daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old January 30th, 2006, 04:48 AM   #321
kronik
Registered User
 
kronik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DED, PHL, MUM
Posts: 4,411
Likes (Received): 26

Air-India plans non-stop US flights

Quote:
Air-India may launch a non-stop service to the US in early 2007, when the national carrier takes delivery of its first 3 B777-200LR aircraft from Boeing Company.

“The service is likely to start by February 2007. Air-India is exploring the option of starting non-stop service from New Delhi or Mumbai to New York or Chicago,” a source said.

Air-India is acquiring 8 777-200LR Worldliners as part of its proposed acquisition of 68 aircraft from Boeing for an estimated $8.1 billion.

The planes are scheduled for delivery beginning November 2006. Currently, Air-India is operating 28 flights a week to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Newyark connecting via European destinations including London, Frankfurt and Paris.

“The proposed non-stop flights from India to the US will do away with the UK visa requirements for US passengers, though they are not stopping in London. Passengers will prefer non-stop flights,” an industry analyst said.

Currently, Continental Airlines and American Airlines are operating seven flights a week each with 777-200 ER aircraft.

The world’s largest airline firm American Airlines is operating its daily transatlantic flight non-stop between New Delhi and Chicago, while Continental Airlines is operating daily non-stop between New Delhi and New York.
kronik no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old January 30th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #322
kronik
Registered User
 
kronik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DED, PHL, MUM
Posts: 4,411
Likes (Received): 26

Quote:
Originally Posted by warnings
whats is going on with modernisations of airports?
Tomorrows the big day when the bids will be opened. The Left and the Airports Authority of India Union has fought tooth and nail to get the Govt. of India to award the contract to their incompetent, unprofessional ass. IF that wasn't enough, one of the companies losing out has threatened to go to court because they claim the process wasn't fair.

Airport takeoff hinges on Monday meet

Quote:
The empowered group of ministers (GoM), headed by defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, is expected to meet on Monday to push forward the modernisation of Mumbai and Delhi airports.

The empowered group will also study the legal implications of awarding the contracts for the Rs 5,400-crore project to avoid court cases from competing companies.

While civil aviation minister Praful Patel has been maintaining that the government has set a January 31 deadline for awarding the contracts, the move has run into stiff resistance from the Left parties and the staff of the Airports Authority of India.

The government’s attempt to open the financial bids yesterday was stalled by strong protests from the agitating AAI staff backed by the Left parties.

Ahead of Monday’s meeting, the committee of secretaries is also understood to have favoured giving one project to GMR-led consortium, after asking it to match the highest financial bid.

Parliamentarian Dipankar Mukherjee, who is a CPM member, felt that the privatisation of airports would slash AAI’s income by half.
The reason AAI is fighting so hard is because these two airports form the majority of their income, and like any other bureaucratic sloth, are afraid to lose their steady source of income.

At the same time, the Finance Minister unexpectedly announced that the bids for the other two metros, Kolkata and Chennai, may be invited in the next 10 days.

FM adds new twist to airport tangle

Quote:
Finance minister P. Chidambaram appears to have set another cat among the pigeons by saying in “about ten days” private companies would be asked to bid to take over India’s other two big airports, Calcutta and Chennai.

The statement in London’s Financial Times was attributed to him and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.
The coming few weeks will be tough on Indian aviation, but if we can come through and beat the commies and their unions, hopefully things will look much brighter. One almost feels bad for the commies, so much protesting, so little time!
kronik no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2006, 12:44 AM   #323
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

India's budget airline Air Deccan hopes for IPO by March
By S. SRINIVASAN
30 January 2006

BANGALORE India (AP) - Deccan Aviation Ltd., which started India's first budget airline, Air Deccan, hopes to sell its shares to the public by March if it gets regulatory approval, its founder said Monday.

The company has filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to sell nearly 24.55 million equity shares through a bidding process, accounting for one-fourth of its equity capital.

Currently, G.R. Gopinath, managing director, and other founders own 66 percent of the company, while the rest is held by ICICI Ventures, an Indian investment firm, and Capital International, a U.S.-based investment firm.

"Our expansion is modeled on tapping new demand for air travel in India and we are hungry for capital," Gopinath told The Associated Press.

Air Deccan, based in the southern city of Bangalore, operates 200 flights daily with nine Airbus jets and 17 ATR turboprop aircraft. It hopes to take its fleet strength to more than 100 in four years.

Funds raised from the issue would be used to set up ground facilities at airports, train staff and buy aircraft, Gopinath said. The premium for each equity share having a face value of 10 rupees (22 cents) would be announced later, he said.

The airline, which started operations in August 2003, flew 2.3 million passengers in 2005, double the number it carried in 2004, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

India's aviation sector has experienced robust growth in recent years after being opened up to private carriers as part of a government liberalization program that began in early 1990s. It has now half a dozen low budget airlines.

The competition has brought down fares, in the process attracting more passengers, and aviation officials expect the number of fliers to grow from around the current 20 million a year to nearly 50 million in 2010.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2006, 05:40 AM   #324
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Brace for turbulence at airport from now
31 January 2006
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Air travellers, brace yourself for flight delays and missed schedules. With the government deciding to cruise ahead with plans to hand over Delhi and Mumbai airports modernisation exercise to private firms, airport employees have threatened flash strikes that could disrupt flight schedules.

Flight operations at 124 airports across India would be hit by the stir, Airports Authority of India Employees' Joint Forum members said.

Though they have not announced any date for the strike, a member said: "If the financial bids are opened on Tuesday, expect trouble from that moment on."

The inter-ministerial group will meet on Tuesday to open the financial bids for the Delhi and Mumbai airport projects.

GMR-Fraport - which has already emerged the winner for any one of the two projects - has filed a caveat in Delhi High Court, pre-empting any legal move on part by unions.

Indicating that the government's efforts to pacify the warring employees has failed, union leader M K Ghoshal - after holding a 90-minute-long meeting with civil aviation minster Praful Patel - said: "We have so far not taken any steps.

But if the government goes ahead with privatisation, we could even consider closure of all airports. It could be a massive industrial action, the responsibility of which will squarely lie on the government."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2006, 01:27 AM   #325
kronik
Registered User
 
kronik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DED, PHL, MUM
Posts: 4,411
Likes (Received): 26

No longer a flight of fancy: bigger and better airports in New Delhi, Mumbai

Quote:
In the face of political resistance from within and outside, the Government today opened the financial bids for Delhi and Mumbai airports and decided to file caveats tomorrow in the Supreme Court and the High Courts in Delhi and Mumbai so that the process is not hijacked through legal action.

A caveat is usually filed in anticipation of legal action, where the court is urged to listen to other side before passing an order. In this case, the Government, through the Airports Authority of India, will seek to be heard by the court in case a petition is filed challenging the Delhi and Mumbai modernisation process.

From now on, it will take up to anything between three to six months before the airports are transferred to the two joint venture companies. The operation, maintenance and development agreement (OMDA) is the key document that has to be finalised.

The agreements which have to be signed:
• Shareholders Agreement
• Land Lease Agreement (30 years, extendable on performance by another 30 years)
• State Support Agreement
• Substitution Agreement

OMDA becomes effective only after these are signed. Before this, AAI has to register two companies under the existing names to begin talks. Both consortia will have to pledge Rs 150 crore upfront.

What has to be in place before 2008


DELHI
(Approx cost: Rs 2800 crore)
• New parallel runway and associated parallel taxiways
• High speed exit taxiways and cross link taxiways
• Satellite rescue and fire station
• New landside road to international and domestic complex
• New elevated terminal (international) front road for departure and on ground level for arrival. Existing elevated road to be demolished


MUMBAI
(Rs 2400 crore)
• New domestic terminal
• International terminal expansion
• New high speed exit taxiways
• International cargo terminal
• International car park expansion l New access road to international terminal


Know your Operators

• Fraport: Owner, operator of Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport (below), Peru’s Lima Airport, Turkey’s Antalya International Terminal and five other international airports
• Involved in building, management, consulting, personnel training, ground handling in Athens, Vienna, Hong Kong, Brussels and Shanghai

• GMR Group: Already cleared to build, own and operate the Hyderabad International Airport

• ACSA: Largest airports authority in Africa, owns and operates South Africa’s nine principal airports, including Johannesburg (top), Cape Town and Durban
• Has extensive experience in managing - from the smallest to Johannesburg International Airport, which is larger than Mumbai and Delhi airports

• GVK Industries: Implemented core infrastructure projects from Nagarjunasagar Dam to the six-lane Jaipur-Kishengarh expressway
kronik no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 2nd, 2006, 06:55 AM   #326
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Calcutta Airport Reopens As Workers Continue Strike
1 February 2006

NEW DELHI (AP)--Calcutta's airport reopened Thursday even as a strike by workers that forced the facility to suspend flights entered its second day, media reports said.

Some 22,000 airport workers went on strike across India Wednesday to protest airport modernization plans, which they fear could cost them jobs.

The striking employees, mostly cleaners and administrators, held protests outside airports to demand the government rescind its decision to privatize the New Delhi and Bombay, also known as Mumbai, airports.

Germany's Fraport (FRA.XE) and the Airports Company South Africa (APT.YY) won tenders Tuesday to modernize and operate the two airports, both of which are struggling to cope with booming air traffic brought about by India's rapid economic growth.

After a day of protests, the airport in Calcutta, one of India's largest cities, was ordered shut when fire brigade personnel and workers in charge of lighting at the runway joined the protests.

However, all flights were taking off and landing on schedule Thursday morning, the NDTV news channel reported.

Air traffic remained unaffected at other airports because air traffic controllers did not join in. But passengers complained of flight delays, dirty facilities and long waits for baggage.

The airports are currently run by the government, and labor unions representing airport workers have angrily protested the privatization moves, fearing job cuts.

Under the contracts, however, the new airport operators must retain the current employees of state-run Airports Authority of India for at least three years.

AAI will remain responsible for security and air traffic control.

The GMR-Fraport consortium, a joint venture between India's GMR and Fraport AG that operates the Frankfurt airport, won the bid to modernize and operate the New Delhi airport, while a collaboration of India's GVK with Airports Company South Africa won the bid for the Bombay airport.

Between them, the New Delhi and Bombay airports handle almost 65% of India's international traffic - about 19 million passengers a year. Both airports have long been criticized for their inefficiency and lack of comfort.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 2nd, 2006, 07:09 AM   #327
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

FACTBOX-Details on India's airports, aviation sector

Feb 1 (Reuters) - India's cabinet approved on Wednesday financial bids to privatise two creaky airports in Mumbai and New Delhi, the country's two busiest.

The bid to revamp the Delhi airport was won on Tuesday by a consortium led by India's GMR group and German airport operator Fraport .

The Mumbai airport was awarded to a group led by India's GVK Industries Ltd. and the Airports Company of South Africa.

The government will hand over control and management to joint ventures of the respective groups, but will retain 26 percent in both airports. For a story, please double-click on [ID:nDEL244845].

Unions protested the privatisation and riot police caned hundreds of workers outside the Mumbai airport on Wednesday. For a story, please double-click [ID:nDEL15458].

Following are some details on various airports and the civil aviation industry in India.

-- India, Asia's third-largest economy, has 450 airports and airstrips including those managed by the defence services and private companies.

-- The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages 125 of them. These include 11 international airports, 77 domestic airports, 9 airports for customs department and 28 civilian enclaves at defence airfields.

-- Passenger traffic at these airports crossed 50 million in the year to March 2005. Traffic growth is estimated at 12 percent each year between now and 2009.

-- More than 85 percent of total passenger traffic was handled by 10 airports, which generate 80 percent of AAI's revenue.

-- Delhi and Mumbai, the two major gateways, account for 49 percent of total passenger traffic and 33 percent of total revenue.

-- Only 11 airports are profitable.

-- The Delhi airport handled 10.4 million passengers in the year ended March 2004, and the Mumbai airport saw 13.28 million travellers.

-- Passengers often face long queues, delayed flights and inadequate service standards during peak hours in most airports.

-- The government estimates up to 200 billion rupees ($4.5 billion) is needed over the next five years to bring Delhi and Mumbai airports to international standards.

-- Indian carriers have been furiously expanding operations over the past two years, and new airlines have emerged because of booming demand for air travel. Indian companies have placed orders for new planes worth more than $10 billion.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 4th, 2006, 02:35 AM   #328
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Indian prime minister meets leftist leaders in a bid to end airport strike
By GAVIN RABINOWITZ
3 February 2006

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's prime minister on Friday urged striking airport employees to return to work, assuring them that their jobs would remain secure despite government plans to privatize the country's two largest airports, officials said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made the appeal at a meeting with representatives of some 22,000 airport workers who have been on a strike since Wednesday, a day after private companies won tenders to operate the airports in New Delhi and Bombay.

The nationwide strike hasn't affected most flights, but it forced airports to run on emergency electricity generators, without water or garbage collection.

"In the interest of the traveling public, the prime minister asked them to call off the strike," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters after Singh met with the striking workers.

Patel said Singh assured the workers that their jobs would remain secure, as the private operators were bound by the contracts to absorb at least 60 percent of the workers of Airport Authority of India currently employed at the two airports.

"We will request them to take more people," Patel said. The rest will remain on the payrolls of AAI, which will continue to operate other airports in the country.

There was no immediate reaction from the airport workers, who went into a meeting to discuss a response to the prime minister's appeal.

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court told protesters to hold any demonstrations at least 500 meters (550 yards) from airport premises, after the workers blocked the road to the New Delhi airport, causing some passengers to miss flights.

There were no protests outside New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday, but passengers faced piles of garbage and dried-up water taps in the restrooms.

Airline staff cleared trash from planes, dumping it outside the airport.

In Bombay, security officers lined approach roads and passenger entry gates as about 150 protesting workers sat outside the airport building. All flights there were taking off and landing on time, an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to policy.

The strike was called after Germany's Fraport and the Airports Company South Africa, along with their respective Indian partners, won tenders to modernize and operate the New Delhi and Bombay airports.

Together, the two handle almost 65 percent of India's international traffic -- about 19 million passengers a year -- and are struggling to cope with booming air traffic amid India's economic growth. They have long been criticized for inefficiency and discomfort.

Government officials had earlier said they'd arranged to keep the strike from affecting airline services, but some flights were delayed.

Passengers slammed authorities' handling of the situation.

"In London, the British would never allow this trash to pile up," said Yash Varma, a 31-year-old Indian who was flying to London with his family. "How are we going to move forward if we treat ourselves like this?"

At the Bombay airport, the official said the striking workers prevented contract laborers from clearing the garbage at the terminals. No clashes were reported, however.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 4th, 2006, 06:02 PM   #329
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

India's Jet Air Shr Hldrs To Meet Feb 28 On Raising $800M
4 February 2006

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Jet Airways (India) Ltd. (532617.BY), India's largest airline on domestic routes, will hold an extra ordinary general meeting of its shareholders on Feb 28 for raising up to $800 million, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange Saturday.

The members will also consider raising the investment limit by foreign institutional investors to 49% from the current 24%, the statement said.

The funds could be raised in overseas or in the domestic market by issuing equity shares, global depository receipts, American depository receipts, foreign currency convertible bonds or any other instrument, the statement said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 4th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #330
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Union Chief: Indian Airport Workers Call Off Strike
4 February 2006

NEW DELHI (AP)--Thousands of striking airport workers ended their four-day-old strike Saturday when the government assured them work after the country's two largest airports are privatized, said M.K. Ghoshal, a union leader.

The strike - mainly involving cleaners and administrators - had little impact on flights, but forced airports to run on emergency electricity generators and left them without water and littered with garbage. [ 04-02-06 1045GMT ]

"In view of the assurances by India's civil aviation minister and an appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, I call off the strike," M.K. Ghoshal, a union leader at the Airport Authority of India, told workers at the New Delhi airport.

Beleaguered passengers had to put up with stinking toilets and filthy waiting halls at airports in Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta and other cities.

"We have agreed that the stalemate of the last four days at the airports must come to an end ... I hope that all issues have been resolved and normalcy will return to our airports as of this evening," India's Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters after meeting representatives of striking workers in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Friday with representatives of the 22,000 workers, who went on strike Wednesday, after private companies won tenders to operate the airports in New Delhi and Bombay.

Singh told the workers that their jobs would remain secure because the private operators are bound by contract to keep at least 60% of the people employed by the Airport Authority of India at the two airports, Patel said

"We will request them to take more people," Patel said. "The rest will remain on the payrolls of AAI, which will continue to operate other airports in the country."

The strike was called after Germany's Fraport AG (FRA.XE) and Airports Company South Africa (APT.YY), along with their respective Indian partners, won tenders to modernize and operate the New Delhi and Bombay facilities.

Together, the two airports handle almost 65% of India's international traffic - about 19 million passengers a year - and are struggling to cope with booming air traffic amid India's economic growth. They have long been criticized for inefficiency and uncomfortable conditions.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 6th, 2006, 01:29 AM   #331
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Airport Workers In India Return On Pledge Of Job Security
5 February 2006

NEW DELHI (AP)--Thousands of workers cleaned filthy waiting halls and toilets at airports across India Sunday, as they ended a four-day strike after the government promised them jobs as India's two largest airports are privatized, officials said.

The strike, mainly by cleaners and administrators, had little effect on flights. But it forced airports to run on emergency generators, and left them without water and littered with garbage.

Nearly 22,000 workers called off the strike Saturday when the government also assured that they would not be punished for the protest, said M.K. Ghoshal, a union leader at the Airport Authority of India. Some workers returned to the job Saturday.

Airlines speeded up cargo operations, which had been suspended during the four-day strike.

"The floors are clean, the conveyer belts functioning and aerobridges are back into operation," Nitin Jadhav, joint general secretary of the Airports Authority Employees' Union, told reporters.

The workers went on strike Wednesday, a day after private companies won tenders to operate the New Delhi and Bombay airports.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the workers' representatives their jobs would remain secure because the private operators' contracts say they must keep at least 60% of those employed by the Airport Authority of India at the two airports, Patel said.

"We will request them to take more people," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said. "The rest will remain on the payrolls of AAI, which will continue to operate other airports in the country."

The strike was called after Germany's Fraport (FRA.XE) and Airports Company South Africa (APT.YY), along with Indian partners, won tenders to modernize and operate the New Delhi and Bombay airports.

The two airports together handle nearly 65% of India's international traffic - about 19 million passengers a year - and are struggling to cope with booming air traffic as the economy soars. They have long been criticized for inefficiency and discomfort.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 19th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #332
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

India Kingfisher Air Converts 15 Plane Options To Orders
19 February 2006

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Kingfisher Airlines, a unit of India's United Breweries (507458.BY), has converted options to buy 15 ATR aircraft into orders, ATR said in a statement Sunday.

The list price of the 15 aircraft is $270 million, the statement said, adding Kingfisher has also placed an option for 20 more ATRs.

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR is a joint subsidiary of European Aeronautical Defence and Space Co (5730.FR) and Alenia Aerospace, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI).

Kingfisher placed an order for 20 ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in November last year, at a list price of EUR350 million. The airline also took options to buy an additional 15 aircraft, which it converted to orders Sunday.

These ATRs will be used to link Kingfisher Airlines' four hubs - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore - to smaller cities.

"These smaller cities do not suffer from the infrastructural constraints (like) at metro airports. We see an attractive opportunity to provide feeder services for our Airbus network," Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director of Kingfisher Airlines said in the statement.

"This order confirms once again the suitability of ATR aircraft in the Indian regional aviation sector and will also further reinforce our leadership in India," Filippo Bagnato, chief executive of ATR said in the statement.

ATR has a 75% share of the Indian market for 50- to 70-seat regional aircraft and 95% of the turboprop sector.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2006, 06:42 AM   #333
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

India Min: Considering Air India, India Airlines Merger
19 February 2006
Dow Jones International News

India is considering merging state-owned airlines Air India (AIN.YY) and Indian Airlines (IAIR.YY) this year, Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel said Monday.

The government is also considering initial public offerings for both airlines, which could be launched in May, prior to the proposed merger, he told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Singapore.

Up to 25% of the shares in the airlines could be sold to the public, he said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 06:13 AM   #334
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

India SpiceJet: Not In Stake Sale Talks With Kingfisher
21 February 2006

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd. (500285.BY) Monday said it isn't in talks with rival Kingfisher Air to sell a stake.

"Neither the company nor the Kansagra family is in talks with Kingfisher for the sale of a stake," Ajay Singh, director of SpiceJet, told Dow Jones Newswires.

The U.S.-based Kansagra family owns 28% of SpiceJet.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 06:15 AM   #335
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Another day, another deal for booming Indian airline industry

SINGAPORE, Feb 22, 2006 (AFP) - Another day, another deal in the booming Indian aviation sector.

On three consecutive days this week, three different Indian carriers confirmed deals for aircraft or engines totalling nearly four billion dollars.

The announcements on the first day of Asian Aerospace, and in the two days leading up to the region's industry showcase, gave potent reinforcement to the word's of a key industry figure.

"Remember, India is our greatest potential market," Giovanni Bisignani, director general and chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), told an industry summit on Monday.

He was speaking on the same day that state-run Indian, formerly Indian Airlines, signed an agreement in New Delhi for the purchase of 43 short-haul planes from Europe's Airbus worth 2.5 billion dollars.

On Tuesday, the French-US engine manufacturer CFM International followed up by finalizing a 500-million dollar agreement to provide its CFM56-5B power plants for Indian's order, which includes A319, A320 and A321 jets.

Also Tuesday, Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet got Asian Aerospace off to a high-flying start by signing a 700-million dollar deal to buy 10 737 jets from US manufacturer Boeing.

Privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines began the spending spree on Sunday when it inked in New Delhi a 270-million dollar deal to purchase 15 72-500 turboprop aircraft from ATR, a venture between Alenia Aeronautica from the Finmeccanica group and European Defence and Space Company, which controls Airbus.

Kingfisher and SpiceJet both began operations last May and are competing in a field of about 10 carriers that have emerged in an increasingly liberalized Indian aviation sector with astounding passenger growth.

Just over a decade ago, Indians had only two carriers to choose from, both state-owned.

"A change in government policy has brought new life to the Indian airline sector," Bisignani said.

SpiceJet director Ajay Singh said growth has come from train travellers who switch to flying because of cheaper airfares, a trend that since last March has pushed the number of domestic air trips up sharply to 24 million from about 18 million.

As an indicator of the Indian market's potential, he said that as many people currently travel by train in one day as fly during an entire year.

Bisignani put the number of Indian air travellers at just 40 million or four percent of the population.

"If that increased to 25 percent the market would be 250 million," he said.

Liberalization of bilateral traffic rights and permission for private airlines to compete on international routes has led to a huge capacity increase, said Vasudevan Thulasidas, chairman of state-run Air India.

"International traffic to and from India is booming," Thulasidas said, noting a 16.7 percent rise in his own airline's international traffic in 2005.

Last month, Air India signed a formal agreement to buy 68 Boeing airliners, including 777s, 787-8 Dreamliners and 737-800s, with a list price of 11 billion dollars. It was one of the biggest aviation deals in Indian history.

Industry observers and officials have predicted a shakeout in an aviation sector with so many players and in January Jet Airways agreed to purchase rival Air Sahara. This week, India's minister for civil aviation, Praful Patel, reportedly said Air India and Indian might be merged.

"The problem is, infrastructure is not ready for the growth planned, which might limit this growth temporarily on international routes," said Randy Baseler, vice-president marketing for Boeing commercial airplanes.

Others have also cited infrastructure as a concern.

"We need quick action to address infrastructure deficiencies in Delhi and Mumbai," Bisignani said, while saying he was pleased Patel has decided to "push forward improvements in Mumbai."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 11:09 AM   #336
Kaiser
Herr
 
Kaiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: World
Posts: 613
Likes (Received): 22

nice pix
__________________
Never judge a book by its movie. -- J. W. Eagan
Kaiser no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2006, 07:55 AM   #337
Bikaner
Bikaner
 
Bikaner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bikaner
Posts: 66
Likes (Received): 0

The Indian Aviation sector is really booming!
With all these orders coming there is going to be a lot of congestion in Indian Airports in the years to come. Hopefully the government does something about this as infrastructure needs to be updated urgently.
Bikaner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2006, 05:03 PM   #338
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Chicken flies again on Indian air menus despite bird flu

NEW DELHI, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - Chicken and eggs have made a comeback on Indian airline flights after being pulled from menus nearly three weeks ago when India reported its first outbreak of bird flu among poultry.

India's biggest private domestic carrier, Jet Airways, said it resumed serving chicken and eggs Thursday after discontinuing them "as a precautionary measure" following the detection of the H5N1 strain of the virus in western India.

"Jet Airways has taken this step following a directive from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," the airline said in a statement.

State-owned domestic carrier Indian and other Indian airlines also said they had put chicken back on board.

There have been no new reports of avian influenza among chickens in India since the first outbreak on February 18 in an area straddling western Maharashtra and Gujarat states.

Doctors tested close to 100 people for the virus but the results were negative.

The government has been urging people to eat chicken again and published advertisements in newspapers assuring consumers that properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.

Chicken is a staple meat for Indians as pork and beef are often avoided due to religious beliefs. But after detection of the flu virus, chicken and egg sales plummeted, badly hurting the poultry industry.

At one point, the army and government offices took chicken off their menus along with many restaurants but they now are serving it again.

Some restaurants, however, say diners are still shunning chicken.

"The demand for chicken... has shown only marginal improvement. It may take quite some time before poultry consumption levels are back to pre-scare days," Dilip Shekhawat, manager of a popular New Delhi restaurant, told the Asian Age.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 16th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #339
kronik
Registered User
 
kronik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DED, PHL, MUM
Posts: 4,411
Likes (Received): 26

Jet may buy Boeing 747-8

Quote:
Jet Airways (India) Ltd is in talks with the US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company for acquiring 450-seater, yet-to-be-launched 747-8 intercontinental aircraft for its proposed non-stop US service.

A senior Jet Airways executive confirmed that the airline is evaluating the feasibility of inducting Boeing 747-8 aircraft for its US service, which will start by the end of this year or early next year. However, the delivery of the aircraft will begin only by 2009.

Commenting on the proposed US service, the Jet Airways executive said the airline has submitted necessary documents to the Indian government, which, in turn, apprised the US Department of Transportation.

“We are expecting a clearance soon and may start the service by 2006-end or early 2007. Initially, we will be inducting Boeing 777 for this long service,” he said.

He added the airline is also evaluating the possibility of inducting other aircraft such as B 777-200 LR, B 787 and even the Airbus family aircraft.

The industry sources said Jet Airways will deploy the Airbus family aircraft for south-east destinations, while Boeing long haul aircraft would be deployed in other routes such as the US and the UK.

Jet Airways has firmed up its plans to start services to Thailand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Rome and some other destinations.
--------------------------------------------

`Decision on Indian, A-I merger in 2006`

Quote:
A decision to merge Air India and Indian is likely to be taken in the current fiscal year to turn the combined entity into a mega carrier with about 130 aircraft to take on the major global carriers like Singapore Airlines, Emirates and British Airways.

Keeping in mind the global aviation scenario where such mega mergers have taken place in the recent past, from KLM-Air France and Lufthansa-Swissair to Jet airways and Air Sahara in India, “it is an absolutely logical proposal to consolidate and optimise the use of the assets of the two public sector airlines,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said today.

Maintaining that such a proposal would have to be cleared by the Union Cabinet, he said, “This should happen within 2006-07 and added that the two airlines were already attempting to synergise their operations.

Patel said the emergence of Delhi and Mumbai as hubs of their future operations with most modern, world-class airports would help the combined entity to spread its operations having a fleet of 125-130 aircraft.

There was also a proposal to establish the airports economic regulatory authority to take care of issues like allotting of parking bays, time slots, airport tariffs and other functional and commercial issues.

To questions on allowing domestic carriers to fly abroad, Patel said there was no proposal to relax the conditions of having a 20-aircraft fleet and five years of domestic operations to allow a domestic airline to fly abroad.

Last edited by kronik; March 16th, 2006 at 09:12 PM.
kronik no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 16th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #340
kronik
Registered User
 
kronik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DED, PHL, MUM
Posts: 4,411
Likes (Received): 26

cross-posting from the Indian Aviation thread in SSC - India section:


Air India at LHR - cc rights raghu 'n' chicago

My dream of seeing two Indian carriers at a global airport is complete. Notice the Jet Airways craft at no. 3 after the Emirates.

In fact, there are two Air India planes in the picture.
kronik no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 12:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium