Route Development – How Air Astana developed India market?

There is no denying the fact that I am a big fan of multi-aircraft fleets! Even the strong proponents of single fleet types like IndiGo have eventually graduated to multiple fleet types and sub-fleets. As it stands today, IndiGo has a mix of A320, A321 and ATR but the sub-fleet varies from seating configuration which … Continue reading Route Development – How Air Astana developed India market?

Aviation geeks have to mature to respond to a crisis

On Friday evening, whatsapp groups and social media started buzzing with news about runway excursion at Calicut. A quick check on the television, and the news channels were busy with news about Sushant Singh Rajput. Soon whatsapp started flooding with details - name of the captain and first officer, photos, videos and further details.  Air … Continue reading Aviation geeks have to mature to respond to a crisis

Airbus and Boeing results show COVID19 pain is here to stay

Airbus and Boeing - two of world’s largest aircraft manufacturers declared their half yearly results over the last two days. On expected lines, both have declared losses. Boeing saw a drop of 26% in revenues in the first half of 2020 over the same period last year. The drop was 39% for Airbus. For Boeing, … Continue reading Airbus and Boeing results show COVID19 pain is here to stay

Lock down led to focus on agri and cargo in Indian aviation

India has been in lock down since March 2020. This meant that all scheduled commercial operations were suspended which took a hit on cargo as well. Airlines devised ways to continue cargo operations with Spicejet being on the forefront - converting three Q400 aircraft to freighters by removing seats. Both Spicejet and IndiGo started operating … Continue reading Lock down led to focus on agri and cargo in Indian aviation

Time to tweak Route Dispersal Guidelines and make them attractive

As airlines remain grounded due to COVID-19, the time could be used to re-look at some of the regulations in the country and tweak them to make them more attractive. The most discussed and debated regulation has been the Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG). Some of my suggestions were incorporated in the National Civil aviation Policy … Continue reading Time to tweak Route Dispersal Guidelines and make them attractive