DGCA issued highest ever Pilot Licenses in 2023
In 2023, India soared to new heights by granting a record-breaking 1622 pilot licenses (CPL), marking a remarkable 22% surge from the previous year’s 1165 licenses. Notably, women claimed a larger slice of this achievement, comprising 22% compared to 2022’s 18%. According to DGCA, this progress reflects a broader trend, with nearly 14% of the country’s airline pilots being women. This milestone signals an encouraging stride towards greater gender inclusivity within India’s aviation sector.
HKTB hosts largest-ever New Year Countdown fireworks
Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the fireworks musical performance of “Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations” concluded successfully on January 1, 2024, bidding farewell to 2023 and welcoming 2024 in joy. The largest-ever countdown fireworks lasted for 12 minutes and were themed with the cycling seasons, surprising locals and visitors alike with magnificent bliss.
Air India opens booking for Airbus A350 flights
Air India has announced that its Airbus A350 will enter commercial service on 22 January 2024. Initially, while the aircraft is deployed on domestic routes for crew familiarization and regulatory compliance purposes, passengers from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai will have the opportunity to fly on the new aircraft soon.
Gujarat to launch nation’s first tourism submarine
The state government has inked an agreement with Mazgaon Dock shipbuilders for the project in Dwarka city, which is known as the “city of Lord Krishna.” This submarine-based underwater tourism facility will be the first in India. According to the present plan, the government wants to operationalize the project before Diwali in October 2024. Each submarine will have two expert pilots and a qualified crew leading the way, accommodating 24 tourists each.
“India’s achievements are the achievements of every Indian. We have to continuously work for the development of India keeping in mind the Panch Pran. Whatever work we do, whatever decision we make, our first criterion should be… what the country will get from it; what benefit it will bring to the country. Rashtra Pratham – Nation First – There is no greater mantra than this. Adhering to this mantra, we Indians will make our country developed and self-reliant. May you all reach new heights of success in 2024, may you all stay healthy, stay fit, stay immensely happy.”
Shri Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India