Lufthansa Technik landing gear support for Air India
world’s fastest growing aviation market.” SpiceJet currently operates 32 Next-Generation B737s and 17 Bombardier Q400s. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver class-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
IndiGo’s 125th Airbus A320
As IndiGo took delivery of its 13th Airbus A320neo aircraft on 27 December 2016, Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo said, “The delivery of the 125th aircraft in the 125th month of our operation is indeed a landmark occasion for us …reinforces our commitment towards the industry and living our promise of providing the best flying experience to our passengers. The entire IndiGo team has worked extremely hard to reach where we are today and we are raring to go”.
Air India to induct 100 more airliners
It is reported that the Government has cleared Air India to induct 100 new airliners but under lease arrangements for which no additional budgetary proposals would be made. According to the Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, this is part of the turnaround plan, with Air India is planning a fleet of 232 aircraft, including those on lease, by March 2020. Meanwhile, the first of 29 Airbus A320neos being leased by Air India are scheduled to arrive in mid-February 2017 while additional numbers are also planned for leasing. As part of expansion, Air India Express is to lease 18 more Boeing 737s, adding to its present fleet of 17 737s.
Air India and Lufthansa Technik have an agreement for maintenance and repair of the carrier’s Boeing 777-200/300 landing gears, the contract covering a total of 15 shipsets. The maintenance and overhaul work will be performed by Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK (LTLGS) located in Hayes, London. The first Boeing 777-200/300 landing gear delivery to Air India also marks an important milestone for LTLGS: the 50th Boeing 777-200/300 landing gear overhauled by LTLGS since 2013, which amounts to a market share of approximately 70% in the currently anticipated global market.
Vistara completes two years of operations
On 9 January Vistara, the Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines JV airline, marked two years of services in Indian skies. Vistara currently operate more than 500 flights per week across a growing network of 20 destinations across India, served by a fleet of 13 Airbus A320s. The airline has flown over 3.5 million customers, consistently recorded a high On-Time Performance (OTP) and secured awards and recognition from industry bodies and airline publications.
Rolls-Royce and RGNAU MoU on aviation studies
Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) to build future competencies for the Indian aviation industry. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Air Vice Marshal Nalin Kumar Tandon (retd), Vice Chancellor of RGNAU, and Kishore Jayaraman, President-India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce.
RGNAU was set up to facilitate and promote aviation studies and research, and will function from Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh. The MoU the manner in which Rolls-Royce will support RGNAU develop curricula and offer international experts for guest lectures to help the maturity of the university.