Turnaround plans spreading wings under new AI chief


Ashwani Lohani, the new chairman & managing director of loss-making state-owned airline Air India, is giving final touches to a multi-pronged revival plan to make the company financially independent in two years.

According to senior airline executives, the plan’s thrust will be rationalising loss-making routes and cost control, increasing the seat load factor with greater emphasis on improving revenue per seat, better aircraft availability and a focus on passenger safety and amenities, reports Business Standard.

A committee has been set up to rationalise Air India’s routes. This five-member committee is expected to give its report within a week, after which the airline management will take a decision on whether some existing routes would be discontinued or new routes adopted.


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