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A New Mark Towards Chivalry: Vistara Airline in New Delhi Starts Women Flyer Service

Vistara's first Airbus A320-232 at Delhi Airport. Wikimedia

 New Delhi, July 28, 2017: Vistara airline has begun offering to help women travelling solo with their bags, accompany them to and from their ground transportation, and give them favoured window and aisle seats on their flights—no middles, as a part of its Woman Flyer service. The New Delhi-based airline says between 75 and 100 women use the complimentary service each day.

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Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor said the airline started offering the women inclined services after noticing women soliciting help after their planes had landed.

He says, “Our staff is equipped to help women travelling alone with the booking of airport-authorized taxis, as well as escort them to the airport taxi stand upon their request. This service is a sincere effort to ensure peace of mind of our women customers”, as reported by Economic Times.


According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), India is anticipated to grow as the world’s sixth-largest business travel market by 2019. However, it gained an averse global reputation for being unsafe for women following the heinous rape crimes incidents in the country.

The U.S. State Department addresses brazenly about the insecurities of Americans travelling to India and the danger of sexual assault: “U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India.”

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Australia and the UK offer similar, slightly more specific warnings for women to avoid travelling alone on Indian public transit. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that in the case of sexual assault is India, successful prosecution is rare and that “Eve Teasing is a common sight” in India.

Vistara desires to expand its new service for women to international flights once it develops outside of India.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, this year in May, the airline which flies an all-Airbus A320 domestic fleet was seeking to recruit pilots trained on Boeing Co. aircraft—a sign the carrier is considering leasing or buying Boeing jets for longer-haul routes outside the country.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Boeing revises India aircraft forecast to 1,850 new Jets over 20 Years

Boeing Co expects Indian airlines to order 1,850 new aircrafts worth $265 billion over the next 20 years

Visitors look at models of Boeing aircrafts at the Aviation Expo China 2015, in Beijing, China, in this September 16, 2015 Image source: REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
  • In March 2016, the company had forecasted that demand from India would add up to orders for 1,740 planes over 20 years
  • Boeing mentioned it has more than 85 percent share of the wide-body airplane market in India
  • LCCs dominate Indian skies and account for more than 60 percent of the flights in the country

India’s commercial aerospace market has made significant headway as they see an upward curve in the demand of new aircrafts.

Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Tuesday, July 19, it expects Indian airlines to order 1,850 new aircraft worth $265 billion over the next 20 years, up from an earlier forecast, thanks to the new aviation rules that the manufacturer said will boost demand.

In March 2016, the company had forecasted that demand from India would add up to orders for 1,740 planes over 20 years.

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“India continues to have a strong commercial aerospace market and the highest domestic traffic growth in the world,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and India sales Boeing Commercial Airplane. Image source:
Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and India sales Boeing Commercial Airplane. Image source:

“With the new aviation policies in place, we even see greater opportunities, and remain confident in the market and airlines sector in India,” Keskar said.

Last month, in June in India overhauled rules governing its aviation industry, liberalising norms for domestic carriers to fly overseas and spreading the country’s air travel boom to smaller cities by capping airfares and opening new airports.

Boeing said in an email that it forecasts single-aisle planes, such as the next generation 737 and 737 Max, to make up the bulk of new deliveries, with India likely to need about 1,560 such aircraft.

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Boeing says it has more than 85 percent share of the wide-body airplane market in India, while competitor Airbus (AIR.PA) sells the bulk of small planes preferred by low-cost carriers (LCCs) such as InterGlobe Aviation’s (INGL.NS) IndiGo.

LCCs dominate Indian skies and account for more than 60 percent of the flights in the country.

Boeing expects worldwide demand for 39,620 aircraft over the next 20 years, putting India’s share of the total at less than 5 percent. With that being said, Boeing still maintains a  bullish outlook for the country’s commercial aerospace market. (Reuters)


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India : “Only country in the world with a 5/20 rule”.


Mumbai: A new rule called ‘5/20’ was implemented and a controversy has surged up, following it.

The ‘5/20’ rule as it is been called,  decrees that new airlines like Vistara and AirAsia India must fly local for a maximum of 5 years along with the necessary securing of at least 20 aircrafts, before setting their feet abroad.

Tony Fernandes, CEO and founder of AirAsia Group Bhd, tweeted on Saturday: “Quite crazy 5/20 hasn’t been solved. Are owners of Indian airlines living in India. Naresh (Goyal), NRI”.

This is believed to be the reaction to Ratan Tata’s favoring of the 5/20 rule.

To explain the situation further, Fernandes was signaling to Federation of Indian airlines – which represents IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet Ltd. And GoAir – allegation that Tata is favouring the rule following self-interest and ownership issues.

Vistara co-owned by Tata Sons is essentially controlled from Singapore. Whereas, it is also worth mentioning that Air Malaysia is the largest shareholder.

AirAsia India, India’s largest airline founded by a London-based NRI, Naresh Goyal, is a joint venture in which AirAsia Bhd holds 49%, Tata Sons Ltd. 41% and the rest by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.

Under the Indian laws, a foreign company can own and invest up to 49% on any Indian airline, while an NRI can hold a full 100% share in an airline.

The Tata Sons refuted the allegations, claiming that the day-to-day operations and major decisions are taken by the board members, which comprises a wholesome part of Indian residents. And also that an essential share of the ownership rests with the Indian parties as per the Government’s requirement.

Whereas Fernandes replying to a tweet, said that he can see no reason why Malaysia should not be allowed to set up a joint venture with the Indian airlines. He also mentioned of an Indonesian airline that is already operating a Malaysian AOC (air operating certificate).

In a final tweet, Fernandes remarked: “People of India, your voice needs to be heard more. For too long, airlines have been controlled by a few. Mostly NRIs. Competition is needed”. (Input from agencies)

One response to “India : “Only country in the world with a 5/20 rule”.”

  1. i don’t know whether to trust this article or not, the article states “AirAsia India, India’s largest airline founded by a London-based NRI, Naresh Goyal, is a joint venture in which AirAsia Bhd holds 49%, Tata Sons Ltd. 41% and the rest by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.”; firstly naresh goyal is the founder of jet airways and not air asia india, secondly Air Asia India cant be called India’s largest airline with a fleet of 6 aircrafts and less than 10 destinations when Airlines like Indigo Operate with a fleet of over 100. These are just the basic facts about aviation in India i don’t know what you people are trying to portray.

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Boeing mulls assembling helicopters in India


New Delhi: Global aircraft manufacturing company Boeing on Friday said it is looking at setting up a chopper assembly line in India.

According to a top official of the company, the assembly line will either be for the Apache combat helicopter or the Chinook heavy-lift chopper.

Recently, Boeing closed a deal to sell 22 Apache combat helicopters and 15 Chinook CH-47F heavy-lift copters to India.

Boeing Chairman James McNerney said at an event here that the aircraft manufacturer was evaluating assembling one of these two helicopters in India.

Currently, the beams, or the spine, of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft are being made in a Nagpur facility.

The company said it was willing to take part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.

“We can play at the centre of ‘Make-in-India’ keeping in line with Boeing’s global product strategy. We want design and make in India for India and the world. India is now better poised to make investments for us after the new government has come in,” McNerney said.

“Boeing sees a lot of opportunity and capability in India and wants to help it scale up its economy. India will give us business and we in turn will provide technology and ‘know-how’ by collaborating with the partners in the country including the government,” McNerney said.

The chairman said the reason for doing more business in India was because the country was a natural ally.

“India is a big market and after the civil nuclear deal, governments of both countries can now decide more levels of cooperation in the fields of defence and aerospace technology,” McNerney said.

He also praised Modi’s vision in this regard.

“Under the new leadership, the country is moving towards the manufacturing dream. The efforts of changing tax regime and working towards speedy dispute resolution are some of the things that this government is working on and it is an encouraging feeling,” McNerney said.

To a question on aerospace manufacturing, McNerney said the company was looking at developing skills in India by participating in the Skills India mission.

“Manufacturing is a closer reality in India than most people think. We will be soon evaluating making aircraft parts like wings and fuselage here,” he said.

He added that the country will buy nearly 1,800 civil aircraft over the next 20 years which will call for a huge investment.

“Boeing sees this market as a civil aviation opportunity as conversion of only one percent of people travelling in trains to aviation can double the market size here. We are also looking at producing more fuel-efficient, green and longer-flying-capable planes to bring down the cost of flying to attract more customers,” McNerney said.

McNerney revealed that the company has closed more defence deals with India than the whole of the US defence industry combined in the last fifty years.

“Yes indeed! Boeing has closed more defence deals with India than whole of the US combined in the last fifty years,” McNerney said.

Asked about closing several deals with the government, McNerney said the trick was to have a team in India. “The probable reason of our success is that we anticipated these deals will come and set up a team here rather than bringing the aircraft here first and the team later.”

“Also, the Indian military is organised, capable and they know what equipment they want… hence it is easier to work with them. The series of defence deals also shows the country’s commitment to keeping its borders safe especially in wake of shaky neighbours,” McNerney said.

The chairman also said that the company had stopped production of the heavy lift transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster.

The announcement comes at a time when the Indian government required three more Globemaster planes. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster is a large military transport aircraft.

“We have only one C-17 with us. Of course, there are buying opportunities in the used market and the model will stay in the market for another 20 to 30 years,” the chairman said.

The Indian government and Boeing had entered into a purchase agreement for 10 C-17 Globemaster aircraft with an option for buying six more. The deal was estimated at $4.1 billion.

Currently, the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Globemaster fleet is based out of Hindon Air Force Station near the national capital. The fleet is operated by the ‘Skylords’ squadron for strategic airlift assignments.

United States has the largest fleet of Globemaster aircraft (over 220) followed by India which has only 10 C-17s.