How the man scared of flying flew too close to the sun.
How the man scared of flying flew too close to the sun.
The British motorcycle maker has big plans for the country. Can it overcome a sluggish market?
Goyal wants a Jet present value for his airline. The financiers are willing to only talk net present value. That’s the story of the deal.
Naresh Goyal is scrambling to stitch a deal to save Jet Airways and its staff. But with mounting debt, higher crude prices and a weaker rupee pinching, he may find the going tough.
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Even after years of fine-tuning, the auto sector’s demand-forecasting system is far from being watertight. The result: Dealers are stuck with a huge inventory after lacklustre festive sales.
Delayed arrival: Airports Authority of India has finally woken up to a life-saving drill. But Delhi and Mumbai are still in queue.
After ET Prime revealed the lack of critical calibration in most Indian airports, the airport operator has acted. However, questions still remain about the agency’s attitude towards safety.
Boeing never trained pilots and engineers on an automation feature on its Max 8 plane that killed 189 people in Indonesia
Automation got triggered, and the plane went rogue. It took control away from the pilots, and they probably had 10 seconds to wrest it back. They could not. Indian airlines and DGCA had better be very careful.
Amid the declining global fortunes of sedans, both carmakers are looking at SUVs for deliverance. Electric cars? Not so fast.
Jawa, the old horse, is back in the race. But nostalgia alone won’t take it to the finish line before Royal Enfield.
In a blue-sky scenario, if the iconic Czech brand manages to sell 10,000 units monthly, it will eat into Royal Enfield’s 95% share in the above-250cc market. But before that, it needs to convert purists and build bigger after-sales muscle.
As the demand for faster deliveries zooms in the e-commerce age, the basic beasts that have been the staple of Indian roads are increasingly sharing space with better-kitted-out, higher-performance variants. If only the market could agree on not being penny wise and pound foolish.
Wielding its extra cash and capacity with deadly precision, India’s leading airline is no mood to give any quarter to its cash-strapped rivals.
With the pincer attack of a worsening China market and higher industry discounts, JLR is left with little choice but to dramatically cut costs. Will it be enough?
Honda is betting heavily on Activa to keep Hero Splendor at bay. Will a softening market play spoiler?
The Japanese giant is pumping more money into ramping up Honda Activa production, as it wants to ride beyond cities. But demand for scooters is expected to moderate over the next five years, casting a shadow on its plans.
Mahindra is fighting Fiat, which claims that the Roxor is a Jeep lookalike. But M&M’s bigger battle — getting its off-roader to make money.
The market for side-by-side vehicles in the US is small. But creating a solid, reliable vehicle will certainly help Mahindra establish its brand in the market.
With ready infrastructure, routes, and revenue, Naresh Goyal’s troubled airline ticks most of the boxes for an acquisition. The problem: Jet's messy balance sheet, and the rising costs of Tatas’ own aviation (mis)adventures.
The 13 stocks that have outperformed the Nifty by a mile for half a decade are witnessing a bumpy ride. A story in three graphics explains how.
"Airlines are actually paying passengers to fly on their planes": why a dank, depressing earnings winter is coming to Indian aviation
Some say airlines should disband their revenue-management teams, so terrible is the economics they have embraced. Others are just saying a quiet prayer.
Niggles related to pricing, quality, and return on investment are keeping entrepreneurs away.
As the South Korean carmaker completes two decades in India, it is betting big on a refreshed take on the Sunshine Car.
It is difficult to predict the end of an airline. But there are signs that tell you when revival is nearly impossible.
More corners of the country are poised to join the CNG network, but adoption will hinge on tricky issues such as incentives to purchase gas-fuelled vehicles, uniform pricing, and location of refilling stations.
As the country tries to shift to electric vehicles, foreign-made batteries may not help for long because of their high prices and India’s weather conditions. But manufacturers will set up shop only if there is a proper business case.
Election magic! The government told us about all the mega aviation projects it wants to finish in a canter (and the ones it won’t touch with a bargepole).
The short window left for the government before next year’s election could be a banana peel, with competing priorities, a huge slate of unfinished projects, and mounting stress in the sector.
DGCA’s special audit says all’s well at Jet Airways. Here’s the long list of reasons that’s a mysterious verdict.
The outcome is a relief for the beleaguered airline, which is battling outrage after a major mid-air scare on Thursday. But the regulator’s probe raises more questions than it answers.
If the rupee touches 75 to the dollar, some airlines in India will go bust. Even though they are making losses, fear of losing customers means no airline can hike passenger fares.
With its ROCE of just 0.9% and accumulated losses of INR4,662 crore, Ford India should be happy even if it gets as little as INR2,000 crore in exchange for 51% stake.
Indians are buying used cars from local dealers. Big players are trying to make them drive to showrooms.
Organised pre-owned car retailers — from Maruti True Value to Mahindra First Choice Wheels to Hyundai Promise — are upping the ante to increase market share beyond the current 20%. But denting the traditional base of the unorganised sector may not be easy.
The likes of CarTrade, CarDekho, Cars24, and Droom are adopting new ways to generate revenue while making dealings more transparent and middleman-free.
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.
In a price-sensitive market like India (and elsewhere), conventional lead-acid batteries will remain relevant, even as companies experimenting with new technologies start trying out lithium-ion.
Inability to cash in on high-income windows, competition from a full-service player, and maintenance challenges have come together to haunt India's biggest airline.
After falling to fourth position in the domestic two-wheeler space, Bajaj Auto is doing everything — from price cut to easy finance to free service to woo back buyers. But its competitors won’t sit idle.
A falling rupee has added to their woes, and the going will get even tougher.
The market may be reacting negatively to the new payload norms, but the company has enough gas left to drive through the obstacles.
The aviation regulator has spent INR30 crore of taxpayers’ money on commissioning studies to improve air safety. But most of the recommendations have remained on paper.
Indian airports' dirty secret: More Indians are flying than ever before, but there's no certainty if they will land.
An ET Prime investigation under the Right to Information reveals that critical landing infrastructure at nearly 98% of India's airports has not been calibrated — some for years. The Prime Minister's own constituency is on the list of offenders.
With high traffic but low sales-conversion rates, aggregators are not creating anything more than some buzz. Meanwhile, a larger digital wave is helping traditionally old-school dealers turn savvier.
The only countries below India on the ICAO list are Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Samoa, and some other little-known countries.
India has the world’s deadliest roads. And our cars have some of the worst records in safety. A new set of regulations is aiming to change that as early as next year. Can the industry deliver?
As IndiGo looks to scale further with a 300-plane fleet and international routes, the new team under expat CEO-designate Greg Taylor will have to address issues such as profitability and falling consumer perception.
These are sobering times for Tata Motors' prize catch: It has backtracked from its double-digit growth target and appears reticent about a clear roadmap to improve profitability.
Even by giving up 100% stake and offering generous terms, Air India’s sale may not take off.
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.
The most romantic mode of travel is now a dystopia for passengers. And the government’s efforts to fix things range from half-hearted to the impossible.
Air India brings to mind an image of a debt-laden airline failing to find a suitor. For a carrier with a large fleet, peak-hour slots, superb network of flights, and global agreements, is that the right perception? Beyond the obvious is an airline worth much more than it is perceived to be. ET Prime brings to you the first-ever attempt to value Air India.
Was Tony Fernandes really in love with the Indian aviation story? Or did he use it as a stepping stone for his global ambition?
The category, traditionally just a sliver of the scooter market, has been witnessing a slew of launches, which have been well accepted by buyers. Next stop: carving out 25% of the market in two years.