Air India seals codeshare alliance with Air New Zealand, Avianca


Providing a seamless connectivity to its passengers bound for New Zealand and Colombia, national carrier Air India has sewed up a codeshare alliance with Air New Zealand and Avianca.

The two partnerships were sealed during the 71st Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Miami, early this week.

Both Air New Zealand and Avianca are part of the global airlines group Star Alliance, of which Air India is also a member.

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DGCA warns Air India on mandatory equipment list


Aviation regulator DGCA has warned national carrier Air India not to fly any of its Airbus A319 planes unless it carries onboard a revised copy of the mandatory minimum equipment list.

The issue came to the notice during a Directorate General of Civil Aviation inspection of one of its planes at Mumbai Airport, in which the Flight Operations Inspector found the aircraft having an old version of the document onboard.

Air India, however, said that it has taken “rectified” the mistake, after it received the DGCA communication on the issue.

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Air India flight leaves early for a change, flies heart to save critically ill man


A critically ill man in Chennai was literally saved on a wing and a prayer after a beating heart was flown in from Madurai and reached him in the nick of time.

The 48-year-old Pune resident, suffering from a rapidly deteriorating heart muscle disease called cardiomyopathy, was admitted in the hospital three weeks ago. On Wednesday, a 29-year-old died in Madurai after a serious car accident.

In a noble gesture, the road crash victim’s family consented to donating his heart, kidneys, liver and eyes. As soon as the Chennai hospital heard of this, it flew a team of doctors to Madurai to harvest the man’s heart.

The medical team then contacted Air India to find if they could fly the harvested heart to Chennai at the earliest. AI had a scheduled Madurai-Chennai-Mumbai flight (AI 672) and offered to fly it out of Madurai as soon as the medical team was ready to go.

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Air India closes its office at Kanpur

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Air India has closed its office at Ahirwan airport here and transferred all employees to Lucknow, almost a year after the national carrier stopped flight services from Kanpur to New Delhi, a senior airport official said today.

“We have received the order yesterday to close the office,” Director, Airport Authority of India in Kanpur, Wasim Ahmed told PTI, saying Air India has transfered all staff to its Lucknow office.

He said Air India had stopped its services from Kanpur to New Delhi and vice versa on July 4, 2014.

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Government asks SBI Capital Markets to review Air India’s Turnaround Plan

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NEW DELHI: The government has asked SBI Capital Markets to review Air India’s Turnaround Plan (TAP) and submit a report to it within three months, a move which comes following “drastic changes” in the ground situation in the last three years.

SBI Capital Markets, which is the investment banking arm of public sector lender SBI, has been asked by the Civil Aviation Ministry to carry out a thread bare analysis of TAP, which the erstwhile UPA dispensation had approved for the carrier in 2012, entailing a Rs 30,000 crore bailout package with certain riders, sources said today.

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Air India introduces yoga sessions for its newly-recruited cabin crew and pilots

air-indiaThe Narendra Modi government’s penchant for yoga has rubbed off to the state-run carrier Air India. The airline has introduced yoga sessions for its newly-recruited cabin crew and pilots that are currently undergoing training. It is also planning to organise a two-day workshop for its senior management comprising of the rank of general managers and above at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of living Ashram in Bengaluru.

Every crew member currently being trained has to attend yoga sessions in the morning at 6.30 am, a senior Air India official said. Yoga sessions for pilots will begin from June 1, when their training starts.

“We have introduced yoga for the first time in our training module for pilots and cabin crew, as we believe that yoga brings in a sense of discipline as well as helps cope better with the stress of the job. This is true for each one of us,” said the official, who did not want to be identified.

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Yemen crisis: How Air India’s last flight managed to defy all odds

Air IndiaNEW DELHI: Air India’s last flight to rescue Indians out of war zone Yemen was possibility one of the toughest civilian flights ever undertaken by a commercial airline. Operated on April 9, the final flight saw it all — denial of permission by air traffic control to proceed to Sanaa; a spate of bird hits that left a part of the windshield covered in blood; landing at an airport teeming with gun-toting rebels and then returning to base with fuel running dangerously low.

AI operated a series of flights under Operation Rahat from the beginning of this month to April 9 with its aircraft flying from Djibouti to Yemen capital Sanaa to rescue Indians and other nationalities. These planes, Airbus A-321s, would then fly the rescued Indians home from Djibouti.

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