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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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  • Amadeus signs pact with Air India for providing passenger service system Jul 04, 2022 07:23 PM IST

    Amadeus signs pact with Air India for providing passenger service system

    Air India is implementing the full Amadeus Alta PSS (Passenger Service System) suite, including components ranging from revenue management, revenue accounting, retailing, and merchandising, website, mobile and frequent flyer programme management, Amadeus said in a statement.

  • MC Explains| Why were IndiGo's flights delayed on July 2 and July 3? Jul 04, 2022 07:22 PM IST

    MC Explains| Why were IndiGo's flights delayed on July 2 and July 3?

    Indigo flights were delayed across the country on July 2 and 3, because a large number of employees took last-minute leave, ostensibly to attend the walk-in interviews for hiring cabin crew by Air India and Air India Express.

  • Air India hiring spree continues as it gears up for long-haul flights, wider reaches Jul 04, 2022 01:04 PM IST

    Air India hiring spree continues as it gears up for long-haul flights, wider reaches

    Around 50 percent of flights by IndiGo were delayed on June 2 as a large number of its employees reported sick to attend an interview at Air India

  • MC Travel Special | Travelling with pets? Pet policies of airlines from Air India to KLM Jul 03, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    MC Travel Special | Travelling with pets? Pet policies of airlines from Air India to KLM

    Pro tip: Go to the website of International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), an association of professional pet shippers, for pet shipping options and latest information on the pet policies of various countries. 

  • Air India veterans feel unwelcome in airline under Tata group Jun 29, 2022 07:36 PM IST

    Air India veterans feel unwelcome in airline under Tata group

    Older employees of Air India feel that the new management is focused on replacing them with new hires.

  • Why it makes sense for Air India to place a mega aircraft order? Jun 22, 2022 11:34 AM IST

    Why it makes sense for Air India to place a mega aircraft order?

    The expected aircraft order will give an operational boost to the airline, help in image building and reduce delays caused by aircraft maintenance issues. The older generation of aircraft in its fleet restricts efficiency and their replacement will be handy in taking on competition from budget carriers on the one hand and Gulf-based airlines on the other. 

  • If Tatas can't make Air India work, no one else in India can: Emirates President Jun 21, 2022 03:57 PM IST

    If Tatas can't make Air India work, no one else in India can: Emirates President

    The Tata Group took control of loss-making and debt-ridden Air India on January 27 after successfully winning the bid for the airline on October 8 last year.

  • Air Canada ups India game; Air India needs planes to match it Jun 21, 2022 01:01 PM IST

    Air Canada ups India game; Air India needs planes to match it

    Canada has a huge Indian diaspora and many fly here to escape that country’s harsh winter. While airlines based in North America and Europe are barred from flying over Russia, Air India faces no such restrictions and this has given it a tremendous edge. But it needs planes to take advantage of the situation.

  • As Air India aims to bulk out under new owner Tatas, here's what we know of its fleet addition plans so far Jun 20, 2022 11:09 AM IST

    As Air India aims to bulk out under new owner Tatas, here's what we know of its fleet addition plans so far

    Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer of Airbus, said that Air India is clearly reorganising itself under the ''able stewardship” of the Tata Group and wants to invest in new planes to regain international passenger market share.

  • Air India considering procuring over 200 new planes; 70% to be narrow-bodied jets Jun 20, 2022 07:27 AM IST

    Air India considering procuring over 200 new planes; 70% to be narrow-bodied jets

    While Air India has zeroed in on Airbus's A350 wide-bodied aircraft for the procurement, the talks with Airbus and Boeing for narrow-bodied aircraft is still on, they said. A wide-bodied plane like Airbus A350 has a bigger fuel tank that allows it to travel longer distances such as the India-US routes.

  • Air India reorganising itself under Tatas; won't comment on A350 aircraft order: Airbus CCO Jun 19, 2022 05:32 PM IST

    Air India reorganising itself under Tatas; won't comment on A350 aircraft order: Airbus CCO

    His remarks came after it was reported last week that the Tata Group-owned Air India has decided to procure its maiden batch of wide-bodied A350 aircraft from Airbus and the first plane is likely to be delivered to the airline by March 2023.

  • Union minister, BJP MP, both surgeons, help sick passenger on Air India flight Jun 19, 2022 01:55 PM IST

    Union minister, BJP MP, both surgeons, help sick passenger on Air India flight

    BK Karad, union minister of state for finance, and Subhash Bhamre, a Lok Sabha MP representing Maharashtra’s Dhule constituency, were on board a Delhi-Aurangabad flight on June 17.

  • Airbus A350 jet deal on horizon for Tata-owned Air India Jun 16, 2022 07:44 AM IST

    Airbus A350 jet deal on horizon for Tata-owned Air India

    The airline may introduce the A350 by the first quarter of 2023, according to a letter sent to senior cockpit crew and seen by Bloomberg News. Pilots must respond to the offer by June 20, and those who accept will be ineligible for training on another aircraft type for two years, the letter said.

  • Air India decides to procure Airbus A350 aircraft; first plane's delivery likely by March 2023 Jun 15, 2022 10:57 PM IST

    Air India decides to procure Airbus A350 aircraft; first plane's delivery likely by March 2023

    According to sources, Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group, has opted to order its first batch of Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft, with the first plane expected to arrive in March 2023.

  • To take on IndiGo, the Tatas have no option but to merge Vistara with Air India Jun 15, 2022 01:52 PM IST

    To take on IndiGo, the Tatas have no option but to merge Vistara with Air India

    Even combined, Air India, Air India Express and AirAsia India will be no match for IndiGo. But that changes the moment Vistara’s network is added to the Tata group airline mix.

  • CCI approves acquisition of AirAsia India by Air India Jun 14, 2022 04:56 PM IST

    CCI approves acquisition of AirAsia India by Air India

    AirAsia India is majority-owned by Tata Sons with a shareholding of 83.67 percent. AirAsia Investment Ltd, part of Malaysia’s AirAsia Group, holds the rest of the stake in AirAsia India.

  • AAI seeks waiver of annual dividend payment for 2021-22 fiscal Jun 13, 2022 11:58 AM IST

    AAI seeks waiver of annual dividend payment for 2021-22 fiscal

    State-owned AAI, which is in the red mainly after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to post a loss of Rs 800-900 crore in 2021-22 fiscal.

  • Watch: Fire breaks out at Delhi airport. Video shows firefighters at tarmac Jun 04, 2022 12:28 PM IST

    Watch: Fire breaks out at Delhi airport. Video shows firefighters at tarmac

    A fire broke out at Delhi airport on Friday evening when a pushback vehicle went up in flames on the tarmac.

  • Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening Jun 03, 2022 07:29 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening

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

  • Singapore's competition commission raises concerns with Tata Group on Air India's acquisition Jun 03, 2022 06:20 PM IST

    Singapore's competition commission raises concerns with Tata Group on Air India's acquisition

    Air India, Vistara and Singapore Airlines are the three key airlines that operate on the two aforementioned routes.

  • Air India offers cash incentive, reduces eligibility age to encourage staff to voluntarily retire Jun 01, 2022 09:54 PM IST

    Air India offers cash incentive, reduces eligibility age to encourage staff to voluntarily retire

    Air India decreased the eligibility age from 55 to 40 and announced a monetary incentive on Wednesday, ostensibly to encourage a significant number of its staff to voluntarily retire.

  • Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening May 26, 2022 07:06 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening

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

  • Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan: No clarity on how Vistara and Air India will move forward; ball in Tatas' court May 26, 2022 02:03 PM IST

    Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan: No clarity on how Vistara and Air India will move forward; ball in Tatas' court

    Vinod Kannan is not one to dodge a question. In this wide-ranging interview, the Vistara CEO gamely responds to every query thrown at him, from the impact of the Tata takeover of Air India and competition to ATF costs, managing a multi-aircraft fleet and a host of other challenges. Read on

  • DGCA warns airlines against offering unserviceable seats to passengers May 24, 2022 07:19 PM IST

    DGCA warns airlines against offering unserviceable seats to passengers

    According to rules, all materials including the aircraft seat need to conform to approved design specifications and airlines cannot sell seats to flyers that do not meet DGCA specifications.

  • Three mid-flight engine shutdowns spark regulatory probe May 21, 2022 10:19 AM IST

    Three mid-flight engine shutdowns spark regulatory probe

    The so-called commanded in-flight shutdowns -- when pilots intentionally turn off one of the two engines after encountering problems -- may have stemmed from different issues

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