Monday, 11 February 2019

Boeing delivers first four Chinook military helicopters

American aerospace major Boeing Sunday announced the arrival of first batch of four Chinook military helicopters for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra port in Gujarat.

A statement from the company said the CH47F (I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where they will be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force later this year.

The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel.

It is also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.

"The CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. The Indian Air Force currently has 15 Chinook helicopters on order," the statement said. 

India had finalised a mega contract with Boeing to procure 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks for the Indian Air Force in September 2015.

"Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and a JV to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion," it said.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Emirates Places Large 787-10 Order, Negotiates A380 Deal

Emirates placed a surprise large order for the Boeing 787-10 on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow, but negotiations about a similarly sized commitment for more Airbus A380s were continuing with no announcement expected until at least Monday.
The carrier ordered 40 Boeing 787-10s that will be delivered from 2022 onwards. Chairman/CEO Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Makhtoum said no engine choice had been made, but that a further announcement would be made “very soon.” He added that some of the 787-10s would be used to replace older aircraft, likely early Boeing 777s, with the others to be used for growth.
The order comes after a four-year process since Emirates cancelled an earlier order for 70 Airbus A350s. The carrier has been evaluating its twin widebody requirement since then. Following the launch order for the Boeing 777X – a total of 150 aircraft – it was studying what aircraft could be used for shorter sectors up to ten hours of flight time. It evaluated the 787-9/-10 and the Airbus A350-900, including the regional variant of it. The fact that the 787-10 commitment for 40 aircraft is much smaller than the original 70 raises the question as to whether Airbus can still hope for another A350 campaign for longer routes and/or higher capacity. On the other end of the spectrum, Emirates has started to closely cooperate with FlyDubai on shorter sectors, which may have also been a factor for the reduced requirement.
That Emirates committed to the Boeing 787 now came as a surprise to many in the industry. Emirates Airline President Tim Clark said at the Paris Air Show in June that a decision on the 787/A350 campaign had been deferred.
Negotiations between Emirates and Airbus about a follow-on order for the A380 continued on Sunday. Airbus officials were asked to come to an announcement around noon in Dubai, at the same time that the Boeing deal was announced, but then had to leave without an agreement. Emirates said no further announcements were planned for the day.
Emirates has 100 A380s in its fleet and 42 more on firm order. Sheikh Ahmed said Nov. 3 that he hoped negotiations for a further order could be concluded by the time of the Dubai Airshow. Industry sources said a deal could still be possible in the coming days, but that negotiations were extremely tough. Airbus desperately needs further A380s to fill upcoming production holes over the next few years.
Airbus presented the A380plus concept study in June, which includes aerodynamic and cabin changes to the aircraft. At the time, Emirates’ response was lukewarm, as it was not supportive of some of the features proposed such as the removal of the forward staircase

Monday, 3 July 2017

Air India employees' union to meet, plan stir against privatization

NEW DELHI: Air India's largest employees' union will hold its general body meeting here this week to "organise its members for a movement" against the government's decision to privatise the debt-ridden national carrier. 

The Air Corporations Employees' Union (ACEU) is also planning to meet a group of ministers to be set up by the government to look into the disinvestment of its stake in the airline. 

The ACEU is a grouping of Air India's non-technical staff and comprises nearly 8,000 of the total 21,137 employee 
"The meeting will be held to enlighten the rank and file about the privatisation of Air India and how it will affect them. This will also be a forum to organise them as we plan a movement against the privatisation of the national carrier," said a member of the ACEU. 

The move is clearly aimed at benefiting private airlines. If the government is so concerned about the taxpayers' money, then why does it not recover Rs 7.5 lakh crore borrowed by corporates from public sector banks?" the member asked. 

Seven unions of Air India have already joined hands to oppose the privatisation of the financially bleeding airline. Their representatives met last month and wrote to Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapthi Raju, warning him of an "industrial  

The letter was written jointly by the AI Air Corporate Employees Union, AI Employees Union, AI Aircraft Engineers' Association, United Air India Officers' Association, AI Engineer's Association, AI Cabin Crew Association and AI Service Engineers' Association. 

These unions will also hold talks with the two pilots' unions -- Indian Commercial Pilots' Association and Indian Pilots' Guild -- and Indian Aircraft Technicians' Association to bring them on board. 

They have called NITI Aayog's report on Air India "arbitrary and unilateral" and said it was prepared without consulting the employees, who are the largest stakeholders.