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Ukraine-Russia crisis: First Air India flight takes off to bring Indians back

New Delhi: With tensions between Russia and Ukraine mounting, India has stepped up action to bring back its nationals in Ukraine. The first Air India flight took off to pick up Indian citizens, including students, who have registered to return. Earlier, Air India had said it would operate three flights between India and Ukraine (Kyiv...

‘Suspense’ over Air India ends; Tata Sons officially declared winner of bidding process

New Delhi: Days after the government denied reports of Tata Sons taking over national carrier Air India, it was officially announced on Friday that the group had won the bid and would now take over the loss-making entity. For Air India, it will be home-coming. It had been founded by JRD Tata as Tata Airlines...

News of Tata Sons winning Air India bid incorrect: DIPAM

Hours after reports of Tata Sons acquiring the airline emerged, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) denied them New Delhi: Reports of Tata Sons winning the bid for purchase of government-run Air India are not correct, the Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), said on Friday, hours after the report...

Homecoming for Air India? Tata Sons wins bid to purchase debt-ridden airline: Sources

New Delhi: Tata Sons has emerged as the highest bidder for the government-run Air India, according to reports. The bid to purchase the beleaguered national carrier was approved by a ministerial panel led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, according to sources. Air India was established in 1932 by JRD Tata. At that time, it...

Air India flight returns to Delhi from Kabul with 129 passengers

An Air India flight, AI-244, with 129 passengers from war-torn Afghanistan landed in New Delhi on Sunday evening. It was likely the last Kabul-Delhi Air India flight, at least for the time being, as flight operations in Afghanistan remain uncertain as the Taliban continues to take over more areas of the country, including capital Kabul....

Air India loses data of 45 lakh customers in cyber attack

Air India on Friday said data of 45 lakh of its customers including name, birth details, passport numbers, and credit card details have been leaked following a cybersecurity attack on its system. The airlines said its data processor that manages the passenger service system and stores personal information of the passengers was breached leading to...

Cairn Energy files lawsuit in US suing Air India to realise $1.2B arbitration award

UK-headquartered oil and gas major Cairn Energy has filed a lawsuit in the US suing Air India in order to realise a $1.2 billion arbitration award it won in December 2020 over a tax dispute with the Indian government. The development is seriously going to impact India’s international credibility at a time when the government...

Air India to send some employees on compulsory unpaid leave for up to 5 years

Air India has started the process of identifying employees, based on various factors like efficiency, health and redundancy, who will be sent on compulsory leave without pay (LWP) for up to five years, according to an official order. The airline’s board of directors have authorised its chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal to send employees...

Air India to operate 170 flights under fourth phase of Vande Bharat Mission

Air India will be operating 170 flights to and from 17 countries between July 3 and 15 under the fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, according to an official document. The government started the mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations using special repatriation flights. Scheduled international passenger flights have...

Alleging “discrimination”, US to regulate flights under Vande Bharat Mission

The United States has described the Indian government as “discriminatory and restrictive” for not allowing American carriers to operate chartered flights on Indo-US routes even though Air India was doing so under the Vande Bharat Mission. Therefore, Air India will not be allowed to operate any chartered flight on Indo-US routes from July 22 onward...

Bombay HC allows airlines to fill middle seats in flights

The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted all flight operators to allow passengers to occupy middle seats in flights, but said they should strictly comply with guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and SP Tavade refused to...

Air India Delhi-Moscow flight returns midway after pilot tests COVID-19 positive

An Air India flight from Delhi bound for Moscow returned midway on Saturday after the airline’s ground team found out that one of the pilots had tested positive for COVID-19. Media reports said that the matter came to light when the A320 plane had already reached Uzbekistan’s airspace. The flight was empty as it was...