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  • DGCA suspends 12 Air India cabin crew members for not undergoing breath analyser test January 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday suspended 12 Air India cabin crew members for not undergoing breath analyser test. According to the rules, the breath analyser test is mandatory after operating a flight. The Air India in-flight doctor was not available which is why the test...
  • Air India to cut costs by 14 billion rupees to reduce losses January 19, 2015

    India's national carrier Air India is to cut its costs by 14 billion rupees ($227 million), or about 6 percent of its total outlays, in the next financial year after the government asked the loss-making airline to improve its finances. ...
  • Air India pilot assaults flight engineer inside cockpit at Chennai airport January 17, 2015

    Chennai: An Air India pilot assaulted a flight engineer inside cockpit at Chennai airport. The pilot pushed the engineer while they were inside the cockpit as the latter went inside to get his diary signed. The incident led to the delay of the flight AI 143 from Delhi-Chennai-Paris by an hour...
  • SpiceJet's new owners plan to cut fleet, shrink network: Sources January 16, 2015

    Singapore: The prospective owners of low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd plan to cut the airline's fleet, shrink its network and return to a "plain vanilla" business model to achieve profitability, two people close to the investors said. Their plans include culling the 15 Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft from the airline's fleet and...
  • Air India crew likely to be questioned in Sunanda Pushkar death case January 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Air India crew, which flew Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar two days before the latter's death, is likely to be questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). The couple had a tiff on the flight on January 15. Delhi Police officials are getting crew details and passenger list for...
  • After Air India, now Jet Airways, IndiGo join low-fare war; offer hefty discounts January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Private airlines Jet Airways and IndiGo on Tuesday joined the race for low-fares, offering their customers hefty discounts, after Air India rolled out a similar offer to challenge Vistara, the latest full-service entrant in the domestic market. Incidentally, the domestic operators are engaged in a fare war at...
  • Air India offers limited period, reduces fares by upto 50 per cent for domestic flights January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Air India on Monday reduced its fares by upto 50 per cent for all its domestic flights, three days after Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara commenced its flight services in the country and hinted that it was ready to take on the competition from the peers. The state-run...
  • SpiceJet says did not receive any credit from oil companies January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Beleaguered airline SpiceJet said it has received no credit from oil companies, even as it scotched speculation about having failed to submit any revival plan. "... there was no revival plan due for submission today," SpiceJet's Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor said late in a statement. The airline also said...
  • Threat caller to Air India office remanded to judicial custody January 5, 2015

    Kolkata: A city court on Monday remanded Prasanta Biswas, arrested for allegedly making a threat call to the city office of Air India that one of its planes will be hijacked, to judicial custody till January nine. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate II Deepto Ghosh rejected the bail plea of Biswas and...
  • Police probe threat call to Air India, security beefed after Kandahar-style hijack threat January 4, 2015

    Kolkata: After an Intelligence Bureau alert warning of a Kandahar-style hijack bid on the Air India flight going to Kabul in Afghanistan, Special Task Force and detective department of the Kolkata Police on Sunday launched an investigation while security has been beefed up at the NSC Bose International Airport in...
  • Alert issued for another Kandahar-style hijacking of Air India flight going to Kabul January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau on Sunday issued an alert for the Air India flight going to Kabul in Afghanistan. The alert warned of another Kandahar-style hijacking possible while adding that all the passengers and crew need to be scanned properly. Following the alert security checks have been increased and the...
  • Air India Kolkata office receives threat call January 3, 2015

    Kolkata: A threat phone call was made to the city's Air India office on Saturday evening and a complaint was lodged with the police. An Air India spokesperson said the call was received by its officials at the city booking office at around 5:40 PM and a complaint was subsequently lodged...
  • No violation of safety norm or unfair seat allotment: Air India December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India on Saturday said its fight safety wing is looking into the issue of a daughter of a senior pilot resting in a bunk, meant only for use of flight crew members, during one of its flights to Newark from Mumbai recently. However, it asserted that the incident...
  • Air India cabin crew complains against pilot for upgrading his son to first class on flight December 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Air India cabin crew association has sent another complaint to the Aviation Ministry against a flight captain who allegedly upgraded his son to first class on a flight. A previous complaint was filed against the official after his daughter took a crew bunk meant for the first officer during...
  • Air India CMD upgrades batchmate to first class; cabin crew seeks action December 26, 2014

    In a shocking incident of brazen abuse of power, a batchmate of the Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rohit Nandan was upgraded to first class on an international flight. ...
  • India @ 9 with Karma Paljor December 26, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Karma Paljor on India @ 9. ...
  • Air India upgradation row: PMO seeks explanation from Public Enterprises Joint Secretary Ashok Pavadia December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Friday asked for an explanation from the Public Enterprises Joint Secretary Ashok Pavadia on being upgraded to first class on an international Air India flight as an undue favour and abuse of power. According to a letter sent by a whistleblower to the Civil...
  • Brazen abuse of power by Air India CMD, upgrades batchmate to first class; cabin crew seeks action December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: In a shocking incident of brazen abuse of power, a batchmate of the Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rohit Nandan was upgraded to first class on an international flight. According to a letter sent by a whistleblower to the Civil Aviation Secretary Som Sundaram on November 1,...
  • Run Air India professionally, says IATA chief December 14, 2014

    Geneva: Cash-strapped Air India should be run by professionals even if the government partially off-loads its stake to investors to keep it off-the-ground, a top global aviation professional has said. "The Government has to recognise that if it is to privatise Air India, then it has to leave the management of...
  • Air India plane's tyre gets deflated after landing at Jodhpur November 30, 2014

    Jaipur: A tyre of a Delhi-bound Air India plane from Mumbai, with around 100 people onboard, was found deflated after it landed at Jodhpur, following which the flight was briefly stalled. The flight (AI-476) operating on Airbus 319 aircraft on Mumbai-Delhi via Jodhpur route landed safely at Jodhpur airport this afternoon,...
  • Airlines give discounts, enhance capacity for holiday season November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Gearing up for the upcoming winter holiday season Indian passenger carriers on Saturday announced discounts and capacity expansion. National passenger carrier Air India announced discounts on its global networks. Calling its discounts the 'global sales' campaign the airline said it will provide discounts on its major international routes in...
  • Smoke detected from Air India flight at Kolkata airport, all 133 passengers safe November 29, 2014

    Kolkata: An Air India fight had a closed shave when smoke was detected from the wheels at the Kolkata airport on Saturday. The rear tyres of a Dibrugarh-Kolkata Air India flight deflated when the aircraft was taxying after landing at NSC Bose International Airport. All the 133 passengers were safe and had...
  • Air India offers discounted fares on select global routes November 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Triggering a fresh round of fare war on international routes, national carrier Air India announced limited-period heavily discounted two-way fares on select global flights, starting Rs 19,999 ahead of the winter holiday rush. Inclusive return fares under the Short-Term Global Winter Sale Bonanza, which covers some of the major...
  • Air India expresses inability to seat upgrade, more free baggage for MPs November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Cash-strapped Air India has expressed inability to upgrade seats of MPs to business class or carry their extra baggage for free, especially in flights which have all upper class seats booked by paid passengers. Noting that it gets a large number of requests from MPs regarding upgrades, the national...
  • PM Modi's plane made to wait at Myanmar airport for 92 minutes November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Air India One plane was made to wait at the Nay Pyi Taw Airport in Myanmar last week for 92 minutes due to delay in refuelling it before it flew to Brisbane in Australia. The flight, scheduled to depart at 9:30 PM on Thursday, left...
  • Mamata Banerjee leaves for Delhi setting off political buzz November 16, 2014

    Kolkata: Setting off speculation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for New Delhi on an invitation by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to attend a programme on Jawaharlal Nehru. The chief minister abandoned a plan to attend the closing ceremony of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), to make herself...
  • Air India launches dedicated phones for flight update in fog season November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the fog season, Air India has beefed up its telephone network in four major metros in addition to its all-India toll-free call centre to provide latest status of its flights. The airline has set up dedicated telephone numbers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, in addition...
  • Air India privatisation not now, says government; AAI, Pawan Hans to be listed on stock market November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said that Airport Authority of India and Pawan Hans will be listed on the stock market but ruled out the privatisation of Air India as of now. But it can't be ruled out in future and there have been suggestions from...
  • Andhra Speaker misbehaves with Air India crew on-board, gets into a tiff November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Kodela Siva Prasada Rao allegedly misbehaved with cabin crew on an Air India flight from Hyderabad to Vijayawada on Wednesday. The scuffle erupted after the crew asked Mr Rao's acquaintance, who was sitting with him in executive class, to return to his seat....
  • Air India pilot's prompt action, medical treatment save passenger's life November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: An Air India pilot's action has saved a passenger's life who was onboard to a Mumbai bound flight. The pilot of an Air India Bangkok to Mumbai flight contacted the Kolkata Air Traffic Control (ATC) and informed about a passenger' who was serious and needed a medical advice quickly....