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Wings India aviation show begins in Hyderabad
March 09, 2018
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HYDRABAD: The Wings India 2018 aviation show, jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI), commenced in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The theme of the biennial event this time is ‘India-Global Aviation Hub’ and the focus will be on connecting the cities and towns aimed at increasing the regional connectivity in the country.

Fifteen aircraft by ATR, Honda, TruJet, Gulfstream, Boeing, Embraer, Dassault, Club One Air, Aeroteck, Zoom Air, Air India, NAL and others will be on static display.

The US, UK, Japan, Russia, Singapore, France, Germany, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Italy and Iran will participate in the event.

FICCI said that the conference aims to be the most comprehensive platform in the region for the interactions, forging alliances, investments and air connectivity between the states and the global aviation players/stakeholders.

The exhibition on Civil Aviation and Aerospace is also expected to witness a participation from sectors such as aircraft manufacturing, aircraft machinery and equipment, aircraft interiors, airlines, airline services and air cargo, airports infrastructure and equipment, the Space Industry and the Skill Development and Aviation Training Institutes.

Roundtable conferences on tourism, cargo and logistics, general aviation and skills and training, besides release of Knowledge Paper and Exhibitors Directory are planned.

AI, Pawan Hans

The Civil Aviation Ministry is hopeful of getting expression of interest (EoI) to buy Air India and Pawan Hans in the next couple of weeks.

Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey revealed this at the inaugural of the Wings India 2018 at Begumpet old airport here. Choubey said India, which had only 395 aircraft in 65 years, is poised to add 900 aircraft and the orders have been placed.

The country added 56 airports in two years, contrary to the practice of opening one airport every year earlier.

“The challenge is we need to double the capacity of our airports every five years to sustain the additional passenger footfall.

“To beat the land constraint we hope to bring in wide bodied aircrafts like Airbus 380 and making airports more efficient,” he added.

Choubey said India had witnessed the highest growth of 17.5 per cent in domestic aviation sector during the past three years in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometres.

“If the oil prices are soft, we will grow at the rate of 15 per cent for the next 20 years,” Choubey said. He urged the state governments to reduce VAT on aircraft fuel to encourage the aviation sector.

He said that under the UDAN scheme the Ministry will be renovating 400 airstrips and will keep the airfares low, enabling common man to fly.

Choubey said that the Ministry of Aviation has calculated that the airlines could sell eight million tickets every year with the addition of those who never travelled in a flight before the coming of the UDAN scheme.

Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju was to inaugurate the four-day event. He, however, did not turn up as he would be quitting the Narendra Modi cabinet following the Telugu Desam Party’s decision over the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Indo-Asian News Service

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