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Covid-19 impact: Flying ban lands 80% of Indian aircraft at top six airports

India’s top six airports are now home to about 80% of grounded planes.

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  • As the government has suspended all passenger flight operations in India to curb the spread of coronavirus, IndiGo's fleet of more than 250 planes is currently grounded. "The airline has expressed support to contribute in the ferry supply of medicine, equipment, and relief samples from one part of the country to another," the low-cost carrier said.

    A Spicejet aircraft with 183 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday morning after the pilot suspected a leakage in the fuel tank, airport sources said.

    The national carrier, which the government plans to sell completely, was also instrumental in evacuating Indians – who were stuck in Italy because India barred commercial passenger flights from Italy and other countries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus – earlier this week.

    "The aircraft will operate on domestic routes for crew training for a limited period of time, before being deployed on long-haul international operations," the full-service carrier said in its press release. The plane, which has the registration number VT-TSD, is the first wide-body aircraft in the airline's fleet and was received from Boeing last month.

    The government on Thursday said no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week. The ban is only on commercial passenger aircraft and not on aeroplanes carrying freight. With this order, about 100 international flights daily which are being operated as on date, will be cancelled.

    India requires 1,880 new passenger and cargo aircraft over the next 20 years in order to meet the strong demand, Airbus' latest Indian market forecast said on Thursday. Taking into account the 440 retirements, India's existing domiciled fleet of 510 aircraft would quadrupleto 1,950, the release added.

    Unveiling the Market Forecast report in Hyderabad on Thursday during the global aviation summit — Wings India 2020 — Airbus India and South Asia managing director Anand Stanley said their prognosis was conservative compared to the Indian government’s projections.

    A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Centre, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), IndiGo and GoAir on the petition that contended that the entire fleet of A320neo aircraft should be grounded "in larger interest of public safety".

    SpiceJet, which has been struggling due to grounded Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, is looking at option beyond Boeing aircraft to expand in the market. The airline currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737s and Bombardier Q400s. The airline has a fleet of 82 Boeing 737, two Airbus A320, 32 Bombardier Q-400s and five B737 freighters.

    In a letter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation chief Arun Kumar, the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) said the virus is "highly dangerous" for the airline's crew involved in international flight operations as it poses an "elevated risk" of exposure to the cockpit crew.

    In business class, the monitor is of 18-inch size in each of the 30 seats, which are lie-flat and in 1-2-1 configuration. Headset hook, stowage compartment, pull-out mirror and a large cocktail table are other features of a business class seat in the Dreamliner plane, which has the registration number VT-TSD.

    The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 provides for keeping "aircraft belonging to any armed forces of the Union, other than naval, from military or air force outside the purview" of the Aircraft Act, 1934.

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