Video: Air India’s CMD reflects on the last 18 months

by Devesh Agarwal

Rohit Nandan has completed 18 months as the Chairman and Managing Director of national carrier Air India. Under his tenure, the national carrier appears to have embarked on a path which it hopes will result in a turn-around.

The renewed efforts at the airline coupled with the implosion of Kingfisher Airlines, have certainly produced some positive results, which we, at Bangalore Aviation, hope will continue to magnify. There are many sceptics, including me, who doubt, under government control, the carrier will ever return to the required levels of efficiency and performance so critical to a profitable airline.

In an interview with Media India Group, Nandan says

“I am happy that after 18 months, things are changing. There is some element of hope. Our financial performance has started looking better. Our flights are fuller. Our on-time performance is 85 per cent which is at par with the industry.”

“Today, I can say with confidence that 2012-13 will be ended positively and the prospects of 2013-14 will be better.”

Nandan also covers the 787 Dreamliner which is currently grounded, its expansion plans and other topics.

As usual comments are welcome.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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