• Jun 14, 2013 17:31 IST

    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.

  • May 07, 2013 01:09 IST

    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.

  • May 07, 2013 21:59 IST

    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.

  • May 08, 2013 12:55 IST

    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.

  • May 08, 2013 20:46 IST

    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 Airways
    May 09, 2013 19:36 IST

    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.

  • Air India
    May 10, 2013 01:50 IST

    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.

  • May 10, 2013 23:06 IST

    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.

  • Boeing 787-8 series Dreamliner
    May 14, 2013 20:46 IST

    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.

  • May 17, 2013 01:58 IST

    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.

  • Air India Dreamliner
    May 17, 2013 20:55 IST

    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.

  • May 17, 2013 22:14 IST

    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.

  • May 19, 2013 12:18 IST

    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.

  • Air France flight
    May 20, 2013 23:14 IST

    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.

  • May 20, 2013 23:18 IST

    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.