Keyword : Air India

Who is right? Rule-bound Maharaja or commoner? You decide

Even with his eternal bow the Maharaja is standing firm on certain issues. However, some do not like and others accept grudgingly. Air India staff; under pressure from the management

Why I do not fly by Air India

National carrier Air India is back in bad weather condition and I know why. In October last year I was looking for cheapest air tickets to Kochi for my parents’ trip. I have tr

Delayed AI flight may bring in tech-driven new baggage system to India

The future of airport baggage management will dawn in India soon. The trigger could be Renuka Chowdary incident last week at Delhi airport. The civil aviation ministry is contemplati

Air India and MTNL to be shut, VRS for staff

Once they were jewels in the crown of the government. But they are now sick and beyond revival. The government has decided to close down its best known enterprises like Air India, MTNL and Hindusta

Govt to keep flying Air India, MTNL ready with revival plan

The civil aviation ministry has that there was no question of closing Air India. Minister of Heavy Industries Anant Geete had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that Air India and MTNL were a

Air India fails to attract pilots in walk-in interview

Air India, the national carrier which was declared sick by heavy industry minister Anant Geete, received another jolt recently when no candidate turned up for the walk-in interview to recruit new p

Lesson from Germanwings crash: DGCA to upgrade pilot selection process

Taking a lesson from the Germanwings plane crash--reportedly caused by its co-pilot-- the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) is planning to upgrade the mental health assessment of aspirin

Govt dues making Air India poor

The cash-strapped Maharaja has been wobbling for sometimes one of the reasons is government itself. The cash-crunched Air India is craving for funds with a debt burden of Rs 40,000 crore, the gover

SBI and Citibank likely to help Air India to raise funds

The beleaguered national carrier is aiming to rebuild and restructure its tattered image by raising $300 million from overseas market via External Commercial Borrowing (ECB). The Air India is belie

Probe into air fare hike and cartelization

With few players in the aviation sector there are bound to be charges of cartelization, especially in terms of fares. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has again taken up the issue of carte

Yoga for the high fliers: Yoga training for AI staff

Air India has adopted a new way to deal with the stressed minds of its new lot of pilots and cabin crew. In order to build and inculcate a positive and healthy atmosphere the national carrier has i

Lizard comes with Air India meal on London flight

The national carrier has further lost its credibility after a passenger found a baby lizard in the food he was served. The incident took place on Thursday on Air India flight (AI 111) on Delhi-Lond

Air passenger traffic up due to fare cuts

Cancellations dropped below 1% and the number of passengers travelling by domestic carriers rose by 29 per cent in July.  While SpiceJet managed to hold its top position in terms of passenger

Morning briefing: Jaitley to meet PSU bank chiefs today to discuss NPAs, interest rates

Finance minister Arun Jaitley will meet heads of PSU banks today (Monday) to discuss loans, interest rate reduction and jan dhan yojana. The performance review meeting of public sector banks (PSBs)

Evening digest: Venkaiah Naidu bats for women`s quota bill, uniform civil code

Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women`s reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the allege

Air India to hire over 500 type-rated pilots on contract basis

Air India will hire over 500 type-rated pilots on contract basis for the carrier’s narrow-body fleet, which is expected to grow to about 80 aircraft by March 2018. This will be one of the lar

Morning briefing: First list of 20 smart cities today

The government will on Thursday announce the names of the first 20 urban areas that will be developed as smart cities. In subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be develop

NITI Aayog proposes closure of 26 ailing PSUs

NITI Aayog has recommended disinvestment of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) such as Air India after they are revived. It has also recommended immediate winding up 26 state-run companies

Air India chief empanelled as secretary

Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani has been empanelled to hold secretary-level posts in the central government.    According to an order issued

Air India: The afterlife of the Maharaja

The state-owned ailing flag carrier is in news again. Air India, which has been under losses for over a decade now, has made operating profit estimated at a little over Rs 100 crore in the financia

Air India’s focus on fill more, fly more has helped improve efficiency: Lohani

 Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India Ltd, believes in a hands-on approach at work as he tries to turn around the money-losing national carrier. In an intervie

Govt looking for new joint MD to steer AI revival

 The government is seeking to hire a new joint managing director to steer Air India Ltd’s turnaround and debt restructuring plan.   According to a news report

AI looking to rejig Rs 10,000 crore debt under RBI’s new scheme

  National carrier Air India, which is making operational profit now, is looking to rejig debt worth Rs 10,000 crore under the scheme for sustainable restructuring of bad assets floated by the

Air India staff strength goes down

There are early signs of a turnaround at Air India. It has increased its revenue per regular employee by over 12% to Rs 1.09 crore in the year. This was achieved by reducing the number of regular e

Air India to get Rs 1,713 crore as equity support

 State run carrier Air India will receive less than half of the equity support it sought from the government this fiscal. The national carrier had sought Rs 3,900 crore from the government, wh

Centre considering recasting Air India debt: civil aviation minister

“There is an idea circulating that Air India will do better if its debt is restructured,” union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told Hindu BusinessLine. The

Govt to give Rs 80 cr grant to Air India

  National carrier Air India will get only Rs 80 crore as additional budget support in the current financial year from the government – much below its demand of Rs 2,200 c

Indian PSUs: Is a metamorphosis possible?

BSNL was incurring `8,000 crore loss in 2014. But today it has earned an operating profit of `672 crore in just one and half years’ time,” proudly claimed IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasa

Aviation ministry to opt balance scorecard model to review PSUs’ performance

The civil aviation ministry is contemplating to begin the performance of public sector undertakings (PSUs) under its aegis on a balance scorecard methodology to put an end to the conventional ways

Rough weather ahead for UDAN

Come January 2017, and you will be able to fly from Jamnagar to Ahmedabad or Allahabad to Gorakhpur… or so claims the government. The Modi government’s ambitious regional connectivity

Air India takes on Rajdhani, lowers fares

 In its bid to boost passenger traffic, national carrier Air India has slashed economy class fares to match those offered by Indian Railways premium train—Rajdhani Express on select rout

22 fully functional airports don’t handle a single scheduled flight

As many as 22 operational airports owned and managed by Airports Authority of India in the country do not have scheduled flight operations. However, most of these airports are used for general avia

The MP who is no longer high-flying

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who is no longer allowed to fly, will be reaching Delhi by train on Wednesday to attend the ongoing parliament session and also to attend a meeting at the civil avi

Why Mumbai’s high-flying dreams are grounded

By all accounts Mumbai is a high-flying city. Except on one. It just doesn’t have enough land to, well, safely land the ever-growing tribe of globetrotters. The city is adding close t

Flying start for UDAN, but there could be rough weather ahead

PM Narendra Modi’s yet another niftily acronymed scheme, UDAN – short for Ude ‘Desh Ka Aam Naagrik’ and otherwise called ‘Regional Connectivity Scheme’ in offici

The Air India Maharajah is hurt and bleeding

Air India is gasping for breath and we need to stop pumping in taxpayers’ money to keep the national carrier afloat. Turnaround efforts have come a cropper and each time an Air India flight t

How to put the Maharaja out of his misery

The imminent sell-off of Air India (AI) has evoked a wave of nostalgia, particularly in people of the older generation. There was a time in the 1950s and 1960s when Air India and its country cousin

Yogi in politics, TN industries shift base and, how to end the Maharaja’s misery

Everyone in Yogi Adityanath`s office declares that Yogi’s political career is founded on the work carried out from there, first when he was mahant of the influential temple, and then as an

Significant growth in air freight at Indian airports

Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha in a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha said that air freight handled at Indian airports has grown by over 20 times from 0.08 million metric tonn

Avoid activities that don’t serve public purpose: Niti Aayog to govt

Niti Aayog has suggested that the government should avoid activities that don’t serve any public purpose.   “India’s choice to build a socialist pat



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