Monday, 31 December 2012

Kingfisher Airlines Ltd loses Flying Permit




Despite all its efforts Kingfisher Airlines, on Monday, lost its flying licence as the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) refused to renew its Air Operator Permit (AOP) without a viable turnaround plan. Kingfisher, as desired by the DGCA, also failed to furnish no objection certificates from service providers, more specifically the Airports Authority of India (AAI), before the deadline. The airline’s flying licence, which was suspended in October after a workers’ strike, was scheduled for renewal on December 31, 2012, but the aviation regulator wanted a more comprehensive restart plan before renewal of permit.

DGCA officials said that they were not satisfied with Kingfisher’s assurances and needed more clarity before giving their nod. Director-General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra did not receive calls to spell out the regulator’s stance and about Kingfisher’s future.

The non-renewal of permit is not the end for Kingfisher as the airline can apply for renewal of licence within two years. But as per Monday’s development, the airline has become defunct as it is no more a scheduled operator.

Now the airline has to convince lenders, airport owners, tax authorities and employees about its viability and get no objection certificates. On Monday, Kingfisher was negotiating with the AAI for a clearance but it did not come.

“Kingfisher Airlines (had) applied for renewal of its licence as a scheduled carrier. Subsequently, we submitted a restart and rehabilitation plan to the DGCA and also attended meetings to respond to queries. The plan itself clearly states that the funding required would be provided by The UB Group,” Kingfisher Airlines said in a statement.

“The DGCA has asked for certain no objection letters which are in the process of being procured. Further, a few additional questions have been raised which will be answered to the regulator’s satisfaction,” the statement added.

“Despite the impending expiry of its licence tonight [Monday], there is no cause for concern as the regulations permit licence renewal within two years of expiry. Kingfisher Airlines is confident of securing approval from the DGCA on the restart plan, licence approval and reinstatement of its AOP,” Kingfisher spokesperson said.




DGCA to ask for more details from Kingfisher on its finances,
Kingfisher submits interim revival plan,
Kingfisher applies for licence renewal,



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Now Singapore too likely slipped into Global Recession


 Singapore likely slipped into recession in the three months to December, analysts told AFP on Monday, as data showed growth in 2012 came in lower than expected.

In his New Year's message, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said "growth was slower this year, at 1.2 per cent", which is well off the official growth forecast of 1.5-2.5 per cent.

However, CIMB Research economist Song Seng Wun said the figures for the year indicate the economy shrank 3.5 to 4.0 per cent quarter on quarter in October-December, which followed a contraction of 5.9 per cent in the previous three months.

Two consecutive quarters of contraction point to a technical recession.

"It's basically just the magnitude of (the recession) rather than if," he told AFP.

And Jason Hughes, head of premium client management for IG Markets Singapore, said: "It would seem that the PM's statement of 1.2 per cent growth for 2012 would suggest that we've contracted in the fourth quarter which would put us in technical recession territory."

An official breakdown of the data will be released by the trade ministry on Wednesday.

Lee said growth had been hit by weakness in the city-state's key export markets of Europe, which is battling a debt crisis, and the United States and Japan, where economic recovery is sputtering.

"The weak US, European and Japanese economies dampened our growth, but some industries have also had difficulty hiring the workers they need to grow. Next year we expect to grow by 1.0-3.0 per cent," he added.

Singapore, widely regarded as a bellwether for Asia's export-driven economies, went through its worst-ever recession during the global financial crisis from the third quarter of 2008 to the second half of 2009.

Unlike its bigger neighbours, however, Singapore is more vulnerable to external trade developments because it has a small domestic base of just over five million residents.



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Bye Bye 2012 Welcome 2013




From teeming Times Square in New York City to an Asian capital hosting its first public New Year's Eve countdown in decades, the world looked to the start of 2013 with hope for renewal after a year of economic turmoil, searing violence and natural disasters.

Fireworks, concerts and celebrations unfolded around the globe to ring in the new year and, for some, to wring out the old.

"With all the sadness in the country, we're looking for some good changes in 2013," Laura Concannon, of Hingham, Mass., said as she, her husband, Kevin, and his parents took in the scene in bustling Times Square on Monday.

A blocks-long line of bundled-up revellers with New Year's hats and sunglasses boasting "2013" formed hours before the first ball drop in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April and was to be honoured with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti.

Security in Times Square was tight, with a mass of uniformed police and plainclothes officers assigned to blend into the crowd.


With police Commissioner Raymond Kelly proclaiming that Times Square would be the "safest place in the world on New Year's Eve," officers used barriers to prevent overcrowding and checkpoints to inspect vehicles, enforce a ban on alcohol and check handbags.

Benjamin Nadorf, 4, fools around with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year party in Times Square in New York city on Monday, Dec. 31. One million people are expected at Times Square for the countdown. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)
Syracuse University student Taylor Nanz, 18, said she and a friend had been standing in Times Square since 1:20 p.m. ET Monday.

They hadn't moved from their spot "because there's a bathroom a block and a half away, but if you leave, you lose your place," she said, shivering behind an iron barricade with a clear view of One Times Square, the building where the crystal ball hovered.

"It's the first time — and the last time," she said.

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Elsewhere hours earlier, lavish fireworks displays lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai where multicoloured fireworks danced up an down the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In Russia, spectators filled Moscow's iconic Red Square as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin.

Organizers said about 90,000 people gathered in a large field in Rangoon, Burma, sometimes known as Myanmar, for their first chance to do what much of the world does every Dec. 31 — watch a countdown. The reformist government that took office last year in the country, long under military rule, threw its first public New Year's celebration in decades.

"We feel like we are in a different world," said Yu Thawda, a university student who went with three of her friends.

Pope's 2013 message
Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Benedict celebrated New Year's Eve with a vespers service Monday in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to give thanks for 2012, saying it's tough to remember that goodness prevails when bad news — deaths, violence and injustice — "makes more noise than good."

Taking time to meditate in prolonged reflection and prayer can help "find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life," said the Pope, whose 2012 was full of highs and lows, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba, but also the betrayal of his butler, convicted of stealing Benedict's personal papers and leaking them to a journalist.

On Tuesday morning, Benedict celebrates a New Year's Day Mass, which the Catholic Church celebrates as its world day of peace


The atmosphere of celebration was muted in some places with concern.

Europe planned scaled-back festivities and street parties, the mood restrained — if hopeful — for a 2013 that is projected to be a sixth straight year of recession amid Greece's worst economic crisis since the Second World War. More than 22,000 revellers in the Madrid square celebrated the arrival of the new year under umbrellas as rain fell steadily.

Hotels, clubs and other sites in New Delhi, the Indian capital, cancelled festivities after the death of a rape victim on Saturday touched off days of mourning and reflection about women's safety. In the Philippines, where many are recovering from devastation from a recent typhoon, a health official danced to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style video in an effort to stop revellers from setting off huge illegal firecrackers, which maim and injure hundreds of Filipinos each year.

And even in Times Square, some revellers checked their cellphones to keep up with news of lawmakers' efforts to skirt the fiscal cliff combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts that threatened to reverberate globally. And the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and Superstorm Sandy mingled into the memories of 2012.

"This has been a very eventful year, on many levels," Denise Norris said as she and her husband, the Rev. Urie Norris, surveyed the crowd seeking to jam Times Square for a countdown show with Ryan Seacrest as host and musical acts including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull.

About a block away, Army Sgt. Clint Evanoff waited in a black suit, red vest and red tie to get into Times Square with a couple of his friends from his unit at Fort Drum, N.Y. Evanoff, 20, is scheduled to leave for Afghanistan, his first deployment, in about two weeks.

Looking ahead to the new year, "I'm just hoping to make it back," he said.

Elsewhere, too, hopes for 2013 were a mix of personal and political. In Boston, communications writer and editor Colin O'Brien, 25, said he was optimistic that the nation had realized it was time to make tough decisions about its finances and policy and that there might be "more common ground than people are willing to admit or accept." In Harrisburg, Pa., warehouse worker Adam Gassner, 43, had more internal goals: "hoping to continue to get myself back on my feet."


Lavish fireworks displays ushered in 2013 across the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, and Europe was holding scaled-back festivities and street parties in the hope of beginning a new year that will be kinder to its battered economies.

Asian cities kicked off New Year's celebrations in style and an atmosphere of renewed optimism, despite the "fiscal cliff" impasse of spending cuts and tax increases threatening to reverberate globally from the United States.
Huge fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.

Celebrations were planned around the world, including the traditional crystal ball drop in New York City's Times Square, where 1 million people were expected to cram into the surrounding streets.

In Russia, Moscow's iconic Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome in the new year. Earlier in the day, about 25 people were reportedly arrested in Moscow for trying to hold an unsanctioned demonstration. But President Vladimir Putin gave an optimistic New Year's Eve address, making no reference to the anti-government protests that have occurred in his country in the past year.

"We believe that we can change the life around us and become better ourselves, that we can become more heedful, compassionate, gracious," Putin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

In Australia, a balmy summer night was split by 7 tons of fireworks fired from rooftops and barges in Sydney, many cascading from the city's Harbor Bridge, in a $6.9 million pyrotechnic extravaganza billed by organizers as the world's largest.

In Myanmar, after nearly five decades under military regimes that discouraged or banned big public gatherings, about 90,000 people experienced the country's first New Year's Eve countdown in a field in the largest city of Yangon.

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Air Plane Crash puts Russia's Airline Industry in spotlight




A Russian airliner flying without passengers broke into pieces after it slid off the runway and crashed onto a highway outside Moscow upon landing on Saturday, killing four of the eight crew on board and leaving smoking chunks of fuselage on the icy road.


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The crash during peak holiday travel ahead of Russia's New Year's vacation, which runs from Sunday through Jan. 9, cast a spotlight on the country's poor air safety record despite President Vladimir Putin's calls to improve controls.

Television footage showed the Tupolev Tu-204 jet with smoke billowing from the tail end and the cockpit broken clean off the front.

Some witnesses told state channel Rossiya-24 they saw a man thrown from the plane as it rammed into the barrier of the highway outside Vnukovo airport, just southwest of the capital, and another described pulling other people from the wreckage.

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"The plane split into three pieces," Yelena Krylova, chief spokeswoman for the airport, said in televised comments.

Police spokesman Gennady Bogachyov said: "The plane went off the runway, broke through the barrier, and caught fire."

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The pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, and a flight attendant were killed and the other four crew members aboard – all flight attendants – were in a serious condition in the hospital with head injuries, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Officials said earlier that there were 12 crew on board.

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Indian Aviation Industry witnessed tumultuous developments in 2012



Indian Aviation sees yet another year of turbulence in 2012

 Indian Aviation Industry witnessed tumultuous developments in 2012 with the grounding of Kingfisher Airlines and financial trouble hitting Air India and other carriers even as a prestigious airport project contract bagged by a leading Indian infrastructure firm was terminated by the Maldivian government.

To provide some succour to the ailing Indian carriers, the government came up with some pro-industry policies like allowing foreign airlines to invest in their Indian counterparts, but to no avail.

Even steps to check high air fares did not have the desired impact and affordable ticket prices remained a distant dream. This also led to a fall in domestic air traffic, with the passengers carried by Indian airlines dropping 2.94 per cent between January-November compared to 2011.

A negative development was the "unilateral" termination of the prestigious Male airport expansion and modernization project contract awarded to major infrastructure firm GMR, by the Maldives government. The contract was awarded to the Indian company by the previous regime there in 2010.

The FDI liberalisation move saw no takers, though there were hopes that 2013 would witness some interested foreign airlines picking up equity in Indian carriers, some of whom were in talks on the issue.

Commenting on the FDI decision, IATA chief Tony Tyler said, "As long as high taxes prevail, high airport costs and high cost of operations exist, you are not going to get a lot of people to invest in airlines."
While welcoming the move, he said, "Unless conditions in India are improved for the airlines, you are not going to see a flood of foreign carriers coming into the industry. Foreign capital needs a return just as anywhere else."

The year also saw the government coming to the aid of Air India by promising additional equity of Rs. 30,231 crore in tranches between 2012 and 2021 provided the airline fulfils the tasks set out for it in a time-bound manner as per its Turnaround and Financial Restructuring Plans.

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American Airlines Pilots approve MOU for agreements under Merger




Union leaders who represent American Airlines Pilots approved a tentative agreement Saturday for how the airline could merge with US Airways.

The board of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) said it voted 11-5 to approve a so-called memorandum of understanding that, with approval of other parties, "would serve as a framework for an agreement" if the airlines merge.

The union declined to provide details of the agreement, citing a non-disclosure agreement it sign as a party to the merger talks.

American, which is restructuring in bankruptcy court, is in talks to merge with US Airways. American could merge as part of the structuring process or exit bankruptcy and then decide whether to merge. A merger could be announced as soon as January 9, when AMR's board is due to meet.

A framework for the unions' labor agreements are a crucial part of the merger discussions. The APA said it is in talks with officials from American's parent, AMR Corp, US Airways and the US Airline Pilots Association, which represents US Airways Pilots. Also included in the talks is the Unsecured Creditors Committee, which represents creditors of American.

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"THE biggest mistake west African airlines have made", the boss of Starbow Airlines, Brock Friesen, told the Financial Times on Friday, "is try to compete [with big foreign airlines] on long-haul routes." It's a crucial observation, and one that is ...
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American Airlines pilots approve MOU for agreements under merger
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The board of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) said it voted 11-5 to approve a so-called memorandum of understanding that, with approval of other parties, "would serve as a framework for an agreement" if the airlines merge. The union declined to ...
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New Airline Operating Licenses in Saudi May Take 3-6 Months
Jakarta Globe
New Airline Operating Licenses in Saudi May Take 3-6 Months Asma Alsharif and Praveen Menon | December 30, 2012. Related articles. Manulife Sees Records as Indonesia Cuts Sales: Islamic Finance 1:24pm Dec 4, 2012. After Bus Bombing, Bulgaria ...
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FCC Order to Increase Availability of Airline In-Flight Internet Access
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This remains the case unless of course you have booked a flight on one of the fewairlines that have outfitted a few of their airplanes with WiFi and Internet access. If you don't mind paying for it you can get slow Internet access. I found this ...
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Spain's Iberia Airlines talks with disgruntled crew end without result
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Iberia is, with British Airways, part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), which announced on November 9 plans to cut 4,500 jobs and cut salaries by 25 to 35 percent at the airline. In an attempt to reduce Iberia's costs, IAG said it also planned ...
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United Airlines jet slides off runway, hits snowbank in NY
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ALBANY, N.Y. – A regional jet has skidded into a snow bank at an upstate New York airport and become stuck, temporarily stranding passengers. A spokesman for the Albany County Airport Authority says no injuries have been reported. The United Airlines ...
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Airlines: 2012 safest in nearly 50 years
UPI.com
NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Commercial flying in the United States and elsewhere in 2012 was safer than it has been in more than nearly fifty years, industry data show. There have been 22 commercial airline crashes resulting in fatalities this year ...
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American Airlines shuffles passengers in snowy conditions
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“Customers ticketed on American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection flights on Saturday to, from, or through the cities listed below may change flights without penalty,” the airline said. Here is the list of affected cities and airports ...
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The FCC is Helping More Airlines to Get In-Flight Wi-Fi
Gizmodo
In-flight Internet already exists, so its application isn't exactly a technical problem. The issue is that every airline has to get permission from the FCC to use the satellite-delivered airwaves in-flight Wi-Fi requires, and up until now there was no ...
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Moscow Red Wings Airlines plane crash
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Moscow Red Wings Airlines plane crash. Clear topic. Summary & Links; Related locations; Related topics; Share/subscribe. Summary & Links: A passenger jet reportedly crashed on Saturday, December 29, after taking a hard landing at Moscow's Vnukovo ...
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