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Tarun Shukla

Tarun Shukla

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I have been chasing flying objects (among other things) for over a decade now, with work published in Mint, Hindustan Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ashgate Publishing, and The Pioneer. A series exposing India’s air safety gaps in 2010 scooped a Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), Hong Kong, gold award for investigative reporting. The warning of an imminent crash unfortunately came true three months after the series, with the decade's worst air disaster in Mangalore that killed dozens. At ET Prime, I will be dissecting this space further with the aim to catch all the unusual flying activity that otherwise fails to make it to the public domain.

Twitter: @shukla_tarun | Email: tarun.shukla1@timesinternet.in

I have been chasing flying objects (among other things) for over a decade now, with work published in Mint, Hindustan Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ashgate Publishing, and The Pioneer. A series exposing India’s air safety gaps in 2010 scooped a Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), Hong Kong, gold award for investigative reporting. The warning of an imminent crash unfortunately came true three months after the series, with the decade's worst air disaster in Mangalore that killed dozens. At ET Prime, I will be dissecting this space further with the aim to catch all the unusual flying activity that otherwise fails to make it to the public domain.

Twitter: @shukla_tarun | Email: tarun.shukla1@timesinternet.in

Aviation

Adani vs. GVK vs. GMR: Gautam Adani wants to be the ‘king of airports’ and the battle lines are drawn

The Adani Group has redefined aggression with its bids for airports. But the ports-to-edible oils conglomerate’s debut appears to be hurried, controversial, and could cause a financial drain on the USD13 billion group if not executed properly. Meanwhile, competitors have sensed danger and raised their guards. Here’s a deep-dive analysis of the risks and rewards of Adani’s entry into the airports segment.

12 Nov 20190 comment
Aviation

Bad news: The slowdown is creeping into aviation. What’s good: more train passengers taking flights.

The spoils from Jet’s collapse have been divided, but it can’t mask the fact that the downturn has touched aviation. Capacity has almost evened out and chances are that airlines may have to fly with some empty seats unless ticket prices are cut and more passengers are lured away from superfast trains. For now, lower fuel prices and a stable dollar are helping save the day.

9 Sep 20190 comment
Aviation

Love cheap international flights? A fresh “narrow-body” hell awaits you.

The trimmer Airbus A321XLR, a stretched version of the A320, has gotten a thunderous reception from airlines around the world, who are happy that it will help them get more bums on the seat, and thus more profits. The bad news? Even long international routes might now turn “cattle class”, with precious inches shaved off the cabin space. And it could create a world of pain for passengers — and even pilots.

8 Jul 20190 comment
Aviation

An empty chair, a promoter pulling strings from Paris, nervy bankers: why Jet's INR1,500 crore bailout is at risk

The state-owned banks that were to infuse capital have not been able to take equity in Jet. There are lingering concerns that the airline might still end up in insolvency, wasting taxpayers’ money. Old ally Etihad is worried that Jet's tenacious promoter Naresh Goyal, recently evicted from its board, will find a way to come back. As rivals like IndiGo go for the kill, Jet still doesn't have a chairman and is running vastly curtailed operations.

8 Apr 20190 comment
Aviation

Jet Airways has been left to land on a short runway

Unlike its peers, Jet could not make the most of the oil-price slump. Instead, its costs spiralled. When it last found itself in such a tight corner five years ago, the Etihad deal helped. This time around, there’s little room to manoeuvre.

22 Aug 20180 comment
Aviation

The airline is low cost. The cancellation? Not so.

Indian airlines are using ticket cancellation as a source of revenue. The aviation regulator hasn’t helped the cause of passengers, but there are best practices that can be adapted to make cancellations fair to airlines and passengers.

15 Jun 20180 comment
Leadership

Resignation of a president foretold

Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s outgoing president, was the ultimate outsider who made an outsize impact. But ultimately, reality caught up. Here’s the inside story — a classic cautionary tale for businesses that want to grow big, fast.

1 May 20180 comment
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