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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 16 October

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 16 October

Air France says in advanced talks with Jet Airways over a partnership

Air France signed a new joint venture deal with Vietnam Airlines and said it was in advanced talks with India’s Jet Airways over a partnership as part of efforts to boost its long-haul network. Air France is also looking at working more closely with Indian carrier Jet Airways, with which it has had a code share since 2016. “We are in advanced talks with Jet Airways to see how we can strengthen our co-operation,” Air France chief executive Franck Terner told Reuters.

Air India Takes Delivery of Last Boeing 787-800 Aircraft

Air India has received its final Boeing 787-800 aircraft, completing an order placed more than a decade ago. Air India in 2006 placed orders with Boeing for 68 aircraft—27 787-800s, 15 777-300ERs, eight 777-200LRs and 18 737-800s. The airline has taken delivery of most of the aircraft, except three 777s that are expected to be delivered early next year.

Avolon delivers one Airbus A320-200Neo to Air India

Avolon announced 9 October the delivery of one Airbus A320-200Neo aircraft to Air India. This is the seventh Avolon aircraft on lease to Air India.

Boeing, Air India Celebrate Airline’s 125th Delivery

Boeing and Air India celebrated today the delivery of the airline’s 125th airplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for the national carrier. Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India said “Boeing airplanes are, and always have been, the foundation of Air India’s fleet, providing us with the very best in economics, fuel efficiency, flexibility and passenger comfort. Taking delivery of our 125th Boeing airplane and 27th 787 Dreamliner marks an important day for Air India. The 787 has been integral to our expansion and competiveness, enabling us to open numerous new and nonstop routes and provide our customers with an unrivalled flying experience.”

India expects to triple aviation market in next 15 years

New Delhi says that India has doubled the size of its aviation market in the last four years, and will look to triple it in the next 15 years. Speaking in a televised interview, India’s minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, adds that by the end of the current 2018 financial year, the country will hit 200 million passenger trips. The figure is up from 160 million passenger trips made in the 2017 financial year, and double the size from four years ago.

India-EU need long-term comprehensive aviation agreement: European Commission

India and the EU need to work out a long-term comprehensive agreement on aviation safety and modernisation of air traffic management to enhance cooperation, a top official of the 28-member bloc has said. The agreement has to be mutually beneficial, Henrik Hololei, director general for mobility and transport at European Commission — an institution of the European Union (EU).

India To Drop International Bizjet Ops ‘Irritant’

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) has agreed to eliminate a rule that requires Indian-registered business and charter aircraft flying abroad to obtain an authority number, also called a YA number, from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “We have been assured the guideline will be issued soon,” RK Bali, the managing director of India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) told AIN.

Jazeera Airways Annnounces four new routes to India

Jazeera Airways announced its arrival into India with the launch of four new destinations in Q4 2017. Starting with Hyderabad as the first route from 16th November followed by Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad by mid December.

UDAN to now put Thanjai on India’s aviation map

With the second-round of bidding for regional flights under the Centre’s UDAN scheme underway, Jet Airways is exploring new avenues other than Tiruchy International Airport and plans to start operations from Thanjavur to other cities. A team from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Jet Airways has begun a preliminary survey of the Thanjavur airbase where commercial operations are expected to begin under the scheme.

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