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Bailing out Air India is just the first step

So is this a case of throwing good money after bad? India’s government says that it will provide Air India with 50 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) as part of an equity infusion due to the state-owned carrier’s financial woes.In today’s Financial Times, one analyst said that this is too little and too late given how […]

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Wrestlemania on board Air India flight

Okay – back after a break and very long work trips to China. Lots to catch up on – but here’s something interesting. Air India’s pilots fought with their management a few weeks ago. Now, there are reports that some are literally taking the fight to the aircraft cabin.The pilots and cabin crew of a […]

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Strikes compound Indian airline problems

As if things are not bad enough for Indian airlines, they are facing strike threats now.Jet Airways pilots are threatening to go on strike to protest the sacking of two colleagues, while Air India staff are going on a hunger striker to protest against the non-payment of wages.These are really the last thing that the […]

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The Ratan Tata factor in Air India

Ratan Tata (above) could once again be involved with Air India, this time as the head of an international advisory board that will help the airline to revamp its operations.Which is very interesting, given that someone told me after an earlier blog post about the issue that the Tata Group could be allowed to run […]

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Air India’s debt nightmare

Want to know just how badly Air India is doing?The Indian national carrier has $3.2 billion of debt on its balance sheet, according to the country’s civil aviation minister Praful Patel. This is double what it had in November 2007 and mainly related to aircraft purchases by Air India and Indian which merged that year. […]

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India’s Maharajah needs new clothes

For an airline known as the “Maharajah”, or emperor, of the skies, it has been quite a come down for Air India in recent weeks.We knew that things were not going well at the state-owned carrier, which in reality has been a mess for several years. But the first sign of how bad things were […]

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Uncertain times to continue for Air India

Air India has appointed a new head, but for how long?Arvind Jadhav, a career civil servant, began work as the Indian flag carrier’s chairman and managing director today. He was appointed by the civil aviation ministry after his predecessor, Raghu Menon, quit following differences with the minister Praful Patel.Given that the Indian general elections are […]

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Air India needs to move fast on key appointment

What gives at Air India? The Indian state-owned carrier has eased out Raghu Menon (above) as chairman and managing director after only a year in-charge due to differences between him and civil aviation minister Praful Patel.The Indian media have been speculating about the reasons, but one thing is for sure – the civil servants who […]

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