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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 5 March

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 5 March

Abu Dhabi Aviation keen to give Air Kerala wings 

Air Kerala, the proposed state-promoted airline, could take off finally after years of wait following the Abu Dhabi Aviation’s (ADA) — the largest commercial helicopter operator in West Asia — expression of interest in joining hands with the government in the project, among others.

Air France’s sister carrier Joon To Fly Paris-Mumbai

Air France’s new sister airline Joon will take over the carrier’s daily flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Mumbai, India, from June. Joon will serve the Indian city with an Airbus A340

Air Lease Corporation Announces the Placement of Two Airbus A320-200s with IndiGo

Air Lease Corporation announced 28 February lease agreements for two IAE V2527-powered Airbus A320-200s with IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline by market share. Both aircraft are scheduled to deliver in Q3 2018.

Air Arabia CEO sees potential in India

Air Arabia Group CEO Adel Ali, speaking at the CAPA Global LCC Summit, said India remains “a very big market for us”, which will grow as the Indian economy improves.

AirAsia India inducts its 16th aircraft

AirAsia India announced the induction of its 16th aircraft and addition of Nagpur and Indore to its list of destinations last Tuesday. “The brand has introduced new routes connecting Nagpur to Bengaluru and Kolkata and Indore to Bangalore and Goa,” said the carrier in a press release.

Etihad denies reports of divestment of its 24% stake in Jet Airways

Etihad Airways says it has no plans to divest stake in Jet Airways, as the Indian carrier is a “valuable partner”. Etihad also rejected claims by CAPA that Etihad could end up selling the entire stake in Jet Airways by 3Q of next fiscal year. “The claims made in the CAPA report are false. Jet Airways is a valuable partner of Etihad Airways, and we have no plans to divest,” an Etihad spokesperson said.

India could be a market for Indonesian aircraft

There might be a market in India for Indonesian aircraft, with the country manufacturing a number of small, short take-off landing aircraft, a top Indonesian official said. Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro, Ambassador Extraordinary, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, said with the UDAN scheme “there might be something (trade) we can do in that area”.

IndiGo, SpiceJet to begin UDAN phase 2 operations in July-August

India airlines IndiGo and SpiceJet will start operations on the routes they had won, under the second phase of the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS), from July-August, according to a report by Mint.

Zoom Air plans expansion with Rs100 crore

Zoom Air, operated by Zexus Air Services Pvt. Ltd, commenced operations in February last year. In April, the airline will add two more Bombardier CRJ-200LR aircraft to its fleet, and three of its five aircraft will be used exclusively on the RCS routes. This expansion will require about Rs100 crore in financing.

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