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Old March 2nd, 2007, 03:49 AM   #461
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India OKs merger of two state-run airlines

NEW DELHI, March 1 (Reuters) - India's cabinet on Thursday approved the merger of state-run carriers Indian Airlines Ltd. [IA.UL] and Air India Ltd. [AI.UL] as part of a wider strategy to take on nimble private players, a minister said.

The Indian government plans to place the new merged entity among the world's top 20 carriers.

Both international carrier Air India and domestic-focused Indian Airlines have ageing fleets compared with rivals. ($1=44.1 rupees)
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #462
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India surpasses Italy in terms of number of aircrafts with scheduled airlines

India's total commercial aircraft tally (with scheduled airlines) touched 360 this month, surpassing that of Italy's. It has climbed many places during the last 18 months or so, and now only the following countries have a larger fleet size.

USA, China, UK, Japan, Germany and Canada
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Old March 5th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #463
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India OKs merger of two state-run airlines

NEW DELHI, March 1 (Reuters) - India's cabinet on Thursday approved the merger of state-run carriers Indian Airlines Ltd. [IA.UL] and Air India Ltd. [AI.UL] as part of a wider strategy to take on nimble private players, a minister said.

The Indian government plans to place the new merged entity among the world's top 20 carriers.

Both international carrier Air India and domestic-focused Indian Airlines have ageing fleets compared with rivals. ($1=44.1 rupees)
Are they still going to keep separate names?
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #464
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Continental Airlines to add new India route from Oct

MUMBAI, March 7 (Reuters) - Continental Airlines Inc. <CAL.N>, the No. 4 U.S. carrier, said on Wednesday it would launch daily non-stop flights between financial hub Mumbai and New York/Newark from Oct. 31, subject to government approvals.

The Houston-based carrier has operated a New Delhi-New York non-stop service since 2005.

"We are excited about extending our Indian route network to Mumbai," Jim Summerford, Continental's vice president for Europe, Middle East and India, said in a statement.

The Mumbai-New York/Newark flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, it said.

U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines Inc. <DALRQ.PK> and American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp. <AMR.N>, also fly to India, where a booming economy is boosting business and leisure travel.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #465
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Cool, two Texan airlines are now flying to Mumbai.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #466
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Are they still going to keep separate names?
thats been under debate for a while now. Some people are calling for a totally "new" name, but which will still be playing on India, Indian, etc.

Personally, I like Air India and the Maharajah mascot.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #467
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thats been under debate for a while now. Some people are calling for a totally "new" name, but which will still be playing on India, Indian, etc.

Personally, I like Air India and the Maharajah mascot.
These liveries below were the best for Air India and Indian Airways. They should just keep these:




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Old March 9th, 2007, 08:01 AM   #468
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Nah, I don't like that Air India livery... looks too 70s
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Old March 11th, 2007, 09:27 AM   #469
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agreed...the latest livery on the B777 looks way better
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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #470
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India - 2006 airport statistics (first 10 busiest airports)

Percentage growth over 2005 in brackets:

Mumbai 21375051 (23)
Delhi 19373415 (28)
Chennai 8476707 (35)
Bangalore 7420531 (46)
Kolkatta 5635017 (41)
Hyderabad 5369843 (49)
Cochin 2392499 (35)
Ahmedabad 2374356 (44)
Goa 2047362 (37)
Trivandrum 1650615 (28)
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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:42 PM   #471
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Percentage growth over 2005 in brackets:

Mumbai 21375051 (23)
Delhi 19373415 (28)
Chennai 8476707 (35)
Bangalore 7420531 (46)
Kolkatta 5635017 (41)
Hyderabad 5369843 (49)
Cochin 2392499 (35)
Ahmedabad 2374356 (44)
Goa 2047362 (37)
Trivandrum 1650615 (28)
growth rate is impressive. the numbers are still small...
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Old March 12th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #472
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growth rate is impressive. the numbers are still small...
"still" .."small"....Such inferences and opinions would be better suited if individuals keep them to themselves. People of different nationalities are using this forum to share data and information in a dispassionate manner. Let us keep disdain and misplaced conclusions out of it. Perhaps you should wait for a few more years and see if airports like Mumbai and Delhi are not sustaining the current growth trends and not getting into the top 20 or 30 list and a couple of more airports from India are not moving into the top 50.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #473
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Jet Airways adds new London flight from Ahmedabad
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Jet Airways Ltd, India's top domestic airline, said on Monday it would add a direct flight to London from Ahmedabad from April 3.

Jet will fly two non-stop flights per week to London from Ahmedabad initially and fly three flights a week from May, it said. Jet will operate an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Jet already flies to London from Mumbai, New Delhi and Amritsar.

Faced with increasing competition from new discount carriers in India, Jet is expanding its international operations. It already flies to south Asia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and will add North America, Europe, Africa and more Asian cities.

Jet expects to get half its overall revenue from international operations by March 2009.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #474
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"still" .."small"....Such inferences and opinions would be better suited if individuals keep them to themselves. People of different nationalities are using this forum to share data and information in a dispassionate manner. Let us keep disdain and misplaced conclusions out of it. Perhaps you should wait for a few more years and see if airports like Mumbai and Delhi are not sustaining the current growth trends and not getting into the top 20 or 30 list and a couple of more airports from India are not moving into the top 50.
sorry if you are offended, I never said Mumbai or Delhi couldn't get into top 20 or 30. But your data were posted for people to make comments right? or you only want to hear applause from people? don't you think cities as hugh as Mumbai or Delhi should have a bigger passenger number than 21m and 19m?
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Old March 13th, 2007, 08:26 AM   #475
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sorry if you are offended, I never said Mumbai or Delhi couldn't get into top 20 or 30. But your data were posted for people to make comments right? or you only want to hear applause from people? don't you think cities as hugh as Mumbai or Delhi should have a bigger passenger number than 21m and 19m?
well think of the kind of country you are talking about here though. If India were as developed as for example western Europe than these numbers would be astronomical. But its not, and India has only now discovered aviation as a means of affordable transportation.

There was a recent report that less than 2% of the Indian population flies. The potential is enormous, and the biggest bottleneck is nothing but the government's inability to get things done quickly.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #476
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speaking of bottlenecks..............

Airports facing 50% ATC shortfall

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India’s two largest airports--Delhi and Mumbai--have just 100 air traffic controllers guiding 500 planes daily, nearly 40-50% short of the requirement. The 87 domestic airports have just 1,000 air traffic controllers, grossly inadequate for the booming aviation sector. At 2,500 flights per day, India needs a minimum of 2,500 ATCs. Yet, an official from the Airport Authority India (AAI) admitted that no ATCs have been recruited in the last five years.

ATCs co-ordinate movements of aircraft, keep them at safe distances from each other and direct them during take-off and landing, thereby ensuring smooth traffic flow with minimal delays. The shortfall not only compromises air traffic safety but also poses a question mark over future expansion plans of domestic carriers.

With the domestic airlines asking the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for permission to operate 40% additional flights this summer, taking the daily total to 3,500, up from 2,500 in the summer of 2006, this shortage is set to become acute. Additional flights would add to the work pressure of the existing ATCs, since there would be 600 flights each day over Mumbai and Delhi airports this summer.

An operations head with a domestic airline said, “The task of ensuring safe operations of commercial and private aircraft falls on an ATC. In India, especially at the metro airports, the ATCs have to guide an aircraft every three minutes for take-offs and landing. There should be adequate traffic controllers to guide the movement of aircraft.”

The situation has reached alarming levels where an ATC guides planes through some 14-15 routes at the same time. “According to international norms, there should be one radar controller for every route, with one person manning arrival and another, departure. Surprisingly, in India, a single ATC does both the jobs,” the airline official said.

Industry analyst Amar Kedia cites the rapid growth in the aviation sector as a reason for the shortage of ATCs. “Two years ago, over 800 flights took off and landed at the Mumbai airport on a particular day in the summer schedule. This was a record in itself. This year, if the DGCA approves an increase in the slots given to various airline operators, it will be really a daunting task for the controllers to manage the traffic,” he said.
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Wanted! 5,000 pilots in India

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Carriers have splashed out billions of dollars on planes and engines this week at the Asian Aerospace show in Singapore, but an analyst has warned that the exponential growth of the subcontinent's aviation sector has resulted in a shortfall of pilots.

"There is a tremendous shortage of pilots in India," said Dinesh Keskar, who is none other than Boeing's senior vice president for commercial aircraft sales, adding that the country will likely require between 4,000 and 5,000 new aviators in the next five years.

The recent splurge illustrates that India's aviation sector is in robust health--something everybody knew anyway. The market has mushroomed since the liberalization of the sector long controlled by the state-run Indian Airlines and Air India and officials expect 50 million air passengers in India by 2010 from 14 million.

Yet pilots are not being trained quick enough to meet the soaring need for their services, argues Keskar. Boeing, which has correctly ascertained that funding pilot instruction is a sensible step from its own business perspective, is to invest up to $75 million on training facilities to help the problem.
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7-month ban on new flights to Delhi, Mumbai airports

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There will be no new flights to and from Delhi and Mumbai over the coming seven months. The Government has decided to freeze at the existing levels the number of flights that can be operated by domestic airlines from these two airports during the forthcoming summer season.

Contemplated in the wake of increasing congestion at these two airports, the ban would apply to any new flight that an airline wants to operate during the peak hours.

The Government, however, is yet to decide on what constitutes peak hours for both the airports that are the busiest in the country. There are sections in the Government that feel the peak hours extend from 7 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m.

The decision to freeze the number of flights at the existing levels was taken at a meeting the Secretary, Civil Aviation, Mr Ashok Chawla, had with senior airline officials. Top officials of Air Sahara, SpiceJet and Jet Airways were present at the meeting.

Traditionally, the Government approves airline schedules twice annually, in March for summer and in October for the winter schedules. This is done primarily as the Government controls the slots at the airports and also to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced due to delays at the airports.

Justifying the decision, senior Government officials said that Delhi and Mumbai airports cannot handle more than 30 flights an hour. "Till proper infrastructure is created some steps will have to be taken to ensure that congestion at these airports is kept to a bare minimum," officials indicated.

Another measure under consideration to mitigate the congestion problem is to allow Delhi airport to increase to four hours in the morning the time during which simultaneous use of both runways would be permitted.

At Mumbai, the airport operator plans to allow the use of the cross runway soon, that should also help in easing the problems airlines face while flying from and to the city.

According to airline officials, at Delhi and Mumbai airports, there were about 3,200 aircraft `movements' in a week during the summer schedule of 2005, up from 2,400-2,500 in the preceding schedule.

The congestion problem is also heightened by the shortage of enough trained Air Traffic Controllers in the country and there have been suggestions to recruit and train more people for this job.
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Jet Airways' new livery:

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Old March 25th, 2007, 04:41 AM   #479
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I like Spicejet's livery. Maybe because it provides a flat fare

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I like the new livery. It looks good
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