A growing appetite among Indian carriers to serve regional routes makes the country a potentially big market for 250 regional jets with a capacity of up to 120 seats, according to Brazilian airframer Embraer. Twin-turboprop manufacturer ATR estimates in the next five years India will requirearound 100 aircraft,and 200 in the longer term.
Even though the year ended with doom and gloom, the Indian air transport sector couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to 2012 with its largest budget carrier, IndiGo, signing a memorandum of understanding for the biggest commercial aviation deal in history valued at approximately $15.6 billion. The deal, which was subsequently firmed up, called for 180 of Airbus’ A320 family narrowbodies. This topped an earlier order by the carrier for 100 aircraft and seemed a clear indication that the Indian market is back on track after suffering severe losses during 2008- 2009.
Even as Asia Pacific airlines survived a testing 2011, overcapacity as a result of increased fleet orders is still concerning investors, who are already less willing to finance procurements in the current debt-laden environment. This was the message from Sydney-based thinktank, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) at the Low Cost Airlines Asia summit here in Singapore last week.
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines continued its public criticism of new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) passenger-protection rules, drawing a rebuke from a U.S. senator. The airline also faced a new fine from the DOT over its handling of complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities.
New provisions to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) passenger-protection rule become effective January 24 and 26, among them a requirement that airlines and ticket agents include all government taxes and fees in advertised ticket prices.
Numerous U.S. and international airlines added fare surcharges to certain flights in the first half of January, apparently reacting to the European emissions trading scheme (ETS) that took effect on January 1.
Mexican low-fare carrier Volaris has signed a purchase agreement for 30 Airbus A320neos and 14 A320s, Airbus announced today. The deal amounts to the largest single commercial aircraft order ever by an airline in Mexico, according to Airbus. Volaris, also the first airline in the country to order the A320neo, plans to announce its engine selections for the aircraft at a later date.
AirAsia X, long-haul subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia, the largest Asian budget carrier, plans to withdraw 11 weekly services to Mumbai and Delhi in India and 10 weeklies to its only European destinations—Paris and London—from its Kuala Lumpur hub.
Low-cost carrier flydubai announced $74 million in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow.
The airline signed agreements with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, with a combined value of $54 million.
Politicians viewing air transport as a soft target are the greatest threat to the air transport industry, according to the secretary general of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.