Rhik Kundu

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Air India’s Ashwani Lohani forced to hit the ground running from day 1

Ashwani Lohani, an Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers officer, who took charge as the new chairman and managing director of the loss-making Air India on August 31, will probably face his first test in the coming

Ashwani Lohani, Air India News

SpiceJet to lease 5 aircraft, eyeing Airbus 319/320 or Boeing 737 aircraft

SpiceJet will lease five aircraft that will be inducted in the airline’s fleet during the upcoming winter schedule.

spicejet flights News

Performance sustainable if rupee & fuel cost remain stable: Ajay Singh, Spicejet

The ticket discounting worked well but strategies need to change with time, says Spicejet Chairman Ajay Singh.

Performance sustainable if rupee & fuel cost remain stable: Ajay Singh, Spicejet

Air India, subsidiaries to have five unions

The five unions are expected to have 50 members while each of the unions will have four regional bodies and a central body to deal with the airline’s corporate office

Air India, subsidiaries to have five unions

5/20 rule stopping us from going international: Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh

While Vistara will be expanding its fleet size to 20 by 2018, it will order more aircraft if it is allowed to fly to international destinations in the coming years.

Industry News

Vistara plans to hedge jet fuel price to cut cost

The drop in jet fuel prices has allowed Vistara to keep fuel costs below 45% of its total costs for the first time since it started operations

Vistara plans to hedge jet fuel price to cut cost

Spicejet plans to start dedicated freighter service; deploy dead-at-night Bombardier Q-400 planes

No-frills carrier SpiceJet, which is expanding cargo operations, plans to start dedicated freighter services in the next one-two quarters, senior officials of the airline told FE.

spicejet offer News

IPO on track, likely in couple of months: Indigo’s Aditya Ghosh

IndiGo, on Monday, placed a firm order for 250 A320 New Engine Options (NEO) planes with aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

Industry News

Air India contemplates Boeing 737 Max for no-frills subsidiary

The economy and potential for air travel growth — both leisure and business — continue to remain strong. The market is competitive and airlines are adapting with added capacity, moderate pricing discipline and new busines

Air India contemplates Boeing 737 Max for no-frills subsidiary

Vivo to assemble handsets in India from November

The latest Chinese brand vying for a share in the lucrative smartphone market in India, Vivo, is set to assemble its phones in India from November...

Vivo to assemble handsets in India from November

Air India gets clearance to sell Rs 350-crore properties

Over three years after Air India’s Turnaround Plan (TAP) proposed to raise Rs 5,000 crore through the sale of properties, the national carrier has finally made some headway by getting the required clearances to sell propert

Air India free ticket News

Finance ministry shoots down Air India plan for Rs 10,000-cr tax-free bonds

The finance ministry has turned down a proposal by Air India to raise Rs 10,000 crore in tax-free bonds to retire its long-term working capital loans...

Air India on yoga News

Cidco to spend Rs 2,700 cr on initial work at Navi Mumbai airport

The government-controlled City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), the nodal agency responsible for the development of the Navi Mumbai International Airport, will incur a R2,700-crore investment on pre-development

Cidco to spend Rs 2,700 cr on initial work at Navi Mumbai airport

Pre-development work for Navi Mumbai airport to begin in Oct

With all the required permissions and most of the land acquisition in place, the pre-development work at the Navi Mumbai airport is slated to start from October...

Pre-development work for Navi Mumbai airport to begin in Oct

Course Correction: SpiceJet in a sweet spot, but will it last?

A sustained turnaround for the airline will hinge on total capacity and passenger traffic

SpiceJet night landing News

Taking flight

SpiceJet on Wednesday said it is in talks with Boeing and Airbus Group to buy more than 100 single-aisle jets worth about $11 billion at list prices.

Taking flight

Airline to increase fleet, but on profitable routes: Sanjiv Kapoor, Spicejet

Sanjiv Kapoor said that while Spicejet will increase its fleet, it will only expand services on profitable international routes.

Airline to increase fleet, but on profitable routes: Sanjiv Kapoor, Spicejet

Bharti Airtel combines 900MHz and 2100 MHz offering for 4G fallback

Bharti Airtel is looking at Platinum 3G, a service which combines 900 MHz and 2100 MHz spectrum, as a fall back option to its 4G network.

Bharti Airtel combines 900MHz and 2100 MHz offering for 4G fallback

Flier footfall at Mumbai airport rises 13%

The passenger footfall at the Mumbai Airport rose 13.70% y-o-y to 36.63 million in FY15. GVK Power and Infrastructure, which operates Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), in its annual report attributed the rise to a 3.37% in

Flier footfall at Mumbai airport rises 13%

Idea Cellular’s capex for FY17 to be similar to FY16, says Himanshu Kapania

Idea Cellular, which has increased its capital expenditure target for FY16 to Rs 6,000-6,500 crore, will spend a similar amount during FY17, as it looks to strengthen its mobile data infrastructure, managing director Himanshu

Idea Cellular’s capex for FY17 to be similar to FY16, says Himanshu Kapania

Will first look at evolved 3G circles: Himanshu Kapania, Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular is taking a measured approach to roll out 4G services, in a phased manner, starting calendar year 2016.

Will first look at evolved 3G circles: Himanshu Kapania, Idea Cellular

Little exposure to Greece & China, crises pose no major threat: Rajesh Gopinathan

Our operations in China are less than $100 million and negligible in Greece. But if Greece’s trouble with euro zone worsens, it could have a knock-on effect on us

Little exposure to Greece & China, crises pose no major threat: Rajesh Gopinathan

Airbus-Mahindra JV to make choppers in India

Sources say the project comes with a condition that the European aerospace giant will transfer related technology only if it is allowed a 51% stake, leading to full ownership and control of the joint venture

Airbus-Mahindra JV to make choppers in India

TCS to vacate one floor at Mumbai’s Air India building

The country's largest software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which occupies two floors at Nariman Point’s Air India building...

TCS to vacate one floor at Mumbai’s Air India building

Panel to review cabin crew duty norms

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set up a high-level committee, comprising senior officials of the regulatory body...

Panel to review cabin crew duty norms

IndiGo’s term sheet to buy 250 aircraft expires

InterGlobe Enterprises, which runs the country's biggest airline by market share under the IndiGo brand, said the term sheet...

IndiGo market News

Maintenance money

Air India’s Hyderabad facility to open doors for other airlines.

Maintenance money