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Flying Air India? You'll hear this special announcement by pilots today

Passengers will be told about Tata's takeover of Air India during in-flight announcements on Friday.

January 28, 2022 / 10:20 AM IST
Air India has returned to Tata Group after nearly 69 years.

Air India has returned to Tata Group after nearly 69 years.

People flying Air India on Friday will hear a special announcement by pilots during departure, a day after Tata Group's takeover of the airline. The national carrier or “Maharaja” landed back in the hands of its founders on Thursday, nearly seven decades after it was nationalised and following years in debt.

Pilots on every Air India flight on Friday will make this welcome announcement after door closure: "Dear Guests, This is your Captain (Name) speaking...welcome aboard this historic flight, which marks a special event. Today, Air India officially becomes a part of the Tata group again, after seven decades,” the pilots would say, welcoming flyers and informing them about the airline’s ownership change, CNBCTV18 reported.

“We look forward to serving you on this and every Air India flight with renewed commitment and passion. Welcome to the future of Air India! We hope you enjoy the journey. Thank you,” passengers would be told.

Thursday's historic handover marked the end of a long search for a buyer by the government, which has spent nearly crores propping up the airline since 2009. Tata Group is back in charge of Air India after concluding the Rs 18,000 crore deal.