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Old May 17th, 2007, 10:15 AM   #501
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India plans air services talks with Russia

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With aviation links with Russia coming under strain, India has proposed holding of two days of bilateral air services talks with Russia from June 14.

The move comes in the backdrop of a diplomatic stand off that saw both threatening to withdraw permission to their respective airlines to operate to either country from Tuesday (May 15). The standoff ended when Russia allowed Indian carriers to over fly its airspace till June 15.

Using air space

Official sources said that the genesis of the problem was that no Indian carrier currently operates to any Russian airport, while Russian airlines are allowed to operate 46 weekly flights to various destinations including Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and Amritsar.

Air India and Jet Airways, however, regularly use Russian air space while flying to Western Europe and the UK.

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"Russia was pressing for only 46 Indian flights a week to overfly their air space, arguing that this was their interpretation of the air services agreement. We have written to the Russian side that this interpretation is in contravention of several international treaties and over flight cannot be treated as a part of the air services bilateral," a senior Government official told Business Line.

Russia, however, took the plea that since it was not a signatory to some of these international agreements, it was not bound by them, a point that India disputes.

Dispute

The existing agreement with Russia is the most liberal that India has exchanged with any of the other 11 members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

It puts a cap on the number of weekly flights that can be operated to each city here.

The Russian side is said to be keen to have more flexibility in the implementation of the agreement, although no new wish list has yet been presented, officials said.

The current agreement allows Russian airlines to operate 17 weekly services to Delhi including 14 flights from Moscow alone and 11 weekly flights to Mumbai including eight from Moscow.

In addition, Russian airlines are entitled to operate a daily service from any point in Russia to Kolkata and Goa and two weekly flights to Amritsar and Ahmedabad.

During the air services meeting in Delhi, the Russian delegation also requested for permission to operate services on the Kazan/Baku/Delhi and return sector, within the entitlement for operations to and from Delhi.

The Indian delegation noted the request and agreed to revert through a separate diplomatic communication.
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India lifts order stopping Russian flights, aviation ministry says
16 May 2007

NEW DELHI (AP) - India has lifted an order that briefly closed Indian airspace to Russian airlines, an aviation official said Wednesday.

The order, which was only in place for a few hours, did not affect any flights, said Maushumi Chakravarty, spokeswoman for India's civil aviation ministry.

India had closed its airspace to Russian airlines on Tuesday, after Russian aviation officials notified the Indian government that Indian airlines would not be allowed to fly in Russian airspace after June 15, Chakravarty said.

India reopened its skies later Tuesday after Russia agreed to continue allowing Indian flights into its airspace, she said.

The two nations' agreement on the use of each others' airspace expires on June 15, though Chakravarty said it will remain in effect until talks are scheduled.

Russian officials "have been told that at any point in time if they decide not to let India fly over their airspace, the Russian carriers will not be allowed to operate into India," Chakravarty said.

Russian officials could not be reached for comment.
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India to release aviation plan in a few months-govt

MUMBAI, May 13 (Reuters) - India was preparing a plan to make its aviation industry better able to deal with global competition by 2020 that would replace the current policy, the aviation minister said on Sunday.

The Vision 2020 statement would be sent to senior government ministers and should be ready in a couple of months, Praful Patel said at Jet Airways Ltd.'s presentation of its new Boeing 777-300 ER and Airbus 330-200 planes.

"We are coming out with a Vision 2020 statement for aviation, which we will spell out in a couple of months, and a lot of issues, and issues not resolved, will be cleared," Patel said, adding it would help Indian carriers meet competition from foreign airlines.

"It is not going to be a standard mechanical formula ... of course, there will be certain guidelines and we will be doing all these things in a few months."

Patel also said he would talk to India's oil minister and state-run oil companies about high jet fuel prices.

"We want some kind of a rationalisation (of prices). If there is no support, we will look into various ways including looking at allowing imports to carriers or allowing us to hedge," he said.

Indian carriers are allowed to hedge fuel for international flights but not for domestic operations.
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Air Deccan aims for top spot in India's crowded skies

BANGALORE, India, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - Air Deccan, the discount carrier that opened air travel to millions of Indians, is counting on first-time fliers and small-town entrepreneurs to turn it into the country's biggest airline.

"We will become the country's largest people carrier in less than two years by offering the best low-cost product," Managing Director G.R. Gopinath told AFP in an interview in Bangalore. "That's inevitable."

The 55-year-old former army captain, who says his ambition is to "make every Indian fly," has built Bangalore-based Deccan into India's number two airline in less than four years, with a market share of about 22.7 percent.

Now he wants to overtake Jet Airways, which last month increased its share of the expanding aviation market to more than 32 percent from about 25 percent by acquiring Air Sahara.

Jet, which is focusing on international routes, is trying to chip away at Deccan's leadership of the budget travel market by positioning Sahara -- renamed Jetlite -- as a low-fare airline.

Meanwhile the upmarket Kingfisher Airlines, owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wants to buy a stake in Air Deccan.

But Gopinath, the son of a village schoolmaster who swears by "dreaming big, thinking big and acting fast," says the airline has no merger plans.

Instead, Air Deccan plans to achieve its ambition of overtaking the competition by adding more planes to its fleet of 43, building more hangars and logistics support hubs and taking its low-cost model to untapped markets by linking small towns.

The airline, which has flown almost 11 million passengers since it took off, now operates 19 Airbus A320 planes and 24 turboprops, flies to 65 airports and makes 350 journeys a day.

But it is still trying to shake off a reputation for lateness and rude ground staff overwhelmed by the sheer volume of passengers attracted by low prices.

Air travel in the nation of 1.1 billion people has boomed since Air Deccan took to the skies with a single aircraft.

The number of airlines has risen to 10 from three in just four years, and average plane fares have fallen by two thirds.

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Civil Aviation forecasts the domestic market will more than double to 60 million passengers by 2010, as incomes rise and low fares make air travel more affordable.

But the decline in air fares has squeezed profitability, with airlines posting a collective loss estimated at 500 million dollars in the year ended March.

Air Deccan had a loss of 2.13 billion rupees in the quarter ended March.

"Gopi has shown he is capable of building a big airline in a very short time," said Kapil Kaul, head of the India office of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Civil Aviation. "To become the biggest is within the realm of possibility."

"But all airlines have very aggressive strategic intent," he said. "And it's important to strive for a balance between growth and expansion. Market share isn't everything.

"For Air Deccan and all other airlines, the immediate challenge is to look within, restructure and wipe the bloodstains off the balance sheets in the next 18 months to 24 months."

Gopinath said he was confident Air Deccan would return to two successive quarters of profitability soon.

To fund expansion, he plans to raise between 75 million and 100 million dollars by selling up to 26 percent of the airline to an institutional investor.

Air Deccan put on the aviation map destinations such as Little Tibet in the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, cut off from the outside world for seven months a year because of heavy snow.

It appealed to small-town passengers prepared to pay a fraction more than on the state-run rail network to drastically reduce their journey time.

"We want to tap the potential that exists deep in the interiors of India by taking air connectivity there," said Gopinath. "Those are the economic powerhouses of the future. We don't want to be a Delhi-Mumbai airline."

"There are a billion hungry consumers there. They are aspirational, full of hope," he said. "These people want to travel, must travel."

India's airlines have expanded aggressively in recent years, with about 480 aircraft on order for delivery through 2012. About 135 aircraft have been added in the past two years.

Enormous scope exists, with 18 million Indians every day still travelling long distances by train and 12 million taking buses, said Gopinath,

"It's a new market," he said. "There is a tectonic shift in consumer behaviour. And we are on the forefront of it."

Air Deccan makes money by offering its aircraft fuselage to advertisers. Excess baggage and the sale of sandwiches, chips, tea and soft drinks earns it a bit more.

Non-passenger revenue makes up about 7.5 percent of Air Deccan's total revenue, a share it wants to raise to 30 percent in three years.

The company is also India's largest e-commerce website, grossing as much as one-and-a-half million dollars daily from online ticket sales.

Gopinath, an artillery officer who saw action in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, was named aviation CEO of the year last week for "bringing every Indian closer to that dream of flying."

For a man who left the army in 1979 with less than 100 dollars in his pocket, got himself a dog and grew bananas and coconuts on a patch of land he named Gopi's farm, awards don't matter.

"You do it for the sheer challenge," he said.
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More Indian carriers may fly abroad

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More Indian carriers could soon be allowed to wing their way abroad. This would become possible if the Union Cabinet gives its nod to the Civil Aviation policy when it comes up for review this Thursday.

The policy proposes that the Ministry of Civil Aviation be allowed to decide on a case-to-case basis the airlines that should be permitted to operate abroad. While the policy is unlikely to specify any criterion for allowing an airline to fly abroad, the Government could look at diluting present norms which stipulate that five years of operations in the domestic sector is a must before they can be allowed on international routes.

The current requirement of having a minimum fleet of 20 aircraft to operate internationally is not likely to be changed, sources said.

According to sources in the Government, the proposal to review the present norms arises from the lopsided usage of bilateral air services agreement that India has with a number of countries.

"The sector is booming. There has been huge growth in both domestic and international air traffic to and from India, but this growth is heavily weighed in favour of international airlines as there are not enough Indian carriers allowed to fly abroad. The Ministry is seeking to correct the imbalance in a calibrated manner," a senior Government official said.

Industry analysts point out that there could be further depletion in the number of Indian carriers flying abroad unless the present policy is changed.

Currently, State-owned Air India and Indian and two private operators, Jet Airways and Air Sahara are allowed to ply the international skies. But, with the merger of Air India and Indian under way and the Jet Airway's buyout of Air Sahara, the number of Indian carriers flying abroad would be reduced by half. Currently, Indian carriers account for about 30 per cent of the international traffic.

The Government has been examining various options for correcting this imbalance. Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, hinted at a change in policy but said there may not be any blanket review of allowing airlines from India to fly abroad. "We will look at country-specific proposals," Mr Patel had said.

Any change in current policy, especially lowering the five-year criterion to three years, could immediately benefit both Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines.

Towards the end of this year, Kingfisher airline is to receive the first of the 15 new Airbus planes ordered by it. This aircraft, an Airbus A-340-500, has the capacity to fly non-stop between India and the US. The airline has also ordered five each of the Airbus A-330 and Airbus A-380. The airline Chairman, Mr Vijay Mallya, has all along maintained that the wide-body aircraft being acquired by his company would not sit on the ground. To overcome the Government regulation, Mr Mallya's UB Group had started work to register an airline in the US that would fly passengers from US to India and back.

In addition, Air Deccan operates the Airbus A-320 that can fly from India to countries in East Asia, South Asia and the Gulf region.

The policy, which is being referred to as `Vision 2020', would not call for any change in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the sector or allow foreign airlines to pick up a direct or indirect stake in domestic airlines.
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June 1, 2007

The Indian cabinet on Thursday approved construction of a new airport in Mumbai, the country's financial capital, the civil aviation minister said.

"It will be through a joint venture and will cost INR100 billion rupees (USD$2.5 billion). Tenders will be floated in 2008 and work will start in 2011," Praful Patel told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

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United Breweries, which runs Kingfisher Airlines, said on Thursday it will buy 26 percent of Deccan Aviation signalling further consolidation in the fast expanding but loss-ridden Indian aviation market.

The deal, struck at INR5.5 billion rupees (USD$136.5 million), values Deccan Aviation at about INR21 billion rupees.

"The synergy that could evolve with Kingfisher Airlines was tremendous," G.R. Gopinath, managing director of Deccan Aviation told reporters at a news conference. "It would make enormous financial and operational sense."

Gopinath, a former army captain and farmer, ushered in the concept of a no-frills airline in India in 2003 when he started a service between Bangalore and Hubli. Deccan now flies to 65 destinations in India.

Vijay Mallya, the flamboyant tycoon who heads the UB group, one of the largest spirits makers in the world, started Kingfisher Airlines, a full-service carrier, in 2005.

The United Breweries-Deccan deal follows the just completed merger of state-run Air India and Indian Airlines, and Jet Airways' acquisition of smaller rival Air Sahara in April.

"This is in a way a consolidation started by the Jet-Sahara merger," UB Group Chief Financial Officer Ravi Nedungadi said. "We are seeing the emergence of muscular players."

The diversified UB group had bid to buy Air Sahara in 2006 but had walked out terming it highly expensive.

The Air Deccan-Kingfisher combine will have a fleet of 71 aircraft and fly to 70 cities and towns. Gopinath said the combine will control a third of the market and will be closer to the Jet Airways-Air Sahara market share.

United Breweries will become the largest shareholder in Deccan. It will also launch an open offer for a further 20 percent, as per India's takeover regulations. Gopinath will be the executive chairman and Mallya the vice-chairman.

The acquisition price is above Deccan's initial public offer price of 148 rupees a share in June last year - a level the share has never breached since listing.

UB will pay INR1.5 billion (USD$37.2 million) upfront and the balance within four weeks, Nedungadi said, adding the two airlines will continue to be run under their respective identities for the time being.

The Indian airline industry, which has grown more than 20 percent annually in the last five years, is reeling under record losses due to overcapacity, and carriers such as Go Air and Deccan regularly give away tickets for free to lure fliers.

Deccan reported a net loss of INR2.13 billion (USD$52.9 million) in the quarter to March 2007. Airlines have resorted to equity dilution and sales and lease back of planes to stay afloat.

Deccan had been trying to raise funds for several months to expand and tide over losses.

"It was required and is very good," Surbhi Chawla, an analyst at Angel Broking said of the deal with UB. "It is definitely positive for the industry, especially at the current state of record losses."

Kingfisher stands to benefit as Deccan will bring in scores of passengers from smaller cities, she said.

The two airlines will benefit from sharing infrastructure, ground handling services and security. "With the commonalities of fleet we foresee sharing of infrastructure and resources. This will lead to enormous cost savings," Gopinath said.

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Aviation boom continues in India

India in 3rd place
India`s aviation continues with strong growth
Wednesday, June 06, 2007



The Indian domestic market is showing no sign of reducing its aviation activities, with a 25% increase in the number of flights scheduled for May 2007 compared with the same month last year. According to the latest statistics from OAG this represents an additional 8,631 flights and an astonishing 1.7 million extra seats available to people travelling within India.

This ranks India in third place in the Top 10 list of countries with the highest number of additional flights in May this year compared to the same month in 2006, behind China and the USA.

A total of more than 43 thousand domestic flights are timetabled this month for India.

Within this figure of all scheduled passenger flight operations, the low cost sector shows a 62% increase of over 7,000 more flights year on year and a staggering 151% rise in the number of seats available, representing an extra 1.6 million low cost seats.

The figures are revealed in the latest OAG Quarterly Airline Traffic Statistics, a regular snapshot of airline activity around the world. Flight information and data solutions company OAG, collates data from more than 1,000 scheduled airlines, on a daily basis, which gives an overview of anticipated travel demand. These statistics are compiled using OAG’s MAX suite of data analysis tools.

Duncan Alexander, VP Business Development & Industry Relations at OAG, commented: “India’s domestic market is experiencing an unprecedented growth, attributed to the increased operations offered by several low cost carriers. As a result, nearly one in two flights within India is now operated by a low cost carrier. This is even more impressive considering that the low cost phenomenon is still in its infancy in the Indian market. It has already far outstripped the ratio in the UK and US, two of the most established low cost markets.”

OAG has also revealed the formation of a strategic partnership with the Bird Group, one of the largest diversified groups in the aviation, travel and information technology arena, to strengthen its presence throughout India and the Indian sub-continent.

Bird Group Executive Director Mr. Ankur Bhatia said: “These statistics demonstrate just a small portion of the breadth and depth of information available within OAG’s suite of market intelligence and analysis tools. We are excited at the prospect of marketing these products and believe they will bring significant value to airlines, airports and the wider Indian air transport industry in helping to secure competitive advantage on the world stage.”

Internationally, India continues to show steady year on year growth, with a 7% increase in the number of flights into and out of India (an additional 835 flights and more than 200,000 seats a month). The number of flights has virtually doubled from 6,800 in May 2001 to 13,200 in May 2007.

The chart below reveals statistics from an analysis of domestic and international activity for May 2007 vs. May 2006 at India’s five major airports:

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Air India May Buy 60 More Planes to Tap Travel Demand

July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Air India Ltd., which is already buying new planes to spruce up its fleet, plans to order another 60 aircraft to meet rising demand for air travel in the world's second-fastest growing major economy.

Air India, which ordered 68 aircraft from Boeing Co. last year, will prepare a proposal for the new purchases in two weeks, aviation minister Praful Patel said in New Delhi today. The nation's biggest overseas carrier will evaluate aircraft from both Boeing and European rival Airbus SAS, he said.

State-run Air India, set to be merged with Indian Airlines Ltd., may need more planes as economic growth and rising incomes prompt more Indians to fly. The carrier will have to face competition from Jet Airways (India) Ltd. and Lufthansa AG that are expanding in India.

``Looking at the demand and passenger growth, the number of new orders could be about 60,'' Air India's Chairman V. Thulasidas said today at an event in New Delhi to showcase the new planes bought by the two carriers. ``In the next two to three years, we should be replacing all the old aircraft with new ones.''

Mumbai-based Air India will also consider buying the Airbus A380, Patel said at the event. Delivery from Boeing for the estimated $10 billion order placed last year began in December.

``We will revisit the aircraft acquisition process of Air India within a fortnight,'' Patel said. ``After all these new aircraft are inducted and the old ones phased out, Air India will need more aircraft.''

Possible Share Sale

Air India may sell shares next year to partly fund the purchase of the new planes, Patel said on May 22. Air India and Indian Airlines were planning to go for separate initial public offerings earlier, but the plan was delayed until the merger.

Air India will raise as much as 85 percent of loans for the new planes from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, according to the company's annual report for the financial year ended March 31, 2006. These loans are guaranteed by the government of India as Air India is a state-owned company. The remainder will be raised as loans from commercial banks.

Air India had foreign currency loans of 15.02 billion rupees ($370 million) as of March 31, 2006.

Purchase of the new planes may help Air India improve its profits, which declined to 149.4 million rupees in the year ended March 31, 2006 from 963.6 million a year earlier.

U.S., Canada

Air India and Indian Airlines have more than 110 planes in all and have ordered an additional 111 from Boeing and Airbus.

Air India ordered 50 Boeing planes for itself and 18 for its low-fare unit Air India Express in January 2006 to start flights to the U.S. and Canada. Indian Airlines, the nation's third- biggest domestic carrier, ordered 43 planes from Airbus SAS to introduce more services and win market share from legacy and budget carriers in the country.

Air India will begin flights with two new Boeing 777-200 LR planes from Aug. 1. The airline will have daily flights to New York from Mumbai, which will be followed by flights from New Delhi, starting early 2008.

The combined airline will be run by National Aviation Co. As part of the merger, Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, will be absorbed into Air India Express.

Air India and Indian Airlines weren't able to tap the expanding civil aviation market in the country because of aircraft shortage, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at the function. ``With the acquisition of these aircraft, our national carriers will be better placed to take on competition at home and abroad,'' Singh said.

Affordable Travel

Economic expansion, the start of low-fare carriers and rising disposable incomes have made air travel more affordable in India. This has helped Airbus and Boeing win orders of more than 450 planes worth about $30 billion in the past four years. Seven carriers have started flights in India in the past four years and another five have sought approval.

Air travel in India will grow by an average of 7.7 percent annually through 2025, compared with 7.2 percent growth for China and 4.8 percent globally, according to a December projection by Airbus, the world's biggest commercial-plane maker. Airlines in the country may buy another 1,110 planes valued at $105 billion by 2025, according to Airbus.

India's economy expanded 9.4 percent in the year ended March 31, the most since 1989, and may grow 8.5 percent in 2007, a pace surpassed only by China among the world's largest economies, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The number of passengers rose 24 percent to 73.4 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, according to India's Civil Aviation Ministry. It probably grew to 86.8 million, including 60.9 million domestic passengers, in the year ended March 31, the ministry said.
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Boeing, Air India Celebrate First 777-200LR Delivery

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The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Mumbai, India-based Air India today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner airplane. This is the first 777 from Air India's order of 68 Boeing jetliners. The airline will receive an additional three 777-200LR Worldliner and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes this year.

Air India's order for 68 Boeing jetliners, placed in December 2005, was the largest commercial airplane order in India's civil aviation history. The order consisted of 23 777s, including eight 777-200LR Worldliners and 15 777-300ERs, and 27 787-8 Dreamliners. Additionally, Air India Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, ordered 18 Next-Generation 737-800s.

Air India will use this 777-200LR to become the first India-based operator to offer direct, nonstop flights between the United States and India. It begins service to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from Mumbai, India, on Aug. 1.

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ANA targets higher fliers with new Mumbai service

TOKYO, Aug 2, 2007 (AFP) - Japan's All Nippon Airways announced Thursday a new service between Tokyo and the Indian financial capital of Mumbai catering exclusively to well-heeled business travellers.

A Boeing-737 with 36 business class seats will fly six times a week to and from Tokyo Narita airport and Mumbai from September 1 -- with no room for economy class passengers in the rear.

The airline is believed to be the first in Asia to offer business class-only flights, which have already taken to the skies elsewhere.

"Mumbai is India's western gateway and centre of culture and finance. Many Japanese firms have entered Mumbai," said ANA vice president Shinichiro Ito.

"With this new flight we would like to contribute to the further development of relations between Japan and India," he said at a press conference.

The new service reflects expanding business ties between Japan and India, which is enjoying near double-digit economic growth.

It also follows the success of business class-only services criss-crossing the Atlantic between the United States and Europe.

Analysts said other airlines in Asia would carefully study the market for such services before following ANA's lead.

"The business jet is obviously a trial for ANA," said Osuke Itagaki, an aviation analyst at Credit Suisse.

"The airline will have to examine whether it can earn a profit or not. I doubt similar flights will suddenly increase in Asia in a short period of time," he said.

The cheapest fare for the new ANA business jet service between Tokyo Narita airport and Mumbai is 430,000 yen (3,622 dollars), according to ANA's website.

Passengers get a standard business-class seat with a 61-inch pitch, as well as a portable media player with music, movies and videos to keep them entertained during the nine hour-plus flight.

"Our main target is Japanese business people flying from Japan to India as there are already many Japanese companies investing in the Mumbai area," said Ryoichi Fujisaki, a spokesman for Japan's second largest airline.

But he said ANA would also promote its new flights to Indian travellers. ANA does not currently offer any flights to India.

From October 28 until next March 29 the service will make a stop in the southwestern city of Nagasaki on the outbound flight to Mumbai, also known as Bombay.

With no Concorde to whiz rushed executives across the Atlantic faster than the speed of sound, business-class only flights have grown increasingly popular between the United States and Europe in recent years.

Their success has spawned a new wave of carriers offering nothing but business class seats, such as Britain's Silverjet, US airline Eos and France's L'Avion.

Analysts said the new service could be lucrative for ANA.

"I guess potential demand for business jet flights to and from India is high in Asia, but it will probably take time for ANA to make its customers aware of the new service," said Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Takahiko Kishi.

The aviation authorities of India and Japan in December agreed to increase the total number of flights between the two countries to 42 from 18 as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral ties.
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Jet Airways buys more B773ERs

Jet Airways Orders Three Boeing 777s

SEATTLE - Jet Airways, India's largest private airline, has exercised options to buy three extended-range 777 jetliners, the companies said Wednesday.

The latest order is worth more than $790 million at list prices, the companies said, though airlines typically negotiate steep discounts. The order adds to an order Jet Airways placed two years ago for 10 777-300ERs.

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Latest monthly Passenger Numbers - May 2007

Here are the first 15 busiest airports in India, per May numbers (that are projected to have at least 1 Million passenger traffic this year). Mumbai's May figure is an all time record. I am sure it must have already registered even better figures for June and July and would be comfortably on its way to break the 25 Million mark this year.. Delhi will follow suit with a figure of approx. 22 to 23 Million.

Figures in brackets are percentage increases from May 2006

1 Mumbai 2222423 (14.8)
2 Delhi 1951624 (20.8)
3 Chennai 943395 (26.7)
4 Bangalore 868316 (43.2)
5 Kolkatta 654424 (29.6)
6 Hyderabad 595789 (28.6)
7 Ahmedabad 283008 (29.0)
8 Cochin 277526 (24.7)
9 Trivandrum 187911 (26.1)
10 Goa 182187 (21.1)
11 Pune 151172 (18.1)
12 Calicut 131139 (31.1)
13 Guwahati 120938 (44.1)
14 Coimbatore 97823 (19.6)
15 Jaipur 93589 (110.0)
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Govt unveils regional airlines concept to boost connectivity


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Flying could soon become the preferred mode of travel for people in small towns and cities throughout the country. To give a boost to regional connectivity, the Government on Thursday unveiled the concept of regional airlines which seeks to boost air connectivity between tier-II and tier-III cities.

A regional airline would only be allowed to operate flights from any airport in the four designated regions to any airport in the country. Most of them would, however, be prohibited from operating flights to a metro airport outside their region. The exception to the rule is in South India where a regional airline would be allowed to operate among the three existing metro cities of Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

In effect this would mean that a regional air pline operator would be permitted to fly from Jaipur-to-Coimbatore but would be prohibited from operating from Jaipur to Kolkata. In the South an operator would, however, be permitted to operate flights connecting Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

“The South already has three metro airports. There is not much the Ministry can do,” the Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, said, while addressing a press conference.

Technically speaking, an entrepreneur would be allowed to become a regional airline with one aircraft although they would be required to have a fleet of three aircraft within a year and must scale up to five by the end of the second year of operations. The existing equity requirements for setting up an airline at present would also apply to those seeking to set up a regional airline.

“We will not encourage existing national airlines to operate under the regional airline banner. The idea is to increase air connectivity which could in the years to come become aviation hubs around the country,” the Minister said.

While there is no bar on the number of regional airlines that each region could have, the Government initially does not expect to see more than one-or-two such airlines in each geography. “We will not prevent any airline from setting up but we will closely examine the business plan. This is a heavy investment industry and we do not want sickness,” the Minister said.

The latest announcement of the Ministry of Civil Aviation does not offer any sops for operators planning to utilise the larger Boeing 737 or Airbus A-320 family of aircraft. The policy could benefit entrepreneurs planning to set up an airline using smaller aircraft seating up to 80 passengers as the Union Budget 2007-08 has a provision for providing concessional sales tax of four per cent on aviation turbine fuel for smaller aircraft, including jets. Besides, smaller aircraft are also not charged any landing and parking charges throughout the country. At present, ATF costs account for between 30 per cent and 35 per cent of the operating cost of airlines.
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Here are the first 15 busiest airports in India, per May numbers (that are projected to have at least 1 Million passenger traffic this year). Mumbai's May figure is an all time record. I am sure it must have already registered even better figures for June and July and would be comfortably on its way to break the 25 Million mark this year.. Delhi will follow suit with a figure of approx. 22 to 23 Million.

Figures in brackets are percentage increases from May 2006

1 Mumbai 2222423 (14.8)
2 Delhi 1951624 (20.8)
3 Chennai 943395 (26.7)
4 Bangalore 868316 (43.2)
5 Kolkatta 654424 (29.6)
6 Hyderabad 595789 (28.6)
7 Ahmedabad 283008 (29.0)
8 Cochin 277526 (24.7)
9 Trivandrum 187911 (26.1)
10 Goa 182187 (21.1)
11 Pune 151172 (18.1)
12 Calicut 131139 (31.1)
13 Guwahati 120938 (44.1)
14 Coimbatore 97823 (19.6)
15 Jaipur 93589 (110.0)
International Passenger traffic in the Month of May 2007 (In bracket May 2006) %change
1. Mumbai -666516 (621164) 7.3
2. Delhi -528622 (468002) 13.0
3.Chennai -275341 (237111) 16.1
4.Cochin -148675 (123408) 20.5
5.Bangalore -129102 (96811) 33.4
6.Hyderabad -119837 (96355) 24.4
7.Trivandrum -118597 (100098) 18.5
8.Calicut -104505 (75496) 38.4
9.Kolkata -78619 (62196) 16.1
10.Ahmedabad -43583 (31176) 39.8
11.Amristar -36903 (28445) 29.7
12Trichurapalli -23322 (14754) 58.1
13.Jaipur-13872 (7976) 73.9
14.Lucknow-13350 (9097) 24.8
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How about some updates on new airport construction?

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First, rendering of the interior of the Ahmedabad's proposed Ahmedabad International Airport




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New renderings of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport






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Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport Commercial Masterplan, also by RMJM Architects:






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The site covers 349 hectares and incorporates the development of five grouped schemes. Group A incorporates retail, entertainment and amusement park, Group B - convention centre, 10 hotels, trademart and golf course, Group C is a logistic hob and Group D consist of corporate and IT offices.

The primary design objective was to produce a dynamic and contemporary landmark business and commerce development that matches the status befitting an international airport, whilst providing a new global commercial hub. Sweeping green boulevards through the design provide long clear vistas to the airport terminal using extensive landscaping to frame the views and the entire site as been designed to adhere to sustainable models of development being followed worldwide

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Chennai's newly approved Chennai International Airport Domestic Terminal Building







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The design for the new Domestic Terminal at Chennai Intl Airport organizes traveler and employee circulation around two lush sustainable gardens forming the basis of a uniquely efficient and innovative plan. The dramatic hovering wing-like roofs fold downward to form the garden’s walls, delivering rain water during the wet season to series of runnels and cistern pools that store water for dry season irrigation. Directly connected to the new terminal, a new parking garage with a sculpturally folding green roof welcomes travelers with as a ‘green gate’ and provides a rich and sustainable foreground to the terminal with regional native plantings.
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Kolkata's newly approved Kolkata International Airport Domestic Terminal Building, Kolkata Intl Airport, Kolkata
















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The Airports authority of India announced that RMJM, supported by Sikka Associates, is the winner of the international design competition for the new Domestic Terminal in Kolkata. An independent jury selected the design against a notable list of competitors including Airports de Paris and HOK.

The 40,000m first phase of the new airport is designed to accommodate a peak passenger flow of 1800 per hour, while a second design phase will approximately double those figures.

RMJM worked closely from the outset of the project with the associated landscape designers at STRATA to ensure a fully integrated concept that revolves around an abstract reference to the writing of Rabindranath Tagore of Bengal. The graphic nature of his writing is visible as large scale patterns etched on to the underside of the main roof as well as landscaped across the forecourt ground. A number of mature trees are retained as a striking counterpoint to the linearity of the building's form. In developing the buildng shape and in the detail design of its skin RMJM ensured that the facility reaches the highest sustainability international standards. Natural day lighting is maximized while keeping cooling systems to a minimum. The form of the roof is also devised to harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation.
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Very nice proposals.
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India state airlines merger cleared for take-off

NEW DELHI, Aug 24, 2007 (AFP) - India cleared on Friday the merger of state-owned international flag-carrier Air India and its domestic counterpart Indian Airlines to form a new airline to compete in a booming regional market.

The merged company will fly under the name of Air India both domestically and globally, a statement from India's corporate affairs department said.

The ministry sanctioned the application for merger and said approval had been filed with the nation's Registrar of Companies, completing the legal process.

"The merger of Air India and Indian will provide an integrated international and domestic footprint," the ministry said in a statement.

"The consumer is a clear winner in the merger, having a much improved product and superior service," it added.

Air India is the nation's biggest international carrier while Indian Airlines is the second-largest domestic airline after privately run Jet Airlines.

Analysts see the merger as a way for the two airlines to take on new competition in India's burgeoning deregulated aviation market.

Air India recently launched its inaugural daily, non-stop Mumbai-New York flight with its first Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft. The new Boeing was the first of the series to sport the merged airline's new branding.

The new airline will have a combined fleet size of more than 100 aircraft, comparable to the best airlines in the Asia region, and will rank among the top 30 airlines in the world, the statement said.

Long derided for its old planes, the airline has an ambitious fleet acquisition programme of 111 aircraft.

The new airline will induct 21 new planes this year, the statement said.

"They will have a brand new airline from a hardware perspective, the youngest fleet in the region. That's exciting they will have a fleet that is state of the art," said Kapil Kaul, chief executive of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation consultancy in India.

Kaul told AFP he expected the airline to announce another big order in the next 12 months.

The government has said it is merging the two airlines in a bid to create a "world-class airline" that can compete globally and regionally. Singapore Airlines and Emirates have already expanded into the country.

"The market is growing domestically by 40 percent annually and internationally by 20 percent -- the sky is the limit for them (the new airline)," said Kaul.

But he said the airline would face big challenges such as merging of the corporate cultures of the carriers.

Air India's new chief has said that the carrier aims to tie up with an alliance of global airlines and set up a hub in Europe to take advantage of booming demand for flights to the lucrative North American market.

V. Thulasidas has been appointed chairman of the merged carrier. He headed Air India before the merger and is credited with giving the state-run airline a sharper commercial edge.
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India's Jet prepares to take flight in Canada
Air Canada gave up, but the billionaire founder of Jet Airways sees promise flying Toronto to New Delhi

23 August 2007
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In his four decades in the aviation business, Naresh Goyal has learned that airlines cannot survive on friendly service and low fares alone. They also need a smart route map with connecting flights to have a fighting chance of filling planes with paying customers.

The billionaire founder of Jet Airways (India) Ltd. believes he has the right stuff to make a profit on Toronto-New Delhi flights and is undaunted by Air Canada's money-losing experience on the route.

Mr. Goyal, 58, wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He started in the aviation business in 1967, earning $40 a month as an employee in a marketing firm. In 1993, he created Mumbai-based Jet after India's government opened the airline sector to private competition.

Today, the airline flies to 44 destinations within India. That regional network gives Jet a direct feeder system that Air Canada doesn't enjoy on the subcontinent, he noted.

When Toronto joins the route map Sept. 5, the city will be Jet's ninth foreign destination.

Mr. Goyal, Jet's chairman, said his airline knows the Indian market more intimately than Air Canada in everything from food to Bollywood films.

In May, Air Canada cancelled its Toronto-New Delhi service, through Zurich, much to the chagrin of the Canada-India Business Council.

“Air Canada has the network in Canada, but we have the flights domestically in India,” he said in an interview yesterday in his hotel suite in Toronto. “We are better known in India, and we have lower costs.”

His wife, Neeta, who is Jet's executive vice-president of sales and marketing, has joined him in Canada this week. Tonight in Toronto, the Goyals will play host to a dinner for 450 people in the stately Liberty Grand ballroom to launch the new service.

The Goyals hope to persuade travel agents, entrepreneurs, leisure passengers and other invited guests that Jet is the best way to fly between Canada and India.

Air Canada tended to rely more on northern India for its traffic, missing out on an important segment of consumers in southern India, where Jet has numerous destinations, Ms. Goyal said.

Mr. Goyal said that besides building a strong route network and offering competitive fares, smiling flight attendants are key ingredients in Jet's business model. “Our service cannot be in any way inferior to Cathay Pacific's and Singapore Airlines' service. That is our philosophy,” he said.

He forecasts that 60 per cent of Jet's business on the new route will originate in Canada and 40 per cent in India.

Jet will offer flights five times a week from Toronto to New Delhi aboard an Airbus A330-200, with a stopover in Brussels. Daily service is planned for December.

There will be 30 seats in business class and 190 in economy on the Airbus, and passengers will be able to switch planes in Brussels if they want to go to Mumbai.

Cargojet Income Fund president Ajay Virmani, a Toronto-based businessman who flies several times a year to India, said Jet will have a challenging time in its quest to make money on the new route.

Mr. Virmani said Jet faces competition against carriers that also offer service to India – such as Air India, British Airways, Air France and Air Canada's Star Alliance partners Swiss International and Lufthansa – and there's the possibility of new flights from Kingfisher Airlines of Bangalore, India.

On the Toronto-New Delhi route in economy class, Jet has introductory round-trip fares as low as $1,074, plus taxes and other charges.

Mr. Virmani cautioned that while Jet is promoting its superior service more than the introductory low fares, consumers will be watching ticket prices closely.

“A family of five saving $20 each on a ticket is a big deal in the Indian travel market,” he said, adding that it's easy to attract traffic in December, January and the summer, but it will be a tough grind for Jet to fill planes in non-peak times.

Jet is in talks with Air Canada to become strategic partners, initially on Jet's London-Mumbai route. Jet and Air Canada are in the final stages of finalizing a so-called “code-sharing” agreement, clearing the way for the two carriers to sell more tickets on each other's flights. There could also be a new pact that may eventually provide Aeroplan miles to consumers who travel some Jet routes.

Pierre Jeanniot, who served as Air Canada's chief executive officer from 1984 to 1990, sits on Jet's board of directors.
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