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Cabinet approves amendment to ‘Foreign direct investment policy on civil aviation’

The Union Cabinet recently approved an amendment to the ‘Foreign direct investment policy on civil aviation’, which allowed Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to acquire 100 per cent equity stake in Air India under the automatic route. Prior to this amendment, only 49 per cent was available for sale to NRIs in Air India. After the proposed ..

Air India flight rescues 119 Indian nationals from the quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise ship

After several passengers and crew members were diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, the Diamond Princess cruise ship has been quarantined in the Port of Yokohama, Japan. Recently, a special Air India flight departed to Tokyo and brought back 119 Indian nationals (113 crew members and 6 passengers) who were on-board the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. ..

Rajiv Bansal appointed as the Chairman and Managing director of Air India

Veteran bureaucrat Rajiv Bansal was recently appointed as the Chairman and Managing director of Air India. He has been appointed as the head of the national carrier for a second time. Rajiv Bansal is a 1988-batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre and he is currently serving as the additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. ..

Alliance Air to fly between India and Sri Lanka

The Union Cabinet has granted approval to Alliance Air to fly between India and Sri Lanka, by waiving the rule that an airline needs to own minimum 20 aircraft to operate internationally. Alliance Air, which is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Air India, has five years of experience but does not have 20 aircrafts. ..

RCS – UDAN scheme’s 250th flight operation commences

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, Alliance Air recently commenced the direct flight operations from Bhubaneswar to Varanasi. The daily flight operation is started under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). This route also marks the 250th route which has been made operational under the RCS – UDAN. This is also ..

Government to sell its Entire Stake in Air India

As a part of the strategic disinvestment, On Monday, 27th January 2020, the Government of India has declared a bid document for selling its 100 percent stake in debt-laden Air India. Air India currently holds 50 percent shareholding in a joint venture with the Singapore Airport Terminal Services (AISATS Limited) and 100 percent stake in ..

Air Indi becomes world’s first airline to use Taxibot on A-320 aircraft

Air India has become the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A-320 aircraft with passengers on board. Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice-versa. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani flagged off flight AI665 and it was carried to runway using ..

Rajiv Bansal appointed as new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India

Rajiv Bansal, the 1988 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India for three months. Bansal, who is additional secretary and financial adviser at the petroleum ministry, will replace Ashwani Lohani — who has been appointed as the Chairman of Railway Board. It ..