Strong local fundamentals will aide the revival of India’s aviation sector, believes Airbus South Asia President, Remi Maillard.
In a conversation with IANS, Remi Maillard, President and Managing Director, Airbus India and South Asia, expressed confidence in the industry’s potential along with its revival prospects on the back of strong fundamentals.
“I remain confident about the future of the Indian aviation industry because of the strong local fundamentals,” Maillard said.
“That is why, in parallel to our efforts of catalysing a safe traffic recovery, we need to work on further strengthening the foundations for India to become a world leader in the civil aviation industry. This implies further developing the domestic market, turning India into an international hub, growing the MRO and training eco-systems as well as stimulating the helicopter business,” he added.
Notably, the sector has been heavily battered by the coronavirus outbreak and its cascading impact on the overall travel industry.
Maillard termed the pandemic as the ‘gravest crisis’ that industry has ever faced.
“There is not one single player in the market that is immune to the crisis, be it an airline, a lessor, an MRO, a training centre, an airport, an equipment supplier or an aircraft manufacturer. It is a long-term crisis,” he elaborated.
“Given how deep the crisis is, a full recovery in aviation will take years specifically when it comes to international flights,” he added.
Nevertheless, Maillard pointed out that with the economy opening up gradually, demand for air travel has started to pick-up.
“We have now started seeing a gradual increase in air travel as the domestic flights have increased in a phased manner,” he said.
“We are hopeful passenger demand will further pick up during the festival season. Now the situation remains very fluid and uncertain and we predict that 2021 will remain a difficult year for the industry. This is why we need to continue adapting ourselves to navigate the crisis,” he added.
According to him, the regional connectivity scheme, ‘Udan’, will play a major role in the growth of the domestic market.
Besides, the aerospace major is aiding its airline partners to fully utilise the potential of its cargo business.
“Indian carriers have started focusing on international markets in the recent past and the induction of wide-body aircraft will be a key strategy for consideration in their growth plans,” he said.
“We are also supporting our customers to diversify in the cargo market for them to capture additional sources of revenue,” he added.
Further more, Maillard sees immense potential in the chopper, MRO and aviation training segments of the industry.
As a case in point, he pointed out that India has only about 270 civil helicopters which is less than 1 per cent of the worldwide helicopter fleet.
“India’s civil helicopter market has a large runway for growth. The emergence of new segments like urban air connectivity as well as the launching of next generation helicopter plat-forms such as the recently certified H160 and the 5-bladed H145 will also further drive growth,” he said.
“For this, the industry needs policy reforms and regulatory support. We believe that helicopters will play a critical role in the future growth of the country as helicopters missions are essential to protect people, to save lives and to drive efficiency savings,” he added.
On its part, Airbus has been working towards developing new market segments in the country such as, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), security, aerial work, power line missions etc.
Recently, the first official HEMS service was launched in India by the state of Karnataka followed by AIIMS hospital in Dehradun, using Airbus H130 helicopters.
In addition, he credited the recent reforms to usher in opportunities to leverage the huge untapped MRO market.
“There is also an opportunity to boost training capabilities to meet a growing demand for pilots, engineers and technicians in the coming years. Let us have faith. It will take time, but the industry will recover while contributing to building a better future,” he added.
Risk premium for Basel III instruments to increase: ICRA
The risk premium for Basel III security instruments is expected to increase for weaker banks with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday asking Lakshmi Vilas Bank to write down Rs 318.20 crore of its Tier 2 bonds, said a senior official of credit rating agency ICRA Ltd.
“RBI has set a precedence with the proposed write off as it first time a Tier II bond is being written off. Investors should factor in the risk in Basel III instruments as these instruments can be completely written off in case the bank gets into trouble,” Anil Gupta Sector Head – Financial Sector Ratings, ICRA said.
“We expect the risk premiums for such instruments to increase for weaker private banks to increase, given this event,” Gupta added.
The RBI wrote to LVB’s Administrator on Thursday to write down Rs 318.20 crore worth of Unsecured Non-convertible Redeemable Fully Paid-up Basel III compliant Tier-2 Bonds before the scheme of amalgamation comes into effect on November 27.
The LVB had raised the money through Basel III Tier 2 bonds in three tranches.
The RBI cited the Information Memorandums of respective Basel III Tier 2 bonds issued by the LVB while communicating its decision to the LVB.
“If the relevant authorities decide to reconstitute the Bank or amalgamate the Bank with any other bank under Section 45 of the BR Act (Banking Regulation Act), such a bank shall be deemed as non-viable or approaching non-viability and both the pre-specified trigger and the trigger at the point of non-viability for write-down of the Bonds shall be activated. Accordingly, the Bonds shall be written-off before amalgamation/reconstitution in accordance with applicable rules,” the RBI told T.N. Manoharan, Administrator of the LVB.
According to the RBI, as Section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act has been invoked and the amalgamation scheme has been notified, the LVB is deemed to be non-viable or approaching non-viability and accordingly, the triggers for a write-down of Basel III Tier 2 bonds issued by the bank has been triggered.
“In light of the above provisions, such Basel III Tier 2 bonds would need to be fully written down before the amalgamation of the bank comes into effect,” RBI said in its letter.
According to LVB, it also has Series VII Option B bonds (Unsecured Redeemable Non-Convertible Subordinated Lower Tier II bonds) amounting to Rs 50.50 crore.
Equity indices trade flat; banking, finance stocks subdued
The key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note on Friday morning.
Subdued trade was witnessed in banking and finance stocks. However, healthy buying was seen in auto, healthcare and consumer durables stocks.
Around 10.30 a.m., Sensex was trading at 44,200.14, lower by 59.60 points or 0.13 per cent from its previous close of 44,259.74.
It opened at 44,325.03 and has touched an intra-day high of 44,407.28 and a low of 44,106.62 points.
The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 12,981.40, lower by 5.60 points or 0.04 per cent from its previous close.
Manish Hathiramani, technical analyst with Deen Dayal Investments said: “The resistance level for the Nifty is at 13,050 and if we can cross that, we could head to 13,200 by next week.”
“A strong support lies at 12800 and thereafter at 12,500. It is only post the breaking of 12500 that we would consider a short term correction. Until then, the trend remains bullish with a strong upside momentum,” he added.
Among the Sensex stocks, Bajaj Auto, NTPC and Bajaj Finance were the top gainers so far, while Power Grid Corporation, TCS and State Bank of India were the major losers.
Petrol and diesel price move up by a higher margin
Petrol and diesel rates rose sharply on Friday as global oil prices remained firm reaching its highest levels this fiscal.
Petrol price increased by 19 paise per litre to Rs 81.89 per litre on Friday from Rs 81.70 per litre on the previous day.
Diesel price, on the other hand, increased by a higher margin of 24 paise to Rs 71.86 a litre, up from Rs 71.62 a litre on the previous day.
Oil companies began increasing pump prices of the two petroleum products from last Friday after a nearly two-month-long hiatus in the fuel price revision. The prices increased for five consecutive days before going for a day’s pause on Wednesday. It has risen on both days thereafter.
In five days, petrol price has gone up by 53 paise and diesel rate has risen by 95 paise per litre. With Friday’s increase, petrol price has now risen by 83 paise per litre and diesel by Rs 1.40 a litre since last Friday.
Petrol price had been static since September 22, and diesel rate hadn’t changed since October 2.
Though the retail pricing of petrol and diesel has been deregulated and oil marketing companies were following a daily price revision formula, the same was suspended for almost two months to prevent the volatility in the international oil markets from impacting the fuel prices regularly during the pandemic.
But with crude on the boil again on the news of a successful coronavirus vaccine launch soon, the patience was lost by the OMCs who finally resorted to the price increase to cover for their under recovery on the sale of two petroleum products.
The benchmark Brent crude has crossed $48 a barrel on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). It has remained over $ 43 a barrel for most part of November.
OMCs need almost 40 paise per litre increase in the retail price of petrol and diesel to cover for $ 1 increase in crude. Going by this yardstick, the product prices would have to be increased by up to Rs 2 per litre to cover the under recovery on its sale.
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