SP's AirBuz - ISSUE No 04-18

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    EXCLUSIVE
    COVER STORY | INTERVIEW
    “We’re not chasing the competition, but creating a unique space for ourselves in the market”
    —Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara

    In an exclusive interview with Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief of SP’s AirBuz, Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer of Vistara shares his optimism and outlines his vision and plans for the future growth of the airlines.

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    TECHNOLOGY | BIOFUEL
    First Biofuel Powered Flight in India
    By B.K. Pandey

    ‘Biofuel Technology Developed Indigenously by CSIR will be a Game Changer.’

    —Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology

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    OEM | BOEING HORIZONX
    Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge
    By Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India and Ankur Kanaglekar, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Boeing India

    Uber is the world’s largest taxi company, yet it doesn’t own a single taxi. Airbnb is the largest hotel chain without owning any hotels.

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    POLICY | AIR INDIA
    Air India Disinvestment
    By A.K. Sachdev

    Debate on Air India disinvestment though, has been on for over two decades and the failed attempt at disinvestment earlier this year, was an anticlimactic episode in the ongoing saga

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    INDUSTRY | MANUFACTURING
    Civil Aircraft Manufacturing in India
    By Sukhchain Singh

    The dream of getting an indigenously made civil aircraft has finally got the government to set up a task force to draw a roadmap, providing a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme

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    ENGINE | TECHNOLOGY
    Get More from Every Drop!
    By Joseph Noronha

    Airlines have their own incentive to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, because each tonne of CO2 they avoid adding to the atmosphere, represents significant saving on fuel cost

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    SHOW REPORT | FIA 2018
    Astonishing Numbers
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Dispelling all speculation of a dull show due to the shadow of Brexit, Farnborough saw attendance from around 100 countries, 80,000 visitors and a record Chinese presence

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    CONFERENCE | IATA
    International Aviation Summit–India
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The summit brought together the movers and shakers of the global aviation industry to brainstorm on the factors that will impact the industry in the future

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    FINALLY
    Dawn for Seaplane Services in the Country
    By B.K. Pandey

    Seaplanes are definitely set to redefine the way the air passenger in India flies

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    NEWS BRIEFS
    CSTPL, India’s Largest Pilot Training Institute Completes 5 years. Plans Expansion in the Country.

    CAE Simulation Training Private Limited (CSTPL), a joint venture between InterGlobe Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. and CAE Inc., celebrated its fifth anniversary on the of July 12, 2018.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE NEWS
    Jet Airways to Continue to Expand Network

    On August 4, this year, Jet Airways said it will continue to expand its network and improve customer experience even as its pilots’ union agreed to work with the company on cost savings.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE NEWS
    Delay in Plans of IndiGo Airlines

    High fuel price and aircraft acquisition costs have prompted IndiGo to have second thoughts on acquiring Airbus A330neo wide-body jets through which it had planned to launch low-cost, long-haul direct flights...

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    NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE NEWS
    Jet Airways Inducts the new Boeing 737 MAX

    Full service Indian carrier Jet Airways has become the first airline in India to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX.

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    NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE NEWS
    Large Order for Airliners from Vistara

    In a major expansion bid, Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines’ joint venture, Vistara, has placed an order for 50 Airbus A320neos and A321neos airliners also for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

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    NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE NEWS
    AirAsia is Busines Traveler Asia-Pacific’s Best Low-Cost Airline

    AirAsia has been named Best Low-Cost Airline by travel magazine Business Traveller Asia-Pacific for the seventh year in a row.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE FINANCE
    Results of IndiGo’s First Quarter of FY2018-19

    India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo, has sent tremors in the aviation community with its first quarter results for the financial year 2018-2019 which will end on March 31, 2019.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | AIRLINE FINANCE
    No Fund Allocation for Air India

    The Ministry of Finance has turned down 300-billion fund-infusion proposal for the national carrier Air India in the absence of a clear turnaround plan.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INFRASTRUCTURE
    Ranking of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA)

    KIA at Bengaluru has been ranked as the second fastest growing airport in the world in 2018.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INFRASTRUCTURE
    Navi Mumbai Airport Project

    The GVK-led consortium, which is developing the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), is in talks with banks to raise around 135 billion to fund its second-phase expansion plan.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INFRASTRUCTURE
    Airport UDF to Fund KIA’s Growth

    Air passengers expecting relief from User Development Fee (UDF) levied by the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) could be disappointed if the state government’s request to maintain status quo is accepted.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INFRASTRUCTURE
    Investment in the Airport Sector in India

    The airport sector in India is set to see an investment of about 1 lakh crore over a period of five years.

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    NEWS BRIEFS | INFRASTRUCTURE
    GMR Becomes the First MRO in South Asia to Receive FAA Approval

    GMR Aero Technic Ltd. (GATL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has received the prestigious & coveted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on popular Narrow Body Aircraft...

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INDUSTRY NEWS
    Domestic Air Traffic Growth in India

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has claimed that India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew by 18.36 per cent in June 2018.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INDUSTRY NEWS
    India’s Ten-Year Fleet Outlook

    As of May 2018, the combined in-service fleet of Indian carriers is 588. The average age of aircraft in service is 7.1 years. In the past 10 years, the total fleet size has grown at an average rate of 4.8 per cent per annum.

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    NEWS BRIEFS | INDUSTRY NEWS
    Inaugural Flight of Airbus Beluga Whale

    On July 19 this year, the Airbus’ BelugaXL produced by Airbuis, undertook its inaugural flight. One of the largest transport aircraft in existence, the Beluga Whale is six metres longer and one metre wider than its predecessor, the BelugaST transporter.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INDUSTRY NEWS
    Embraer Delivers 28 Commercial and 20 Executive Jets in 2Q18

    During the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18), Embraer delivered 28 jets to the commercial aviation market and 20 business jets, being 15 light jets and 5 large jets.

  • NEWS BRIEFS | INDUSTRY NEWS
    Boeing Forecasts Greatest Demand for Pilots, Technicians, Cabin Crew in Asia-Pacific Region

    Boeing reports that the Asia-Pacific region will have the greatest global demand for new civil aviation personnel over the next 20 years.

  • NEWS BRIEFS
    Appointments

    Aerion, the leader in supersonic flight, has inducted Steve Berroth into its leadership team as Senior Vice President, Operations. On July 25, 2018, Bombardier announced the following changes in its leadership team in China.

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    A Word from Editor
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor

    The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 was held in July this year in its usual venue in the United Kingdom. Staged since 1948, this biennial event alternating with the Airshow in Paris, is today, the second largest Airshow in the world and is a forum for networking in the domain of the global aerospace industry, both military and civil.