In the 10 years since the mammoth Airbus A380 first took the air, the superjumbo has not become the game-changing aircraft the company had originally hoped it would be.
Although Airbus has taken 317 orders for the jet, the company has struggled to expand its customer base past the dozen or so airlines that currently operate the airplane.
And nearly half of those orders are by a single airline – Emirates.
Now the company has to contend with a new problem.
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NEW DELHI: After two years of slack, India’s air traffic growth has seen a strong recovery and demand prospects have turned bright, although only for the ‘fittest’ airlines such as IndiGo and Jet, an HSBC report has said.
According to the global financial services major, the demand outlook remains bright amid strong economic growth expectations and the rising propensity of Indians to travel abroad.
After two years of poor performance, traffic growth has resumed sharply in India. “Indian carriers not only flew 21 per cent more passengers during January-March period but also improved their overall utilisation to five-year highs,” HSBC said in a research report.
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NEW DELHI: Air passengers will have to shell out more for availing facilities such as preferred seats and use of lounges with aviation regulator DGCA giving a free hand to the carriers to charge on these counts in a move to push up their ancillary revenue.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had in April 2013 unbundled these services, allowing the airlines to charge for such facilities but a month later restricted the number of preferred seats for pre-booking at 25 per cent of the overall capacity on domestic flights.
Unbundling of services and charges thereto has the potential to make basic fare more affordable and provides consumer an option of paying for the services which one wishes to avail, the DGCA said in a recent circular on air transport.
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