Aviation

  • EC seeks report on Modi's complaint about chopper delay 03-04-2014 06:40 PM

    Election Commission has sought a factual report from Ministry of Civil Aviation on the complaint by BJP with regard to Delhi Airport not granting prompt permission to Narendra Modi's helicopter for taking off due to which he was late for his rally in Bareilly on April 1. "That complaint has...
  • DGCA asks SpiceJet to immediately stop Re 1 ticket offer 02-04-2014 09:16 AM

    New Delhi: Terming SpiceJet's offer of rupee one fare across its domestic network as "predatory" and a "malpractice", aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday came down heavily on the no-frill carrier and asked it to stop such pricing immediately. Hours after SpiceJet offered fares as low as rupee one valid for...
  • SpiceJet mid-air Holi dance: DGCA action a bit too harsh, says expert 21-03-2014 09:22 AM

    New Delhi: The aviation community in India is divided over the DGCA's strict action against SpiceJet over a mid-air Holi jig by crew members. The video of a mid-air performance by the crew of SpiceJet dancing to a Bollywood song might have been a pleasant surprise for passengers but it...
  • SpiceJet defends mid-air Holi dance but suspends two pilots 20-03-2014 09:52 AM

    New Delhi: Three days after Holi, some employees of the airline SpiceJet are facing the blues. While the DGCA has issued a show cause notice to the airline, SpiceJet says it is yet to receive the notice, but has given assurances that it will co-operate with the DGCA. SpiceJet also...
  • Airport users to get facility to pay charges from air 14-03-2014 05:23 PM

    In a move to attract more chartered flights into India, the civil aviation ministry plans to introduce a new system which will enable the aircraft operators to pay the user charges even before landing, said a top official. Aimed at making tourists, private and business operators, flying clubs and others...
  • 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...
  • 3-day Indian Aviation show begins in Hyderabad 12-03-2014 01:39 PM

    Hyderabad: The five-day Indian Aviation show kick-started in Hyderabad on Wednesday amidst the who's who of the aviation industry. Inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, the show is expected to attract and engage investors in India's aerospace industry. The show will be open to public on the last...
  • 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...
  • 5-day Hyderabad air show to start on Wednesday 11-03-2014 05:42 PM

    Mumbai: The fourth edition of the Hyderabad international air show will kick off on Wednesday, which is likely to see signing of some big ticket deals by the domestic aviation players. The show, with the theme 'Enhancing Air Connectivity' is being jointly organised by the aviation ministry and industry body...
  • India to build 200 low cost airports 10-03-2014 05:24 PM

    Hyderabad: India plans to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years to connect tier-II and tier-III cities, said a civil aviation ministry official. This will be one of the focus areas of India Aviation 2014, the country's largest civil aviation exhibition and conference beginning from Wednesday. The...
  • DGCA grounds United Airlines plane, US aviation authority sees red 22-02-2014 07:57 PM

    Mumbai: A United Airlines aircraft has been grounded in Mumbai since Thursday evening with DGCA sources claiming that the aircraft is damaged, but there is a speculation that this could be the result of a power struggle ever since the US downgraded India's civil aviation security standards. The aircraft belonging...
  • Mumbai: DGCA grounds US aircraft after detecting damage in engine 22-02-2014 09:15 AM

    Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday evening grounded United States carrier United Airlines' aircraft in Mumbai after finding major damage in its engine cover. According to sources in DGCA, the aircraft is damaged and that the craft's lower cowl is missing. However, the airline has said...
  • Plane with 18 people goes missing in Nepal's mountains 16-02-2014 04:40 PM

    Kathmandu: A Nepal Airlines plane with 18 people on board flying in bad weather was missing on Sunday and feared to have crashed in Nepal's mountainous west, officials said. The plane left on Sunday from the resort town of Pokhara after making an unscheduled fuel stop, but contact was lost...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on Gandhi family and Aviation Ministry 02-02-2014 01:16 PM

    In this week's 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes on the development in the past one week including Rahul Gandhi's interview to a TV news channel and Aviation Ministry's orders to private airlines to provide special privileges to MPs. ...
  • TWTW: Cyrus takes a dig at Civil Aviation Ministry over more privileges to MPs 02-02-2014 01:01 PM

    In this week's 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes a jibe at Civil Aviation Ministry and DGCA's orders to private airlines to provide special privileges to MPs. ...
  • 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...
  • US downgrades Indian aviation's safety ratings 31-01-2014 03:27 PM

    New Delhi: India's aviation safety ratings have been downgraded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from the top to the second category, which would affect expansion of flights by Indian carriers to the United States. The downgrade from Category I to II means that Indian aviation regulator does not meet...
  • DGCA penalises 3 private airlines for not using trained pilots in fog 30-01-2014 05:19 PM

    New Delhi: Three private airlines Indigo, GoAir and Jet Airways have been penalised by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for not using pilots trained to land in foggy conditions especially in Delhi. The DGCA has also withdrawn six landing slots allotted to the three airlines. Ahead of the...
  • Politicians demand VIP treatment, government in damage control mode 29-01-2014 10:15 PM

    At a time when the 'aam admi' is the flavour of the season and even the Supreme Court has come out strongly against the 'lal batti' culture, politicians continue to demand special privileges. The government was on Wednesday forced to go into damage control, after a Directorate General of Civil...
  • Contradicting Ajit Singh, DGCA letter asks private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs 29-01-2014 07:53 PM

    New Delhi: In what could probably expose the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, a letter accessed by CNN-IBN shows that the private airlines were asked by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide special privileges to Parliamentarians, contrary to Minister Ajit Singh's claims. The Civil Aviation Minister had earlier...
  • Is DCGA promoting VIP culture at airports? 29-01-2014 07:02 PM

    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. Meanwhile, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh clarified that neither the Ministry nor the DGCA has issued any order directing private airlines to provide...
  • Aviation Ministry says no order to private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs 29-01-2014 05:16 PM

    New Delhi: Even as the debate over the VIP culture of Parliamentarians raises more heat, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday clarified that neither the Ministry nor the Directorate General of Civil Aviations has issued any order directing private airlines to provide special privileges to MPs. "No guidelines...
  • 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...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots were political riots: Ajit Singh 28-01-2014 11:21 PM

    RLD chief and Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday alleged that the Muzaffarnagar riots were a conspiracy of BJP and SP. "The Muzaffarnagar riots were political riots. It was a conspiracy of BJP and SP," he said. Singh claimed that some anti-government Panchayats were given a communal colour. "Some...
  • E-mail threat to blow up Bangalore International Airport 28-01-2014 06:52 PM

    Bangalore: An anonymous e-mail threatening to blow up the Kempegowda International Airport Limited (KIAL) here prompted authorities to step up security. "We have received a bomb threat here yesterday," KIAL said in a statement in Bangalore. An FIR has been lodged with Bangalore Police, it said adding all airlines and...
  • Aviation Ministry allows operation of Airbus A-380s at four airports 27-01-2014 03:08 PM

    After demands by some major foreign carriers for several years, Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday approved the operations of Airbus A-380s in India at four airports currently equipped to handle these super jumbos. The restrictions on the fully double-decker planes were lifted after weeks of consultation between Directorate General of...
  • Who will AirAsia India, Tata-SIA send packing from Indian skies? 20-01-2014 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: TATA-SIA, the new airline expected to be launched next year, will surely be a game changer and will have a strategic impact on the aviation industry. However, the shockwaves resulting from the two Tata joint ventures (with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia Bhd), will be felt only from 2015-16....
  • New 'Special Mission' aircraft for the Indian Air force

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In recent years the Indian Air force (IAF) as part of its 'transformation' has been progressively augmenting its fleet of special mission aircraft beyond the...

  • Government to ease restrictions on local carriers flying abroad 14-01-2014 01:58 PM

    New Delhi: The 5/20 aviation rule, which required any Indian airline to have 5 years of domestic flying experience and a fleet of minimum 20 aircraft before they can start international operations, will be completely scrapped, said Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh. This would pave the way for new...