AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCEPosted by C C ASHOKA Wed, April 18, 2018 10:13:54
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, April 06, 2018 11:11:18
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
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.
AIRCRAFT AVIONICSPosted 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,”
“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
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
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.
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
"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,"
"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.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, March 30, 2018 11:15:22
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
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
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Mon, March 26, 2018 09:45:14
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.
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Fri, March 23, 2018 09:27:46
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
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
"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
"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.
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
"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
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.
and Godrej signed their first contract in 2014 for manufacturing unison rings.
Since then, Godrej Aerospace has also started executing complex sheet metal
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
GENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Tue, March 20, 2018 09:57:45
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
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
“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), Yatra.com.
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.