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Foreign-registered planes may get nod to operate in India

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:08 am    Post subject: Foreign-registered planes may get nod to operate in India Reply with quote

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/foreign-registered-planes-may-get-nod-to-operate-in-india/articleshow/54840535.cms

Foreign-registered planes may get nod to operate in India

Oct 14, 2016

The government is likely to allow foreign-registered planes to operate in India in its endeavour to make it easier for aircraft leasing companies to do business here.

Currently, any aircraft that is being brought to India has to be first registered with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a rule that has been seen as an obstacle in taking planes on lease by airlines at a time when India is pushing for increased regional air connectivity.

Exemption from this rule will make it easier for the lessor to take back the aircraft in case of a dispute with the airline operating the aircraft. Since there will be less risk of their planes getting stuck in India, the leasing companies could also reduce the rentals, helping local airlines. On Thursday, the civil aviation ministry called a meeting of aircraft lessors as part of efforts to ensure availability of aircraft to implement the regional connectivity scheme.

“We heard the suggestions made by the lessors in the meeting. We should be able to allow foreign-registered aircraft to operate in India,” said a senior aviation ministry official, who did not want to be named.

The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Aviation Secretary RN Choubey and the DGCA director-general.

ET reported first, on Monday, about the ministry’s plan to meet the lessors and the likely decision. Analysts welcomed the move.

“This move may help bring compadown the aircraft repossession risk for foreign lessors and hence the cost of leasing. We have had some unfortunate incidents around aircraft repossession in India and that has hurt sentiments among aircraft lessors. Many leading countries allow this, like the USA, Russia, Italy, the Philippines, etc.,” said Amber Dubey, partner and India head of aerospace and defence at global consultancy KPMG.

KPMG, in August, had requested the ministry to consider allowing foreign-registered aircraft for the regional connectivity scheme, Dubey said. DGCA officials said they will have to form a new rule to allow foreign-registered aircraft to operate here.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/dgca-proposes-new-rules-to-enable-import-of-foreign-registered-aircraft/articleshow/55300497.cms

DGCA proposes new rules to enable import of foreign registered aircraft

Nov 08, 2016

India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, has proposed a new regulation which will enable operators to import foreign registered aircrafts and operate them on foreign registration with Indian crew.

“This will also make the aircraft leasing environment user friendly,” the civil aviation ministry said in a statement.

Currently, any aircraft that is being brought to India has to be first registered with the DGCA. The rule has been seen as a hurdle in taking planes on lease by airlines at a time when India is pushing for increased regional air connectivity.

Exemption from this rule will make it easier for the lessor to take back the aircraft in case of a dispute with the airline operating the aircraft. The move reduces the risk of the lessors' planes getting stuck in India and hence may encourage them to formulate easier leasing contracts with lower rentals.

Last month, the civil aviation ministry had called a meeting of aircraft lessors as part of efforts to ensure availability of aircraft to implement the regional connectivity scheme.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would this move help I5 the most - making it easier for them to tap into the vast AK fleet.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

justbala wrote:
Would this move help I5 the most - making it easier for them to tap into the vast AK fleet.


Also SG, who keep leasing temporary capacity all the time. They even had a couple of A320s from Balkan Holidays which, if I recollect, were flying in India while still wearing their Bulgarian registrations.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also SG, who keep leasing temporary capacity all the time. They even had a couple of A320s from Balkan Holidays which, if I recollect, were flying in India while still wearing their Bulgarian registrations.


Those were wet leases. This new proposal is for dry-lease of foreign-registered aircraft using Indian crew.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no harm if it brings in flexibility of operations.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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justbala wrote:
Would this move help I5 the most - making it easier for them to tap into the vast AK fleet.


Also SG, who keep leasing temporary capacity all the time. They even had a couple of A320s from Balkan Holidays which, if I recollect, were flying in India while still wearing their Bulgarian registrations.


I mentioned I5, coz with this move they would have very flexible fleet usage with the larger AK fleet.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airlines-seek-clarity-on-pilot-certification-while-leasing-foreign-registered-aircraft/articleshow/55935319.cms

Airlines seek clarity on pilot certification while leasing foreign-registered aircraft

Dec 12, 2016

India's airlines have asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide clarity as per new guidelines on pilot certification requirements when foreign-registered aircraft are leased and operated in India.

"Currently, the only way to operate foreign-registered aircraft in India is to wet lease them, which means the pilots and crew come with the aircraft. Also, wet leases can only be done for a limited period," said an executive who heads aircraft purchase and financing at an Indian low-fare carrier.

Wet lease entails the hiring of an airline crew along with a plane. In dry lease, which is more prevalent, crew are not part of the contract.

The new rules proposed by the regulator will enable operators to import foreign-registered aircraft and operate them on foreign registration with Indian crew. This will make the aircraft leasing environment user friendly, the civil aviation ministry said in November.

"The DGCA's new guidelines pave the way for us to also bring in foreign aircraft on dry leases which me ans only planes and no foreign crew need to be leased.It's a great step, but there is no clarity on what certification the pilot flying these planes should have. Should he or she have certification of the aviation authority from the country where the aircraft is registered," the executive said.

Currently , any aircraft that is being brought to India has to be first registered with the local regulator. The rule has been seen as a hurdle in taking planes on lease by airlines at a time when India is pushing for increased regional air connectivity .

Exemption from this rule will make it easier for lessors to take back their aircraft in case of a dispute with the airline operating the aircraft. Hence, the step may encourage them to formulate easier leasing contracts with lower rentals.

The proposed guidelines are to help carriers under the new regional aviation policy aimed at connecting small cities and towns. "Operation of foreign registered aircraft are ideal and convenient for startup airlines, when exploring new routes or during seasonal fluctuations and sudden peaks in demand," the new rule says.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/soon-desi-airlines-can-also-operate-foreign-registered-aircraft/articleshow/60917796.cms

Soon, desi airlines can also operate foreign-registered aircraft

Oct 3, 2017

The government is soon going to allow desi airlines to operate foreign registered aircraft.

The regulator has almost finalised the new norms allowing Indians carriers to operate foreign-leased aircraft without getting a desi registration, a three-alphabet code beginning with VT.
"We should have the new rules in place very shortly," said the official.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it stands today, this seems to only be a rumour by the press. The CAR already released does not allow foreign registered aircraft for capacity and route expansion and can be used only in unforeseen circumstances.

I wrote a short article on the CAR and it can be found here:

https://sarinaviationlaw.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/article-83-bis-leases-in-india-the-beginning-of-foreign-registered-aircraft-operating-in-india/

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