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Pilots’ association disagrees with civil aviation minister

The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association has written to Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, “Officials briefing you have grossly misinformed you about the current state of affairs at Air India. The pay cut isn’t across the board. We request you for an urgent meeting so that we may brief you on the ground reality.”

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Business

Air India to send employees on leave without pay for up to 5 years

The Air India order said 11 types of allowances – including flying allowance, special pay, wide body allowance, domestic layover allowance

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India

Air bubbles: Flights to & from US, France resume tomorrow

Air India will operate flights to France and the US under these air bubbles; United Airlines will run 18 flights; Air France will operate 28

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India

Pilot found COVID +ve midair; Air India flight to Moscow returns

Sources in the DGCA said ‘prima facie, this appears to be a lapse’ as the pilot was not supposed to be on the plane if he was a COVID patient

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Business

NRIs allowed to own 100% stakes in Air India

So far, NRIs could buy 100% stakes of a few scheduled domestic carriers in the form of FDI, provided they met certain conditions

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Business

Tata Group to buy Air India? Vistara studying proposal

JRD Tata had founded Tata Airlines in 1932, after which a Congress government forced him to get it nationalised in 1953. If the group buys the airline, it will in a way return to its original owner.

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Economy

Sangh Parivar’s communist union opposes Air India sale

BMS, along with another RSS-affiliate SJM, also set up by communist trade union leader Thengadi, invariably oppose all pro-market policies

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Business

Lohani, who joined Air India to steer it from crisis, to help sell it

Ashwani Lohani, an engineer of the Railways, had retired in 2007 but, in view of his managerial skills, the then government brought him to AI

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Business

Goyal tries to sell Air India in Davos, explains why Modi 1.0 didn’t disinvest PSUs

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said the Modi government had inherited an economy in a bad shape; PSUs would not have fetched the right prices

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Business

Air India trade unions to demand VRS today

Puri had made it clear in the first meeting on 2 January that privatisation was the only option before the government to keep the airline going