The decision of Air India to reserve 6 seats for women on the third row of the Economy Class is appreciable. No other Airlines have thought about such a facility for women. Our Congratulations!
It is good news! Air India has posted an operational profit of Rs. 105 crores for 2015-16 improving from its position of Rs. 5,859 crores loss during the last year. This year also after depreciation, there will a loss of about Rs. 3,587 crores.
The total earning for this year comes to Rs. 20,526 crore, which is almost as of last year. But due to increase in seat factor and less expenditure, it has posted operational profit.
Congratulations to the management and employees of Air india for this improvement!
Congratulations to the workers and management of Air India. The Air India Express section of the Air India has declared profit of Rs. 62 crores for 2014-15. This is the first time that it had posted profit since last about 10 years since its inception in 2005.
The increased number of people flying and the low cost of fuel has helped the Air India resulting in profit. It is expected that Air India will be able to increase the profit this year.
The central government is moving for disinvestment of Air India, if the reports in the papers are any indication. On the plea of reducing the loss of the company, the Air India wants to sell shares to the extend of Rs.10,000 crores. This is nothing short of gradually increasing the disinvestment of Air India with the programme of privatisation in future.
Shri Ashwani Lohani, CMD Air India is reported to have said that Air India started posting loss and troubles started after the merger of the two PSUs Air India and Indian Airlines. We said the same thing at that time itself. So, what we said has been confirmed by no less a person than the CMD Air India himself. Our objection to the merger of BSNL and MTNL is relevant in this context. Before any merger takes place between BSNL and MTNL, the issues we have focussed should be settled.
The government has now decided to merge the SBI Associate banks with SBI. This is nothing but destroying both SBI and its associate banks. Naturally the bank workers are opposing the same tooth and nail and one day strike has already taken place.
There is hope for Air India for better future. As per the revenue estimate put up by the board and the increase in traffic, it is pointed out that the airline may be profitable by 2016-17. The PSU has posted an operational profit of Rs. 8 crore in 2015-16 and the loss has come down from Rs. 5,859 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 2,636 in the current year.
It is learnt that large amount of airfare charges are to be paid by the government to the Air India during the last few years. The government should pay the same urgently to help the company.
Air India, Central PSU, is proposing to start an Aviation University at its Centre Training Establishment (CTE), Hyderabad.
Spread over 20 acres of land, the nearly 60-year old premium aviation training institute currently offers courses in all aspects of aviation including for pilots, cabin crew, engineers, aviation security and ground handling among others. The Aviation University will be opened with upgrading of these facilities.
Thie May Day has dawned to me at Mumbai Airport. This was accidental. I wanted to be at Delhi, but it was not to be.
I had gone to Jamnagar, Gujarat, to attend the the Central executive Committee Meeting of AIBDPA on 28-29 April 2015. There was no train from Jamnagar to Delhi on that day. I had booked a train ticket to Delhi on 30th April, but it was still in waiting list. The DOT having fixed a meeting with the Forum on 1st May, I have to reach Delhi earlier. So I booked a flight ticket from Jamnagar to Delhi. There is no direct flight from Jamnagar to Delhi. So I booked Jamnagar to Mumbai and Mumbai to Delhi. Jamnagar to Mumbai at 1500 hours on 30th and Mumbai to Delhi on 1st May early morning.There was no ticket available from Mumbai to Delhi on 30th; all were booked. and the charges was about Rs.8,000 more than the normal rates.
I reached Mumbai at 16.00 hours on 30th April. I once again tried for a ticket on the day itself, but again no ticket. I could have gone out from the airport and stayed with our comrades and friends and come in the morning next day and board the flight. But some how I thought that since boarding card has already been issued, I will stay in the airport till next day.
But after some time I felt that sitting in the chair in the airport till morning may not be easy. I went to one of the Air India officers on duty and requested whether it is possible to get lounge or rest room. Since it is only for executive class, he could not oblige. After some time he told me to come after 09.00 PM and enquire again. He wanted to help.
At about 09.00 PM, when I met him again, he took me and showed me a sofa and told that I can rest or sleep there. I thanked him and went to sleep. In fact, I had a very good sleep. At about 04.00 AM, I got up, had the morning rituals and got ready by 05.00. I wanted once again to thank the AI Officer, but he has already left, being off duty.
So, I am at the Mumbai Airport in the early morning of May Day. A nice experience of hospitality of Air India. Thanks!