Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times

Faizan Haidar

Hindustan Times

New Delhi, DL, India

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Past articles by Faizan:

40 new Vande Bharat Express trains by 2022

Two rakes of Vande Bharat Express are currently available for operations and one of them runs between Delhi and Varanasi. → Read More

Aspiring pilot barred for life over cheating, another gets 2-year ban

In a similar case on July 24, an aspiring pilot appearing in Hyderebad was caught with mobile phone. He has been barred for two years. → Read More

Half of Indian airports are ‘single-use’ plastic free now

Various steps have been undertaken by Airport Authority of India to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries and plastic plates → Read More

Aviation body to allow off-duty pilots to travel in cockpits

On July 13, an off-duty Air India pilot, who was flying to Bengaluru as an additional crew member because the plane was full, was grounded after he failed a breath analyser test for alcohol consumption . Following this, the DGCA barred pilots from travelling in cockpits if they are not on duty. → Read More

In new order, DGCA allows off-duty pilot to travel in cockpit

The pilot community had opposed the move as the airline’s manual allows pilots to travel in the cockpit as an additional crew as they might have to join duty from the next station. → Read More

IRCTC restores service charge, online tickets to become costlier

IRCTC will levy a service charge of R15 on a ticket for non-AC classes and R30 for AC classes, including first class, according to an order. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be applicable separately. → Read More

Fed up of airport frisking, man cries bomb, ends up missing flight to Bangkok

According to officials at security agencies, because of a high-leve alert being sounded, they had put in place secondary ladder point checking (SLPC) under which passengers, despite being checked by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) before entering the departure area, are checked again by airline staff just before they board. → Read More

‘Determined to privatise Air India’: Hardeep Singh Puri

The government’s biggest attempt to privatise Air India ended on May 31, 2018, as a deadline for prospective bidders lapsed with no one showing interest in the airline. → Read More

‘Whoever gets it will be very fortunate’: Minister makes Air India’s sales pitch

The Parliament on August 3 passed Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that increases threshold of annual passenger traffic for major airports to over 35 lakh with Civil Aviation stating that government was committed to privatisation of Air India as its debt has become totally unsustainable. → Read More

Air India goes eco-friendly, introduces wooden cutlery for flyers

As the national carrier aims to eliminate plastic usage as much as possible, Air India express and Alliance Air would go plastic free immediately, however, some of the flights of Air India will still continue to use the plastic products due to operational issues. → Read More

‘Neo aircraft safe to fly’, says DGCA after emergency meet with IndiGo, Go Air

There have been 19 incidents of inflight shut down/mid-air turn back/rejected take off since 2017, nine of which happened this year, due to issues in the main gear box (MGB) and low pressure turbine (LPT) of Airbus Neo aircraft. → Read More

DGCA suspends helicopter relief operations in Uttarakhand after crash

After a meeting with the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA), State Disaster Relief Authority (SDRA) and representatives of two helicopter operators part of the relief operation, the DGCA has said the operations will remain suspended till the state government comes up with a standard operating procedure . → Read More

Government may go for 100% stake sale in cash-strapped Air India

Air India is in the grip of a major financial crunch and on Thursday, Indian Oil Corp stopped fuel supply to the airline at Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Vizag, Pune and Cochin airports, owing to non payment of dues. → Read More

Buses carrying passengers of IndiGo, SpiceJet collide at Delhi airport

DGCA is now investigating the matter and asked operators to ensure such incidents are not repeated. → Read More

Soon, officials could visit Japan for India’s bullet train project

India is also working with Japan to make key technical changes to the bullet trains so that they can handle extreme heat and high levels of pollution. → Read More

Government plans GPS tracking to prevent rogue drones

One possible solution is to have a GPS (global positioning system) trackers installed in all privately owned and operated drones that are registered for use. → Read More

GoAir crew forgets navigation charts, flight to Bangkok makes U-turn after 2 hrs

The airline had changed the aircraft at the last moment due to some technical issue and the replacement aircraft was not carrying required approach and navigation charts for Bangkok. → Read More

Railways’ elite commando unit will now protect Kashmir projects

The 1200-member commando unit will use latest weapons and equipments and are specialized responder for any situation pertaining to damage, disturbance, disruption of train operations, attack/hostage/hijack, and disaster situations in railway areas. → Read More

Railways’ free Wi-Fi benefits more than just passengers

In descending order, the top 10 railway stations by Wi-Fi usage are Howrah, New Delhi, Sealdah, Secunderabad, Patna, Kalyan, Old Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow and Gorkahpur, according to RailTel data accessed by Hindustan Times. → Read More

To curb accidents, aviation watchdog DGCA to issue new checklist for airports

In order to regulate airside activities and to reduce ground incidents, for safe operation of aircraft, DGCA has decided to conduct the safety audit of airside activities quarterly as per the checklist. → Read More