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Aircraft makers vie for Indian aviation pie

February 27, 2007

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and US-based Boeing, which have already together secured orders worth Rs 45,000 crore from state-run Air-India and Indian Airlines, apart from huge orders from other Indian airline operators in the past two years, are both fine-tuning their business strategies to penetrate further into the Indian aviation market.

For one, the two companies are highlighting new innovations in their aircraft to woo customers. Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president of sales, Boeing, said, “We will be launching 747-Intercontinental, an aircraft which guarantees fuel efficiency. Our customers, especially Indian operators from whom we expect more orders, will be benefited.” He added that the aircraft, equipped with modern technology, can land even at airports devoid of modern infrastructure, as is the case with many airports in India. Airbus’ innovation pertains to lower training period and transition time. Aircraft from the A320 family are designed in such a way that a pilot transitioning from an A320 family aircraft to the larger A330 and A340 needs only eight working days for cross-crew qualification (CCQ) instead of the 25 working days for a full type rating training course. “The annual savings in training and from the reduced transition time can be up to $500,000 for each new Airbus aircraft to be added to the fleet,” Sanjay Kumar, a senior analyst with Airbus, said.

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Airbus postpones restructuring announcement

February 21, 2007

Airbus said Monday that its long-awaited restructuring plan, designed to make up for costly production setbacks, has itself been delayed.

The European aircraft maker called off a works council meeting and news conference at which the “Power8” turnaround strategy was to have been unveiled Tuesday, after French and German shareholders of parent company EADS failed to agree on where to build the A350 XWB — a planned rival to Boeing Co.’s mid-sized 787.

A European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. board meeting ended late Sunday without agreement on dividing the industrial workload for the A350 XWB, the Franco-German defense group said in statement.

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Global airplane makers bullish on Indian skies

February 15, 2007

With the central government poised to hold a mega conference with the states on developing around 300 unutilised airstrips across the country, airplane makers are raising the projections for jets required for regional connectivity.

Apart from the big boys – the US-based Boeing and Europe’s Airbus – Embraer (Brazil), Bombardier (Canada), Sukhoi (Russia), ATR (France) and BAE System (UK) are gearing up to tap the emerging regional jet market in the country.

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Low-cost carriers viable, say Airbus, others

February 12, 2007

Low-cost carriers (LCCs), which are struggling to survive in the industry, have found a critic among the unlikeliest of places.

Boeing, which sells aircraft to some of these LCCs, has slammed a few of them for selling free tickets and even those which price the fares as low as a few hundred rupees. “This won’t work in the long run,” the Boeing’s Senior Vice-President for sales, Dr Dinesh Keskar, told Business Line.

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India may need 1,100 new aircraft in 20 years: Airbus

February 7, 2007

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus estimates that India will require 1,100 new aircraft, estimated to cost $105 billion, over the next 20 years, going by the growth in demand for air travel.

According to Mr Sanjay Sharma, Senior Marketing Analyst of Airbus, effectively India will need 712 single-aisle, 121 medium twin-aisle, 58 long range and 44 large aircraft during this period.

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Airbus says 2006 plane orders trailed Boeing

January 18, 2007

Airbus lost the annual battle for plane orders to Boeing Co. for the first time in six years on Wednesday, posting 790 net orders for 2006 versus its rival’s 1,044.

Airbus said it had stayed ahead of the U.S. firm in planes delivered, with 434 aircraft versus 398 deliveries by Boeing.

Louis Gallois, co-Chief Executive of parent firm EADS and head of Airbus, said Airbus expected to deliver 440 to 450 planes this year.

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Flying Freighters signs deal for 6 A330-200s

January 18, 2007

Flyington Freighters, a cargo airline company promoted by Hyderabad-based publishing group Deccan Chronicle, have signed an agreement for acquiring for six A330-200F aircraft from Airbus Industrie. The listed price for six freighters are estimated at $1.1 billion.

Earlier, the company had signed $1 billion deal with Boeing to acquire four B777 freighters.

Flyington Freighters is the first cargo airline to order the A330-200F, which is the latest freighter from Airbus. The first aircraft will join the fleet in the second half of 2009.

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Airbus flying high on Indian skies

January 2, 2007

Most Indian visitors to the Airbus headquarters at Toulouse in France are pleasantly surprised when Kiran Rao, executive vice-president (marketing and contracts, customer affairs), Airbus, serves them hot dosas with lip-smacking sambhar and coconut chutney. All made at home, with the choicest of Indian spices, by his wife.

What few people know is that his wife is English (Bangalore-born Rao himself is a British citizen) – as far removed from South Indian delicacies as an Eskimo from swimming trunks, writes Bhupesh Bhandari.

If that doesn’t convince you that he is a marketing genius, you could take a look at the numbers. Rao has so far sold between 250 and 300 aircraft to various Indian carriers in the last few years. “I don’t need to spend so much time in India now. Most of my deals are now done on SMS,” he said as we settled down at Club Floor restaurant in the Maurya Sheraton in South Delhi.

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Airbus may tie up with HAL

December 28, 2006

Airbus Industrie may tie up with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for setting up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India.

Sources told Business Line that although Airbus was exploring ways to assist HAL in the MRO venture, a final decision on the firm with which the aircraft manufacturer would finally tie up is likely to be announced early next year.

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HAL eyes tie-ups with global majors

December 28, 2006

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd is embarking on new partnerships with global aviation majors for military and civil projects with an eye on trebling the turnover to $3 billion by 2011, according to its Chairman, Mr Ashok K. Baweja.

The defence PSU expects to cross the Rs 7,000-cr mark this year. For 2005-06, it posted a turnover of Rs 5,375 crore at a growth rate of over 18%.

Currently, the aircraft major is the object of interest of many global aircraft and aero engine majors such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Bell, Eurocopter, Pratt & Whitney, for sourcing and manufacturing tie-ups, Mr Baweja told a news conference on Wednesday.

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