Indian Airlines

  • Air India to lease 14 Airbus A-320s to strengthen domestic network April 24, 2014

    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 old....
  • Ministry asks airlines to limit number of 'privileged' seats May 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Airlines in India have agreed not to charge extra for seats after top officials of all airlines met at the Civil Aviation Ministry in New Delhi on Friday. Earlier, airlines had said they will charge extra if passengers wanted to book seats in advance. However, now they say...
  • CBI files case against Airbus, 7 officers of IA March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked Airbus along with seven officials of erstwhile Indian Airlines for alleged irregularities in over Rs 8,000-crore deal for supplying 43 aircraft to the erstwhile carrier in 2005. CBI sources said the agency has booked French company Airbus Industries and seven officials...
  • Pilots body alleges violation of rest norms by Air India December 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Alleging violation of weekly rest norms for the pilots by the airline, Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICAP) on Wednesday asked Air India CMD Rohit Nandan to take "stringent" action against those responsible for it. "We request you to take stringent action against the persons responsible for manipulating the weekly rest,...
  • 1981 AI hijack: Two move court for trial stay December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Two alleged Sikh militants, sent back to India in 2000 after serving a life term in Pakistan for hijacking an Air India plane to that country in 1981, have moved a Delhi court seeking stay of a fresh trial against them here for the same offence. The two,...
  • Kandahar hijack case: Court acquits 19 accused October 19, 2012

    Mumbai: A local court on Friday acquitted 19 persons, accused to have helped get fake passports for the hijackers of the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in December 1999. In December 1999, Mumbai police's crime branch arrested Abdul Latif, an alleged terrorist, from suburban Jogeshwari and claimed to have recovered an...
  • Indian carriers to cut flight operations by 19 per cent October 17, 2012

    New Delhi: With rising costs, Indian carriers would operate 19 per cent less number of flights this winter compared to 2011, though no-frill airlines would put in more flights during the busy season starting this month-end. Full-service carriers, Air India and Jet Airways, along with their no-frill subsidiaries Alliance Air...
  • IC-814 hijack: Who is Mehrajuddin Dand? September 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Mehrajuddin Dand alias Javed, the alleged conspirator of the IC-814 hijack, is a resident of Sopore. He allegedly provided logistical support for the IC-814 hijacking of 1999. Sources say Mehrajuddin was operating since 1993. He was living in Nepal with a Hindu name and was also married there. He...
  • IC-814 hijack: Key conspirator arrested in J&K September 13, 2012

    Kishtwar: In a major breakthrough, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a terror suspect, Mehrajuddin Dand alias Javed, who allegedly provided logistical support for the hijacking of IC-814 in 1999. He allegedly provided travel papers to IC-814 hijackers. NIA officials are expected to go to Jammu and Kashmir to question...
  • Conciliation talks between AI, pilots begin July 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Conciliation talks between the Air India management and pilots, who went on a 58-day strike in support of their career progression issues, started on Tuesday. The parleys, which were held before the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner, came in the backdrop of Delhi High Court asking both sides to...
  • AI pilots' strike 2nd longest in India's aviation history July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The strike by a section of Air India pilots will on Monday enter the 57th day, to attain the notorious distinction of becoming the second longest strike in the country's aviation history. The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), the union of Air India pilots, had also struck work in 1974...
  • Uniform pay, working hours for pilots: Ajit Singh June 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday made public the Dharmadhikari Report and said that the demands of striking Air India pilots will be looked into only after they end their strike unconditionally. Singh also said that the ministry has set up a core panel to implement the...
  • Air India crisis: Ajit Singh meets PM May 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the Air India crisis. After the meeting, Ajit Singh said that the government was not being inflexible and was open to talks. "The government is not being inflexible or adamant," Ajit Singh said. The Aviation...
  • Sit with pilots, solve differences: SC to Air India May 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain Air India's contempt petition against the Indian Pilots Guild and asked Air India to sit with pilots and sort out the differences. A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said that they (pilots) have done nothing which amounts to...
  • Boeing Dreamliner, the root cause of the Air India crisis May 11, 2012

    New Delhi: What is the root cause of the current pilot crisis in Air India? It seems that one of the main reasons for the big battle is an aircraft, the Boeing Dreamliner, as two powerful pilot unions fight to fly the bird, even willing to kill the Maharaja. Air India...
  • 'Air India-Indian Airlines merger was a mistake' May 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has expressed regret over the Air India-Indian Airlines merger, saying the division was a mistake. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Ajit Singh said that in retrospect that decision did cause problems. "Their cultures were entirely different. Air India's way of doing things, Indian Airlines way of...
  • Open to talks with AI management: Indian Pilots Guild May 8, 2012

    Indian Pilots Guild President Jitendra Awhad said that the Air India pilots' strike was not indefinite. ...
  • Return to work or face action: AI warns pilots May 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Taking a strong stand against striking pilots, the AIr India management has threatened action. The management said, "Striking pilots must return to work by 6 pm today or face action." Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has also called the Air India pilots' strike 'inappropriate' and 'illegal' as around 100...
  • HC verdict on Indian Airlines pilots' plea today May 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday will deliver a verdict on a plea by a pilots' association of the former domestic carrier Indian Airlines, seeking parity with their counterparts at Air India. The pilots' have alleged that commanders of basic aircraft of former Indian Airlines have been overlooked...
  • Decision on FDI in aviation likely today April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is likely to decide on a proposal to allow foreign carriers to invest in local airlines on Thursday. The government is likely to allow 49 per cent Foreign Direct Investment in the aviation sector. This will allow cash-strapped domestic airlines like Kingfisher to access funds more...
  • Decision on aviation FDI likely on Thursday April 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is likely to decide on a proposal to allow foreign carriers to invest in local airlines as early as Thursday, a senior government official said, which could provide a lifeline to cash-starved and debt-laden carriers like Kingfisher Airlines. "The decision is imminent," said the official at Department...
  • Kashmiri teen hijacked plane with a toy gun March 20, 2012

    Srinagar: Forty-three years after it happened, few remember that one of the earliest plane hijacks in the world was carried out with a toy pistol by a 16-year-old Kashmiri boy. But in the mind of Hashim Qureshi, that boy who is now 59 years old, the incident still ticks away...
  • SC notice to aviation ministry on unequal compensations February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation was asked on Friday by the Supreme Court to respond to a plea challenging the Centre notification, which fixes Rs 7.5 lakhs as compensation in case of a domestic air passenger's death against Rs 75 lakhs for international fliers. A bench of Justices...
  • Flight fares to remain high on strong demand December 27, 2011

    Dubai: Despite Gulf and Indian air carriers increasing capacity and flights between the two regions, fares are unlikely to come down while demand for seats remains high, according to a survey. As per the new Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey, 2011, released here by Arabian Business weekly magazine, India was voted...
  • 'Foreign airlines can erode Indian airlines' share' November 19, 2011

    Saroj Datta Age: 75 Career: He has been with the Jet Airways group since 1991. Prior to that was with Kuwait Airways and Air India Interests: Listening to Hindustani classical music, jazz, reading crime fiction and translations of Bengali classics Q You has spent two decades building India's largest airline. What were the turning...
  • More trouble for AI, 101 pilots threaten to quit October 31, 2011

    New Delhi: There is more trouble likely for the Air India management as it braces itself for one more round of unrest from the pilots. Over a hundred pilots have threatened to resign in protest against the management as some of them have not been given a chance to fly the...
  • Buying planes collective decision of Govt: Ravi September 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday night said the Government's decision to acquire 111 aircraft for Air India, which came in for severe criticism from CAG, was a collective one to strengthen the national carrier. He said there was no question of taking any hasty decision and the...
  • CAG calls AI buying aircraft a 'huge waste' September 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Air India has come down heavily on the Civil Aviation Ministry while terming the acquisition of aircraft by the airline as "risky" and a "huge waste". The report, tabled in Parliament on Thursday, also called the merger of Air India...
  • Man held in Chile not IC-814 hijacker: Reports April 13, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan media said on Wednesday that the man held in Chile is not the 1999 Indian Airlines IC-814 Kandahar hijacking suspect. Reports quoting Pakistan police said that Mufti Abdul Rauf, named as the conspirator in CBI chargesheet, is in Rawalpindi. The reports have also called it an ugly Indian plot to...
  • At Air India, the New Order Changeth March 16, 2011

    When Austrian Gustav Baldauf, a former pilot with 14,000 hours of flying experience, took over as chief operating officer at Air India in the troubled times of 2008, many thought it was the turning point that the beleaguered airline had been waiting for. Its day-to-day operations needed as much fixing...