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Friday, 19 January 2018

Kannur joins UDAN list

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday signed a tripartite agreement to commence domestic flight services from the upcoming Kannur International Airport (KIAL) under the Union government’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, an endeavour to make regional connectivity easy.

With this, the Kannur International Airport is set for commencing UDAN services from 2018. Services under the scheme will link small towns. The government aims at making flying affordable by capping fares at Rs. 2,500 a seat an hour.

Foreign carriers to bring in more non-stop flights

New Delhi: Come 2018 and Bali will be a direct flight away from Mumbai, and Ukraine capital Kiev from Delhi. Indian globetrotters will be able to take non-stop flights to a number of new international destinations from next year.
Pradeep Chauhan of Bird Travels, the general sales agent for a number of international airlines, said Vietnamese carrier VietJet will start a direct flight between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh in the summer. Anil Kalsi of the Delhi-based Ambe Travels added that Ukraine International Airlines was launching a Delhi-Kiev non-stop from May, linking the two cities for the first time.
"Indonesian carrier Garuda will start a direct flight from Mumbai to Bali from March 12.

Air Deccan, Air Odisha join hands to save costs

Mumbai: Air Deccan, which recently commenced operations with flight services to Jalgaon, has forged a partnership with Air Odisha, under which the two carriers will share each other's network and resources to minimise costs.

While Air Deccan received the aviation regulator DGCA's nod last week,allowing it to fly on designated routes under the government's regional connectivity scheme, Air Odisha is expected to recieve its flying permit some time mid-January next year.

Jet Airways celebrates 10 years in Bangladesh

Jet Airways, a premier international airline of India, yesterday celebrated a decade of operations in Bangladesh.

Marking the occasion, the airline announced a flat 10 percent discount on ticket prices for 10 days starting December 21 for travel from Bangladesh to 10 destinations -- Amsterdam, London, Paris and Toronto and India's Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Jet Airways is the first privately-owned Indian carrier to provide direct air connectivity between Bangladesh and India.

Flights from Odisha's Jharsuguda to start in February

Bhubaneswar: Flight operations, under a regional connectivity scheme, will start from Odisha's Jharsuguda airport by the first week of February next year, said an official on Wednesday.

The air service will connect Jharsuguda, Raipur and Jagdalpur under the Central government's subsidised Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.

It was discussed at the state-level Coordination and Monitoring Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here.

Pointing out that the infrastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela is ready for flight operations, the Chief Secretary directed that the process for finalisation of operational details for Rourkela airstrip be expedited.

Padhi also directed that Utkela and Jeypore airstrips be readied by March 2018.

The flight operator company informed the government that regional connectivity from Kolkata to Rourkela has been scheduled to be started from January 23.
Director General of Police Rajendra Prasad Sharma apprised the meeting that a total of 135 police and 27 fire personnel from Odisha government have already been trained for providing security and fire services in the regional airports.

Flying into a year of surprises

With more international and regional connectivity and a far superior flying experience, Indian travellers have much in store in 2018, write Ashwini Phadnis and Tanya Thomas

Indian air travellers have a lot to look forward to in 2018. To begin with, Vistara and AirAsia India are all set to launch their international operations, giving Indian travellers more choice while travelling abroad. At the moment, Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways fly on international routes.

In his first-ever interaction with the Indian media, Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara, told Business Line: “We are gearing up to launch our international operations while we further expand our network in the domestic market by increasing frequencies on existing routes, and by adding new destinations, the first of which will be launched in the next couple of months.”

In an interview in early December, Amar Abrol, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Air Asia India, said the airline plans to launch international services either from Bengaluru or Kolkata, with daily services to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Moreover, the airline is planning to offer more connectivity though it is still evaluating the new destinations and flights, he said.

All this means not only more choice in international travel, but also greater connectivity within India. As India advances towards becoming the third-largest aviation market by 2018, passengers can expect better connectivity to tier 2 cities with airlines adding frequencies,” said Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group.

Indigo To Start Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad Flight Service Soon

Bhubaneswar: The State Capital will soon be connected with two other cities of the country namely Allahabad and Nagpur as Indigo airlines is planning to operate Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad flight service under UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

Initial discussion with the officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation has begun. Senior official of the ministry Usha Padhi had informed on the development during her recent visit to State. The service will pave the way for connecting Odisha to western and northern parts of India.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Students work to solve aviation challenges

Chennai: Ever wondered what powers the lights inside the flight when you are waiting to take off? Would it be possible to charge batteries on the flight? What if there was no power or if, mid-flight, the engine snags?

At the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development in the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, researchers are currently trying to find ways to address these challenges.

It is one thing to study such problems as a college student but completely another to be able to observe a machine function and understand what makes it tick in its natural environment. The IIT-M is offering its students a real-time feel by providing them actual machines.
The institute has received a first-of-its kind 3D printed gas turbine that is used in an aircraft.

Kannur international airport to be operational by September 2018

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's fourth international airport, at Kannur, that is expected to serve more than 1.5 million passengers annually, is set to begin trial flight operations in January and become fully operational by September 2018. With the opening of Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airports with the others at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The Rs 1,892 crore-airport, located at Mattanur, over 2,000 acres, will be the fastest completed airport in the country, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office said.

Indigo To Start Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad Flight Service Soon

Bhubaneswar: The State Capital will soon be connected with two other cities of the country namely Allahabad and Nagpur as Indigo airlines is planning to operate Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad flight service under UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

Initial discussion with the officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation has begun. Senior official of the ministry Usha Padhi had informed on the development during her recent visit to State. The service will pave the way for connecting Odisha to western and northern parts of India.

Airlines divided over trading of seat kilometres

New Delhi: Federation of Indian Airlines, which represents Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Go-Air, is divided over the issue of allowing trading of available seat kilometres among airlines to fulfil route dispersal guidelines responsibilities that mandates airlines to operate flights on lowdensity routes.

While Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has written to the civil aviation ministry opposing trading of available seat kilometres (ASKMs) — which is a measure of a flight's passenger carrying capacity — SpiceJet has termed the letter invalid because the move does not have consensus of all members, industry insiders said.
If it is allowed, airlines that could not operate enough flights on low-density routes to meet route dispersal guidelines (RDG) mandate can buy ASKMs from an airline that operates more than the required number of flights to remote destinations to meet RDG requirement.
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More flights to smaller cities must for development: Air Deccan chief

Mumbai: Pitching for more flights to non- metro and smaller cities from major airports in the country, Air Deccan chief Capt G R Gopinath has said that such connectivity will lead to faster economic development of backward areas in the country.
He also said that there is need to connect cities with a state's capital to tap the daily traffic that takes place on account of business and official work.
"Regional towns are the backbone of India's economy and are going to be the engines of growth going forward. However, it can't happen unless there is connectivity of all sorts, including air connectivity," Capt Gopinath said.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

2017 year in review: Over 10 crore air travellers, 1,000 tech problems and flights per day

There were over 10 crore passengers carried by the domestic airlines in 2017. But that was only in the period January to November, 2017, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data revealed.

The Indian government has been vocal in promoting air travel within the country. It’s Ude Desh ka Aam Aadmi or UDAN scheme also witnessed its first flight taking off in April, 2017.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Nov 2017 were 1059.34 lakhs as against 903.36 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.27%,” DGCA said.
Indian aviation sector also faced a bit of turbulence as aviation fuel went through the highs and lows of pricing. Jet fuel was hiked 8.6% to Rs 52,540.63 per kilolitre in January. Fuel prices have been raised in tandem with global crude oil prices.

Prices averaged around Rs 56,450 per kilolitre for the third quarter, 12.6 percent higher than the year-ago period, a report by Bloomberg said.

International aviation hub to developed at Hisar: Khattar

Chandigarh:  In a big boost to Haryana Government’s plans to develop an international aviation hub at Hisar, the Ministry of Transport, Government of India has agreed to favourably consider the proposal for construction of a Controlled-Access Expressway between Hisar and Delhi, by appointing consultants to examine it.
While stating this here on Sunday, an official spokesman said that the construction of this expressway would significantly reduce the time to cover the distance between Hisar and Delhi and provide rapid connectivity between the national capital and the aviation hub.

All you have to do is fly: on radio-controlled planes

A few months back when Porus Shroff, an RC (Radio-Controlled) plane enthusiast, found his teenage son glued to his electronic gadgets, he knew it was time to take drastic measures. So he returned to his hobby that he had quit earlier, but this time got his son hooked onto it too.

“There was no looking back after that. My son got so involved with building his own RC planes and flying them that these days he uses his gadgets only to learn something about these planes. Even his academics have improved after this, he shows a lot of interest in science and mathematics,” affirms a proud Shroff.

RC planes, which are operated from the ground with a radio transmitter, are becoming quite popular among aviation geeks in the city.