04 Mar 2019
India Aviation Industry Newsletter 4 March
Aerostructures Assemblies India wins major contract from Saab
Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt. Ltd. (AAI), a joint venture between Aequs Aerospace and Saab AB (publ), has been awarded a contract from Saab Aerostructures to manufacture the structural assembly for the Over Wing Doors (OWD) on the Airbus A321neo programme. Production deliveries will begin at the end of 2019 and ramp up in subsequent years.
Air Seychelles Adds More Flights to Mumbai
Air Seychelles has announced that it will increase its services between Seychelles and Mumbai to six flights per week starting from 12 May The new frequency to be operated on Sundays by the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft will provide better network access to both business and leisure passengers traveling to Mumbai or Seychelles and beyond. Charles Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer of Air Seychelles said “Air Seychelles has been serving the Indian market for over five years now since the launch of this route in 2014. Growing our presence in India forms part of the airline’s strategy to increase its network growth across the Indian Ocean by providing direct air access to the Seychelles archipelago and beyond.”
American Airlines considering a direct flight from Philadelphia to India
American Airline’s vice president for planning Vasu Raja, said in an interview published in Skift that the company is interested in expanding to India and Africa when its new batch of Boeing 787 aircraft come in next year. He said “If (direct flights to India) returned, American could use smaller aircraft with better economics and a superior onboard product. It would also seek improved flight times, so customers could connect to other flights. American also probably would not fly from Chicago, instead using a domestic hub where it can facilitate better connections, such as Philadelphia.”
Beriev, Indian Airlines in Be-200 Talks
AINOnline 25 February reported Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation-owned Beriev has begun negotiating the sale of Be-200 amphibians with Indian regional airlines. The development follows the inclusion of seaplanes under the recently announced third phase of India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), which allows seaplanes to serve 18 routes. The seaplane operations would add more than 100,000 seats.
GoAir launches flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir’s launch of four new flights between Kannur International Airport (CNN) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), connecting the two cities with flights operating every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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