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Flight Operations Hit In Bhubaneswar Due To Foggy Weather

Bhubaneswar: Flight operations were majorly disrupted at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar today due to dense foggy conditions. At around 09:10 AM, Air India flight AI 77 was diverted to Kolkata after hovering around the city airport as it was unable to land at the airport in view of the inclement weather. […]

Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Air India flight catches fire mid-air

Bhubaneswar: An Air India flight on its way to Mumbai from Bhubaneswar airport caught fire today following which the aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Raipur airport. As per reports, engine of the Air India flight number AI-670 caught fire 30 minutes after leaving the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at 5:10 PM. […]

Interested In Buying Stake In IndiGo, Not AI: Qatar Airways

Mumbai: Qatar Airways currently has no plans to participate in Air India’s upcoming divestment process, however, the Doha-based airline evinced interest in buying a stake in budget passenger carrier IndiGo. According to Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, the Doha-based airline is interested in investing in IndiGo, but will wait till the time […]

Air India's Plane Carries 'Ik Onkar' Symbol To Celebrate Guru Nanak's Birth Anniv

Chandigarh/Mumbai: In a unique gesture to mark Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary, Air India has depicted Sikh religious symbol ‘Ik Onkar’ on the tail of one of its aircraft, set to operate its maiden flight to Stansted in the UK from Amritsar on October 31. ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol is a central tenet […]

Oil Companies Defer Decision To Suspend Fuel Supplies To Air India

New Delhi: State-owned fuel retailers on Friday decided to defer their decision to suspend jet fuel supplies to Air India after the national carrier promised to make regular payments to clear outstanding dues, officials said. The three state-owned oil companies – Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) – […]

Sale-bound Air India Subsidiary Gets Nod For Foreign Flights

New Delhi: The Civil Aviation Ministry has approved Alliance Air plan to launch foreign operations by starting flights to Sri Lanka even as the airline’s parent Air India remains on top of the government’s disinvestment agenda. The move has triggered speculation among Air India employees that government may continue in airline business by not selling […]

Thunderstorm damages Delhi-Vijaywada Air India flight

New Delhi: The passengers and crew members of an Air India plane flying from Delhi to Vijaywada reportedly sustained injuries after the aircraft suffered damage due to a thunderstorm, sources said on Saturday. The flight – AI-467 – departed from Delhi at 7.28 p.m. It was scheduled to land at 9.40 p.m. in Vijaywada. The […]

INX Media Case: P Chidambaram In SC Offers To Remain In CBI Custody Till Sept 2

New Delhi: In an unprecedented plea, former finance minister P Chidambaram Thursday offered in the Supreme Court to remain in CBI’s custody till September 2 in the INX Media corruption case. Chidambaram, who was arrested on August 21, is in the CBI custody till Friday and will be produced before the concerned trial court tomorrow […]

Air India Owes Rs 5,000 Cr In Fuel Dues; Hasn't Paid In 230 Days: Oil Cos

New Delhi: Air India owes three state-owned oil firms Rs 5,000 crore in unpaid fuel bills with payments being delayed by almost eight months, forcing retailers to snap supplies, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said on Friday. IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) on Thursday afternoon stopped jet fuel or […]

Air India to get grounded aircraft airborne by October

New Delhi/Mumbai: As Air India plans to commence flight operations to Africa and Canada, the flag carrier is hopeful that all 19 of its grounded aircraft will rejoin the fleet by October. Accordingly, the airline’s engineering department has commenced repair work on these grounded aircraft. “In the first phase, two 787 aircraft shall be made […]

Stray dogs force Air India to abort landing in Goa

Panaji: A major tragedy was averted at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport early on Tuesday after an Air India passenger aircraft flying in from Mumbai was forced to abort landing at the last minute because of stray dogs trespassing into the runway, a statement issued by the Indian Navy said. According to the statement, the dogs […]

With Pakistan airspace reopened, Air India to resume flights

New Delhi: With Pakistan reopening its airspace, national carrier Air India will resume flight operations on the Delhi-Kabul and the Lucknow-Najaf routes from August 5 and October 28, respectively, said Air India chief on Monday. “As Pakistan airspace is now open, we will start the flights on the Delhi-Kabul route from August 5. The flights […]

Govt asks Air India to freeze all appointments, promotions

New Delhi: In the wake of its proposed privatization, the government has asked Air India to put a freeze on large-scale promotion and appointments. A new flights has to be started only when it is extremely necessary and after due diligence from commercial aspect. “The direction came almost a week back. It says that due […]

Shah to head ministerial panel on Air India sale, Gadkari out: Sources

New Delhi: In what suggests change in power equation in the Modi 2.0 government, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari would not be part of the reconstituted ministerial panel on Air India which will decide the national carrier’s privatization. Home Minister Amit Shah will head the panel with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and […]

Air India launches non-stop flight to Dubai from Kolkata

Kolkata: Air India (AI) on Tuesday launched its non-stop flight service to Dubai from Kolkata, responding to a long-standing demand for direct flights to the Gulf city. Inaugurating the flight at the NSC Bose International Airport here, AI Regional Director Sanjay Mishra said the new service has evoked a lot of enthusiasm among the people […]

Air India passengers travelling to UAE can now carry 40 kgs of check-in luggage

Dubai: Passengers travelling to the UAE by Air India can now carry 40 kgs of check-in luggage after the national carrier enhanced the baggage limit by 10 kgs. The changes will be implemented with immediate effect for those booking their tickets Tuesday onwards, Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Ashwini Lohani said Monday night […]

With Pak airspace open, operation cost for US-bound flights likely to come down by Rs 20L: Air India

New Delhi: With Pakistan opening its airspace for all commercial airlines on Tuesday morning, Air India said operation costs for one-way US and Europe-bound flights are likely to come down by Rs 20 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively. After Pakistan closed its airspace following the Balakot air strikes of February 26, Air India suffered […]

11 flights cancelled, 3 diverted due to heavy rains in Mumbai

Mumbai: A total of 11 flights were cancelled and another three diverted Monday due to heavy rains that briefly affected operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here, an official said. As the visibility dropped below the required level for aircraft movement due to heavy showers, the runway remained closed for operations for nearly […]

203 flights cancelled in Mumbai due to rains, skidding of jet

Mumbai: Flight services at the city airport were severely affected Tuesday with airlines cancelling 203 serivces due to incessant rains and suspension of operations from the main runway due to the skidding of an aircraft Monday night, airport officials said. Besides, another 350-odd flights –both arriving and departing — were delayed between 28-51 minutes (till […]

Air India Express plane veers off taxiway, all passengers safe

Mangaluru: As many as 183 passengers aboard an Air India Express flight had a narrow escape when the aircraft that arrived from Dubai veered off the taxiway after landing at Mangaluru Internatioal Airport here on Sunday. All passengers and crew members on board are safe, Air India Express said in a statement. The incident happened […]

Air India's Mumbai-Newark flight lands in UK after bomb scare

London/Mumbai: A US-bound flight of Air India from Mumbai made a precautionary landing at London’s Stansted Airport Thursday following a bomb threat, forcing Britain to scramble its fighter jets to escort the flight. UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to escort Flight AI 191 at 10.30 am. “AI 191 Mumbai-Newark of June […]

Air India suspends its regional director for allegedly shoplifting at Sydney airport

New Delhi: Air India has suspended its Regional Director for East, Rohit Bhasin, for allegedly shoplifting a wallet from a duty free shop at Sydney airport, officials said Sunday. Bhasin was rostered as one of the commanders (pilots) of AI301 flight, which was set to depart at 10.45 am (local time) on June 22 from […]

Domestic air passenger growth up 3.3% in May: report

New Delhi: Passenger traffic in India’s domestic aviation industry rebounded in May with a year-on-year growth of 3.3 per cent, said an ICRA report on Friday. The rise comes after the industry reported a 4.4 per cent “de-growth” in traffic in April. “This is primarily attributable to the gradual increase in capacity as airlines like […]

Aviation scam: ED quizzes Praful Patel for 10 hours

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel here for over 10 hours in connection with a money laundering probe into the losses suffered by Air India under the alleged multi-crore aviation scam. This was Patel’s second appearance before the agency in connection with the case. The Nationalist […]

Pakistan to let PM Modi's plane fly over its airspace to Bishkek

Lahore: Pakistan has approved “in principle” India’s request to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit this week, according to a senior Pakistani official, who hoped that New Delhi would respond to Islamabad’s offer for peace dialogue. India requested Pakistan to let […]