HOME       Contact Us      Hire Us       Domestic Airlines        Railway Enquiry     Railway Booking     Hotels & Flights Abroad
NEIGHBOURS CALLING:      Dubai      Malaysia     Nepal     Bhutan
Covid data (India), August 30, 2022: Vaccinations of the Day: 20,28,640; Vaccination Day Before: 24,70,330; Total Vaccination Doses: 2,11,91,05,738; Samples Tested on August 28: 1,65,751; Total Samples Tested: 88,52,08,552; Total Cases: 4,44,15,723 (New 7,591 ); Total Deaths: 5,27,799 (New 45); Deaths (State-wise - New Deaths): Delhi: 4; Maharashtra: 5 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Indigo to join race to acquire more aircraft, but where are the pilots?

Are the Indian skies ready for a cut-throat competition? Reacting to Air India's mega deals with aviation majors Airbus and Boeing for acquiring 470 new aircraft, rivals Indigo and other carriers are planning to place orders for 1,200 planes. India is already facing a severe shortage of experienced pilots. Experienced pilots cannot be produced instantly! As it takes about 8 to 10 years' flying to enable one to operate modern long haul aircraft, the new arrivals will stay in the hangars! Even those currently on the rolls will need type rating and more simulators. There have been cases in the recent past as also in the late 2000s of planes being grounded for want of pilots.

NEW DELHI, Feb 17: Not to be left behind, Indigo and other Indian airlines are planning to acquire a larger number of aircraft following the mega deal of Air India with Boeing and Airbus early this week. They are reportedly going to place orders for around 1,200 aircraft in the course of the next year, beating Air India's record of 470, it is learnt.

However, an aviation agency has warned against a repetition of the situation when several aircraft had to be grounded due to shortage of crew during 2005-2008 and even recently. Besides the demand for crew like pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers, airport capacity and airspace availability also need to be taken into account while deploying a large number of aircraft.

Air India will need 6,500 more pilots for 470 planes being bought new in a mega deal with Airbus and Boeing, according to sources. Currently it has a fleet of 113 aircraft and even with 1,600 pilots the airline is facing a shortage to operate them. Air India subsidiaries Air India Express and AirAsia India together have 850 pilots for their 54 planes while Air Vistara has 600 pilots for 53 planes it has. Widebody A-350 will require 30 pilots per plane used for long haul while a Boeing widebody 777 needs 26 pilots. An Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 Max requires 12 pilots. Pilot requirements vary depending on the weight and length of the plane as well as the nature of operation.

According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), India is emerging as a major global aviation market. “India is, perhaps, on the cusp of a long- awaited and historic change...it may finally be set to take its place as the global aviation market of the 21st century," it said.

Tata Group-owned Air India is buying 470 planes for which orders have been placed with Boeing and Airbus manufacturers. The mega deal is worth over $80 billion. The first batch of the planes in the deal will arrive by year-end and the last in 2032.

In the largest-ever deal announced on Tuesday, 250 planes will be Airbus that includes 210 single-aisle A-320/321 Neo/XLR and 40 widebody A-350- 900/1000 while 220 planes will come from Boeing, 190 of them 737 Max, 20 Dreamliner 787-9s and 10 777s. Airbus 350 and Boeing 777-9 are widebody for long haul.

It is also reported that the mega deal has an option to buy 370 more planes from the aviation majors in the next decade. Air India's current fleet has over 100 planes comprising of Airbus A319, A320, A320 neo, A321 as well as Boeing 777 and Boeing 787.

Hailing the deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said “The contract that Airbus and Tata Sons signed this morning marks a new stage in India and France’s strategic partnership."

US President Biden said the sale of over 200 Boeing aircraft will support over a million jobs in the US and help Air India meet its transportation demands.

Secret negotiations for the mega deal were going on for about a year. With the deal finally done in talks at London on Tuesday, Air India can look forward to taking a top slot in international aviation. While India's largest airline IndiGo has around 500 planes, US' American Airlines has over 900 planes. Airlines in India have over 600 Airbus and Boeing planes flying at present.

Tatas had regained the ownership of loss-making State-run Air India in a process of privatisation last year. The Government had taken over the airline, which originally belonged to the Tatas, in early 1950s soon after India's Independence.

Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran said in a statement, “This order is an important step in realising Air India’s ambition to offer a world-class proposition serving global travellers with an Indian heart. These new aircraft will modernise the Airline’s fleet and onboard product, and dramatically expand its global network.”

He said, "Air India is not just another airline. It is a national project. It holds the hopes and aspirations of millions of people."


WHAT TO DO, WHEN... : IndiaTravelTimes does not guarantee the authenticity of the video (above) of the episode of the flight turbulence at Durgapur airport on May 1, yet this is being put out with a view to familiarising the ordinary fliers with such probabilities lest they are caught unawares and fail to react rationally to handle such terrible situations. The 'eternity' can last up to 15 minutes. Tighten your belts, believe in your pilot and shift your thoughts to reduce disabling anxieties! Rest assured, the aircraft can rock and fall but not more than a hundred feet anyway.

During the event, nearly 50 other people, including bull tamers and spectators, were also injured. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport, which has been part of the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

Whole localities are sent into quarantine in China using force if someone is symptomatic of covid. The quarantines are metal boxes set up in far away camps. The authoritarian regime is resorting to draconian methods to check a new wave of the epidemic in the country that has already locked down three cities currently. On the other hand, the US presents a contrasting scenario where in the name freedom large sections of people refuse vaccination and assault health workers who mandate the covid restrictions.

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson, who opened a new chapter in space age last month by launching the first manned private flight to the edge of space, flying in his own spaceplane, has invited everyone to join his expedition of space travel and experience the thrill of totally losing your weight (BMI = 0) and enjoy the mind-blowing sight of the earth's curvatures from the orbit far above: Register Your Name Here

Can we ask the vaccinator, "Do you pull back the plunger and then push the vaccine? Do you Aspirate?" When the vaccination for covid started there were reports of worrisome incidents of adverse events post immunisation, the serious complaints being non-specific blood clots. These related to viral vector vaccines of human and non-human source: AstraZeneca and Janssen. How did it happen. There are various views. But here is a suggestion how simply it can be prevented.

Marking a fierce but interesting competition among the billionaires, adventure specialist Richard Branson launched commercial space travel from his 'Spaceport America' on Sunday, pipping the world's richest man, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, to the post, becoming the early bird to fly to the edge of space as the first private space tourist nine days earlier than his rival. Although he did not cross the Karman line.

President Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Bill making June 19 a federal public holiday to commemorate the symbolic end of chattel slavery in the US.

The Mars rover, a six-wheeled, SUV-sized robotic vehicle, sailed through space for seven months to land on a prime spot for geo-biological study of the red planet for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life. It takes radio waves 11 minutes to reach Earth. (Listen to:- DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?:)

While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

A pair of socks gifted to her by her niece displayed on her legs has done the job for Gumball Poodle. The demand for 'Future is Female' is skyrocketing indeed. What more could one ask for?
Previous Files



Centre asks States to ensure peaceful Hanuman Jayanthi festival
Teetwal Sharada temple in Kupwara inaugurated; Sringeri mutt donates idol
Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for assault on Surat woman disciple
Mother of punk and 'Queen of British Fashion', Vivienne Westwood dies aged 81
Krishna Janmabhoomi case: Mathura court orders survey of Shahi Idgah mosque
Aryan Khan launches luxury lifestyle brand, to sell D’YAVOL Vodka in India
Madras High Court bans mobiles in Tamil Nadu temples to protect their sanctity
Dev Diwali celebrated in Varanasi: lakhs take holy dip in Ganga, light earthen lamps
Stone laid for ropeways from Gaurikund to Kedarnath and Govindghat to Hemkund Sahib
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim granted 40 days' parole on poll-eve

Fashion & Lifestyle
Yoga & Asanas
Fairs, Festivals & Melas
Religion & Cult
Art & Culture
History, Legends & Mythology
Free Ayurveda Consultation
A Window On India
Fashion & Lifestyle
Yoga & Asanas
Fairs, Festivals & Melas
Religion & Cult
Art & Culture
History, Legends & Mythology
News (Archives)
Travel News
Travel News Archives
Travel News Index

Custom Search