Last week, the Hon. Minister of Civil Aviation tabled before the parliament, proposed Fleet expansion of Airlines in India. The plan submitted by airlines looks as below Air India: Will induct 3 B777-300ER and 16 A320 aircraft between December 2017 and March 2019. AirAsia India: Will induct 60 aircraft in the next 5 years. Go Air: … Continue reading Airline fleet in India likely to expand by 181% by 2024, where is the infrastructure?
Call it by choice or rather the lack of it, I found myself on Lao Airlines ATR72-500 (QV 314) for a short hop to Luang Prabang from Hanoi. This definitely is the rarest of airlines I have travelled so far. With a fleet of 11 aircraft (4 A320, 7 ATR), the airline serves 21 destinations. … Continue reading The tale of rarest tail yet – Lao Airlines
With a few weeks in Indonesia – a rich mixture of culture, history and food, I was definitely excited to club it with aviation and exploring over the weekends. This meant flying many airlines along with aircraft sub-types. Indonesia is a market as crazy as India, with the Lion air group dominating the scene with … Continue reading Batik Air – Refreshing experience in Indonesia
The last two weeks have been exciting times for Indian Aviation. The union cabinet gave its nod to privatise National carrier Air India and Secretary Civil Aviation Mr. R N Choubey informed that IndiGo has expressed interest in the National carrier. I have closely followed IndiGo since inception and have many a times predicted their … Continue reading The new IndiGo in the making – with or without Air India
Estimates suggest that eight out of ten diamonds polished worldwide are cut in Surat. Some of the biggest names in Petrochemicals – Essar, Reliance, Shell, ONGC have business in neighboring Hazira which houses a deep-water LNG terminal and over a quarter of the total fabric production in the country is around Surat but the city … Continue reading Is Surat the opportunity which airlines missed?