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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:39 am    Post subject: Air India News -- Part 31 Reply with quote

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2016/05/19/hausfeld-announces-final-settlement-decade-long-air-cargo-price-fixing-litigation#axzz499Ys4Uvx


Hausfeld Announces Final Settlement in Decade-Long Air Cargo Price Fixing Litigation

May 19th 2016

Hausfeld, a global claimants’ law firm dedicated to handling complex litigation, announces that it has reached a settlement with Air India, the last defendant remaining in the lengthy multi-district Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation. Hausfeld attorneys have been pursuing damages on behalf of victims of the air cargo cartel for the last ten years, serving as Co-Lead Counsel in the case, which is pending before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Air India is the last airline to settle the litigation, having agreed to pay $12.5 million (more than 10% of its sales to and from the United States during the class period) to direct purchasers of air cargo shipping services. In all, settlements with more than thirty defendants top $1.2 billion.

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http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/air-india-merger-led-to-a-mess-ashwani-lohani/article8621785.ece

Air India merger led to a mess: Ashwani Lohani

May 19, 2016

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India, has blamed the national air carrier’s woes on the merger with Indian Airlines that never took off as expected and previous bosses who pinned the responsibility on employees for its dismal state of affairs.

In a hard hitting blogpost, Mr. Lohani said Air India now had a bureaucracy bigger than Indian Railways.

“Earlier I always believed that the great Indian Railways was the mother of all bureaucracies but not any longer. Here, at the national carrier, the ridiculousness of the process and the diehard belief therein has been carried to a mind boggling extent,” Mr. Lohani, who took charge of the national carrier on August 31 last year, wrote in a blogpost titled ‘The Turmoil Within – Continues.’

Mr. Lohani said he “failed to fathom” how the airline could ridicule its own employees and expect them to deliver at the same time.

“It makes me sad when the common employee is often blamed for the ills of the organization, in this case too, whereas the real reason for the debacle lies elsewhere, in my opinion on the head honcho,” the AI chief said

The airline chief said although Air India is slowly getting back on track, there are “still miles to go before one can relax and watch the planes fly, albeit without the need to constantly worry and fret.”

Stressing that the mess in Air India “is by no stretch of imagination a minor one,” he concluded that the airline was moving ahead.

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http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/cover-story/Heat-parade-aboard-Air-India-flight-317/articleshow/52351204.cms

Heat parade aboard Air India flight 317

May 20, 2016

More than 300 passengers on Air India's flight 317 from Delhi to Mumbai had a terrible aftertaste of Delhi's sweltering heat. They were forced to undergo a 2-hour journey with no air conditioning on board.

Passengers spoke of the aircraft feeling like a "sauna bath chamber." The air conditioning was not working even when passengers boarded the double-deck, wide-bodied Boeing 747 which took off five hours behind schedule. But even in the face of passengers' complaints the crew got the go-ahead from Captain SK Jha to board the gates and the flight took off with no air conditioning. Among the passengers was a couple travelling with their four-month-old son, who began to get extremely restless as the plane got claustrophobic. When the couple who live in NOIDA asked the flight attendant for help, they were told that the crew would handle the situation "if the baby fell unconscious".

The couple, from Noida, is sending a complaint to Maneesh Sharma, the minister of state for civil aviation. "The airhostesses were rude, uncouth, and discourteous," said Vijay Goel, the infant's father.

Monday's incident comes as a massive embarrassment for the national carrier's chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani, who just two days ago, wrote a lengthy note to his staff, urging them to ensure that "passengers always have a good experience with Air India".

One of the flyers, Ritesh Kumar who heads strategy for INX media, said that the vents were blowing hot air, by the time the passengers were seated and the problem only got worse. "When we approached the cabin crew, they kept insisting that everything would be fine," Kumar said.

A majority of the passengers insisted on deplaning and even marched up to the doors, leading to a heated argument with the cabin crew. "It was past 4 am when we demanded that we wanted to get off the plane but the captain, who identified himself as SK Jha, ordered that the doors be shut," Kumar said.

London-based IT professional Nehal Mehta, who was traveling with his wife Sancheta and their nine-year-old son, said that the cabin crew did not serve water "even once" to the suffocating passengers despite complaints of dry throats and nor did they seem particularly empathetic.

"There was no apology for either delay or the non-functioning air conditioners. We were travelling to Mumbai for our son's visa appointment, and got delayed because of the problem," Mehta said. Sancheta added that all the passengers refused snacks to mark their protest.

Delhi residents a certain M Shah and Hemant Brar have already sent separate complaint letters to the airline management and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. One of the AI crew members this newspaper spoke to said that a few Boeing 747s that Air India operated have reported problems in the AC units. "Complaints about AC on Boeing 747s are common. These planes are flying on a minimum equipment list," an airline source said.

Despite repeated efforts and written communication to the airline, we got no response from the spokesperson of the national carrier.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.asianage.com/india/air-india-pilots-end-address-passengers-jai-hind-951

Air India to pilots: End address to passengers with Jai Hind

May 20, 2016

Air India has suggested to its pilots that the captain on a flight should end his or her first address to passengers on board with a “Jai Hind” (victory to India) salutation, which he says will make a “tremendous impact”. This is part of the message that Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani has sent to the employees in a letter on Wednesday.

“As a part of our efforts to turnaround, it is of utmost importance that our passengers have a good experience. I would therefore appreciate if Air lndians follow the suggestions given below with all their heart put into implementing the same”.

“During the journey, the captain should often connect with the passengers. ... Besides at the end of his first address usage of words “Jai Hind” makes a tremendous impact,” the Air India CMD said, in his letter.

“The cabin crew should greet passengers while enplaning and also deplaning with ‘Namaskaar’ as was the earlier tradition. A smile on the face and conversing sweetly and politely without an iota of irritation would be a good thing. ln case of delay with passengers onboard, both cockpit and cabin crew should keep passengers in the loop by providing them information about the reasons for the delay at timely intervals. Commercial staff should remain available at the gate till push back and before the aircraft docks in. ln case of progressive delays, they should also proactively communicate with passengers keeping them informed of the issues. ln case of delay exceeding 30 minutes, the airport manager, as well as the station manager, should immediately reach the site and attend to passengers. There should be adequate communication to passengers and their boarding/lodging needs should be taken care of without delay. The check-in agents should be aware of all the rules. They also should be periodically counselled to interact with passengers politely. Their attitude should be positive with a problem-solving approach,” the Air India CMD has said.

“ln fact all the staff of Air India or its ground-handling agencies should be regularly counselled to be courteous and polite. The passengers should be helped and accompanied if they are required to go to other counters for making payments. However no relaxation whatsoever should be given for baggage. This message should be communicated to them regularly and almost daily by officers. All employees who interact with passengers should invariably be well dressed and have their name on badges. The engineers should ensure that the planes are immaculately clean and defects in the cabin are kept at bare minimum. All galley equipments should be in working order. Curtains, carpets and seat covers should also be maintained immaculately clean. The quality of food has to be good. Special check needs to be kept on supplies ... . The role of station manager and airport manager is of vital importance. They have to be proactive and positive with a problem solving approach. They should be available on their cell (phone) on a 24/7 basis,” the Air India CMD added.

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Hubballi-Mumbai-flight-unlikely-to-take-wing/2016/05/21/article3443990.ece

Hubballi-Mumbai flight unlikely to take wing

21st May 2016

Air India flight between Hubballi and Mumbai, which was supposed to start by now, is likely to delay further as the public carrier has not got necessary approval at the Mumbai airport.

Hubballi airport authorities are hopeful of commencing the flights soon.

After withdrawal of its operation from Hubballi airport by private carrier SpiceJet in March last year, the city has no air connectivity to the commercial capital of the nation. The business in Hubballi-Dharwad is closely connected with Mumbai and there is always a huge demand for flights.

As the issue was taken up with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and top management of Air India by MP Prahlad Joshi, they had agreed to give a slot for Hubballi. Air India chairman and managing director Ashwini Lohani had assured Joshi of commencing the service by April-end, but technical reasons has delayed the service.

Sources in Hubballi airport said Air India wanted to operate the same flight on Mumbai-Nasik, Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Hubballi routes, for which it needed six slots at Mumbai airport. But due to high frequency of flights at Mumbai, it has not got slots.

Stating that the ball is now in the court of Air India, Hubballi Airport director Shivanand Benal told Express that clearance for operation from Hubballi airport was given on April 20. The public carrier is in talks with Mumbai airport for further clearance, which may take more time.

The state government is also trying its best and is likely to raise the issue in a meeting convened by Civil Aviation Ministry on regional connectivity. Infrastructure Department principal secretary Vandita Sharma, has been apprised about the recent developments, Benal said.

Currently, Air Pegasus, a budget airline, is operating two flights between Hubballi and Bengaluru (one each in the morning and evening). Joshi is also pressing for another flight of Air India to Bengaluru. Chances of SpiceJet shifting its operation to Hubballi from Belagavi are bleak. The private carrier shifted the operation after one of its flights met with an accident at Hubballi airport.

“SpiceJet is unlikely to shift operation to Hubballi in the near future. The management had assured of shifting operation once the airport expansion work is completed. But it may take another 6-8 months,” Benal said, adding that the runway extension work is likely to be completed by next month.

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/air-india-rehires-retired-cabin-crew-members-to-overcome-shortage/articleshow/52369821.cms

Air India rehires retired cabin crew members to overcome shortage

21 May, 2016

Air India has rehired more than 75 per cent of the cabin crew members who retired in the past six months or so apparently because a large number of employees at the state-run airline are often unavailable for duty.

The national carrier has rehired about 81 cabin crew members among 238 employees in various departments, including 50 in engineering and 90 in ground handling subsidiaries, officials said. These employees have been rehired on contract for one year and will be paid the last drawn salary in most cases, they said.

"We have enough cabin crew but the problem is of availability because a lot of them are on leave or would not fly," a senior official said on condition of anonymity.

"The problem should be addressed by disciplining them and not hiring people on contract," he said, although another official said there is a shortage of cabin crew in the airline. The airline has hired 640 cabin crew members in the past one year and is in the process of hiring more, as per the senior official.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/AI-Delhi-San-Francisco-Delhi-flight-to-go-around-the-world-from-next-month/articleshow/52373240.cms

AI Delhi-San Francisco-Delhi flight to go around the world from next month
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^ Posting the above article.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/AI-Delhi-San-Francisco-Delhi-flight-to-go-around-the-world-from-next-month/articleshow/52373240.cms

AI Delhi-San Francisco-Delhi flight to go around the world from next month

May 21, 2016

From next month Air India aircraft flying on the Delhi-San Francisco (SFO)-Delhi route will circumnavigate the earth as it will go round the world in less than 36 hours. The Maharaja currently takes the western route while flying Delhi to SFO by crossing the Atlantic, covering a distance of 13,900 km in up to 17 hours. And it flies back home taking the same route in an hour less.

From next month, AI plans to fly east to SFO by crossing the vast Pacific Ocean. While this route is almost 1,400 km longer, the Boeing 777-200 (long range or LR) aircraft will get only strong tail winds on its eastward journey and cut flying time by up to three hours. On the return, the plane will fly over the Atlantic. Thus by the time the plane reaches Delhi, it would have gone round the earth is just about a day-and-a-half.

The B-777 200 LR, on an average, burns 9,600 litres fuel for each hour of flying. Reducing the flying time to SFO from an hour (in summer) to three hours (in winter) will mean huge fuel saving. The new route, thus, promises to a win-win for all as travellers will reach SFO faster and the airline will burn less fuel.

"The earth rotates from west to east and winds also flow in that direction. Flying west means facing strong headwinds (that decreases an aircraft's actual ground speed) and flying east means getting strong tailwinds, which does the opposite. While taking the (western) Atlantic route to SFO, we usually face headwinds of 24 kmph. If our aircraft is doing 800 kmph, its actual ground speed is 776 kmph. Taking the (eastern) Pacific route to SFO will mean getting tailwinds of 138 kmph which will make the aircraft have an actual ground speed of 938 kmph," said a senior AI official.

In summer, flying time to SFO over Pacific will be 16 hours — an hour less than the Atlantic route. And in winter, the difference will be as high as up to three hours between the two routes, said the official.

The airline has sent its Pacific route proposal to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for clearance as no Indian carrier has flown this route nonstop to the west coast. Jet Airways used to have a Mumbai-Shanghai-SFO connection some years ago.

The Atlantic route to SFO sees AI fly over Pakistan, Afghanistan, CIS, Russia, Norway, north Iceland, Greenland; crossing the Atlantic to Canada and then entering the US airspace through Seattle. For the Pacific route, AI has chosen this flight plan: Delhi to Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, South Korea, Japan, crossing the Pacific's vast oceanic airspace and then flying directly to the Golden Gate city. AI avoided Russia on this route due to two issues: lack of adequate alternate airports for landing in an emergency and language problems.

"We will mostly return to Delhi taking the Atlantic route. But for some days in a year, we may fly over the Pacific if it leads to some time-saving and translate into less fuel burn," said the official,

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 4:43 am    Post subject: Is Air India utilizing Star Alliance membership effectively? Reply with quote

Now that Air India is in Star Alliance can AI not tie up with United Airlines and offer connections from all cities in India to all cities where United flies to from its hubs in Chicago and San Francisco? They could do the same from Newark and IAD too after AI starts services to IAD. This will be a mutually beneficial relationship for sure. Likewise they can increase connections to a lot more cities in Europe from Frankfurt and Munich using Lufthansa.

Is there anything that is stopping them from doing so? Is it dearth of capital or planes that is coming in their way, or is it governmental regulations?
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: Is Air India utilizing Star Alliance membership effectiv Reply with quote

PlaneLover wrote:
Now that Air India is in Star Alliance can AI not tie up with United Airlines and offer connections from all cities in India to all cities where United flies to from its hubs in Chicago and San Francisco? They could do the same from Newark and IAD too after AI starts services to IAD. This will be a mutually beneficial relationship for sure. Likewise they can increase connections to a lot more cities in Europe from Frankfurt and Munich using Lufthansa.

Is there anything that is stopping them from doing so? Is it dearth of capital or planes that is coming in their way, or is it governmental regulations?


They already do.. I have IXE-BOM-DEL-SFO-SEA booked on AI/UA later this year.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:56 am    Post subject: round the world Reply with quote

SQ used to do the same when they flew EWR-SIN all business class/Left EWR at night and flew eastTRANS-ATLANTIC and landed in singapore in daytime .On return left around mid-day flew TRANS-PACIFIC and landed in afternoon[ i think.]I did as a gift from my wife to visit India and i took SIN-MAA-SIN.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/AI-to-have-senior-pilot-engineer-on-board-soon/articleshow/52425961.cms

AI to have senior pilot, engineer on board soon

May 25, 2016

The Modi government has sent a clear signal that it wants experts to have a say in running Air India. The airline will soon have senior pilots and engineers on its board. The government has created a board position as director (operations) which will be manned by a senior pilot. The Public Selection Enterprises Board (PSEB) on Tuesday chose Captain Arvind Kathpalia, currently AI's executive director (operations), as the first pilot-director of the airline..
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Currently, apart from the chairman, government representatives and independent directors, AI has board members for only three areas — finance, personnel and commercial.

"It was surprising that AI did not have a pilot and an aircraft engineer on its board. The PSEB has chosen a pilot for this job and he will soon be there. After this, Air India chief Ashwani Lohani is planning to have an engineer on the board of the airline," said a senior AI official.

The move is being seen as a signal from Prime Minister Modi that he wants professionals with domain knowledge to have a vital say in running the airline.

"The AI board has almost always been packed with people chosen by the government of the day. This is the first time that experienced professionals from the airline will be given a say in running the airline," said a senior official.

This, feel officials, is vital given AI's poor financial condition. The airline has loans of Rs 48,400 crore. Its annual debt servicing alone is Rs 4,000 crore and the airline may soon seek debt restructuring.

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The revised TAP (Turnaround Plan) envisages an addition of 43 new aircraft between 2016-17 and 2019-20, apart from 12 wide body aircraft that would comprise six 787, three 777-300 Extended Range, and another three aircraft on dry lease.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/air-india-to-achieve-fiscal-targets-two-years-in-advance/article8651036.ece
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Incident: Air India A319 at Vijayawada on May 28th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine problem


An Air India Airbus A319-100, registration VT-SCR performing flight AI-460 from Vijayawada to Delhi (India), was cleared for takeoff from Vijayawada runway 26 and was accelerating the engines (CFM56) for takeoff when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (around 30 knots) due to an engine problem. The aircraft returned to the apron.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto the next flights about 8 and 11 hours later.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Vijayawada about 33 hours after the rejected takeoff.


Source: Avherald.com
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Air-India-plane-unfit-to-fly-may-be-scrapped-after-bus-crash/articleshow/50307194.cms

Air India plane unfit to fly, may be scrapped after bus crash

Dec 24, 2015



The Air India aircraft ATR 42-320 registered as VT-ABO and leased from Ireland-based ABRIC Leasing Ltd has been written off by the airline. Air India has sought compensation from Jet Airways. Insurance companies are looking into the matter.

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/jkKixGHHBK4g97lrMKsXLK/DGCA-questions-working-hours-in-JetAir-India-incident.html
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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/GrSy9MhCCTen1yvOacMKUL/Air-India-Express-may-post-first-profit.html

Air India Express may post first profit

Jun 01 2016

From a loss of Rs.391 crore in 2010-11, the year of the accident, Air India Express will report a profit of Rs.320 crore in 2015-16, its first profit since its founding in 2004, said K. Shyam Sundar, the airline’s CEO who took over in 2014. He expects a revenue of Rs.2,850 crore this year, against Rs.1,779 crore in 2010-11.

“It’s quite a remarkable story in the sense that the circumstances have also helped us,” said Sundar. “I am thinking I am bit of a lucky man.”

Higher flight occupancy helped Air India Express, said Jitender Bhargava, former director at Air India. “The load factor increase is impressive and commendable.”

“All said and done, if they have turned profitable, it’s a very welcome step.”

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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/iMmxumzc2iYQdm8UiAZwGL/Air-India-to-fly-war-heroes-business-class.html

Air India to fly war heroes business class

Jun 03 2016

Air India Ltd on Friday said it will upgrade war heroes travelling economy class with the airline to business class.

People who have been awarded military honours including Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra will qualify for the scheme from June.

“Its a small way to say thank you. And it will not hurt us commercially also,” an airline official who declined to be named said, explaining how this new offering will work.

Air India currently allows passengers to upgrade from economy to business class at the check-in counter by paying a fixed amount of Rs.4,500-Rs.6,000, depending on flight duration and seat availability, even though actual business class fares are much higher.

The awardees will have to show their identification cards at the check-in counters and once the check-in procedure is completed, they will be upgraded at the airline’s boarding gate depending on seat availability so that there is no revenue loss to the airline.

Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani approved the scheme this week. The scheme will be applicable only on domestic flights.

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[i]Air India to fly war heroes business class

Jun 03 2016

Air India Ltd on Friday said it will upgrade war heroes travelling economy class with the airline to business class.

People who have been awarded military honours including Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra will qualify for the scheme from June.



To be able to avail this scheme, our war heroes should first buy a Y ticket. This is something many of them, particularly the non-commissioned ones, cannot afford to do.

Personally, I think a better way of honouring our heroes is to let them fly for free in Y. They will be not only be able to travel in comfort but also save money this way.
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http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/air-india-can-be-profitable-with-oil-at-60-official-1.1839914

Air India can be profitable with oil at $60: official

Air India, who is set to announce its first profit in nearly decade, will continue to make money even if oil rises to $60 a barrel, an airline board member said on Thursday.

The Indian government said in March that state-owned Air India would report a Rs8-crore ($1.25 million) profit for the 12 months to March 31 compared to a Rs2,636.18-crore ($394 million) loss in the previous year.

It last made a profit in 2007-2008.

Air India has been able to turnaround years of losses largely due to the collapse in the oil price that has slashed the airline’s operating costs, board member Pankaj Srivastava told Gulf News in Dublin at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meet.

But operating costs have increased for many airlines in the past four months with oil benchmark Brent crude rallying by 80 per cent to $50 a barrel on Friday.

“It’s hardening again. So I expect it’s going to stabilise at $55/$60 … [and] with that kind of pricing we would still be profitable,” Srivastava said.

The increase in the oil prices comes as carriers caution that fare margins are under pressure from currency fluctuations and a glut of seats.


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Air India Ltd was evaluating an order for 50 Airbus A320neos but this has been shelved for now, the report said.

Instead, Air India is likely to expand its fleet by leasing a combination of A320s, ATRs and 737-800s (for its low-fare international airline Air India Express), with a decision likely by the end of FY2017.


http://www.livemint.com/Industry/XUpiGZTKnIsbCK6w8zDKAM/Airline-companies-seen-ordering-new-aircraft-on-sturdy-passe.html
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Air India is considering launching flights to Spanish cities Madrid or Barcelona, though it is likely to fly to Madrid and start the services in November, Srivastava said.

He added that the airline is likely to use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the daily Mumbai-Dubai route by August.

The airline is also deciding on launching flights to Copenhagen in Denmark or Stockholm in Sweden “sometime in 2017,” he said.



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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/sme-sector/khadi-commission-gets-another-big-order-worth-rs-8-crore-from-air-india/articleshow/52633555.cms

Khadi Commission gets another big order worth Rs 8 crore from Air India

7 Jun, 2016

Air India which has earlier decided to use natural and eco-friendly Khadi products for its international flights, has placed an another order worth Rs.8 crores with the Khadi & Village Industries Commission(KVIC) for the supply of 1,85,000 units of amenity kits

This is the national carrier's second order after December 2015 where they placed order worth Rs 1.21 crores for supplying 25,000 units of amenity. This order was put together by KVIC in a time of just 40 days.

This amenity kits were meant for the first class and business class international traveller and included Khadi hand sanitizer, khadi moisturizer lotion,khadi lemongrass, Khadi handmade soap, khadi lip balm, khadi rose face wash, essential oils and other essentials of a traveller's kit.

This time around KVIC will supply 1,85,000 kits in 4 months time to Air India in which 6000 kits are for first class passengers and 1,79,000 kits for business class passengers . This order will generate more than 4,40,000 man hours which will be a boost to the workers.

"Following an appeal made by the prime minister Narendra Modi, through 'Man Ki Baat' for purchasing at least one product of Khadi and support the rural artisans, there have been tremendous encouraging response in sale of Khadi and more and more people are purchasing Khadi especially the youths and teenagers," said V.K. Saxena, Chairman, KVIC.

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fantastic move! always wondered why AI didn't take advantage of ethnic stuff. If not wallpaper, then let it be something else.

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68 years ago, Air India first went international

Jun 10, 2016

Thursday marked the 68th anniversary of Air India's first international flight touching down at London. The historic 24-hour trip from Mumbai to London by the Malabar Princess, a 40 seater Lockheed L-749 Constellation, was marked by refuelling stops at Cairo and Geneva. The propeller-driven four-engine aircraft, registered as VT-CQS, was piloted by Captain K R Guzdar on its maiden voyage. The aircraft carried 35 passengers including luminaries such as Maharaja Duleepsinhji, who was looking forward to watching the Ashes, his highness the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, the Rajpramukh of Saurashtra, JRD Tata the father of Indian aviation and Indian cyclists H B Malcolm and R R Noble, who were to represent India at the Olympic Games at Wembley.

Jitendra Bhargava, a former executive director of Air India and author of The Descent of Air India, recalled the magnificence of the journey. "This aircraft was not capable of flying non-stop over a long distance. Constellations could only fly 4,800 kilometres at one go. Airplanes today can fly 13,340 kilometres. Thus the flight had to make technical halts for refuelling," Bhargava said.

The catering, which comprised an appetizer, main course and dessert, was touted as the best food service that was available. An advertisement in the newspapers that day announced that one could fly to London in the Malabar Princess for Rs 1,720. Today, a one way trip to London (economy class) costs about Rs 24,000 and takes 9 hours and thirty minutes in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

That first flight required a lot of planning—Air India had flown domestically, but international flights were another ballgame. Initially, operations were carried out of a small setup at the London airport with the operations and engineering departments operating out of a temporary hutment, while the traffic department assumed office in a caravan close to the old ATC tower. M.A.S Dalal, who headed up Air India's London operations, along with commercial director SK Kooka scoured the streets of London before they secured offices at Haymarket and Curzon Street. Jitendra Bhargava recalled that Air India's international foray resulted in its name being changed from Air India Ltd to Air India International.

This was however dropped in 1960 after the erstwhile Indian Airlines, which was started in 1953, started catering to domestic sectors The Malabar Princess's association with Air India came to an abrupt halt when tragedy struck. On November 3, 1950, during its descent to Geneva, the aircraft crashed into the 4677 metre tall Rochers de la Tournette, part of Mont Blanc Mountain summit in the French Alps, killing all forty-eight passengers. This tragedy inspired a 2004 French movie also known as the Malabar Princess.

In the film, Tom, a small boy, is sent to live with his grandfather in the French Alps after his mother disappears during an excursion in the mountains, with her husband, Pierre. Tom becomes friends with Benoit, a boy his age, and while searching for Tom's mother, the friends come across the remains of the Malabar Princess.

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http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/DGCA-probes-AI-for-landing-plane-with-damaged-wing-and-burst-tyre/articleshow/52683114.cms

DGCA probes AI for landing plane with damaged wing and burst tyre

Jun 10, 2016

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is probing an Air India flight from Lucknow to Mumbai on Thursday afternoon, which flew with a damaged wing, and landed despite a burst tyre.

The flight, AI 626, which landed in Mumbai around 2 pm, suffered a tyre burst while take-off, and the fragments of the tyre damaged the wing, the DGCA sources said.

"The take-off should have been immediately aborted, but the pilot chose to carry on," the source said. The DGCA source said that the pilots did not inform the ground staff after landing at the Mumbai airport, and the damaged wing flap was noticed by the engineers inspecting the aircraft. A Mumbai airport spokesperson confirmed the incident, even as Air India did not respond to queries.

"The pilot should have aborted the take-off. We will question him and the co-pilot," a DGCA official said. Aviation experts said that taking such risks is becoming far too frequent these said. Captain Mohan Ranganathan, an aviation expert, said, "In case of any difficulty in flight control movements, you must not proceed. A damaged wing or a burst tyre are enough reasons to abort the take-off."

The incident comes at a time when the DGCA is already probing two incidents of tyre bursts. One is related to the March 15 Nagpur-Mumbai flight (AI 630), which had 160 passengers on board when one of the aircraft tyres burst while landing. A few passengers were injured when they were being evacuated using chutes.

The other incident is of March 4, when a hard landing of a Jet Airways flight at Mumbai resulted in a tyre burst and the aircraft's engine touching the runway. This led to the airport's primary runway remaining shut for around 12 hours.

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Air India A319 at Lucknow and Mumbai on Jun 9th 2016, burst tyre on takeoff, flap damage

Jun 10th 2016

An Air India Airbus A319-100, registration VT-SCN performing flight AI-626 from Lucknow to Mumbai (India), departed Lucknow's runway 27 but burst a main tyre, the debris of which impacted the flaps. The crew continued departure and the flight for a landing in Mumbai without further incident. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage.

India's DGCA have opened an investigation into the occurrence stating, the crew should have rejected takeoff at Lucknow. The crew subsequently did not report the occurrence and taxied the aircraft to the stand in Mumbai, where ground personnel discovered the substantial damage to flaps and the wheel.

Mumbai Airport confirmed the aircraft arrived with flap and wheel damage. Lucknow Airport however reported they are not aware of such an occurrence.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Mumbai about 32 hours after landing.



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Air India to drop BOM-AMD as a part of AI144/191 flights effective 14AUG. From 15AUG, AI144/191 will, instead, continue onward to DEL instead - thereby adding another widebody on the DEL-BOM route.

AI191 DEL2125 - 2335BOM0130+1 - 0755EWR 77W D

AI144 EWR1625 - 1640+1BOM1800 - 2010DEL 77W D

The dropped 77W BOM-AMD flights will be resurrected onto AI091/092 and will be operated by an A321

AI091 BOM1830 - 1945AMD 321 D

AI092 AMD2030 - 2145BOM 321 D
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get why AI is making the change to 77W to EWR-BOM-DEL but do we really think AMD came out ahead with the 3X week EWR-LHR-AMD flight over the daily same plane EWR-BOM-AMD? The flight times to EWR are the same for both routings. I would rather fly EWR-BOM-AMD (you can sleep) then wake up after 6 hours in London and basically not sleep. Plus I would guess many would rather have their parents connect in BOM then LHR (I would and my mom is a very savvy traveler).

Any way seem like the Guju crowd is getting what they wanted. Now cue the ATQ crowd for nonstop ATQ to all western cities with guruwardas.
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While using a 77w on Delhi-Bombay makes sense to cater to local traffic, I doubt people from delhi would fly to EWR via BOM as they might as well fly to JFK and use ground transport. A 60 min cab ride or the Long Island Rail Road would be far more convenient than spending 5 hours to back track to BOM for an added connection.

What is the traffic situation on BLR/MAA -BOM? would either of these two be a better option as they would actually have considerable passengers continuing to EWR. Also Jet and Indigo have double the flights AI has on these routes and putting a 77w could help AI in stepping up its game on the domestic front.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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While using a 77w on Delhi-Bombay makes sense to cater to local traffic, I doubt people from delhi would fly to EWR via BOM as they might as well fly to JFK and use ground transport. A 60 min cab ride or the Long Island Rail Road would be far more convenient than spending 5 hours to back track to BOM for an added connection
This is an interesting (non-hub) move. BOM-EWR numbers far outnumber DEL-EWR. Decent timings on the local route, and AI gets another channel to rotate a wide-body through the BOM Heavy Engg base, apart from the AI 101/2 routing. This changed routing seems to have the blessings of the industry insiders on this forum.
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What is the traffic situation on BLR/MAA -BOM? would either of these two be a better option as they would actually have considerable passengers continuing to EWR. Also Jet and Indigo have double the flights AI has on these routes and putting a 77w could help AI in stepping up its game on the domestic front.
Basically, three reasons: the fuel burn and insufficient traffic and cargo, for a concentrated flight precludes it. BLR/MAA are better off with more narrow-body flights distributed throughout the day (observe how even the Dream)liners have gone off the MAA/BLR routes) than a concentrated high-capacity wide-body flight. they do not have the cargo potential, either. Third, there is no incentive to rotate a B777 through a non-Heavy Engg base. Even Jet is loathe to put its wide-bodies on any other domestic route, for the same reasons.
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This is an interesting (non-hub) move. BOM-EWR numbers far outnumber DEL-EWR

Sure BOM-EWR has great numbers etc I was just questioning extending the same flight number to DEL which already has nonstop JFK reaching 30 min before. They could do an a320 to MAA on the AI 191/144 number thus in principle offer direct connectivity to Chennai. Even though they do offer convenient international connectors, its just a matter of marketing a direct flight to Chennai like the SFO extension to BLR. Regarding the AI 173/174, fares ex DEL are about 15k higher than ex BLR/MAA/HYD. Sure this means that they are truly commanding a premium on the nonstop but does this also mean that not a lot of people want to connect in Delhi and therefore they have reduced the fare for one stop passengers?

Also does anyone here have info on IAD. There was a lot of buzz in the media about a 4th July or 15th Aug launch. Now there s only the AMD-LHR-EWR flight and talks about Madrid in December. I believe AIs priority now is the AMD flight and all planning for IAD has taken a backseat.
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yashkhullar wrote:
While using a 77w on Delhi-Bombay makes sense to cater to local traffic, I doubt people from delhi would fly to EWR via BOM as they might as well fly to JFK and use ground transport. A 60 min cab ride or the Long Island Rail Road would be far more convenient than spending 5 hours to back track to BOM for an added connection.

What is the traffic situation on BLR/MAA -BOM? would either of these two be a better option as they would actually have considerable passengers continuing to EWR. Also Jet and Indigo have double the flights AI has on these routes and putting a 77w could help AI in stepping up its game on the domestic front.


Your logic is sound on paper but the ground realities are that for many JFK and EWR are truly different markets. Manhattan (and a few others) its basically the same but for say someone living in Edison, NJ (the Indian hub), a JFK flight would be a pain. For an aggressive business traveler, no problem. For a son who has to drop off his parents and then go run errands, picking the closer airport is usually much preferred. The EWR-India market is the US largest so I think AI will do fine with their core crowd who will now pick same plane service EWR-DEL over driving to JFK. Also EWR doesn't have as good connectivity as one would think. AI's flight durations EWR-BOM-DEL are actually quite competitive. The main issue seems to be the DEL-EWR flights which have a bit long connection in BOM just as AI's DEL-US non stops all seems to have too long of a connection in DEL when originiating from other Indian airports. But net net, I think this will work out for them well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caliguy wrote:
Your logic is sound on paper but the ground realities are that for many JFK and EWR are truly different markets...But net net, I think this will work out for them well.
Well said, Caliguy.
yashkhullar wrote:
Regarding the AI 173/174, fares ex DEL are about 15k higher than ex BLR/MAA/HYD.
Agree on your point: the sop. May be temporary/seasonal/...
I am also intrigued about the IAD part!
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I am a regular customer of New York/EWR India sector and my final destination is CCU. From my house in central Jersey I take train to JFK or EWR, but JFK travel time is almost 3 hr compared to EWR 1.30 hr. If there is a DEL-EWR flight I would like to see well connected to CCU bound flights. I still avoid transshipment to BOM no matter how developed the airport is! Many East/Central India passengers would like to go via DEL. AI should remember that US bound passengers originates from all the states and not Gujarat alone! I welcome a EWR-DEL flight 3 times a week.
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I still avoid transshipment to BOM no matter how developed the airport is!...I welcome a EWR-DEL flight 3 times a week.
Sir, BOM T2 is now a single terminal operation at the swanky new T2 at Sahar: hardly the one you had a harrowing experience at with your daughter, years back. It is perhaps the most beautiful and well-laid out terminal in India right now. All AI domestic and international flights serve the same terminal, instead of what it was before. However, DEL scores on the hub part, and excellent connections to CCU, for you: on the other point, the BOM-DEL-EWR connection as an interesting non-hub move, has the blessings of the industry insiders on this forum, and otherwise: so it looks nice. AI's DEL-CCU-DEL connections are extensive and efficient, so you should like this option a lot. Lastly, please drop me a line, and if possible, let us try to meet in DEL Smile
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http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/air-india-wants-change-approach-save-more-fuel-490

Air India wants a change in ‘approach’, save more fuel

Jun 17, 2016

Air India has asked the airport authority of India (AAI) to allow its aircrafts to land with constant descent approach at the runway, which would allow it to save more fuel. This approach allows for a constant-angle descent or landing in a straight slant as opposed to step-by-step dip descent.

The airline has been holding regular meetings with the AAI to raise the issue. Sources said the AAI has not arrived at a conclusion yet. Aviation experts on the other hand said the proposal is a waste of time as constant approach can lead to an accident or near miss.

According to sources from the airline, as part of its environment conservation programme, the airline had come up with the proposal, and talks with the AAI were on. Airline sources said that if the proposal gets a green signal from the AAI, then the airline would not only be able to save fuel but also foreign exchange, as fuel consumption would go down. This in turn would bring down the cost of tickets, said officials.

Explaining the conventional method of descent, aviation expert N.T. Rao said that while flying the pilot brings down the altitude of the aircraft, by taking a mini dip before flying straight in the air for sometime. The pilot continues this cycle of taking a dip and then flying straight over small intervals, he said.

Ujjawal Thengadi, another aviation expert, however, said constant descent approach was risky as it could lead to near misses. “The ATC needs to be more alert if this method of descent is implemented as aircrafts can come too close to each other.”

An air traffic control department official said the proposal could be implemented at certain airports only where the air traffic managers have low workload.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai/no-leave-for-ai-cabin-crew-during-haj/story-gHlIXcGJ4LeuV7Z7qYiukI.html

No leave for Air India cabin crew during Haj

Jun 16, 2016

Air India has prohibited its cabin crew from taking leave during Haj season when the national carrier flies passengers for their pilgrimage to holy cities in Saudi Arabia.

A circular sent to employees on June 9 said that cabin crew should not apply for leave between August 4 and October 16. “Strict compliance please,” the circular said.

Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani declined to comment on the decision to ban leave. Sources in the airline, however, said the decision indicated that there was a shortage of cabin crew and that the airline plans to increase the number of Haj flights this year. While the schedule for this Haj season has not been released, the airline operated 230 flights carrying approximately 40,000 pilgrims in two phases last year.

Members of the cabin crew who were upset with the decision said that the management had taken an unrelenting stand on the issue when it was discussed a few days back. “Since last year the crew has been denied leave during Diwali, Christmas and now the Haj season. If there is such a serious manpower crunch why don’t they hire?” said a senior air hostess.


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AI intends to induct on dry lease upto 07 (Seven) new A320 NEO aircraft individually or collectively also referred to as the “Aircraft” or the “A320NEO Aircraft”- for a period of maximum upto Twelve (12) years.
THE A320 NEO AIRCRAFT SHOULD BE POWERED BY CFM LEAP -1A26 ENGINES.
Deliveries of the Aircraft are sought by Air India on or before 30th June 2018


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I am a regular customer of New York/EWR India sector and my final destination is CCU. From my house in central Jersey I take train to JFK or EWR, but JFK travel time is almost 3 hr compared to EWR 1.30 hr. If there is a DEL-EWR flight I would like to see well connected to CCU bound flights. I still avoid transshipment to BOM no matter how developed the airport is! Many East/Central India passengers would like to go via DEL. AI should remember that US bound passengers originates from all the states and not Gujarat alone! I welcome a EWR-DEL flight 3 times a week.


I used to fly to IXE via DXB for the same reason, to avoid the nightmare that is BOM.

However, I'm happy to report that this week, I passed through the new BOM and it was the nicest airports I have seen in my whole life. Indeed, it has a Star Gold lounge that I felt was superior to even Turkish @ IST, and that was true even on the domestic side!

With the seamless International <-> Domestic transfers and top class facilities, I will be going out of my way to transit BOM now instead of flying through DXB and BLR.
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http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/air-india-jet-ariways-baggage-check-in-delhi-airport-metro-station-2882075/

Air India, Jet Airways passengers can soon check-in from two Delhi metro stations from July 1

June 28, 2016

Starting July 1, Air India and Jet Airways passengers commuting to IGI Airport will have the option to check-in at Delhi Metro’s Shivaji Stadium and New Delhi stations, a move aimed at further popularising the premier line connecting the city to the airport.

At present, only Air India passengers can avail the check-in facility at the New Delhi station of the high-speed corridor, also known as Airport Express (Orange Line).

The upcoming facility will be available to passengers of the two airlines, flying both on domestic as well as international routes. The check-in counters at the stations will close two hours before scheduled departure of a flight.

“The airport passengers can obtain their boarding pass at the check-in counter and check-in the luggage as well. The checked-in baggage will be transferred to IGI Airport’s Terminal-3 through a secured Baggage Handling System (BHS),” DMRC said in a statement.

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