Lt Gen AP Singh, PhD has taken over the reins of Army Air Defence as its Director General on 11May 2018. The General Officer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy having been commissioned in June 1981.The General Officer has attained all the qualifications as required of a Scholar Warrior including Defence Services Staff College, Senior Command Course, the prestigious Higher Command Course, National Defence College and Tunguska Air Defence Course in Yeisk (Russia).
He has vast and varied experience in command and staff assignments across all spectrum and terrain profiles. He commanded an Air Defence Regiment during Operation Parakram in 2001 in Desert Sector and an Air Defence Brigade in Kashmir Valley in 2009. The General Officer has served in various distinguished staff appointments as Colonel General Staff (Operations) in an active Army Corps in Kashmir Valley, Operational Logistics in a Mountain Division on Line of Control and Strike Corps in Plains Sector and also in Military Secretary Branch at Army Headquarters.

He has also served in Joint services environment in Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (Operations and Logistics) where he additionally handled Disaster Management in the Ministry of Defence and was the interface with National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home and Foreign Affairs. The General Officer has been part of military delegations to Brunei (ASEAN Disaster Management), Singapore and Belarus to enhance the Inter Governmental Military Cooperation.

Prior to taking over as Director General of Army Air Defence, he has been the Commandant at Army AD College. The General officer in his 37 years of service has been awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation on two occasions and also the Army Commander Commendation. The General officer is also the Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Army Air Defence since 01 January 2017.

Jet Airways begins UDAN flights, offers fares starting Rs 967

Jet Airways announced the commencement of its UDAN flights from June 14 onwards at a budgeted fare starting as low as Rs 967. The airlines announced that the first of its UDAN flights, the government's regional connectivity scheme, would be operated between Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna.

Jet Airways had bagged four routes in the second round of bidding in January where a total of 325 routes were awarded to various operators. Besides, Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna, Jet Airways will operate its UDAN flights on New Delhi-Nashik, Nagpur-Allahabad-Indore and Lucknow-Bareilly-Delhi routes.

The fares for the Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna flight under the Udan scheme will be Rs 967, while the flights on the Patna-Allahabad-Patna route will cost Rs 1,216, Jet Airways release mentioned.Similarly, the ticket price for a trip on the Nagpur-Allahabad-Nagpur route has been pegged at Rs 1,690, while the Indore-Allahabad-Indore flight will cost Rs 1,914.

India to have its own Drone policy: Jayant Sinha

India's Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha has said that the ministry is in the final stage of developing a new drone policy and will be released soon. It was back in last year that the Aviation ministry has introduced the draft rules for unmanned aircrafts system. This was done with the help of inputs collected from the public in order to customize the policy further.

As per the sources, the ministry is discussing the major details that are related to the security and global standards on drone policy. Jayant Sinha at the Global Exhibition on Services which was organized by the department of commerce and industry said that,"We have finalized our work on the drone policy. Some tricky issues need to be resolved from security and global standards point of view. We are not at the end of that consultation process. So our hope is that very shortly we will have a final drone policy coming out."

Aviation min gives site clearance to new Pune int'l airport

MoCA has given "site clearance" for the construction of a greenfield international airport near Pune. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had in 2016 announced the setting up of a greenfield international airport at Purandar in Pune district. Passenger traffic at the existing airport at Lohegaon, which is controlled by the Indian Air Force and operated by the Airports Authority of India, surged 20.6 per cent to 8.16 million in fiscal 2017-18, compared with 6.76 million in fiscal 2016-17, as per the latest AAI data.

"Today, I have accorded site clearance to the new greenfield airport for Pune at Purandar," civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet. "The existing airport has exhausted its capacity and this new airport will help us (fly) more passenger and (carry out) cargo operations to the vibrant city of Pune," the minister added.

The new airport is expected to come up at an estimated cost of Rs 14,000 crore and will be spread across an area of 2,400 hectare.

WOW Air to start India operation from December 2018

WOW air, Iceland’s low fare transatlantic airline, announces the launch of its flight operations in India from December 7, 2018 with incredibly low airfares. The airline will have five direct flights a week between New Delhi and Keflavik airport in Iceland that will connect to multiple destinations in North America and Europe. To be offered in 4 exciting fare options as WOW basic, plus, comfy & premium, the airline will offer relatively low cost fares to their transatlantic destinations for Indian travellers. A one-way ticket to Iceland, US, Canada and London in economy category under the basic segment will start from INR 13,499/- (including taxes) while the business class fares under the premium category will be priced from INR 46,599/- onwards (including taxes). With some of the most competitive international fares, WOW air brings in the best flying option to North America in the most modern long-haul aircraft, Airbus A330neo for the route from New Delhi.

At the launch, Skúli Mogensen, CEO & Founder of WOW Air said, “We are thrilled to launch our operations in India, a diverse country with tremendous potential. Our launch is in sync with India’s aviation growth story and we look forward to being part of it with our very affordable fares to North America and Europe on board brand new Airbus A330neos. It is also a major milestone for WOW air as we are now connecting Asia with our extensive network in North America and Europe, making Iceland a global hub. WOW air also plans to add more flights to India in the future as the country strongly moves ahead to become the world’s third largest tourism economy in the next ten years.”

Brand USA’s Marketing Initiatives Brings Significant Growth Since 2013

Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States has recently presented the results of the return on investment (ROI) study conducted by Oxford Economics, which shows the significant contributions the organization has on international travel to the USA. Since Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2013) Brand USA's efforts are directly responsible for increasing international visitation by an incremental 5.4 million travellers who spent $17.7 billion, generating a total economic impact of $38.4 billion, and supported an average of 51,580 incremental jobs per year. Brand USA also provided initial results on the impact of its first film for IMAX® and giant screen theaters, "National Parks Adventure."

The new economic impact study shows that in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017), Brand USA's marketing campaigns generated 1.16 million incremental international visitors to the United States, with a total economic impact of $8.5 billion, and supporting 54,212 incremental jobs. The results equate to a marketing ROI of 29:1 based on Brand USA’s marketing expenses of $140 million and incremental international visitor spend of $4.1 billion.

The ROI study includes analysis of nine markets – Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom – where Brand USA fully executed consumer, trade outreach, and co-op programs.