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Air India plans to save cost incurred through fuel efficient planes

Air India in a bid to cut down its operational cost has decided to induct 15% more fuel efficient planes in its fleet.  The groundwork for the same has already started with 14 global aircraft leasing companies showing interest in leasing their planes to the state run carrier.  Air IndiaRead More

Govt keen to put Chennai and Kolkata airports on block

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati is keen to push through the privatisation of airports starting with Chennai and Kolkata, but the opposition from state governments and the strong unions of Airports Authority of India (AAI) have emerged as a hurdle.   The ministerRead More

Pilot suspended for ‘mishandling’ plane with Shivpal on board

The UP government has suspended a pilot after aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), New Delhi, found him guilty of “mishandling” a chartered plane while landing it on the runway of Delhi Airport in September 2012.   The six-seater plane (PremiumRead More

Federal Bank extends Rs.500-crore loan to CIAL

The Federal Bank has sanctioned a term loan of Rs. 500 crore to the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) for the construction of its new international terminal.   The agreement for the loan facility was signed by V.J. Kurian, managing director of CIAL, and Shyam Srinivasan, managing diRead More

Govt having relook at UPA's airport privatisation plan

Problem of high airport charges and other related issues affecting airlines have triggered fresh debate among stakeholders With airlines complaining of high airport charges in the country, the government is having a relook at the process of privatisation of six major airports started by the pRead More

Domestic cargo handling to be privatised in Mangalore

Cargo handling at Mangalore International Airport will be partly privatised before Mach next and goods will be handled at a building close to the terminal building at Kenjar.   The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has planned to privatise the entire cargo handling at the airport in Read More

Jet Airways flights to transition to full-service from December

Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) will begin full-service operations on both its and subsidiary Jet Konnect's domestic flights with effect from December 1. The Indian carrier says from that date, it will begin offering a complementary meal service onboard all flights.   "ThRead More

Fancy a seaplane ride to Shirdi?

The recently launched seaplane will give pilgrims to Shirdi, Shani Singlapur and Meherabad a much quicker ride   It’s not even a month since Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR) and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) launched their seaplane serviRead More

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