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Air India, Indian Merger By March 31  
User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Govt to merge two state-run airlines by March 31. Merger costs pegged at about $50 million against savings of $113 million from operations.
http://www.ndtvprofit.com/homepage/news.asp?id=283717

Quotes:
The government on Monday said it was merging state-run carriers Indian Airlines Ltd. and Air India Ltd. by the end of March as part of a wider strategy to take on nimble private players. "Everybody feels the process of merger is appropriate," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters. "The merger process will be completed by March 31."

He added there would be no loss of jobs or salary cuts after the merger. "The two airlines would gain 5 billion rupees ($113 million) annually after the merger," Patel said, adding the cost of the merger would be about 1.5 billion rupees to 2 billion.

The government plans to make the new merged entity among the world's top 20 carriers.

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User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

Any news about :

1. Where will the new entity HO be...AI bldg at Nariman Pt.?

2. The name of the new entity?

3. Aircraft Livery?

4. Crew uniforms?

So, a future fleet of B737, A320, A310, 777, 787 and 744.....quite something to look forward to....let's hope something really good comes out of this....

BTW, where will Alliance Air stand in the future...?


User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2891 times:

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 1):
BTW, where will Alliance Air stand in the future...?

I expect them to merge it with Air India Express so as to compete against LCCs, both domestic and international. AIX will be retained as a fully owned subsidiary by the merged entity.(As per other news accounts)


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2877 times:

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 1):
BTW, where will Alliance Air stand in the future...?

What i have heard based on information collected from sources is that Alliance Air will be the low cost arm of the merged entity on the domestic market with a fleet of A319s ad maybe the odd RJ amd AIX will be the low cost arm of the merged entity on the International Front with its fleet of 737-800s.

Karan


User currently offlinePNQIAD From India, joined May 2006, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2841 times:

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 1):
Any news about :

1. Where will the new entity HO be...AI bldg at Nariman Pt.?
2. The name of the new entity?
3. Aircraft Livery?

I would hope that all these would retain the AI brand for the merged entity. It is certainly more recognized the world over than IC.


User currently offlineAI From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2823 times:

Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 4):
I would hope that all these would retain the AI brand for the merged entity

I hope they retain the Air India name as well.
regarding livery, I am a big fan of the current AI livery, but I also quite like the new Indian livery. I think its great. I can only hope that they retain one of the current two liveries instead of going for a completely new identity &/or livery.

AI.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2816 times:

Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 4):
AI brand for the merged entity. It is certainly more recognized the world over than IC.

I agree that "Air India" should be the brand... although the new IC livery looks far more modern than the current "Indian" one!


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

In India, it ain't over till it's over  Smile

After Left protest, Govt delays decision on AI-Indian merger

Quote:
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The Group of Ministers (GoM) examining the proposal to merge state-owned airlines Air India and Indian failed to take a call today and asked Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to address the concerns of employees’ unions first.

With CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury conveying to the GoM, hours before it met, the need to consider concerns raised by the unions of the two carriers, a decision, widely expected to be taken today, could not be reached.


...


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Oops... I meant to say that the new IC livery looks far more modern than the AI one!

User currently offlineAKLDELNonstop From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

Wouldn't they also consider retaining both the brands AI/IC separately with the managements/sales staff being merged.

Cheers


User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Thread on AI's new livery on 772LR.
AI's New Livery! (by AirplaneFan Jan 16 2007 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8584 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
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I notice that the article refers to 'the end of March' but nowhere in the article does it specify March 2007  Big grin


Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
User currently offlineBigTom From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2006, 597 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Given that both IC and AI now have new liveries, me thinks that the plan is to run the entity more like KLM-AF with both retaining their separate identities and serving complementary markets. The LCCs would also probably operate in the same way.

But then this is only me thinking, GoI works in mysterious ways, maybe we will now see a whole new rebranding exercise begin once half the existing fleets have been re-painted???
Cheers


User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2098 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter):
The government plans to make the new merged entity among the world's top 20 carriers.

The only thing that surprises me about this news, is that the merged AI/IC could be amongst the world's top 10 if they wanted to be!


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2299 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 3):
What i have heard based on information collected from sources is that Alliance Air will be the low cost arm of the merged entity on the domestic market with a fleet of A319s ad maybe the odd RJ amd AIX will be the low cost arm of the merged entity on the International Front with its fleet of 737-800s.

Karan

Wow! Seems to be heading for a pretty complicated structure....will we have three divisions, one for int'l, one for LCC domestic and one for LCC int'l....? Could actually turn out to be a good strategy if managed properly.....


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