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National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (Air India)

Air India and Indian merger attained its official status on the formation of National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (Air India) on 27th August 2007. Post merger the new entity is known as Air India while its mascot is retained as 'Maharajah'. The new company has the following subsidiaries under its control:

  • Hotel Corporation of India Limited (HCI): The Hotel Corporation of India Limited (HCI) is a Public Limited Company wholly owned by Air India Limited and was incorporated on July 8, 1971 under the Companies Act, 1956 when Air India decided to enter the Hotel Industry in keeping with the then prevalent trend among world airlines. The objective was to offer to the passengers a better product, both at the International Airport and at other places of tourist interest, thereby also increasing tourism to India. However, in 2002-03, three properties of HCL, viz, Indo-Hokke Hotel Limited (Centaur Hotel, Rajgir), Centaur Hotel, Juhu Beach and Centaur Hotel, Mumbai airport were sold off. The remaining units of HCI are Centaur Hotel, Delhi Airport, Centaur Hotel Lakeview, Srinagar and Flight Kitchens at Delhi and Mumbai.
  • AIR India Express: Air India Express has a fleet of seven leased and six owned B737- 800 aircrafts. Commencing with 26 Kerla/Gulf flights, Air India Express operations have grown and new routes have been added to the network. Currently, 57 international flights are operated on different routes. In addition, Air India Express operated five weekly flights on the Chennai / Kuala Lumpur Sector on Behalf of Air India. Effective 11 January 2007. Air India flights between India and Bahrain / Doha are being operated by Air India express will operate approximately 130 flights per week. New cities such as Tiruchirapally, Jaipur, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kolkata are likely to be added to the network. In addition, frequencies on some of the existing routes may be increased in response to market requirements.
  • ALLIANCE AIR : Historically Alliance Air was set up on 15.4.1996 as a separate company envisioned to function as profit centre of erstwhile Indian Airlines Limited to effectively utilize the Boeing 737 aircraft fleet and to improve productivity and profitability of India Airlines Ltd. At present, Alliance Air has taken a lease 4 ATR-42 aircraft and commenced scheduled operations in the North-East Region with effect from 2.1.2003. These aircraft have been deployed exclusively in the North-East Region in terms of MOU with the North-Eastern Council. In return, a budgetary support of Rs.175 crores is being provided over a period of five years (annual budget of Rs.25 crores) by the NEC during the 10th Five Year Plan. Throughout the period of the MOU, North-Eastern Council is required to facilitate Alliance Air in obtaining concessions on ATF, Landing RNFC rates, etc. whenever available. The MOU is effective from the financial year 2002-03 for a period of five years, which has now been extended for another one year i.e. December 2008. Besides the ATR aircraft, Alliance Air operates B 737-200 aircrafts on various regional/trunk routes.

As on 31st July 2009, the total operational fleet strength of Air India is 136 of which 92 are owned and 43 leased.

As a part of fleet augmentation, an order for the purchase of 111 new aircraft (50 for erstwhile Air India, 18 for Air India Express and 43 for erstwhile Indian) has been placed by Air India.

As a part of improvement of the infrastructure, Air India is in the process of creation of bases for new aircraft as under:

  • Base for short range aircraft at Thiruvananthapuram
  • Additional base at Delhi
  • A new base at Kolkata for A319 aircraft
  • A new hangar with Annex to accommodate brand new B777 & B787 aircraft

With the growing increase in the usage of the web, Air India Offers its passengers the facility of making bookings and purchasing the tickets through the internet. Currently around 90% of the domestic tickets issued are e-tickets.

For round the clock access to Air India reservations, a toll free number has been arranged to enable passengers to get the services of booking of seats / obtaining information regarding flight arrivals / departures etc Further, Call Centres have also been established at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangaluru to cater to the needs of the passengers.

In appreciation of the services of Air India, the following awards have been received by NACIL during 2008 and 2009.

  • Galileo Express Travel World Award for the best international west bound airline.
  • Galileo Express Travel Award - 2008 for the best short haul international airline.
  • Cargo Airline of the Year 2009

Air India has entered into joint ventures with Singapore Airline Terminal Services (SATS) for cargo handling at Bangaluru and ground handling at Hyderabad international airports.

M/s. Boeing has signed MOU with Government of Maharashtra for setting up one Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at Nagpur at an estimated cost of US$100 Million.

Air India has plans to partner CIAL in setting up one MRO facility near Kochi airport.

Erstwhile Air India (NACIL-A) has been registered by IATA as an IOSA Compliant Carrier.

Air India has been invited to join Star Alliance (the leading global airline alliance of 21 top international carrier.

Air India has been invited to join Star Alliance (the leading global airline alliance of 21 top international carriers). This will enable NACIL passengers to enjoy benefit, which includes seamless transfers while travelling across the world, choice of flights under code sharing arrangements and access to international lounges worldwide. Currently, the Star Alliance offers a network containing 912 destinations covering 159 countries.

Air India has also signed an MOU with GE in February 2007 to help the airline achieve the goal of becoming an environmentally sustainable airline with proper environment programs and practices. GE would also partner NACIL to convert its headquarters into a green building through eco-friendly technologies.

Air India is also in the process of setting up 3 Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) stations at Mumbai for testing/repair/maintenance/certification of avionic components installed B777 and B787 aircraft.

During the year 2008, a total of 446 Haj Charter flights were operated carrying approximately 1.24 lakh pilgrims of which 262 flights were operated by Air India carrying approximately 64,000 passengers.

Tourist Charter Flights

ITP tourist charter guidelines have been further liberalized vide Aeronautical Information Circular no. 12/2008. A total of 686 charter flights operated to India from January to December, 2008 bringing in 1,50,2342 foreign tourists.

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited (PHHL)

Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. (PHHL) an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, is one of India's leading helicopter companies and is known for its reliable helicopter operations. The company was incorporated in 1985 with the objective of providing helicopter services to the petroleum sector, linking inaccessible areas of the country and operating charters for promotion of tourism.

The Company at present has a fleet of 36 helicopters comprising SA-365N Dauphin, Dauphin AS365N3, Bell 206 L4, Bell 407 and MI-172 Helicopters. The Company has achieved flying of more than 4 lakh hours and 15 lakh landings on its fleet since its formation. The Company has achieved 26, 732 Revenue Hours and Rs.311 crores Sales Revenue during the Financial Year 2008-09.

Pawan Hans is a leader in providing offshore helicopter support in India. Its helicopters fly under a variety of conditions for carrying out ONGC tasks at Bombay High. The Company has a strong presence in the North-East having its helicopters deployed in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura. Regular passenger services are being run under the aegis of these State Governments. A helicopter has also been provided to Ministry of Home Affairs in the North-East for VIP transportation. PHHL runs the helicopter services from Agustmuni and Phata to the Holy shrine of Kedarnath in the months of May-June and September-October every year. The Company has also deployed two Bell 407 helicopters for operations at Katra (for Mata Vaishno Devi) from April 2008 onwards. The company has provided helicopters to Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands for inter-island helicopter services. It also meets the requirements of Government of Punjab (VIP transportation) and PSUs such as GAIL for pipelines surveillance.

Pawan Hans is the largest helicopter Company in India and its operating and maintenance standards are of a high order with in-house workshops and maintenance facilities.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 15-02-2011