Posted by C C ASHOKA Wed, April 18, 2018 10:13:54

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Vistara is likely to place an order for wide-bodied aircraft in the next few weeks as part of its plans to expand to long-haul overseas routes, people aware of the deliberations at the premium domestic carrier told ET.

Although they did not specify the maker of the planes or the number likely to be ordered, the development signifies that Tata Sons, which runs the airline in a joint venture with Singapore Airlines, is pressing ahead with its plans for Vistara even as it remains undecided on whether to invest in Air India.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 20 narrow-bodied Airbus A320 planes of about 180 seats. Wide-bodied planes typically have more than 300 seats, twin engines and a longer range of more than eight hours.

“Vistara plans to induct wide-bodied planes irrespective of whether the Air India deal happens,” said one of the persons, who did not wish to be identified. Spokespersons at Vistara could not be reached for comment.

The airline’s salt-to-software conglomerate parent is said to be interested in bidding for Air India, which has been put on the block by the government. One of the advantages is the national carrier’s international operations.

Experts have said that it makes sense for the Tatas to systematically merge Air India at least operationally with Vistara if the deal fructifies. The Tatas also run a no-frills carrier, in a joint venture with Malaysia’s Air Asia.

But a final decision from the Tatas hangs in a limbo as it is not enthused by the current terms of the bid — taking over majority of Air India’s debt and workforce; keeping it at arm’s length from other businesses, which rules out a merger of operations with an existing carrier; and conceding almost a quarter shareholding to the government.

“Singapore Airlines is an extremely focused carrier,” said Mark Martin, founder of Martin Consulting. “It didn’t get into an understanding to set up an Indian airline keeping in mind a chance investment (in Air India). It has always had its long-term plans and those stand.”

Tata Sons and several interested bidders are in talks with the government seeking changes to some of the bid conditions that they think are not conducive to investment, according to people in the know.

Vistara’s plans for bigger planes and longer flights were first reported by ET in 2016, in an interview with the airline’s former CEO Phee Teik Yeoh, who spoke about potential long-term plans of starting direct flights to UK and US. Leslie Thng replaced Yeoh as CEO in October last year.

He has said that Vistara plans to start with short-haul international operations to neighbouring destinations in the second half of 2018. He hasn’t elaborated on the airline’s long-haul plans.

In January, ET reported that Vistara had plans to launch flights to Tehran first and then Singapore, citing a proposal to the aviation ministry. Separately, ET reported that Vistara and Singapore Airlines were working on an anti-trust immunity agreement which would help Vistara synergise operations with its parent through cross accessing of inventory and schedules.

If Vistara places an order for wide-bodied aircraft, it will be the first such order from India since 2009, when Jet Airways had placed orders for Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Meanwhile, IndiGoNSE -0.02 %, India’s biggest a irline by market share, is charting its own plans of fresh orders for wide-bodied planes for planned operations to Europe and has reportedly selected the A330neo.

Although IndiGo too had expressed interest in investing in Air India, it opted out on April 6, saying it was interested only in the state-owned carrier’s international operations and did not have the capability to turn around all of the national carrier’s domestic business.

Vistara may opt for the Airbus A330neo (list priced between $254.8 million and $290.6 million), the A350 ($275 million-$311 million) or the Boeing 787 Dreamliner ($225 million-$306 million). The actual deal prices will be considerably discounted depending on the volume of the order.

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Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted by C C ASHOKA Wed, April 04, 2018 10:35:22


Airbus is actively looking at increasing its sourcing of composites—the most critical material that goes into making aircraft lighter and more fuel efficient—from India, said a senior executive in a recent interview.

The suppliers being looked at include the Adani Group which is actively setting up capabilities in this segment, Ashish Saraf, Airbus' vice president for industry development, strategic partnerships and offsets told ET.

Airbus has a total of 46 suppliers in India. It’s sourcing from India last year totalled over $550 million. Sourcing of composites will significantly increase this number.

“The new area that we are looking to do is composites. We see a good supply base developing in India for that segment. Composites is a very high-tech, super-speciality manufacturing area. And it’s growing a lot as the presence of composites in airplanes these days is significantly higher than the previous years,” said Saraf, who is dubbed Airbus’ “Make in India” man.

Prior to joining the Airbus Group, Saraf was the India head of the Tata-Sikorsky joint venture since 2010 and led Sikorsky’s industrialisation and strategic partnerships in India.

“Adani Defence & Aerospace strongly believes that carbon composites and allied advanced materials will redefine the aerospace and defence industry in the coming years, similar to how aerospace grade aluminum and special alloys transformed the industry a few decades back,” said Ashish Rajvanshi, Head -Defence and Aerospace, Adani Group.

The Adani Group has formed a joint venture with an Israeli company called Elbit Systems on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones called the Hermes 900.

Adani Defemce & Aerospace is now setting up a facility in Mundra, Gujarat to make carbon composite aerostructures.

“The complex shall have 50,000 square feet carbon composites aero structures facility addressing the global and local needs for defence aerospace programs. The facility shall be doubled in the coming years to 100,000 sqft to further address the civil aircrafts programs,” Rajvanshi added.

“We are currently having discussions with OEMs for composite aero structures and aero components for the global aerospace and defence industry. We are confident that we will be able to meet the global requirements and quality standards of the aerospace majors like Airbus,” he said

Making of composites will also be Adani's latest initative as part of its planned foray into aviation. The conglomerate's private airport in Mundra is one of the first to see a commencement of commercial flights under the government's regional connectivity scheme called UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), which loosely translates to "Let the common man fly".

It has also reportedly brought a majority stake in new regional airline Air Odisha, earlier owned by Air Deccan.

Composites have now become increasingly popular in aerostructures to the extent that they account for 50%-70% of most new aircraft structures. Popular composite structures include fiberglass, carbon fiber, and fiber-reinforced matrix systems or any combination of any of these. The greatest advantage of these is weight reduction and a resultant fuel efficiency. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner plane was the first one marketed primarily on its composite structure—it was 50% made of the material--made it significantly lighter and fuel efficient than its competing peers.

Saraf said Airbus already does some sourcing of composites in India from Tata Advance Materials (TAML). TAML, part of the salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons, is a tier II or indirect supplier to Airbus and sells components that fit into its A320 family, the most popular airliner in the world, the widebodied A350 family, and the A380 jumbo jet, the biggest passenger aircraft by capacity currently flying.

He added that some other companies such as the Goa-based Kineco Kaman Composites and the Adani Group are in the reckoning. Kineco Kaman is a joint venture company between Kineco Group of India and Kaman Aerospace of the US.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.”


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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),