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The longest flight over the North Pole will be another feather in Zoya Agarwal’s cap as she was the youngest woman pilot to fly a Boeing-777 in 2013.(ANI/Twitter)

Air India’s all-women pilot team to fly over North Pole on world’s longest air route

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:27 PM IST
AI Captain Zoya Agarwal, who will be commanding the flight, and her team is very eagerly waiting to create history on January 9.
Tape is shown covering non-essential products that can't be sold at a pharmacy in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.(AP)
Tape is shown covering non-essential products that can't be sold at a pharmacy in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.(AP)

Covid-19: Negative coronavirus test required for air travel to Canada

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:49 PM IST
However, multiple flights continue to bring passengers into the country, including several each week from India, as part of an air bubble arrangement
The two Air India flights that left India on Wednesday will land at Heathrow airport in London on Thursday.(REUTERS)
The two Air India flights that left India on Wednesday will land at Heathrow airport in London on Thursday.(REUTERS)

UK flights resume after two-week suspension

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:28 PM IST
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday that the number of flights to the UK from India have been reduced by 50%.
Tata group, which placed an expression of interest for Air India, recently announced its decision to raise its stake in AirAsia India to 84% by buying out a part of its Malaysian partner AirAsia Bhd’s shares.(AFP)
Tata group, which placed an expression of interest for Air India, recently announced its decision to raise its stake in AirAsia India to 84% by buying out a part of its Malaysian partner AirAsia Bhd’s shares.(AFP)

Tata group to plot flight path for aviation business

Hindustan Times, Mumbai/New Delhi | By Anirudh Laskar and Rhik Kundu, Mumbai/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:36 PM IST
Tata group also owns 51% of Vistara, with the rest held by Singapore Airlines (SIA). Meanwhile, under the share-purchase pact with AirAsia Bhd, Tata Sons has the option to raise its stake to 100% in AirAsia India.
A decision on the way forward with AirAsia India is expected to be taken by March-end by when there will likely be more clarity on Tata’s bid for Air India.(SOURCED)
A decision on the way forward with AirAsia India is expected to be taken by March-end by when there will likely be more clarity on Tata’s bid for Air India.(SOURCED)

Tata group to plot flight path for aviation business

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirudh Laskar and Rhik Kundu
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 04:30 AM IST
Tata group, which placed an expression of interest for Air India, recently announced its decision to raise its stake in AirAsia India to 84% by buying out a part of its Malaysian partner AirAsia Bhd’s shares.
Air India will operate two flights to London on January 6 after a brief embargo on India-UK flights.(PTI)
Air India will operate two flights to London on January 6 after a brief embargo on India-UK flights.(PTI)

Flights to UK will begin from January 6 amid concerns over new mutant strain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:25 PM IST
Department of Biotechnology secretary Renu Swarup on Tuesday said the number of people tested positive for the new mutant strain of Coronavirus has reached 71.
Air India’s pilot unions Indian Pilots Guild and Indian Commercial Pilots Association on Monday urged the airline to replace its Director (Commercial) Meenakshi Mallik(Bloomberg)
Air India’s pilot unions Indian Pilots Guild and Indian Commercial Pilots Association on Monday urged the airline to replace its Director (Commercial) Meenakshi Mallik(Bloomberg)

Air India pilot unions object to director’s continuation due to ‘conflict of interest’

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:03 PM IST
In a joint letter to Air India’s CMD on Monday, the two pilot unions said that the office order, directs all participating employees to inform the headquarters and expressly forbids them from handling any policy or strategic matter with a direct or indirect bearing to the disinvestment of Air India.
Earlier on December 21, 2020, India joined a number of countries in suspending air travel for international flights after a mutated Covid-19 strain was known to be spreading rapidly in the UK.(Bloomberg | Representational image)
Earlier on December 21, 2020, India joined a number of countries in suspending air travel for international flights after a mutated Covid-19 strain was known to be spreading rapidly in the UK.(Bloomberg | Representational image)

Air India opens booking for flights between India, UK

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:23 PM IST
On January 6, 2021, two flights will fly to London Heathrow — one each from Mumbai and Delhi. The next day, two Air India flights are scheduled from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai. On January 8, one Air India flight will fly from Mumbai to London Heathrow and another return flight has also been announced.
Representational photo.(AP)
Representational photo.(AP)

Air India pilots ask management for details of UK virus strain

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:39 PM IST
In a letter to its director of operations on Tuesday, the frontliners pointed out that Air India, from the beginning of the pandemic, has taken the lead on relief missions
Representational image.(Bloomberg)
Representational image.(Bloomberg)

Resolve medical, provident fund issues before privatisation: Air India union

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:02 AM IST
In January this year, the government invited bids for selling 100% of its holding in Air India and its international budget arm Air India Express Ltd
A total of 2,500 people have come to the state from the UK from November 25 till December 22 in two flights of Air India and British Airways(PTI)
A total of 2,500 people have come to the state from the UK from November 25 till December 22 in two flights of Air India and British Airways(PTI)

14 UK returnees to Karnataka test positive for Covid-19; samples sent for genetic sequencing

Bangalore | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar told reporters that a total of 2,500 people have come from the UK, of them 1,638 have been tested, 14 of them have tested positive, and All the 14 samples have been sent to NIMHANS for genetic sequencing.
Passenger jets from Air India, India's national carrier, stand at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India.(AP)
Passenger jets from Air India, India's national carrier, stand at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India.(AP)

AI pilot unions reject 5% rollback of pay cuts

Livemint, New Delhi | By Rhik Kundu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:03 AM IST
“We do not accept this paltry 5% roll back in illegal pay cut and you may advise the concerned to donate this 5% towards funds for building the Parliament or PM CARES Fund,” the unions wrote in a joint letter to the airline’s chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal.
Representational image.(Bloomberg)
Representational image.(Bloomberg)

BJP MP asks Hardeep Puri to disqualify Tata Sons from Air India’s bidding process

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:04 AM IST
Subramanian in 2013 had filed a writ petition in the Delhi high court challenging the illegal grant of license to Air Asia India, which is a joint venture with Tata Sons
A security personnel stands guard near the Cargo Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which will be used as a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines handling and distribution center during the media preview in New Delhi.(AFP)
A security personnel stands guard near the Cargo Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which will be used as a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines handling and distribution center during the media preview in New Delhi.(AFP)

Dedicated corridor, mandatory Covid tests for all fliers from the UK at IGI

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:39 AM IST
To ensure that the passengers from the United Kingdom are segregated from others on their arrival, their immigration clearance, baggage collection and customs clearance has been expedited and is being completed under supervision.
National carrier Air India on Tuesday announced one-time free rescheduling of tickets for passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Oman, and Saudi Arabia(PTI)
National carrier Air India on Tuesday announced one-time free rescheduling of tickets for passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Oman, and Saudi Arabia(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Air India waives penalty for rescheduling UK, Oman, Saudi Arabia flights and all the latest news

Hinudstan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:23 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Air India along with British Airways, Vistara and Virgin Atlantic had been plying flights to and from the UK under an air bubble agreement between the two countries(AP)
Air India along with British Airways, Vistara and Virgin Atlantic had been plying flights to and from the UK under an air bubble agreement between the two countries(AP)

Air India waives penalties for rescheduling bookings to UK, Oman, and Saudi Arabia till Dec 31

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Air India said that passengers who were booked to travel on now suspended flights from the UK, Oman, and Saudi Arabia can avail a one-time free rescheduling for travel completed within December 31.
Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, addresses a press conference.(ANI)
Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, addresses a press conference.(ANI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: 63 insurgents surrender in front of Assam CM Sonowal and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:59 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Keeping in view the gravity of the situation, crew laying over at all domestic/international stations are hereby directed to remain isolated in their allocated rooms for the complete duration of the stay, said the Air India directive.(AP File)
Keeping in view the gravity of the situation, crew laying over at all domestic/international stations are hereby directed to remain isolated in their allocated rooms for the complete duration of the stay, said the Air India directive.(AP File)

Air India asks crew to remain isolated during domestic, international layovers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 11:06 AM IST
The directive comes right after India sealed off access to people who have been to the United Kingdom, suspending all flights to and from the country between December 23 and December 31
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)

Saudi Arabia suspends Air India, other flights for a week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 66.3% and 77.7% in November, it stated.(Photo by Parwaz Khan  / Hindustan Times)
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 66.3% and 77.7% in November, it stated.(Photo by Parwaz Khan  / Hindustan Times)

Domestic air passengers in November 51% lower than last year: DGCA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:15 PM IST
While IndiGo carried 34.23 lakh passengers in November, a 53.9% share of the total domestic market, SpiceJet flew 8.4 lakh passengers, which is 13.2% share of the market, according to data shared by the DGCA.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation had earlier planned to build six Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) on the Airbus 330 aircraft for which some facilities were planned to be created in Bengaluru.(File photo: ANI)
The Defence Research and Development Organisation had earlier planned to build six Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) on the Airbus 330 aircraft for which some facilities were planned to be created in Bengaluru.(File photo: ANI)

Six new ‘eyes in the sky’ for IAF to be built by DRDO on Air India planes

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:03 PM IST
Government sources said that as per the discussions on the AEW&C Block 2 aircraft to be developed by the DRDO under a Rs 10,500 crore project, the six aircraft would be acquired from the Air India fleet and modified to fly with a radar that will give 360-degree surveillance capability to the defence forces.
In its latest attempt to offload the airline, the Indian government plans to sell 100% of Air India.(PTI)
In its latest attempt to offload the airline, the Indian government plans to sell 100% of Air India.(PTI)

Multiple parties show interest in Air India: Govt

Mint, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:57 AM IST
The government has been looking for a buyer for the state-run airline since 2017 but has drawn a blank so far as investors have been deterred by the money-losing airline’s huge debt load.
Tata Sons is expected to have submitted an initial bid for the loss-making airline.(PTI)
Tata Sons is expected to have submitted an initial bid for the loss-making airline.(PTI)

India receives multiple initial bids for state-run carrier Air India

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 06:20 PM IST
“Multiple expressions of interest have been received for strategic disinvestment of Air India. The transaction will now move to the second stage,” according to a tweet from the secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management.
Air India planes parked at the IGI Airport in New Delhi. )(PTI)
Air India planes parked at the IGI Airport in New Delhi. )(PTI)

Air India disinvestment: Group of 219 employees submit expression of interest

New Delhi, Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:48 PM IST
The last date for submission of the EOI is Monday. The government will announce the names of the qualified bidders by December 28.
The Indian state-owned carrier has been seeking a buyer for some time now as the government wants to divest its 100 per cent stake in Air India and budget carrier AI Express.(HT File Photo)
The Indian state-owned carrier has been seeking a buyer for some time now as the government wants to divest its 100 per cent stake in Air India and budget carrier AI Express.(HT File Photo)

Air India gets reprieve in UK court over aircraft lease payments

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 05:17 PM IST
The hearing, held remotely at the Commercial Court division here on Friday, involved unpaid dues of over USD 17.6 million to China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (CALC) as part of an aircraft lease agreement for rent and maintenance.
Kathmandu cleared the move after foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, during his recent visit, highlighted the importance of people-to-people connectivity in the special relations between the two sides.(File photo)
Kathmandu cleared the move after foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, during his recent visit, highlighted the importance of people-to-people connectivity in the special relations between the two sides.(File photo)

India, Nepal to start flights under air bubble arrangement

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 01:19 PM IST
Flights between the two countries and cross-border movement of people through several checkpoints were suspended following the outbreak of Covid-19
Hyderabad-USA-Hyderabad has been the largest unserved passenger origin and destination (O&D) market between India and the US with a potential of over 7,00,000 passengers annually, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said in a press release.(Hindustan Times)
Hyderabad-USA-Hyderabad has been the largest unserved passenger origin and destination (O&D) market between India and the US with a potential of over 7,00,000 passengers annually, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said in a press release.(Hindustan Times)

Air India’s non-stop Hyderabad-Chicago flight from Jan 15

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:30 PM IST
The Telugu diaspora from the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regions is one of the fastest growing community in the US and a direct connectivity to the US from Hyderabad was long due, a press release from GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said.
Air India passengers will be eligible for a date change on tickets for flights from all Indian airports if they are unable to reach in time due to the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday(HT image)
Air India passengers will be eligible for a date change on tickets for flights from all Indian airports if they are unable to reach in time due to the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday(HT image)

Air India allows for a free date change on tickets if passengers miss flights due to Bharat Bandh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 10:28 PM IST
“For passengers who are unable to reach the Airport due to possible disturbance on 8th Dec, no-show charges will be waived and one free date change allowed for those with confirmed tickets for travel on 8th Dec, 2020 from any Indian Airport,” a statement issued by Air India read.
Vistara, started in 2015, pitched itself at the other end of the spectrum -- a carrier with a business-class cabin on all planes offering to fly rich Indian businessmen to London and New York.(Reuters file photo)
Vistara, started in 2015, pitched itself at the other end of the spectrum -- a carrier with a business-class cabin on all planes offering to fly rich Indian businessmen to London and New York.(Reuters file photo)

The $113 billion Tata empire faces tough decisions over airlines

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Tata Group, although aviation only accounts for a small share of its total revenue, is often pinpointed by local media as the most likely suitor of the national airlines.
Air India will now be sold based on its enterprise value, and bidders can quote the level of debt they are comfortable absorbing.(PTI file photo)
Air India will now be sold based on its enterprise value, and bidders can quote the level of debt they are comfortable absorbing.(PTI file photo)

Air India to raise another Rs 1,000 crore

Livemint, New Delhi | By Rhik Kundu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 07:54 AM IST
The fresh debt will be used to refinance comparatively pricier foreign currency bridge loans taken to purchase seven Boeing Co. 787 and 777 jetliners, the two people said, on condition of anonymity.
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