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Old December 7th, 2006, 03:18 AM   #441
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Indian airlines seek govt OK to hedge fuel-paper

MUMBAI, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Indian carriers have sought government approval to hedge jet fuel, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of their total costs, for their domestic operations to guard against volatile prices, the Economic Times said on Wednesday.

"Permitting airlines to hedge their aviation fuel risk would be a positive step that would, on a longer term, ensure cost-efficient air travel industry," it said quoting a letter by Federation of Indian Airlines to the Indian finance ministry.

Presently, Indian carriers are allowed to hedge fuel for their international flights, but not for domestic operations as they buy fuel from local oil marketing companies.

"Airline firms have now demanded the government should allow hedging of aviation fuel that is purchased from domestic companies," the newspaper said.

Domestic carriers such as Jet Airways Ltd. , Deccan Aviation Ltd. and SpiceJet Ltd. are allowed to hedge only those commodities that are physically imported by them.

Aviation fuel was trading at about $78.31 a barrel at the benchmark Singapore index <JET-SIN>.
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The first proposed outlines of the Delhi International Airport are out!



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This is the supposed location of the new facilities. This is not official.



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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:15 AM   #444
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Friday December 8, 12:06 AM
Airbus to double investment in India to one billion dollars

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Europe's Airbus said it would double investment in India to at least one billion dollars as it forecast the country would need 1,100 new planes over 20 years to meet soaring air travel demand.

The aircraft maker said it originally pledged to plough 500 million to 600 million dollars into India over the next decade as part of a 2.5 billion dollar deal to sell 43 aircraft to state-owned carrier Indian.

"That (investment) has gone up to about a billion dollars... and it will be much more. This is just the beginning," Airbus India president Kiran Rao said.

The commitment to spend on pilot training, engineering and other projects came as Airbus forecast India would need 1,100 new aircraft over the next two decades -- 935 passenger planes and 165 cargo -- worth 105 billion dollars.

Of the passenger aircraft, Airbus said India would need 712 single aisle, 121 small twin aisle, 58 intermediate twin aisle and 44 large planes.

India now has a total of 198 planes in service.

Airbus added its forecast was "conservative" and improvements to India's decrepit aviation infrastructure could mean even faster demand for planes.

"Strong demand in India is being unleashed by air transport deregulation, the emergence of a number of new operators, lower fares and a large untapped demand for air travel," John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer for customers, told a news conference.

Airbus forecast earlier this month demand worldwide of 22,663 aircraft worth 2.6 trillion dollars between 2006 and 2025.

More than 50 percent of the fleet in India is made up of Airbus planes and the aircraft maker has won 75 percent of orders placed in 2006.

Boeing has grabbed 25 percent.

India was emerging as the world's fastest-growing nation for air travel demand, with average annual passenger traffic growth of 7.7 percent forecast through to 2025, Airbus added.

The projection was well above a global average of 4.8 percent and projected Chinese growth of 7.2 percent, Airbus said. However, China, which liberalised its airline sector earlier, would still need far more planes than India, Airbus said, forecasting the country would require 3,075 aircraft by 2025 from 791 now.

Six Indian carriers, many of them budget, have taken flight in the past three years since the market was liberalised and more are readying for takeoff as airline promoters seek to lure an increasingly affluent middle class, estimated at 300 million in the country of more than one billion people.

Leahy added he did not expect delays to the superjumbo Airbus A380 to cost the aircraft maker any more orders aside from the cancellation earlier this month of a five-plane deal by FedEx, the world's largest express delivery group.

He said he was confident Thai Airways International -- which had threatened to scrap an order for six A380s if compensation talks for delayed delivery failed -- "will stay with the A380 and perhaps even purchase more".

"Virtually no airline has cancelled. The minute any airline expresses concern about the delays, I get calls from airline CEOs asking 'Can I have their slots?'" Leahy said.

On Wednesday, Airbus said the A380 would get its air-worthiness certificate from US and European authorities on December 12, after the world's largest civilian airliner was dogged by electrical cabling problems.

Airbus was working out a compensation deal for delayed delivery with Indian private airline Kingfisher Airlines, which had ordered five A380s, said liquor baron Vijay Mallya, owner of Kingfisher.

Kingfisher was slated to receive the planes, which can carry up to 840 passengers depending on configuration, in January 2010 but the date has now been postponed by 11 months.

The first A380 is due to be delivered to Singapore Airlines for entry into service next October.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #445
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meanwhile....

Kingfisher seeks damage for delay in delivery of A380

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Kingfisher Airlines will not cancel the order of five Airbus A-380s, the largest aircraft in the world, though the delivery has been delayed by 10 months from January to December 2010. The airline, however, has already asked for compensation from the manufacturer.

Vijay Mallya, CMD, Kingfisher Airlines said that he will definitely fly the aircraft for its huge passenger capacity and economical operations in India and take the advantage of both Delhi and Mumbai airports, which are expanding their infrastructure to become A-380 compliant.

Mallaya said: “The delays does not affect out operational plans. We will fly A-380 on the international routes, but these services will be started much earlier, once we get deliveries of our Airbus A350-800 wide bodied aircraft by next year.

Our negotiations with Airbus Industries have already started to work out a compensation package deal on this unscheduled delay.”

He, however, refused to outline the compensation demanded. Kingfisher was the first Indian airline to place orders for five A-380 in June 2005 with Airbus.

The airlines is also expanding its business class service, Kingfisher First, which has been receiving good response from the market. “We have one of the highest yields in the business class. From 40 per cent the occupancy has gone over to 80 per cent, despite being the most expensive air-travel service in the domestic airline sector.
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Tata Group to buy stake in low-budget SpiceJet airline
Mon Dec 11, 3:07 AM ET

MUMBAI (AFP) - India's Tata Group said it had bought a "less than 10 percent stake" in budget domestic airline SpiceJet which it termed a "financial" move for the firm which has interests from steel to cars.

"This is not a strategic investment but a financial investment by an arm of the group," a Tata Group spokesman said on Monday.

"The Tata board is currently meeting to discuss fund raising details," he added.

SpiceJet shares rose 4.85 rupees or 9.07 percent to 58.3 rupees in noon trade Monday with the benchmark Mumbai stock exchange down 278.25 points or 2.02 percent to 13,514.25.

One of SpiceJet's largest shareholders is Dubai-based Istithmar, an investment firm with a 10 percent stake.

"The entry of Tata's will lend credibility to SpiceJet and aid fund raising activity in the future," said an analyst with brokerage SSKI Securities.

SpiceJet holds around six percent of India's commercial airline market as one of a dozen budget carriers that have 28 percent of India's passenger traffic.

Jet Airways, whose deal to takeover rival Air Sahara failed last year, has the largest share of the market at 34 percent with state-owned Indian, Kingfisher, Air Sahara holding the rest among full-service carriers.

Spicejet has raised money twice to keep operations going in the fiercely competitive sector, including an 80 million dollar overseas convertible bond and a 12.5 million dollar stake sale to Istithmar since it began operations in May 2005.

"Low-budget carriers continue to eat into the market share of full service domestic carriers like Jet Airways and Indian Airlines," the SSKI Securities broker said.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 05:31 PM   #447
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The great Tata scion, JRD Tata, is known as the father of Indian civil aviation. He started Tata Airlines in 1932, which went on to become Air India (at a time when it was one of the best in the world). So its a rather interesting development that the Tatas are looking at civil aviation again.

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Old December 18th, 2006, 08:08 AM   #448
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Indian budget airlines see revenue boost from cargo
By Jasudha Kirpalani & Narayanan Somasundaram

MUMBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Bleeding Indian budget airlines plan to carry express cargo as they look at alternative revenue streams to boost their financials amid falling passenger fares.

Low-cost airlines such as Air Deccan, part of Deccan Aviation Ltd. , SpiceJet Ltd. and GoAir expect package and document shipments to make up at least 10 percent of their revenue in their first full year of cargo operations.

GoAir recently launched cargo operations while SpiceJet hopes to start in the second half of 2007 and Air Deccan plans to lift on-board courier from February 2007.

Currently, air cargo within India is carried primarily by full service carriers Jet Airways Ltd , state-run Indian [IA.UL] and express delivery firm Blue Dart Express Ltd. .

"Cargo revenue will rise substantially from next year, reaching at least a tenth of revenue," GoAir's Chief Commercial Officer Raj Halve told Reuters.

"Cargo can chip away some of the difference between cost and revenue for low-cost carriers," Kapil Kaul, chief executive, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation-Indian subcontinent & Middle East, said.

Deccan Aviation reported a loss of 3.4 billion rupees in the fifteen months ended June 2006, while SpiceJet posted a loss of 414.2 million rupees in 2005/06.

Budget airlines need to turn around in 25 minutes to meet costs. But poor infrastructure at Indian airports means the turnaround time extends to at least 45 minutes. "The answer, use the extra time and underbelly space to carry goods," Kaul added.

The reach also helps, a Spicejet spokesman said. "No-frills carriers fly to hitherto unserviced segments, the market is huge." Air Deccan, for instance, has the largest network in India covering 61 airports.

MORE SPACE

Air cargo space is primarily limited to early morning flights and perishables. "Since the market is growing at a rapid pace it indicates the need to increase capacity," logistics firm Gati Ltd's Chief Executive Mahendra Agarwal said.

DTDC Courier & Cargo Ltd.'s Chairman Subhasish Chakraborty added that only 70 percent of the load offered is carried, with the rest delayed. "We need more space," he said.

The 22-billion-rupee courier industry and the 40-billion-rupee express segment are expected to grow 20-25 percent a year, according to a research report by Edelweiss Securities.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 04:19 PM   #449
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a scene unimaginable 5 years ago -

Chennai (Copyright: SSC forumer Planemad)

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Thanks to SSC India forumers for putting these together.
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Jet to acquire 10 Dreamliners for over $1.5 bn

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Jet Airways will acquire 10 Boeing 787-8 series aircraft, better known as the Dreamliner. The listed price of the aeroplanes is more than $1.5 billion.

Jet Airways will be the first private carrier and the second domestic airline after national carrier Air-India to acquire the Dreamliner aircraft. Air-India is acquiring 27 Dreamliners.

The delivery of the 10 aircraft is scheduled for between July 2011 and December 2012, subject to government clearances. They will be used for Jet’s international operations. A decision on whether to buy them outright or lease them will be taken closer to actual delivery.

Under the agreement, Jet Airways has the option to go in for other models of Boeing aircraft. Jet Airways Executive Director Saroj K Datta said the airline had executed a purchase agreement with US-based Boeing. “We still have to choose the routes the Dreamliners will fly,” he said.

Asked for the rationale behind opting for Dreamliners, he said the aircraft represented a milestone in aviation history, and its better economics, coupled with its fuel efficiency, tilted the choice in its favour.

According to Boeing data, the 787-8 Dreamliner can carry 210-250 passengers on routes of 8,000-8,500 nautical miles (14,800-15,700 km).

“The aeroplane will use 20 per cent less fuel for comparable missions than today’s similarly sized aircraft. It will also travel at speeds similar to today’s fastest wide-bodied aircraft,” it said.

The Dreamliner is built to take on the A-380 (much bigger with 555 seats) and the A-350 (with 270 seats) from the Airbus stable. Kingfisher has already ordered five A-380 and five A-350 for its international operations.

Aiming at 50 per cent revenue from its international operations in the next three years, Jet has already firmed up its plan for flights to New York from August, followed by those to San Francisco and Toronto. Jet will also launch direct daily flights from Delhi and Kolkata to Bangkok on January 23, 2007.

Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said, “A flight to San Francisco via Shanghai is likely to be introduced in October 2007. We will be able to fly to Gulf destinations by early 2008. We are also looking at South Africa and Kenya.” The airline will have 22 wide-bodied aircraft by 2008-09.
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India's main private carrier Jet profit dive as fuel costs leap

MUMBAI, Jan 19, 2007 (AFP) - India's largest private-sector carrier Jet Airways reported Friday net profit slid by 34.4 percent during the third quarter due to higher fuel costs and competition in the country's cut-throat aviation market.

Jet Airways Ltd said net profit for the three months to December plunged to 400 million rupees (nine million dollars) from 610.1 million rupees in the same period a year earlier.

But revenues grew 36 percent to 20.30 billion rupees from 14.99 billion rupees, the company said in a statement.

The company's domestic seat load factor fell to 70.1 percent in the quarter ended December from 72.5 percent a year earlier, while industry capacity grew by 40 percent during the same period.

Jet has seen its market share erode to about 32 percent from a peak of nearly 50 percent as nearly half a dozen new airlines have taken to the skies in India over the past two years to take advantage of India's increasingly affluent middle class which is choosing to fly rather than take the train.

The carrier, which flies to international destinations such as London and Singapore and is awaiting US landing rights, blamed higher fuel and wage costs for the fall in profit.

Fuel costs climbed 938 million rupees (21.2 million dollars) during the third quarter from the same period a year ago, Jet said.

Jet added 1,308 personnel in the quarter to bring total employee strength to 9,780.

The company said it was in a crucial phase of international routes expansion.

"Deliveries of the company's orders for ten Boeing 777 and ten Airbus 330 aircraft commence in April 2007. By October 2008, the company's widebody fleet will stand at 22 state-of-the-art aircraft," Jet officials said.

"During the next 12 months, the company expects to add daily flights to North America, East and South Africa and additional points in the Far East," the statement said.

"We expect the fourth quarter to reflect the seasonality inherent in the business," the statement said.
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Got a nice update.

The renderings of the new international hub airport planned at Nagpur, India are finally online.

www.madcindia.org

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# International Hub Airport – 1200 Hectares
# An existing Airport in the center of India with 3200 x 45 meters runway to be extended to 4000 x 60 meters to meet international standards.
# Provision for additional runway of 4000 x 60 meters in future.
# Ultimate space for parking 50 aircrafts in the terminal and 50 aircrafts remote.
# Provision for Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance base (MRO on 100 Hectares).
# Airport Terminal; a semi-circular terminal building of 3,00,000 sqm. to be developed in phases.






This is the plan of the entire economic zone around the airport.

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India may need 1,100 new aircraft in 20 years: Airbus


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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus estimates that India will require 1,100 new aircraft, estimated to cost $105 billion, over the next 20 years, going by the growth in demand for air travel.

According to Mr Sanjay Sharma, Senior Marketing Analyst of Airbus, effectively India will need 712 single-aisle, 121 medium twin-aisle, 58 long range and 44 large aircraft during this period.

"India will continue to be the fastest growing country for air travel for the next 20 years, as per an Indian market forecast by Airbus," Mr Sharma told presspersons on Monday.

Demand for air travel in India is growing at a CAGR of 7.7 per cent against the world average of 4.8 per cent with the Indian domestic market growing at 16.4 per cent per annum, he said.

Mr Sharma was, however, non-committal when asked whether Airbus plans to set up a manufacturing facility in India to tap the growing aircraft market. For the freighter segment, over the next 20 years, Airbus estimates that there would be a demand for 165 new aircraft - 70 small jets, 55 regional jets, 30 Long Range aircraft and 10 large aircraft.

"This demand is being fuelled by the low cost carriers. However, for these demand projections to be met, Indian carriers will have to regain their market share to 50 per cent of international traffic into and out of the country from the current 35 per cent," he pointed out.

In 2005 and 2006, Indian airliners have placed orders for a total of 406 aircraft with Airbus getting 71 per cent of these (288 aircraft) through seven large customers and Boeing bagging 29 per cent (118 aircraft).

On the preparedness of Indian airport infrastructure for the arrival of the new mega-sized 550-seater A-380 aircraft, Mr Sharma said, "to date, Kochi airport is the only one ready for it. But most Indian airports will be ready for it by end-2008 in time for the delivery of the aircraft to India."

Corporate jets

Regarding the demand for corporate jets, usually purchased by companies for executive travel, Mr Sharma said, "we have already delivered one A-319 corporate jet and have an order for one more. The market is growing and there is always the possibility for fractional ownership of the aircraft as in other parts of the world."

In the very large wide-body segment, Kingfisher will become the first Indian carrier to operate the advanced passenger aircraft, the A 380.

Mr Sharma said Airbus's engineering centre in Bangalore would focus on high-end engineering analysis and design. Other initiatives include establishment of a joint CAE and Airbus training centre for pilots and maintenance crews.
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India's airlines face growing pains

MUMBAI, Feb 5, 2007 (AFP) - India's airlines lost 400 million dollars in the nine months ended December 2006 as high fuel and aircraft purchase costs hit carriers, and more trouble is ahead, aviation executives said Monday.

At least half a dozen carriers, including budget airlines, have taken flight in the past three years in India's skies, dominated by two state-run companies less than a decade earlier.

But profits have been hard to come by for most, and many could fold, leading private airline Jet Airways told a two-day South Asia aviation finance conference in Mumbai.

"The industry is seeing temporary over capacity but will have to charge more to cover costs," said Wolfgang Prock-Shauer, chief executive officer with Jet Airways.

"The weaker airlines will exit the industry," he said.

Executives and analysts at the conference forecast sharp growth for India's aviation sector but stressed that financial and infrastructure problems would hamper growth.

Indian air passenger traffic is tipped to grow to 50 or 60 million by 2010, from around 25 million now, as a booming economy boosts wages in the country of more than one billion people.

With the industry set to grow further, most private airlines have committed millions of dollars to buy aircraft from US-based Boeing and European-based Airbus Industrie, a trend which is expected to continue.

Boeing expects India's requirements over the next two decades at 856 planes to be worth 72 billion dollars, according to an executive with the company in India.

Airbus has forecast India will order 1,100 planes over the next two decades.

Analysts said demand for seats in the new planes would keep pace.

"Looking at current GDP growth forecasts, air traffic growth is likely to be well above 20 percent each year," said Praveen Vetrivel, analyst with research firm International Bureau of Aviation.

Among the carriers, Jet Airways has a 30 percent market share, followed by state-owned Indian with 21 percent, 19 percent for budget carrier Air Deccan and nine percent each for Kingfisher and Air Sahara.

Low-cost carriers like SpiceJet, GoAir, IndiGo, Jagson and Paramount fight for the remaining 14 percent share.

But the airports and services for passengers have lagged behind this growth, forcing airlines to fly an additional 10 minutes due to air traffic congestion at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, resulting in higher fuel consumption.

"This factor alone accounts for a loss of 80 million dollars annually," Prock-Shauer said.

Still, leading aviation companies are flocking to India, with more than 500 expected to hold displays at a five-day Aero India show starting Wednesday in the southern hi-tech hub of Bangalore.
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the tower for Nagpur looks very unique, hopefully the real one will be true to form.
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Citing risks, India clips wings of foreign pilots with poor English skills
15 February 2007

NEW DELHI (AP) - India has told 25 foreign commercial pilots, most of them from Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union, to stop flying over the past year because their poor English posed a safety risk, an official said Thursday.

India's economic boom has brought a huge spike in air traffic handled by the country's outdated airports with more international flights coming in and 10 new domestic airlines starting up in the past decade -- many of which have hired foreign pilots to fly their planes.

The result has often been planes landing in quick succession or circling airports as they wait for an opening, and the number of near misses has climbed steadily, reaching 21 in 2005, the latest year for which data is available.

Indian officials have put at least part of the blame for the near misses on bad communication between pilots and air traffic controllers, and on Thursday civil aviation authorities said they were trying to fix the problem by forcing out pilots with poor English skills.

"Twenty-five pilots, mainly from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have been asked to stop flying," said Maushumi Chakravarty, the spokeswoman for India's state-run Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

There are about 560 foreign commercial pilots flying in India.

Earlier Thursday, Kanu Gohain, the head of the DGCA, had told reporters at an aviation conference that English proficiency was a basic requirement because it was the globally used language for aviation communication, the Press Trust of India reported.

English is also the language of educated India, although Hindi is much more widely spoken across the country of more than 1 billion people.

India's airports handled 51 million domestic passengers in the last fiscal year that ended March 31, up 28 percent from the previous year, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, a consulting firm in Sydney, Australia.
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Terminal T3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

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India's 2 state-run carriers to merge amid growing private and foreign competition
By RAJESH MAHAPATRA
21 February 2007

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's two state-run carriers will merge to create a larger airline capable of competing in an aviation market that is growing more open to private and foreign players, the aviation minister said Wednesday.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said a ministerial panel has approved the merger between Air India and Indian Airlines. Air India operates on international routes and Indian Airlines mostly focuses on travel within India and to some neighboring countries.

"We want to see a big, strong national carrier. This is our intention," Patel told reporters.

For decades, Air India and Indian Airlines thrived in a protected market until the government allowed private companies to enter the aviation business in the early 1990s.

Several private airlines have since started operations, increasingly eating into the market share of the state-run carriers. Last year, privately run Jet Airways trumped Indian Airlines, flying the highest number of passengers on domestic routes.

In 2005, privately run Jet Airways trumped Indian Airlines, flying the highest number of passengers on domestic routes. Currently, Jet commands a 35 percent share of the domestic market, while the share of Indian Airlines has slipped to 24 percent.

Air India also has suffered as the country has increasingly opened up its skies to foreign airlines, allowing them to increase the frequency of their flights to India.

The merger between the state-run carriers is also expected to set off consolidation among private airlines.

A boom in air travel -- driven my rising middle-class incomes -- has encouraged scores of companies to invest in airlines in recent years, but most of them have yet to turn a profit.

The plan to merge Air India and Indian Airlines follows decisions by the two airlines to overhaul their fleets, which are currently burdened with aging aircraft.

Air India is buying 68 planes from Boeing Co. and Indian Airline has placed an order for 43 Airbus planes.

The new planes will be delivered over the next three to five years.

It is not clear how many planes will be grounded from their existing fleets, which total 111 planes.

A combined Air India-Indian Airlines will have 33,000 employees and there would be no layoffs, Patel said. The merger will cost 2 billion rupees ($45 million), he said.

The merger process will start after the Indian Cabinet approves the plan, which is just a formality that Patel expects to come through by end of next month. It will take about two years to complete the merger, he said.
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Airlines want tax relief on lease rentals to stay

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Indian air carriers want the government to retain aircraft lease payments outside the tax net, cut aviation fuel tariff and provide tax relief to immigrant pilots, industry players said.

Withdrawal of the exemption on withholding tax on lease rentals in the forthcoming annual budget -- as indicated by the government -- would increase the cost of local airlines as leasing firms typically passed on the liability to lessees, they said.

In fact, the government needed to cut the tax on aviation turbine fuel, which was much higher than international levels, G.R. Gopinath, managing director of Deccan Aviation Ltd. , SAID.

"Any cut in taxes can be passed on to the customer making air travel even more affordable," Gopinath told Reuters over telephone.

The withholding tax, which would require airlines to withhold the tax liability from leasing companies and pay it over to the government, has now been kept in abeyance for several years.

But with Indian air travel market expanding rapidly and a number of airlines being floated, the demand for leasing aircraft has risen sharply.
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