A WORD FROM ED­I­TOR

SP's Airbuz - - Table of Contents - B.K. Pandey Ed­i­tor

AMAJOR EVENT IN THE RE­CENT past that will have far reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for the global civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try is a deal for part­ner­ship be­tween the US aero­space gi­ant Boe­ing and the renowned Brazil­ian aero­space ma­jor Em­braer to set up a joint ven­ture in which the for­mer will hold a stake of 80 per cent and the re­main­ing 20 per cent will be the share for the lat­ter. Un­der this deal, Em­braer’s com­mer­cial jet busi­ness will be trans­ferred to the joint ven­ture com­pany. Sub­ject to all nec­es­sary clear­ances be­ing ob­tained, the part­ner­ship is ex­pected to be func­tional by 2019. In this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz, Sukhchain Singh has a de­tailed re­port on this newly an­nounced part­ner­ship. The au­thor has an anal­y­sis of the im­pli­ca­tions for the other ma­jor play­ers in the global civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try who are likely to face new lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion and fresh chal­lenges.

A ma­jor is­sue the global civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try is con­fronted with to­day is that of the ad­verse im­pact of the in­dus­try on the en­vi­ron­ment, not only through the emis­sion of Green­house Gas, but in a myr­iad of other ways be­gin­ning with the de­ci­sion on lo­ca­tion and con­struc­tion of air­ports as also its ground op­er­a­tions. Anil Cho­pra has a de­tailed re­view of the prob­lem that pre­vails world­wide and delves into the ini­tia­tives un­der­way as well as the mea­sures nec­es­sary to min­imise the ill ef­fects of this seg­ment of busi­ness on hu­man­ity.

While In­dia has one of the fastest grow­ing mar­kets in the world, the en­vi­ron­ment is highly competitive for the air­lines in the pri­vate sec­tor. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s AirBuz, San­jiv Kapoor, the Chief Strat­egy and Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer of Vis­tara, a full ser­vice car­rier set up in the pri­vate sec­tor five years ago through a joint ven­ture be­tween Tata Sons and Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, cat­a­logues the chal­lenges the air­line faces, the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead, its as­pi­ra­tions to bring back the charm of fly­ing, ef­forts the air­line is de­vot­ing to­wards this aim as well as its plans and strate­gies for the fu­ture.

Look­ing at the fu­ture, Ar­pita Kala talks about the un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, com­monly re­ferred to as Drones. How­ever, suc­cess­ful em­ploy­ment of Drones in civil so­ci­ety will re­quire for­mu­la­tion of reg­u­la­tory pro­vi­sions and their im­ple­men­ta­tion to en­sure safe in­te­gra­tion with other manned air traf­fic, draft­ing of stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures and large scale train­ing. In an in­ter­view Dewang Gala, Co-founder of Pi­geon In­no­va­tive So­lu­tions, a Drone Sur­vey and Aerial Photography Com­pany, delves on the var­i­ous is­sues re­lated to em­ploy­ment of Drones by the civil so­ci­ety. Both these ar­ti­cles fig­ure in this is­sue of the mag­a­zine.

An­other ma­jor event on the global civil avi­a­tion scene is the Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show (FIA) that is be­ing held from July 16 to 22 this year at Farn­bor­ough in Eng­land. When it be­gan, it was an an­nual event. How­ever, since 1962, it be­came a bi­en­nial event al­ter­nat­ing with the Air­show at Paris, an­other ma­jor global event. This year at the FIA, around 1,500 com­pa­nies are to ex­hibit their prod­ucts and 150 air­craft will be on dis­play. The Air­show is ex­pected to host over 1,50,000 vis­i­tors from trade as also from the public. In a cur­tain raiser, Ar­pita Kala has a de­tailed pre­view of the event in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz.

All this and more in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz. Wel­come aboard and wish you happy land­ings!

Jai Hind!

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