Archive for August 10th, 2006

Flying to or through London? Read this first

August 10, 2006

In a message on its web site, British Airways outlined an advisory by Britain’s Department of Transport, which specifies what can be carried on aircraft flying out of London:

  • Travel documents essential for the journey (eg passports, tickets and visas)
  • Pocket sized wallets and pocket sized purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards and identity cards).
  • Handbags are not permitted.
  • Prescribed medicines essential for the duration of the flight, except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
  • Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
  • Contact lenses, without bottles of solution
  • For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk and sanitary items essential for the flight.
  • Keys (but no electrical key fobs).
    Every other item must be carried in customer’s hold luggage.

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Security alert at Indian airports

August 10, 2006

A red alert has been sounded and security stepped up at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi in the wake of unearthing of a terror plot to blow up an aircraft in the United Kingdom.

Entry of visitors to the airport has been banned and emergency anti-hijacking measures put in place as the threat level at the high-security facility was raised to maximum, Central Industrial Security Force sources said. Other measures taken include 100 per cent manual checking of cabin baggage in “specific destination flights” and 50 per cent in normal aircraft besides increasing the profiling of passengers and deployment of security personnel in plain clothes.

Quick Reaction Teams deployed at the airport were activated, while Bomb Disposal Squads and sniffer dogs pressed into service as part of increased surveillance measures, they said.

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Airbus says reaches 200 plane orders, trails Boeing

August 10, 2006

Airbus won 200 gross orders for new planes by the end of July, data released by the European planemaker showed on Tuesday, versus 525 for US rival Boeing Corp, reports Reuters.

France-based Airbus does not report net figures, which factor in cancelled orders over the period. Boeing had 518 net orders as of August 1, according to its Web site.

It took Airbus three decades to top Boeing in annual orders, something it has done for the last five years, but Boeing has pulled ahead in 2006, helped by long-range airliners such as the 787, due in 2008, which are outselling rival Airbus models.

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Tata Tech to quadruple revenues by `10

August 10, 2006

Tata Technologies is aiming high for the domestic as well as offshore market. The engineering and design (E&D) subsidiary of Tata Motors has targeted to increase its revenues from services to the engineering, automobile and aerospace industries more than fourfold to Rs 4,500 crore ($1 billion), from the current Rs 1,000 crore by 2010, according to Managing Director Patrick McGoldrick.

According to Tata Technologies officials, by 2010, the global auto and aerospace-related E&D market is likely to be around $50 billion, and India has the potential to tap 10 per cent of that. 
 
“Today, the E&D space in India is placed at a position similar what IT had in the late 1990s, when companies including TCS, Infosys and Wipro witnessed exponential growth,” McGoldrich said. 

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Air pocket looms for carriers

August 10, 2006

Airlines are drawing up plans to prevent the pilot shortage from hurting their growth. 
 
Indian carriers’ aggressive expansion plans could run into an air pocket, with the availability of trained pilots becoming a major hurdle. The scramble for pilots has reached a stage where carriers are either tying up with pilot training schools, or picking up fresh school passouts and enrolling them in pilot training establishments in India and abroad. 
 
Some carriers— Air Deccan, for instance— are even setting up their own pilot training academies. “There is an issue of availability of pilots. If we have a dedicated pilot training establishment, then it becomes easier for us,” says G R Gopinath, the airline’s managing director. 
 
India has a pool of about 2,000 operating pilots, while some 300 new pilots pass out with basic licences from flying schools every year. With 250-odd new aircraft to be inducted over the next five years, 2,500 – 3,000 more pilots will be needed, merely to meet the regulatory requirement of five pilots per aircraft owned by a carrier. 

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Air Deccan subsidiary to start services from Colombo to India

August 10, 2006

Deccan Lanka, a subsidiary of Air Deccan, now plans to start operating flights between Colombo and points in India with the 48-seater ATR 42-320 aircraft.

“We will be shifting three ATR aircraft from India soon. We hope to be able to start operating regular flights to India. We will also look to start operating the Airbus A-320 aircraft that is bigger and can hold more passengers within 3-6 months of starting operations,” a senior airline official told Business Line.

The Managing Director, Air Deccan, Capt G.R. Gopinath, is to lead a team to Colombo shortly to take stock of the situation there and finalise the launch date apart from other details, including the flight timings and the routes on which the airline would start the new service.While the airline plans to offer passengers a low-cost alternative of flying between Sri Lanka and India initially, it would also offer low-cost flights between Colombo and points in the Gulf and South-East Asia with the larger A-320 aircraft. The airline plans to provide regular flights with the A-320 between Colombo and Sharjah, apart from connecting Singapore and other cities in South-East Asia.

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JSPL acquires Eurocopter’s EC145

August 10, 2006

Military and civil helicopter leader Eurocopter said its EC145 has landed in the domestic market with its first sale made to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd for executive transport.

The four-tonne, twin-engine helicopter can carry a pilot and nine passengers. It reached Delhi on Tuesday, a release said.

Of late, quite a few industrial majors have made inquiries of another product, the EC135, for corporate and VIP use, a Eurocopter spokesperson said in a response to Business Line. “We are eager to further enlarge our current market share of about 50 per cent (through) the upcoming corporate market, offering products like EC145 and EC135.”

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CFM bags 1,270 aircraft engine orders till June

August 10, 2006

CFM International, a 50-50 joint company between Snecma (a SAFRAN group company) and General Electric Company, has received orders for 1,270 commercial, military, and spare engines till June at a value of approximately $7.6 billion.

“After 2005, we had no expectations that 2006 would be this strong,” Mr Eric Bachelet, President and CEO of CFM International, said in a press release.

“We believe we will finish the year with 1,500 new engine orders. Overall, the industry is doing very well. Despite fuel prices, many carriers are finally returning to profitability. One of the big differences we’re seeing is tremendous growth in aviation in emerging regions around the world, as well as all of the new low cost carriers entering the market.”

CFM set a record in 2005, receiving orders for 1,640 CFM56 engines at a value of $9.8 billion. The company’s previous record, set in 1989, was for 1,343 engines.

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Cathay Pacific to launch new freighter services

August 10, 2006

Growing Indo-US and Indo-China trade has prompted Cathay Pacific Cargo to launch six new freighter services in India – three to connect Delhi, Hong Kong and Paris and three from Mumbai to Hong Kong and Paris. The six new freighters will be B747-400 Extended Range Freighters.

Mr Rupert Bray, Country Manager, told newspersons on Wednesday that the company currently lifts 155 tonnes of cargo a month.

“This will substantially increase once the new freighters join the fleet. Each of the 747s has carrying capacity of 100-112 tonnes of cargo.”

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Airport privatisation no runaway success

August 10, 2006

Transfer of management to private parties has not exactly worked wonders for the Delhi and Mumbai airports. Domestic airlines feel no major impact on their operations, though they appreciate the initial steps taken by the new managements and are confident of improvements.

It has been three months since the two airports were handed over to private partners and Airports Authority of India (AAI) has withdrawn itself from the management of these facilities ever since the hand-holding period of three months was over.

Queries from ET elicitied mixed response from industry analysts and airline operators on the current state of affairs. While some airlines feel definite improvement in consumer amenities, others believe that there has been no progress as far as ‘flight operations’ are concerned.

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