Pilots' body issues notice to Air India over change in service conditions
The pilots' associations have written multiple letters to the Air India management in the last couple of weeks and sources said that they are planning to go on strike if the demands are not met.
IndiGo seeks final approval from DGCA to wet lease B777 aircraft
"We are working closely with the authorities to ensure all the required steps to obtain the approvals are completed well in time and will consider the earliest the go-live date for these aircraft in line with expected receipt of requisite approvals. This wet lease solution will also enable us to better utilize our A321 narrow body fleet to continue our network deployment in light of the global supply chain issues," said the Indigo Spokesperson.
United Airlines places largest 787 Dreamliner order in Boeing history
The deal is the largest 787 Dreamliner order in Boeing's history, reports Xinhua news agency. United Airlines is also purchasing 100 737 MAX jets, exercising 44 existing options and placing 56 new orders. The airline's current orders for Boeing jets have surpassed 530, including more than 430 737 MAX airplanes.
Indigo asks passengers to reach Delhi airport 3.5 hours prior to domestic departures
The airline has also asked the passengers to carry only one piece of hand baggage weighing 7 kg for a smooth security check. The Delhi airports are experiencing high footfalls and the check-in and boarding time are expected to be longer than usual.
'Earnings recovery for domestic airlines will be slow-paced due to elevated ATF prices'
"The domestic aviation industry continues to witness recovery, with domestic passenger traffic for November 2022 estimated at nearly 117 lakh, about 3 per cent higher compared to nearly 114 lakh in October 2022 and about 11 per cent higher in comparison to the domestic passenger traffic in November 2021. Although, it fell short by nearly 10 per cent, compared to pre-Covid levels of November 2019," the report said.
No shortage of pilots in India, says Centre
Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Gen V.K. Singh (retd), told the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply, that there is however, a shortage of type-rated commanders/PIC (Pilot-in-command) on certain types of aircraft and the same is being managed by utilising foreign pilots by issuing Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorisation (FATA). Presently, there are 82 FATA holders in India, he said.
Indian aviation safety records significant jump in ICAO global ranking
A senior official of the aviation regulator on Saturday said that it is a quantum leap from its 102nd rank four years ago. With a view to check its effective implementation (EI) of critical safety elements, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had last month audited the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
SIA gets 25.1% stake in an enlarged Air India group
SIA and Tata aim to complete the merger by March 2024, subject to regulatory approvals. Following the transaction that was announced on Tuesday, Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) will immediately acquire a strategic stake in an entity that is four to five times larger in scale compared to Vistara.
US consumers spend $11 bn more online for domestic flights this year
Domestic flight bookings so far this year have driven $76 billion in online spend, 17 per cent more than the comparable period in 2019 (pre-pandemic), where $65 billion had been spent. While the $11 billion difference is partly driven by higher prices, bookings have also grown 5 per cent compared to 2019, according to data from Adobe Analytics Insights.
Air India tops list in on-time performance, Go First at bottom
As per data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, On-time performance of Air India flights was 90.8 per cent followed by Vistara and AirAsia recording on-time performance of 89.1 per cent during October. Similarly, Indigo airline recorded an on-time performance of 87.5 per cent while Spicjet had an on-time performance of 68.9 per cent. Go First was at the bottom with on-time performance of 60.7 per cent during the month.