Air India gets the approval of an Appeals Court in Quebec to challenge the order by the Canadian Court that allowed Devas Multimedia to seize its funds as compensation for a failed 2005 satellite deal with Antrix Corporation, the commercial wing of ISRO. Judge Christine Baudouin agreed to Air India’s claim that the Court should take a closer look at the argument of the German Major Deutsche Telekom and three... Read More
Months after the takeover of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Adani Group is set to revamp the airport with new buildings and connect the airport via water. As a plan to make Trivandrum airport world-class, the Group is proceeding with a proposal to acquire a state-of-the-art building close to the airport. According to various sources, the deal is nearing its closure and is all set to get inked. The building is presently... Read More
Air India, AirAsia India to Transfer Domestic Passengers From One to Another During Operational Disruptions
Air India and AirAsia India, two aviation wings of Tata Group, have signed a contract on interline considerations on irregular operations (IROPs), which will allow the duo to transfer the passengers from one flight to another during disruptions in flight operations. This is the first official step after Air India takeover from the government of India and hints at the long-term possibility of merging AirAsia India into Air India. Air... Read More
With Air India privatization, the biggest speculation that churned the internet was about the possible merger of Vistara with Air India. Putting an end to the rumour mill, Tata Singapore Airlines Chairman Bhaskar Bhat confirmed that no such strategic merger talks are in place. In an interview given ET, Bhat said that Tata Group targets to run Air India as a parallel entity alongside Vistara. According to him, any talk... Read More
In response to Air India’s privatisation, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that nationalising an airline belonged to the private sector was a 69-year-old mistake. Minister sees Air India disinvestment as a mistake corrected. He gave credit for the success of the Air India takeover to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It was only possible because of his dedication, resolution and willpower of PM Modi that he took the decision of Air... Read More
Air India has announced a new company policy to check the Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight of the crew members while they report for taking the flight. The mandate did not resonate well with the airline’s cabin crew union. The ratio of weight and height of the crew members will be checked by ‘grooming associates’, who are assigned with the task of recording observations on BMI management, uniform and... Read More
India’s national carrier, soon awaiting its privatisation, gets a new chairman and managing director. A 1993-batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory cadre Vikram Dev Dutt took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India. His appointment is in effect from Friday. The Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajiv Bansal, was at the helm of Air India so far. While replacing... Read More
In a partial victory for India, a Canadian court ruled that Devas Multimedia’s investors could seize half of Air India’s assets held by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It has also overturned an order authorising the seizure of funds belonging to the Indian Airports Authority (AAI). Devas shareholders had already acquired authorisation from the Quebec Superior Court on November 24 and December 21 to take assets of AAI and... Read More
Employees of Air India’s subsidiary Air India Express have given the notice to the CEO to go on an indefinite strike from January 15 demanding faster approval for their requests, posing a new challenge for Tata Group in its Air India takeover. Over 500 cabin crew members from the Air India Express Employees Union (AIXEU) are expected to strike, crippling the operations of Air India Express aircraft. Employees of Air... Read More
According to a government official, Tata Group’s takeover of debt-ridden national airline Air India will likely be delayed until January. The procedures are taking longer than expected. In October, the government accepted the highest proposal for 100% equity shares of Air India and Air India Express, along with a 50% investment in ground-handling business AISATS, from a Tata Sons subsidiary. The government signed the purchase contract with Tata Sons to... Read More
As the events related to the ongoing struggle of Air India pilots further unfold, in a recent development, the Air India pilots have announced on Sunday that a meeting has been scheduled with the aviation secretary Rajiv Bansal on Monday who also happens to be the chairman and managing director of the airline to discuss the demands of their payment clearance before the association takes any decision of going on... Read More
In a letter to former Air India Chairman and Managing Director and current Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) warned “industrial action” from December 1, if the issues of ‘illegal pay-cut of 55%’ and other ‘disinvestment issues’ are not addressed within three days by Air India. Typically, industrial action could mean an indefinite strike or strictly going by the rule... Read More
Air India’s sale to the Indian conglomerate, Tata Sons has been completed. The government has signed the share purchase agreement with Tata Sons for divesting the national carrier. This is the first time a privatisation event has occurred in nearly two decades. According to a PTI report, on Monday, the government completed the sale of Air India to Tata Sons after signing the share purchase agreement. “Share purchase agreement signed... Read More
The Adani Group officially announced today to undertake the operations of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and is going to work on its management and development. The Adani group made the announcement through a tweet describing how privileged they were to welcome and serve the passengers to ‘God’s Own Country.' The group posted two tweets in English and Malayalam stating that it was pleased to share that Thiruvananthapuram was now a... Read More
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