Jet Airways lessors scrap deals over dues

Some lessors of India’s Jet Airways have begun terminating lease deals over unpaid dues and are preparing to move the leased planes abroad, escalating a crisis for the carrier, five sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Two lessors have applied to the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulator, to deregister at […]

New ATC tower at airport by July

By July, Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi will have a new air traffic control (ATC) tower which will offer better visibility for flight operators who will also have at their disposal better equipment that include the latest in radar, weather forecasting technology and communication systems. Ranchi Airport director Pravat Ranjan Beuria said work on the […]

Calcutta airport alert extended

The security alert sounded for all airports following the Pulwama attack on January 14 has been extended indefinitely, a move that has dashed hopes of an early end to long queues triggered by the beef up. “We were informed at a meeting on Tuesday that the security alert has been extended for an indefinite period. […]

Boeing flip-flop

Boeing Corporation appears to be waffling in its response to the crisis that has enveloped the Boeing 737 Max planes after two crashes within a space of five months. In its latest statement after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday and a mass grounding of the new-age Boeing 737 Max, the aircraft maker said: […]

Redressal route for airlines

The grounding of the Boeing B737 MAX globally could result in compensation claims from different airlines, including SpiceJet. The Indian airline company’s operations have been affected by the aviation regulator’s decision following two crashes in the past five months. “The aircraft manufacturer is bound to compensate the airline if it is conclusively proved that the […]

Chidambaram picks Rafale to slam Modi

Former finance minister P. Chidambaram lambasted the Narendra Modi government’s response to questions over the Rafale deal before reiterating that the French fighter aircraft’s purchase would be scanned in detail after a change of guard in Delhi. “In any other country, a parliamentary committee would immediately be formed to look into such a matter. But […]

Rafale petition? Shh! Enemy is listening

The Narendra Modi government’s Rafale narrative is becoming curiouser and curiouser. The “war capacity” of combat aircraft has fallen into the hands of “the enemy/our adversaries” and “jeopardised” national security because of “theft” by “unauthorised photocopying”, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Two of those the Modi government has held guilty of aiding […]