Articles by Sindhu Bhattacharya
Jun 19, 2018
Air India's balance sheet is splashed with red ink; if the govt won't sell the ailing carrier, it has to bear the crossAir 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?
Jun 08, 2018
Air India stake sale: Why the failed first attempt at the carrier's disinvestment could cost the Narendra Modi govt dearThe AISAM must be allowed to relax the Air India bid conditions substantially. Else, the carrier will continue to feed on taxpayer funds.
May 22, 2018
Air Passenger Charter: Govt promises relief on cancellation charges, refunds for delays and cheaper F&B at airportsGovernment's draft Air Passenger Charter will be put up for public consultations and then notified within a month.
Mar 29, 2018
Govt bites the bullet on Air India, but high debt, other bid conditions could make disinvestment a bumpy rideKeeping over Rs 33,000 crore debt on the books of the two airlines on offer could be the biggest hurdle to this stake sale.
Mar 13, 2018
Why aviation regulator DGCA's diktat on A320neo jets will not impact IndiGo's near-term profitabilityThe trouble is with the Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with a particular series of Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines, found to cause vibrations.
Mar 09, 2018
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
Jan 11, 2018
Why easing of FDI caps by Narendra Modi govt is largely cosmetic, changes little on the groundAny easing of FDI norms is welcome and it cannot be denied that under the Modi government, FDI inflows have jumped substantially
Dec 14, 2017
Air Deccan to return with Re 1 tickets: Why Captain Gopinath's second coming is excitingIn 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.
Dec 13, 2017
Gujarat elections 2017: Why PM Narendra Modi's seaplane ride sends mixed signals to his legions of followersDazzle 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.
Dec 08, 2017
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.