial privatisation. It is desperately needed, both airports are clogged, hence you have flights landing at ungodly hours and stuff like that.

However, you can try this thread for a few pics. No interiors.

BTW, Nice thread huaiwei!!
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Jet Airways Route network [slightly dated]


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Indian Airlines Network [slightly dated]

Some of the main airports

Chennai



Bangalore



Mumbai



Delhi



Kolkata



Hyderabad



Kochi



Kozhikode



Trivandrum



Guwahati



Goa



Jaipur

The Jaipur -Singapore flight runs combined as Jaipur - Delhi - Bangkok - Singapore for the current schedule and not nonstop. [the map is old].

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Bmi: UK Govt Likely To Confirm Ruling On Flights To India
2 March 2005

LONDON (Dow Jones)--British airline bmi (BMID.YY) Wednesday said it has been informed U.K. Secretary of State for Transport Alistair Darling is minded to confirm a decision last year regarding the allocation of new flights to India.

Bmi, British Airways PLC (BAB) and Virgin-Atlantic Airways had all appealed against a decision in December by the Civil Aviation Authority which divided up the rights to operate 21 direct new weekly services between the airlines.

Speaking at a news conference, bmi Chief Executive Nigel Turner said he heard earlier Wednesday that Darling intends to confirm the CAA's decision, although a formal announcement isn't expected for a few more weeks as the legal process is continuing.

A transport department spokesman confirmed the three airlines have been informed but stressed a final decision hasn't been made. The department has asked for additional comments from the parties involved, he added.

The CAA granted 10 flights to Virgin-Atlantic - owned 51% by Virgin Group (VGN.YY) and 49% by Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG) - with an additional seven to BA and four to Bmi. Bmi had wanted to start a daily service to Mumbai but only received the rights for four a week.

Turner was speaking at a presentation of bmi's financial results for 2004. The airline, which posted a pretax profit of GBP2.1 million compared with a GBP9.8 million loss in 2003, will be able to operate the services to Mumbai from the summer of 2005 under the CAA's ruling.

Bmi plans to announce more details on its India service during the next few days.
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Air Sahara Route map.



Air Deccan Route map based on current schedule.

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New Airlines expected to enhance competition and lower fares.

By the end of this year, India may see several new domestic airlines taking to the skies. This will be the second time in the past 15 years that there has been a sudden interest in this sector. The previous boom saw the rise and fall of over a half a dozen airlines (East West, ModiLuft, Damania, Nepc, Citilink, Raj, Gujarat, UP..). Will things be different this time? Some things have changed. The Government's protectionist attitude has declined considerably [despite opposition from Communists and trade unions]. Airlines are now also looking at low cost or moderate cost models and also targeting larger markets. Managements have learnt from their mistakes. So only time will tell how this round goes.

Airlines to look out for:

Kingfisher Airlines - promoted by Liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Starts operations in May.



Kingfisher Airlines, has ordered a total of 33 brand new aircraft. Of these, a total of 13 aircraft - 10 A320s and 3 A319s - are on firm order, with options for buying a further 20 aircraft. In addition to this, Kingfisher Airlines has also leased four brand new Airbus A320-200 aircraft from Debis Air Finance, a company of Daimler Chrysler.



Spicejet



SpiceJet is ordering up to 20 next-generation 737-800 airplanes for domestic routes within India. SpiceJet placed a firm order for ten planes valued at 630 million dollars (about Rs 2,750 crore) at list prices and has options for ten more. First delivery is scheduled for 2006. Details were provided during the Aero India 2005 air show in Bangalore. SpiceJet begins service in May with three leased B737-800s. Based in New Delhi, the airline is one of India's newest low-cost start-up private carriers.
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