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What would happen if Air India and Vistara Airlines combined? How did Singapore Airlines measure up?

Air India and Vistara Airlines are expected to merge given that Singapore Airlines has approved the shareholding procedure.

What would happen if Air India and Vistara Airlines combined? How did Singapore Airlines measure up?

By the end of the current year, Air India and Vistara Airlines are expected to merge given that Singapore Airlines has approved the shareholding procedure. Singapore Airlines also owns a 49% stake in Vistara Airlines, which launched low-cost airlines in 2015.

In 1932, Air India was established by Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, chairman of the TATA group. But in 1952, the government took over this airline, creating a monopoly that lasted in India until 1992. However, as Air India progressively entered the Indian Airlines market, the government later controlled Indian airlines. However, due to multiple errors in judgment that led to a debt of 60,000 crores ($7.3 billion) and significant losses for the airline, Air India isn’t doing so well. In 2022, the Indian government finally transferred ownership of Air India to TATA Group, the real owner of the business.

10 things we must know about Vistara Airlines(Opens in a new browser tab)

What attention TATA is giving to the Air India group?

TATA immediately made several good steps to modernize its fleet after assuming control of Air India. It bought 25 new aircraft for lease, elevating Air India operations, and handled refunds of Rs 150 crore for passengers impacted by the canceled flight from the previous year. Similar to other airlines, Air India also adopted the most recent ticketing system, which has since lowered fares in accordance with flight demand.

With the new TATA group wings, it is now prepared to soar to new heights of grandeur. In order to streamline the process and connect multiple cities with both airlines, Vistara Airlines and Air India are now being merged.

Additionally, Vistara Airlines was named one of the top 20 airlines in the world for 2022. But the Singapore Airlines management team deserves all the praise for taking excellent care of this brand and providing the greatest level of training to the airline’s staff.

One of the top two airlines in the world, Singapore Airlines is renowned for providing exceptional passenger services and flight operations.

Air India intends to increase the fleet size by an additional 30 aircraft.(Opens in a new browser tab)

How many aircraft are operated by Air India and Vistara?

According to the Air India website, the fleet size is 153 aircraft, with a mix of 128 narrow-body and 49 wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

Additionally, Vistara Airlines has 51 aircraft, six of which are Boeing 787s. The remaining 48 are narrow-body aircraft, the majority of which are 40 Airbus A320s. According to the website planespotter, with an average age of 3.8 years, it has India’s youngest fleet. As a result, the majority of aircraft will operate at their highest level of service without any difficulties.

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How many destinations does Vistara Airlines connect to?

As of August 5, 2022, Vistara offers service to 41 locations, 11 of which are abroad. With domestic flights to 58 locations and foreign flights to 45 cities in 31 countries, the airline serves 103 destinations.

If the two airlines combine, more options will be available to airlines because they would be able to travel to more destinations. Nonetheless, as further reductions are made, Singapore Airlines’ share in Vistara will drop from 49 to 25%.  It will be a part of Vistara and Air India.

further widebody aircraft play a significant role in carrying international high volume traffic and narrow body aircraft assist in connecting domestic flights, when the two airlines unite, a total of 204 aircraft will be available for operations.

The choice to consolidate makes sense, according to some of the resources that assist airlines in keeping a combined staff and optimizing the office and airport locations for greater operations.

It will develop into a sizable Asian subsidiary for Singapore Airlines, allowing both companies to make money off of the partnership.

He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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IndiGo to Receive Customized Compensation from Pratt & Whitney for Engine Groundings

IndiGo to Receive Customized Compensation from Pratt & Whitney for Engine Groundings

InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company of IndiGo, has reached an agreement with International Aero Engines (IAE), an affiliate of Pratt & Whitney, for customized compensation related to grounded aircraft affected by engine issues.

According to a recent PTI report, InterGlobe Aviation finalized an amendment to its existing agreement with IAE on June 14, 2024. The compensation addresses the ongoing situation where over 70 IndiGo planes have been grounded due to problems with Pratt & Whitney engines.

Specifically, more than 30 aircraft were affected by a powder metal defect, with others sidelined due to earlier issues. Although the exact financial details were not disclosed, the arrangement reflects efforts to mitigate the operational impacts faced by the airline.

Last year, Pratt & Whitney identified a rare powder metal defect that posed a risk of engine component cracking in twin-engined Airbus A320neo aircraft. This discovery necessitated accelerated inspections across affected fleets, potentially grounding 600-700 Airbus jets between 2023 and 2026.

Despite these challenges, InterGlobe Aviation reported robust financial performance in the fiscal year ending March 2024. The Gurugram-based carrier, known for its budget-friendly operations, recorded a significant increase in profit after tax to Rs 1,894.8 crore for the March quarter. This growth was driven by higher passenger traffic, expanded capacity, and favorable market conditions.

For the full fiscal year, IndiGo achieved a net profit of Rs 8,172.5 crore on a record total income of Rs 18,505.1 crore. As of March 2024, the airline operated a fleet of 367 planes, including 13 on damp lease, reinforcing its position as a dominant player in the domestic aviation sector.

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Investigations Reveal Fake Chinese Titanium in Boeing and Airbus Jets

Investigations Reveal Fake Chinese Titanium in Boeing and Airbus Jets

Airliners manufactured by Boeing and Airbus have components made from titanium that was sold with fake documentation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) revealed the problem after Boeing reported it to the agency when it was notified by parts supplier Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit AeroSystems, the same company that made the door on the 737 Max plane which suffered a door blowout on January 5, is at the center of this issue.

The falsified documents are being investigated by Spirit AeroSystems, which supplies fuselages for Boeing and wings for Airbus, as well as the F.A.A. The investigation began after a parts supplier found small holes in the material from corrosion. Spirit was testing the metal to determine if it was up to standard and structurally sound enough.

“This is about documents that have been falsified, forged, and counterfeited,” Spirit AeroSystems stated. “Once we realized the counterfeit titanium made its way into the supply chain, we immediately contained all suspected parts to determine the scope of the issues.”

The F.A.A. said in a statement that it “will investigate further the root cause of the document traceability issue and continues to monitor closely any new developments that could potentially lead to an unsafe condition in the fleet.” The agency is trying to determine the short- and long-term safety implications for planes made using the parts. It is unclear how many planes have parts made with the questionable material.

Boeing, in its statement, reported a voluntary disclosure to the F.A.A. regarding the procurement of material through a distributor who may have falsified or provided incorrect records. “Boeing issued a bulletin outlining ways suppliers should remain alert to the potential of falsified records,” the company added.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which oversees Airbus, said it learned of the issue from authorities in Italy and began an investigation. So far, the agency said, it has not found indications of a safety problem. The problem was discovered after a parts supplier found small holes in the titanium from corrosion.

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Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines, renowned for its expansive global network, currently flies to more countries than any other carrier worldwide.

Recently, the airline has expanded its reach in the United States, bringing the total number of destinations served to 14. With the recent addition of Denver and Dallas, the airline is now setting its sights on further expansion.

In a recent interview, Turkish Airlines Chairman telegraphed the next four U.S. cities that are in their crosshairs: Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis. These additions will join an already impressive roster that includes Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington Dulles.

As of now, Turkish Airlines operates flights to 14 destinations across the United States. The confirmed destinations include Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD).

Bolat, in his interview, indicated that Turkish Airlines plans to eventually serve 20 destinations in the United States. The proposed new routes to Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis would bring the total to 18, suggesting there are two additional cities potentially on the horizon.

However, it’s important to note that flights from Minneapolis and Orlando directly to Istanbul are not imminent, as the airline has not yet made any official announcements, and ticket sales have not commenced. Additionally, representatives from Minneapolis airport have not commented on the possibility of nonstop service to Istanbul.

The airline’s ambitious expansion plans are supported by the acquisition of numerous additional widebody planes over the next few years, necessitating new destinations to deploy these aircraft. Turkish Airlines’ strategy appears to be targeting major American Airlines hubs, ensuring a strong presence across key U.S. cities.

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