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    Tata's new airline ready for takeoff
    GEOFF HISCOCK, Contributing writer

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    SYDNEY -- Vistara, the new Indian airline launched by Singapore Airlines and local conglomerate Tata group, will make its maiden flight Friday, taking passengers from New Delhi to Mumbai.

    Vistara will compete against full-service rivals Air India and Jet Airways, forgoing the crowded discount market where budget carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir, JetLite, AirAsia India and Air Costa battle it out with superlow fares on busy routes.

    Air India and Jet Airways control a combined 36% of the Indian domestic market, while IndiGo is the single biggest carrier, with a 33.5% share, according to data for November issued by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

    Growing pains

    In line with growing middle-class incomes, India's domestic aviation market has expanded rapidly in the past decade, with the annual passenger count swelling past 60 million. But the industry has entered turbulent times. Some early entrants have dropped out or have been taken over, including Air Deccan, Air Sahara, Deccan 360, Paramount Airways and, more recently, Kingfisher Airlines, founded by flamboyant liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya.

    The heavily indebted Kingfisher was grounded in late 2012 and had its operating licence revoked in February 2013. Last month, the government annulled Mallya's reappointment as managing director of the failed airline.

    SpiceJet, whose 15% market share puts it behind only IndiGo in the budget segment, has had cash-flow problems in recent months and has had to cancel a large number of flights. It was forced to suspend forward ticket sales briefly last month on the orders of the civil aviation authority.

    The launch of Vistara marks a significant milestone for the Tata group. J.R.D. Tata, the late industrialist who led the group's expansion as chairman from 1938 to 1991, was a pioneer of Indian aviation, founding Tata Aviation Services in 1932 and establishing Air India International in 1948 as a public-private enterprise. Air India was nationalized by the government of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1953, although Tata remained chairman of the international arm until 1978.

    Initially, Vistara will operate on three busy routes: New Delhi-Mumbai, New Delhi-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Ahmedabad, using 148-seater Airbus A320s. The airline, which is held 51% by Tata and 49% by Singapore Airlines, is starting with three A320s but aims to expand the fleet to 20 within four years.

    Vistara Chief Executive Phee Teik Yeoh said he and his team were "committed to putting the joy back into flying" when announcing last month that the airline's inaugural flight would be on Jan. 9. The airline is configuring its A320s to seat 16 in business class, 36 in premium economy and 96 in economy. The airline's chairman is longtime Tata executive Prasad Menon.

    In addition to its partnership in Vistara, the Tata group also joined with Malaysia-based AirAsia in late 2013 to establish AirAsia India as a Bangalore-based discount carrier. Tata has a 30% stake in AirAsia India, which began flights between Bangalore, Chennai and five smaller domestic destinations in June 2014. AirAsia holds 49%, while the remaining 21% is owned by Telestra Tradeplace, an investment vehicle headed by Delhi businessman Arun Bhatia.

    Big opportunity

    India is one of the 10 largest aviation markets globally, with total passenger numbers of more than 100 million in 2013-14, according to the International Air Transport Association. In a forecast last October, the IATA said it expected India to become the world's third-largest market by about 2030, with passenger numbers to, from and within India reaching 367 million in 2034, behind only China, at 1.3 billion, and the U.S., at 1.2 billion.

    While Air India and Jet Airways operate international routes, most passengers flying into India use carriers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways from the Middle East, British Airways and Lufthansa from Europe, and Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways from Asia.

    Only about 2% of India's 1.25 billion people make up the domestic flying population, and most of them are based in the big urban centers of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. That leaves plenty of opportunity for growth in the years ahead, according to the Centre for Aviation(CAPA), an industry consultancy.

    "If costs can be continually brought down and competition remains strong, low fares should serve to stimulate new demand and draw millions of passengers away from the extensive rail network to faster and more comfortable air services," CAPA said in its latest outlook on the Indian aviation industry.

    Asian aviation: Tata's new airline ready for takeoff- Nikkei Asian Review
     
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    Airbus in talks with AP govt for new facility

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    French aerospace company Airbus is in talks with the Andhra Pradesh government for a proposed manufacturing facility in Anantapur district.

    The State government has proposed the location for the project, which could involve a components manufacturing unit, since it is close to Bengaluru, on the Andhra Pradesh border.

    An Airbus delegation held preliminary discussions with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu recently. According to government sources, a team has also been in talks with the Anantapur collector for a 250-acre site for the project.

    In a related development, Rahul Bhatia, Group MD of InterGlobe and Chairman of IndiGo Airlines, also met the CM, the Chief Minister’s Office has stated.

    Bhatia has reportedly hinted that the carrier may consider setting up an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility in partnership with Airbus. This assumes importance in the backdrop of IngiGo, one of the fastest growing airliners in the country, placing an order with Airbus in October for 250 A320 aircraft.

    Andhra Pradesh, which is keen to develop new airports and attract investments post bifurcation, has slashed VAT on aviation turbine fuel. The move is aimed at positioning the State as a hub for airlines.

    Airbus in talks with AP govt for new facility | Business Line
     
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    Tata firm TAL Manufacturing Solutions, RUAG join hands for supply of aero components for Airbus
    As part of the contract, TAL will manufacture and supply over 550 sheet metal components, machined parts and sub-assemblies to RUAG, for Airbus' A320 programme.

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    NEW DELHI: Europe-based RUAG Aerostructures and Tata group firm TAL Manufacturing Solutions have joined hands for production and supply of aero structural components and sub-assemblies for Airbus 320 programme.

    The two companies have signed a multi-year contract with a potential value of over $150 million and the new work scope allows RUAG to strengthen and optimise the global supply chain to the advantage of Airbus, said a release today.

    Based in Germany and Switzerland, RUAG is a global supplier and integrator of components for civil and military aerospace applications with key focus on the development, production and final assembly of complete passenger aircraft fuselage sections, winglets, control surface among others for major aircraft makers like Airbus and Boeing.

    As part of the contract, TAL will manufacture and supply over 550 sheet metal components, machined parts and sub-assemblies to RUAG, for Airbus' A320 programme.

    "It (the partnership with TAL) reflects our strategy to go global in the supply chain and enables RUAG to strengthen its position as a leading first-tier supplier in Aerostructures," RUAG Group chief executive Urs Breitmeier said in the release.

    The Nagpur-based TAL Manufacturing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors and focuses on precision components, assemblies and tooling for aero-structures, aero - engines and ground support.

    The company provides manufacturing solutions across wide range of industries in the domestic as well as overseas markets.

    "This contract will see us investing further in our state-of-art aerospace infrastructure at Nagpur and will uniquely position us as a supplier to two of the world's most advanced and successful airplane programmes, the Boeing 787-Dreamliner and the Airbus A320," TAL executive director and chief executive Rajesh Khatri said.

    Tata firm TAL Manufacturing Solutions, RUAG join hands for supply of aero components for Airbus | ET Auto
     

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