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
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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.
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
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
soon after signing the pact with SpiceJet, he also said that India is a growing
country in terms of commercial aerospace market.
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.
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.
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
CFM engines are manufactured by CFM
International, a joint venture between Safran and General Electric.
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
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.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, March 12, 2018 09:44:31
business jet operator Club One Air is looking to double its fleet to 20 planes
in the next two years amid growing demand for chartered flights and the
government's push to improve regional connectivity.
The New Delhi-based air charter firm currently
has 10 aircraft, four other of them Dassault-made Falcon 2000, in the
It largely caters to domestic demand besides
flying to around 50 international cities, its Chief Executive Rajan Mehra
have just inducted the 10th aircraft, a 12-seater Falcon. Going forward we will
be adding more aircraft, which will be bigger, wider and larger in range. We
are aiming to get our fleet size to 15-20 by March 2020," Mehra told
Club One Air, which currently operates from two
bases, New Delhi and Mumbai, is expected to touch 300 cities, including 250
domestic ones, in the current year, Mehra said.
He added that the induction of larger range
planes would help it fly non-stop to London.
"In domestic, we provide
our charter services even in smaller cities. Internationally too, we go up to
Europe besides Southeast Asia and the Far East. But we plan to fly to England
without a halt. The induction of larger range planes will help us achieve
this," he said.
According to Mehra, private
business jet aviation is poised to clock a good growth as the industry has been
able to convince the government of its untapped potential and huge job
feel that this segment has the potential to further boost the economy. Though
the government's UDAN scheme is not designed for private jet operators, it
might be a game changer as it may bring infrastructure which was not there so
far. So, if both industry and government act right, the private business jet
aviation could really take off," he said.
Mehra said that Club One Air is growing in
double digits against the industry norm which remains in the sub-10
"We are looking to clock around 12-15 per
cent growth this fiscal," Mehra said, without giving specifics.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Sat, March 10, 2018 11:35:33
Indian carriers will
have an order book of more than 1,000 aircraft - the third-largest in the world
after the US and China. With roughly 550 commercial aircraft in service now, the
new acquisition will translate into 2.2 planes on order for every single
aircraft in service. Day One of the Hyderabad aero show was all about these
lofty numbers, as top aviation executives spoke about their ambitious expansion
plans. The industry captains, including Vistara Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Leslie Thng, AirAsia India CEO Amar Abrol, and Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube, were
all there at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad for ‘Wings India 2018’, a prominent
exhibition for the aviation industry.
Even as the aero show hosted all segments of the aviation industry, the buzz on
the buying frenzy was clearly being led by low-cost carriers (LCCs) such as
IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia India. All these airlines are looking to
add single aisle narrow body aircraft with a flying range of five hours to
dominate the domestic market. Industry analysts pointed out that a prolonged
period of low fuel price, coupled with increasing passenger numbers, has pushed
Indian airlines to turn bullish about aircraft orders.
IndiGo has the
largest order book in the world, with the airline looking to add around 450
planes in seven years. This includes an order for 50 ATR 72 planes, which the
airline placed last year to foray into regional routes. The pace of addition
may, however, slow down due to a technical disruption with the Pratt &
Whitney engine which IndiGo uses for its A320neo planes. Company sources said
the airline would maintain its target of 20 per cent annual growth by taking
planes on lease from the secondary market.
Last year, IndiGo’s low-cost rival SpiceJet placed an order for 205 Boeing 737
MAX, the first of which will join the fleet in a few months. The airline also
plans to add around 50 Bombardier Q400 in the next five years.
AirAsia India, after a slow
start, has ramped up expansion plans and is looking to add around 60 planes in
five years. CEO Amar Abrol said
the airline wanted to boost its presence before flying international in early
2019. “We are expanding aggressively and aiming to be among the top three in
the LCC segment, once we have inducted 60-70 aircraft in our fleet,” Abrol said
Right now, it is a race
among the LCCs, but full-service airlines too will join as growth of rivals
will create a compulsion for them to expand, experts said.
Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube on Thursday said the airline would double its
order for Boeing 737 MAX. Jet is looking at an order for 75 planes soon. The
airline already has 75 planes of this type on order. “We hope to close the deal
with one of the manufacturers here shortly,” Dube said on the sidelines of the
Hyderabad aero show.
However, such a pace of growth will test infrastructure and human resources
capabilities. In fact, Airports Authority of India-owned airports have received
a request from airlines to add 375 parking bays in the next five years. “This
is unprecedented. Since the initial years of liberalisation in the sector, I
have not seen such an aggressive growth plan,” said Kapil Kaul, CEO, South
Asia, at aviation consultancy firm CAPA. “Signs of congestion are already
emerging in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi and the situation will become more acute
unless airports are able to construct 400 parking bays and enhance airside
capacity within five years. Otherwise, airlines will face challenges in
implementing their base and network plans,” Kaul added.
Finding experienced crew will be another challenge. According to CAPA
estimates, the industry will need 16,802 pilots by 2017, compared to roughly
7,000 available now.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, March 09, 2018 10:04:31
government is working on a fresh regional air connectivity scheme to connect
smaller cities to neighbouring countries by incentivising airlines to operate
affordable flights, a civil aviation ministry official said.
“The rethink is to enable state governments to
use the UDAN platform for international connectivity,” civil aviation secretary
RN Choubey told a press conference at the Wings India 2018 summit on
UDAN is an acronym for ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’
— a government initiative to put smaller towns and remote regions on the
country’s aviation map by subsidising airlines for flying on select routes at a
fixed fare — that can be loosely translated to ‘Let the common man fly’.
Unlike in the ongoing UDAN
scheme in which the Centre subsidises lower fares charged by the airlines, in
the international version it will be the state governments that provide
subsidies while the Centre will facilitate the bidding rounds, Choubey
“It is for the government to
decide whether they will fix a fare for the routes so to speak, or whether they
will allow the fares to float in the market and allow minimum subsidy to be
charged,” he said. Choubey said northeastern state of Assam has taken a lead in
‘UDAN Version 2’ by allocating ₹100 crore for three years for carriers willing
to participate in the scheme.
ET had reported the Assam
government's plans on January 18. Choubey said the government has yet to work
out details of UDAN’s international version. It would entail bilateral
agreements with neighbouring countries and slots at their airports. On the
proposed sale of national carrier Air India and state-run helicopter operator
Pawan Hans, Choubey said the civil aviation ministry expects to receive
expressions of interest (EoIs) in the next two weeks. Financial bids will be
called for after that.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Wed, March 07, 2018 09:50:33
helicopter shuttle service (HeliTaxi) was opened in Bengaluru on Monday for the
public between the Bengaluru airport and the city, in a bid to provide last-mile
Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), located in Devanahalli, about
40 km from the city centre, had tied up with helicopter service provider Thumby
Aviation to ferry air passengers to and from the city.
"We are currently
operating the service from 6.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 3.15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
between the airport and the city through a helicopter that can seat six
passengers," Thumby Chairman Group Captain K.N.G. Nair told IANS.
The fare for each passenger in
the seven-seater (six passengers and a pilot) HeliTaxi is pegged at Rs 3,500
with additional taxes.
A commuter can opt for the
helicopter shuttle service between BIAL and Electronic City in the south (about
70 km from the airport), which is home to hundreds of technology firms
including, Infosys and other multinationals, or Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) Airport in the city centre.
"Bengaluru needed a service like this much
more than the other cities due to its poor road density (the measure of road
length per square km area of land), as compared to other Indian cities," said Nair.
decision to launch the helicopter shuttle service was announced in August 2017
by Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.
Currently, the chopper service provider has
employed only one helicopter to ferry the air passengers and will increase the
number depending on the demand.
The HeliTaxi is expected to make one to-and-fro
trip per hour between the helipad at BIAL and Electronic City or HAL
chopper service fare is comparable to a 5-7 seater luxury cab fare, which costs
about Rs 3,000-4,000 from the city's far end to the airport.
As India's third busiest airport after New Delhi
and Mumbai, Bengaluru has at least 60,000 fliers landing or taking off on
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Sat, March 03, 2018 10:11:01
India is rapidly expanding its
aviation network beyond its biggest cities, developing airports at 18 smaller
and unserved destinations over the past year and seeking to bring commercial
flights to at least five more towns over the next few months. “By March end, we
aim to operationalise others such as Adampur in Jalandhar and Salem in Tamil
Nadu,” a senior official at the stateowned Airports Authority of India (AAI)
12 airports, to be put up for bids, are in various stages of development and
may take more than a year to be ready. To be sure, industry sources are
somewhat sceptical about the fate of all of these links, and believe that some
may require complex issues to be solved before flights were to begin. Under the
UDAN plan, which seeks to democratise and broaden aviation linkage in a nation
where flying still remains beyond the reach of many citizens, the government is
building airports in unserved or under-served locations, offering incentives
for airlines to fly to these destinations.
of that plan, several new airports were built over the past year. Among those
where commercial flights have begun operation or are ready for take-off are
Mundra and Jamnagar in Gujarat (private airports run by the Adani Group and
Reliance IndustriesBSE -0.50 %, respectively), Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Bhatinda
in Punjab, Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh and Vijayanagar in Kanataka. The last
location is also a private airport operated by the JSW Group.
those that could technically be bracketed under W-I-P (work in progress) are
Burnpur in West Bengal, Sholapur in Maharashtra, and Utkela and Jeypore in
Odisha. The commencement of regional flights to airports such as Kanpur and
Allahabad is also pending the resolution of a legal conflict between IndiGoBSE
-0.40 % and the Delhi airport operator over the terminal the airline will
operate from in the capital. IndiGo has filed a petition in the Delhi High
Court, challenging the GMR-led International Airport's (DIAL) direction to the
airline to shift a part of its operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 of the
IndiGo, SpiceJetBSE -0.04 % and
Jet AirwaysBSE -0.54 % are among the national scheduled carriers that have bid
for routes under the regional connectivity scheme. India has 450 unused
airstrips and airports. The scheme has a 10-year review period, and 65
locations are connected by routes that have been put up in the two rounds of
bidding so far.
the new regional carriers have questioned the move to bid out routes involving
airports that are far from complete. Under the scheme, it is up to an airline
to suggest and bid for routes that it deems viable after having done its due
diligence on air travel demand and viability. The ministry of civil aviation
then puts the route up for counter-bidding by other airlines. In fact, for
unserved or unused airports requiring investments of more than? 5 crore for
upgradation, bidder has to give a bank guarantee of ?1 crore. It is returned to
the airline after a year of operations.
“Many of these airports run
into conflicts over land acquisition, at times with the state government. We
have bid for an airport after another airline did a due diligence. Now we see
that the airport is stuck. We have to rework our entire network plan
accordingly,” said a senior executive at an airline.
Experts, however, disagree on
the success parameters and operational soundness of the regional connectivity
“The government has been proactive in operationalising
unserved airports under the UDAN scheme. It is valid to get an airline to
commit to operate at such airports and then develop/operationalise them.
Otherwise we risk spending taxpayers’ money on assets that remain unused,” said
Peeyush Naidu, a partner at Deloitte.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Thu, March 01, 2018 10:44:17
Boeing has been awarded an amended type certificate (ATC) from
the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 737 MAX 9, paving the way
for the aircraft to enter commercial service.
Certification comes at the end of a successful flight test
programme, which started in March last year with two airframes.
Keith Leverkuhn, Vice President and General Manager of the 737
MAX Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “Our teams built superior
capabilities into the MAX 9 and proved them all the way through flight test.
We’re looking forward to bringing this airplane to market for our valued
customers. I am proud of the entire team for helping us reach another
important development milestone.”
The first customer aircraft is undergoing final preparation
before delivery to Lion Air Group.
The MAX 9 can carry up to 220 passengers and has a maximum range
of 3,550 nautical miles (6,575km). The jet provides three additional rows
compared to the MAX 8.
In other news, Boeing has finalised the firm configuration of
the fourth member of the family, the MAX 10. Now that engineers have all
the design requirements in place the manufacturer can move towards the detailed
design phase prior to the start of construction of what will be the largest
member of the company’s single-aisle family.
The 737 MAX 10 has a stretched fuselage that is 66in (168cm)
longer than the MAX 9 and will carry up to 230 passengers (ten more than the
MAX 9). Boeing claims the jet will offer 5% lower trip costs and 5% lower
seat-mile costs compared to its competition. Deliveries are scheduled to
start in 2020.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, February 26, 2018 09:59:23
Aerospace and Canada’s Viking Air have signed a memorandum of understanding to
form a strategic alliance for making smaller aircraft to support regional air
connectivity in India.
pact was signed during the ongoing India visit of Canadian Prime Minister,
Justin Trudeau, to India.
this alliance, Mahindra Aerospace and Viking will work together to support each
other’s non-competing aircraft business to boost market penetration in
identified territories and provide potential customers with multiple options
based on specific operational requirements,” said a statement from Mahindra
produces the Twin Otter Series 400, a 19-passenger, twin-engine utility
turboprop aircraft that is capable of operating from multiple surfaces
(including water). Mahindra Aerospace produces the 8-seat utility piston
aircraft, the Mahindra Airvan 8, and the 10-seat turboprop utility aircraft,
the Mahindra Airvan 10 and will in due course also launch these aircraft in Ski
and Float versions
India, this portfolio can address the much needed requirements of regional
connectivity, where this range of aircraft offers a very suitable solution and
desired boost to the UDAN scheme introduced by theGovernment of India,” said SP
Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Aerospace.
“Viking sees enormous market potential for the
Series 400 Twin Otter in India, with a particular emphasis on the seaplane
variant as it provides an unmatched transportation solution for servicing
India’s thousands of kilometers of coastline and river systems,” said David
Curtis, CEO of Viking Air.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Thu, February 22, 2018 09:43:03
Airports Authority of India (AAI) will invest Rs 15,000 crore in financial year
2018-19 to expand the existing terminal buildings and construct new ones.
chairman Guruprasad Mahapatra said the authority has decided to have additional
facilities at all the terminal buildings across the country.
our terminal buildings will have additional facilities. For financial year
2018-19, terminal building projects worth Rs 15,000 crore would be
launched," he told reporters at the launch of the airport operation's
control centre at Dabolim airport.
"AAI plans to build 15 new
terminal buildings in FY19," he added.
Mahapatra said that the construction of new
airport at Pakyong in Sikkim has been completed at a cost of Rs 650 crore,
along with Tezu airport in Arunachal Pradesh.
"Both the airports will be operational soon,"
on the status of new airports across the country, Mahapatra said Jharsuguda
airport in western Odisha has been completed at a cost Rs 200 crore and would
be inaugurated in April, the foundation stone for the Navi Mumbai airport would
be laid soon, while another airport at Jewar in Greater Noida is in the
The work on a greenfield airport at Mopa in Goa
is going on, while a similar airport is being planned in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh,
are seriously following up with West Bengal and Tamil Nadu for a second airport
in Kolkata and Chennai," he said.
said the existing airport at Allahabad (UP) will undergo major expansion and
the first phase would be ready by February 2019, when Ardh Kumbh Mela is
scheduled to take place.
"The existing one is a
very small airport. Allahabad is going to have Ardh Kumbh Mela in February
2019, we have taken up the challenge to do new capacity within 11 months and we
are hopeful that it would be operational before the Ardh Kumbh Mela," he
The airport in Allahabad is being expanded at a
cost of Rs 100 crore, which would be developed in two phases, he said.