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 Vistara is a 51:49 JV (joint venture) between the salt to software conglomerate Tata group and Singapore Airlines.

Vistara denies merger with Air India, says no change in operational plans

Sep 22, 2022

Vistara will continue to operate as an independent entity as both the Tata group and Singapore Airlines remain invested in its expansion and growth plans, an executive has said.

Shares of SpiceJet are down 4.06 per cent to trade at 40.15 apiece on the BSE

SpiceJet offers 20% salary hike to pilots a day after putting 80 pilots on leave without pay

Sep 22, 2022

The move comes days after SpiceJet asked 80 pilots to go on a non-paid leave of three months. Pilots who have been placed on leave without pay are from SpiceJet’s Boeing and Bombardier fleets.

In July, DGCA had issued a showcause notice to SpiceJet following eight technical malfunction incidents involving the airline's planes.

DGCA extends 50% cap on SpiceJet operations till Oct 29 over safety incidents

Sep 21, 2022

SpiceJet latest news: Before this in July, DGCA had imposed similar restrictions on SpiceJet flights that were approved for the summer schedule, following numerous flight safety incidents and a show-cause notice. On September 21, the regulator said the restrictions have been extended as a matter of "abundant caution". 

SpiceJet puts pilots on leave without pay for three months

SpiceJet puts scores of pilots on 3-month leave without pay to rationalise cost

Sep 21, 2022

SpiceJet said that the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft between March 2019 and November 2020 financially impacted the airline. 

According to the airline, AirAsia India’s operational excellence is the result of its digital transformation and customer-centricity.

AirAsia India most punctual airline in India for the fifth consecutive month

Sep 17, 2022

AirAsia India topped the charts with a 93.3 percentage On Time Performance (OTP) across the four metro airports - Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Akasa Air has also announced additional daily flights on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route also commencing from October 07, 2022.

Akasa Air adds Delhi as its sixth destination; flights to start from October 7

Sep 16, 2022

Akasa Air has also announced additional daily flights on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route also commencing from October 07, 2022. Akasa Air is expected to have crossed 250 flights per week by October 10, 2022, along a total of nine routes.

AI CEO Campbell Wilson will drive this transformation with senior management members

Air India unveils Vihaan.AI transformation plan; aims to expand market share to 30% over 5 years

Sep 15, 2022

As part of this transformation plan, Air India will expand its market share to at least 30 per cent over the next five years and increase international routes.

Kochi serves as an important hub for leading Middle Eastern carriers. Moreover, Air Works recently expanded its operations to Dubai as part of its strategy to offer its cost-effective workmanship to both international and domestic carriers.

Air Works’ facility gets European regulator’s approval to provide maintenance for Airbus 320 planes

Sep 13, 2022

The EASA approval means that India’s largest MRO and aviation services and solutions major will be able to offer full maintenance support for the Airbus 320 family of aircraft, including the A318, A319, A320 and A321.

Air India to induct 30 new aircraft over the next 15 months (Photo: Reuters)

Air India to induct 30 new aircraft over the next 15 months

Sep 12, 2022

At present Air India’s narrow-body fleet stands at 70 aircraft, of which 54 are in service; the remaining 16 aircraft will progressively return to service by early 2023.

Air India subsidiaries to be sold by the government

Govt moves to sell Air India subsidiaries

Sep 12, 2022

Air India: Bird Group, Celebi Aviation and I Squared Capital are said to have showed interest in taking over AIATSL and other subsidiaries.

The aviation veteran resigned from the board of directors at InterGlobe Aviation in February this year.

IndiGo co-promoter Rakesh Gangwal, wife Shobha sell 1.40% stake in InterGlobe Aviation

Sep 12, 2022

As of April-June quarter, Gangwal and his family held 36.61 per cent stake in IndiGo.

While Air Aisa India and Vistara have conducted their recruitment drives, Qatar, IndiGo and Air India are still looking for candidates.

'We are hiring': Air India, IndiGo, Vistara and AirAsia announce fresh jobs - check vacancies

Sep 11, 2022

The Indian aviation sector is also seeing an uptick in hiring due to the arrival of new airlines. Recently, Akasa Air started its operations and is offering flights between Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

IndiGo's new CEO Pieter Elbers started his career in aviation by joining KLM in 1992 at their Schiphol hub and held various managerial positions in Netherlands, Japan, Italy and Greece. (Photo: Reuters)

Pieter Elbers takes over from Ronojoy Dutta as new CEO of IndiGo airlines

Sep 06, 2022

IndiGo's new CEO Pieter Elbers Pieter Elbers was appointed as the Senior VP of Network and Alliances after he returned to Netherlands prior to being promoted as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Elbers has a bachelor’s degree in logistics management and master’s degree in business economics.

Lufthansa said it would have to decide by noon which flights to cancel in the coming days and a strike would have massive consequences for its flight plan. (Photo: Reuters)

German carrier Lufthansa rushes to avert second pilots' strike over pay

Sep 06, 2022

The Vereinigung Cockpit union has called for a 5.5 per cent raise for its members this year and an inflation-busting 8.2 per cent increase in 2023.

The officials utilised an IndiGo aircraft for the purpose, which taxied down on the runway.

Goa to get new airport! First flight test conducted at Mopa International Airport

Sep 05, 2022

Mopa International Airport has been developed by GMR Airports Limited subsidiary GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL)

IndiGo's Delhi-Udaipur flight faces 'engine vibrations' mid-air, DGCA grounds plane (Photo: Reuters)

IndiGo's Delhi-Udaipur flight faces 'engine vibrations' mid-air, DGCA grounds plane

Sep 02, 2022

The Airbus flight 6E-6264 from Delhi to Udaipur returned to Delhi due to a technical issue. "All passengers were accommodated on another aircraft which operated to Udaipur," the statement added.

Air India to have systems to proactively alert fliers about flight changes, delays (Photo: Reuters)

Air India to have systems to proactively alert fliers about flight changes, delays

Sep 02, 2022

In the internal communication on Friday, Air India CEO and Managing Director Campbell Wilson said the airline would seek airport slots to carry out the improvements.

Lufthansa flight cancellation: Over 150 people gather outside IGI airport; demand refund (Photo: Reuters)

Lufthansa flight cancellation: Over 150 people gather outside IGI airport; demand refund

Sep 02, 2022

Following the Lufthansa flight cancellation, DCP, IGI Airport said that traffic movement slowed down due to the gathering of the crowd, although the situation was handled with the help of staff of IGI airport and the crowd was dispersed.

Lufthansa to cancel 800 flights on Friday due to pilots' strike (Photo: Reuters)

Lufthansa to cancel 800 flights on Friday due to pilots' strike

Sep 01, 2022

Lufthansa said flight cancellations would affect Frankfurt and Munich airports, adding that several flights would also have to be cancelled on Thursday.

The minister suggested that manufacturers could look at traditional Indian business practices to price their products competitively.

What Maruti did with cars in the 1980s, need similar approach for drones, says MoS V.K. Singh

Sep 01, 2022

Gen (Retd) VK Singh said that enabling government interventions had to go hand in hand with a change in mindset to be fully effective.

On July 27, the aviation safety regulator had also ordered the airline to operate a maximum of 50 per cent of its flights for eight weeks. 

SpiceJet Delhi-Nashik flight returns midway due to 'autopilot' snag

Sep 01, 2022

“SpiceJet B737 aircraft VT-SLP, operating flight SG-8363 (Delhi-Nashik) on Thursday was involved in an air turnback due to an autopilot snag,” the official said.