24 Sep 2018
India Aviation industry newsletter 24 September
Bombardier Delivers First 90-seat Q400 Aircraft to SpiceJet
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft 21 September announced the delivery of its first 90-seat Q400 aircraft. The aircraft was handed over to SpiceJet the launch operator for the 90-seat aircraft. “We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will enable us to address our market needs in the regional space.”
Daher Presents TBM 900 To India's Business Aviation Community
According to Aviation Week Daher recently presented the TBM 900 very fast turboprop aircraft series to India’s business aviation community. The presentation was at Signature’s terminal at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in cooperation with SRK Aviacom Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi airport was 16th busiest globally in 2017 with 63.4 million passengers
Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital has been ranked as the 16th busiest in the world, handling 6.34 crore passengers in 2017. The airport is 16th among the world's top 20 busiest aerodromes in terms of passengers handled on an annual basis. According to Airports Council International (ACI), the airport handled 14 percent more passengers last year and jumped 6 places from 22nd position in 2016.
In-Flight Connectivity to be Enabled Soon in India: Telecom Secretary
In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) enabling passengers to make calls and access internet services on domestic and international flights in India may happen this or early next week according to Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan.
India and Morocco Sign Air Services Agreement
Morocco and India have signed an air services agreement to develop their civil aviation sectors. Mohammed Sajid, Moroccan minister of tourism and civil aviation, and Suresh Prabhu, minister of commerce and industry and civil aviation, signed the agreement on 19 September in New Delhi. the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) signed an MoU to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism.The MoU will promote tourism between Morocco and India and promote the exchange of bilateral expertise.
PM Modi inaugurates Pakyong airport; India gets 100th airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the Pakyong airport in Sikkim. This is Sikkim’s first greenfield airport. Calling it a “historic day” for the hill state, as also entire India, the PM said the Pakyong airport just took the total number of airports in the country to 100. “It is a historic day not only for Sikkim but also an important day for the country. Our country now has 100 airports. Since Independence till 2014, the country had only 65 airports but in the past four years, we have set up 35 more airports.”
520 million Indians expected to travel each year by 2037
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released a report detailing the forward progress of India’s aviation market. According to IATA’s report, the number of people travelling to, from, or within India has increased substantially over the last eight years. In 2010, 79 million people were reported to have travelled to/from/or within the country. By 2017, this figure reached 158 million. IATA projects the numbers will reach 520 million by 2037.
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