Thursday, October 23, 2014

GoAir profit plunges 95% to Rs 5.5 crore in FY14

Mumbai: GoAir’s net profit slumped to Rs 5.44 crore for FY 14 from Rs 104 crore the previous year, according to the airline’s balance sheet filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

A rise in fuel costs and currency depreciation impacted the profits of all domestic airlines, including GoAir. Industry leader IndiGo’s profit dropped by 60 per cent.

GoAir is unlisted and does not disclose quarterly results. It flies 19 Airbus A320 planes and has a market share of around 9 per cent.
GoAir’s operating revenue rose 26.7 per cent to Rs 2,435 crore in FY 14 from Rs 1.921 crore in the previous financial year. Total revenue, including non-operating and other income, was Rs 2,463 crore, registering a similar growth over the previous year’s figure.
But the airline’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) halved to Rs 129 crore, pointing to an increase in operating expenses. It made a pre-tax profit of Rs 8.37 crore against Rs 147 crore in the last financial year.
23/10/14 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

India grounds entire Sukhoi-30 fleet after Pune crash

New Delhi: After the recent crash near Pune, India has grounded its entire fleet of Sukhoi-30 and each aircraft is undergoing a thorough technical check.
Indian Air Force's Wing Commander Simranpal Singh Birdi told PTI: 'The fleet has been grounded and is undergoing technical checks following the latest accident in Pune. It would be back in air only after a thorough check.'
But he refused to divulge what technical aspect were being looked at.
On October 14, a Sukhoi-30 jet crashed near Pune. Both pilots in the aircraft were able to safely eject.
Defence ministry ruled out pilot error or engine failure for the crash.
14/10/14 Yahoo India

Safety Checks Will Not Affect Future India-Russia Sukhoi Deals: India Ex-Air Chief

New Delhi: Bijendra Singh – Grounding the entire fleet of Sukhoi-30 aircraft for technical checks will not affect further contracts for the deliveries of these Russia-developed planes to India, former Indian Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi said in an interview with RIA Novosti Wednesday.
"There is no reason of concern. There is no doubt about its safety and reliability. SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft are the pride of the Indian Air Force," Tyagi said, adding that the technical checks will not have any impact on further SU-30 aircraft deals.
"This method has been adopted around the world and there is nothing new in it. The main objective of the technical checks is to ensure that there will not be further damage to the fleet of aircraft and also to save the loss of life," the former air chief noted.
22/10/14 RIA Novosti

Govt frames stringent rules for airlines to check Ebola spread

New Delhi:  After prolonged laxity, India has finally made stringent rules for airlines to prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD) here. Now, both Indian and foreign carriers flying into the country will have to limit contact of passengers showing symptoms of this disease and earmark a toilet on the aircraft for their exclusive use.

Also, airline crew has been directed to use surgical face masks to cover nose and mouth of flyers showing symptoms "compatible with Ebola" like fever, weakness, sore throat, bleeding and vomiting. "Airlines must not allow other passengers to share a toilet with unwell flyers showing symptoms of Ebola. The virus mainly spreads through body fluids. Supposing an undetected Ebola patient showing the symptoms touches the toilet tap and then other flyers also do the same, the disease may spread," said a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official.
23/10/14 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

Aviation Ministry not taking action against Pvt airlines : Ministry

Agartala: The Tripura government today attacked the Union Ministry of Aviation was not taking action against private airlines which were charging abnormally high rate for air tickets operating on Agartala-Kolkata route.
Railway services from Lumding in Assam to Agartala was stopped due to a mega block imposed by the railways department for conversion of the railway tracks from meter gauge to broad gauge from the October 1, state Transport Minister Manik Dey said.
Taking advantage of this, private airline companies were charging undue prices from the passengers, the Transport minister told reporters here.
He alleged that despite informing the matter to the central government, no action was initiated against the private operators.
"We have repeatedly drawn the notice of central government about the issue.
23/10/14  The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India/E-Pao

No more Air India booking in Kozhikode?

Kozhikode: Air India's plan to shut down its booking office in the city as part of the national carrier's decision to wind up all its city booking offices and offline ticketing centres is likely to cause hardships to passengers in Malabar apart from possibly affecting the smooth operations of both Air India and Air India Express from Karipur airport.

Air India sources said that the city booking office in Kozhikode cannot be considered as just a ticketing centre as the airline had its financial, human resources, complaint redressal and cargo handling wings functioning in the city office.

The airline has decided to wind up its city booking offices across the country as part of its austerity drive as it felt that there was no need to maintain separate offices for ticketing, cancellation and refund as the transactions are increasingly being carried out over the web.
23/10/14 KR Rajeev/Times of India

Titan Aviation marks 10th anniversary with induction of new aircraft

Titan Aviation, the Dubai-based specialist in international aviation services, is marking its 10th year of operations by adding new aircraft to its existing fleet of privately managed aircraft.
The company has inducted a Hawker 900XP, Learjet 60XR and Embraer Legacy 650 to the managed fleet, which now comprises seven business jets and one helicopter, based in the Middle East, India and Europe. The fleet already includes Embraer Legacy 600s, and Embraer Phenom 100s. Two of the managed business jets are available to the charter market.
Captain Sakeer Sheik, managing director of Titan Aviation, said: “We are delighted to mark our 10th anniversary by adding three new aircraft to the managed fleet. We also have a further four managed aircraft in the pipeline, so the business has real momentum.  It’s been an eventful 10 years in which we have seen the regional private aviation industry consolidate and mature, and Titan has played a role in this process by offering all the benefits and advantages of aircraft ownership without any of the burdens such as regulatory issues, operational coordination, maintenance and administrative matters, and crew. We have also sold over 35 aircraft in this period, helped make aircraft profitable for owners and developed a unique regional aviation HR service.”
23/10/14 Arabian Aerospace

Passenger held for assaulting immigration officials at airport

New Delhi: A passenger was arrested on Tuesday from Terminal III of the Indira Gandhi International airport for allegedly assaulting two immigration officials.
The accused, Joginder Singh, had been deported from England to Delhi for overstaying his visa.
He reportedly slapped the officials who were delaying his immigration clearance, police said.
23/10/14 Indian Express

Flyer hides Rs 2 crore gold in pants, held

Mumbai: : A passenger, who flew into the city from Dubai, was arrested for allegedly smuggling gold worth Rs1.86 crore, on Wednesday. The accused, Ghariwal Jashvantlal, had tucked the gold into specially tailormade pockets of a belt strapped to the waist and worn under the trousers.
Jashvantlal, who reached the international airport by an early morning flight, had stashed four gold biscuits of 1kg each, pieces of gold and 12 biscuits each weighing 100gm, said officials of the air intelligence unit of the Customs department.
After disembarking, Jashvantlal headed straight to the washroom at the airport and concealed the gold in the pockets of his special belt.
23/10/14 Times of India

Gold worth Rs 6.14 lakh seized from Mangalore airport

Mangalore: Customs officials at the international airport here have seized 224.75 gms of gold, valued at Rs 6.14 lakh from a passenger who arrived here from Dubai.

Airport officials said the gold, in the form of silver paint-coated wires, was found hidden in the beading portion around the borders and edges of a laptop bag the passenger was carrying.

The passenger hailing from Mogralputhur in Kasaragod district of Kerala reached here by a flight yesterday, they said.
23/10/14 Business Standard

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo Locked in Fare War Again

Indian domestic carriers have sparked off another round of fare war. Jet Airways has announced all-inclusive fares starting from Rs 899 under 'Diwali Dealites' offer. The booking for this Jet Airways offer is open till October 26. And travel must commence between November 1, 2014, and December 15, 2014.

This offer is valid for travel in economy class flights within India operated by Jet Airways and JetKonnect.

SpiceJet too has come up with a promotional scheme under a "Diwali Dhamaka" offer. SpiceJet is offering all-inclusive fares starting from Rs 899. The sale is valid for travel on direct flights on SpiceJet's domestic network

Bookings for this SpiceJet offer are open till October 26 (inclusive) and the sale is applicable for travel between November 1, 2014, and December, 15, 2014 (both dates inclusive).

IndiGo too has come up with a promotional scheme, offering all-inclusive fares from Rs 1590 on domestic routes. The booking for this IndiGo offer is open till October 26 and is valid on travel between November 1, 2014 and November 15, 2014.
22/10/14 NDTV

Air India intercepted by 2 Italy jets?

New Delhi: After a European aviation blog claimed that an Air India aircraft heading for Rome on October 16 had been shadowed by two Italian Air Force fighter aircraft in Italian airspace after the AI aircraft appeared to have developed some communications trouble, an Air India spokesperson insisted late on Tuesday night that no such incident had occurred.
The blog had claimed that an Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner flying between Delhi and Rome (flight AI-123) was intercepted by two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon interceptors from the Grosseto airbase on October 16.
The blog cited the Italian Air Force as saying that the Air India aircraft had lost radio contact with the Air Traffic Control agencies and had entered the Italian airspace unauthorised and that for this reason, the Quick Reaction Alert cell of the Italian Air Force at Grosseto airbase was scrambled to intercept, identify and escort the aircraft.
22/10/14 Asian Age

Yet another AI Dreamliner in trouble, DGCA orders probe

New Delhi/Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident of an Air India flight, AI 123, from New Delhi to Rome losing radio contact over Italy on October 16. The regulator has directed the airline to submit a report on the incident.

An Air India Dreamliner, registered VT-ANQ, lost radio control with air traffic control in Italy on October 16. Consequently, the Grosseto airbase was asked to intercept, identify and escort the aircraft. Two Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoon F-2000A jets· ·reached the B787 at 24,000 feet to the southeast of Rome. The Typhoons identified the plane, shadowed it from a distance and at 30 km from destination they were cleared to return to their base. According to sources in the know ·of the developments, the Air India aircraft was given direct routing into Italy. But pilots failed to establish contact with ·air traffic control upon entering Italian airspace due to failure of the jet's VHF radio sets. Italian air traffic controllers subsequently managed to establish contact on an emergency frequency. There are three radio sets on an aircraft, one of which is used only on the emergency frequency. "It can be said to be a case of overreaction on part of the Italian authorities", said an industry source.
22/10/14 Business Standard

Seaplane makes trial landing in Mumbai

People of Mumbai and tourists may soon avail intra-city seaplane flights between Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty as the sea plane operated by MEHAIR in association with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) successfully conduction a trail landing on sea near South Mumbai on Wednesday.

MEHAIR and MTDC have been working on the project for nearly 2 years and have already obtained crucial clearances from several authorities including the nod from the Ministry of Defence, Coast Guard, Indian Navy, and Mumbai Police, Urban development department, BMC, Mumbai Port Trust, Mumbai Police, environment department and the Airports Authority of India.

MEHAIR is already operating daily seaplane flights between Mumbai and Pawna Dam.
22/10/14 Lalatendu Mishra/The Hindu

Intra-state air travel to get cheaper

Lucknow: Tourists looking to fly to Agra from Lucknow, Allahabad and Varanasi will soon be able to avail of cheaper airfares, thanks to the UP government. In a policy decision effected on Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on aviation fuel to promote air travel to and from Agra to Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad. Against 22% VAT, airlines will now have to pay only 4% on aviation fuel.

According to estimates, of the 18 companies that entered the fray, the North East Flight Company will begin operations in early November. The state government has assured the companies a guaranteed 30% booking of seats in each flight for bureaucrats and politicians in order to make the services viable.

The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government is also believed to be pursuing seriously a new air terminal project in Agra and has already announced increased compensation to farmers whose land is to be acquired for the new facility at Dhanuali village.
22/10/14 Times of India

Centre clears sixteen airlines but only two take off

Mumbai: Though the civil aviation ministry has given no-objection certificates (NOCs) to 16 companies to launch airlines in the past five years, only two - AirAsia India and Air Costa - have taken off so far.

Data secured from the ministry under the Right to Information Act show the ministry received 20 applications and it granted NOCs to 16 firms between 2009 and now.

The 16 include Vistara, Zexus Air Services, Air One, Premier Airways, Turbo Megha, Air Carnival and Zav Airways, which were granted an NOC in 2014.

Securing an NOC from the aviation ministry is the first step towards launching a scheduled airline. Upon receiving it, companies need to secure a permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to start operations.

The NOC is valid for 18 months and is issued for both regional or national operations. While AirAsia holds a national permit, Air Costa has a permit for regional operations.
22/10/14 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

MoEF gives nod for expansion, development of Hubli airport

Hyderabad: An Expert Appraisal Committee under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has accorded green signal to the expansion and development of an airport at Hubli in Karnataka.

However, the committee has sought additional details to give environmental clearance for development of airport at Belgaum. Both the airports are run by Airports Authority of India (AAI).

"After deliberation, EAC recommended the proposal (for environmental clearance) with the following conditions in the EC letter for strict compliance by the proponent (AAI)," the EAC said in the minutes of the meeting.

The EAC in its meeting held in August 2014 noted that the existing and predicted noise levels presented by the AAI appeared to be 'unrealistic' and hence wanted them to be re-examined  during the aircraft 'landing and takeoff' and 'compare and validate' the values with the predicted noise levels by appropriate modelling.
22/10/14 PTI/Deecan Herald

Passengers stage dharna at airport after GoAir cancels two flights at the last minute due to technical snag

Mumbai: Over 90 passengers of a New Delhi-bound GO Air G8-337 flight protested at the domestic terminal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Wednesday afternoon, after their flight got cancelled at the last minute due to a technical snag and left them stranded for over five hours. Disheartened and angry, passengers who were eager to reach their destinations on time for Diwali celebrations staged a dharna in protest. A harried passenger exclaimed, “They were not at all concerned about what we were going through. After giving us our boarding passes, they announced that the flight has been cancelled. Initially, they refused to accommodate us in some other flight. How can they leave us stranded like this for hours and expect us to leave with the refund?” Most of the 90 passengers had a connecting flight to Patna and Ranchi at 5.10 from New Delhi.
“When we asked them to give us an alternate flight as soon as possible, they refused and said that no arrangement could be made before Thursday and that too for just ten passengers, said Amit Sinha, a bank employee.
22/10/14 Indian Express

Mysore set to fall off the air map again

Mysore: Mysore city is set to fall off the air map of the country again. The sole commercial operator from the city, SpiceJet, is withdrawing operations after Saturday, following which Mysore airport will face redundancy, though it will continue to serve chartered flights.

Officer in charge of Mysore airport C.N. Manjunath told The Hindu that talks with other airlines such as Air Costa had not yielded any results though proposals and details about the facilities at the airport and the air passenger traffic potential of the city were explained. “As on Tuesday, there is no indication from SpiceJet of continuing the services,” said Mr. Manjunath.

SpiceJet operated its penultimate flight from here on Tuesday. Flight service to Mysore is also off the winter schedule released by the airline.

The airline has cited poor load factor as one of the reasons though airport representatives have said that the passenger load from Mysore was high and the 78-seater Bombardier aircraft used to have 40 to 45 outbound passengers from here.
22/10/14 The Hindu

GoAir to start operations from Odisha capital to Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai from 26th of October

Bhubaneswar: This year on Diwali, AAI, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar is proud to inform that GoAir will be starting its operations from the 26th of October, 2014, from Bhubaneswar to Delhi/Kolkata/Bangalore/Mumbai. Sharad Kumar, Airport Director, said “It is a proud and joyous moment for the state as a fourth airline operator is about to start its operations. This will give a varied plate of options to all the commuters, between lowest fares, suitable timings, etc.
22/10/14 Odisha Diary

India 2nd fastest growing air cargo market after Middle East: IATA

New Delhi: India has emerged as the second fastest growing air cargo market after the Middle East and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of about seven per cent over the next five years, an IATA forecast said today.

India would also be among the ten largest international freight markets by 2018 led by the United States supplying 10,054,000 tonnes and China with 5,639,000 tonnes, the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows.

It estimated that "the second fastest-growing market, India, will experience a compound annual growth rate ( CAGR) of 6.8 per cent to add 622,000 extra tonnes."

Apart from the US and China, the remaining eight largest international freight markets would be the UAE (4,974,000 tonnes), Germany (4,763,000), Hong Kong (4,648,000), Republic of Korea (3,487,000), Japan (3,480,000), the United Kingdom (2,808,000), Chinese Taipei (2,350,000) and India (2,223,000).
22/10/14 PTI/Economic Times

Aviation ministry not taking action against pvt airlines: Min

Agartala: The Tripura government today attacked the Union Ministry of aviation was not taking action against private airlines which were charging abnormally high rate for air tickets operating on Agartala-Kolkata route.

Railway services from Lumding in Assam to Agartala was stopped due to a mega block imposed by the railways department for conversion of the railway tracks from meter gauge to broad gauge from the October 1, state Transport Minister Manik Dey said.

Taking advantage of this, private airline companies were charging undue prices from the passengers, the Transport minister told reporters here.

He alleged that despite informing the matter to the central government, no action was initiated against the private operators.
22/10/14 PTI/Business Standard

‘Served from India’ scheme adds to Indian airlines’ woes

New Delhi:  Indian carriers' financial woes have worsened with airlines unable to use their Served From India Scheme (SFIS) duty credit scrip to pay excise duty on fuel. Airlines are learnt to be having SFIS duty credit scrips worth almost Rs 1,500-2,000 crore that are about to expire without being used, with Air India and Jet Airways among the biggest sufferers.

"The SFIS scheme was applicable to the aviation industry upto January 2011 when the scheme was discontinued. The federation of Indian airlines has been asking for continuity of this scheme. Then SFIS scrips issued by DGFT are valid for 18-24 months and were issued one to two years. The unutilized scrips with Indian carriers should be made tradebale and they should be accepted for the purpose they were issued for. Otherwise it is a gross national loss," said a senior airline official.

Though the DGFT office permitted the utilization of these scrips for excise duty payable on fuel, the modalities of adjustment of these scrips at refinery gates have not been spelled out by the department of revenue, resulting in lack of clarity in adjustment of these scrips by excise authorities. "Due to this scrips worth Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 crore are lying untilized with airlines. Some scrips have even expired. The Scrip also needs to be made tradeable to suit the convenience of the exporter to utilise it on a broader scale," the official added.
22/10/14 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

Chennai is on Asia’s ‘worst airports’ list, yet again

Chennai: Infrastructural issues have once again pushed Chennai airport to the list of worst airports in Asia in a survey conducted by a website.

This is the third year in a row that the city’s facility has appeared on the list of “Worst airports of Asia”, in the online survey conducted by the travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.

The only solace is in the fact that from the fourth worst spot last year, the airport has advanced to the tenth worst this year.

In 2012, along with Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata too had been rated poorly. But this year, no other airport from India has featured on this list.
22/10/14 Sunitha Sekar/The Hindu

Flight transports life-saving drug from Ahmedabad

Chennai: A life-saving drug was flown out of Ahmedabad to Chennai on Tuesday night via an Air Costa flight, whose crew volunteered to carry it.

The drug, NovoSeven, is used to stop bleeding, and was needed urgently for a patient at Apollo Hospitals who had undergone a multi-visceral transplant earlier this year.

According to Anand Khakhar, director of the liver and muti-visceral transplant programme at the hospital, the patient, Thalaimalai, a resident of Chennai, had undergone a liver, pancreas and intestine transplant in June.
22/10/14 The Hindu

FSTC to train Vistara’s pilots

New Delhi: Pilot training FSTC (Fight Simulation Technique Centre) Wednesday said that it has signed an agreement to train pilots of the upcoming Tata-Singapore Airlines’ venture Vistara.
According to the company, its facility is already being used by airlines such as Spicejet, Indigo, Jet Airways, and JetLite to train their pilots.
FSTC is a joint venture company between Flywings Aviation Group and SIM Industries BV, Netherlands, which is a Lockheed Martin Company.
22/10/14 IANS/NVO News

Airport storage charge hike will increase cost of imported goods

Mumbai: After a proposed shortage in demurrage-free period from 72 hours to 48 hours, the prices of imported items like food, electronics, machinery and pharma drugs, are expected to rise, according to custom clearance agents.

The agents allege that airport operator Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has been slacking in developing infrastructure at cargo terminals, as its 'slow pace' helps it in recovering higher revenues from demurrage charges.

Last week, the trade bodies of cargo agents held a meeting with senior officials from the civil aviation ministry to discuss their apprehension in this regard. One of the largest cargo dealers operating out of the city airport sarcastically opines, "While our PM says Make in India, the MIAL's motto seems to be Quit India."
22/10/14 Shahkar Abidi/Daily News & Analysis

India to step up travel surveillance to stop any Ebola outbreak

New Delhi: India stepped up its efforts on Tuesday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, conducting mock drills at its airports and installing surveillance systems.
Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people across the three most-affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
All international airports and sea ports in India will soon be equipped with thermal scanners -- similar to Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free -- and other detection equipment, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
"We have removed all stops to constantly upgrade equipment and retrain staff," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. "There is need for constant maintenance, frequent calibration."
While more than 22,000 passengers have been screened, India has so far not reported any cases of Ebola. The WHO, that has warned of 5,000-10,000 new cases globally every week by December, is supporting India's preparations.
22/10/14 Reuters/Deccan Chronicle

Second AI flight delayed in four days at Pune airport leaves passengers irked

Yet another Air India flight was delayed on Monday evening, putting Diwali holiday plans on hold for several of the airlines’ disgruntled passengers. This is the second AI flight to be delayed at the Pune airport in four days, after passengers of a delayed Delhi-bound flight were put through a 24-hour ordeal on Thursday.
On Monday as well, it was a Delhi-bound flight, AI850, which was delayed by two hours and twenty minutes, after some technical problems were reported in the aircraft. The flight, originally scheduled to depart at 6.40 pm, eventually took off at 9 pm from the airport.
It didn’t help of course, that the AI had already set a bad example just four days earlier, when flight AI854 was grounded due to a technical snag, and passengers had to wait for 24 hours before the airlines could arrange for an alternate aircraft.
The flight was supposed to take off at 9 pm on Thursday, but the passengers eventually flew out of the airport the next day, at 8.30 pm. Enraged by the long wait, several passengers even protested by blocking the airport’s apron (area where aircraft are parked, boarded, refuelled, etc.), until they were cleared out by security.
22/10/14 Anuj Ismail/Mid Day

After huge jet orders, budget airlines eye rich seam of aircraft leasing

Singapore/Paris: From Scandinavia to Southeast Asia, low-cost airlines have ordered record numbers of planes in recent years, redefining the jet industry. Now they plan to lease out scores of their new planes, re-ordering the aviation business all over again.

Between them, Indonesia`s Lion Air, Malaysia`s AirAsia and Norwegian Air Shuttle have ordered more than 1,400 Airbus and Boeing jets, worth about $140 billion at current list prices. They`re about to test the growing market for rented planes, competing with established finance firms that lease out aircraft to cash-strapped carriers from China to the United States.

Jet makers and the finance companies which dominate aircraft leasing question whether budget airlines have the know-how to succeed, and some in the industry wonder whether they have simply ordered more planes than they need. But the low-cost carriers` sights are trained on new revenue streams, and net profit margins of about 20 percent enjoyed by global aircraft lessors - well above the airline industry average.
22/10/14 Reuters/ZeeNews

Air India launches mobile app and takes off on Twitter

Mangalore: Air India started the festive season on a positive note with the launch of a mobile app to make bookings quick, simple and convenient while on the go. It also took off on the micro blogging site Twitter.
The app is initially available on the Android platform but will soon be extended to the iOS platform as well. The Air India mobile app allows the user to book tickets, manage the booking, check-in for a flight, look up fare details and also make special requests for meals and wheelchair.
Other features like checking flight status, schedule, baggage information, special offers and concessional fares , will be introduced shortly, stated a release from Air India.
21/10/14 Stanley Pinto/Times of India

Stranded Air India Express passengers arrive from Saudi

Mangalore: Passengers, who were stranded at Dammam, Saudi Arabia, due to technical snag in the Air India Express aircraft, arrived at the Mangalore International Airport at 5.55am on Tuesday.
Sources in Air India said that of the 129 passengers, four were infants. The aircraft with remaining 39 passengers left for Calicut immediately thereafter.
The aircraft was grounded at Dammam airport due to a faulty brake assembly.
21/10/14 Stanley Pinto/Times of India