Archive for August 26th, 2006

Lockheed Martin to enter into tie-ups with Indian cos

August 26, 2006

The US-based defence aircraft manufacturing company Lockheed Martin said it plans to enter into a few initial agreements with Indian companies this year. The move would be independent of any aircraft purchase by the Ministry of Defence.

It would hold another meeting with more companies, nearly 100 of which it could not meet during the August 21-22 discussions it had in Bangalore along with its global suppliers, it said in a release here.

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‘We were kept in 4×4 cells and questioned separately’

August 26, 2006

The Northwest Airlines flight NW042 to Mumbai, which was cancelled mid-way when it was in Amsterdam due to a terror threat, reached its destination two days behind schedule with the 12 Indian passengers who were mistakenly suspected to be terrorists.

As the passengers walked through immigration after a brief interaction with the officials, there was elation all over.Most of those who arrived were hesitant to speak to the media.

Even those who spoke divulged very little, and it was mostly about how relieved they were to be back home and with their families.Mohammed Iqbal Batliwala, who initially refused comment, later said a communication problem lead to the entire fracas.

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ISRO, AP renew pact on satellite-based education

August 26, 2006

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday renewed their memorandum of understanding on satellite-based education through KU band network.

As a part of the MoU signed by ISRO and the Department of Communication and Information Technology, AP, it is proposed to create about 8,000 nodes, thereby taking the total nodes to offer education to 10,000.

Addressing newspersons here after signing the MoU, the ISRO Chairman, Dr G. Madhavan Nair, said that ISRO had signed up with the State in 2000 to offer satellite education that is aimed at reaching out to even the remotest areas in the State. This was renewed for three more years.

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Satyam bags IT deal from biggest Oz airline

August 26, 2006

India’s number-four software exporter, Satyam Computer Services Ltd., has won a software services deal from Qantas Airways Ltd. , a company source said on Friday. He did not disclose the size of the contract. “I can only confirm that the deal has been given to us,” the source, who did not want to be identified, said on phone from Satyam’s headquarters in the southern city of Hyderabad.
 
Officials at Qantas, Australia’s biggest airline, could not be immediately reached.

Indian software services firms have been thriving on an outsourcing boom as companies worldwide look to cut costs at home to stay competitive.

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UK-bound flights to have advance passenger information

August 26, 2006

The Immigration Authorities of the United Kingdom have mandated Advance Passenger Information System commonly known as APIS be introduced for flights going to the UK or leaving from the country from September 18. This means information such as passport number, passenger name, age and gender would be transmitted to the UK authorities in advance of the arrival of a flight there. While Jet Airways has informed the travel community about the latest development, a spokesman for Air India said more information would be available only on Friday.

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Centre eyes all major global technologies

August 26, 2006

The government plans to upgrade its technological apparatus to be used for air passenger identification and for baggage checking. The Airports Authority of India has issued a global tender for the purchase of Explosive Trace Detectors, which are a standard security feature at US and UK airports, can trace explosives in a piece of luggage.

AAI plans to install 200 machines at all 77 airports within six months at estimated cost over Rs 50 crore. These machines are capable of detecting peroxide-based explosives such as those used in London underground bombings apart from other major types of explosives like RDX.

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Aviation sector flaps its wings for MRO pros

August 26, 2006

The Indian aviation scene will soon be brimming with more than 150 airplanes from private players right from the budget-based Air Deccan to the luxurious Kingfisher. With nearly 20m passengers being flown to inbound and outbound destinations, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of carriers becomes a bone of contention.

Depending on whether a plane is an Airbus A320 or a Boeing and the frequency of travel, MRO becomes all the more important for those flying high.

The human resource industry eyes this segment as having an immense potential for growth, especially for temp staff. Says E Balaji, COO, Ma Foi management consultants, “Indian aviation will need a lot of repair and maintenance with the kind of growth that it is set to see.

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Airlines take the lease-back route to fund expansions

August 26, 2006

With most airlines lining up expansion plans, financing of aircraft has become an important issue. Many airlines are resorting to the ‘sale and lease back’ option which provides them breathing space to manage cash flows.

While low-cost carrier SpiceJet recently made a profit of Rs 92 crore through the sale and leaseback of 16 aircraft, Jet Airways made a profit of Rs 271 crore taking the similar route. Now other airlines such as Indigo, GoAir, Air Deccan and Kingfisher are also planning to use this option to meet their expansion plans.

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Biometrics, photo scan. Proceed for security check

August 26, 2006

For air passengers, checking in may never be the same again. The next time you try to board a flight, you might have to go through a rigorous, hi-tech security check.

The government is planning to upgrade its technological apparatus to be used for passenger identification. Sample this: biometric identification such as fingerprinting, iris testing that examines a passenger’s eye rather than his passport, and photographing passengers are some of the measures the government has proposed to introduce at airports across India, top officials in Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan told ET.

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L&T confident of clinching at least one airport deal

August 26, 2006

Engineering giant Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is confident of bagging the construction rights of at least one of the two airports which were handed over to private parties recently, chairman and managing director A M Naik said on Friday.

“Though we may not have won the operation contract of the airports, we are confident that we will end up building at least one, if not both, the airports. We are in serious talks with both the operators (GVK Group for Mumbai airport, and GMR Group for the Delhi airport),” Naik told shareholders at the company’s 61st annual general meeting here on Friday.

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