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Aviation boom: Indian budget airlines to expand fleet by 900 aircraft by 2024

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Data made available by Union ministry of civil aviation states IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia planning massive expansion of fleet  

As India’s domestic travel industry looks at a revival, private airline operators are planning to expand their fleet to make the most of this imminent increase in passenger traffic. According to the Union ministry of civil aviation, low cost airlines are planning a huge expansion of their fleet over the next few years, with IndiGo alone expected to purchase 448 new aircraft. 

Data made available by the civil aviation ministry to Parliament as part of a Lok Sabha written reply shows that the fleet of India’s private carriers is expected to collectively expand by as many as 900 aircraft in coming years. The expansion of the fleet by low-cost airline operators comes at a time when India is emerging as a fast growing aviation market with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also placing a premium on hitherto non-profitable regional routes through schemes like UDAN. 

Besides IndiGo, airline operators like SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia are also planning an expansion of their respective fleets. 

IndiGo already has an existing fleet of 150 planes which over the next eight years is expected to go up significantly and touch the 600-mark. The low-cost carrier which has emerged as one of the most profit-making private carriers has placed purchase orders of 448 aircraft — 399 A320s and 49 ATRs — which would join its fleet by 2024. 

SpiceJet is in the process of expanding its current fleet of 57 aircraft with a purchase order of 107 Boeing 737-800s and another 50 Bombardier Q400s. These purchases are lined up in the 2018-2023 period, according to the ministry. 

Budget carrier GoAir, which hasn’t yet started overseas operations, has proposed to expand its presently miniscule fleet of 34 planes by inducting 119 A320 aircraft by 2022. Similarly, AirAsia India would also induct 60 planes in the next five years. 

Jet Airways — which already has a robust fleet of 107 aircraft — will add another 81 Boeing 737-8 MAX planes during 2018-2024 period while it has also proposed to buy five B737-800s during the fiscal ending March 2018. Full service carrier Vistara would also induct five aircraft next year. 

Disinvestment-bound Air India would induct three B777- 300ER and 16 A320 planes between December this year and March 2019. The heavily-in-debt national carrier has 155 aircraft at present with several of them grounded due to their poor condition. 

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Mukesh Ambani resigns as director of Reliance Jio, son Akash Ambani appointed chairman

Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday resigned as the director of Reliance Jio.

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Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday resigned as the director of Reliance Jio. The company appointed the non-executive director and Mukesh’s son Akash Ambani as the chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

The decision was taken today in a board meeting which also appointed Pankaj Mohan Pawar as Managing Director of the Reliance Jio for five years which will be effective from June 27, 2022.

The Board of Directors had a meeting held on 27 June, 2022 where the following points were discussed:

·  The BoD accepted the resignation of former director Mukesh D Ambani as the Director of the Company.

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·  The Board of Directors have approved the appointment of Akash Mukesh Ambani, the former Non-executive Director as the new Chairman of BoD of the Company.

·  They have appointed KV Chowdary and Raminder Singh Gujral as the Additional Directors of the Company. Both have been designated as Independent Directors for a period of 5 years commencing from 27 June, 2022.

·  The BoD have also appointed Pankaj Mohan Pawar as the new Managing Director of the Company for a period of five years commencing from 27 June, 2022.

The company made an official declaration during the regulatory filing. Established in 2019 the Jio Platforms is totally owned by the RIL, which is also an Indian technology company. According to reports, the shares of Reliance Industries closed at 2,529.00 which is 1.49% higher than yesterday’s close.

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Pallonji Mistry passes away at 93: Know how richest person of Ireland is related to Ratan Tata

The 93-year-old Indian-Irish business tycoon, Pallonji Mistry, head of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, passed away on Monday night in Mumbai.

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Pallonji Mistry was the richest person in Ireland and the chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

The 93-year-old Indian-Irish business tycoon, Pallonji Mistry, head of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, passed away late on Monday night at his home in Mumbai. Popularly known as the Phantom of Bombay House, he died in mid-sleep on an intervening night on Monday and Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and four children, two daughters and two sons.

Pallonji Mistry was the richest person in Ireland and the chairman of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, his wealth is estimated to be US $28.0 billion as of April 9, 2021.

The third-highest civilian award in India, the Padma Bhushan, was given to Pallonji in 2016 for his contributions to real estate, textiles, power, shipping, publishing, and other industries.

How Pallonji Mistry was related to Ratan Tata?

Mistry’s father, Shapoorji Pallonji, invested in Tata Sons for the first time in the 1930s, and today, with a stake of 18.4%, he is the company’s largest individual shareholder. Tata Sons is principally owned by the charitable Tata Trusts.

Cyrus Mistry, his younger son, served as the Tata Sons’ chairman from 2012 to 2016. He was fired over a dispute that turned into one of the most fiercely disputed corporate battles in India in recent times.

The Mistry Group, however, intended to sell their shares in September 2020, after Cyrus was ousted. When Cyrus was removed as the chairman of the Tata Group in 2016, the conflict between the SP Group and the Tata Group escalated into one of the biggest corporate showdowns in India’s history.

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Shapoorji Pallonji Group

The SP Group, which was established in 1865, is responsible for the construction of several famous structures in Mumbai, such as the Reserve Bank of India and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel complex.

The business tycoon assisted in the expansion of the SP Group into the Middle Eastern nations in 1970, notably Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Dubai. The Sultan of Oman’s palace was the first foreign project the company won in 1971, which was completed in 1976.

Following this, the business constructed numerous ministerial structures in the region. Under his leadership, the business expanded into a conglomerate that included services for real estate, water, energy, construction, and finance.

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RBI increases repo rate by 50 bps to 4.90 per cent, know what impact it will have on your home loan EMIs

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das announced an increase in the repo rate by 50 basis points and this is likely to have direct impact on the pocket of EMI holders.

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In the Reserve Bank of India’s conclusion meeting of Monetary Policy, the RBI governor Shaktikanta Das announced an increase in the repo rate by 50 basis points. This increase is happening for the second time in five weeks. With this, now the RBI has increased the repo rate to 4.90 per cent.

As the repo rate has increased, will it have a direct impact on people who have EMIs? Yes, as the repo rate hike will make EMIs costlier. The increase in repo rate has a direct impact on interest rates on house loans, car loans, and personal loans.

What impact does the increase in repo rate have on EMI holders?

When the RBI’s policy rate increases due to this there is a higher cost of funds for banks. And, because of this, banks also raise interest rates and that directly impacts the pocket of the EMI holder and the monthly instalment also gets costlier because of this.

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The RBI has been increasing the repo rate to tackle inflationary pressure. RBI governor Das also said that India’s recovery has also gained momentum and the withdrawal of accommodation started during the pandemic.

He also said that inflation has steeply increased much beyond the tolerance level. The process of recovery in emerging market economies is also getting affected. But the Indian economy has remained resilient. Das further said that they have started a gradual withdrawal of the extraordinary accommodation. RBI will continue to be proactive and decisive in mitigating the fallout of the geopolitical crises on our economy. Their steps will be measured and calibrated.

Das said that the RBI will remain focused on bringing down inflation with the target. He also talked about the geopolitical situation and said that the ongoing war has turned out to be a dampener on global trade and growth. Domestic economic activity is gaining traction while inflation pressures have intensified faster. Inflationary pressures have become broad-based and remain largely driven by supply shocks.

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