Neha LM Tripathi

I am a principal correspondent with the national political bureau of the Hindustan Times. I track the aviation and railways ministry. I also write on travel trends. I cover the beats at the national level for the newspaper. Before being in Delhi, I have worked as a journalist in Mumbai as well. My hobbies include trekking and travelling.

Articles by Neha LM Tripathi

67 foreign pilots employed by Indian airlines: Govt informs Parliament

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), there are around 10,000 pilots including 67 foreign nationals employed with various airlines of India

There may be a need for 1000 pilots per annum in India over the next five years. (Representative file image)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 07:15 PM IST

Airlines allowed to hire expats to fly B777 aircraft due to shortage of pilots

Air India, which was acquired by the Tata Group last year, has already indicated that the airline will have to cancel several long-haul flights due to crew shortages over the next few months.

Speaking at CAPA India’s summit, Union civil aviation secretary Rajiv Bansal said the government is allowing Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorization (FATA) pilots for a short period. (Twitter/ld_Neha)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 01:51 PM IST

Air India may slash flights amid crew shortage

Air India operates 47 weekly flights to the US, which include seven to Chicago, 14 to New York, six to Newark, 17 to San Francisco and three to Dulles

In December, Air India began training new recruits for B787 aircraft so that the crew can be used on some international flights whilst waiting for their US visas. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 10:00 AM IST

Over 22,900 weekly flights to operate in summer schedule this year

IndiGo will operate the highest number of departures (11465) every week, followed by SpiceJet (2240 flights), Air India (2178 flights), Vistara (1856 flights), GoFirst (1538 flights), AirAsia (1456 flights), Alliance Air (887 flights) and Akasa Air (751 flights)

According to the DGCA, around 21,941 departures per week were operated from 106 airports in the winter schedule 2022 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 06:26 PM IST

Railways get 3 bids for plant to manufacture 80,000 wheels per year

A Railway official said the requirement of wheels is projected to increase up to 2 lakh by 2026 onwards due to induction of more high speed trains

India has been importing forged wheels (used for high-speed trains) since 1960 from European nations. (Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Cabin crew shortage hits Air India flight operations

The information about crew shortage has been floating since last year. Air India pilots, in fact, in December had threatened strike over long working hours and unfair compensation by the management

Speaking to airline officials, it was learnt that the crew was unable to manage constant pullouts and changes in the roster (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 11:20 AM IST

Air India urination case: DGCA rejects pilot’s appeal to revoke licence suspension

Five airline associations backed the pilot-in-command of Air India’s New York-Delhi flight and asked DGCA to revoke its decision to suspend his licence for three months

Air India passenger aircraft is seen on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 08:46 PM IST

‘Inebriated passengers seen almost every day but...’: Air India chief

Air India CEO & MD Campbell Wilson said the full-service carrier post the Air India-Vistara merger will be known as Air India, which is more recognised outside the country

Air India reviewed its in-flight alcohol service policy in January after an incident involving a ‘drunk’ male passenger allegedly urinating on a woman on board a New York- Delhi flight created a massive uproar. (Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 07:47 PM IST

India to get civil aviation research centre by year end

New Delhi: The Civil Aviation Research Organisation, a facility with advanced simulators being established in Hyderabad, will become fully operational by the end of this year and will have , a civil aviation ministry official said

India to get civil aviation research centre by year end
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 01:37 AM IST

Enough scope for improvement in aircraft investigation: DGCA chief Arun Kumar

Top bureaucrat Arun Kumar speaks about the achievement and challenges he faced in his tenure, including the problem with Pratt & Whitney engines & safety issues concerning Boeing 737 MAX

The DGCA chief called eGCA (e-Governance of Civil Aviation) a complete game changer in his tenure. (HT sourced image)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 05:20 PM IST

DGCA proposes measures for mental well-being of flight crew, air traffic controllers

A separate, standalone and customised training by a trained clinical psychologist for the flight crew or ATCOs to recognise and manage the adverse effects of mental health conditions will be recommended

 (File Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2023 10:16 PM IST

DGCA suspends helicopter firm’s operations for violating safety norms

As per senior officials close to the matter, the firm is an approved organisation by DGCA for repair, inspection and maintenance of Oxygen Cylinders, Dinghy and Distress Signaling items which assure hope of passenger’s survival in case of a crash where the helicopter crashes into the sea/river

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2023 04:11 PM IST

DGCA halts helicopter firm’s operations for 3 months over distress signal tampering

India’s civil aviation regulator has suspended operations of Aman Aviation for three months after an inspection revealed that the Mumbai-based helicopter operator had tampered with the expiry date of the distress signal, a device that helps in locating passengers after an accident

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Published on Feb 19, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Digi Yatra facility at Delhi’s T2 from April

Confirming the development, an official from the ministry of civil aviation said, “Various surveys are being done to expand the Digi Yatra facility to Delhi’s T2, which handles 49,000 passengers daily.”

The Digi Yatra facility will allow passengers to link their travel and identity documents together and create a facial scan beforehand, which will do away with the need for them to show their boarding passes or identity cards when they arrive at an airport, drop their bags, or proceed for boarding. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Air India ordered 840 planes, including 370 optional buys, from Airbus, Boeing

Airbus order was for 210 A-320/321 Neo/XLR and 40 A350-900/1000 while the Boeing order was for 190 737-Max, 20 787s and 10 777s, airline officials said.

In this file photo dated Monday, March 2, 2020, Air India planes are parked at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 01:12 PM IST

DGCA looks to expand its footprint

“With an aim to monitor aviation activities, by December the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) will be functional at six more places, including Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Agartala, Amritsar, Nagpur and Dehradun,” an official said on Friday.

The maximum number of snags was reported by Air India (184), followed by IndiGo (98), SpiceJet (77), Go First (50), Vistara (40) and AirAsia India (14). (Reuters)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

20 lakh fine on Air Asia for violation of norms, training head suspended

DGCA suspended Air Asia's Head of Training from his position for a period of three months for failing to discharge his duties

DGCA conducted a surveillance inspection between November 23 to 25(HT File)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 01:57 PM IST

Up to 16 cheetahs to arrive in coming months: Jyotiraditya Scindia

The government launched the ambitious “Project Cheetah” last year with the goal of reintroducing the species to its former habitat in India, 71 years after the last recorded cheetah was hunted down in Chhattisgarh in 1952.

Kuno National Park received eight cheetahs from Namibia on September 17 last year, all of which were released into an enclosure by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 04:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

DGCA fines Vistara 70L

Vistara airlines has paid a record penalty of ₹70 lakh imposed by India’s civil aviation regulator for not operating the minimum number of mandated flights to underserved areas of the country’s northeast, officials said.

The DGCA had in October last yearfined Vistara for not complying with the rules in April. (Reuters)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Air India Express flight returns after engine failure, DGCA orders probe

The DGCA on Friday sought a detailed report from Air India Express after its Kozhikode-bound flight was forced to return to Abu Dhabi due to an engine failure immediately after take-off earlier in the day.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Railway to upgrade ticketing capacity from 25K to 2.25 lakh per minute: Minister

Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw also said that the Railways’ capacity for attending enquiries will also be upgraded from 4 lakh per minute to 40 lakh per minute

Ashwani Vaishnaw said the Railways has targeted to lay 12 km new railway tracks per day in FY 2023, and added that this used to be 4 km per day before 2014. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 07:45 PM IST

Calicut-bound Air India Express flight returns to Abu Dhabi after engine failure

A DGCA official said that the aviation regulator has begun investigating the matter and has sought a detailed report of the incident from the Air India Express

The incident took place when Air India Express flight IX 348 with 184 passengers on board was taking off from the Abu Dhabi airport. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 07:12 PM IST

Engine failure forces Air India Express flight to return to Abu Dhabi

An official said the B737-800 plane was involved in an air turnback, which refers to a situation where an aircraft is forced to land at the departure airport

The Kozhikode-bound Air India Express flight had 184 passengers on board. (PTI (Representative))
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:07 PM IST

Air India made remarkable progress in short time: CEO & MD Campbell Wilson

Autos-to-steel Tata conglomerate completed the first year of the takeover of Air India from the government on Friday

In 2021, the government announced it sold its 100% stake to the autos-to-steel Tata conglomerate for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>18,000 crore. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:42 AM IST

Did not classify incident correctly, admits Air India; says will back crew

New Delhi: Air India on Tuesday accepted that it did not correctly classify , and therefore, did not report the incident on flight AI102 where a drunk passenger urinated on an elderly woman.

The airline said that its ground staff did not challenge the crew’s assessment and therefore, did not report the matter as an unruly incident. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 02:52 AM IST

Air India urination case: AICCA demand revoking de-rostering of flight crew

Earlier this month, Air India issued show cause notices to the pilot-in-command and four crew members of the flight and de-roster them pending the ongoing investigation related to the alleged urination incident

Earlier this month, Air India issued show cause notices to the pilot-in-command and four crew members of the flight (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 07:01 PM IST
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Air India urination case: Airline fined 30 lakh, pilot’s licence suspended for 3 months

The DGCA imposed a ₹30 lakh fine on Air India for inadequate and untimely action in connection with a case where a flyer allegedly urinated upon a co-passenger

On Thursday, Air India imposed a four-month flying ban on Shankar Mishra, the accused in the urination case. (ANI)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:16 AM IST

Emails show Air India’s top executives knew of incident hours after flight

The mail threads seen by HT include those sent to the head of inflight service department (IFSD), base operations in India, Lead HR head of IFSD, head of northern region of IFSD and of complaints (customer care), on November 27 by the cabin crew supervisor.

On January 4, media reports first highlighted the incident, causing outrage among the public at large, and prompting DGCA, which did not know about it till then, to act.
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 07:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Urination incident: DGCA imposes 30 lakh fine on Air India

CGA officials said that they were unsatisfied with Air India’s written reply that was submitted to them on Thursday. Air India submitted an internal report in connection with the urination case.

Air India filed a first information report (FIR) and reported the matter to the DGCA on January 4 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 03:09 PM IST

Air India imposes 4 month ban on flyer in urination case

Air India on Thursday imposed a four-month flying ban on Shankar Mishra, who has been accused of urinating on an elderly passenger in a New York-New Delhi flight in November last year.

Shankar Mishra was travelling from New York to New Delhi on November 26 in the business class of an Air India flight when he allegedly urinated on an elderly woman co-passenger. (ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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