It’s all about an India focus at Air France’s headquarters in Paris. The Indian welcome, “namaste,” newspapers, vegetarian food and films on board its flights make up the current agenda. More destinations in India and more services to Chennai are in the list of long-term objectives.
At present, 80 per cent of Air France’s Indian passengers transit through Charles de Gaulle Airport, while the remaining 20 per cent stay on for tourism or other purposes. “There is a great potential for more passenger traffic and we want to tap this,” he says. For this, flight crew are being given an orientation on what food Indians prefer, the regional films they like to watch and even the gestures that should be used while guiding them. “So far, 250 flight attendants have volunteered to learn Indian culture through our programme,” says Mr. Pinson.
French crew will welcome Indian passengers now with a ‘namaste.’ “And, sometime later, we may have a few Indian crew who can speak Hindi and Tamil,” he says.
The passenger traffic from India has trebled in five years since the launch of the Bangalore service in 2005 and the Chennai service in 2006. But, there is a bit of a standstill this year and it may have been caused by inflation and competition. He, however, projects a 9 per cent to 10 per cent growth every year.
LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 24618 times:
Data from AAI show an increase of about 9% in international traffic for the month of July 2008 over July 2007. However, domestic traffic dropped by about 15%, and the overall traffic dropped by about 9%.
IndiGo's sustained growth seems rather unbelievable in these times, esp when the previous post talks about a 15% drop in domestic traffic! Either IndiGo has some secret sauce which lets it succeed, or it's bleeding money with low loads (like the other carrier) and is being foolish in launching new domestic routes.
Quote: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, has logged a 80% growth in the handling of international cargo during the month of September 2008.
RGIA handled total tonnage of 3,570 tons of international cargo in September 2008 as compared to 1,986 tons handled at the Begumpet airport during the corresponding period last year. This marks an impressive increase of 80%.
In the first six months of its commercial operations RGIA has clocked a 50% increase in international cargo handling. RGIA handled 18,000 tons of International cargo during this period compared to 11,000 tons at Begumpet airport during the corresponding period last year.
Quote: The Government today declared the existing domestic airport at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh as an international airport. This would offer improved air connectivity, wider choice of services at competitive cost to the air travellers, thus boosting tourism and economic development of the region, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said after the Union Cabinet meeting that gave the approval.
''Some expenditure would be involved in installation of X-ray machines and other equipment, setting up of arrival and departure hall, and appointment of staff,'' Mr Chidambaram said.
Quote: Helsinki-based Finnair will cut its frequency by one flight each from both Mumbai and Delhi from next month. As a result, the Delhi-Helsinki service will be reduced to six days a week from a daily service and the Mumbai-Helsinki service will be reduced from six to five days a week. The airline has also introduced a new time-table for the winter months to “make flying to Europe more convenient” for Indian travellers.
The reduction in frequency, according to Desmond Chacko, Sales Manager – Indian Continent, Finnair, will be limited only to the winter months. “We hope that we will be able to resume the original frequency from both Mumbai and Delhi by April/May 2009,” he said. The reason for cutting the frequency, according to Chacko, is the phasing out of the current fleet of MD-11 aircraft by the airline which operated on the Mumbai and Delhi route. These will now be replaced by A-330 aircraft.
Quote: The main runway RWY 09/27 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) will be closed daily for regular post monsoon maintenance from today to the 25th of this month between 10.30 am- 4.00 pm. This maintenance is necessary to fully restore RWY 09/27 as during monsoon only limited time for maintenance work is possible due to weather conditions. With the current clear weather all maintenance can be brought back on schedule. This is the third consecutive year when post monsoon maintenance is being carried out by Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL). During the period of closure, the secondary RWY 14/32 will remain operational.
Quote: The global credit meltdown has hit home, and how. India's beleaguered airline sector has become the first industry to seek an official
bailout from the government. The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has asked for a $1 billion (about Rs 5,000 crore) interest-free loan from the government to tide over the current crisis in addition to many other fiscal sops and easing of regulatory measures.
FIA, whose members include Air India, Go Airlines, IndigGo, Jet Airways
, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways and Spicejet, also wants a moratorium of three years on the repayment of the loan.
A fiercely competitive market, slowing passenger traffic, rising costs and the current liquidity crunch has brought the industry to a stage where it feels that if a bailout package is not on the cards then it would need to substantially downsize.
Simply put, many an airline will be grounded which doesn't sound implausible considering that the $6-billion (Rs 30,000-crore) industry is expecting losses to mount to $2 billion (Rs 10,000 crore) this year.
When asked if Kingfisher Airlines had approached the government for a bailout package and for help till the company was able to raise money, Vijay Mallya, chairman of the company, said: "It was part of the presentation made to PM by FIA."
In a presentation made to the Prime Ministers Office, the FIA has asked for the following:
• Reduction in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price to global levels. This is to be brought about by eliminating excise duty of 8.24% and custom duty of 5.14% on ATF by putting ATF under the category of declared goods thereby limiting state sales-tax at 4% and by reducing the base ATF prices to bring it in line with international levels. For the last measure the government might need to consider a subsidy.
• Reduction in landing and navigation charges. Specifically, the industry wants a temporary relief of 50% on landing, terminal navigation and route navigation charges for domestic operations for the next two years. Also, that there should be no further increase and creation of new charges at airports like user development fee (UDF), introduction of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), increase in rentals.
• Alteration in route-disbursal guidelines.
• Self-handling to optimize the cost structure and quality of service.
Most Indian carriers have been trying to raise money the past few months. Mallya said recently that he wanted to raise $400 million (Rs 2000 crore). With the global credit situation worsening by the day, it looks unlikely that any of the carriers will be able to raise funds in a hurry or on their terms.
AirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 23449 times:
Delhi overtakes Mumbai in aircraft handling
Quote: Delhi airport, which has enhanced its capacity to handle more flights for the winter schedule starting October 1, will overtake Mumbai as the country's largest airport in terms of aircraft handling capacity.
That is because Mumbai, which has no scope for further expansion, has not allowed any additional aircraft movements this winter schedule allowing only 32 flight movements per peak hour.
However, Delhi has increased the number of flights which it can handle during per peak hour from 40 during the summer schedule to 55 during the winter schedule.
This has been possible after the third runway in the city was pressed into service a couple of weeks ago.
Delhi airport has been trailing Mumbai airport, currently the busiest in the country. While Delhi airport handled around 230 daily flights (departures) in the summer schedule, Mumbai handled 330 flights per day.
Quote: According to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has given approval for commencement of commercial flights from Mumbai to Nashik and the service operated by Kingfisher Airlines is expected to start by month-end. “We have given approval to operate the flight from our Ojhar airport near Nashik and the first flight may take off around October 25," informed Prakash V Deshmukh, Managing Director, HAL.
The aircraft to be operated will be an ATR-42 type capable of carrying around 40 passengers
AirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 23389 times:
** JUST IN **
Dont know if its been mentioned before, but I just was on NDTV that as i write this post, Naresh Goyal & Vijay Mallaya are siging a deal that brings together 9W and KF in a tie-up to jointly face key infrastructure costs like ground handling, ticketing. They will code share on domestic routes..............
Buck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 23311 times:
This is good news. In a world of growing prices of "black gold" a collaboration between these 2 heavy weights of India is a step in positive direction. With this agreement, maybe these guys can finally start getting a bit creative with their routes instead of focusing on the same old congested routes... (ala JFK et al)
Blr2Syr From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 23178 times:
Awsome news - IT + 9W
I hope they merge fully and a super strong brand emerges. They need to synergize. I think its a way better idea to first form and alliance with the future set on merger. ( Read a long engagement).
The first step would be
- develop a focus on the network., Reduce network overlapp , reduce fleet sizes on the domestic network.
- Work together on an international strategy - non overlapping market ie JFK , SFO and LHR
- Develop non overlapping hubs 9w = BOM , DEL etc, IT = BLR , MAD, HYD
- Grow the fleet together - Domestic = A320 or 737 , International = 777/332 , short haul = ATR72
- merge ground handling by spinning it into a third firm
Quote: According to a PTI report yesterday airfares to Goa have already sky-rocketed for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period. The minimum fare from Delhi to Goa for December 24, 2008, the day that practically marks the start of Christmas and New Year celebrations, has already touched Rs 8,715, while the maximum fare goes up to Rs 19,400. The minimum fare from Mumbai is Rs 3,228, while the maximum can go up to Rs 23,910. The fares are inclusive of taxes.
Considering minimum air ticket price to the coastal state ranges between Rs 4,400 and Rs 4,500 from Delhi for different airlines anytime in November, air travel will be at least twice as expensive during the festival time in December.
Aviationbuff From India, joined Mar 2008, 1425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 23037 times:
Both are taking a very sensible decision. The strategic alliance can work wonders for both the airlines. It will be interesting to see how things work out in the future and how long this understanding exists.
Vivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 22685 times:
Quoting Blr2Syr (Reply 17): I hope they merge fully and a super strong brand emerges. They need to synergize. I think its a way better idea to first form and alliance with the future set on merger.
This is just an operational alliance aimed at reducing costs, route rationalization, sharing of crew and code-share. No merger or transfer/sale of equity is planned. Vijay Mallya & Naresh Goyal were quite clear about this.
Read this Vijay Mallya interview from timesofindia.com
Exuding confidence that their alliance would help them save an estimated Rs 1,500 crore, leading private carrier Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines on Wednesday invited state-owned Air India to come on board for overcoming the slowdown in the crisis-ridden aviation sector.
: Any seperate thread on the HYD Airshow 15-18/10/2008 anyplace. OK.Found it http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4177784/ r
: Gopinath plans offer to buy back Air Deccan http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...Air_Deccan/articleshow/3596843.cms