15 Jun 2020
India Aviation Industry Newsletter 15 June
Air India Celebrates 72 Years Of International Flights
Air India is celebrating 72 years since its first international flight. It’s very first overseas service took place on June 8th 1948. The first service that the Indian carrier operated flew from Bombay to London. However, unlike today’s direct non-stop flights, this flight was not undertaken in one hop. The flight took three sectors to complete the 5,000-mile journey to London in 1948. The flight first operated from Bombay (Mumbai) to Cairo, the longest leg at around 2,700 miles. The second sector saw a slightly shorter 1,760 mile hop from Cairo to Geneva. The flight was operated by an Air India Lockheed L-749 Constellation aircraft. With the registration VT-CQP, the plane was known as the Malabar Princess. According to Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, 35 passengers were on the flight, including the famous Indian aviator J.R.D. Tata.
Alliance Air to connect Nashik with 3 cities
Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air has announced that it will start flight operations from Nashik from 12 June connecting to Hyderabad, Pune, and Ahmedabad respectively using ATR72 aircraft.
Bengaluru to introduce air cargo community system soon
In order to facilitate digital transactions between cargo stakeholders at the Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), an Air Cargo Community System (ACS), Cargobyblr.com is all set to be introduced. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which manages the KIA, has inked an agreement with Kale Logistics Solutions to further streamline air logistics. It will be a digital platform that brings together all cargo stakeholders, including customs, customs brokers, shippers, airlines, trucking companies, ground and cargo handlers, and freight forwarders under one roof. This, according to BIAL, will facilitate seamless movement of goods and data across the logistics ecosystem.
Cathay Pacific launches Whatsapp customer service in India
Customers in India can now use Cathay Pacific’s verified WhatsApp account to make new bookings, amend or upgrade their existing bookings, seek assistance on baggage queries, redeem Asia Miles, and more all in a single chat. The new WhatsApp chat service offers an additional option to our current customer service channels, ensuring we are able to serve our customers at their convenience. WhatsApp is the leading mobile messaging app in India, and the country is one of the first ports in the Cathay Pacific network to launch this service. Regional General Manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa Mark Sutch said: “We are delighted to add WhatsApp as a servicing tool for our customers in India. As an extension of our communications channels, this new feature will ensure our customers are assisted with their queries as quickly and seamlessly as possible.”
Jewar airport drives Rs 1,600cr investments for YEIDA
Investors are back at the doors of the Yamuna Expressway Authority. In fact, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has allocated more than a dozen plots and secured investments worth close to Rs 1,600 crore since the easing of lockdown restrictions from May 5. The investments would lead to the generation of more than 27,000 jobs, officials said.
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