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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 24 June

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 24 June

AAI begins study to curb bird hits at airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has begun a study to curb the menace of bird hits at Chennai airport. A bird strike — an incident where a bird hits an aircraft either during landing or take-off — can be a big nuisance, as it can cause an aircraft to have an aborted take-off or even damage an aircraft, among other issues. During the two year study experts will study the types of birds in the neighbouring areas of Chennai airport, the pattern of bird strikes in the past, the reasons why they are attracted to the airport and how it can be reduced.

Airbus signs MoU with Pawan Hans to introduce 2 new categories of helicopters

Airbus announced it has signed an MoU with Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) in Paris for collaboration in introducing two new categories of its helicopters – H145 and H225 – in the latter’s fleet sometime in the future. The Airbus also said according to the MoU it would provide “predictive and scheduled maintenance” for the repair, maintenance and overhaul of PHL’s existing fleet of AS365N Dauphin helicopters.

Azerbaijan Looks To Tap India Market With New Direct Flight

Azerbaijan Airlines is all set to connect New Delhi and Baku. An Eastern country with a Western outlook, Baku is known as the “Pearl of the Caucasus”. The new flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) will fly every Tuesday and Friday starting from June 25, arriving in Baku via Terminal 1 of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Azerbaijan is one of the 41 countries in the world allowing Indians to receive a visa on arrival with a simplified electronic visa procedure.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S. Puri inaugurates AAI’s C-ATFM centreivil

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the state-of-the-art Central Air Traffic Flow Management system (C-ATFM) in New Delhi. In India, C-ATFM system came with an estimated cost of Rs. 107 Crore and has been already been implemented at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata airports.

Domestic air passenger traffic grows 3% in May

Domestic passenger traffic growth recovered in May, with rival carriers taking over Jet Airways’ fleet to cash in on the peak season demand. A total of 12.2 million passengers booked air travel in May 2019 compared with 11.8 million during May 2018, up 2.9% year-on-year, according to the data released by directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA).

GoAir records best ‘On-Time-Performance’, 9th time in a row

GoAir has repored the best On-Time Performance (OTP) for the 9th consecutive month. GoAir recorded 91.8% OTP according to the latest report released by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for May 2019. This achievement is the result of GoAir’s continuous focus on enhancing customer experience without compromising on service deliveries. GoAir had the lowest cancellation rate of 0.33%.

Indian Made Drones Will Soon Fly In The Skies As DGCA Gives Manufacturing Nod To 2 Bengaluru Companies

India’s Civil Aviation Regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, has permitted two Bangalore Based Startups, SkyLark Drones and Throttle Aerospace Systems to manufacture drones under the New Digital Sky Policy.

SpiceXpress to fly from Mumbai-Dubai from Aug 1; 20 freighters to join its fleet by 2021

SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo airline of the Indian carrier SpiceJet is planning to introduce freighters from Mumbai to Dubai effective 1st August. The company will be taking delivery of three more freighters within a couple of months, making the overall freighters to five. By 2021, it has plans to add 20 freighters to its fleet which will consist of 777, 767 and 747.

Vistara and United Airlines Sign Codeshare Agreement

Vistara and United Airline announced 18 June an expanded code-share association. The agreement enables United to codeshare on Vistara-operated Indian domestic flights and allows for customers of both carriers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles. By the agreement, United Airlines will add its ‘UA’ designator code to more than 20 Vistara-operated flights each day opening up more than 20 destinations to United customers, including but not limited to Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Ticket sales by the agreement will begin later this year, pending government approvals.

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