articles by Sindhu Bhattacharya

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IndiGo profits decline: Cost control the only mantra airline should follow to stay ahead

High maintenance costs due to the NEO engine issue as well as a change in the airline’s earlier model for acquiring aircraft (from sale and leaseback to outright purchase) could be the two main reasons for a spike in costs for IndiGo.

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Air India's balance sheet is splashed with red ink; if the govt won't sell the ailing carrier, it has to bear the cross

Air India has logged losses for over a decade, has a debt of over Rs 50,000 crore and faces stiff competition from private airlines. What should the government's focus be?

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Air India stake sale: Why the failed first attempt at the carrier's disinvestment could cost the Narendra Modi govt dear

The AISAM must be allowed to relax the Air India bid conditions substantially. Else, the carrier will continue to feed on taxpayer funds.

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Air Passenger Charter: Govt promises relief on cancellation charges, refunds for delays and cheaper F&B at airports

Government's draft Air Passenger Charter will be put up for public consultations and then notified within a month.

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Govt bites the bullet on Air India, but high debt, other bid conditions could make disinvestment a bumpy ride

Keeping over Rs 33,000 crore debt on the books of the two airlines on offer could be the biggest hurdle to this stake sale.

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Why aviation regulator DGCA's diktat on A320neo jets will not impact IndiGo's near-term profitability

The trouble is with the Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with a particular series of Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines, found to cause vibrations.

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UDAN scheme: Can international expansion of regional connectivity be a winner despite hiccups?

UDAN, an acronym for ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’ was launched last year to enhance connectivity to India’s hinterland

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Why easing of FDI caps by Narendra Modi govt is largely cosmetic, changes little on the ground

Any easing of FDI norms is welcome and it cannot be denied that under the Modi government, FDI inflows have jumped substantially

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Air Deccan to return with Re 1 tickets: Why Captain Gopinath's second coming is exciting

In this second innings, Deccan is expected to fly 20-seater planes on regional routes under the UDAN scheme of the government, where some seats on each aircraft are covered under a subsidy and fares anyway capped at Rs 2,500 per hour of flying.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Why PM Narendra Modi's seaplane ride sends mixed signals to his legions of followers

Dazzle it did, and citizens’ eyes were blinded to such an extent by this Modi mega show that they clean forgot about the safety of it all.

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Jet Airways profit falls 91% in Q2: Is too much reliance on Gulf routes behind airline's falling profitability?

Jet Airways has deployed almost half of its international capacity on Gulf routes, where the market growth is tapering off, which obviously means its yields (revenue per passenger) suffered on these routes.

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BS VI rules: Early roll-out for Delhi is a welcome move, but will be a damp squib if delayed for rest of the country

While BS VI grade fuel will be made available from next summer in Delhi, what happens if a BS VI compliant vehicle has to tank up outside city limits?

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Trade deficit widens sharply to $14 bn October: Why glitches in GST continue to plague small exporters

In value terms, these small and micro industries comprise 40-45 percent of India’s total export basket whereas in volume terms, their share is even higher, which is why they have the most to lose from GST glitches

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Army called in to build foot-over bridges: Why the move exposes Indian Railways' inefficiencies

There was a time when the railways used to help the Indian Army with its vast knowledge of civil works and transportation during the war time for decades. A role reversal reveals sorry state of affairs at Railways

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Wait-listed Rajdhani passengers may get to fly Air India: Why was this sensible idea given short shrift?

Airlines and railways have tried the scheme and failed to make it work. And there has not been any effort to finetune it. Now the officials should first find out what went wrong earlier and fix it

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Bharti Airtel, Tata Tele mobile businesses to merge: Why the deal is a win-win for all stakeholders

Under the deal with Bharti Airtel, the acquirer, not only gains spectrum at little additional cost, it also gets to absorb a minimal of the 5,000 employees of Tata Teleservices

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Is economic slowdown bottoming out? Vehicle sales, traffic at sea ports and airports rise

Some analysts believe at least four to six months of sustained sales/traffic growth in vehicles, port and airport traffic is needed for a firm trend to emerge

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States need to cut VAT on petrol, diesel: After whopping spends on farm loan waivers, they're left with little excuse

With the Centre unable to persuade states to even lower VAT on petrol and diesel, will it find it easy to persuade the same state governments to bring these fuels under the GST regime?

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Shinzo Abe in Gujarat: Bullet train will be worth the pain only if the project can stand on its own

Though the fare structure of the bullet train is yet to be finalised, it will be 1.5 times the first class AC fare of trains running on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route