Air India Takes Initiatives to Increase Flight Occupancy



Air India Takes Initiatives to Increase Flight Occupancy


The initiatives taken by Air India to increase the flight occupancy in respect to the carriage of passengers include :


(i) Offering Advance Purchase Scheme for 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days and 2 days,Link Fares, Return Fares, Tactical Fares Short Term Promotional Sale/Offers.
(ii) Flight Specific Fares on certain flights in domestic market.
(iii) Tactical fares at Instant purchase levels on domestic network (105 sectors) in domestic market.
(iv) ESuper Saver Scheme for single user in Business Class from 20th August, 2014.
(v) `Get Up Front` - Upgrade scheme at select airports.
(vi) Addition of Six Freedom fares.
(vii) Aggressive fares established to US interior points with Delta using the Special Prorate
Agreements.
(viii) Special Executive Class fare in Z Class to increase carriage on UK flights.
(ix) Special Executive class fares in Z class given on ex-lndia to Gulf and v.v. routes in order to
improve Executive Class utilisation.
(x) Holiday Packages added International destinations. tnternattonal destinations launched in last
six months are Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, and Shanghai, Singapore, London, Colombo,
Paris, Maldives, Moscow, Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Rome and Milan.
(xi) Special Prqrate Agreements and Code Share Agreements.
(xii) Making the frequent flyer programme more dynamic in line with competitors .

Air India continually monitors the carriage / load factors /financial performance of services on its network and makes efforts to improve their performance. Whenever any services give rise to cash losses, AI analyses the reasons for the losses and based on the strategic importance of such services to its network, arrives at a decision whether to continue or withdraw such services. While determining the desirability or otherwise of discontinuing operations of loss-making services, Air India takes into account the revenue contributions made by the subject services to its other services by way of feeder traffic. As such non profitability of any one flight is not taken in isolation as the sole barometer of its financial performance.
Air India has recently withdrawn following services not meeting their cash cost of operations

AI 985 Ahmedabad / Mumbai leg effective 16.11.2014
AI 643 Mumbai / Ahmedabad effective 29.10.2014
AI 231/232 Delhi / Dhaka / Delhi effective 21.02.2015

            Air India has also reduced frequency of flights AI-155/AI-156 Delhi- Moscow vv route from 4 flights/week to 2 flights/week with effect from 25th February to 15th April, 2015 as the flight was not meeting its variable cost of operations.

            This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Rise in Air Traffic


The air traffic in terms of aircraft movement and passenger traffic have increased during the last three years, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.3% and 5.6% respectively. However, freight traffic has witnessed negative growth and declined by 1.0% from 2010-11 to 2013-14. In the current year (April 2014-January2015), aircraft movements, passengers and freight traffic has increased by 4.5%, 11.8% and 11.7% respectively in comparison to the traffic handled during April 2013- January 2014.

The rise in air passenger and air cargo traffic is an assorted result of various factors including economic environment, commercial factors, increased traffic demand and load handling capacity of airports and airlines. All the airports in the country have sufficient capacity to cater to the increasing air passenger and air cargo traffic. The Indian airports have a combined capacity to cater to 220.04 million passengers and 4.63 million MT cargo per annum and handled 168.92 million passengers and 2.28 million MT cargo in 2013-14. The Chennai airport has the capacity to cater to 23.00 million passengers and 1.10 million MT cargo per annum and handled 12.90 million passengers and 0.22 million MT cargo in 2013-14.

            This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

 Air India Takes Initiatives to Increase Flight Occupancy


The initiatives taken by Air India to increase the flight occupancy in respect to the carriage of passengers include :

(i) Offering Advance Purchase Scheme for 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days and 2 days,Link Fares, Return Fares, Tactical Fares Short Term Promotional Sale/Offers.
(ii) Flight Specific Fares on certain flights in domestic market.
(iii) Tactical fares at Instant purchase levels on domestic network (105 sectors) in domestic market.
(iv) ESuper Saver Scheme for single user in Business Class from 20th August, 2014.
(v) `Get Up Front` - Upgrade scheme at select airports.
(vi) Addition of Six Freedom fares.
(vii) Aggressive fares established to US interior points with Delta using the Special Prorate
Agreements.
(viii) Special Executive Class fare in Z Class to increase carriage on UK flights.
(ix) Special Executive class fares in Z class given on ex-lndia to Gulf and v.v. routes in order to
improve Executive Class utilisation.
(x) Holiday Packages added International destinations. tnternattonal destinations launched in last
six months are Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, and Shanghai, Singapore, London, Colombo,
Paris, Maldives, Moscow, Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Rome and Milan.
(xi) Special Prqrate Agreements and Code Share Agreements.
(xii) Making the frequent flyer programme more dynamic in line with competitors .

Air India continually monitors the carriage / load factors /financial performance of services on its network and makes efforts to improve their performance. Whenever any services give rise to cash losses, AI analyses the reasons for the losses and based on the strategic importance of such services to its network, arrives at a decision whether to continue or withdraw such services. While determining the desirability or otherwise of discontinuing operations of loss-making services, Air India takes into account the revenue contributions made by the subject services to its other services by way of feeder traffic. As such non profitability of any one flight is not taken in isolation as the sole barometer of its financial performance.
Air India has recently withdrawn following services not meeting their cash cost of operations

AI 985 Ahmedabad / Mumbai leg effective 16.11.2014
AI 643 Mumbai / Ahmedabad effective 29.10.2014
AI 231/232 Delhi / Dhaka / Delhi effective 21.02.2015

            Air India has also reduced frequency of flights AI-155/AI-156 Delhi- Moscow vv route from 4 flights/week to 2 flights/week with effect from 25th February to 15th April, 2015 as the flight was not meeting its variable cost of operations.

            This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Rise in Air Traffic


The air traffic in terms of aircraft movement and passenger traffic have increased during the last three years, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.3% and 5.6% respectively. However, freight traffic has witnessed negative growth and declined by 1.0% from 2010-11 to 2013-14. In the current year (April 2014-January2015), aircraft movements, passengers and freight traffic has increased by 4.5%, 11.8% and 11.7% respectively in comparison to the traffic handled during April 2013- January 2014.

The rise in air passenger and air cargo traffic is an assorted result of various factors including economic environment, commercial factors, increased traffic demand and load handling capacity of airports and airlines. All the airports in the country have sufficient capacity to cater to the increasing air passenger and air cargo traffic. The Indian airports have a combined capacity to cater to 220.04 million passengers and 4.63 million MT cargo per annum and handled 168.92 million passengers and 2.28 million MT cargo in 2013-14. The Chennai airport has the capacity to cater to 23.00 million passengers and 1.10 million MT cargo per annum and handled 12.90 million passengers and 0.22 million MT cargo in 2013-14.

            This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Stock of Coal Reserves

            As per the latest National Inventory on Indian Coal Resources published by Geological Survey of India, the total coal resources assessed in the country stand at 301.56 Billion Tonnes as on 01.04.2014. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

State-wise raw coal production during the last five years is given below :
(Quantity in Million Tonnes)



No foreign company has been given permission to mine coal in India so far. The quantity of coal exported to various countries during 2013-14 (provisional) is given below:




The Minister further stated that exploration and proving of coal reserves is an on-going process. The period by which coal will be exhausted also depends on the annual domestic production. With the present condition it is expected that coal reserves will be available for more than 100 years.

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Requirement of Coal for Power Sector

            In the Annual Plan document of Ministry of Coal for 2014-15, All India Coal Demand of various consuming sectors including power utility and steel plants has been assessed to be 787.03 MT against which supplies from indigenous sources has been planned at 643.75 MT [Coal India Limited (CIL): 520 MT; Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL): 55.50 MT & Others including captive blocks : 68.25 MT] with a gap of 143.28 MT to be met through imports by consuming sectors. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that for Power Utility sector which includes thermal power plants of State/Central Government as well as Independent Power Producers, the All India coal demand has been assessed to be 551.60 MT against which supply from indigenous sources has been planned to be 466.89 MT (CIL : 405 MT; SCCL : 35 MT & Others : 26.89 MT).

For Steel sector comprising of integrated steel plants of the country, All India coking coal demand has been assessed to be 55.46 MT against which supply from indigenous sources has been planned to be 10.28 MT (CIL : 7.12 MT; SCCL : 0.00 MT & Others : 3.16 MT). Domestic Coal Production  during 2012-13 and 2013-14 was as given below:-



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Exploration and Exploitation of Methane Gas

As on date, 33 Coal Bed Methane (CBM) blocks have been awarded to various Public Sector Undertakings/private organizations in four rounds of bidding for exploration and exploitation of CBM, which covers 17,200 sq. km. (66%) of the total available coal bearing area (26,000 sq. km.) in 11 states of India viz. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that total prognosticated CBM resource for 33 awarded CBM blocks is about 63.3 Trillion Cubic Feet (1792.43 Billion Cubic Metres), of which so far, 9.9 Trillion Cubic Feet (280.8 Billion Cubic Metres) has been established as Gas-In-Place (GIP) from 8 CBM blocks that have entered development phase.

In order to harness Coal Bed Methane (CBM) potential in the country, the Government of India formulated a policy in 1997 wherein CBM being natural gas is explored and exploited under the provisions of Oil fields (Regulation & Development) Act 1948 and Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules, 1959 and administered by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. As an ongoing process, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons carries out studies to shortlist and carve more CBM blocks for auction for the forthcoming CBM rounds in consultation with Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd. and Ministry of Coal, the Minister added.


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The Auction of Spectrum in 2015

In 2100 MHZ, 1800 MHZ, 900 MHZ and 800 MHZ Bands Continues 31 Rounds of Bidding Completed at the End of Day 5



            The Auction of Spectrum in 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands re- commenced today at 09.00 A.M. and today 7 rounds of bidding were completed. Till now, 31 rounds of bidding has taken place.

            The bidding has taken place in all bands. At present, a value of approximately Rs.94,000 crores has been committed by bidders in respect of provisionally won spectrum. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence tomorrow i.e. 10-03-2015 at 9AM.
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