Air India

  • Air India to lease 14 Airbus A-320s to strengthen domestic network 24-04-2014 07:52 PM

    New Delhi: Aiming to strengthen its domestic route network, Air India would lease 14 Airbus A-320s for up to six years in a phased manner from the current financial year. The national carrier on Thursday re-issued a tender for leasing these planes which should not be more than six years...
  • Air India to raise bridge loan of $500 mn for buying 4 Dreamliners 20-04-2014 09:57 AM

    New Delhi: Expecting deliveries of five more Dreamliners between May and November, Air India plans to raise bridge loan of $500 million to finance the purchase of four of these aircraft and use them to launch flights to new destinations like Moscow, Rome and Milan. The national carrier, which has...
  • Air India to sell three Boeing 777s through competitive global bidding 17-04-2014 07:30 PM

    New Delhi Air India on Thursday declared its intent to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways. The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE...
  • Customs seizes gold from passenger's rectum at Goa airport 01-04-2014 02:39 PM

    Panaji: The customs department arrested a passenger from Chennai on Tuesday, for allegedly trying to smuggle gold into the country by hiding it in his rectum. The person, whose identity has not been disclosed, was arrested at the newly built Goa airport terminal, after he arrived on an Air India...
  • CJ fights against insensitivity towards differently-abled by airlines 29-03-2014 11:22 AM

    Suffering from Limb Girdle Dystrophy, Anjali Aggarwal turned Citizen Journalist to highlight the insensitive behaviour displayed by airline companies towards the differently-abled. ...
  • Former AI executive director's plea against Jet-Etihad deal dismissed 27-03-2014 01:55 PM

    New Delhi: The Competition Appellate Tribunal on Thursday dismissed the appeal challenging fair trade watchdog CCI's approval for the Rs 2,060 crore Jet-Etihad deal, saying the appellant does not have "locus standi" to file the plea. Former Air India Executive Director Jitendra Bhargava had filed the appeal questioning the decision...
  • Delhi-bound Air India flight grounded in Paris over a spoiler snag 16-03-2014 03:30 PM

    New Delhi: A Delhi-bound Air India flight was grounded in Paris following a spoiler snag. 236 passengers were on board Air India's flight AI 142 which had to be grounded just when it was to take off from Paris CDG Airport on Saturday night as the aircraft's spoilers - speed...
  • No decision yet on reinstating sacked cabin crew members: Air India 14-03-2014 06:34 PM

    Air India is yet to take a decision on reinstating 17 of its cabin crew, whose services were terminated recently for indiscipline and defying flight duty time limitation (FDTL) rules, airline officials said on Friday. Thirteen of these crew members have "tendered an unconditional apology and blamed the union for...
  • Boeing in talks with Jet Air, Air India for 737 Max jets 13-03-2014 11:33 AM

    Boeing Co is in discussions with airlines Jet Airways and Air India about the sale of its 737 MAX jets, one of the aircraft manufacturer's senior sales executives said on Thursday. Speaking to Reuters at the air show in Hyderabad, Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president sales for Asia Pacific at...
  • No plan to ground Dreamliners, but may seek compensation from Boeing: AI 12-03-2014 09:49 PM

    Air India has no plans to ground its newly-acquired Dreamliner aircraft despite technical glitches, but the airline may seek compensation from manufacturer Boeing for not keeping its word on fuel efficiency. Air India has set up a committee comprising its officials and those from the Civil Aviation Ministry and Boeing...
  • Bhargava's 'Descent of Air India' pulped, reappears as E-book 12-03-2014 01:31 PM

    New Delhi: Former Air India director Jitendra Bhargava's controversial book 'Descent of Air India' will be available on Kindle from today. After its publisher Bloomsbury decided to withdraw all copies from the market, Jitendra Bhargava had vowed to make it accessible to readers in the form of a self published...
  • With 189 passengers onboard, Dubai-bound Air India flight makes emergency landing 08-03-2014 11:29 PM

    A Dubai-bound Air India Express flight with 189 passengers onboard on Saturday made an emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after it was diverted here due to technical issue. A spokesperson of the airline said all the passengers were safe and another aircraft was arranged to fly them...
  • Women's day: Jet,GoAir offer discount,AI all-women crew flight 07-03-2014 08:44 PM

    Domestic airlines are wooing women travellers with discounts and an-all-women crew flights to mark the International Women's Day which falls tomorrow. While private carrier Jet Airways has announced discounted tickets with a two months booking window and 11 months validity, budget carrier Goair has offered upgrade to business class at...
  • Air India enters price warfare, slashes air fare 26-02-2014 10:21 PM

    Air India Wednesday joined the price war, launching a short-term sales promotion scheme. According to Air India, the tickets under the scheme can be booked from February 27 to March 1 for travel between March 29 and Sep 30, 2014. "The scheme covers 115 flights and offers approximately 30 percent...
  • Scam worth crores hits Air India, CBI to take up probe 22-02-2014 07:53 AM

    New Delhi: After the recent LTC scam, a new controversy worth crores has hit the ailing Air India. The scam involves a scheme meant for family members of the employees of the state-run airline where concessional tickets are given to employees for their families to visit one domestic destination an...
  • Delhi-bound AI Dreamliner lands in Kuala Lumpur due to software glitch 05-02-2014 08:53 PM

    New Delhi: In a mid-air scare for 215 passengers on board Air India Dreamliner, a software glitch forced the aircraft to be diverted midway. This, after the entire computer and software system in the cockpit went blank. The Melbourne-Delhi aircraft was diverted to Kaula Lumpur after the cockpit software system...
  • Mumbai: US-bound AI flight suffers tyre burst; all passengers safe 03-02-2014 06:12 PM

    Mumbai: A US-bound Air India flight from Ahmedabad with 260 passengers onboard suffered a tyre burst after it landed at the international airport, airport sources said on Monday. The incident took place last night when the airline's engineering staff found that three tyres of Boeing 777 aircraft AI-191 were deflated...
  • Aviation downgrade: US clubs India with Bangladesh, Indonesia 01-02-2014 11:38 AM

    US authorities have downgraded India's aviation safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight, meaning the country's carriers cannot increase flights to the world's biggest aviation market and face extra checks for existing ones. India said it expected to resolve by March all concerns raised by the US Federal Aviation...
  • DGCA action on private airlines strands Kerala CM Chandy in Kochi 30-01-2014 10:52 PM

    Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Ooomen Chandy, who was on his way to Delhi from Thiruananthapuram on an IndiGo flight on Thursday evening, was forced to take an Air India flight from Kochi as the private airline did not have the permission to land at the Delhi airport. The development came...
  • DGCA asks private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs 29-01-2014 03:09 PM

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all airlines and airports to treat MPs as VIPs and adhere to the guidelines on protocol norms. DGCA has asked private airlines to offer special privileges to MPs including advance notice of flight delays, escorts, priority check-in, security, immigration...
  • Boeing 787 snag causes Air India return to London 22-01-2014 12:49 PM

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India this week returned to London due to a communications problem, but has since been operational, the state-run carrier said on Wednesday. The aircraft's transponder failed during the flight on Sunday from London to New Delhi, Air India spokesman GP Rao said, adding...
  • Air India expected to join global network Star Alliance 20-01-2014 03:43 PM

    Ending almost seven years of wait, Air India is finally expected to join Star Alliance, a global network of airlines, by this summer. "Without giving a specific date, one can say that we will complete the work (to be carried out by Air India to join the alliance) by this...
  • Air India doles out free air tickets to its employees 19-01-2014 10:26 PM

    Air India is doling out free air tickets to its 24,000 employees, even as it expects to incur a loss of Rs 3,900 crore this financial year and has a debt burden of Rs 35,000 crore. While its top officers like functional directors and joint managing directors are entitled to...
  • Plane tyre bursts; flight operations hit at Jaipur airport 06-01-2014 06:13 PM

    Jaipur: A narrow escape for passengers on board an Air India flight in Jaipur as the plane's tyre burst as it was landing at the Sanganer airport. No one was injured in the incident but flight operations were halted at the airport. Guwahati-Delhi flight of Air India with 173 passengers...
  • Air India to sell 7 Dreamliners to raise USD 840 million 22-12-2013 06:14 PM

    National carrier Air India plans to raise up to USD 840 million by way of sale of its seven Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes, which it will then lease back, to pay off the bridge loans taken against these aircraft. A part of the proceeds will also be used for operational...
  • Air India cabin crew member held for raping girl 18-12-2013 09:33 PM

    Mumbai: A cabin crew member working with Air India was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly repeatedly raping a girl under the pretext of marrying her, police said. The complainant, employed with an event management firm, was seeking a match for herself when she was introduced to the accused, Raj Patel...
  • Star Alliance team to assess steps to integrate Air India 15-12-2013 02:27 PM

    A team of Star Alliance, which has decided to restart Air India's integration process suspended since 2011, will arrive at New Delhi on Wednesday to assess the steps needed to be taken by the national carrier to blend its network with that of the global airlines' grouping. "A Star Alliance...
  • Air India set to join Star Alliance 13-12-2013 06:57 PM

    Air India is set to join Star Alliance, with the 28-member global airlines' grouping on Friday deciding to clear the entry of the national carrier. At a meeting in Vienna, the Star Alliance unanimously decided to lift the earlier suspension of the process for Air India entry into the grouping,...
  • Passengers face mid-air scare as doors of AI Jeddah-Mumbai flight remain unlocked 15-11-2013 11:04 PM

    Around 400 passengers and crew of an Air India flight from Jeddah to Mumbai via Hyderabad, on Friday, had a mid-air scare when a cockpit panel indicated that one of the doors was not properly locked, forcing the plane to return soon after take off. The Boeing 747 Jumbo flight...
  • Air India, Adria Airways ink codeshare pact 12-11-2013 07:44 PM

    New Delhi: Air India and Adria Airways on Tuesday signed a codeshare agreement which would help Indian travellers fly seamlessly to the Slovenian national carrier's wide network in Europe and North America. The agreement was signed by Air India CMD Rohit Nandan and Adria President and CEO Mark Anzur in...