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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Aviation

Airbus A350 'performing extremely well' in flight: pilot

The first test flight of Airbus's next-generation A350 plane was going smoothly and the aircraft was "performing extremely well", its pilot said today, two hours after take-off.

On AI, only 15kg of free check-in baggage soon

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.

AI to resume Dreamliner flights next week, replace 19 planes

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.

Air India set to resume Dreamliner flights

India's national carrier is set to resume flights of the Dreamliner aircraft next week, an airline source said on Wednesday, after the regulator gave the green light following safety modifications.

A380 won’t be coming to India any time soon

India has once again refused consent to allow the A380 — the world’s-largest commercial aircraft — to fly into the country. Singapore had recently sought permission for its airlines to operate the aircraft to India.

Jet goes the AI way, reduces free baggage limit by 5kg

Within days of the national carrier reducing free check-in baggage limit by five kilograms, Jet Airways has followed suit, showing the first signs of how the government’s new unbundling airfare policy will make air travel expensive. Soubhik Mitra reports.

No free lunch on Air India flights

Air India is set for a major transformation. The full-service carrier will soon start charging passengers travelling economy class on domestic sectors for food. Tushar Srivastava reports.

New ministerial panel to advice on aviation hubs

The government has approved a proposal received from the aviation ministry for the constituion of an inter-ministerial committee to suggest measures to overcome bottlenecks in the development of aviation hubs at various airports in India.

AI to fly Dreamliners again from today

Air India (AI) will restart Dreamliner operations from May 15 with the first flight from Delhi to Kolkata. The first international flight with the Boeing 787 will restart from May 22. The entire Air India board will be on the Delhi-Kolkata flight. HT reports.

Spend more on air travel till airlines’ revenues improve

Passengers will continue to pay more for flights for the next six months at least, courtesy the government’s new airfare policy. The policy that came into effect a couple of weeks ago allows airlines to charge separately for specific services such as check-in baggage, seat preference and on-board meals.

AI wants compensation for 787s not delivering 20% fuel savings

Air India has sought compensation from Boeing for Dreamliners not meeting the 20% fuel efficiency claims as the airline could achieve only a tad over 17% fuel economy by its six 787s, a source said.

Ministry asks airlines to limit number of 'paid seats'

Unhappy with airlines putting a large number of seats under the 'privileged' category for which they can charge the fliers separately, the civil aviation ministry has asked the carriers to limit such seats. HT reports.

Govt mulls putting cap on preferred seats on airlines

The recent 'unbundling' of some services such as seat preferences or meals on board might be helping airlines to earn a lot of ancillary revenue, but the government is considering whether it could limit the number of 'preferred seats' on sale on each flight.

Why air fares are up

Here’s something that won’t sound like music to your ears. The cost of air tickets, already ruling at high levels, will not come down in a hurry. Tushar Srivastava reports.

Planned tax on flyers may help fuel flights to small towns

The aviation ministry may impose a new cess on flyers to help increase connectivity to smaller towns. 
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