Today’s news in brief:
Hooked on ‘Plane speaking’ with Sanjiv Kapoor
Industry veteran Sanjiv Kapoor has been providing the Guru team with a lot of entertainment during the lockdown.
The former Vistara and SpiceJet executive, now an advisor with GoAir, has been posting a series of entertaining reflections on his career in the aviation business, using the #PlaneSpeakingSanjiv.
Our favourite so far, uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday, discusses the now famous ‘World Images’ livery introduced by British Airways in 1997.
As Sanjiv explains, the colourful tail markings were designed to showcase BA’s global footprint. Dubbed Project Utopia, the liveries were intended to “reflect the best of British values, blended with the nation’s more modern attributes”.
Unfortunately, the ethnic designs proved too much for the straight-laced British establishment of the time, and the repainting process was halted two years after it began.
Another episode explores the rise and fall of Jet Airways and Sanjiv’s memories of the airline’s founder, Naresh Goyal, including his struggles to get a simple pair of phone lines during Jet’s early days.
Jump on to Twitter and follow @TheSanjivKapoor if you’d enjoy some light-hearted aviation entertainment.
Aviation first as Air NZ flies to Delhi
Aviation history was made earlier this week when an Air New Zealand 777 flew to India for the very first time.
New Zealand is in the process of repatriating its citizens from India, though a series of three charter flights to be operated by Air New Zealand has attracted plenty of controversy.
The first flight to New Zealand will depart from Delhi today, but passengers are said to have been charged $NZ 5,500 (INR 250,000/ USD 3,300) for a seat.
By contrast, the British government has been able to charge its citizens around $NZ 1,300 for a place on one of its chartered flights.
Posting on the ‘Kiwis stuck in India’ Facebook page, some New Zealanders said they would take their chances and remain in India, rather than shell out $NZ 22,000 for a family of four to get home.
The New Zealand government has been criticised for rejecting offers from other suppliers who planned to perform the flights more cheaply.
Air Mauritius in administration
Air Mauritius has entered voluntary administration after warning it is unlikely to meet its financial obligations.
Roodesh Muttylall, Air Mauritius company secretary, said:
“Travel restrictions and the closure of borders in all our markets and cessation of all international and domestic flights in an unprecedented crisis has led to a complete erosion of the company’s revenue base. There is uncertainty as to when international air traffic will resume and all indications tend to show that normal activities will not pick up until 2020.”
This week, Grant Thornton was appointed as administrator of the airline, which was founded in 1968.
The Indian taxpayer actually has a ten per cent stake in the struggling Star Alliance carrier, in the shape of an investment held by Air India and valued at INR 18 crore.
Coronavirus has already caused Virgin Australia and South African Airways to enter administration.