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Old October 26th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #261
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India's Jet Airways confirms Airbus A330 order

PARIS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - India's largest domestic airline, Jet Airways , has firmed up an order for 10 twin-engine Airbus A330-200 planes, the planemaker said on Tuesday.

The deal, first announced at the Paris Air Show as part of a rush of Indian aircraft purchases designed to meet fast-growing domestic demand, excludes an option for a further 10 aircraft, Airbus said.

Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2007, which is slightly later than the 2006 first delivery date that was given when Jet Airways first announced the deal at the June air show.

The A330-200 can carry 253 passengers in a typical three-class configuration and has a range of 6,750 nautical miles (12,500 km).
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India's Kingfisher To Bid In Air Sahara Buyout - Report
29 October 2005

MUMBAI (Dow Jones)--Kishfisher Airlines, an unlisted Indian airline, will make a bid to buy out private airline Air Sahara, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday, citing Kingfisher's Chairman Vijay Mallya.

"We will make an offer for the entire stake," said Mallya, according to the report.

However, Mallya described Ernst & Young's valuation of Air Sahara of between $750 million and $1 billion as "over the top".

"Our valuation doesn't come close to this," said Mallya.

Kingfisher Airlines is a unit of United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd. (507458.BY), which holds controlling stakes in India's largest spirits company McDowell & Co. Ltd. (532432.BY) and the largest beer maker United Breweries Ltd. (532478.BY).

The last date for submission of bids to buy a stake in Air Sahara is October 31, added the report.
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Date: 18 October 2005
IATA Press Release
Five Challenges For A Successful Indian Air Transport Sector

(New Delhi) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today identified five challenges for the successful development of air transport in India (1) enhancing safety, (2) urgent infrastructure improvement, (3) reasonable taxation, (4) commercial freedom and (5) Simplifying the Business through effective use of technology.

"The Indian air transport sector is among the most vibrant and fastest growing in the world, but it could be a much greater catalyst for economic growth if critical bottlenecks in the system are removed. The most urgent is infrastructure, particularly Mumbai airport. Government policy is moving in the right direction. Now we need to see some results urgently to keep pace with rapid growth. We need results fast, or a great start could turn into a disaster," said IATA Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani set forth the challenges at a meeting hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.

IATA growth forecasts for India indicate average annual growth of 8.4% in international traffic between 2004 and 2009. Combining domestic growth increases this to an average annual growth rate of 12% to 2009 against GDP growth of 7.2%. "Normally we would expect air transport to grow at twice the rate of GDP, so we should be expecting growth in the 15% range," said Bisignani.
The Challenges

Enhancing Safety

"Safety is the number one priority for aviation. India's record on safety is good, but constant attention and efforts are needed, especially at a time of rapid expansion," said Bisignani. IATA's Operational Safety Audit programme is the first international standard benchmark for airline safety management. Air India is among the 67 carriers currently on the publicly available IOSA registry (www.iata.org/iosa) and Jet Airways will undertake an audit this month. By the end of 2005, 140 carriers are expected to be in the audit process. As India's air transport sector grows, safety must be the number one priority. "I hope to see all of India's carriers committed to IOSA by our Annual General Meeting in June 2006. And I encourage the Government of India to make IOSA a part of its safety oversight program," said Bisignani.

Cost Efficient Improvement Of Infrastructure

"Airport and airspace capacity must be expanded to fully gain the benefits of a vibrant airline sector. Without massive change, infrastructure will not be able to handle growth. Airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangalore are not adequate. Among them, Mumbai is the worst with pool service levels and insufficient capacity. A commercial centre needs an efficient airport. Delays due to bottlenecks in the air traffic control system are common. They are costly to airlines and inconvenient to passengers. And when all the aircraft orders made during the Paris Air Show are delivered, we risk chaos if we do not move quickly now," said Bisignani.

Bisignani also commented on private participation in airports. "IATA does not care who owns the airports. Our only condition is that they are safe, cost-efficient and provide adequate capacity. Any private participation must benefit all stakeholders, result in greater efficiency, lower costs and better service levels. And it must come with effective economic regulation to ensure the commercial discipline of airports which are natural monopolies," said Bisignani.

Reasonable Taxation

Air transport pays for its own infrastructure—a total of US$42 billion each year. In respect of this, international air transport is exempt from taxation. "We are happy the Indian government abolished the fuel uplift levy in 2002. But we are disappointed that, to date, the US$36 million collected by this levy still has not been returned to the airlines. We urge the timely resolution of this issue," said Bisignani.

"Recently India imposed a 10.2% service tax fee on landing, airport and air navigation fees. We are challenging the legality of this. And we believe that this reduces the competitiveness of India's air transport sector. India needs a common-sense approach to taxation. That means recognising that we fully fund our own infrastructure, and ensuring that any taxes or charges collected are transparent and re-invested in the sector," said Bisignani.

Freedom To Do Business

"Governments must let airlines run their businesses like real businesses. We need basic commercial freedoms to serve markets where they exist, to be able to access global capital markets, and to merge and consolidate where it makes commercial sense. Liberalisation is not something to be feared, but to be anticipated. We are not looking for the world to change overnight, but that is not an excuse not to get started on progressive liberalisation. SAARC is moving in this direction by lifting some capacity restrictions. I hope the implementation of the South Asia Free Trade Agreement next year will be a catalyst for liberalisation. The open bilateral between India and Sri Lanka is a model of how liberalisation results in economic growth, with increased number of services per week and the creation of employment opportunities between the two countries. I hope that India will continue to take the lead in SAARC by promoting regional liberalisation," said Bisignani.

Simplifying The Business

IATA launched Simplifying the Business in 2004 to improve passenger convenience and cut costs by using technology more effectively. The programme has 5 core projects aimed at achieving US$6.5 billion in savings. These are: 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007, taking the paper out of freight processing, radio frequency identification for baggage management, bar coded boarding passes and common use of self service kiosks for check-in.

"E-ticketing is the most pressing because it has a deadline of the end of 2007. At that time, we will stop printing the 340 million paper tickets that are used today. Our target is 40% global e-ticketing penetration by the end of 2005. Globally we are past 33%. Asia Pacific is near that at 30%. But India is far behind at just 5.4%. It is extremely disappointing that a country as advanced in software development as India can be so far behind. India must be a leader in this region, not the last to get on board," said Bisignani.

Challenges

"The challenges that face India are enormous. Urgent decisions on infrastructure, liberalisation, safety oversight and taxation are critical. And we must move quickly. IATA has strengthened its presence in India to help both its members and the government at this time of great potential. The stakes are high, but the rewards for our efforts will be enormous. Governments, airlines and IATA working together will make a very positive contribution to this wonderful country," said Bisignani.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 05:49 AM   #264
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Chennai Airport

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Old November 7th, 2005, 05:50 AM   #265
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Mumbai Airport

These pictures are copyright Anuj Mathur / Mumbai Plane Spotters. Anuj has given us permission to post their pics here. I will post more later.

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Mumbai Domestic Terminal (Indian Airlines)

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The next set of photos are copyright of Karan Bindra who has kindly granted permission to post them here.

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2 - International terminal



3 - A Jet Airways A340 at the international terminal



4 - another view



5 - yet another view



6 - Domestic Terminal (Indian Airlines)



7 - Domestic Terminal (old) - this is the one that is undergoing renovation.



8 - South African Airways at the gate



9 - Air India and Ethiopian



10 - The bar area at the Maharaja Lounge at AIs Mumbai hub



11 - The amazing Maharaja lounge for Executive and First class pax on AI operated flights



12 - VT-JWA The fantastic club premiere seats on this 9W bird(Jet Airways A340)



13 - The fantastic club premiere seats on this 9W bird (Jet Airways A340)



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Mumbai Airport Terminal 1A (Indian Airlines terminal)
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Old November 7th, 2005, 05:51 AM   #266
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Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

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Old November 7th, 2005, 06:02 AM   #267
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More pics here.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #268
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India air traffic up 18%

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...21,curpg-3.cms

Air-traffic figures for the first six months of the year (April to September ’05) show that Indian airports handled a total of 32.5m passengers, an 18.3per cent growth over the first six months of ’04.

The airports have grown on all the three major parameters, passenger numbers, aircraft movements and cargo carriage. Domestic traffic has outpaced international, with passengers flying within India, growing by 20.8per cent in the first six months of this fiscal year, while passengers at international airports grew at 14.5 per cent.

Domestic passenger traffic grew 35.7per cent in the April-September ’05 period at Ahmedabad, while international passengers’ growth was even higher at 38.8per cent. At Hyderabad, domestic traffic grew 33.9per cent and international numbers grew 26.3per cent, compared to the first six months of ’04.

Delhi had a 30per cent growth in domestic passenger numbers in the April to September period, Chennai came second with 21per cent. Kolkata grew at 17.7per cent and Mumbai 17.1 per cent.

Total cargo carriage, the other major revenue earner for airlines and airports, was up at a more conservative 10.1per cent. Indian airports handled a total of 4,46,000 tonne of international cargo compared with 3,97,000 tonne last year.
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3 Cos Pass Technical Round For Delhi Airport
11 November 2005

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Three Indian companies have passed the technical evaluation round for modernizing the Delhi airport, reports the Financial Express, quoting sources.

A consortium led by Reliance Energy Ltd. (500390.BY) has cleared the first round for winning the bid, said the report. The other qualifiers are Sterlite Industries Ltd. (500900.BY) and Hyderabad-based GMR Industries Ltd. (500162.BY).

Bids submitted by the Essel group for modernizing both the Delhi and Mumbai airports have been rejected, said the report.

An inter-ministerial group will now review the technical bids which will be subsequently placed before the empowered group of ministers, after which the interested parties will be asked to place the financial bids, said the report.

Newspaper Web Site: http://www.financialexpress.com
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Looking good. What are their plans for expanding internationally?
I think they are still waiting for permission to fly to US. They have daily flights to Heathrow and have flights to Singapore, KL and Bangkok.

My wish would be they fly from Mumbai to Toronto non-stop. Now that would be something.
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British Airways became the first global carrier to provide a direct connectivity between London and Bangalore when is first flight touched down at the IT city on Monday morning.

The premier British airline also claimed to have become the first to offer direct connectivity between London Heathrow and five Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore, the airline said in a release here.

Following the bilateral air traffic talks between UK and India, BA has doubled its flights between London and Mumbai from one to two per day and from two to six per week from Chennai.

From summer next year, it would double the number of flights between Delhi and Heathrow from one to two a day.
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American Airlines:Is to launch a daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Delhi, India, on Nov. 15, 2005, subject to government approval. The route is nearly 7,500 miles and will be the longest nonstop route in American's growing international network. The airline will fly the route with its 236-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft daily.
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BA to boost direct India flights, eyes partnership

British Airways, which launched its first direct flights to India's high-tech hub of Bangalore last month, said on Monday it would boost the number of direct flights to India to 42 from 35 by mid-2006.

Europe's third-largest airline said the increased direct flights would be between London Heathrow and the Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. India is its biggest international long-haul market besides the United States.

The BA announcement comes as other foreign airlines kick off direct links to key cities in India.

Continental Airlines Inc last month started non-stop service between Newark and New Delhi, while Air France KLM began a new service last month between Paris and Bangalore five times weekly.

BA told a news conference in Bangalore it hopes to expand its network to other cities including Hyderabad, also in the south.

"India has represented a very attractive market for BA in the past and it continues to do so today. We believe that there is significant opportunity for growing our revenue and maintaining our profitability on the route," chief executive Willie Walsh said.

Major airlines have been leaning on long-haul flights to improve margins and cope with stiff competition coupled with high fuel prices. BA's Indian presence has seen competition from ot
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Here is how a Kingfisher A380 look like

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India air travel sector needs $50 bln over 10 years

NEW DELHI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - India's rapidly expanding air travel industry is likely to need $50 billion in investment in planes and infrastructure over the next decade to cope with rising demand, the civil aviation minister said on Friday.

Praful Patel said the industry, which has seen hectic plane buying and airline launches in the past 18 months, would expand by 25-30 percent this business year to March 2006 and by 25 percent a year over the next five years.

"The investment in this sector is going to be one of the highest in the country," Patel told reporters. "We will see investments of more than $30 billion by 2012 and $50 billion in 10 years."

Indian airports handled 59.54 million domestic and international passengers in 2004/05, compared with 40 million a year earlier.

India, Asia's third largest economy, is trying to revamp its shabby, overburdened airports to keep pace with economic expansion and Patel said awards for contracts to modernise Mumbai and New Delhi airports would be awarded by the end of December.

By international standards, India's aviation sector is very small -- less than 200 planes flown by 12 airlines.

But carriers such as Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. and Jet Airways Ltd. are furiously expanding their fleets as cut-rate prices fuel soaraway demand.

Unlisted Kingfisher plans to firm up deals to purchase 50 aircraft worth $2 billion at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show this weekend. The planned order comes after the carrier bought 15 Airbus aircraft worth $3 billion at the Paris Air Show in June.

State-run carriers Air-India Ltd. [AI.UL] and Indian Airlines Ltd. [IA.UL], who are also boosting their fleets after years of underinvestment, will float initial public offerings in the first quarter of 2006 to meet their funding needs, Patel said.

"We will dilute not more than 20 percent (equity) at the most," Patel said, adding the size of the offers would depend on the financial needs of both carriers.

Patel added flagship overseas carrier Air India's plans to buy 68 long-range aircraft from Boeing Co. was in the final stages and cabinet approval was expected in the first week of December.

The proposed deal is valued at about $6.9 billion.
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India's Kingfisher plans $2 bln plane buy

MUMBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - India's privately owned Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. is likely to order aircraft worth about $2 billion at the Dubai Air Show, the group's chief financial officer confirmed on Friday.

"The list price of the aircraft will be in that range," said the UB Group's Ravi Nedungadi.

Local newspapers said Kingfisher was likely to order 30 jets and 20 Turboprop aircraft from ATR, the jet maker controlled by EADS .

"The magnitude of the order is likely to be around that," Nedungadi told Reuters, adding that the deals will be firmed this weekend.

Kingfisher, named for the best-selling beer brand from United Breweries Ltd. , has quickly cornered a significant share of the domestic market with its competitive fares and features such as personal in-flight entertainment systems.

The carrier, headed by flamboyant entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, purchased 15 Airbus aircraft worth $3 billion at the Paris Air Show in June, including five of the mammoth A380 planes.

Indian carriers are furiously expanding their fleets as cut-rate prices have resulted in soaring demand. Unlisted Kingfisher, along with other airlines such as Jet Airways Ltd. and state-run Indian Airlines [IA.UL], have emerged as major aircraft buyers.

India's aviation minister said on Friday he expects the airlines sector to grow 25-30 percent in the year to March 2006, and expand at 25 percent a year for the next five years as incomes rise and air travel becomes more affordable.

(Additional reporting by Shailendra Bhatnagar in NEW DELHI)
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I thought Kingfisher was a low-cost airline? They're ordering A380's?
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They probably want it for international long haul routes when they get the permit to fly on foreign routes. Plus a single A380 on Delhi-Mumbai route would be better than dozens of 737s or 320s flying around.
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I wonder if they are opting for the 800 passenger version.
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They probably are, i guess it's due to considerations like passenger density.
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