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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Let’s see how HYD-ORD does. I think the flight going nonstop is 100% Covid related. They can charge the premium needed because of the air bubble. Otherwise, I think ORD-DEL-HYD works because DEL offers the premium needed for a nonstop (plus a huge northern Indian catchment area and tier 2/3 connections). HYD is a great add on because it provides good bulk to fill the back. Remember Chicago is not some HYD/Andhra super city. AI happens to offer a super convenient connection to HYD from ORD (there is not as much options ORD-HYD then say ORD-BOM)


As a matter of fact, Telugus do account for a substantial fraction of the Indian community in Chicago and the Illinois area. So it is very much a HYD/Andhra super city. I won't at all be surprised if the AI ORD-DEL-HYD gets most of its revenue (both in the front and back) from HYD/Andhra passengers and DEL is included only as a crew change stopover.

Actually, AI should introduce an A320 service between HYD and Vijaywada to connect with the HYD-ORD flight. The Krishna/Guntur/East Godavari region accounts for a very large fraction of the US based Telugu diaspora.


I meant that the ORD Indian population is not dominant by Telegus in the way Gujarati and Punjabis dominated many US/UK/Canada cities in the 70/80s (and they are not even close to 50% of the Indian population there). ORD just has less competition going to India then NYC, BOS, IAD and HYD has fewer non ME3 options. This really helped AI. Btw your point about Vijaywada is well taken. All Telegus aren’t headed to HYD or even a Telegu majority area. Just like all Gujaratis aren’t going to AMD. ORD-HYD will not survive post air bubble. ORD-DEL provides seamless connections in India to the huge Indian diaspora in Chicago (it is now the third largest DMA after NYC and SF metro areas). I wish more cities in India had nonstops to the US. But VFR will not drive ultra long US nonstops. High paying business pax will (which today mostly means US origin finance and tech pax). HYD doesn’t seem to have a lot of high J travelers (probably because HYD based multinational employees are flying Y or Prem Y).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breaking news....

Tata Group Mulls Air India Buyout With Singapore Airlines

Tata Sons is currently in discussions with Singapore Airlines (SIA) regarding a proposed bid for Air India. The group is looking to waive a non-compete clause and partner with the carrier through their existing venture Vistara. The Economic Times shares that Tata has made a decision in principle to bid for the flag carrier of India. Even though Singapore Airlines will likely give its consent to the proposal, Tata may be ready to go ahead regardless, according to the report.

Finally....Let's hope this comes through.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Let’s see how HYD-ORD does. I think the flight going nonstop is 100% Covid related. They can charge the premium needed because of the air bubble. Otherwise, I think ORD-DEL-HYD works because DEL offers the premium needed for a nonstop (plus a huge northern Indian catchment area and tier 2/3 connections). HYD is a great add on because it provides good bulk to fill the back. Remember Chicago is not some HYD/Andhra super city. AI happens to offer a super convenient connection to HYD from ORD (there is not as much options ORD-HYD then say ORD-BOM)


As a matter of fact, Telugus do account for a substantial fraction of the Indian community in Chicago and the Illinois area. So it is very much a HYD/Andhra super city. I won't at all be surprised if the AI ORD-DEL-HYD gets most of its revenue (both in the front and back) from HYD/Andhra passengers and DEL is included only as a crew change stopover.

Actually, AI should introduce an A320 service between HYD and Vijaywada to connect with the HYD-ORD flight. The Krishna/Guntur/East Godavari region accounts for a very large fraction of the US based Telugu diaspora.


AI has flights from DEL to Vijayawada and offers connection to the ORD flight. Better to connect from DEL rather than HYD. Also Telugus and other Indians as well are now moving to DFW, Silicon Valley, ATL areas and growing more than ORD area, which does still have substantial population, but growth is limited.
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https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/nov/29/air-india-plans-to-operate-non-stop-flights-on-chennai-to-london-route-from-january-2021-2229620.html

Air India plans to operate non-stop flights on Chennai to London route from January 2021

29th November 2020

Air India is planning to operate non-stop flights on the Chennai-London route from January next year, making Tamil Nadu's capital the ninth city to be connected with the British capital.

Air India is currently operating non-stop flights to London from Delhi (seven flights a week), Mumbai (four flights a week), Kochi (three flights a week), Ahmedabad (two flights a week), Bengaluru (two flights a week), Goa (two flights a week), Kolkata (one flight a week) and Amritsar (one flight a week), an airline spokesperson said.

Asked how has been the occupancy rate in its London flights after the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the spokesperson said the "load factors have been generally good".

"Some of the stations like Delhi, Kochi, Goa and Ahmedabad have seen quite a heavy demand (for London flights)," the spokesperson said.

"We have plans to commence direct operations between Chennai and London from January, 2021," the spokesperson said.

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98158-209-employees-to-bid-for-air-india

209 employees to bid for Air India

07.12.2020

A group of 209 employees is preparing a bid for Air India in a partnership with an unnamed equity fund, IANS news agency has reported.

Commercial Director Meenakshi Mallik leads the group of employees. According to a leaked internal memo, each of the 209 participating staff members will be asked to contribute up to INR100,000 rupees (USD1,355) with the financial partner providing the bid's balance. The total value of the bid was not disclosed. The financing structure details are to be revealed once the consortium is approved in the first stage of bidding.

"Financially, I know that we do not have the necessary wherewithal to participate in this bid process alone. We have accordingly searched out for and sought to secure the support of a private equity fund who will invest in the company with us and share the benefit," Mallik said.

If successful, the employees would collectively own a 51% stake in the carrier with the fund owning the remaining 49% of shares.

Mallik underlined that no financial contributions from staff members would be collected unless the bid is approved.

Following multiple postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian government set the deadline for bids for the debt-ridden flag carrier for December 14, 2020. Investors will be able to wholly-own Air India. While no confirmed bids have been placed yet, Tata Sons has expressed a preliminary interest in regaining Air India's ownership.

Currently, the carrier is wholly state-owned.

After the news of the potential staff bid broke, two pilot unions, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (IPCA) and the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) issued a public appeal to their members not to participate in the process due to disagreements over salaries.

"All pilots are advised not to acknowledge or participate in the process initiated by the management official till the disproportionate 70% pay cut for pilots vis-à-vis Air India’s top management officials (10%) is addressed. Also, there is no clarity on the payment of the illegally withheld 25% arrears due to the pilots to date," the unions said in a letter quoted by The Hindustan Times.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So from my search of schedules, it looks like ORD-HYD AI nonstop will function 1 day a week on Wednesday's and HYD-ORD on Fridays. This is not some dramatic shift or big repositioning for HYD. Although definitely shows there is demand and is a great first step. AI is wisely giving VFR traffic the opportunity to pool demand on a nonstop. A great COVID compromise. Btw the schedule seems odd. One wed there is a DEL-ORD flight but only a ORD-HYD on the return. On fridays there are both DEL & HYD-ORD and then two DEL-ORD flights - one afternoon and one evening departure. So looks like this is a net add of one flight for AI’s ORD to India flights. UA’s ORD-DEL is also live mid Jan when AI’s flights are.

Those in the know please correct me if I got the schedule wrong.
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Caliguy wrote:
So from my search of schedules, it looks like ORD-HYD AI nonstop will function 1 day a week on Wednesday's and HYD-ORD on Fridays. This is not some dramatic shift or big repositioning for HYD. Although definitely shows there is demand and is a great first step. AI is wisely giving VFR traffic the opportunity to pool demand on a nonstop. A great COVID compromise. Btw the schedule seems odd. One wed there is a DEL-ORD flight but only a ORD-HYD on the return. On fridays there are both DEL & HYD-ORD and then two DEL-ORD flights - one afternoon and one evening departure. So looks like this is a net add of one flight for AI’s ORD to India flights. UA’s ORD-DEL is also live mid Jan when AI’s flights are.

Those in the know please correct me if I got the schedule wrong.


Yes it appears that HYD-ORD-HYD is a weekly service and there are no flights on ORD-DEL on Wednesday on Air India. However it has been reported as twice weekly ? They can only expect to get only some VFR passengers. Generally weekly flights dont last especially when there are numerous 1 stop services.
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DRDO will acquire six smaller A-320 variants from the existing Air India fleet, get the airframes modified, and then mount the radars on them.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-plans-major-indigenous-project-for-six-powerful-eyes-in-the-sky-awacs/articleshow/79766365.cms
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The former Air India 707-300C VT-DXT "Trishul" still going strong for the Indian Air Force, seen yesterday at Delhi.


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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98482-air-india-loses-18mn-london-court-case-against-lessor

Air India loses $18mn London court case against lessor

17.12.2020

The High Court of Justice in London has sided with Chinese lessor CALC and ordered Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) to pay around GBP13.4 million pounds (USD18.1 million) for allegedly failing to meet lease and maintenance payments.

In a ruling transmitted virtually to a commercial court in New Delhi on December 11, judge Simon Salzedo in London took note of the aviation crisis and allowed the airline a payment deadline of January 11 instead of demanding an immediate outlay, provided that it pays USD5 million of the total sum by December 31, the financial daily Mint reported.

The lessor sued the debt-laden flag carrier for failing to pay dues on five A320-200s delivered in 2015. Salzedo delivered a strong rebuke to Air India for “unsatisfactory and discourteous” conduct by not engaging with the legal process in a timely manner.

Air India’s current fleet of 124 aircraft includes nine A320ceo, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows, five of which emanate from CALC on a 12-year lease. It is not clear exactly when it stopped paying the lease fees, but the ruling indicated non-payment this year due to Covid-related financial issues.

The counsel for CALC had sought immediate payment, arguing that as a state-owned carrier Air India could obtain the funds from the Indian government.

Air India countered that it did not dispute the payments, but while it had managed to renegotiate lease payment schedules with other lessors, talks with CALC had been unproductive. It had asked the court for a payment deadline of January 29 to avoid disruptions to its UK and Europe operations over the Christmas and New Year period.

In related news, Air India has been preparing to raise a further INR10 billion rupees (USD136 million) to complete fundraising of about INR61.5 billion (USD836 million) in short-term loans from local lenders, two unnamed sources told Mint.

As previously reported, the proceeds of the government-guaranteed loans will be used to refinance comparatively expensive foreign-currency bridge loans taken to buy six B787-8s and one B777-300(ER). An initial tender document aimed at domestic lenders was released on November 11.

“The airline has completed raising six of the seven tranches, with the last remaining tranche expected to be completed in the coming week,” one of the sources told the newspaper on December 7. “The exercise is being carried out to retire high-cost debt.”

Air India has offered B787s, B777s, and other aircraft as collateral for the loans, which will be repaid after one year. It currently operates twenty-seven B787-8s, at least six of which are owned, and thirteen B777-300(ER)s, all of which are owned. It also operates three owned B777-200(LR)s.

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98563-govt-to-convert-six-air-india-jets-for-aewc-missions

Gov't to convert six Air India jets for AEW&C missions

19.12.2020

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a state-run defence company, will convert six unspecified aircraft operated by Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) into airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) units, for deployment specifically near India's borders with China and Pakistan, Hindi-language broadcaster Aaj Tak has reported.

According to sources, the project will cost INR105 billion rupees (USD1.4 billion). The six aircraft will be acquired from Air India and modified in Europe before being placed with the Indian Air Force (IFC, Delhi Int'l).

“The six AEW&C block two planes would be [more] highly capable than their predecessor NETRA plane and provide 360-degree coverage deep inside the enemy territory during missions. The government is expected to clear the project soon,” government sources told ANI.

Currently, the Indian Air Force operates three EMB-145SMs as its AEW&C platforms. The three Embraer regional jets were acquired by the air force directly from the manufacturer and delivered in 2012 (two) and 2015 (one), the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. The air force also has one Il-76A-50EI for electronic warfare. The 16-year-old quadjet was also delivered directly to India.

In 2015, India ordered two A330s from Airbus for conversion into AEW&C aircraft by DRDO. In 2017, the order was increased by an additional four units to a total of six. However, sources indicated that in light of converting six of Air India's aircraft into airborne early warning and control units, the transaction with Airbus could be scrapped.

Earlier this week, France proposed selling India six A330 multi-role transport tankers, which are around five to seven years old and would come with a 30-year life guarantee, as part of a wide-ranging aerial defence package.

Air India does not operate any A330s. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, its fleet comprises twenty-one A319-100s, nine A320-200s, twenty-seven A320-200Ns, twenty A321-200s, four B747-400s, three B777-200(LR)s, thirteen B777-300(ER)s, and twenty-seven B787-8s.

Neither Air India nor the DRDO responded to ch-aviation's request for more information.

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98717-air-indias-new-owner-to-be-allowed-to-cut-fleet-report

Air India’s new owner to be allowed to cut fleet - report

28.12.2020

India’s government is likely to make it easier for the new owner of heavily indebted Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) to cut its fleet size by selling off surplus aircraft currently inactive, anonymous officials told the Business Standard newspaper.

By extension, this would also mean being allowed to lay off significant numbers of employees, even though the airline’s privatisation rules say that the new owner will have to guarantee employment to the workforce.

“Looking at the prevailing conditions acting as a drag on the aviation sector, the new entity acquiring AI will be allowed to sell a few aircraft or return them to lessors. They are anyway grounded due to lack of demand. With some aircraft sold, the manpower requirement too will drop. Proportionately, there can be some layoffs,” Business Standard quoted an official as saying.

Air India is understood to have been pruning its staff numbers this year in preparation for the sale, but according to media reports the flag carrier together with its subsidiaries Air India Express (100% for sale in the privatisation like its parent) and engineering unit Air India Air Transport Services Ltd. (50% for sale) have around 9,500 permanent employees with an additional 19,000 on temporary contracts.

A preliminary memorandum puts the number of permanent employees per aircraft at Air India at 133, and 55 at Air India Express.

In total, the carrier operates 124 aircraft at least 43 of which are leased, and 27 of the fleet is currently inactive, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows.

In total, the fleet includes twenty-one A319-100s, nine A320-200s, twenty-seven A320-200neo, twenty A321-200s, four B747-400s, three B777-200(LR)s, thirteen B777-300(ER)s, and twenty-seven B787-8s. Also, Air India Express operates twenty-four B737-800s, eight of which are leased.

Another subsidiary, Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l), which is not included in the privatisation deal, operates one ATR42-300 and eighteen ATR72-600 turboprops. Almost all of the aircraft in the subsidiaries are currently active.

If demand does not improve enough for the mainline carrier to reactivate all of its aircraft, the official said, it would be unviable to operate them, and rules to retain them would be relaxed.

The successful bidder will also gain control of 4,400 domestic and 1,800 international landing and parking slots at domestic airports plus 900 slots at airports overseas, Business Standard reported.

With the bids now in, the Indian government will announce a shortlist by December 28. Investors will then be notified by January 6 whether they qualify for the next stage, in which they will have to submit financial proposals.

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