Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Deep-Water Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Resumes

The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continued in the depths of the Indian Ocean with a torpedo-shaped robotic submarine going to work to map the ocean floor in hope of finding traces of the missing plane.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the robotic sub Bluefin-21 was deployed on Tuesday night after deep ocean water ended its initial dive after just six hours.
The sub had been expected to search for 16 hours on Monday, but a built-in safety mechanism cut the journey short after the sub's depth limit of about 2.8 miles was reached, officials said.
Bluefin-21 is searching in the southern Indian Ocean about 1,000 miles off Australia’s west coast, an area of about the size of a medium city — 230 square miles — that officials think is the likeliest place the plane went down.
Acoustical signals believed to be from the aircraft’s black box or flight data recorder led searchers to the remote search area.
Bluefin-21 is capable of creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the area to chart debris on the sea floor. Still, no wreckage or physical trace of the plane has been found.
16/04/14 NBC News

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Submarine sent down for second trip after first mission fails to find trace of missing plane

The Bluefin-21 submarine has been deployed on its second mission in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after data from its first dive failed to find any trace of the plane.
The autonomous underwater vehicle was sent on its second underwater journey on Tuesday night, leaving from the Australian vessel Ocean Shield.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said data from Bluefin-21's first mission had not captured any debris or other objects of interest.
The unmanned submarine's first mission had to be cut short after it exceeded its depth limit of 4,500 metres and an inbuilt safety feature brought it back to the surface.
Today's search for the missing plane will include 11 military aircraft, three civil planes and 11 ships.
Poor weather is expected to bring showers and sea swells of up to two metres to the area.
The flight vanished off radar screens on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, including six Australians.
The submarine was launched after authorities gave up hope of relocating underwater signals from MH370's flight recorders.
16/04/14 ABC News

Rumor Says Missing Flight MH 370 Hijacked by Terrorists in Kandahar; Not Confirmed

A report is saying that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 is located in Kandahar Province, and a terrorist named “Hitch” is behind the disappearance.
A Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets, said that the plane was hijacked and taken to Afghanistan and the passengers are now being held captive.
“Flight MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing on March 8 with 239 passengers was hijacked,” the Russian paper says. ”Pilots are not guilty; the plane was hijacked by unknown terrorists. We know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is ‘Hitch.’ The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan.”
The report said that the passengers were divided into seven different groups and are living in huts with little food.
However, the Moskovsky Komsomolets report didn’t offer much in terms of sources–including names or even the identity of the intelligence agency it got its information from.
And Australian search teams are focusing on scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the plane and its black boxes. A submarine is now being used to look for the wreckage.
The alleged hijacking has not been confirmed by Malaysia. The Russian news report also said the terrorists are bargaining with Chinese and Malaysian officials, which also wasn’t confirmed by either country.
There were reports more than a month ago from The Independent newspaper–before Malaysian officials announced that the flew over the Indian Ocean and crashed–saying officials were exploring the possibility the plane may have been hijacked to Pakistan or Afghanistan.
The Independent said at the time: “The missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 may have been deliberately flown under the radar to Taliban-controlled bases on the border of Afghanistan, it has emerged, as authorities said that the final message sent from the cockpit came after one of the jet’s communications systems had already been switched off.”
The Pakistani Taliban has previously denied hijacking the plane.
16/04/14 Jack Phillips/Epoch Times

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Officials downplay report that co-pilot made urgent call before going off radar

The co-pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines plane made a call from his mobile phone moments before the jet went off the radar, according to a weekend report in Malaysian media.
Officials have downplayed the report in the New Straits Times, which said the call from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid’s phone ended abruptly after contact was established with a telecommunications sub-station in Penang state.
It added the call was made as the jet was flying low near Penang island on Malaysia’s west coast, the morning it went missing.
“The telco’s (telecommunications company’s) tower established the call that he was trying to make. On why the call was cut off, it was likely because the aircraft was fast moving away from the tower and had not come under the coverage of the next one,” the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
Passenger on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, Picture: Supplied
Mystery call? ... Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid. Picture: Supplied Source: News Corp Australia
However Malaysian officials would not comment beyond saying if the report were true, they would have known about the call earlier.
Investigators are still trying to work out what had happened moments before the Boeing 777 went off the radar.
Fariq and Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah have come under intense scrutiny after the plane mysteriously vanished.
16/04/14 News.com.au

Searchers have pinpointed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crash site: wreck hunter

One of the world's expert wreck hunters believes searchers for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have pinpointed the crash site and that the recovery of the black boxes is inevitable.
David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries told the ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday that he was confident that, because of their strength, the four “pings” detected were emitted from the black boxes.
"I think essentially they have found the wreckage site," he said.
“While the government hasn't announced that yet, if somebody asked me 'technically do they have enough information to say that?', my answer is unequivocally, yes.
“They have got four very, very good detections with the right spectrum of noise coming from them and it can't be from anything else.”
Mr Mearns, an American, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his work after he found the wreckage of HMAS Sydney in 2008, 66 years after it had been lost in the Indian Ocean during World War II.
He also helped find the wreckage of Air France flight 447 deep in the Atlantic Ocean in 2011.
Mr Mearns believes search officials are being cautious for the sake of the families of the passengers and crew who were on board, while they wait for the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle to bring back photographic proof of the plane wreckage.
16/04/14 Amanda Hoh/Sydney Morning Herald

SpiceJet, IndiGo mix fuel surcharge with base fare

Mumbai/New Delhi: No frills airlines SpiceJet and IndiGo today merged fuel surcharge with the base fares, saying it would simplify the prevailing fare structure.
Before this, an air ticket of domestic airlines used to have different components, separately showing base fare and fuel surcharge, apart from charges like user development fees and taxes which go to the airport operator and the government.
“Ticket pricing and fare displays have been made simpler and more transparent by removal of the fuel surcharge add-on from all of its pricing, and consolidating it as part of the base fare. Going forward, the fare displayed will be what you see is what you pay,” SpiceJet said in a statement.
The airline claimed it was the first Indian airline to implement such an initiative aimed at making air travel and pricing more consumer friendly and transparent.
However, the web site of IndiGo also showed the carrier combining the base fare with fuel surcharge, besides service tax, development fees, passenger service fees and user development fees.
15/04/14 PTI/Business Line

Foreign airlines, investors not to control Indian carriers' management: report

New Delhi: In a move which could affect the Jet-Etihad deal or start-up carriers like Tata-SIA or AirAsia India, DGCA has made it clear that foreign airlines or investors would not have the right to control the management of an Indian carrier.
    Following apprehensions expressed on these lines by various quarters, the aviation regulator has given effect to amendments in a rule relating to grant of flying permits to new airlines in the country, official sources said here.
    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has stipulated that a scheduled Indian airline cannot enter into an agreement with a foreign investing institution or a foreign airline which could give these foreign entities the right to control the management of the domestic operator.
    It has also made it clear that such foreign entities could have representation on the Board of Directors of the Indian airline company, but not more than one-third of the total number, the sources said.
15/04/14 PTI/NDTV

Jet cancels order for 17 Boeing 737s

New Delhi: Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways has cancelled an order for 17 mid-range Boeing 737s, which it had placed in January 2012, owing to financing problems, according to sources in the know.
Sources said that Jet Airways, India’s second largest airline by passengers carried, cancelled the order a couple of days ago when the aircraft manufacturer asked it to make pre-delivery payments (PDP) for executing the order.
According to prevalent market practice, airlines are not required to deposit any money at the time of placement of order but are required to make PDP of around 15 per cent of the deal value prior to the manufacturer executing the order.
The Boeing website lists the price of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft at $90.5 million. At this, the deal would have been worth around $1.5 billion.
Interestingly, the cancellation of the order comes after Jet Airways inked a purchase agreement to buy 50 Boeing 737 MAX in August last year. While Jet is yet to make an official announcement of this order, budget carrier SpiceJet - which placed a similar order for 42 Boeing 737-8 MAX for $4. 4 billion at the air show in Hyderabad in March this year - has announced its order.
16/04/14 Sharmistha Mukherjee/Business Standard

Wings for small cities

The country’s latest regional carrier Air Costa’s business plan has worked well enough for its chairman Ramesh Lingamaneni to say the airline will become profitable from 2015.
In an industry where major players are bleeding from high taxes, Vijayawada-based Air Costa is doing relatively well by keeping its operations restricted to tier-2 and 3 cities.
Larger airlines have also recognised an opportunity in smaller cities. The Wadia-group owned no-frills Go Air plans to introduce flights to smaller cities–in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh—sniffing the strongest growth opportunities in these markets.
The airline is even exploring opportunities to use smaller aircraft like ATR to enter such markets.
“We have recorded a significant increase in our tier-2 operations in places like Patna, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, Chandigarh, and Jammu & Kashmir, while our metro-to-metro business haven’t witnessed significant growth”,
Air Asia India, a venture between Air Asia and the Tatas, is set to start its operations in India this year. The airline’s group CEO Tony Fernandes has made his strategy for India public—smaller cities are to be the key market for AirAsia’s aggressive flight plan in India.
Today, the non-metro airports account for only about 30% of the total air traffic, but is expected to rise to 45% in the next few years, says a civil aviation ministry official.
The government is also currently in the process to identifying the most suitable low-cost viable model for the construction of 15 additional airports under the Greenfield Airport Policy.
16/04/14 Rhik Kundu/Financial Express

Chandrababu Naidu is top flier, second is cine actor Pawan Kalyan

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu is the highest flying politician this election season. He has taken 15 chartered flights in the past two weeks of his election campaign.
A close second is cine actor Pawan Kalyan who has only recently entered politics, but has already notched up 11 flights in two weeks. Begumpet airport has been kept busy with their comings and goings.
Among the other frequent fliers are Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah who have made 10 trips each in the last two weeks.
At current commercial rates, a single trip costs between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 8 lakh depending on the distance. Five chartered flights were booked from Shamashabad airport (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) between April 1 and 7, and nine flights from April 8 to date, but the details of passengers is not available.
16/04/14 Amrita Didyala/Deccan Herald

Jet Airways to make temporary switch to Sharjah

Dubai: India’s Jet Airways will operate from Sharjah International Airport instead of Dubai International from May 1 until July 20.
The switch in operations is due to scheduled runway repairs at Dubai International that will significantly cut capacity at the airport.
Jet Airways had previously applied for a slot at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central but has instead opted to fly from Sharjah.
Passengers are advised to check with the airline what changes have been made to services between the dates.
15/04/14 Gulf News

Cidco takes steps to resolve land deal tangle

Navi Mumbai: With the June-18 deadline inching closer for a tendering process for the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has initiated measures to resolve the tangle over the land compensation deal.
It has started joint measurement of dwellings on gaothan land, to be rehabilitated. This comes before the bidding for the request for qualification to appoint a strategic partner for developing the Rs 15,000-crore project and the land by cutting the Ulwe hill on July 7.
"There wasn't much opposition to the relief and rehabilitation (R&R) package. So, we decided to go ahead with joint measurement of houses," said a Cidco official.
16/04/14 Sanjay Banerjee/Times of India

GMR pilots skip medical tests before flying Rahul, to be grounded

New Delhi: The DGCA has decided to ground for three months the pilots of a private aircraft that flew Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to Bhubaneswar Monday for not clearing pre-flight medical checks, including the mandatory breathalyser test.
It has also issued a notice to the owner of the nine-seater Falcon 2000 plane, GMR Aviation — which Rahul is known to use regularly for his election campaign trips — asking why their licence should not be cancelled.
A DGCA official said all flights operated by GMR Aviation between March 12 and April 14 this year were found to have skipped some tests for the crew and that the breathalyser machine was not “serviceable” for the last one month.
16/04/14 Mihir Mishra/Indian Express

Embraer delivers 14 commercial aircraft in 1Q

Embraer delivered 34 aircraft—comprising 14 commercial aviation aircraft and 20 business aviation aircraft—in the first quarter. The Brazilian manufacturer’s first-quarter delivery rate is a 17.2% increase year-over-year, up from 29 aircraft delivered during the same period in 2013.
The 14 commercial aircraft deliveries for the quarter comprised one E-170, eight E-175s, four E-190s and one E-195. Embraer’s commercial aircraft deliveries were down 17.7% year-over-year; the manufacturer delivered 17 in the year-ago quarter.
As of March 31, the company’s firm order backlog totaled $19.2 billion, an increase of $1 billion over Dec. 31, 2013. The backlog includes a firm order for 50 E-Jet E2 aircraft placed by startup Indian carrier Air Costa (25 E-190-E2s and 25 E-195-E2s), which was announced Feb. 13 at the Singapore Airshow.
15/04/14 Mark Nensel/ATWonline

Normal flight operations resume today at Lohegaon airport

Pune: The Lohegaon airport will commence normal flight operations from Wednesday, after a gap of three months, following the completion of the infrastructure works that included partial closure of runway to facilitate the modernization of airfield infrastructure works (MAFI) project.
According to the director general of civil aviation's (DGCA) new summer schedule for Pune that comes into force from April 16 to October 25, a total of 49 flights will operate on Wednesday and the number will go up to a maximum of 68 flights per day. "On an average, 60 flights will be operated per day during the summer schedule as against the existing 48," a senior airport official told TOI.
Lohegaon is a joint user airfield with the runway and the air traffic control (ATC) belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the civil enclave is managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
16/04/14 Vishwas Kothari/Times of India

275 Indian flights to cancel Dubai trip as runway to shut from May 1

Mumbai:  Indian carriers are cutting more than a third of about 275 weekly flights to Dubai as one of the two runways at its airport — the world's second busiest — remains shut for nearly three months starting May 1.
The carriers have either cancelled flights or rescheduled them to Sharjah, which is half an hour from Dubai executives at IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India and SpiceJet told ET.
On the other hand Emirates will cancel 21 weekly flights out of its total of 185 to India.
Travel company executives said while the point-to-point traffic will shift to Sharjah, the hub traffic, the primary bread and butter for the airport and its carrier Emirates will go to competitors.
15/04/14  Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times

Boeing gives wings to student endeavours

New Delhi: Tabrez Nadvi has been building planes since he was in 10th standard. His dream is to build a one-seater aircraft for himself and fly across the world.
The 21-year-old aeronautical engineer from ACS College of Engineering, Bangalore, along with his two team members, Pavan and Vignesh, has won the first Boeing National Aeromodelling Competition.
“It took us just three days to build the plane and we bunked a month of college for flying practice,” says Nadvi.
The competition was organised by Boeing, in association with the IITs of Kanpur, Delhi, Bombay, Madras and Kharagpur. About 170 teams participated in the aircraft design and flying competition, of which 14 teams made it to the finals.
15/04/14 Business Line

India's AEW Tender: Boeing's Next Battleground

India wants to buy 6 Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft and the tender will be closed in July. Boeing (BA) is the only manufacturer that has a suitable aircraft 'on the shelve', but Airbus is lurking in the background again. Airbus might enter another market niche where Boeing traditionally is the leader.
India has a yearly defense budget of $46B and holds the 8th position of largest defense budgets in the world. Since a lot of aircraft and helicopters in their inventory are older, a modernization program has started to upgrade existing air assets and acquire new types.
This program will probably offer the largest foreign military export opportunities for U.S. and European aerospace companies in this decade.
15/04/14 Seeking Alpha

Air India begins aerobridge service at Dibrugarh Airport

Dibrugarh: Fulfilling a long-standing demand, the Air India on Saturday opened the aerobridge service to its passengers for boarding and disembarking from its aircraft at the modern New Terminal Building of the Dibrugarh Airport. Passengers of the Kolkata-to-Dibrugarh and Dibrugarh-to-Kolkata flights used the aerobridge facility on Saturday.
As for the other facilities necessary at the Dibrugarh Airport, cargo flights should be started given the volume of cargo movement in and out of Dibrugarh.
15/04/14 Assam Tribune

Poila Boisakh gift for Kolkata flyers

Kolkata: Passengers travelling through Kolkata airport were in for a surprise on Poila Baisakhwhen they discovered a number of new cafe and food outlets in operation at Terminal 2 since Tuesday morning.
A Cafeccino signature coffee bar opened in the departure lounge along with one outlet each of idli.com, Swich ONTHEGO andBiryaniBhai. The main foodcourt atthislevel will also begin operation in 10 days along with two finedine restaurants — Copper Chimney andTheI rishHouse.
"Around 20% food outlets are operational now. It will increase to around 60% by the end of this month and 80% by May end. By June, all outlets will be operational, offering flyers a wide range of food and beverage options," Kolkata airport director BP Sharma said.
16/04/14 Times of India

Dirty water flows out of Dabolim airport wall into nullah

Vasco: Mormugao deputy collector Gaurish Sankhwalkar inspected the area outside Dabolim airport following complaints of dirty water flowing from the airport into a nullah besides NH 17-B. Sankhwalkar said, Airports Authority of India would be issued a notice within 24 hours for creating a nuisance in a public place and more inspections would follow.
Locals allege that for over a month dirty water has been continuously flowing out of a pipe emerging from the airport's new retaining wall and emptying into a nullah.
"I will instruct Vasco health officer to inspect the area and submit a detailed report on this. The water is very dirty," Sankhwalkar said. Food items could be seen in the water.
16/04/14 Times of India

Fire safety week begins at Gannavaram airport

Vijayawada: Employees of Gannavaram Airport are organising a series of programmes in connection with the Fire Safety Week that commenced on Monday.
Airport Director B.G. Patil on Tuesday said competitions for staff as well as children were being conducted during the weeklong programme. Over 40 staff, including firemen will be attending the programmes that will conclude on Sunday. Emphasis was mainly laid on safety measures to be taken in case a fire breaks out, he explained.
15/04/14 The Hindu

Dubai passenger carrying 600 grams gold held

Hyderabad: The crackdown by customs officials seems to have little impact on gold smugglers. The latest arrest of a passenger at the RGI Airport on Monday while he was carrying 600 grams of gold worth Rs 18 lakh from Dubai shows the audacity of smugglers.
Customs sleuths nabbed the 35-year-old smuggler who landed here from Dubai by an Emirates flight (EK 528) on Monday night. The accused opted for green channel at the customs check area suggesting that he did not have anything to declare.
16/04/14 Times of India

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Aircraft owned by politicians face DGCA heat

New Delhi: While politicians across party lines continue to break rules during the election season, aircraft owned by them are doing the same in the air, shows a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) audit.
The DGCA, on Sunday, grounded a plane of Span Air, a general aviation company owned by the family of urban development minister Kamal Nath. This happened a day after the aviation regulator grounded a Cessna 525A, owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal-promoted Orbit Aviation.
The DGCA also grounded aircraft owned by Business Jets India Private Limited, a Tata Group company, in which Aam Aadmi Party leader GR Gopinath has business interest. Air charter service provider Deccan Charters, owned by Gopinath, had formed an alliance with Taj Air (the charter service of Indian Hotels Company) and Business Jets India (BJETS) in 2011. The deal made Deccan Charters the exclusive marketing concessionaire for BJETS aircraft in India.
Span Air’s grounded aircraft is a Hawker 900XP and bears VT-BKL registration and the one owned by Business Jets India is a Cessna-525A bearing VT-BJA registration. “The violations by both aircraft are serious. The life vest on the Span Air aircraft had expired and the crew were not trained in safety and emergency procedures. On the top of that, the operations and the route guide manuals on the aircraft were outdated,” said a DGCA official, on condition of anonymity.
15/04/14 Mihir Mishra/Indian Express

Flying high on a election runway!

New Delhi : Around 130 air charter service operators across the country are having a ‘boom time’ making ‘handsome profit’  due to extensive use of helicopters and business jets by parties like BJP and Congress for electioneering, dubbed as most expensive in India’s history.
The sector’s turn-around is significant as it was reporting negative growth of two per cent in the past two years. The business has increased by over 35-40 per cent in the last two months, mainly due to hiring of the flying machines by the politicos for the campaigning. Industry sources said the parties and individual politicos are roughly spending Rs 350-400 crore to criss-cross the country in chartered planes during campaign for the world’s biggest democratic exercise spread over two months. So far BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has clocked maximum number of flying hours to campaign for the party followed by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, experts in the industry said.
An industry insider said BJP was the top spender so far in using choppers and business jets. A number of operators said there has been scramble for aircraft in this election season as availability of the business jets and choppers have outpaced the demand, triggering a huge surge in rates. Secretary of Business Aircraft Operator’s Association R K Bali said the sector was witnessing negative growth of two per cent in the last two years but business has seen impressive growth as leading parties hit an aggressive campaign trail.
15/04/14 Free Press Journal

Air India pilots seek salary arrears

New Delhi: Air India may be planning to cut the salary of its pilots by at least 15% but the latter have bowled a googly at the Maharaja. The airline has for past two years been paying 75% of salary to a majority of its employees, including pilots. Now, the pilots have asked the airline to immediately cough up the 25% arrears and pay it to them with interest.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), union of erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots, held an emergency meeting last week to discuss the proposed pay cut. While this proposal was thrown out of the cockpit window, they instead decided to ask for payment of the 25% pay cut the airline has implemented on an ad hoc basis since July 2012. A commander of erstwhile IA, for instance, would have run up arrears of Rs 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh in past two years because of the 25% cut.
15/04/14 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

‘Air Naga’: a mystery with no blip on the radar

After learning that some technical representatives of Global Aviation Infrastructure had earlier met with officials of Air India Dimapur to promote ‘Air Naga’ efforts were made to track the airline and its representatives but all drew a blank.
Earlier, when contacted Air India sources only revealed that some technical representatives from Global Aviation Infrastructure had met them in Dimapur and could not provide more details about the names or designations of persons who met them.
According to reports, ‘Global Aviation Infrastructure’ in its site (www.airnaga.com), proclaimed Air Naga was to be launched soon as the “first regular airline based out of Nagaland for the north eastern states” and also billed the yet-to-be-launched airline as ‘Pride of Nagaland and North East’.
The promoter of Air Naga has office addresses in Kolkata’s Camac Street and Dimapur’s Circular Road. When Nagaland Post went to the given address in a building in Circular Road, there was no signboard and none of the tenants of the building could provide any clue as to who the people involved were.
The tenants also said no such office existed in the building and that they have no knowledge about the firm.
The promoter of Naga Air-M/s Global Aviation Infrastructure- claims it is involved in airport infrastructure development, airport warehousing handling, air cargo handling and running of freight airlines.
14/04/14 Nagaland Post

Air India Express flight returns to Muscat midway

Muscat: An Air India Express flight bound to Mangalore from Muscat returned after an hour flight due to technical reasons and took off delayed on Sunday evening.
"The flight left Muscat at around 2:15pm and flew for one hour. Later on, due to some technical reasons, it had to fly back to Muscat, as it is the nearest airport, and landed at around 4:30pm," a senior official at Air India Muscat office told Times of Oman, with disclosing the details of the technical glitch.
The passengers were offloaded and they were only able to board the plane and leave Muscat at around 6pm.
14/04/14 Times of Oman

New DGCA ownership rule may hit Jet-Etihad, AirAsia plans

New Delhi: In a move that could make it more difficult for foreign entities to take over the management of a domestic airline in India, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has stipulated that an Indian carrier cannot enter into an agreement that gives the foreign airline, foreign investing institution or others on their behalf the right to control the management of the domestic operator.
Analysts feel that the revision to the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) could affect the fortunes of Etihad's buy-out of Jet Airways as also the two new start-up airlines, AirAsia India and Tata-Singapore Airlines.
All three are at various stages of getting permission from the Government.
The CAR, laid down by the DGCA, stipulates the rules that an airline has to follow to be allowed to operate in the country.
Aviation industry watchers feel that the worst affected is likely to be AirAsia India, the three-way joint venture between AirAsia, Tata Sons and the Bhatias.
14/04/14 Business Line

Narrow escape for Mayawati's plane

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati had a narrow escape on late Sunday when the front wheel of her charter plane got stuck during landing, officials said on Monday.
The incident took place at Lucknow airport when the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo was on her way back from campaigning in Maharashtra. She was accompanied by her close aide SC Mishra.
As the plane neared the runway, all attempts to unstuck the front wheel came to a naught, forcing the pilot to do "something similar to belly landing", an airport official told IANS.
14/04/14 IANS/Times of India

Jet Airways reportedly leaves tourist lying unconscious for three hours

Mumbai: 34-year-old Ukrainian national Korostelros’ lay unconscious at Mumbai international airport for three hours, before the airline on which he was supposed to travel finally decided to admit him to hospital. Korostelros was to board the Jet Airways flight to Brussels on Wednesday night, when he had an epilepsy attack and fell unconscious around 9.15 pm at the T2 departures terminal.
An on-duty doctor from Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) rushed to his aid and immediately advised hospitalisation. But, Jet Airways allegedly refused to immediately rush him to a nearby hospital.
He was left unattended for three long hours before he was admitted to KEM Hospital. He was taken to KEM only at around 12 am.
Airport officials allege that the airline didn’t want to take responsibility of the passenger. “The airline duty manager was informed immediately about the incident, but they were hesitant to take any action. He was then ushered to the Medical Inspection (MI) room in an unconscious state,” said an airport official present at the spot.
14/04/14 Mid Day/Daijiworld.com

Despite reaching on time, singer not allowed to travel on ‘overbooked’ flight

Mumbai: Noted vocalist and Padma Bhushan recipient Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, 83, was not allowed to board a Jet Airways flight on the grounds that the flight was overbooked. The airline later tried compensating Khan with a Rs 3,000 voucher, which he refused.
Khan, along with his son Murtaza, was headed to an award function at Mahuva, Gujarat by Jet Airways flight 9W 2500, on Monday.
"I booked a proper ticket and reached on time. If the flight is overbooked, it's the airline's fault," said Khan.
The duo then took a 2 pm flight to Ahmedabad. At the time of going to press, they were still travelling.
In their letter, the airline said, "We sincerely regret our inability to accommodate you on our flight. We offer no excuse for what has gone wrong. We compensated you with a Rs 3,000 voucher, which was refused by you."
"No amount that can compensate for the harassment. The airline should respect the elderly and senior artistes," said Khan.
15/04/14 Bipin Kumar Singh/Mumbai Mirror

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo adds flights from Chennai, Mumbai

New Delhi: Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has added one more weekly cargo flight from Chennai to Amsterdam and two more weekly cargo flights from Mumbai to Amsterdam, Christophe Albert Boucher, Vice President, Asia and Middle East, said on Monday evening.
Earlier, there were three cargo flights per week from Chennai and two weekly cargo flights from Mumbai.
“We have decided not only to maintain but reinforce the presence of full freighters in India. The first few flights have been full,” Boucher said addressing a press conference. He also pointed out that the addition of more fights will see an additional 40 tonnes a week being made available from Mumbai while the cargo capacity from Chennai is likely to remain the same as before at 20 tonnes a week. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, is the dedicated air cargo business of the Air France-KLM Group.
“The idea is not to increase capacity tremendously but get a set up where we can better optimise our presence. The idea is to maximise the profitability of the flight,” Boucher said. While pharmaceutical products remain important, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is also trying to see that it gets mail and couriers on board its flights.
15/04/14 Business Line

Ex-Sri Lankan AG, two Maldivian lawyers to represent GMR in arbitration

India's GMR is seeking assistance from a former Sri Lankan attorney general and two Maldivian attorneys in the preliminary arbitration hearings over the "wrongful termination" of the contract to develop the Maldives main international airport, Haveeru has learnt.
Haveeru understands that that GMR had hired former Sri Lankan attorney general Mohamed Shibly Aziz, and former Maldivian deputy solicitor general Ibrahim Riffath and Maldivian lawyer Fayaz Ismail to assist them in matters related to the Maldivian legal system.
Riffath was involved in formulating the Maldivian government's arguments against GMR's case. He was also working at the attorney general's office when the contract with the Indian infrastructure giant was terminated.
In the preliminary proceedings that started last Thursday in an arbitration court in Singapore, Maldives Supreme Court Judge Abdulla Saeed is the leading legal advisor from the Maldives.
Attorney general Mohamed Anil, his deputy hmed Usham and a team of legal experts from Singapore and the UK are also a part of the team representing the Maldives in the GMR case.
13/04/14 Farah Ahmed/Haveeru Online

Debris of Unidentified Chopper Found in Andhra Village

Srikakulam:  Debris of an unidentified helicopter has been found near Dharmapuram village, police said today.  
The police, which has taken custody of the wreckage found yesterday from the farm of a person, has sought help of the Indian Air Force and Navy officials to identify it.     Civil aviation officials informed the district police that an expert team would be sent to gather more details in a day of two.  
13/04/14 New Indian Express 

Dubai airport work to affect some flights

Mumbai: Runway upgrading at Dubai International Airport from May 1 will mean IndiGo reducing some of its flights there and to Jet Airways shifting some of its flights to Sharjah.
There are around 400 flights a week between India and Dubai. The airline with the largest number of flights on this route, 185, is Emirates. Barring a couple of cancellations and a schedule change, Emirates’ operations between India and Dubai would be largely unaffected.
“We currently operate 56 weekly flights from six cities to Dubai, which will reduce to 37 weekly flights from six cities,” said an IndiGo spokesperson.
Jet said it would operate some flights to Sharjah instead of Dubai with a revised timing during May 1-July 20. The airline said there were no cancellations to any listed flights due to this temporary shift to Sharjah. This includes two flights from Mumbai and a flight each from Mangalore and Delhi. In the case of Mumbai, flights the revised schedule applies only to certain days of the week. Air India and SpiceJet did not respond to a query on the issue.
15/04/14 Business Standard

Bespoke carpets fitted at new Indian terminals

New state-of-the art terminals at two Indian airports have rolled out the carpet for passengers after fitting them out with bespoke carpets.
UK firm Brintons, has carpeted new terminals, at Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport, and Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, as part of a €1.5 million contract.
 The carpet manufacturer says the carpets have a ‘blend of durability and design excellence’ and feature designs based on local themes.
 The design for Mumbai International’s Terminal 2 draws inspiration from India’s national bird, the Peacock, while the Bangalore design is based on traditional Indian Rangoli patterns.
 Both installations cover an area of 36,000 square metres, and will withstand a combined footfall of more than 50mppa.
 Brintons is the Royal Warrant Holder to supply carpets to Britain’s Royal residences, and has a rich history dating back to 1783.
14/04/14 Justin Burns/Airport World

Delhi Airport opens third outlet for Happily Unmarried brand

Lifestyle and gifting brand Happily Unmarried has opened its third outlet at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3. The brand is said to be known for its “fun and quirky India-centric designs”.
The airport company said: “Happily Unmarried has opened outlets at both Terminal 3 Domestic and International piers to showcase the best of Indian contemporary merchandise.”
14/04/14 Dermot Davitt/Moodie Report

Are internal squatters jeopardising air safety?

If encroachers are blocking the expansion of the city airport, squatters from within are impeding the efficiency of the Airport Authority of India.
Faced with the challenge of providing accommodation to air navigation system (ANS) department staffers, who should be put up near the airport because of the stressful nature of their jobs, the AAI has stumbled upon 57 cases where flats were allotted to ineligible employees.
The authorities have sent eviction notices all these unwanted occupants, asking them to vacate their apartments by April end. The notice also warns of strict action in case of non-compliance.
The instances of unauthorised stay came to light after certain ATM personnels sought information about allotment of housing blocks at places like Andheri and inside the Juhu airport through the Right to Information Act.
"There are so many employees who are earning high rents from their own flats while at the same time enjoying the accommodation provided by the AAI" said a senior ANS official.
14/04/14 Shahkar Abidi/Daily News & Analysis

Aircraft fuel spills onto road after tanker mishap

Ponda: A tanker carrying about 20,000 litres of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) going towards the Bharat Petroleum refilling plant at Verna which made a sharp turn at Baitakhol-Borim in Ponda late Monday afternoon resulting in it falling on its side and spilling the ATF.
The Ponda police with the help of Ponda fire and emergency services personnel were in the process of lifting the tanker until late evening. Hundreds of liters of ATF poured out from the lid of the last compartment of the tanker. The fuel flowed along the sides of the tarred road at the accident site. A boy was also spotted collecting the flowing fuel in a small can. ATF is a fuel used only in aircrafts and costs 75 a liter in Mumbai as per the hiked rates in September, 2013.
Sources from the ABF Transport Company, Mumbai, (owner of the tanker) initially denied the incident of fuel pouring out of the tanker. "It is quite difficult for the furl to pour out as the lids of the tanker remain airtight. If the fuel pours out from its lid, there  could be damage to the inside of the tanker compartment," he said.
15/04/14 Times of India

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways sign sponsorhip deal with Mumbai Indians Cricket Team

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), continues to strengthen ties with India and equity partner, Jet Airways, following a new sponsorship deal naming both airlines as principal sponsors and official airlines of the celebrated Mumbai Indians cricket team.
This is the Abu Dhabi-based airline's first high profile sports sponsorship in the region and one that underscores its expanding commitment to the Indian market.
A franchise cricket team of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Mumbai Indians are the largest social sports brand in India and are closely followed by millions of fans across the globe. The team is known for its balance of experienced cricketers as well as the young talented players scouted from India and across the world.
Crowned as champions of the 2013 IPL, the Mumbai Indians will be playing in the Pepsi IPL 2014 Tournament whose first 20 matches will be hosted in the UAE. Along with the Mumbai Indians, seven teams will showcase their cricketing skills in the UAE leg of the tournament which will take place between 16 and 30 April at three different venues: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
14/04/14 Equitty Bulls

812 Foundation levels criminal charges on AAP Candidate Vasudev

Mangalore: Foundation states that although Marpally Ramaraya  Vasudev (M R Vasudev),  AAP candidate contesting in upcoming LS polls in Dakshina Kannada district is everything that AAP claims to root out of the society; Vasudev is a criminal who is directly responsible for the death of the 158 people who died in Mangalore Air Crash on May 22 2010.   Vasudev is the person who hid documents when application under the Right to Information (RTI) was made to his office to find the Truth about the Mangalore Air Crash.   Vasudeva is the person who broke every rule in the rulebook, showing his disregard for the law while he was in his office as the airport director.
Vasudeva spent his life either by being a part of the corrupt forces or by being silent to the corruption around him. If the Mangalore International Airport represents Vasudev’s credibility and development agenda, the Mangalore Air Crash represents the darker side of his involvement with corrupt forces. The poor Mangloreans around the Airport fought tooth and nail up to the Supreme Court (SC) to ensure that a deadly runway be not built in the name of development. Both Karnataka High Court and SC were misled by filing false affidavits, but every aspect of the truth foretold by the petition proved correct to the air crash on May 22 2010.
15/04/14 Bellevision

Gold worth Rs 13.71 lakh seized at Mangalore airport

Mangalore: Customs officials attached to Mangalore International Airport seized gold weighing 466.650 grams valued at Rs 13.71 lakh in two separate cases.
In the first case, the officers seized two gold wires weighing 233.550 grams valued at Rs.6.86 lakh concealed in the form of beading around a brown coloured stroller suitcase brought as a checked-in baggage. It was seized from the possession of Kappanakkal Muhammed Anvar, 27, hailing from Bekal, Kasaragod who arrived at 2am on Sunday in Air India Express flight No.IX384 from Dubai.
In the second case, the officers seized a gold strip concealed in a measuring tape and 44 gold buckles, concealed in a footwear and ladies brassieres weighing 233.100 grams valued at Rs 6.85 lakh.
14/04/14 Stanley Pinto/Times of India

Mangalore: 23-year-old caught with gold worth Rs 8 lac at airport

Mangalore: In yet another haul, the officers of customs at Mangalore International Airport on Monday seized gold weighing 272.900 grams valued at Rs 8 lac.
The gold was seized from the passenger identified as Mohammed Jabir Baikkara (23), a resident of Thekkil, Kasargod.
The gold, concealed in the form of foil strips in a carton, was brought as checked-in baggage by Jabir. The seized gold is valued at Rs 8,02,326.
14/04/14 Daijiworld.com