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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Tue, July 03, 2018 13:14:09


NEW DELHI: People flying business jets to Bengaluru and Hyderabad may soon be landing at the older airports in those cities as the aviation ministry is looking at a proposal to shift business aircraft movements out of congested airports in big cities.

The proposal was discussed in a meeting convened by aviation secretary RN Choubey last month and Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) has been asked to prepare a list of alternative airports, people familiar with the development said.

We have been asked to identify alternate airports for general aviation flights in the country,” BAOA managing director RK Bali said. “Not all cities have alternate airports available but some of them have alternate airports, which we are going to suggest should be made available within 25 to 30 km, immediately and/or in the medium or long term,” he told ET.

For example, according to industry insiders, while alternative airports in Mumbai and Delhi may not be immediately available, in Hyderabad and Bengaluru older airports can be used for business Jet operations.

“Begumpet airport in Hyderabad and HAL airport in Bengaluru can be used for business jet operations and will be beneficial for business jet travellers too, as it will save time (being closer to the city),” one of them said. They said business jet operators would look at making proposed Navi Mumbai airport in Mumbai as their main airport whenever it comes up.

“For Delhi, there is enough capacity available, as a fourth runway is also coming up,” said the person quoted earlier. The move is in line with global trends — big airports like Heathrow in London and JFK airport in New York do not allow business jets to land and park. Confirming the development, a senior aviation ministry official said, “A proposal to shift general aviation to alternate airports was discussed and BAOA will discuss the matter with scheduled airlines to arrive at a feasible solution.

Industry insiders said the government should look at increasing capacity at smaller airports to ensure that there are enough parking bays at these airports.

“There are various problems with smaller airports across the country,” said Kanika Tekriwal, founder of JetSetGo, an online marketplace for private jets and helicopters.

“While airport in Jabalpur does not have bays to park airplanes, airport in Aurangabad is open only for four hours due to lack of air traffic controllers to manage them. There are many such examples. The government should also look at building capacity and infrastructure at smaller airports to ensure that there is enough space to park,” she said.

Capacity at many key airports in the country has reached saturation, making any flight additions by carriers difficult. Allowing airlines to operate flights out of alternate airports will help create some space at these airports.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Wed, April 11, 2018 09:59:50

MUMBAI: New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has jumped six notches to break into the league of the top 20 busiest airports in the world for 2017 in terms of traffic volumes.

The GMR-group-run New Delhi airport jumped from 22nd rank in 2016 to 16th rank, solidifying its status as one of the fastest growing airports in the world for passenger traffic, as per the Airports Council International (ACI).

The ranking is based on the preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in 2017, released by the ACI today.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was ranked the busiest airport in the world with 103 million passengers (both departing and arriving) despite a 0.3 per cent decline in traffic volumes over 2016.

Founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, ACI is the trade association of the world's airports, currently serving 641 members operating from 1,953 airports across 176 countries.

ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts also predicts that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughput, after the US and China by 2020.

"Delhi, the country's busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1 per cent year-over-year at 63.45 million, pushing it up from 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world," the ACI said in the release.

Even with this rapid growth in throughput, Delhi was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports above 40 million passengers per annum along with the Mumbai airport, it said.

Besides, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai were also ranked among the fastest growing airports in the world with an year-over-year growth of 26.9 per cent, 19.6 per cent, 12.9 per cent and 10.5 per cent, respectively during 2017, the ACI said in the release.

Growing rapidly in relatively short period of time, India is poised to be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in the years to come, the ACI said.

"With an astounding population base of over 1.3 billion inhabitants, the move towards a more liberalised aviation market coupled with stronger economic fundamentals has helped to awaken the Bengal tiger to become one of the fastest growing markets in the world," the ACI said.

ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts predicts that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughput, after the US and China by 2020, it added.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, April 06, 2018 11:11:18
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering looks up, eyes $100 mn from aerospace

BENGALURU: Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN) says it expects revenue to double to over $100 million from its aerospace business on the back of growing business from customers such as Airbus and Boeing.

“Today (revenue) in aerospace alone, the ball park figure is about $50 million. My ambition is to see that it actually doubles in the next three years,” said Pratik Kumar, chief executive of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering. “In our order book, we have a visibility of over 8-9 years. But, growth is not going to come from the order book alone; it will come through new wins.”

WIN has been around for close to four decades with deep expertise in hydraulic solutions space. Last year, WIN acquired HR Givon, an Israel-based aerospace metallic parts supplier, in a bid to broaden its portfolio and expand its footprint in the aviation and aerospace industry. The acquired entity has been renamed Wipro Givon.

While Airbus and Boeing are large system integrators, the opportunity is to tie-up with the tier I and tier-II vendors of these plane makers who look to expand their partner network globally. WIN is looking at this opportunity, building capabilities in house and delivering systems and sub-systems to them.

It is also looking to the tap the customer base of Wipro Technologies, offering clients an end to-end solution from design to manufacturing systems and subsystems from across its centres in India, Israel, Europe and the US.

“Our approach has been to go beyond building expertise in the design and engineering side. To be able to graduate from what we are doing on the assemblies level to move on to become a subsystem player,” Kumar said.

India’s offset policy is also an added incentive for WIN, which looks to tap the opportunity to deliver components and systems to global vendors who need to honour their commitment for planes and arms they sell to the country’s armed forces.

In the past year, Indian suppliers are seeing an uptick in offset orders and expanding their facilities. “Offset order is a big attraction. There is lot of investment which is beginning to happen in anticipation that the offset opportunity will fructify. But it is still work in progress,” Kumar said.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Sat, March 31, 2018 09:43:02

The Indian aviation industry is estimated to grow by 18 per cent during FY2018, ratings agency ICRA said on Friday.

"The domestic passenger traffic growth remained healthy backed by improvement in core growth drivers like economic environment and increasing tourism demand," the ratings agency said.

"The strong demand has pushed the passenger load factor (PLF) to an all-time high of 86.5 per cent in the current fiscal and India remains one of the best performing key domestic aviation markets in the world in terms of PLF."

As per ICRA, in terms of international routes, the Indian airlines continued to outperform the industry during the current year.

"The international passenger traffic growth from India is estimated to be 10 per cent in FY2018, while the Indian airlines are expected to report a growth of 13.5 per cent during the same period," it said.

"Increasing capacity deployment by Indian airlines on international routes and growing tourism demand are the key growth drivers. Resultantly, the market share of the Indian airlines on international routes has remained at an all-time high during the current fiscal," the ratings agency added.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, March 30, 2018 11:15:22
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Vietnam’s FLC Group, one of the country’s largest conglomerates with interests in financial investments, real estate and mining, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for up to 24 A321neo aircraft in a deal potentially valued at $3bn. It is planning to use the new jets for future operations by start-up carrier Bamboo Airways.

The new airline is set to start services in 2019 with aircraft on lease from third-party lessors until its new A321neo start to be delivered from 2022. Initially, Bamboo Airways will focus on linking international markets to Vietnamese leisure destinations, as well as on selected domestic routes.

Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of the FLC Group, remarked: “After evaluating carefully the competing products, FLC Group and Bamboo Airways have selected the A321neo as the most efficient option for new operation. The A321neo will enable us to combine comfort, efficiency and the right capacity for our planned services, which will primarily serve fast growing leisure markets in Vietnam.”

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, March 26, 2018 09:45:14
UDAN set to connect 100 regional airports soon

In a major push to the government’s flagship regional connectivity scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to almost double its reach by starting subsidised flights to 100 airports in the country.

The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the civil aviation ministry to examine adding 44 airports under the scheme called Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN). “The aviation ministry has to examine the possibility of adding another 44 airports under the scheme,” said a senior government official who did not want to be identified.

The government has announced flights connecting 56 airports and 31 helipads in the initial two phases. Under UDAN, air connectivity is provided to unserved and underserved airports at a subsidised fare of Rs 2,500 per hour. The subsidy is funded through a mix of a charge of Rs 5,000 per flight for all airlines operating on domestic trunk routes and through the Airports Authority of India’s dividend payment.

Airlines and helicopter operators that have bid for and won these routes are in the process of starting flights. Only state-owned Air India and SpiceJet participated in phase I, while the second phase attracted IndiGo and Jet Airways, too.

IndiGo has ordered 50 ATR aircraft for these routes and SpiceJet has increased the number of Bombardier Q 400 aircraft on order to 50. SpiceJet bid for routes without seeking subsidy in the first and second phase, IndiGo did not seek subsidy to operate regional flights.

Widening regional air connectivity was in the BJP manifesto and the Prime Minister inaugurated the first flight under UDAN by Air India on the Shimla-New Delhi route in April last year.

PM Modi, during the launch of the first flight, said his government intends to make people wearing hawai chappal (slippers) fly in hawai jahaaz (airplanes).

The focus on expansion may mean the government will project the scheme as one of its achievements.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, March 23, 2018 09:27:46

Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce, has expanded its partnership with aerospace major Rolls-Royce by bagging a Rs 200-crore contract which will involve the group investing Rs 50 crore in a new facility.

The company also announced the inauguration of a Rs 50-crore centre of excellence in the city today, which will further enhance its manufacturing capabilities in the aero engine industry, the company said in a statement.

Expanding its partnership, Rolls-Royce has awarded a Rs 200-crore (USD 30 million) contract to Godrej Aerospace, spread over the next five years, the company said.

"Under this contract, Godrej will manufacture unison rings, complex fabrication and external brackets which will supply as many as 600 different parts to the various Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engine portfolio," the statement said.

The newly inaugurated centre of excellence will be one of the best aerospace facilities in the country for manufacturing of sheet metal brackets. Its metallurgy capability includes in-conel, stainless steel and titanium and will begin manufacturing within the next two to three months.

"We have made an investment of Rs 50 crore in this facility, and with this we open ourselves to a global market size in excess of Rs 1,500 crore," the company said.

Commenting on the partnership, Jamshyd Godrej, chairman and managing director of Godrej & Boyce said, "Godrej Aerospace has served the domestic aerospace programme for close to three decades. We've an integrated facility meeting diverse demanding requirements of fabrication, machining, assembly and testing with all associated capabilities for special processes in aerospace applications."

"In line with our vision to expand our foot print and partner with global majors we have established a center of excellence, which I am confident will strengthen and deepen our partnership with Rolls Royce and establish us as their preferred partner," Godrej said.

Kishore Jayaraman, president, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia said, "The expansion of partnership with Godrej to manufacture aero engine components showcases our commitment to developing an aerospace ecosystem in this country."

"With this new centre of excellence, our focus will be to meet our customers' strategic requirements in quality, cost and delivery," he said.

Rolls-Royce and Godrej signed their first contract in 2014 for manufacturing unison rings. Since then, Godrej Aerospace has also started executing complex sheet metal fabrication.

Godrej Aerospace started contributing to the global aircraft industry in 2005 with simple machine components and over a period of time, has partnered with several global OEMs supplying them complex components like sheet metal and tubing assemblies, actuators, and other complex structures.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Tue, March 20, 2018 09:57:45
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Domestic airlines registered about 24.14% growth in passengers flown during February compared to that a year ago, data released by the aviation regulator showed. As per the data, released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday, Indian carriers carried 10.7 million passengers during the month, up from 8.6 million in February 2017.

As a result, all key scheduled carriers flew their planes with over 80% of their seats full. Gurgaon-based SpiceJetBSE 1.44 % continued to maintain its pole position in terms of load factor by flying its planes 96.3% full, followed by IndiGoBSE 0.77 %, which flew its planes with 91.8% seats full despite problems with its Airbus 320 (neo) aircraft.

Vistara was a surprise third by flying its planes with 91.2% seats full, highest ever by the airline. This was despite the fact that the airline flies its planes in a three-class configuration – economy, premium economy and business.

“We had a very good month in February across many dimensions, and are gratified that we are becoming the airline of choice for more and more flyers despite being a premium airline in a price sensitive market. It shows there is a strong market segment for a superior customer experience. The more people who fly us, the greater the word of mouth, and greater the demand for our product," said Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara.

In terms of operating flights on time, Jet Airways remained the worst performer for the fifth consecutive month. While Jet Airways operated 62.2% of its flights on time, SpiceJet topped the list by operating 78% of its flights on time. IndiGo was second, having operated 74.8% of its flights on time.

“SpiceJet has yet again put up an exceptional operational performance by clocking the best on-time performance (78%) amongst all airlines and the highest passenger load factor (96.3%). This is our highest ever load factor and comes in the traditionally lean travel month of February. For 35 months in a row our loads have been in excess of 90% --- a feat unparalleled in the aviation industry,” SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said in a statement.

IndiGo remained the market leader in terms of passenger carriage, by flying 39.9% of the total passengers during February. Jet Airways followed IndiGo in terms of market share, by flying 16.8% of the passengers flown during the month. The national carrier, Air India, was the third largest carrier in terms of market share, accounting for 13.2% of the passengers flown during the month.

Travel industry insiders say that the growth trend in the aviation space is set to continue in the coming months too.

“In what is traditionally a lean month, most airlines have recorded load factors of around 90 percent or more. Clearly the growth momentum in the Indian market, which is one of the fastest growing air travel markets globally, continues unabated. With the peak summer season approaching and airlines gearing up to offer more to customers, we are confident that this growth trend will continue in the coming months,” said Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C),

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, March 19, 2018 09:27:17

The aviation ministry is targeting a five-fold increase in passenger trips to one billion per annum in 15-20 years in view of the huge growth opportunities the sector holds, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said today.

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation said that the government is working on steps such as developing new greenfield airports and skilling manpower to achieve this target.

"A target of billion passenger trips in the next 15 to 20 yrs is very realisable and is in fact a realistic target that we should be looking for," he said here at the AIMA event.

He also said that the billion passenger trips would not come from aircraft alone but also from helicopters, sea planes and passenger drones.

Many of these have still to be manufactured in the country and it provides tremendous business opportunities to start and develop these new technologies, he said.

Elaborating on passenger drones, Sinha said this is a big industry and in the coming years, it is likely to touch a trillion dollar mark.

"We in India have the opportunity to be a leader in this. We are already working on drone regulations so we can set standards, develop different drone technologies," he said.

"Like we have made air travel affordable to common people wearing 'hawai chappals, similarly we can go from auto rickshaws to air rickshaws, that is the opportunity," he added.

Further the minister said that the billion passenger trips would open tremendous opportunities for growth and investments for businesses.

"In 2013, the the total number of passenger trips was about 100 million. In 2017, we are going to get close to 200 million passenger trips," he said, adding that the total revenues of the airline industry last year was be close to Rs 2 lakh crore.

Indian railways and the telecom sector also have same level of revenues each, he said.

He said that today only 5 per cent of the 1.3 billion Indians travel by air.

Sinha said that this target would throw some major challenges and the government is working on it.

Safety and security is the number one concern and the ministry is working hard on this, he said, adding that "we are working on a unified security architecture with CISF" to ensure that all large or small airports have same level of high security.

To ensure safety of passengers, the ministry is investing spending on flight inspectors, air traffic controllers and engineers.

He said land to build new greenfield airports is also a challenge.

New airports are coming up in Navi Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Jewar in western Uttar Pradesh.

He informed that passenger trips at the Delhi airport stood at about 65 million currently and it would be doubled in the coming years.

"We think to get one billion passenger trips, we have to invest Rs 4 lakh crore. That is what experts are saying," he said.

On the job front, he said about 2 lakh people are directly employed in the aviation industry and indirectly about 1.2 million.

"This will quintuple. So we will have 6 million people working over the next few years," he said.

He added that revenues in the sector would increase significantly from Rs 2 lakh crore to Rs 8-10 trillion (Rs 8-10 lakh crore) in the next 15-20 years.

Huge business opportunities will be created in areas like logistics, cargo, airlines, airports and ground handling.

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GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, March 12, 2018 10:36:38

Buoyed by the USD 12.5 billion deal with SpiceJet, French major Safran's CEO Philippe Petitcolin has said it expects more such big deals and higher share in the Indian commercial aerospace market.

Safran, which has a significant presence in India across commercial aerospace and defence segments, has just inked a USD 12.5 billion (over Rs 81,000 crore) worth deal with no-frills airline SpiceJet for CFM aircraft engines.

The Safran-SpiceJet deal, under which around 340 engines are to be supplied to the budget carrier, is also one of the biggest in Indian aviation sector.

"Of course, it is a big deal and when you a sign a deal of more than USD 12 billion you are extremely happy... It is extremely important for CFM, Safran and General Electric, which is our partner in this joint venture. We have to produce 340 engines even if it is over a long period of time, it is something extremely exciting for a company like ours," Safran Group CEO and Director Philippe Petitcolin told PTI.

Speaking soon after signing the pact with SpiceJet, he also said that India is a growing country in terms of commercial aerospace market.

Indian carriers have substantial orders for new aircraft as they embark on ambitious expansion plans amid growing demand in the domestic aviation space. They are likely to induct more than 900 aircraft in the coming years.

To a query on whether Safran expects more deals like that of with SpiceJet, Petitcolin replied in the affirmative.

Yes of course. India is a growing country in terms of commercial aerospace market. You have a growth in the range of 17 per cent a year. We need more and more aeroplanes. We are one of the two leaders (in engine manufacturing) in the world. We have a market share of over 70 per cent in the short medium range aircraft segment. We wish to have a better and higher market share in India," he said.

SpiceJet and Safran Group have now finalised the purchase of LEAP-1B engines to power a total of 155 Boeing 737 MAX planes along with spare engines to support the fleet. The deal was inked at the Indo- French Economic Partnership signing ceremony on Saturday on the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron visit to India.

CFM engines are manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between Safran and General Electric.

The airline has also signed a ten-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement with CFM Services that covers all LEAP-1B engines powering SpiceJet's 737 MAX planes.

RPFH agreements are part of CFM's portfolio of flexible aftermarket support offerings.

Under the terms of the agreement, CFM guarantees maintenance costs for all SpiceJet's LEAP-1B engines on a pay by hour basis.

According to Safran India's website, more than 1,000 CFM 56 and LEAP engines are in service. The company's joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bengaluru manufactures CM56 and LEAP components for CFM International. Safran and GE, to provide maintenance training for operators of CFM56 engines.

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