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Old November 30th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #541
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Some developments & trends in Indian Aviation sector

Airports Authority of India to spend Rs 100 cr on mobile command posts

NEW DELHI: Airports Authority of India (AAI) will establish Mobile Command Post (MCP), a hightech safety service at its 66 big airports to combat and co-ordinate all kind of aviation emergencies, with an investment of around Rs 100 crore.

MCP will be ultra-modern heavy duty trucks that will be mounted with satellite-enabled and wirelessbased communication systems to control post-mishaps situations in coordination with civil authorities. It will serve as the single point of disaster management at these airports.

It is part of AAI's safety upgradation programme to meet the higher safety standards at all international and major domestic airports, which have seen massive jump in air-traffic in recent years.

Each of the truck will have a GPSbased satellite navigation, satellite phones and wireless sets, faxes, TV cameras and monitors to aid safety measures. Initially, MCP will be installed at the key airports-Kolkata , Amritsar, Trivandrum and Chennaiand will later be standardised at all the 66 airports, all of which are equipped with AAI's fire safety services.

"With the rise in the number of fire incidents in the aviation sector and rapid expansion of air-services , we have decided to standardise fire services at all our airports. As the skies are increasingly getting congested , we have laid out elaborate plans to upgrade our aeronautical safety services and over Rs 500 crore have been earmarked in the next five years. These equipment most of which will be imported will also help us to meet global safety parameters laid out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation," said a senior official of AAI.

The new service is likely to be incorporated at the airports by mid-2008 and AAI is in the process of finalising tenders quotations for MCP. These equipment are also expected to come up at the Delhi and Mumbai airports, which are being modernised by private consortiums, where AAI is also a major stake holder.
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Report: Indian court rules airlines must compensate passengers for delays, cancelations
27 November 2007

NEW DELHI (AP) - An Indian consumer court has ruled that airlines must compensate passengers for flight delays and sudden cancelations that cause mental agony and harassment, a news report said Tuesday.

Justice J. D. Kapoor ordered private airline, Go Air, to pay 15,000 rupees ($380) each as compensation to the passengers who had booked tickets on a New Delhi-Mumbai flight last February, the Hindustan Times reported.

The flight was canceled at the last minute without any explanation, according to complainant Yogesh Kumar, a New Delhi resident, the news report said.

Kapoor, who heads the New Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redress Commission, said only delays beyond the airlines' control like bad weather were exempted, the daily reported.

Kapoor could not be immediately reached for comment.

Private airlines are growing in India to meet the demand of a skyrocketing aviation sector with rising incomes putting air travel within the reach of millions of new customers.

However, passenger complaints over flight delays and cancellations have been mounting, leading to protest demonstrations at various airports, including inside the aircraft.

As many as 10 state-run Air India flights to New York, London and Toronto were delayed last week because of technical snags and because pilots were not available.

India will likely need more than 900 new passenger jets over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand for air travel, making it one of the world's largest markets for new jets, Boeing Co. said in its latest market outlook for India.
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Airlines to hike fuel surcharge

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MUMBAI: Airlines will increase their fuel surcharge by Rs 300 to Rs1,650 from Monday. While Jet, Kingfisher and Spice Jet have confirmed this move, Go Air and IndiGo say they are still assessing the impact and no decision had yet been taken.

Air India was not available for comment at the time of going to press. The hike is consequent to Indian Oil and its counterparts, HPCL and BPCL, raising jet fuel prices for the ninth time this year.

It is up by Rs6264.39 a kilolitre in Mumbai from Rs42,796.74 to Rs.49,061.13, according to the Indian Oil Company (IOC) website.

The aviation industry says it is high time the government steps into the picture. CEO, Jet Airways, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer told DNA Money, “Indian aviation is running the risk of becoming uncompetitive with fuel accounting for 40% of our expenditure. Nowhere in the world are prices this high and if this continues, it will affect the aviation sector.”

Executive vice-president and CFO, Kingfisher Airlines, A Raghunathan said, “Without any relief on the ATF front, it will be very difficult for the industry to survive.”

An executive in a leading airline told DNA Money, “If the cost of the raw material goes up, it is but natural that the prices of the end product will be impacted.”

ATF prices are revised every month on the basis of international crude prices. It is also heavily taxed and local prices show a premium of close to nearly 80% compared to international levels.

Analysts say that with the constant surcharge, hikes will soon start hurting load factors by driving away sections of the passengers, especially leisure travelers back to railways. While full service carriers, which primarily cater to business traffic, will not be affected as much, the same cannot be said of low cost carriers.
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Non-stop Delhi-Vancouver flights announced

NEW DELHI, INDIA - Premier Gordon Campbell announced today that Kingfisher Airlines has committed to operate the first non-stop Delhi-Vancouver flights as soon as possible.

It's expected that the non-stop service will reduce travel time between Delhi and Vancouver from about 25 hours to 15 hours.

"Building better transportation links between B.C. and India will build on the already-close social, cultural and business relationships that exist between our two jurisdictions," said Campbell, after meeting with Dr. Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines' chairman and CEO, in Delhi.

"The convenience of direct, non-stop flights between Vancouver and Delhi will create a major benefit for our whole community."

Added Campbell, "It helps establish our gateway status for the world's two fastest-growing economies, China and India, while creating a vital link for our Indo-Canadian community, business,

investors from B.C. and our tourism industry."

Mallya said thousands of people traveling between B.C. and India every month will benefit from the direct service.

Tony Gugliotta, the Vancouver Airport Authority's senior vice-president of marketing and commercial development, said the service is integral to the Vancouver Gateway Strategy, as Delhi represents the largest market not served non-stop from Vancouver.

"We see the market as having enormous potential, not only through our cultural ties, but through increased business and tourism linkages," he said. "Non-stop service will greatly enhance the convenience and ease for travel between Delhi and Vancouver."

India was the second-highest source for immigrants settling in British Columbia in 2006. About 28 per cent of all Indian tourists to Canada arrived through Vancouver in 2006.

Earlier in Premier Campbell's mission to Asia, Cathy Pacific and China Southern Airlines announced increased air service between China and Vancouver.

Campbell is currently on his fourth mission to Asia.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...31a1dbf&k=6689
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Campbell is on a row. So far during his Asian visit, he has gotten 3 carriers to boost services / bring service to Vancouver. How many political leaders can get all that in one try?
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India's Jet Airways to launch flights to Dhaka

NEW DELHI, Dec 7, 2007 (AFP) - India's largest domestic airline Jet Airways said on Friday it will launch non-stop flights to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka as it continues to spread its international wings.

Jet will operate daily non-stop flights from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata and four flights a week from the Indian capital New Delhi, beginning December 16, a company spokeswoman said.

"There has been a surge in business and leisure travel, especially those visiting friends and family, between the two countries," the company's chief executive officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said in a statement.

Dhaka is the latest international destination for the airline, which launched flights this year to New York, Toronto, Brussels and Bangkok as it moves to expand its operations.

Jet already flies to Colombo, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and London. It began flying in 1993, and plies 44 domestic routes.

The airline plans to launch flights to other cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
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Just flew Jet from Delhi to Brussels...Wonderful! Air India completely sucks...
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ha ha, they've been doing that for a while now. The irony is that they will be inducted into the Star Alliance soon!

Its a government run organization, and in India, government run, for the most part, means bureaucracy, incompetence, corruption, and unaccountability. Unfortunately, Air India will not be able to get rid of their mentality simply by buying billions worth of planes using the taxpayers money.

What I would like to see is that their Star Alliance membership should come with strict benchmarks that the airline should be forced to follow.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #549
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Air India joins Star Alliance to raise profile



State-run national carrier Air India said on Thursday it would join the Star Alliance global network of 19 airlines to help it take on growing competition at home and abroad. Star Alliance, which includes Lufthansa and UAL Corp's United Airlines , allows airlines to widen their reach and boost revenues and customer loyalty as air miles can be transferred between group members. "India has long been on the radar," Glenn Tilton, United Airlines' chief executive, who chaired the Star Alliance annual board meeting in Beijing, said in a statement.

He said the agreement would enable the grouping's customers to receive additional benefits when travelling to, from and within India. The decision to accept Air India's application was taken at the meeting. In August, the Indian government approved the merger of state-run international carrier Air India and predominantly domestic flier Indian Airlines. The merged airline, which now flies under the Air India brand, has a fleet of 112 aircraft and has on order another 111 Boeing and Airbus <EAD.PA> planes. The airline faces rising competition from top private carrier Jet Airways Ltd and a host of foreign airlines flying into India, where a booming economy has boosted business and leisure travel.
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Jet announces direct flights to Kuwait, Bahrain


Jet Airways, the country's first private airliner to fly to Gulf, on Thursday announced launching of direct flights to Kuwait and Bahrain from January 5 next year.

Jet Airways will initially launch two daily direct flights on the Kochi-Kuwait-Kochi and Kochi-Bahrain-Kochi sectors. The airline will also operate daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Bahrain-Mumbai and Delhi-Kuwait-Delhi sectors, effective January 5, 2008.

"Jet Airways is proud to be the first Indian private sector carrier to fly to the Gulf. With a large number of Indians living and working in the Gulf, flights to these sectors consistently register high load factors," Chief Executive Officer of JET Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said.

Jet Airways flight 9W 574 (Kochi-Kuwait) will depart from Kochi at 1940 hours and arrive at Kuwait International Airport at 2220 hours. The return flight will depart Kuwait at 1230 hours and arrive at Kochi at 2020 hours.

Jet Airways flight 9W 594 (Kochi-Bahrain) will depart Kochi at 1750 hours and arrive at Bahrain at 2000 hours while its return flight will depart Bahrain at 0845 hours and arrive at Kochi at 1610 hours.

The Delhi-Kuwait flight will leave IGI Airport at 0900 hours and arrive at Kuwait at 1100 hours and would return at 2350 hours and arrive at Delhi at 0630 hours.

Jet Airways flight 9W 592 (Mumbai-Bahrain) will depart from Mumbais Airport at 0605 hours and arrive at Bahrain at 0715 hours. On the return leg, flight 9W 591 (Bahrain-Mumbai) will depart Bahrain International Airport at 2130 hours and arrive at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 0350 hours.
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NEW DELHI, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Never mind the long hauls and the demanding passengers -- thousands of young Indians are enrolling at flight attendant schools for a sky-high career that promises generous pay and a glamorous lifestyle.

Most of the students -- from small towns and low-to-middle income families -- have never been inside an airplane or travelled outside India.

But they've been inspired by the breathtaking growth of India's aviation industry which has fuelled strong demand for staff, on the ground and in the sky.

"We heard this is a good career to get into. Our child will have a good future," said Lal Gurg, a grocery store owner who borrowed from friends and relatives to get his 21-year-old daughter, Anju, into a flight attendant training institute.

"She would be on her own, independent. She can even support us if the need be."

India's economy is booming as is the aviation industry, which officials estimate will attract investments worth $150 billion in the next 10 years. The travel market is also forecast to expand at more than 20 percent annually till 2010.

All of this has helped turn "cabin crew" into a desirable profession when 10 years ago, parents hoped their children would become doctors, engineers or civil servants.

FLYING HIGH

Air hostessing is also still seen as a glamorous job, where you can bump into celebrities, jet-set to exotic locations and attend fancy parties -- a lifestyle most wannabe attendants from modest backgrounds can only dream of.

Samire Walia of Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training says the modest academic qualifications required for the job, and its generous pay, has added to its appeal, especially among women who feel it empowers them in a male-dominated society.

"The reason why quite a few of the youngsters are coming in from the smaller cities and the smaller towns and even rural areas is because the basic minimum qualification required is low," Walia said. "The packages offered are very attractive."

With annual per capita income in India around $800 dollars, airline salaries offer young people from small rural towns a rare chance to join the middle class.

A flight attendant with no university degree pockets about 25,000 rupees ($640) a month, while a majority of graduates -- except those from top engineering and business schools -- would earn between 7,000 and 12,000 rupees.

But it's not all smooth flying for the thousands of hopefuls who join training institutes such as Frankfinn. Walia said many students lacked language and communication skills and had to be taught basics like etiquette and grooming.

But those who do make it through the programme, and get jobs, become instant stars among their peers.

"When you enter into the cabin with your trolley, everybody starts looking at you and you feel so nice," said Ranbir, a stewardess with a private airline who only gave her first name.

"So that way it is very glamorous. And when you are not on the job you can go to parties -- every day there are parties and you are going to meet so many famous people."
Jet Airways is not only hiring in India but also overseas.

Thai flight attendant on Jet Airways in Singapore click for bigger photo




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Thai flight attendant on Jet Airways in Singapore click for bigger photo



What makes you think she is not an Indian?? I am perplexed
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Jet Airways announces daily nonstop flights between India and Thailand
effective January 23, 2007

Jet Airways, India’s premier airline, is pleased to announce the launch of direct daily flights from Delhi and Kolkata to Bangkok, the 50th destination on the airline’s network, effective January 23, 2007. Consequent to the induction into its fleet of a brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with winglets, Jet Airways, which has been designated by the Government of India to Jet Airwaysoperate air services on the India-Thailand route, will introduce two daily direct flights effective January 23, 2007 to Asia’s favourite destination, Bangkok. Jet Airways will operate these flights with a brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with winglets, which will be inducted into the airline fleet next month, taking the fleet size to 59. This is the first time that the Airline will operate inaugural flights between two metro cities in India and an international destination on the same day.

Speaking about the launch of these new flights, Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Mr. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said, “Bangkok will be the 50th destination on our network and the third destination we operate to in the ASEAN Region. With the strengthening of economic ties between India and Thailand, there has been a marked increase in business and tourist traffic between the two countries, which requires enhanced connectivity. Jet Airways will be fulfilling this need with 14 direct flights per week to Bangkok, seven each from Delhi and Kolkata.”

Mr. Prock-Schauer added “Our Delhi – Bangkok flight will not only link the two capital cities but also offer convenient early morning connections to Bangkok and onwards to other cities in the ASEAN Region. Kolkata will serve as the gateway to the Buddhist destinations in the Eastern Region of India. The early morning arrival into Kolkata from Bangkok would also provide convenient connections to other cities in India that are served by Jet Airways.”

9W 064 will depart Delhi at 0045 hrs and arrive Bangkok at 0635 hrs (Local Time). On the return sector, 9W 063 will depart Bangkok at 1805 hrs (Local Time) and arrive Delhi at 2105 hrs.

The flight from Kolkata 9W 066 will depart at 1155 hrs and reach Bangkok at 1615 hrs (Local Time) while on the return sector, 9W 065 will depart Bangkok at 0920 hrs (Local Time) and reach Kolkata at 1020 hrs.

As part of its inaugural offer, Jet Airways has introduced a special return air fare of Rs 6,500 on the Kolkata-Bangkok-Kolkata sector for a two month period while Economy class fares start at Rs 13,500 on the Delhi-Bangkok-Delhi sector. The return airfare for Club Premiere for the Delhi-Bangkok sector ranges from Rs 28,500 to Rs 38,000 while on the Kolkata-Bangkok sector it is between Rs 18,500 and Rs 26,000. These fares are exclusive of taxes.

Jet Airways has also announced a companion free offer for Club Premiere passengers on the Delhi-Singapore-Delhi sector and Delhi-Bangkok-Delhi sector until March 31, 2007. Additionally, there is a special fare for a family of four travelling together in Economy Class on this sector.

The new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which will bring the Jet Airways fleet size to 59 aircraft next monthThe Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will be used to operate the flights to Bangkok from Delhi and Kolkata, will seat 24 in Club Premiere and 126 in the Economy section. It is also equipped with a state of the art In-flight Entertainment System, which offers iXplor TM, the in-flight tracking system.

In addition to the world class product, service and amenities that Jet Airways is known for in its domestic and international operations, the airline will offer added value on these new routes. Authentic Thai cuisine served by in-flight crew of Thai nationality and especially selected Thai audio/video in-flight entertainment will be some of the key additional features.

It is also equipped with a state-of -the-art Inflight Entertainment System, which offers iXplor TM, the inflight tracking system.

In addition, the Boeing 737-800, with state-of-the-art Panasonic eFX system, has nine inch video monitors mounted with touch screens in Club Premiere and seven inch touch screen monitors at the back of every seat in economy class. These individual LCD screens are currently the biggest in the Indian skies and equipped for over 100 hours of audio/video programming from Hollywood and Bollywood.

About Jet Airways:
Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 58 aircraft with 46 classic and next generation Boeing 737-400/700/800/900 aircraft, 3 Airbus A340-300E aircraft, 1 Airbus A330-200 aircraft and 8 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.3 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world. Jet Airways’ operates over 330 daily flights to 49 destinations that span the length and breadth of India and beyond including London Heathrow in U.K., Singapore, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Colombo in Sri Lanka, and Kathmandu in Nepal. The airline plans to extend its international operations to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in the coming years with the induction of wide-body aircraft into its fleet in 2007.

Source: Jet airways press release dated 12th December 2006

When i took the photo, she had turned else it would have been very clear. I had to catch a flight, couldn't take any more photo's.Hope its clear now.


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'No English, no licence for pilots'
13 December 2007
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NEW DELHI: Facing a desperate shortage of trained local commanders, Indian carriers' hunt for them abroad is now taking them to places where people may know how to fly but not speak English. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last week shot down the request of two foreign pilots for getting their commercial pilot licences validated in India. The reason - A Brazilian pilot being eyed by Jet Airways was not proficient in English and the other hired by a general aviation company did not have his papers in order.

"A Brazilian pilot was to serve an Indian carrier on getting the local validation. But his English was not up to the mark and his request was turned down. We are very strict on this count, and in the past also, have rejected foreign pilots on this ground," said DGCA chief Kanu Gohain. Earlier this year, as many as 25 foreign flyers were turned down for this reason. The second pilot, an American, did not have all his papers and was rejected.

On its part, Jet Airways - which has the highest number of foreign pilots among Indian carriers - says it uses the service of an expat only after being cleared by DGCA. "When the required clearance is not given, we don't hire such a foreign pilot," said an airline spokesperson.

Indian carriers currently have a total of 804 foreign pilots, with Jet leading the pack with 271, followed by Deccan-Kingfisher combined at 244 fliers. All of Jet's 58 Cat-III compliant pilots are foreigners, according to the aviation ministry.

Interestingly, Jet's Indian pilots are seeing red over the alleged difference in treatment between them and the expats. The Society of Welfare of Indian Pilots, a body formed by Jet's 630-odd Indian pilots, recently carried a poll among flyers on this issue and a number of them are learnt to have admitted to this difference.

With the dollar weakening, more and more Indian carriers are looking to hire foreign pilots. Moreover, with its high pay package and a retirement age of 65 (as opposed to 60 in the West), India is also emerging as a natural destination for such fliers. On its part, the DGCA says its language check objective is to ensure that foreign pilots clearly understand English and have no problem in interacting with air traffic controllers when they fly here. The biggest language constraints are faced by pilots hailing from eastern Europe, CIS countries and Indonesia.
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India, Hong Kong agree to liberalise air services


India and Hong Kong have agreed to liberalise air services by increasing the number of flights and allowing carriers to fly onward to other countries, India's civil aviation ministry said on Wednesday.

The new agreement allows 27 new services per week for each on the India-Hong Kong route, it said in a statement.

India can operate the new services from any point in India, while Hong Kong has been allowed 10 services to Delhi, six to Mumbai and 11 in all to Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Currently, India's state-run Air India operates 12 flights to Hong Kong, and Cathy Pacific has eight flights to India from Hong Kong every week.

Under the earlier agreement, these carriers were not allowed to fly onward to a third country.
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India's busiest airports : traffic figures for Jan - Oct 2007

Jan- Oct 2007 % increase Jan - Oct 2006
Mumbai 20525159 (17.95% ) 17401437
Delhi 19089585 (21.83% ) 15668403
Chennai 8579351 (24.58% ) 6886417
Bangalore 8146746 (37.23% ) 5936640
Kolkatta 5865345 (28.62% ) 4560310
Hyderabad 5576910 (28.82% ) 4329206
Cochin 2542324 (30.71% ) 1944986
Ahmedabad 2433771 (25.53% ) 1938843
Goa 2000114 (25.48% ) 1593971
Trivandrum 1687498 (25.81% ) 1341356
Pune 1429323 (24.27%) 1150198
Guwahatti 1099734 (42.74% ) 770432
Calicut 1053050 (15.87% ) 908817
Jaipur 992142 (116.61%) 458038
Coimbatore 827472 (29.16% ) 640658
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Kingfisher Airlines is the airline to watch.
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A co-worker of mine knows another guy who went to India for a job flying regional jets. Pay is supposedly excellent.
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