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An Air India 777-200 on the ground in San Francisco (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Parker Davis)

Indian Aviation Industry Braces For $3.6 Billion Loss, Looks To The Future

After halting international services into and out of the country, the Indian government announced Monday that it would suspend domestic passenger services starting March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus across the country. Airlines were directed to halt their scheduled passenger operations after 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and all flights were told to “plan...to land at their destination” before then. "The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the…

Indian Government Announces 100 Percent Sale of Air India

After months of speculation and a previous failed attempt at privatization, there finally is a confirmation of sorts in the ever-lengthening saga of Air India’s privatization that everyone knew already. The civil aviation minister of India Hardeep Singh finally announced that the government is looking to sell 100 percent of…

Air India Makes Some Progress Towards Privatization

It is now expected that the official expression of interest for privatizing Air India should be done by the end of November, after a delay of a month in the drawn-out process for privatization. The committee overseeing the privatization was supposed to have it ready by the end of October…

London’s Stansted Airport Kicks Off First Service to India

Air India's first service to London's Stansted airport celebrated its inaugural flight on Thursday. The service from Amritsar in India - numbered AI 166 - is operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft and will fly three times a week, departing Stansted on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The route marks the…

Air India Expands Route Map Amid Difficulties

As the privatization of Air India is underway, the airline convened a meeting with airline staff on Monday to discuss the matter. Meanwhile, the airline suffered a setback before the meeting as an oil company announced that it planned to cut its fuel supply to the airline at six airports…

Air India Selling Real Estate to Reduce Debt Burden

The desperate attempts to privatize Air India continue with new developments in the seemingly never-ending saga. After a previous failed attempt, the Indian government has gone back to the drawing board to figure out a way to offload debt and come up with more favorable terms for potential bidders. Overloaded…

Indian Government Expected to Offer Entirety of Air India for…

Developments on the ever-elongating saga of privatizing Air India may be on the horizon as the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM), comprising of a group of ministers within the government, are set to convene soon to finalize their plans to push off the airline to private investors. The plans…

Air India Under Fuel Withholding Threats at Two More Indian…

While the grounding of Jet Airways was a boom to several airlines in India, it doesn’t seem to be helping Air India that much. The airline is continuing to struggle to pay its bills and has fallen so behind that the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and two other fuel companies…

Air India Under Fuel Withholding Threats at Two More Indian…

While the grounding of Jet Airways was a boom to several airlines in India, it doesn’t seem to be helping Air India that much. The airline is continuing to struggle to pay its bills and has fallen so behind that the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and two other fuel companies…

Air India Offers Hefty Discounts to Compete with Low-Cost Carriers…

Air India announced that they will offer a 40 percent discount three hours before departure. The state-owned carrier said that customers can buy the discounted domestic tickets from all outlets which include Air India’s website, mobile app and booking counters. Air India is facing stiff competition with low-cost carriers’ competitive…