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Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Flight has Landed

Indians are flying high. Thanks to a proactive civil Aviation Minister (Praful Patel) , the airline sector has finally woken up from the slumber. Last week witnessed AI buying 50 planes worth US$ 7 Billion from Boeing. BusinessWeek reports about the dogfight between Airbus and Boeing to cater to the Indian market. They are giving huge discounts , using official diplomacy, promising to provide ground support,maintanance and training -- you name it and you get it. Boeing is already contemplating about setting up a maintanance and pilot training centre in India.

The Open Skies agreement signed between India and US,UK,Singapore (plus a few more set to follow) in recent weeks promises more flights,low fares and increased consumer power.

Long live low cost airlines. After the phenomenal success of Air Deccan, this month would witness the launch of Kingfisher airlines and spicejet. Air Deccan has already fired the first salvo by offering air tickets for as less as Rs.1 (Limited number of tickets . plus taxes which is apparently Rs.221 !).

But amidst all this good news is a sense of pessimism. The number of airports and the airport conditions in general continue to be a cause of concern. But with bold privatisation reforms in the offing, the Mumbai and Delhi airports followed by the other metros are likely to become world class in the future.

Only sky is our limit !


  • Have wings will fly! Go Airways (not sure of the name) from Godrej group is also set to take off.
    Praful Patel has really given the much needed boost to this industry.

    I read an interview with the CEO of one of the Budget carriers. He says that Malaysia which is 1/4 th the size of India has an Aviation market which is as big as that of India. This shows how underserved the Indian market was. Gone are the days when air travel was the domain of the privileged few.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:06 PM  

  • Vaaname Ellai :-)

    By Blogger Krish, at 12:08 AM  

  • What a coincidence?

    If you hv not read my posting on "aviation woes" go to "www.dreamstores.blogspot.com" and share your views....

    By Blogger Ram C, at 6:15 AM  

  • Got your blog address from "Twin Gemini". I am an SVCE alum.
    Are you still in college? Here is the URL to Ilaiyaraaja's Thiruvasakam project :http://www.tis-usa.com/index.html

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 12:03 PM  

  • well the ultimate gainier are the consumers(i.e we). Cheers to us !!

    By Blogger Srikar, at 1:21 PM  

  • All these airlines now-a-days concentrate on in-flight entertainment. Recently happened to fly by Air Deccan A320. Amazed to see TV panels(Guess this's the first of its kind in domestic flights). Even their service has improved.

    By Blogger Nayag, at 3:37 PM  

  • Kaps, Yes. The potential is huge.

    Thennavan , nicely summed up !

    Ram.c , coincidence !

    Venky, Thanks for the URL ! I graduated from SVCE almost 8 yrs ago !

    Srikar, nayak -- yeah . Power to the consumers .

    By Blogger Cogito, at 11:22 PM  

  • recently i travelled from chennai to kovai by air dec. the service is good compared to the price.good they are not spoiling u r health with high risk diet. Trc

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:35 AM  

  • Appa,Yeah True. Good value for money.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:39 PM  

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