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Old November 20th, 2005, 05:27 PM   #281
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India Kingfisher says placed $350 mln order for ATRs

DUBAI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - India's Kingfisher Airlines said on Sunday it placed an order for 20 ATR72-500 planes in a deal worth $350 million with an option for 15 more aircraft.

A company statement said the 20 planes would be in service in March 2006.

France-based ATR, Europe's largest regional planemaker, is a 50-50 joint venture between Airbus parent EADS and Italy's Finmeccanica .

Kingfisher Airlines, a recently launched low-cost carrier, is the brainchild of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, whose UB Group makes Kingfisher beer, India's top-selling brand, and a host of lifestyle goods.

In June, the airline signed contracts for 15 Airbus aircraft, including five superjumbo A380s, in a $3 billion deal designed to capitalise on India's fast-growing air traffic market.

Mallya, the head of UB Group which owns the airline, said the airline was likely to have an initial public offering next year to fund its expansion.
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Daily flights in these sectors:

Mumbai - Delhi

Indian Airlines 11; Air Sahara 4; Jet Airways 10; Kingfisher Airlines 5; Air Deccan 2; SpiceJet 5

Total: 37 * 2 = 74

Mumbai - Bangalore

Indian Airlines 5; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 8; Kingfisher Airlines 3; Air Deccan 2;

Total: 20 * 2 = 40

Chennai-Bangalore

Air Deccan 6; Jet Airways 5; Kingfisher 5; Sahara 2; IA-1(IA has just one?)

Total: 19*2=38. That's it .

Delhi - Bangalore

Indian Airlines 4; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 4; Kingfisher Airlines 3; Air Deccan 2; SpiceJet 2

Total: 17 * 2 = 34

Mumbai - Chennai

Air Sahara 2; Indian Airlines 4; Jet Airways 6; Air Deccan 1, SpiceJet 1

Total: 14*2=28.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad

Air Deccan 2; Jet 4; IA 3; SpiceJet 2; Go 2

Total: 13*2 = 26. I thought this would be pretty high, considering the number of Gujju nris who use Mumbai.

Delhi - Chennai

Indian Airlines 4; Air Sahara 3; Jet Airways 3; Air Deccan 2

Total: 12 * 2 = 24

Mumbai-Kochi

Jet 3; IA 6; Sahara 2

Total: 11*2 =22.

Mumbai - Kolkata

Indian Airlines 3; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 3; Air Deccan 1

Total: 9 * 2 = 18

Delhi - Kolkata

Indian Airlines 3; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 3; Air Deccan 1

Total: 9 * 2 = 18

Mumbai - Hyderabad

Indian Airlines 3; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 4

Total: 9 * 2 = 18

Delhi - Hyderabad

Indian Airlines 3; Air Sahara 2; Jet Airways 2; Air Deccan 1

Total: 8 * 2 = 16



IA is unusal, 6 flights on Mumbai-Kochi and just one on Chennai-Bangalore.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 07:46 PM   #283
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India's Kingfisher orders 30 Airbus aircraft

In a major deal, Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines today ordered 30 A-319 and A-320 aircraft from European manufacturer Airbus Industrie worth 1.9 billion US dollars.

The private airlines, which had signed another mega deal for 20 turbo-prop aircraft at a cost of 350 million US dollars from French ATR company yesterday on the opening day of the 'Dubai 2005' Airshow, said it would be receiving the aircraft from Airbus from early 2008.

The ATR 72-500 aircraft would begin its delivery on March 2006 and the last of the 20 planes would be handed over to Kingfisher Airlines by 2008, according to an ATR official. The agreement with ATR was signed by Mallya and ATR Chief Executive Officer Begnato.

After the signing, Begnato had said that ATR has "the option of giving another 15 of these similar aircraft". "The deal for 20 aircraft is worth 350 million dollars and taken into account the option of another 15 planes, the deal could go beyond 500 million dollars," he said.

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Old November 23rd, 2005, 09:51 AM   #284
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Air Deccan to start Lankan airline:

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Old November 24th, 2005, 04:13 AM   #285
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Indian Airlines Plans To Lease Over 23 Planes Soon - Exec
22 November 2005

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Indian Airlines (IAIR.YY) plans to lease over 23 planes soon to meet continued growth in air passenger traffic in the country, a senior executive of the state-run airline said Tuesday.

"We are planning to take on lease a few Airbus A320 aircraft in February," Anil Goyal, commercial director of Indian Airlines, told reporters. "We are also planning to take five Airbus 319 aircraft in the next couple of months in single-class configuration," he added.

Indian Airlines, the country's second-largest carrier by market share after Jet Airways (India) Ltd. (532617.BY), is also planning to lease 12 wide-bodied planes for its international routes, he said.

He said talks were in process with both Airbus (ABI.YY) and Boeing Co. (BA) for leasing the wide-bodied planes.

"We are also working on getting six ATR turboprop aircraft for our feeder routes," said Goyal.

He did not disclose financial terms or for how long the company intends to lease any of the aircraft.

Currently, Indian Airlines has 62 planes in its fleet, more than half of which are Airbus. The airline plans to acquire 43 planes from Airbus for US$2.25 billion in what will be its first such purchase in over a decade. The acquisition plan includes 19 A319, four A320 and 20 A321 planes.

Goyal said a letter of intent is expected to be shortly signed with Airbus and the first new Airbus aircraft is likely to arrive by September 2006.

Currently, Indian Airlines trails Jet Airways with a market share of under 40%. The carrier is also facing competition from low cost airlines such as Air Deccan and SpiceJet (500285.BY).

India's aviation sector is witnessing double-digit growth each year, helped by an expanding economy and rising incomes of its estimated 300 million strong middle class.

In the financial year ended March 31, 2005, Indian passengers on domestic and international routes made a total of 59.54 million trips, up 22% on year.
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Some pics of Go Air, the new LCC, originally posted by Bombay Boy and the photo was taken by Kevin D Souza.



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Finnair to open new nonstop route from Helsinki to Delhi
29 November 2005

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - Finnish national carrier Finnair said Tuesday it will start nonstop flights between Helsinki and New Delhi in November 2006.

The airline said it would offer three flights a week in each direction with the company's Boeing MD-11 fleet.

Finnair said it has systematically increased its number of destinations in Asia since 1999.

"India is a rapidly growing business and leisure destination, which sees a steady flow of passengers year-round," said Petteri Kostermaa, vice president of Finnair's Network Strategies and Development.

Founded in 1923, Finnair is one of the world's oldest airlines. It is a member of the OneWorld alliance, which includes American Airlines and British Airways. The airline carried a record 8.1 million passengers last year, up from 6.8 million in 2003.
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Indian aviation industry set for consolidation: officials

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (AFP) - India's expanding aviation industry will experience a shake-out due to the presence of too many players in a marketplace which is faced with infrastructure bottlenecks, officials said Monday.

Peter Harbison, Sydney-based executive director for the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said a whole new era had emerged in India's aviation industry.

"The private (aviation) sector is alive. Perhaps with a dozen new low cost carriers and plenty more promised.

"But in India there is a problem of infrastructure. Yes, in India we will see some collapses," he told reporters at the sidelines of a two-day aviation outlook summit.

Harbison said there were more new airlines emerging quickly in India than in any other place.

"India is certainly an open market. It is a very uncertain market. Why? Because you are coming off from a base of no traffic. So how can you project how much there is.

"There is tremendous amount out there. But where is it and when it is going to be there," he added.

On the outlook for consolidation among Asia Pacific carriers, Harbison said the region would probably not see dramatic consolidation in the short-term.

An increasingly liberalized environment would result in both merger activity and market exits in five years, he said.

"It will take at least five years before the system changes in Asia enough to allow rational market evolution," he said earlier in his speech.

Harbison said consolidation was necessary but impossible at the moment for various reasons including national ownership restrictions, nationalism and operational differences.

Girish Shah, head of marketing for Kingfisher, a six-month old Indian carrier said the airline was operating in a competitive market.

"To succeed in the competitive environment we have to keep costs down and provide value added services to woo passengers," he said.

Girish said some players would exit because strong financing was needed in the industry.

"Definitely there will be a shakeout. It is not a short haul flight. The industry is very competitive," he said.

Girish said Kingfisher was in the industry with strong financial backing and was already enjoying over 75 percent load factor. It has eight aircraft and flies eight destinations in India.

"There is a huge volume of people in India who want to fly," he said.

Last month, India's private carrier Kingfisher Airlines announced it had ordered 30 Airbus aircraft in a deal valued at 1.9 billion dollars.

The order includes A319 and A320 planes, the company said, with delivery starting in early 2008.

Other operators in India include Air India, Indian Airlines, Air Sahara, Jet Airways, Deccan and Spice Jet.
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Kingfisher Airlines Plans IPO in 2006

AP - Kingfisher Airlines aims to launch its initial public offering in the second half of 2006 and spread its wings internationally by 2010 under aggressive plans to be the top Indian carrier, its chairman said Tuesday.

The 6-month-old airline plans to raise around $200 million in its IPO to help finance its purchase of 65 new aircraft to drive its global expansion, said Vijay Mallya, who is also managing director.

The carrier now has a six percent market share and expects to "break-even in the first year of operation if we are lucky, if not most certainly next year," he told reporters on the sidelines of a regional aviation conference.

"We are looking at (the IPO) sometime in 2006, the second half more likely," Mallya said. "Our plans are to also fly internationally and our vision is to be the biggest and best in the Indian skies by 2010."

Apart from the IPO, Mallya said Kingfisher will also secure loans from bankers of its parent, UB Group, to fund the aircraft.

Kingfisher has ordered 30 Airbus A320s worth $1.9 billion, 20 ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft valued at $350 million, five Airbus superjumbo A380s, five A330s and five A350s.

Mallya said Kingfisher, which is the first Indian carrier to order the A380, plans to launch non-stop flights from New Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore to New York by 2010 when the first double-decker jet is delivered.

India and United States have an open-sky agreement, which means it can also fly to any other U.S. destination, he said.

Kingfisher is also eyeing routes to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia as well as the Middle East, he said.

Mallya said Kingfisher's global expansion could be accelerated if it succeeds in its bid to acquire Air Sahara, which has access to international routes. Indian carriers can only fly internationally after five years of domestic operations.

He said the company has submitted a bid "at a price that makes sense to us" which is below the $750 million dollar valuation by Air Sahara's advisers Ernst and Young.

"Now the ball is squarely in their court. They have to come back with answers on whether the valuation is attractive enough to talk and if it is, what is the value for sale? They have not made a clear statement yet," he said.

A merger with Air Sahara will expand Kingfisher's share of the Indian market to 18 percent from the current 6 percent, but Mallya stressed a deal will only be viable if the government assures it will not withdraw Air Sahara's international routes, landing slots and other airport privileges.
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Indian Airlines is now just 'Indian'

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New Delhi, December 7, 2005

The state-owned Indian Airlines is going in for a makeover with a new name 'Indian' and a logo inspired by Konark sun temple in Orissa, ahead of new aircraft joining its fleet.

Announcing the change in New Delhi on Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the makeover will begin with the three leased Airbus A319s joining the fleet this month.

The first of the A319 arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday bearing a vibrant logo of a flaming orange sun with a dash of blue inspired by the Konark sun temple.

"This is the first new aircraft to join the fleet after 11 years," Patel said.

To begin with, the new design is being implemented only on the Airbus A319s, but gradually the changes will be made in the entire fleet as and when they are refurbished or painted.

The airline has already invited some designers to suggest new uniforms for the staff for a trendy look.

Two other leased aircraft are to be inducted later this month and another two by April, taking the fleet strength to 70 aircraft.

These are apart from the 43 Airbus -- A319s and A320s -- the airline is in the final stages of negotiations. They will join the fleet from August next year.

"We hope to induct one aircraft every month," the minister said.

On the modernisation plans for airports, Patel said the bids would be finalised by December 31 as per the recommendations of the Group of Ministers.

Set up in 1953, Indian Airlines currently has an annual turnover of around Rs 60 billion ($1.2 billion). Together with its subsidiary, Alliance Air, the airline carries over 7.5 million passengers annually.

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thanks suncity.. better livery than the existing one..
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thanks suncity.. better livery than the existing one..
Yes and they are planning to change their sarkari attitude and promising to provide a stiff competition to the private airlines. Let's see. If IA can change its perception amongst fliers with its rebranding and acquiring brand new aircrafts.
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India likely to order around 1000 planes over next 20 years: Airbus

NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (AFP) - European aircraft maker Airbus Wednesday said that India's fast-growing aviation sector was expected to order between 800 and 1,000 planes over the next two decades.

"The Indian market is very strong... we see between 800 to 1,000 aircraft being ordered from the country over the next 20 years," Kiran Rao, Airbus Industrie's senior vice president told reporters.

He said Airbus expected at least 40 of these orders to be for the new super-jumbo A-380 aircraft.

Airbus had initially forecast demand for 500 planes in India between 2004 and 2024 but it revised this because of the country's sustained economic boom and the entry of a clutch of new airlines into the market.

State-run Indian Airlines, the second largest domestic airline, has placed orders for 43 Airbus aircraft over the next five years.

Airbus also has orders for about 188 aircraft from private airliners in India.
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India to raise over a billion dollars to build airports in small towns

NEW DELHI, Dec 15 (AFP) - State-run Airports Authority of India plans to raise up to 50 billion rupees (1.14 billion dollars) over the next four to five years to build a chain of airports in India's small towns, a minister said Thursday.

The Airports Authority "has plans to borrow a sum of 40-50 billion rupees in one or more tranches over next four to five years for funding the development of 35 non-metro airports," Aviation Minister Praful Patel told parliament.

India's domestic and international airline passenger traffic has soared by 25 percent a year on the back of strong economic growth, but the lack of infrastructure has obstructed further expansion.

The airports authority manages all the country's airports but has decided to sell a majority stake in the gateway New Delhi and Mumbai airports to private bidders to fund their expansion.

Aviation industry officials have been pressing the government to invest in a string of smaller airports to prevent overcrowding of Delhi and Mumbai and to maintain the airlines' growth momentum.
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Air France eyes big expansion of services to India

NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (AFP) - Air France plans to increase its flights to India by 20 to 25 percent a year over the next three years and hopes to see the superjumbo Airbus A380 land there by 2010, the airline's chief said Friday.

"Our short- and medium-term projects for the next three years are to expand our services by 20 to 25 percent each year to be on par with, or perhaps a bit ahead of, Lufthansa and British Airways, the airlines of reference in Europe for India," said Air France-KLM chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta.

"Two years ago, Air France operated 10 flights a week to India; this year, the number is 29, or a tripling of capacity in less than two years," he added.

Spinetta, who was in India to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Paris-New Delhi air link, made the comments to two media outlets including AFP.

On November 1, Air France launched service between Paris and India's technology hub Bangalore. Spinetta said the French carrier plans to soon link the two cities with a daily direct service, up from five flights a week.

Air France currently serves five cities in India: New Delhi, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Chennai (formerly Madras), Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Since the beginning of the Airbus 330-200 service from Bangalore, center of India's booming high-tech sector, "the response has been very promising," Spinetta told AFP.

The passenger load factor has risen to 90 percent in December from 80 percent in November, with many passengers opting for a Paris stopover for connecting flights to Europe, Africa and North America, Spinetta said.

"We think that economic links between France, Europe and India are going to develop in the coming years, and so we are anticipating, we are trying to be more and more present," he explained.

The carrier has asked the French government to open a visa office in Bangalore to process visa applications faster and spur more business and leisure travel.

"With Bangalore alone accounting for about 20 percent of our traffic from India, we're upbeat about its potential to generate more passengers for our service, thanks to the rapid growth of the knowledge sector, especially the IT and BT (biotech) services," Spinetta said.

He said that with passenger traffic on the rise, it was likely that the airline would fly the superjumbo A380s to Indian cities.

"We will put A380s into operation in 2008. We will begin with China and then Japan, and why not think about flying an Air France A380 to Delhi or Bombay in 2010?" he said.

Spinetta was quick to note that his statement did not constitute a "commitment" but was merely based on the development of passenger traffic in India.
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Indian Air Again Seeks To Lease Wide-Bodied Aircraft
21 December 2005

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--State-run Indian Airlines (IAIR.YY) is in the market to lease wide-bodied aircraft for the third time this year due to poor response to earlier tenders, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.

In the latest tender, the airline seeks to dry lease, or lease without crew, up to 12 aircraft for five to seven years. The aircraft include Airbus (ABI.YY) A330, A340, A310-300, Boeing Co.'s (BA) B767 and B777 aircraft.

The two previous tenders didn't yield any jets.

Although Indian Airlines didn't provide a reason for leasing the wide-bodied aircraft rather than purchasing, state-owned airlines face stiff bureaucratic hurdles to buying jets.

"With wide-bodied aircraft, we will be able to increase flights on existing as well as expanded routes," the spokesperson said, referring to starting new routes to continental Europe, the U.K. and the Far East.

Due to unavailability of aircraft for leasing, Indian Airlines hasn't been able to start planned U.K. operations for the winter season that began on Oct. 28. Jet Airways (532617.BY) and Air Sahara, the only two private-sector domestic airlines allowed to fly abroad, have already started service to the U.K.

Domestic airlines were permitted to fly abroad earlier this year.

Delivery of aircraft should be between February 2006 and January 2007, according to the tender. Indian Airlines is a domestic carrier with operations to 17 overseas destinations.

Rival Jet Airways has already placed an order to buy 10 Boeing 777 aircraft and 10 Airbus 330-200 aircraft to expand international operations.

For short-haul routes, Indian Airlines recently signed a letter of intent with Airbus to buy 43 aircraft with deliveries starting in October.
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Indian low-cost airline to buy 30 Airbus jets for US$1.5b

NEW DELHI : India's low-cost private carrier Air Deccan announced it would buy thirty A320 aircraft from European consortium Airbus Industrie for 1.5 billion dollars.

"The acquisition deal was signed with Airbus Industrie earlier this week and the delivery will begin from 2008," a company statement said.

The company previously purchased 30 ATR 72-500 aircraft in February for 528 million dollars and 32 Airbus A320s in December 2004 for 1.8 billion dollars.

The company said it plans to expand aggressively around the country, and perhaps further afield.

"With our extensive network, the additional acquisition will help us in increasing the number of flights and also connect newer destinations," managing director G.R Gopinath said in a statement.

"The additional acquisition of fleet will aid our plans of becoming a global player."

The company currently has a fleet of seven Airbus A320s and 17 ATR planes, up from three Airbus A320s and seven ATR aircraft a year ago.

Air Deccan says it will add eight A320s to its fleet next year, followed by 10 each year thereafter.

India launched its open skies policy in the 1990s, allowing private players to enter the domestic airline market previously dominated by state-run carriers.

Air Deccan, which started up two years ago, offers fares 30 to 40 percent below those of full-service Indian carriers like state-owned Indian Airlines and private operators Jet Airways and Sahara.

The low-cost carrier now operates almost 195 flights daily, more than double its operations a year ago.

European aircraft maker Airbus said earlier this month that India's fast-growing aviation sector was expected to order between 800 and 1,000 planes over the next two decades.

Airbus had initially forecast demand for 500 planes in India between 2004 and 2024 but it revised this because of the country's sustained economic boom and the entry of a clutch of new airlines into the market.

State-run Indian Airlines, the second largest domestic airline, has placed orders for 43 Airbus aircraft over the next five years.

Airbus also has orders for about 188 aircraft from private airliners in India.

Aviation analysts say there is a huge untapped market for low-cost carriers in the country of more than one billion people.

About 15 million people travel by air annually in India against three million passengers who fly daily in the United States even though the US population is around one-quarter that of India. - AFP /ls

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El Al looking to expand into India....

EI AL eyes Hyd for India operations

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El AL, the Israeli national airlines, is looking at Hyderabad as a prospective base for its India operations. Though ranked by IATA as one of the world’s three most efficient airlines with its operations spread all over the globe, the Israeli airlines operates just one flight to Mumbai.

Israel Borovitz, chairman of the EL AL board, who is on a two-day visit to Hyderabad, met chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today and apprised him of his company’s plans.

Besides planning an operational base, the airlines also wants to set up its own maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Hyderabad, sources said.

Setting up an MRO would mean a substantial expansion of operations by the Israeli national carrier in the near future.

Borovitz is scheduled to visit the upcoming international airport near Shamshabad on Tuesday. The company needs to enter into an agreement with the new international airport to establish an MRO facility there.
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and another LCC on the horizon.....

Another low cost airline takes shape

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Ten US-based non-resident Indians have teamed up to float Premier Airways, the new kid in the low cost airline space. The company plans to launch its services from September with an initial investment of $50 million (Rs 225 crore).

It will be headquartered in Chennai.

Premier Airways is the second low cost carrier from South India. Madurai-based Paramount Airways had launched commercial flight on October 19 from Coimbatore. Other low cost carriers include Capt G R Gopinath-promoted Air Deccan, Gurgaon-based SpiceJet and the Wadia Group promoted GoAir.

Premier Airways was in talks with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for taking aircraft on lease, soures said, adding that it would take five aircraft initially. The airline would have total fleet of 26 aircraft over three years, they added.
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hey all, heres a broad picture of what Indian aviation might look like in 2006.

A new aircraft every week, and more

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Indian carriers will press into service a new aircraft in every week of 2006. All told, they are expected to buy or take on lease 60 new aircraft during the year, increasing their fleet size by over a third, from 175 now to 235 a year from now.

In a second year of frenetic action, half a dozen new carriers are slated to start operations in 2006, and at least four airlines are expected to float initial public offerings.

Jet Airways set the ball rolling by raising Rs 1,200 crore (Rs 12 billion) from the market in February this year. Air Deccan, SpiceJet and Paramount raised funds worth $150 million from private equity firms in 2005. Next year, apart from state-owned Air-India and Indian Airlines, Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines are expected to hit the market with IPOs.

the new low-cost carriers have ended 2005 with a market share of 25 per cent. Industry experts say this could rise to 40 per cent in a year's time. Among the new low-cost carriers waiting to take wing in 2006 are IndiGO, Magic Air, East West, Indus, Premier and Star Air.

Out of the total of 280 aircraft signed up by Airbus at the Paris Air Show, 135 were from Indian carriers. A good number of these planes will be delivered in 2006.

Flyers will therefore get more choice and perhaps even sweeter fare deals. The flip side will certainly be more congestion at the airports and longer delays. The government's action plan for the year includes opening a new runway each at Delhi and Mumbai during the first quarter of 2006, but terminal throughput capacity and even car parking remain serious constraints.

However, the government is expected to take several key decisions: Contracts for the privatisation and modernisation of the Mumbai and Delhi airports are almost certain to be handed out early in the new year, and foreign carriers and persons of Indian origin may be allowed to take stakes in Indian carriers.

Private carriers like Jet Airways and Air Sahara are hoping that new international routes, to Frankfurt and Hong Kong, will be opened for them during 2006.
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