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Air India finally has a chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) with Tata Sons appointing Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson to the position.Scoot is the low cost arm of Tata’s JV partner in Vistara, Singapore Airlines (SIA). His appointment is subject to getting required regulatory approvals.

: A question mark hangs over whether the Maharaja’s “queen of the skies” — his four Boeing 747 jumbo jets — will fly passengers again. The nearly three decade old aircraft have been de-registered by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The Tata Group has begun reversing Air India employees’ steep pandemic-time pay cuts, within three months of taking over the airline. Other airlines like IndiGo and Vistara have also partially rolled back pay cuts following widespread discontentment among employees over the same continuing despite smart recovery in air traffic.

Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran has recast the management structure at Air India and partially restored some of the salary cuts that employees were subjected to due to the pandemic when the airline was under the central government. Tata Sons took control of Air India on January 27 this year. Chandrasekaran appointed new executives for … Continue reading Tatas rejig Air India top deck, restore salary partially

Tatas Sons chairman N Chandrasekharan’s address to Air India employees will be music to the ears of passengers. In his 15-minute message, he spoke about the airline’s future that envisages a “best in class in customer service; to make it most technologically advanced airline in the world” whose flights leave “on time, every time”.

Air India has asked its cabin crew to wear minimum jewellery to avoid “any delays at customs and security checks”. They have also been told not to “visit duty-free shops” and proceed to the boarding gate after completing immigration and security checks so that flights do not get delayed. The cabin crew has also been … Continue reading Avoid flight delays by wearing minimum jewellery & not going to duty free, Air India tells cabin crew

A new Air India (AI) board led by Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran will be formed soon even as several group executives from TCS, AirAsia India and Tata Steel are expected to move to the ailing carrier to revive operations. Chandrasekaran, who is awaiting security clearance from the Centre to lead the Air India board, … Continue reading Chandrasekaran likely to chair new Air India board

Air India flights started operating under the Tata banner from Friday after nearly seven decades. Getting the most suitable buyer means the debt-laden airline has avoided a shutdown like Kingfisher or Jet Airways. But what does it mean for passengers?

Air India’s Maharaja opened his eyes to a whole new world on Thursday, with the Tata Group reacquiring its old airline along with AI Express and a 50% stake in ground handler AI-SATS. Pilots on all AI flights of Friday will greet guests with the line, “This is your Captain speaking… Welcome to the future … Continue reading ‘This is your Captain… Welcome to Air India’s future’

Sixty-nine years after it was nationalised, Air India is all set to return to founder Tata Group on Thursday. The legal documentation for this big-ticket transfer is complete, except for a mandatory no objection from Ireland-based lessors of some aircraft that is expected by late Wednesday night.

Preparing for a makeover as it heads back to founder Tata Group, Air India will now check the body mass index (BMI, basically a ratio of a peron’s weight and height), and overall grooming of its cabin crew members when they report for flights. The airline on January 20, 2022, informed cabin crew of its … Continue reading Air India to check cabin crew BMI when they report for flights

The list of airlines getting apprehensive about the impact of 5G internet rollout in the US this week on flight operations is growing by the day. Air India, the only Indian carrier that operated nonstops between Indian the US, tweeted on Tuesday it will “curtail/revise (US ops)… with change in aircraft type from January 19, … Continue reading Frequency fears: Air India to ‘curtail/revise’ US ops

Air India aircraft maintenance technicians, employees who are on fixed term contract with the national carrier, have threatened to go on strike on January 17 over long-pending issues such as employment contract renewal, salary revision and like.

Tata Group’s takeover of loss-making national carrier Air India is most likely delayed by a month till January as the completion of procedures taking longer than expected, an official said on Monday. In October, the government accepted the highest bid made by a Tata Sons company for 100 per cent equity shares of Air India … Continue reading Air India handover to Tata Group delayed by a month till Jan

Tatas have to take control and start running AI, AI Express and AI-SATS (in which 50% stake is with the new owners) latest by January 23, 2022 — the “long stop date” as per the share purchase agreement signed with the government last month. “If there is a delay in fulfilling conditions precedent (CP) requirements … Continue reading Tatas to take over, operate Air India by Jan 23, 2022

With Air India privatisation likely to be completed by year-end, the pilots of the national carrier are a worried lot as far as their salaries are concerned. The salary cuts imposed due to the pandemic are still in place and there has been no word from the airline management on restoration of salary, payment of … Continue reading Air India pilots urge Scindia to resolve salary woes