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Aero India Show: Snippets

Aero India Show: Snippets

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 01:44 IST

One lucky visitor at the air show will win a flight on board a Russian jet fighter and a trip to Russia, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti. "Russian pilots will perform new aerobatic stunts, and visitors can take part in a contest to name three of the manoeuvres. A flight on board a MiG-29 [Fulcrum] and a trip to Russia will be the prize," a MiG aircraft-building corporation spokesperson said.

As hotel tariff touched new highs in Bangalore, organisers of the Aero India Show were thinking of giving delegates the option of staying in Chennai and an air shuttle service from Chennai airport to Yelahanka. It's just a 50-minute flight; it can take more time to reach Yelahanka from Bangalore, thanks to traffic. Luckily, hotels and service apartments in Bangalore were able to absorb the delegates. But that could be due to a drop in business travel due to the simmering tension in the city over what is seen as an unfavourable award on the Cauvery dispute.  

Raytheon Company signed an agreement with Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) to collaborate with each other to tap new opportunities. While Raytheon has conducted business in India for many years, we are now looking to develop our relationship and presence here in a more meaningful way over the long term, said a Raytheon executive. It makes perfect sense for us to combine Raytheon's world class technology with the best local expertise as we develop capabilities and solutions to support the nation's emerging requirements.

Nearly anyone who matters in aviation was at Yelahanka for the Aero India. As India emerges as a major market for civil aviation and defence, more than 500 of the world's leading aerospace companies are participating in the show this year. That's not surprising as it is estimated that Indian carriers account for nearly 30 to 40 per cent of the order books of Boeing and Airbus. India will buy nearly 1100 large passenger jets in the next 20 years, which has a list price of $105 billion.