More Indian carriers may opt for Airbus A321s: Official

indian-airlinesTOULOUSE: Airbus expects one or more of its Indian customers to convert orders for the 180-seater A320 planes into the bigger 200 plus-seater A321s, its vice-president strategy and marketing Kiran Rao, said on Thursday. “We are in discussions of moving up to the A321s,” Rao told ET on the sidelines of the Airbus Innovation Days 2015. He added “almost all” of Airbus’ Indian customers have the option to convert A320 orders to A321s and said that it will likely happen before 2020.

The orders will be for the A321 neos, the so-called New Engine Options which are the upgraded version of Airbus’ single aisle aircraft family. A move to A321 would be indicative of airlines’ plans to start more short-haul international operations, termed by industry experts as a significantly lucrative market.

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IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara register increase in market share in April

indigo-spicejet-and-vistaraIndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara registered an increase in market share during the month of April over March even

as Jet Airways (Jet Airways and JetLite) and Air India lost market share during the month.

The change in market share happened during the month, when total number of passengers flying grew by 23.33 per cent over the same month last year.

The highest growth in market share was registered by Vistara, which grew its market share from 0.5 per cent in March to 1.1 per cent during the month. IndiGo, India’s largest carrier in terms of passengers carries, further widened its lead over its competitors by carrying 37.8 per cent of the total passengers during April compared to 36.4 per cent during March.

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Brief disruption in flight services from India to Kathmandu


NEW DELHI: Flight services to Kathmandu from India were disrupted for a brief period today, following closure of the runway
there for a brief period due to a powerful earthquake that hit Nepal.

A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai for Kathmandu was diverted to Lucknow while Air India’s second flight from the national
capital was put on hold due to the airport closure for about two hours.

“Due to closure of Kathmandu airport immediately after the earthquake, Jet Airways flight 9W 266 from Mumbai to Kathmandu was diverted to Lucknow,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

After the airport was declared operational, the flight departed from Lucknow for its destination, Jet Airways said.

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Air Pegasus gets flying permit from DGCA

indian airlines latest newsNEW DELHI: Air Pegasus, a regional carrier based out of Bengaluru, became the ninth carrier in the country after receiving a flying permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday.

Air Pegasus also becomes the third new airline to take to Indian skies in the past one year. While AirAsia India, Tata Sons’ low-cost venture with AirAsia Berhad, started services in June 2014, Vistara, Tata Sons’ joint venture company with Singapore Airlines, launched operations in January this year.

“We have received an Air Operators Permit from the DGCA, and plan to launch our ticketing system soon and launch operations in two weeks. We already have two ATR-72 aircraft in our fleet that is sufficient to operate the three sectors we plan to start flights with,” Shyson Thomas, managing direc tor of Air Pegasus, told ET.

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Airlines like Jet Airways, Indi-Go, SpiceJet & Air India seek more lenient norms to fly abroad

goair airlinesNEW DELHI: India’s airlines appear to have dropped their opposition to scrapping the current norms for operating international flights and have sought greater leniency in the proposed system of earning domestic flying credits to determine eligibility to fly overseas.

Resistance by Jet AirwaysBSE 2.24 %, Indi-Go, SpiceJetBSE 4.90 % and Air India to the removal of the eligibility norms to fly abroad seems to have died out.


None of them present at a meeting last Wednesday opposed the move to replace the minimum requirement of five years of operations and 20 aircraft, known as the 5/20 rule, sources who attended told ET.

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FTAs, FEEs for India increase 4% each on year in Jan 2015

airlines passengersLast month, Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India increased by four per cent over January 2014 to 7.90 lakh. The percentage share of FTAs in among the top 15 source countries was highest from USA (16.35 per cent) followed by UK (11.82 per cent), Bangladesh (9.29 per cent), Canada (4.70 per cent), Australia (3.63 per cent), Russian Federation (3.50 per cent), France (3.16 per cent), Germany (3.12 per cent), Sri Lanka (2.93 per cent), Malaysia (2.91 per cent), Japan (2.63 per cent), China (2.30 per cent), Republic of Korea (1.89 per cent), Afghanistan (1.76 per cent), and Oman (1.54 per cent).

The percentage share of FTAs in the review month was highest at Delhi Airport (28.72 per cent) followed by Mumbai Airport (21.87 per cent), Chennai Airport (8.39 per cent), Bangalore Airport (5.83 per cent), Goa Airport (5.09 per cent), Haridaspur Land check post (4.99 per cent), Kolkata Airport (3.60 per cent), Cochin Airport (3.56 per cent), Ahmedabad Airport (3.33 per cent), Hyderabad Airport (3.05 per cent), Thiruvananthapuram Airport (1.79 per cent), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.34 per cent), Gede Rail (1.14 per cent), Attari Wagah Land check post (0.92 per cent), and Sonauli Land Check post (0.86 per cent)

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism during January 2015 also increase four per cent year on year to Rs 11,529 crore.


Air India reports strong performance in January 2015

air india latest newsAn over 16 per cent growth in its passenger traffic helped national carrier Air India improve its ticket revenue by 8.4 per cent, which stood at Rs 1,500 crore in January over the period last year, an airline official said today.

Meanwhile, the carrier has also lined up sumptuous Indian cuisines, named after popular cricketers, to cater to its passengers on its flights to Australia for ICC World Cup there.

Air India has clocked a higher seat factor on its both national and domestic network during this period as well, the official said.

After a long spell of losses, the national airline had returned to profitability in December 2014 with a net profit of Rs 14.6 crore in the month as against a loss of Rs 168.7 crore in December 2013, driven by a healthy growth in both passenger and cargo revenue.