Connect with us

Business

Air India undergoes makeover, looks to reinvent itself in the Americas

Published

on

Air India’s first flight from New Delhi arrived at SFO before dawn. (Image: Peter Biaggi)

Air India’s first flight from New Delhi arrived at SFO before dawn. (Image: Peter Biaggi)

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Once recognized for its lavish amenities, meticulously kept aircrafts, and five-star service, Air India suffered a fall from grace. Now, the once proclaimed “great king of the international skies,” is poising for a second run at the throne.

Air India, the Republic’s national carrier, which has recently been maligned for lackluster amenities, service, and a lack of routes, has undertaken a reinvigoration, and has its sights set on the United States. The airline has ordered new planes, and cleared the path for more and newer routes, a program which has been forged by Prime Minister Modi.

Speaking at an event in Sept. 2015, the Prime Minister made clear the San Francisco was the airline’s primary target for its new hub in the Americas—solidifying his wish to bring Indian-Americans in Silicon Valley, and beyond, closer to India itself. At the same time, he’s presented a serious challenge to the Air India team to bring this initiative back to life—one on a time-sensitive schedule, which they delivered on.

Pankaj Srivasta, Air India’s Commercial Director, spoke to Diya TV on just how quickly the Prime Minister wanted the turnaround to be on this project when he approached the airline. “Two months ago when the Prime Minister visited San Francisco, he made an announcement that Air India would soon be flying, and he left us with less than two months time to put everything together,” he said.

Consul General Venkatesan Ashok, who played a key role in facilitating the new marriage with his San Francisco base, described his surprised reaction to Diya TV.

“It is a remarkable fact that we have managed to do this in such a short time,” Ashok said. “It’s probably a record of some sort.” He further opined that the relationships between the United States and India—in business, education and politically—are strengthening daily, and this marriage represents how strong the bond is between the two countries.

The flight, even in direct form, between the two countries, remains one of the longest in commercial aviation. Even while flying non-stop, the total trip time is 17 hours.

Perhaps the availability of direct flights has already had an immediate positive impact on the airline—in January of this year, India Airlines reported they would be inducting 30 new Airbus A320 aircrafts, taking its total fleet size to 150 over the next three financial years.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Business

New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

Published

on

New Zealand wins Cricket

MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

Business

Trump says tariffs by India are ‘No longer acceptable’

Published

on

Tariffs no longer acceptable

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a tweet, President Trump targeted India once again, saying “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable.”

Yet earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products from U.S. levies.

One of the most unique characters ever to run for President has died. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot was 89. Many give his independent campaign in 1992 credit for helping Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush.

A day after Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell got out of the race, another billionaire businessman, Tom Steyer, jumped into the Presidential fray.

India’s OlaCabs recently launched its ride-sharing services in London. And now Ola Electric, their electric vehicle spinoff, just raised a $250 million Series B round at a $1 billion valuation. It plans to bring 10,000 vehicles to the road this year.

And the world will have to wait another day to find out who will play for the Cricket World Cup, after a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

Business

Trump meets Modi & Abe in Japan

Published

on

OSAKA, Japan (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump held a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to Ivanka Trump, the conversation encompassed 5G technology, working through details on trade and ongoing national security interests for each party.

From Japan, President Trump went to South Korea and entered the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. He then walked into North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting President to ever to enter North Korea.

Silicon Valley startup Fungible announced they’ve raised $200 million from a group of investors including Softbank, taking their total raise to $300 million. A leader in data-centric computing, Fungible is led by CEO Pradeep Sindhu, who previously founded Juniper Networks.

The NBA free agency signing period kicked off with a bombshell: Kevin Durant is leaving behind the team he won two championships with, The Golden State Warriors, for the upstart Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving will join him there. The Warriors traded for the Nets player most impacted by those deals, D’Angelo Russell.

And England beat India by 31 runs in the Cricket World Cup, giving Team India its first loss of the Cup. India will face Bangladesh next.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

Trending

Diya TV , Inc. © 2017 All Rights Reserved