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Rajiv Bansal takes over charge as CMD of Air India

Rajiv Bansal, has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. He succeeds Shri Ashwani Lohani, who has now become the Chairman, Railway Board. Shri Bansal has earlier served as Director in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and had played a crucial role as a Board member of the National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL) during the formative years of the merged national carrier. He has also earlier served as a board member of the Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India. Shri Bansal has a rich experience of working in the civil aviation sector.

After taking over charge Rajiv Bansal said, “I feel happy and proud to be given this opportunity to lead the national carrier. The company has been growing from strength to strength - inducting new aircraft and introducing new routes. We will plan to work on profitability with a missionary zeal, improve our On Time Performance and ensure customer satisfaction. I seek the support of all fellow Indians to fly Air India our national carrier - Air India – Truly Indian!”

Vinay Dube joins Jet Airways as Chief Executive Officer

Jet Airways appointed Vinay Dube as its Chief Executive Officer after receipt of all requisite Government and regulatory approvals. Vinay is an accomplished industry leader and an aviation professional with close to three decades of global business experience.

In his last role as SVP-Asia Pacific for Delta Airlines Inc., Vinay headed the region as Business Head with P&L responsibility and was also a Board Observer at China Eastern. During his tenure in Asia, Vinay successfully led the turnaround of the Airline in the Asia Pacific markets, restructured the network, established strategic partnerships, worked extensively on brand-building and successfully brought about a transformation in the work culture of his teams. He has also held various Board-level positions throughout his career.

Commenting on Vinay's appointment ,Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, said, "Vinay will lead the Executive Management Committee to deliver on our strategic objectives, at a time when the Indian aviation market is poised to develop manifold going forward. In our recent past, we have made demonstrable progress towards achieving long-term goals. I am confident that under Vinay's leadership, we will accelerate the momentum of turning around the company to higher growth and profits resulting in all-round benefits to our employees as well as to our shareholders, as well as deepen our relationship with our strategic partner Etihad Airways."

Pawan Hans inks MOU with Ministry of Civil Aviation

Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for its performance evaluation parameters and targets for the year 2017-18 on July 19, 2017 by Dr.B.P Shrama,CMD,PHL and R.N Choubey, Secretary, MoCA at Delhi in the presence of Ms. Usha Padhee, Joint Secy, Rubina Ali,Director, Dhirender Sahai, CFO and other senior officials of Pawan Hans and MoCA. The MOU 2017-18 has specific targets of fully utilization of Human Resources in order to achieve improved serviceability, higher deployment, higher revenue, higher profitability, implement cost control measures, expeditious settlement of pending issues, expeditious recovery of outstanding from customers, dedicated efforts for seaplane/fixed wing services, explore new business initiatives for growth, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainability, Development and Corporate Governance compliances.

AirAsia Introduces 2 New Direct Flights to India

AirAsia introduces two new Thailand-India connections, paving the way to the state of Rajasthan and the TajMahal with Bangkok-Jaipur4 times a week (from Don Mueang International Airport every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) starting September 29, 2017, and flying to South India with Bangkok-Tiruchirappalli 4 times a week (from Don Mueang International Airport every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) starting September 28, 2017.

Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said that AirAsia plans to continually penetrate the Indian market in the latter half of 2017 as it is a major market with great growth potential. Indian travellers rank sixth among the most frequent visitors to Thailand while the Kingdom responds to all kinds of lifestyles from shoppers and night-time entertainment seekers to travellers looking for hospitality and wellness retreat. The airline is confident that the two new routes will stimulate tourism for both countries.

Air India SATS launches the ‘AISATS Cargo’ app for real-time cargo tracking

Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd. (AISATS) has launched a mobile app ‘AISATS Cargo’ to facilitate the cargo tracking process at AISATS Air Freight Terminal and at AISATS COOLPORT, located at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru.

P. Anjani Kumar - IRS, Commissioner of Customs-Airport & ACC, Bengaluru along with M R Reddy & Mr. Bipin Kumar Upadhyaya, Joint Commissioners of Customs and Harshvardhan Umre, Additional Commissioner of Customs launched the app at AISATS Airfreight Terminal at BLR. Stakeholders from BIAL, Cargo Trade Associations (CTA) and partner airlines were also present at the occasion. AISATS is the first and the only air cargo operator at Bengaluru to develop this free on-the-go app to provide its customers with comprehensive cargo-tracking solutions.

This user-friendly app, picks up cargo movement data from COSYS and provides real-time information on flight schedules, Air Way Bill (AWB) shipment tracking and e-Delivery Order (e-DO) status. The user can input the AWB number and obtain the current status of a shipment such as date of uplift/arrival, number of pieces, weight as well as approval status of the delivery order through its e-DO feature. The ‘AISATS Cargo’ app will increase efficiency of the supply chain by relaying relevant information of the cargo to key stakeholders.

Speaking on the launch of the app, Mike Chew, CEO, AISATS said, “AISATS has always been at the forefront of digitization and is quick to adopt information technology to introduce innovative solutions in the air cargo industry. The AISATS Cargo app will aid in the ease of doing business by enabling seamless availability of data at any given time. This will ensure maximum benefit and convenience to our stakeholders.”AISATS handled a total of 1, 42, 033 tons of cargo in the FY 16-17 at Kempegowda International Airport.

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