Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
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Jet Airways Scraps Low-Cost Brands To Boost Revenue 
The airline has rolled out a two-class, full-service product with complimentary dining on all domestic flights, thus marking an end to low-cost services offered by Jet Konnect and JetLite, an airline executive says.
India’s Rafale Deal Unlikely Until After April 1 

NEW DELHI – India and France have agreed to expedite the process of finalizing the purchase of 126 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), but the estimated $20 billion deal is unlikely to be signed during the current fiscal year due to lack of funds, pushing it past April 1, 2015.

HAL To Deliver Dornier Aircraft To Mauritius 

NEW DELHI – Mauritius will buy a Dornier DO-228 aircraft from India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) to boost maritime surveillance along its extensive coastline.

The 1 billion rupees ($16 million) contract was signed by Mauritius and HAL on Nov. 27.

“The Dornier aircraft has been fitted with several role-specific equipment to meet the specialized requirement of the customer,” Chairman of HAL Dr. R.K. Tyagi says.

Private Firms May Be Allowed To Build Rockets In India 

NEW DELHI – India plans to assemble a consortium of private firms and state-run enterprises to make rockets and satellites in partnership with the country’s space agency over the next five years.

Since its inception in the 1960s, the state-owned Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been the sole producer of satellites and launch vehicles, besides procuring subsystems and components from the private sector and state-run companies.

India’s Rafale Deal Unlikely This Fiscal Year 
India and France have agreed to expedite the process of finalizing the purchase of 126 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), but the estimated $20 billion deal is unlikely to be signed during the current fiscal year due to lack of funds, pushing it past April 1, 2015.
India’s Air Works, Nepal’s Yaksa Form MRO Joint Venture 
Air Works India Engineering is teaming up with Nepal’s Yaksa Investment to form Air Works Nepal, which will extend aviation maintenance services to international and domestic operators from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
HAL To Deliver Dornier Aircraft To Mauritius 
Mauritius will buy a Dornier DO-228 aircraft from India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) to boost maritime surveillance along its extensive coastline.
Private Firms May Be Allowed To Build Rockets In India 
India plans to assemble a consortium of private firms and state-run enterprises to make rockets and satellites in partnership with the country’s space agency over the next five years.
New Indian Launcher Ready To Fly 
India’s newest Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle is perched on the launch pad at Sriharikota Island in the Bay of Bengal, weeks away from its first experimental flight.
The Growing Reach Of India’s Space Program
India’s space program has ambitious goals, including new missions to the Moon and Mars, and improved Earth-observation, communications and GPS capabilities
India Aims To Bolster Launch Business 
Using cost advantages, India seeking to become major player in satellite space-launch market.
India Receives Sixth P-8I Aircraft 

NEW DELHI – India has taken delivery of its sixth P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, just two months after it received its fifth P-8I as part of the eight aircraft ordered from Boeing.

The final two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2015.

“The P-8I’s arrival in India is another key milestone for the program and marks our final delivery of the year,” says Dennis Swanson, vice president, Boeing Defense, Space and Security in India.

India LAC Program Progressing, Defense Minister Says 

NEW DELHI – India has so far spent about 74 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) on its much-delayed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Mk-1) program, which is awaiting final operational clearance (FOC).

“More than 2,700 flight tests have been completed utilizing 13 Tejas, and all trials are progressing well toward FOC,” new Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar told the upper house of Parliament. “The aircraft build standard documents have been released for series production of the aircraft.”

India Receives Sixth P-8I Aircraft 
India has taken delivery of its sixth P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, just two months after it received its fifth P-8I as part of the eight aircraft ordered from Boeing.
 
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