Brazilian-built Embraer ERJ 170 and 190 both (less than 100 seat aircraft powered by jet engines) and Canadian-built Bombardier CRJ 200 (70-seater) and CRJ 900 (90-seater) also powered by jet engines may benefit from the sales tax benefits on ATF (at par with turbo-prop aircraft) as announced by the Finance Minister on Wednesday.
Paramount Airways uses ERJ 170s, while Air Sahara and Indus Air use CRJ 200s. The Bombardier CRJ 900 is an all-new aircraft, which is yet to enter service with any airline in India.
The capital was air-linked with Bhubaneswar today when an Indian (airlines) flight took-off from Birsa Munda Airport. The Alliance Air Boeing 737 that took off today is the airline’s second flight to Delhi and the first to Bhubaneswar from Ranchi, said airport spokesperson Dhananjay Tiwari.
According to Indian’s schedule, the flight takes-off from Delhi at 4.30 pm and reaches Ranchi at 6.05. After leaving the state capital at 6.35 pm, it reaches Bhubaneswar at 7.25 pm. Half an hour break later, the plane takes-off for the national capital and reaches its destination at 9.55 pm.
In the inaugural flight, there were five passengers to Bhubaneswar while 45 were going to Delhi, said the Indian station manager here, Satish Kumar Bage. Barring Indian, Air Sahara and Air Deccan also operate flights between Ranchi and Delhi.
The new fight is expected to cater to the needs of businessmen like Anand Goel, the deputy managing director of Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL). Earlier, when Goel had to go Angul district in Orissa, where JSPL had proposed a plant, he had to fly to Raipur and then reach Bhubaneswar, from where Angul can be reached. But after Indian’s new flight, Goel can sigh with relief.
Air Sahara has announced a flight between Calcutta and Ranchi from March 25 but Air Deccan decided to discontinue its Ranchi-Raipur flight from March 26. The Air Sahara Calcutta-Ranchi flight, said Birsa Munda Airport spokesperson Tiwari, would reach Ranchi at 7.35 pm and return at 8.05 pm. Air Sahara has also informed of operating its daily Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi flight from March 26. The flight would arrive in Ranchi at 2.45 pm and return at 3.15 pm, he said.
We see ball of fire in night sky: 10 pilots overflying India report to ATCs
Pranab Dhal Samanta Posted online: Sunday, March 04, 2007 at 0000 hrs
NEW DELHI, MARCH 3:Civil Aviation authorities are baffled by reports from at least 10 aircraft overflying India that they had seen a “ball of fire” in the air, about 300 nautical miles south west of Delhi, which is somewhere over Gujarat.
Sources have told The Sunday Express that all reports came in almost simultaneously, around 1.45 am this morning, and the matter is being investigated.
The description used by pilots, according to their reports, was that it appeared like a “ball of fire, orange in colour and scattered”. One pilot, in fact, said it looked like a “meteor shower”.
At first, alarmed officials checked whether any aircraft had gone missing or if there was any other disaster in the area. But all this was ruled out by afternoon.
These reports came in mostly from international aircraft overflying Indian territory. These included British Airways, Air France and Malaysian Airlines. In fact, an Air Sahara flight on the Delhi-Mumbai route also reported the same. A non-scheduled high-speed jet, too, is said to have given a similar report.
It’s learnt that Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked Air Traffic Control authorities in Delhi to carry out preliminary inquiries into this and submit a report. On the basis of this, the DGCA will decide on the next step and will, possibly, ask the Indian Air Force to look into it as well.
DGCA officials said it is unusual for so many pilots to file similar reports, a fact which indicates they did see “something.” However, at altitudes above 26,000 feet, this would be a rare event. They added that any action would be determined upon the preliminary report by the ATC which comes under the Airports Authority of India.
Meanwhile, this has led to speculation whether this had anything to do with Pakistan’s short-range missile test that was conducted in the last 24 hours according to an announcement this morning. Pakistan had given a notice to airmen that it would carrying out a test, but the exact time was not notified. Others, however, said it is quite difficult for planes over Gujarat to be able to spot any such activity in Pakistan.
They decided to go international on their own and the inaugural seem to be between Kaitaia International, New Zealand and SAN, USA, and what's more, its a DAILY with flights departing every 10 mins!!! The equipment is kept as secret.
They also decided to start flying from Laos (Nakhon Phanom West) to Mumbai...! Why not if their A320s can do it and with obvious huge demand between these city pairs?
As though these were not enough, they have announced ultra long haul Mexico (Tehuacan) to Madras! (and perhaps plan to steal those LRs from AI)
Looks like a terrible case of typos. Not to nitpick, but why don't they double check it before putting it all the world to see? (TKMCE, did you saw it?)
From past few days, the whole site seem to have got screwed up. Can't able to retrieve one of my bookings.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7535 times:
Quoting Planeboy (Reply 5): From past few days, the whole site seem to have got screwed up. Can't able to retrieve one of my bookings.
And you won't be able to ever retrieve old bookings again - at least not with the old PNR numbers!! DN has changed the PNR numbers and you need the new "Confirmation numbers" to retrieve bookings.
It seems like DN/Radixx have really screwed up the transition - what with the site being down for about 3 days, and still no resolution to the old PNRs numbers disappearing. I had to call the call center and get the new "confirmation number" in lieu of my old PNR number, and with the new "confirmation number" the site crashes consistently (with a "Object reference not set to an instance of an object" Java coding error).
The government plans to increase charges on airlines for their peak-time operations at Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore airports to de-congest air traffic in peak hours, a development that could lead to rise in airfares during this period. "We are working on a clear system of disincentives for airlines operating services during peak hours in the morning and evening and provide incentives for operations during non-peak timings," Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla said on Monday.
Most private carriers have already imposed a congestion surcharge on their tickets, but state-owned Indian has not done so. This further hike could push the airlines to pass on the additional burden on their peak-time customers. Aircraft have to hover over these three airports for about 30-45 minutes during peak hours before landing. The peak hours have been identified as 0700-1000 hours in the morning and 1800-2200 hours in the evening.
Airport and navigation charges could even be doubled during peak hours and halved between midnight and 0500 hours. The increased charges would be applicable evenly on low-cost and full-frill carriers, he said. Chawla said the increase in these charges would be effective from the last Sunday of this month (March 25), when the summer schedule of airlines begins.
The hike in charges would "essentially be a short-term solution", the secretary said. "In the long run, we have to provide more facilities like additional runways and rapid-exit taxiways to overcome congestion, which should be in place by 2008," he added.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2966 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7298 times:
Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 10): Most private carriers have already imposed a congestion surcharge on their tickets, but state-owned Indian has not done so. This further hike could push the airlines to pass on the additional burden on their peak-time customers. Aircraft have to hover over these three airports for about 30-45 minutes during peak hours before landing. The peak hours have been identified as 0700-1000 hours in the morning and 1800-2200 hours in the evening.
As if this is going to stop anyone from flying during those hours - all they'll do is increase revenues for the operators of all three airports! And none of them is AAI!
Blrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7294 times:
Quoting Cricket (Reply 12): As if this is going to stop anyone from flying during those hours - all they'll do is increase revenues for the operators of all three airports! And none of them is AAI!
You have to give it to our babus for coming up with bright ideas like this!! Increase charges and try to kill off a sector rather than making improvements to extend the system to accomodate more flights!!
Karan69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2884 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7278 times:
Quoting UpperDeck79 (Reply 14): uys in India, how is AY doing advertising-wise on the new BOM-HEL route that opens in June? Does it seem to sell?
Is the schedule good? There's a daytime flight BOM-HEL leaving just after 8 a.m. HEL-BOM arrives to BOM at 6 a.m.
Mate, we are still to see any sort of advertisemnt hoarding wise and atleast in the papers i read [Economic Times and Times of India]
Schedule does not seem to be the best fit to cater to the American Market, which is where the bulk of the traffic would be headed, also since you would be able to answer this better--how does the flight connect with European departures as well as arrivals
Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7168 times:
Just got back from a trip to India... smug guy in the next seat starts talking about non-stops, and says that 9 pax so far have walked off dead from the Delta JFK-BOM service. I presume this is a 'gup', right?
Karan69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2884 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7131 times:
Quoting Comorin (Reply 19): ust got back from a trip to India... smug guy in the next seat starts talking about non-stops, and says that 9 pax so far have walked off dead from the Delta JFK-BOM service. I presume this is a 'gup', right?
Actually not quite a gup, i myself have read 5 different cases of passengers dying either on board or immediately after being taken to the nearest emergency center.--these articles were in the months of december and jan.
Which is why i had raised the arguments of passenger fatigue in my earlier posts in response to Mannys posts, especially with AIs on time performance, that we are all aware of