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Air India is the premier national airline and carrier service of India, which currently offers flight connections to around 70 global and about 100 domestic destinations. Air India was originally envisioned and established by JRD Tata as Tata Airlines in October 1932 and nationalised in 1953. On January 27, 2022, the government of India sold the struggling and debt-ridden airlines back to Tata after a competitive bidding process and a period of 67 years for a sum of Rs 18,000 crores. This included paying Rs 2,700 crores in cash and taking over debts worth Rs 15,300 crore of the company. The deal also included the sale of Air India Express and that of the airline’s ground handling and cargo and logistical services arm AISATS. A merger of AirAsia India and Air India Express is also on the cards. The airline has the famous “Maharajah” as its mascot. Post the takeover, the Tata group put in place a new governing board, appointing IlkerAyci, who was the former chairman of Turkish airlines as the new CEO and MD of the airlines. However, Ayci refused to take up the offer, stating that it would not be honourable to accept this position when his appointment had been “colored” by the Indian media. More

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  • Air India urination case: Court adjourns Shankar Mishra's bail plea to January 30 Jan 27, 2023 06:34 PM IST

    Air India urination case: Court adjourns Shankar Mishra's bail plea to January 30

    The court also noted a copy of the bail plea of the alleged offender was not made available to the complainant. Mishra has applied afresh for regular bail after a magisterial court dismissed his application on January 11, saying his act had shocked the civic consciousness of people and needed to be deprecated.

  • Boeing, GE, CFM International meeting Air India officials today: Sources Jan 27, 2023 01:35 PM IST

    Boeing, GE, CFM International meeting Air India officials today: Sources

    The meeting in Mumbai is being held to finalise a deal for the supply of aircraft to Air India. However, one official said an announcement is not expected as Air India is also holding negotiations with Airbus.

  • Air India urination case: Court adjourns Shankar Mishra's bail plea to January 30 Jan 27, 2023 11:54 AM IST

    Air India urination case: Court adjourns Shankar Mishra's bail plea to January 30

    Shankar Mishra, who is accused of urinating on a woman co-passenger onboard a flight in November last year had filed a fresh bail application seeking regular bail.

  • Air India likely to seal half of jumbo plane order with Boeing today Jan 27, 2023 08:59 AM IST

    Air India likely to seal half of jumbo plane order with Boeing today

    After months of closely-guarded, tough negotiations, Air India is set to place an order for 190 Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody planes as well as some 20 Boeing 787s and 10 Boeing 777X on a day marking one year since Tata Group took control of the former state-run carrier, the sources told Reuters.

  • Air India has made 'quite remarkable progress': CEO; airline finalising historic aircraft order Jan 27, 2023 08:53 AM IST

    Air India has made 'quite remarkable progress': CEO; airline finalising historic aircraft order

    Listing out the major initiatives over the last one year, Air India said it is "finalising a historic order of new aircraft to power future growth".

  • A year after taking over Air India, Tatas have more misses than hits to show Jan 27, 2023 08:14 AM IST

    A year after taking over Air India, Tatas have more misses than hits to show

    But the transition has just begun and all assessments must bear in mind that the Tatas took over an airline beset with problems. To expect a consistent product and service level on over 100 ageing aircraft almost overnight is asking for a lot.

  • 1 year since Tatas take over, Air India gives a glimpse of future — expanded network, timely performance Jan 27, 2023 08:13 AM IST

    1 year since Tatas take over, Air India gives a glimpse of future — expanded network, timely performance

    The merger and fleet expansion will decide the airline’s fate. Often, this decade gets described as the “Decade of India.” If all goes well, it could well be the decade of Air India as well.

  • MC Explains | Air India’s new system to identify drunk passengers Jan 26, 2023 05:40 PM IST

    MC Explains | Air India’s new system to identify drunk passengers

    The flight crew will classify passengers into three stages, based on the likelihood of them behaving inappropriately, and serve or deny liquor accordingly.

  • Air India offers nearly 98 crore shares to employees under stock option scheme Jan 25, 2023 08:35 PM IST

    Air India offers nearly 98 crore shares to employees under stock option scheme

    The shares are also being offered to the permanent staff of Air India Express as part of the Employees' Share Benefit (ESB) Scheme 2022, according to a document.

  • Air India tweaks in-flight liquor service policy after 'pee-gate' Jan 24, 2023 09:54 PM IST

    Air India tweaks in-flight liquor service policy after 'pee-gate'

    As part of the new policy, the airline has asked its crew to refer to the US National Restaurants Association’s Traffic Light system to recognise and manage possible cases of intoxication

  • Aviation unions support pilot in pee-gate fiasco; write letter to DGCA, Union minister Jan 24, 2023 07:37 PM IST

    Aviation unions support pilot in pee-gate fiasco; write letter to DGCA, Union minister

    A copy of the letter was sent to the Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, aviation secretary Rajiv Bansal, Air India CEO Campbell Wilson and Air India COO Captain RS Sandhu

  • Air India to support pilot in pee-gate fiasco, appeal against licence suspension Jan 24, 2023 06:10 PM IST

    Air India to support pilot in pee-gate fiasco, appeal against licence suspension

    The cabin crew and ground staff have been counselled and have since returned to duty, the airline has said.

  • Jitender Bhargava writes: Air India’s Internal Committee report in peegate incident has multiple flaws Jan 24, 2023 05:54 PM IST

    Jitender Bhargava writes: Air India’s Internal Committee report in peegate incident has multiple flaws

    The committee failed to do its homework. It did not know that Seat No 9B did not exist on the flight in question

  • How Vistara took off to greater highs Jan 24, 2023 04:07 PM IST

    How Vistara took off to greater highs

    Vistara is a story of resilience during the pandemic. The airline kept scaling up with a razor sharp focus on fleet renewal.

  • DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh penalty on Air India for second mid-air peeing incident Jan 24, 2023 03:31 PM IST

    DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh penalty on Air India for second mid-air peeing incident

    The DGCA has slapped its second fine on Air India in January for violating Civil Aviation Requirements

  • Cabin crew union wants Air India to reinstate crew, pilot derostered over pee-gate fiasco Jan 23, 2023 03:05 PM IST

    Cabin crew union wants Air India to reinstate crew, pilot derostered over pee-gate fiasco

    The union added that staff on-board Air India's flight AI-102 filed detailed reports on the incident on landing, to those concerned and acted on instruction.

  • Air India Republic Day sale: All-in fares from Rs. 1,705. Check details Jan 23, 2023 12:44 PM IST

    Air India Republic Day sale: All-in fares from Rs. 1,705. Check details

    Air India Republic Day sale: Bookings can be made on all Air India booking platforms, including the airline’s authorised travel agents.

  • Air India Express flight with 105 passengers lands at Trivandrum Airport due to technical snag Jan 23, 2023 12:38 PM IST

    Air India Express flight with 105 passengers lands at Trivandrum Airport due to technical snag

    The flight took off from Trivandrum at 8.30 am on January 23 and landed back at 9.17 am.

  • Air India offers discount on domestic airfare for travel during Feb 3 to Sept 30 Jan 21, 2023 12:08 PM IST

    Air India offers discount on domestic airfare for travel during Feb 3 to Sept 30

    The offer, which has been rolled out this morning, will be valid till 23rd January 2023 and will be available for sale on all Air India booking platforms, including through the airline’s authorised travel agents.

  • AI urination incident: Flying ban based on incorrect understanding of aircraft, claims Mishra Jan 20, 2023 07:46 PM IST

    AI urination incident: Flying ban based on incorrect understanding of aircraft, claims Mishra

    Mishra was drunk when he allegedly urinated on an elderly female co-passenger in the business class of an Air India New York-Delhi flight on November 26 last year. In a surprise twist, he later claimed the woman had urinated on herself.

  • Moneycontrol Selects | Top stories this afternoon Jan 20, 2023 03:16 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects | Top stories this afternoon

    Our specially curated package of the most interesting articles to help you stay at the top of your game.

  • Air India says taking steps to address gaps after DGCA action in urination incident Jan 20, 2023 03:09 PM IST

    Air India says taking steps to address gaps after DGCA action in urination incident

    On Friday, DGCA said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 30 lakh on Air India as well as suspended the license of the pilot-in-command of the flight in connection with the incident.

  • Pee-gate saga: DGCA imposes Rs 30 lakh penalty on Air India, suspends licence of pilot for 3 months Jan 20, 2023 01:32 PM IST

    Pee-gate saga: DGCA imposes Rs 30 lakh penalty on Air India, suspends licence of pilot for 3 months

    The DGCA has taken three measures in the Air India PeeGate scandal after issuing a show-cause notice to Air India on January 5.

  • Air India’s mega deal with Airbus, Boeing held up over engine cost Jan 20, 2023 06:40 AM IST

    Air India’s mega deal with Airbus, Boeing held up over engine cost

    Air India has spent months negotiating an order of about 400 narrowbody and 100 widebody jets that would allow the country’s flag carrier to upgrade service and reliability.

  • On Cloud Nine: Three airlines clocked their best performance ever in 2022 Jan 19, 2023 06:40 PM IST

    On Cloud Nine: Three airlines clocked their best performance ever in 2022

    For now, the silver lining is the return of pre-Covid seasonality. Even as the virus remains a threat the world over, India has managed to duck it. If that holds in 2023, it can be the good old days once again.