Thursday, May 02, 2019

Air India & Indigo fly without extra fuel for diversions, risky experiment say experts

New Delhi: For the first time, two Indian carriers, Air India and IndiGo, operated trial flights between Delhi and Hyderabad on 29 April without carrying the excess fuel that they would need if the flight was diverted away from its destination due to an emergency.

The step has been taken under a fuel conservation and emission reduction initiative jointly taken up by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Air Traffic Control, the Indian Meteorological Department, and four airlines — Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet and AirAsia.

Among the reasons is the rising price of Aviation Turbine Fuel — as of 1 May, the price per kilolitre (1,000 litres) in New Delhi is Rs 65,067.85, a 12 per cent increase over the mark of Rs 58,060.97 on 1 February. The prices are revised every month, according to the Indian Oil Corporation website. There are also environmental considerations behind this initiative.
02/05/19 Ofrah Mufti/Print

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