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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Air India News -- Part 33 Reply with quote

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/air-india-to-phase-out-remaining-3-classic-a320s-by-december/articleshow/64192245.cms

Air India to phase out remaining 3 Classic A320s by December

May 16, 2018

Disinvestment-bound flag carrier will phase out its remaining three Classic planes, which are nearly three decade old, from the fleet by the end of this year.

The airline had in April 2014 announced its plans to retire all 14 single-isle double-bogey wheel planes from its fleet in a phased manner after it decided to induct more fuel-efficient A320 neo planes into operations.

Air India has already removed 11 classic A320 planes out of operations and the remaining three such aircrafts will be going out of the fleet by December this year, a senior company official told PTI.

The official said that though these planes are still flying, but they are carrying out limited operations.

“Most of the time these planes are on a stand-by mode and they perform one or two schedule flight in a day,” the official said.

Earlier, the carrier had planned to retire these planes by March this year.

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association – one of Air India‘s pilots‘ bodies – had in 2015 termed these aged planes as “lethal and snag-prone” and demanded their grounding from aviation regulator in order to ensure passengers‘ safety.


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http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/17/investing/air-india-privatization-sale-buyers/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_latest+%28CNNMoney%3A+Latest+News%29

What is the status on the sale of AI. According to the news report only Singapore/Vistara has any interest.

Until the debt situation is resolved no will buy this airline.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/17/investing/air-india-privatization-sale-buyers/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_latest+%28CNNMoney%3A+Latest+News%29

What is the status on the sale of AI. According to the news report only Singapore/Vistara has any interest.

Until the debt situation is resolved no will buy this airline.


This is just another masturbatory exercise by the clueless babus and their nefarious uber-babus in the GOI. Of course, no one will buy this airline with $9 Billion in debt, unless the hapless Indian taxpayer writes off that debt. And that's just one element of the expected headache. AI's work culture, the unions, the neta-babu infiltration are the real problems.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/jet-airways-naresh-goyal-says-air-india-on-his-radar/articleshow/64229204.cms

Jet Airways' Naresh Goyal says Air India on his radar

May 19, 2018

Jet Airways India Ltd. is not ruling out looking at the sale of loss-making national carrier Air India Ltd., its chairman said, although he remains focused on his own airline.

"We are looking at our own business,” Naresh Goyal said in an interview in Manchester, England. “But I am not saying that we will not look at Air India, I’ve never said that. Ultimately we will always see what is the best approach ahead of us, and for the country.”


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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67470-air-india-express-commits-to-launching-intl-surat-ops

Air India Express commits to launching int'l Surat ops

May 24, 2018

Air India Express has committed to launching international services out of Surat in Gujarat in northern India within two months of the airport getting the customs notified status, The Times of India has reported.

"Air India Express is waiting for Central Government to approve the customs notified status for Surat airport. Within one month after the customs notified status is given to the airport, Air India Express will launch a Surat to Kochi Int'l flight and in two months from Surat to Sharjah," Surat Airport Action Committee (SAAC) President Sanjay Ezhawa has said.

In February 2018, the Indian government allocated INR10 million rupee (USD146,500) in order to equip Surat airport with the necessary immigration facilities to allow international services out of the airport.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: AI privatization Reply with quote

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/31/investing/air-india-privatization-fails/index.html

AI privatization bid fails at this time. As expected no one is willing to take even some of the debt.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: AI privatization Reply with quote

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http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/31/investing/air-india-privatization-fails/index.html

AI privatization bid fails at this time. As expected no one is willing to take even some of the debt.


As expected.

As if anyone is insane enough to take on $7 B in debt and half their workforce who do no work, can't maintain or clean airplanes, or have no clue how the airline industry operates.
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/air-india-to-hike-excess-baggage-charge-from-june-11/articleshow/64484205.cms

Air India to hike excess baggage charge from June 11

Jun 6, 2018

Air India will hike excess baggage rate (EBR) on its domestic flights from Rs 400 per kg to Rs 500 per kg from next Monday (June 11). Among Indian carriers, AI offers the highest free baggage allowance- 25 kg and 35 kg in economy and business class, respectively, of its domestic flights.

“It has been decided to revise the applicable EBR on domestic sectors to Rs 500 per kg (GST additional) on all commencing on or after June 11, 2018, from Rs 400 (GST additional), operated by Air India flights only, excluding Alliance Air flights. GST will be applicable on the value reflected on all Excess Baggage tickets (EBTs), issued in India, except from the exempted airports. The rate of GST will be 5% of the excess baggage amount reflected on the EBT for economy class passengers and 12% of excess baggage amount reflected on the EBT for other than economy class passengers,”an AI circular said.

“GST is not applicable for passenger embarking from or disembarking to an airport located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura or Bagdogra in West Bengal. The exemption therefore applies to/from the following airports: Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur, Imphal, Shillong. Aizaw Dimapur, Agartala and Bagdogra. However, this exemption will not apply to passengers using the above airports only as transfer points,” the circular added.

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/govt-to-consider-selling-100-stake-in-air-india-after-initial-flop-attempt/story-iXiVN1iSWhUJD74md18IpK.html

Govt to consider selling 100% stake in Air India after initial flop attempt

Jun 12, 2018

The government will soon revive the sale of its money-losing flag carrier with new guidelines after a recent attempt ended in a debacle last month, as the proposed terms deterred potential investors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is ready to “re-examine” its privatisation process, including a clause requiring a minority state stake in Air India Ltd., said Subhash Chandra Garg, a senior official in the Ministry of Finance. The government is considering various options and doesn’t intend to insist on keeping 24%of the company, he said.

“A certain kind of strategy was offered that didn’t find many takers and therefore something different will have to be done,” economic affairs secretary Garg said in an interview in New Delhi on Monday. “There’s no fixed objective that government should have 24%. It can be re-examined.”

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/govt-to-consider-selling-100-stake-in-air-india-after-initial-flop-attempt/story-iXiVN1iSWhUJD74md18IpK.html

Govt to consider selling 100% stake in Air India after initial flop attempt

Jun 12, 2018

The government will soon revive the sale of its money-losing flag carrier with new guidelines after a recent attempt ended in a debacle last month, as the proposed terms deterred potential investors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is ready to “re-examine” its privatisation process, including a clause requiring a minority state stake in Air India Ltd., said Subhash Chandra Garg, a senior official in the Ministry of Finance. The government is considering various options and doesn’t intend to insist on keeping 24%of the company, he said.

“A certain kind of strategy was offered that didn’t find many takers and therefore something different will have to be done,” economic affairs secretary Garg said in an interview in New Delhi on Monday. “There’s no fixed objective that government should have 24%. It can be re-examined.”


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When will this tamasha end? Nobody wants an airline with such a huge debt. Payoff the debts and then sell.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When will this tamasha end? Nobody wants an airline with such a huge debt. Payoff the debts and then sell.


Maybe it was all politics. If they initially said 100% sale with very little debt, you would have had Congress, AI unions and others saying the BJP is giving away the Kohinoor. Now the full country knows AI is lipstick on a pig, so maybe they can finally sell it at the true market price. In the end, they need to sell it for WHATEVER someone will buy it for.
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Air India expands Ethiopian Africa codeshare network from June 2018

Air India earlier this month expanded codeshare partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, covering additional points in Africa.

Approximately effective from 04JUN18, planned new codeshare routes include the following.

Air India operated by Ethiopian Airlines
Addis Ababa – Gaborone
Addis Ababa – Johannesburg
Addis Ababa – Kilimanjaro
Addis Ababa – Mahe Island
Addis Ababa – Mombasa
Addis Ababa – Zanzibar

Air India already started placing AI-coded flight numbers on Ethiopian’s Addis Ababa – Accra service, approximately on/around 30APR18.


Source: Airlineroute.net
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ai-pilots-warn-management-over-safety-violation-on-delhi-madrid-route/articleshow/64580413.cms

AI pilots warn management over safety violation on Delhi-Madrid route

Jun 14, 2018

Raising serious concern over the issue of pilot fatigue and passenger safety, a union of Air India pilots has called out the airline for violating norms.

A strongly worded letter issued by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) to the airline management of Tuesday specifically cites lapses on the Delhi-Madrid route. It goes on to warn the management it will intimate the DGCA if any further violations occur.

AI-135, launched in 2016, flies between Delhi and Madrid thrice a week. Since Madrid and Mumbai are not air-linked by non-stop flights, one of the options for a flyer from Mumbai is to board this flight which transit halts in Delhi. The union says the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is often piloted by two “fatigued” pilots.

To check pilot fatigue, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has laid down work-rest norms (called Flight Duty Time Limitation: FDTL) for rostering pilots. Under these norms, for flights that are just over 10 hours, a three-pilot crew should be rostered.

But flight AI-135 takes less than 10 hours on some days and more than 10 hours on others. “In such a case, the DGCA norm is that if the flight takes more than 10 hours to be completed, then either the airline should try to complete the flight within 10 hours or roster three pilots,’’ said a senior commander.

In May, the union pointed out to AI management that AI-135 is routinely scheduled as a “two-pilot operation” with random instances of “three-pilot operation”. Between December 2016 and April 2018, flight AI-135 was operated 221 times. Out of this, on 116 days, or 52%, the flight exceeded 10 hours of block time. But in violation of safety norms, Air India often rosters only two pilots, alleged the union. “It is imperative AI-135 is operated with three pilots on all days, without exception,” the letter stated.

Between May 15 and June 9, AI-135 was operated on 12 days and, out of this, on four days the flight flew with only two pilots.

The Air India spokesperson did not respond to queries. “With due regard to the safety of operations and the lives of our passengers and crew, we are being pushed with no choice but to intimate the DGCA on every subsequent violation, that this oversight by an operator (Air India) is not acceptable and violation of FDTL CAR laid down by the apex body cannot be ignored,’’ said the ICPA letter.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/air-india-sale-now-government-says-ipo-an-option/articleshow/64582743.cms

Air India sale: Now, government says IPO an option

Jun 14, 2018

The government is considering listing of debt-laden Air India (AI) after the proposal for 76% strategic stake sale failed to attract any bidders, a source said on Wednesday.

The source in the government said various options, including possible listing of the national carrier, are being looked at. By selling shares in an initial public offering (IPO), the state can retain control of Air India and also raise cash to fund its operations, a senior government official told reporters in New Delhi, asking not be identified citing rules.

A group of ministers formed by the Ministry of Finance is considering other options as well, but is not in favor of giving control to a foreign entity, the official said.

The listing option is also being considered as there have been concerns among potential bidders about government retaining 24% stake post disinvestment. Under the proposed plan, around Rs 33,000 crore debt would have remained with AI. AI’s debt burden was about Rs 50,000 crore at the end of March 2017.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ai-pilots-warn-management-over-safety-violation-on-delhi-madrid-route/articleshow/64580413.cms

AI pilots warn management over safety violation on Delhi-Madrid route

Jun 14, 2018

Raising serious concern over the issue of pilot fatigue and passenger safety, a union of Air India pilots has called out the airline for violating norms.

A strongly worded letter issued by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) to the airline management of Tuesday specifically cites lapses on the Delhi-Madrid route. It goes on to warn the management it will intimate the DGCA if any further violations occur.

AI-135, launched in 2016, flies between Delhi and Madrid thrice a week. Since Madrid and Mumbai are not air-linked by non-stop flights, one of the options for a flyer from Mumbai is to board this flight which transit halts in Delhi. The union says the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is often piloted by two “fatigued” pilots.

To check pilot fatigue, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has laid down work-rest norms (called Flight Duty Time Limitation: FDTL) for rostering pilots. Under these norms, for flights that are just over 10 hours, a three-pilot crew should be rostered.

But flight AI-135 takes less than 10 hours on some days and more than 10 hours on others. “In such a case, the DGCA norm is that if the flight takes more than 10 hours to be completed, then either the airline should try to complete the flight within 10 hours or roster three pilots,’’ said a senior commander.

In May, the union pointed out to AI management that AI-135 is routinely scheduled as a “two-pilot operation” with random instances of “three-pilot operation”. Between December 2016 and April 2018, flight AI-135 was operated 221 times. Out of this, on 116 days, or 52%, the flight exceeded 10 hours of block time. But in violation of safety norms, Air India often rosters only two pilots, alleged the union. “It is imperative AI-135 is operated with three pilots on all days, without exception,” the letter stated.

Between May 15 and June 9, AI-135 was operated on 12 days and, out of this, on four days the flight flew with only two pilots.

The Air India spokesperson did not respond to queries. “With due regard to the safety of operations and the lives of our passengers and crew, we are being pushed with no choice but to intimate the DGCA on every subsequent violation, that this oversight by an operator (Air India) is not acceptable and violation of FDTL CAR laid down by the apex body cannot be ignored,’’ said the ICPA letter.


Does anyone know how the Indian rules compare to the US or EU? Meaning is the 10 hours flight the max for two crew?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When will this tamasha end? Nobody wants an airline with such a huge debt. Payoff the debts and then sell.


It isn't the debt alone. The government in its infinite wisdom decided to retain 25% control after the sale, allowing for interference in the board. Further, the buyer was not going to be allowed to fire any of the permanent employees for two years at least. Who in his/her right mind would agree to all of this?
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ai-downgrades-cabin-crews-stay-to-twin-sharing-in-3-star-hotels/articleshow/64608086.cms

Air India downgrades cabin crew's stay to twin-sharing in 3-star hotels

Jun 16, 2018

In a cost-cutting move, Air India has downgraded its flight attendants’ outstation accommodation in hotels from single occupancy to twin-sharing basis. From now on, not only will two cabin crew members share a room, but they might also have to stay in a three-star hotel, instead of a four- or a five-star one.

While this will save the debt-ridden national carrier a neat sum, the question is whether the changes will impact the cabin crew’s ability to carry out an evacuation of an emergency landing within 90 seconds, as per safety norms.

A mail sent on Thursday by Amrita Sharan, AI executive director (crew management system), said that “cabin crew will be provided hotel rooms in 3 or 4 star hotels as far as possible... The booking will be on twin-sharing basis...The gender sensitivity issue is to be kept in mind while allotting rooms to the cabin crew”.

The changes will be immediately implemented for all cabin crew recruited since 2017. For those recruited before 2017, the changes will be gradually put in place, the note said.

For cabin crew, the dread though is room sharing. “Never in AI’s history has it put its flight attendants on a twin-sharing basis in hotel rooms,” said an AI cabin crew member, requesting anonymity.

Outstation layovers vary depending on the route. It’s 22 hours in stations like London, Paris, Copenhagen, Rome and Milan; 36 hours in Sydney and Melbourne; and 48 hours in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. “We land at the station after crossing many time zones. On a layover, 80% of the time is spent sleeping and re-adjusting to the time zone,” said a senior flight attendant.

“The sleep pattern of every individual will be different. If someone can fall asleep as soon as they reach the hotel, others might be able to sleep only after some hours. Twin-sharing of rooms will hamper restful sleep and would affect alertness of crew,” the crew member said. Then there are personal habits. “I switch on the TV as soon as I’m in the hotel room to feel at home. I need those ambient sounds to feel relaxed, but my room partner might find that disturbing,” he said.

Most international airlines don’t have two flight attendants sharing a room; a Middle Eastern carrier had introduced it on an experimental basis.

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