Monday, October 31, 2011

As many as 23 Air India pilots reported sick leading to cancellation of 10 international flights and the state-owned airline could face more trouble with around 100 pilots threatening to quit.

Air India pilots threaten to resign en masse, alleging discrimination

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The national carrier Air India flew into fresh turbulence with many of the members of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) threatening to resign due to alleged "discriminatory" treatment meted out to them by the management.

In a letter submitted to the Air India management, IPG members have sought a "No Objection Certificate" to relieve them from the services of the company.

The 300-strong IPG has threatened to go on strike in mid-November, protesting against what it calls the Air India management's discriminatory approach by providing special privileges to its rival pilot body, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA).

IPG comprises pilots of the erstwhile Air India from its pre-merger days, and its members usually operate on the international routes. ICPA, on the other hand, is the pilot body of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, and comprises pilots mostly operating in the domestic sector.

However, a decision on the strike will be taken by a ballot vote during this week.

"We have written to the AI management for an NOC so that we may consider seeking employment elsewhere. However, we haven't heard back from the management," an IPG spokesperson said. IPG did not divulge the exact date of the strike.

The bone of contention is the privilege of flying an advanced aircraft like the Boeing 777 and the soon-to-be-purchased Dreamliners. Pilots belonging to the IPG felt that the erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots were being given preference for Boeing 787 Dreamliner training. Twenty-three planes are scheduled to join the airline fleet early next year.

Air India officials refused to comment on this issue and said that a proper procedure will be followed.

Air India pilots report sick, 10 international flights cancelled

The pilots belonging to the Indian Pilots' Guild are headed for a confrontation charging the management today with adopting discriminatory attitude against them.
NEW DELHI: As many as 23 Air India pilots reported sick leading to cancellation of 10 international flights and the state-owned airline could face more trouble with around 100 pilots threatening to quit. 

The pilots belonging to the Indian Pilots' Guild(IPG), which has pilots of the erstwhile Air India as its members, are headed for a confrontation charging the management today with adopting discriminatory attitude against them and stalling their career progression. 

The threat to quit could hit Air India's international operations and comes on the back of cancellation of the 10 flights of its low budget arm "Air India Express" in the last seven days. 

Air India sources said that 10 commanders and 13 co-pilots reported sick during this period. 

The Gulf sector remained unaffected but the Kolkata-Dhaka and Chennai-Singapore sectors were hit, the sources said. 

The threat to quit came four days ahead of the launch of a training programme for pilots to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the first of which is expected to join the airline by December. 

In a letter to Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, over 100 pilots, owing allegiance to the IPG said they were "compelled to seek a No Objection Certificate so that we may consider seeking employment elsewhere". 

Copies of the letter were also sent to Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and other officials, besides the Regional Labour Commissioner, Mumbai. 

Reacting to the development, an Air India spokesperson said, "We have not received any strike notice so far or a notice for NOC formally from the IPG ". 

One of the prime grievances of the IPG is the management's decision to train pilots of erstwhileIndian Airlines for the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. 

When contacted, Air India officials, requesting anonymity, said the IPG office-bearers were currently holding negotiations with the management and "we are hopeful of sorting out their issues". 

The IPG represents around 200 pilots of the pre-merger Air India, while the Indian Commercial Pilots Association that had gone on strike in April-May this year represents around 1,400 pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines. 

A total of 101 pilots signed the letter claiming they felt "cheated by the management's unfair and discriminatory decisions, leading to a complete stall of our career progression", IPG sources said.

Air India pilots flying global routes on war path

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A section of Air India pilots operating long distance international flights has threatened to go on strike in mid-November to press their demand for immediate payment of salary and incentives pending for the last few months.

In addition, they have sought a solution to issues pertaining to their "career progression and promotion".

Pilots of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) operate flights to the UK, the US, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

They feel that the erstwhile IA team is being given preference for the training of Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes scheduled to join the fleet early next year.

However, a decision on the strike will be taken through a ballot.

"A case has been filed in the Bombay High Court and a decision on the strike will be taken in the middle of next week," an IPG spokesperson toldBusiness Line.

The IPG represents about 300 pilots of the pre-merger AI, while 1,400 pilots of the then IA are affiliated to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA).

The ICPA, however, reiterated that they would not join any form of agitation with their IPG colleagues, the sources said.

The Air India officials refused to comment on the issue.

They said the pattern of training for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was done in consultation with the ICPA and IPG.

The double-decker jumbo planes were ordered in 2005, when IA and AI were separate entities. While IA ordered 43 Airbus planes, AI ordered 27 Boeing 777s and 23 787s.

The strike will affect several international passengers and, worse, cripple the cash-strapped airline.

It is also likely to impact flights to West Asia where IPG members fly AI Express on that route.

AI has about Rs 42,570 crore of debt and is pulling all stops to woo passengers at home and abroad at a time when the global economy is going through its share of hiccups.

AI's passenger revenue was Rs 11,000 crore in 2010-11, while that from cargo was Rs 900 crore.

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Air India pilots report sick, 10 international flights cancelled

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The pilots belonging to the Indian Pilots' Guild are headed for a confrontation charging the management today with adopting discriminatory attitude against them. PTI | Oct 31, 2011, 10.52PM IST NEW DELHI: As many as 23 Air India pilots reported sick ...

Air India pilots threaten to resign en masse, alleging discrimination

Hindu Business Line - ‎1 hour ago‎
The national carrier Air India flew into fresh turbulence with many of the members of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) threatening to resign due to alleged "discriminatory" treatment meted out to them by the management. In a letter submitted to the Air ...

Air India pilots threaten to quit: report

AFP - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI — New labour troubles threatened loss-plagued Air India on Monday after more than 100 of its pilots threatened to quit in a dispute over career advancement, according to a report. In a letter to Air India management 101 pilots represented by ...

Air India pilots allege discrimination, threaten to quit

Times of India - ‎4 hours ago‎
In a letter to Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, over 100 pilots, owing allegiance to the Indian Pilots' Guild, said they were "compelled to seek a No Objection Certificate so that we may consider seeking employment elsewhere". PTI | Oct 31, 2011, ...

AI to train pilots for Boeing 787 in Singapore

Business Standard - ‎Oct 30, 2011‎
Air India will train its pilots in Singapore for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, due for delivery from December. The move is sparking a protest from one of its pilots' unions, on promotion issues. Beginning this week, about 30 pilots (drawn equally ...

Another pilots' strike may hijack AI's revival plans

Times of India - ‎17 hours ago‎
New Delhi:Air India's revival and travel plans of passengers hang in balance as yet another strike looms large on the crisis-ridden airline. Simmering discontent between the pilots of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines has reached a flashpoint ...

More trouble for AI, 101 pilots threaten to quit - ‎3 hours ago‎
There is more trouble likely for the Air India management as it braces itself for one more round of unrest from the pilots. Over a hundred pilots have threatened to resign in protest against the management as some of them have not been given a chance ...

Air India pilots flying global routes on war path

Hindu Business Line - ‎Oct 29, 2011‎
PTI A section of Air India pilots operating long distance international flights has threatened to go on strike in mid-November to press their demand for immediate payment of salary and incentives pending for the last few months. ...

Air India pilots warn of a strike to protest delayed PLI payment

Economic Times - ‎Oct 28, 2011‎
NEW DELHI: A section of Air India pilots today warned of an agitation to press their demand for immediate payment of salary and incentives, pending for the last few months, and issues pertaining to their career progression. ...

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Air India

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Air India

एअर इंडिया
FoundedJuly 1932 (as Tata Airlines)
Commenced operations15 October 1932
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Flying Returns
Airport lounge Maharaja Lounge
Fleet size103 (+30 orders)(excl. subsidiaries)
Destinations 75 (excl. subsidiaries)
Company sloganYour Palace in the Sky
Parent company Air India Limited
HeadquartersAir India Building,
Nariman PointMumbai,MaharashtraIndia
Key peopleJ. R. D. TataFounder
Rohit Nandan, CMD

Air India (Hindiएअर इंडिया) is the flag carrier airline of India. It is part of the government of Indiaowned Air India Limited (AIL). The airline operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft servingAsiaAustraliaEurope and North America. Its corporate office is located at the Air India Building at Nariman Point in South Mumbai. Air India has two major domestic hubs at Indira Gandhi International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. An international hub atDubai International Airport is currently being planned.[1]

Air India has the fourth largest share in India's domestic air travel market, behind Jet Airways,Kingfisher and IndiGo.[2] Following its merger with Indian, Air India has faced multiple problems, including escalating financial losses[3] and discontent among employees.[4] Between September 2007 and May 2011, Air India's domestic market share declined from 19.2% to 14%, primarily due to stiff competition from private Indian carriers.[5][6] In August 2011, Air India's invitation to join Star Alliance was suspended due to its failure to meet the minimum standards for the membership.[7] In October 2011, talks between the airline and Star Alliance have resumed.[8]




Tata Air Services
1940s-2007 Air India logo
Air India Boeing 707-320B in 1976
The Maharaja is Air India's official Mascot

[edit]Early years

Air India was founded by J. R. D. Tata in July 1932 as Tata Airlines, a division of Tata Sons Ltd. (now Tata Group). On 15 October 1932, J. R. D. Tata flew a single-engined De Havilland Puss Moth carrying air mail (postal mail of Imperial Airways) from Karachi's Drigh Road Aerodrome toBombay's Juhu Airstrip via Ahmedabad. The aircraft continued to Madras via Bellary piloted by former Royal Air Force pilot Nevill Vintcent. In 1932 Air India was based out of a hut with a palm thatched roof at Juhu Aerodrome and had 1 pilot and 2 apprentice mechanics along with 2 piston engined aircraft, one Puss Moth and one Leopard Moth aircraft.[9][10]

[edit]Post-war expansion

Following the end of World War II, regular commercial service was restored in India and Tata Airlines became a public limited company on 29 July 1946 under the name Air India. In 1948, after the independence of India, 49% of the airline was acquired by the Government of India, with an option to purchase an additional 2%. In return, the airline was granted status to operate international services from India as the designated flag carrier under the name Air India International. On 8 June 1948, a Lockheed Constellation L-749A named Malabar Princess(registered VT-CQP) took off from Bombay bound for London via Cairo and Geneva. This marked the airline's first long-haul international flight, soon followed by service in 1950 to Nairobi via Aden.

On 25 August 1953, the Government of India exercised its option to purchase a majority stake in the carrier and Air India International Limited was born as one of the fruits of the Air Corporations Act that nationalised the air transportation industry. At the same time all domestic services were transferred to Indian Airlines (now renamed as Indian). In 1954, the airline took delivery of its first L-1049 Super Constellations and inaugurated services to BangkokHong KongTokyo andSingapore.

[edit]The jet age

Air India International entered the jet age in 1960 when its first Boeing 707-420, named Gauri Shankar (registered VT-DJJ), was delivered. Jet services to New York City via London were inaugurated that same year on 14 May 1960. On 8 June 1962, the airline's name was officially truncated to Air India. On 11 June 1962, Air India became the world's first all-jet airline.

In 1971, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 747-200B named Emperor Ashoka (registered VT-EBD). This coincided with the introduction of the 'Palace In The Sky' livery and branding. A feature of this livery is the paintwork around each aircraft window, in the cusped arch style of windows in Indian palaces. In 1986 Air India took delivery of the Airbus A310-300; the airline is the largest operator of this type in passenger service. In 1988, Air India took delivery of two Boeing 747-300Ms in mixed passenger-cargo configuration.

[edit]Early 1990s

In 1993, Air India took delivery of the flagship of its fleet when the first Boeing 747-400 namedKonark (registered VT-ESM) made history by operating the first non-stop flight between New York City and Delhi. In 1994 the airline was registered as Air India Ltd. In 1996, the airline inaugurated service to its second US gateway at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. In 1999, the airline opened its dedicated Terminal 2-C at the renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport inMumbai.

[edit]2000 – present

In 2000, Air India introduced services to Shanghai and to its third US gateway at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark. In May 2004, Air India launched a wholly owned low cost airlinecalled Air-India Express. Air India Express connecting cities in India with the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Subcontinent. In 2004 Air India launched flights to its fourth US gateway at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles (which has since been terminated) and expanded its international routes to include flights from AhmedabadAmritsarBangalore andHyderabad.

On 1 December 2009, Air India introduced services to its fifth US gateway at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., accessed via a stopover at JFK Airport in New York City. This service has been terminated.

Re-privatisation plans

In 2001, Air India was put up for sale by the then NDA government.[11] One of the bids was by a consortium of Tata Group-Singapore Airlines. However the re-privatisation plans were shelved after Singapore Airlines pulled out and the global economy slumped.[12]

Merger with Indian Airlines

In 2007, the Government of India announced that Air India would be merged with Indian Airlines. As part of the merger process, a new company called the National Aviation Company of India Limited(NACIL) was established, into which both Air India (along with Air India Express) and Indian Airlines (along with Alliance Air) will be merged.

On 27 February 2011, Air India and Indian Airlines merged along with their subsidiaries to form Air India Limited.

Financial crisis

Around 2006–2007, the airlines began showing signs of financial distress. The combined losses for Air India and Indian in 2006-07 were Indian Rupee symbol.svg 770 crores (Indian Rupee symbol.svg 7.7 billion). After the merger of the airlines, this went up to Indian Rupee symbol.svg 7,200 crores (Indian Rupee symbol.svg 72 billion) by March 2009.[13] This was followed by restructuring plans which are still in progress.[14] In July 2009, SBI Capital Markets Ltd was appointed to prepare a road map for the recovery of the airline.[15] The carrier sold three Airbus A300 and one Boeing 747-300M in March 2009 for $18.75 million to survive the financial crunch.[16]

As of March 2011, Air India has accumulated a debt of Rs. 42,570 crore (approximately $10 billion) and an operating loss of Rs. 22,000 crore, and is seeking Rs. 42,920 crore from the government.[17] For the past three months (June, July, August 2011), the carrier has been missing salary payments and interest payments and Moody's Investor Service has warned that missing payments by Air India to creditors, such as the State Bank of India, will negatively affect the credit ratings of those banks.[17][18] A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) blamed the decision to buy 111 new planes as one of the major causes of the debt troubles in Air India; in addition it blamed on the ill timed merger with Indian Airlines as well,.[19][20]

Air India's corporate headquarters is located at the Air India Building at Nariman Point in South Mumbai. The airline moved there in 1970. TheAir India Building also serves as a regional office for Indian.

Delhi Hub

On 1 March 2009, Air India had made Frankfurt Airport at Frankfurt am Main as its international hub for onward connections to United Statesfrom India; however, the airline shut down the Frankfurt hub on 30 October 2010. However on July 14, 2010, Air India chief, Arvind Jadhav announced their intention to make the new terminal 3 at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport the hub for international and domestic operations with the plans of starting new direct flights to Chicago and Toronto and also taking almost all international long haul flights away from its former Primary hub at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport due to lack of space.[21] This would also provide greater convenience for transit passengers who before had to transfer between the international and domestic terminals which were located on completely different sides of the airport. They will now be able to catch their connecting flights within the same terminal.

Return to profitability plans

The new Chairman and Managing director wants to change the order of some of the 111 planes ordered in 2006 to get narrow-body aircraft instead of the wide-body aircraft.[22]

[edit]Corporate affairs and identity

the Air India Building, Nariman Point,Mumbai

Air India has three subsidiaries. Together Air India, Air India Cargo, Air India Express and Air India Regional form the Air India Limited.


Air India Cargo
Air India Cargo Airbus A310-300F.

In 1954, Air India Cargo started its freighter operations with a Douglas DC-3 Dakota aircraft, giving Air India the distinction of being the first Asian airline to operate freighters. The airline operates cargo flights to many destinations. The airline also has ground truck-transportation arrangements on select destinations.

A member of IATA, Air India carries all types of cargo including dangerous goods (hazardous materials) and live animals, provided such shipments are tendered according to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and IATA Live Animals Regulations.

At the warehouse in Mumbai, Air India has developed a system of inventory management for cargo handling of import/export functions. This takes care of the entire management of cargo, supportsElectronic Data Interface (EDI) messages with Indian Customs and replaces to a great extent existing paper correspondence between Customs, Airlines, and the custodians. This also replaces manual handling and binning of cargo at the warehouse in Mumbai by Air India.

Air India Express

Air India Express is the airline's low-cost subsidiary which was established in 2005 during the aviation boom in India. It operates scheduled passenger services primarily to the Persian Gulf andSouth East Asia. Air India Express is currently the only airline in Air India Limited which posts profits. It operates a fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.Cochin International Airport is the main hub of the airline from which it has connections to almost all the Gulf countries.

Air India Regional

Air India Regional (formerly known as Alliance Air) serves mainly on regional routes. Its main hub is Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.


Boeing 747-400 in 1970–2007 Palace In The Sky livery
The present Air India Livery on the Boeing 777-300ER
Air India One
1970–2007 livery

Air India's livery was mostly painted in red and white colours. The bottoms of the aircraft remain metal and unpainted but the upper portion is given a white background along with the airline's name written in red. The name is in Hindi on one side and in English on the other. The painted on red palace style carvings on the outside of the windows refer to their slogan "your palace in the sky" which is written on the back of the aircraft. Near the noses of Air India aircraft, the air plane is given a name. Most planes are named after powerful Indian kings or landmarks. Finally, the tail is mostly red with again, the carrier's name written in Hindi on one side and English on the other.

In 1989, to supplement its "Flying Palace" livery, Air India introduced a new livery that was mostly white with a golden spinning wheel (as seen on the flag of India) on a red tail. Only applied to around a half of Air India's fleet, the new livery did not succeed, as the Indian flying public complained about the phasing out of the classic colours. The livery was dropped after two years and the old scheme was returned.

Pre-merger livery

On 15 May 2007, Air India refreshed its livery, making the Rajasthani arches along the windows slightly smaller, extending a stylised cheatline from the vertical tail of the aircraft to the nose, and painting a small portion of the underbelly red. Additionally, engine nacelles are now deep red, and a gold-coloured version of the airline's stylized Konark trademark now adorns both the vertical tail and engine nacelles.

Post-merger livery

On May 22, 2007, Air India and Indian unveiled their new livery. The logo of the new airline is a Flying Swan with the Konark Chakra placed inside it. The Flying Swan has been morphed from Air India's characteristic logo, 'The Centaur' whereas the 'Konark Chakra' is reminiscent of Indian's logo.

The new logo features prominently on the tail of the aircraft. Individually the Konark Chakra also features on all the engines of the aircraft. The choice of colours namely red for "Flying Swan" and orange for "Konark Chakra" are meant to signify vigour and advancement. Further the colours also have a strong association with two carriers thereby retaining the earlier imagery of traditional hospitality and service.

While the aircraft is ivory in colour, the base retains the red streak of Air India. Running parallel to each other is the Orange and Red speed lines from front door to the rear door, subtly signifying the individual identities merged into one. The brand name 'Air India' runs across the tail of the aircraft in hindi.


Air India serves 49 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations in 19 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.

Short-haul routes

Air India's short-haul routes mainly include domestic cities and cities in South East Asia and South West Asia. For short-haul routes itsAirbus A310Airbus A330, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200LR are used apart from Airbus A320 family aircraft of Indian which are operated with Air India callsign and code.

Long-haul routes

The airline has long-haul destinations in East Asia, Europe and North America which are served using Boeing 777-200LR and -300ER aircraft.

[edit]Codeshare agreements

Air India has codesharing agreements with the following airlines at August 2011:[23][24][25]

* SkyTeam member
^^ Star Alliance members


Fleet info

The Boeing customer code for Air India is 37, meaning a model name of, for example, a 747-437 (an Air India 747-400). As of May 2010, the average age of the Air India fleet is 9.5 years.

New aircraft orders
  • On 11 January 2006, Air India announced an order for fifty eight jets - eight Boeing 777-200LR Worldliners, twenty-three Boeing 777-300ER and twenty seven Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners
  • The airlines received its first Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on 26 July 2007 and Boeing 777-300ER on 10 October 2007.
  • In April 2010, the airline has orderd three Boeing 777-300ERs.[citation needed]
  • Air India expects to get its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in December 2011.[26]


[edit]Frequent flyer programme

Tob band3.png Flying Returns is Air India's frequent flyer programme. The programme is also shared by all other Air India Limited carriers.

[edit]Premium lounges

First Class seats on board the Boeing 777-200LR
Business Class seats on board theBoeing 777-300ER

The Maharaja Lounge (English: "Emperor's Lounge") is offered to First and Business class passengers. Air India shares lounges with other international airlines at international airports that do not have a Maharaja Lounge available.[27] There are five[28] Maharaja Lounges, one at each of the five major destinations of Air India, which are as following:

Air India's Maharaja Lounge at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport

[edit]In-flight entertainment

Air India's Boeing 777-200LR/-300ER as well as some refurbished Boeing 747-400 aircraft use theThales TopSeries IFE systems[29] for onboard in-flight entertainment. Airbus A310s do not have personal LCD screens. Airbus A330s have widescreen displays in Business and Economy classes but no personal IFEs.

[edit]Awards and recognitions

  • Preferred International Airline award for travel and hospitality from Awaz Consumer Awards 2006 [30]
  • Best International West Bound Airline out of India for three successive years by Galileo Express TravelWorld Award
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. by Galileo Express TravelWorld Award [31]
  • Best Short-Haul International Airline by Galileo Express TravelWorld Award 2008[31]
  • The Mercury Award for the years 1994 and 2003, from the International Flight Catering Association, for finest in-flight catering services.
  • Amity Corporate Excellence Award instituted by the Amity International Business School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh to honour Corporates with distinct vision, innovation, competitiveness and sustenance.[31]
  • Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Award[31]
  • Dun and Bradstreet Award(D&B)- first in terms of revenue out of the top airline companies out of India[31]
  • Best South Asian Airline award by readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG Mice and TTG-BT Mice China, all renowned Mice and business travel publications.[31]
  • Cargo Airline of the Year at the 26th Cargo Airline of the Year Awards[32]
  • The airline entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people evacuated by a civil airliner. Over 111,000 people were evacuated from Amman to Mumbai  – a distance of 4,117 km, by operating 488 flights in association with Indian, from 13 August to 11 October 1990  – lasting 59 days. The operation was carried out during Persian Gulf War in 1990 to evacuate Indian expatriates from Kuwait and Iraq.[33]
  • The Montreal Protocol Public Awareness Award was awarded to Air India by the United Nations for environmental protection, especially in the ozone layer.[34]
  • World's first all-jet airline- June 1962
  • World's largest operator of Airbus A310-300
  • Air India's security department became the first aviation security organisation in the world to acquire ISO 9002 certification (31 January 2001).
  • Air India's Department of Engineering has obtained the ISO 9002 for its Engineering facilities for meeting international standards.

[edit]Accidents and incidents

Ten Air India flights have fatally crashed, including those due to terrorist attacks. Air India has a record of 6.82 fatal events per million flights.[35]

  • On 19 July 1959 Rani of Aera a Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation (registered VT-DIN) carrying 46 people (39 passengers and 7 crew) approached Santacruz Airport in conditions of poor visibility due to rain. The captain was using an altimeter with the barometric pressure set at 29.92". An overshoot was delayed and the aircraft crashed and suffered damage beyond repair. There were no fatalities.
The Air India Memorial in TorontoCanadadedicated to the victims of Air India Flight 182
  • On 7 May 1990 Air India Flight 132 Emperor Vikramaditya a Boeing 747-237B (registered VT-EBO) flying on the London-Delhi-Bombay route and carrying 215 people (195 passengers and 20 crew) touched down at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport after a flight fromLondon's Heathrow Airport. On application of reverse thrust, a failure of the no. 1 engine pylon to wing attachment caused this engine to tilt nose down. Hot exhaustion gases caused a fire on the left wing. There were no fatalities but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair and written off.[42]

[edit]See also


  1. ^ Air India plans major hub in Dubai
  2. ^ Timmons, Heather.It is also considered one of the worst airlines in history."[1]" "Criticism of State-Owned Air India Grows." The New York Times. May 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Maharaja in chains, Business Today
  4. ^ Merger pain, Frontline
  5. ^ Air India market share slips to fifth slot, Economic Times
  6. ^ Spice, IndiGo close in on Jet, Air India market share, Economic Times
  7. ^ "Star Alliance and Air India put Air India's Alliance Membership Application on hold" (Press release). Star Alliance. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Air India, Star Alliance resume talks"Official website of Hindustan Times. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  9. ^ Pran Nath Seth, Pran Nath Seth, Sushma Seth Bhat (2005). An introduction to travel and tourism. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved January 20, 2011. Page 112
  10. ^ Bepin Behari (1996). Astrological Biographies: Seventeen Examples of Predictive Insights. Motilal Banarsidass Publ.. Retrieved January 20, 2011. Page 341
  11. ^ "Air India privatisation finds three suitors"BBC News. 23 February 2001. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  12. ^ "India privatisation plans near 'collapse'"BBC News. 3 September 2001. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  13. ^ 16 Jul 2009, 06.10AM IST, Manju V,TNN (2009-07-16). "What sent Air India crashing?". Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  14. ^ "Air India restructuring plans being readied". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  15. ^ "SBI Caps prepares roadmap for Air India restructuring". 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  16. ^ "AI sells 4 aircraft in Mar to tackle financial crunch". 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  17. a b Air India's recurring default 'credit negative' for its banksMint-Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2011
  18. ^ State Bank of India Credit Rating - Moody's
  19. ^ Air India aircraft acquisition was necessary: Patel, Malayala Manorama, September 8, 2011
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