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Benazir Khan May 30 2014

What are the recent changes in the Indian aviation industry?

Reet Cheema May 30 2014
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Here is a list of a few changes in the Indian aviation industry that look very promising. With the introduction of A380s and joint ventures such as the Tata deals with AirAsia and SIA, the landscape of Indian aviation is set to change for the better.

Introduction of A380s

To cater to the demands for international air travel from India and to get an upper hand in the aviation sector, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that from 30 May, its Airbus A-380 planes will be flying in and out of India. SIA has become the first carrier to introduce daily super-jumbo New Delhi to Mumbai flights.

Photo of A380 (by Axwel)

The two A380s that will be diverted to India have been operational on the SIA’s Singapore to Melbourne flights route till recently. Starting 30 May, these airbuses will fly between Delhi-Singapore-Delhi and Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai daily. As per David Lau, General Manager of SIA in India, the Indian market is more than ready for the A-380s.

For those excited to travel the A-380 superjumbo jet from India, the good news is that the airline won't charge any premium on its most luxurious product, at least for the economy and business class.

The Tata Effect

Tata's joint venture with Singapore Airlines (SIA) is looking to start flights from September, according to its application to the Air Operator Permit (AOP). Tata SIA Airlines Ltd plans to operate 87 flights a week during its first year of operation. The airline has also revealed the route network for the first four years in its application.

Tata SIA plans to operate domestic flights from Delhi as its hub to other cities including Mumbai, Goa, Patna and more. Later, it plans to expand to international full-service flights, according to its submissions to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Also, another joint venture of Tata with Malaysia's AirAsia got the licence to fly from the DGCA on 7th May 2014. The joint venture, AirAsia India Pvt Ltd (AAIPL), opens its ticket sales on 30th May and aims to start flights from 12th June. The new low-cost carrier will offer 30-35% lower fares from current fare levels, according to its CEO Mittu Chandilya.

Air India One (AI 1)

Air India One (AI 1) is India's VVIP flights that are operated by Air India for the President, Vice President and the PM. The flight is a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, the largest production jet before the A380 began service. Air India has five of these aircrafts.

Photo of AI 1 (by Arpingstone)

When a AI 1 flight is scheduled, one of them is pulled out of regular passenger service and fitted with a VVIP configuration that Boeing sells separately. This means the VVIP gets a suite, with a bedroom, a lounge, a six-seater office and satellite phones. Also, there is an unofficial panel of about eight pilots who fly these flights. The AI 1 flight is monitored from the Palam Air Force Station and has four pilots on board at all times.

According to industry estimates, Indian aviation sector is likely to see an infusion of USD 1.3 billion by 2015, and major international flights, such as Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, are showing interest in investing in the Indian aviation industry.

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