Friday, November 24, 2017

3 airlines ready to operate big aircraft from Calicut

Emirates, Saudia, and Air India have expressed their willingness to operate wide-bodied aircraft at the Calicut International Airport subjected to the approval and conditions of Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Representatives of these airline companies gave their suggestions at a meeting with AAI officials at the airport on Thursday.

Emirates and Saudia had ceased operations following the ban on wide-bodied aircraft since May 2015. “Both had said that they would resume their flights to the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East,” Calicut airport director J.T. Radhakrishna told The Hindu .

The meeting was held on the compatibility study and safety assessment for the operation of wide-bodied aircraft at the airport. Already the DGCA had given the green signal for the operation of Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Boeing 777-200 aircraft has been permitted since the aeroplane reference field length for this baseline aircraft is within available runway length at the airport.

Mr. Radhakrishna said all three airlines that operate jumbo aircraft wanted to operate Airbus 330-300, Boeing 777-200 Longer Range, and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, a mid-size wide-bodied aircraft. Incidentally, the AAI-DGCA team which inspected the table-top runway had refused to give clearance to the Airbus 330-300, another competing aircraft with Boeing 777-200. At the same time, the majority of the airlines now operate the modern version of the Boeing aircraft.
Air Traffic Controller in-charge Mohammed Shahid, Safety Manager M.V. Sunil, and Deputy General Manager (ATC) O.V. Marxis took part in the deliberations with the airline companies.
24/11/17 The Hindu