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An Air India Boeing 787-8. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Indian Government In Hot Water over Repatriation Flights

The Coronavirus outbreak has left millions of people stranded worldwide and away from their home countries. Governments across the globe have operated special charters to bring their distressed citizens back home since a considerable portion of global commercial air travel had come to a screeching halt. Countries with larger diaspora faced greater challenges making flights available for everyone since tickets sold out relatively quickly. One of the largest repatriation missions that have been in progress was by the Indian government,…

Indian Aircraft Could Gradually Return to International Skies Soon

A month after resuming domestic travel, the Indian government expects that domestic travel numbers will reach 150,000 daily travelers before mid-July and believes traffic may reach full capacity by the end of 2020. “We started with 30,000 passengers on May 25 and since then have had a maximum of 72,000…

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

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…

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…