Carriers

  • DGCA warns air carriers over rising passenger complaints 5 days ago

    New Delhi: On Air India Day, the national carrier has topped aviation regulator DGCA's list of airlines that passengers have complained against the most. Almost 30 per cent of passenger complaints are related to troubles with flight cancellations or delays, while about 25 per cent of passengers expressed discontent over customer...
  • Little elbow room for premium carriers in low-fare focused India August 14, 2014

    Singapore: A decade after low-cost carriers led India's air travel boom, full-service airlines are gearing up for a battle for premium passengers that only the deep-pocketed are likely to win. Flag carrier Air India, which has only offered premium travel, will face more competition from second-largest airline Jet Airways, which on...
  • Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August July 25, 2014

    Hyderabad: Flynas, a low-cost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode. The flights to Hyderabad will be operated Saturdays and Wednesdays starting Aug 16 and to Kozhikode (Calicut)...
  • Indian Navy Light Combat Aircraft to soon begin test flights July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The naval variant of India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is due to soon begin ramp trials. Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in) that the LCA-Navy had already done more than 25 test...
  • More US troops to Iraq, special forces considered June 17, 2014

    Washington: The US is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war. President Barack Obama...
  • US considers air strikes on Iraq, holds talks with Iran June 17, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama considered options for military action to support Iraq's besieged government on Monday, and US and Iranian officials held talks to stabilize the region, which has been roiled by the advance of Sunni rebels toward Baghdad. Obama, who was being presented with recommendations from his top national security...
  • Ships move into Gulf as US lays out goals for Iraq June 15, 2014

    Washington: A US aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George...
  • AirAsia India set to begin operations from tomorrow with Bangalore-Goa flight June 11, 2014

    Mumbai: The domestic aviation space is all set to witness severe competition with the entry of AirAsia India, which starts operation from Thursday, June 12. AirAsia India, the Indian arm of the Malaysian no-frills airline headed by Tony Fernandes, will become the fourth budget carrier in the country - after...
  • SpiceJet offers lowest fare of Re 1 April 1, 2014

    Low-cost carrier SpiceJet, which lowered its fares by up to 75 per cent last quarter, on Tuesday offered fares as low as Re 1 across its domestic network with limited period bookings, putting its rivals on the mat. Besides, the Gurgaon-based airline also announced two more special schemes, offering travellers tickets...
  • China's aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait November 28, 2013

    Beijing: China's first aircraft carrier passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the narrow strip of waters separating China and Taiwan, as it headed to the disputed South China Sea on its maiden voyage for training. It took about 10 hours for aircraft carrier Liaoning and its four escort ships to get...
  • Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya completes trials in Russia September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Moving a step closer towards its induction in the Navy, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya has completed all its trials in Russia, where it is presently undergoing refit. Vikramaditya, formerly known as Admiral Gorskhov, was undergoing trials during the last two months in the Barents Sea and the White...
  • Defence secy Radha Krishna Mathur to visit Russia next week August 15, 2013

    Progress made in the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier project and issues over the pricing of the under-development fifth generation fighter aircraft project are expected to be discussed during Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur's visit to Moscow next week. The Defence Secretary is leading a high-level tri-services team comprising three-star rank officers...
  • India launches its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant August 12, 2013

    Kochi: India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch took place in Cochin...
  • India to launch its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant today August 12, 2013

    Kochi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch will take place...
  • India's first indigenous aircraft carrier to be launched on August 12 August 2, 2013

    India's first indigenous aircraft carrier will be formally launched on August 12 at Kochi Harbour. Designed by Indian naval architects and built using Indian made steel, the carrier displaces more than 32,000 tonnes. When fully operational in 2018 it will have early warning radar and two runaways for launching aircraft....
  • India to launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier 'Vikrant' on August 12 August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier, Vikrant, on August 12 from the Kochi shipyard. This will make India the fifth country after the US, Russia, Britain and France to have the capability to build such vessels. Talking to media persons here, navy vice chief Vice Admiral RK...
  • Hepatitis B carrier state has no symptoms: Dr Vivek Raj July 30, 2013

    Dr Vivek Raj, director of department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Max Healthcare, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on hepatitis in India and the available preventive technologies. Q. I am hepatitis B positive and non reactive. My fibroscan suggest 6.5 Kpa stiffness. Liver Biopsy shows possibility of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis/no significant...
  • SpiceJet in 'advanced' stage of discussion for stake sale July 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet is in advanced stage of discussion with a potential investor for stake sale and expects the negotiations to be concluded soon. "Discussions are going on with a foreign carrier. We hope to conclude these negotiations expeditiously," a source said. However, the sources refused to divulge any further...
  • AirAsia: The Tony Fernandes and Mittu Chandilya show July 22, 2013

    Tony Fernandes and Mittu Chandilya are as different as chalk and cheese. Gregarious, irreverent Fernandes, who's promised to paint the Indian skies in the red hues of his AirAsia airline once he gets a permit to fly domestic routes later this year, is a journalist's delight, full of quotable and...
  • AirAsia to start India operations later in 2013 June 29, 2013

    Chennai: Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia on Saturday said its Indian operations should begin later in 2013 with flights for southern region and the company would also look at setting up some ancillary businesses in the country. "We are hopeful of starting Indian operations later this year with three aircraft serving...
  • Kairali airlines to commence operations from Nov 1 June 15, 2013

    Kochi: Kairali Airlines, a low cost private sector airline from Kerala, will commence operations from November 1, a top official said. The plan was to start flight services connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode airports to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore and Lakshadweep with aircraft which would be purchased or leased, Chairman and...
  • US Navy makes aviation history with carrier drone launch May 16, 2013

    Aboard the USS George HW Bush: The US Navy made aviation history on Tuesday by launching an unmanned jet off an aircraft carrier for the first time, taking an important step toward expanded use of drones by the American military with an eye on possible rivals like China and Iran. The...
  • US Cellular embraces iPhone after rejecting it May 5, 2013

    New York: US Cellular, the only major US wireless carrier to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start selling Apple's phone, or what...
  • 'Leasing cos cautious towards Indian aircraft carriers' March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The court battle among airport operators, tax authorities and Kingfisher Airlines' lessors over repossession of its planes may have a negative impact on other Indian carriers leasing aircraft from global leasing companies, a leading aviation consultancy firm has said. Major aircraft leasing companies and financers have started adopting...
  • China's nuclear powered aircraft carrier programme rings alarm bells March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: China's plans of building a nuclear powered aircraft carrier using reactors of existing submarines has led to alarm bells ringing as the warships could be used to patrol the Indian Ocean, which is 2,500 km from its coast. So is China flexing its muscles in India's strategic space...
  • Will AirAsia disrupt Indian aviation? March 13, 2013

    Any foreign investor entering the Indian civil aviation market will know the unwritten rule before making any public announcement of his intent: Always seek the blessings of the ministry beforehand. Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal and Etihad CEO James Hogan, both well-versed in the workings of the Indian system, did...
  • AirAsia seeks govt permission to launch airline with Tatas February 20, 2013

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia on Wednesday sought the government's approval to launch an airline with the Tata Group. AirAsia will hold a 49 per cent stake in the joint venture with the third partner being Telestra Tradeplace. The Asia's biggest budget carrier said that it was seeking approval to...
  • Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular raise call prices January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, said it has raised voice call prices to account for rising costs, sending shares of telecommunication companies higher as investors bet that rivals will follow the market leader. Idea Cellular, country's No 3 carrier by revenue and No 4 by customers,...
  • Bharti Airtel raises voice call tariffs January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, said on January 23 that it has raised voice call prices to account for rising costs, sending its shares up more than 3 per cent. "We have been reiterating that increase in prices is inevitable, which is reflected from the fact that...
  • Jet Airways confirms in stake sale talks with Etihad January 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Jet Airways confirmed on Thursday that it was in talks with Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways for a potential stake sale in the Indian carrier, although terms have not been finalised yet. "Various structures are being explored by the legal and commercial teams and care being taken to ensure...