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May 28, 2015

5/20 may be replaced: The two Tata airlines and their overseas woes

Is the Government finally ready to ease if not totally remove restrictions on overseas flying by Indian airlines? A senior official in the ministry of civil aviation said today that inter-ministerial consultations on replacing the current 5/20 norms are now complete and a final note will be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat within a week. He said all consultations on the proposal which the ministry has made to replace the 5/20 norms are now complete but "the proposal basically remains largely the same as it was originally". #AirAsia #airlines #India #Tata #Vistara

May 4, 2015

Govt should avoid being over prescriptive, let market forces prevail: Vistara CEO

Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh says removing 5/20 is a step in the right direction and even though what 5/20 may be replaced with is complicated, waiting time for new airlines still stands shortened to two to three years from five years earlier. #airlines #DFCs #Emirates #Etihad #Indian aviation #Mahesh Sharma #Phee Teik Yeoh #Qatar #Vistara

Apr 27, 2015

Did Swamy’s allegations compel minister Sharma to admit open offer waiver for SpiceJet deal?

Perhaps Swamy's continued threats may also compel him to reveal the price at which the Marans sold out #Gajapathi Raju #Kalanithi Maran #Mahesh Sharma #SpiceJet #Subramanian Swamy

Apr 27, 2015

SpiceJet discount offer: Travel with 7 kg hand baggage and fly for Rs 999

SpiceJet today became the first airline in India to launch a limited period fare scheme where a single piece of cabin baggage entitles a flyer to a Rs 999 all-inclusive ticket, valid even on connecting flights, all across the domestic network of the airline. Any checked in baggage, under this discount scheme, will attract extra payment of Rs 750. #AirAsia #Bengaluru #cabin baggage #DGCA #GoAir #IndiGo #SpiceJet

Apr 24, 2015

India’s Taobao: Paytm launches zero commission marketplace

That Paytm is challenging the behemoths like Flipkart is good news for consumers but some questions remain: how will it help logistics of merchants on its network and how will it address problems like return or refund? #Alibaba Groupo #alipay #CompanyWatch #Flipkart #Paytm #Taobao #Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Apr 21, 2015

Not just own staff, even independent directors of loss-making Air India got free tickets

On the one hand, Raju wants to revive the ailing Air India and on the other, freebies are being doled out to all #A Gajapathi Raju #air india #free passages

Apr 14, 2015

AAI could lose Rs 900 cr this fiscal if charges are lowered at Delhi airport

The airport regulator AERA wants to reduce aeronautical charges (levies airlines pay for landing, parking etc) at Delhi airport by a steep 78%. If the Government allows AERA to do this, it is working against itself since it remains a stakeholder in the airport project. But If the Government allows the regulator to maintain aeronautical charges, there could be allegations of hurting airlines' bottomlines. #AAI #AERA #Airport Authority of India #Aviation Ministry #Delhi Airport #DIAL #GMR

Apr 9, 2015

To match rivals, Meru looks to raise $100 mn for expansion, acquisitions

Meru, the oldest cab services provider in India, is actively looking to acquire small and medium sized competitors as it scales up in a highly competitive market. Remember, Ola has just successfully closed a fresh round of funding by raising close to Rs 2000 crore from global investors. #Genie #Meru Cabs #Ola #TaxiForSure #Uber

Apr 3, 2015

Air India needs to retain local flavour, international flights bleeding it dry

Air India's international operations are bleeding it dry. Though Air India is the longest serving legacy Indian carrier flying to marquee destinations abroad, its domestic operations are earning far better. At least the latest numbers say so. #Ahmedabad #air india #Airline #Aviation #Delhi #Dholakia Committee #international operations #London #Mumbai #Sydney