Air India today decided to resume next week domestic operations of the Dreamliner aircraft, grounded for four months due to a battery problem, and replace 19 aged Airbus A-320s with new leased ones.
National carrier Air India has decided to reduce the free check-in baggage limit from 20kg to 15kg on domestic flights from next week. Fliers will have to pay a flat rate of about Rs. 200-250 a kg for excess weight beyond 15kg.
Fliers will be eligible for a refund if airlines fail to deliver paid services such as lounge facilities, check-in baggage and on-board meals.
Boeing has agreed to compensate Air India for the grounding of 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, the aviation minister Ajit Singh said, adding that the details have yet to be finalised.
The civil aviation ministry has asked AirAsia India to provide names and the nationalities of top executives before its application for granting a no-objection certificate (NOC) can be processed.
Indian pilots are inadequately trained for landing on wet runways, as the drill followed by domestic carriers for monsoon preparation is outdated, reported a government-appointed independent air safety panel, Soubhik Mitra reports.
The government’s move to unbundle certain charges collected as part of air tickets could make flying more value for money and also prompt airlines to offer exclusive personalised services, said industry experts. Soubhik Mitra reports.
Air travelers will now have to pay airlines for a host of services they use, with the government opening up new avenues for airlines to charge more. HT
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In what could be a first for an airline worldwide, Air India (AI) pilots could lose operational control over cabin crew. Tushar Srivastava reports.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has asked grounded Kingfisher Airlines to vacate space it occupies at its airports across the country. HT reports.
Aviation minister Ajit Singh today defended his government’s approval for the entry of UAE-based Etihad Airways, saying ailing state-run Air India, which will face increased competition amid tough times, must learn to fend for itself.
Within hours of Jet Airways announcing an investment deal with Abu Dhabi-based-Etihad came the announcement that India and UAE had agreed to increase the weekly flying rights between the two countries by nearly four times.
The $379 million deal between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways will have a significant bearing on India's financially strapped aviation industry. But more than that it's the Indian passenger who is likely to benefit the most.
The dramatic entry of Etihad Airways into Indian aviation through its deal with Jet Airways could mark the beginning of good times for the Indian air traveller, reports Tushar Srivastava.
The Jet-Etihad deal brings a bonanza of seats to be opened up under an India-UAE bilateral pact, which can help the Gulf hub connect about two dozen smaller Indian towns, and could impact domestic rivals of Jet.