From the Editor-in-Chief

In the ever-evolving realm of aviation, growth is not just an ambition, it is a necessity. It is imperative to navigate the new horizons in business and general aviation and explore the critical factors driving progress within the industry, like policy initiatives, technological innovations, and their effective implementation.

Issue: BizAvIndia 3/2023By Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief

Dear Reader,

While the peak of its potential is yet to be reached, the business aviation sector in India remains resolute in its pursuit of excellence. Ajay Shah, President of BAOA, underscores the Association’s unwavering commitment to advocating for safety, efficiency, and sustainability in business aviation. Listing some specific concerns that BAOA is currently handling, he ensures that BAOA continues to be a steadfast advocate for Business and General Aviation operators, making sure that their voices resonate in regulatory arenas and industry advancements.

Through his article, “Embracing Change for Growth,” Sanjay Julka delves into the ongoing golden age of the aviation industry, aptly underlining the critical verticals of aviation and emphasising the need for meticulous infrastructural and institutional planning and execution to fuel the industry’s growth. He states the need to exploit technology and that the Indian Aviation regulators need to be proactive and make prompt decisions that are believed to be in the national interest.

Sudhir Rajeshirke talks about the airlines’ efforts to enhance premium travel. He spotlights airlines’ pursuit of enhancing the first and business-class customer experience, approaching bespoke levels. At the same time, he draws attention to an existing service gap, especially when an international premium customer is transferred to a regional airline. He shares a couple of business models that airlines can utilise to fill this service gap. He also lists some aspects of the business that need to be carefully considered for successful operations including seamless booking integration, charter options, service quality, operational integration, etc.

This edition also highlights the journey of Gulfstream Aerospace, which has created a legacy that the world aerospace companies can look up to. An article by Ayushee Chaudhary charts the history, present, and future of Gulfstream outlining its timeline that resonates with milestones, reflecting an unwavering commitment to innovation, customer service, and sustainability within the business aviation realm. Gulfstream is where the harmonious blend of luxury, sustainability, and cutting-edge technology unfolds.

On sustainability, this issue of BizAvIndia sheds light on All-Synthetic SAF. The transition to synthetic SAF and ongoing efforts to bolster production capacity promise a greener, cleaner aviation landscape. In the midst of all these transformative changes, we also contemplate the future of pilot hiring through a different lens. With shortages expected to persist, flight departments need to adopt a more proactive approach in identifying and nurturing the talents that will steer the industry forward.

All this and more in this issue of BizAvIndia.

Welcome aboard and we wish you many happy landings!