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Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 6:01 pm

Hi...

India has elected, and it looks like the Opposition will form the new government.

- What are the implications on the civila aviation policy? Will the attempted open sky policy start or is it a return to stringent regulation? What is the outline for the old opposition (Congress) civil aviation policy?

- What about the fleet renewal of AI, IC? Will new planes join the fleet soon or will 'Laloo and colleagues' stop the new deal?? What is the stand of the major politicians on this??

Thoughts appreciated...

I personally think that the open sky policy won't be stopped... it looks like things will be continued, with a delay in the fleet renewal plans...
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 6:08 pm

I know I don't answer your question but this is a REAL shocker. Let's hope the new govt' keep's India going in the right direction & do more with AI & IA.
 
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 7:37 pm

All fears of returning to the "Old Order" are unfounded and are based entirely on the negative propaganda of the Fascist BJP.

Facts first: It was the COngress that began economic liberalisation, and it was a Congress Govt, NOT the BJP, that proposed and implemented "Open Skies-1", a programme that was conceived by Rajiv Gandhi and was mentioned in the Congress manifesto of '91. A promise fulfilled. Also to be noted, is that the SEVEREST critic of the "Open Skies" policy was the BJP and their ally Shiv Sena (which controls most of AI's trade unions).

The aim always was to get into the process of liberalization in a step by step manner. The Congress had already planned out a "Open Skies-2", under which international routes would also be opened up to competetion from Indian carriers. This promise could not be kept becuase the Congress was then voted out and the BJP with its *ahem* Bhajan Mandali came to power. Now that the people of India have decided to kick out the incompetent BJP Govt., the country will finally see implementation of the "Open Skies-2". However, the COngress policy calls for maintaining state ownership of IC upto a level of 51%, and in AI upto 26% (so as to retain veto control). The congress also will not allow "strategic sale" route or sale to a foreign airline. but on the up-side, the Congress govt shall soon be making domestic carrier IC, one of the "Navratna" PSU's, which will mean that IC will be free to make operational and financial decisions (subject to a maximum financial outlay) autonomously. AFAIK, Air India is not to be incuded in the new list of PSUs to be included in this scheme, which includes some Oil cos.

Lets get this str8: "Open Skies" was the Congress policy implemented in 1992, when the BJP, when not bitterly opposing the Liberalisation process, was bringing down Mosques and planning pogroms against the Muslims. If anything, the BJP and its allies were responsible for the slowdown in the reforms process in the aviation sector. Thankfully, the Congress is back, and now we shall see a speeding up of the reforms process in Aviation.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 7:40 pm

Will Alitalia get more landing rights?  Laugh out loud
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 8:02 pm

Thanks Roy for the info. SInce I am abroad, I am not always aware what went on in India. Of course I was aware that Mammohan Singh started the liberalization process... my expectations are technically the same, i.e. continuing the liberation process and, as you said, an OS II policy.

Only thing which worries me a little is the hung government, with some allies in the coalition (RJD etc) who could oppose the fleet evaluation (and maybe the open sky policy). That's why I have some fear that things could stagnate. What do you think about this fear? Or is it rather unjustfied?

Waiting for further inputs and expectations...
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 8:07 pm

Looks like good times ahead for Air Sahara with the new govt. in place.......if y'all know what I mean...........!
 
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 8:09 pm

The RJD is actually the most stable ally the Congress has. As long as the Cong leadership agrees to lay off Bihar, they will be happy, and I doubt he cares a rats ass about Civil Av.

The real worry for me is from the CPM. These buggers have opposed the "Navratna" scheme in the past, though considering what they are doing in Bengal, I think even they have come over to our way of thinking.

And now that the BJP i in opposition, I am certain they are going to oppose liberalization in all its forms, incl. civil aviation.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 8:12 pm


Looks like good times ahead for Air Sahara with the new govt. in place.......if y'all know what I mean...........!

No, we dont know waht you mean.

Subroto Roy is pretty well connected as is every Airline CEO in the country, from Jet Airways to Air Deccan.

His sons weddings were attended by every politician from the RSS/BJP and there was hardly any Congressman in sight! So where does that leave your theory?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 10:53 pm

Well, Alitalia is introducing new service to Delhi!  Big grin

Surprising results, but I'd much rather have Manmohan Singh handing the economy again than an NDA coalition on shaky legs.

As far as aviation policy goes, I tend to agree more with the Congress' "consider the ramifications and then act" policy rather than Vajapayee's latest ideas of unilateral open-skies and throwing everything to the wolves. A careful and studied public-private partnership in the aviation sector can only help the country.

The key of course will be who gets the Civil Aviation portfolio. If its handed over to some Communist to pacify them, then we might as well just bend over and pray it isn't too painful. If it gets handed over to a legitimate person, one rumor even had Rahul Gandhi's name floated although I'm not so sure how I feel about that yet, there really shouldnt be any change.

And yes, I'll say it. Congrats Roy.  Smile
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 11:36 pm

Indeed Sean, there is the chance that Manmohan Singh will be Prime Minister (which is my very preferred option and something I was waiting for years). In that case Indian Aviation could be backed by an appropriate policy-framwork with, as you express nicely, a good public-private partnership

I think it is very likely that the civil aviation ministry will itself be managed by congress because the relevance of this sector has become more and more important.

I think the dynamic of Indian aviation is accellerating to quickly to stop it, since it would be counterproductive

Let's hope our best for India and the people!!
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 11:56 pm

"Facts first: It was the COngress that began economic liberalisation, "

Facts first: It was the IMF that INSISTED on economic liberalization. India's FOREX reserves were about to vanish if this didnt happen.

Second: the Congress only has about 220 seats - and Indian politics can change around overnight if the BJP indulges in the usual "foreign hand" BS (ironically started by the Italian bahu's evil mother in law.

As far as Indian aviation goes, can you imagine the Congress doing ANYTHING to take on Air India's unions? Sean, correct me if I am wrong, but arent the AI unions controlled by the Shiv Sena?
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Thu May 13, 2004 11:57 pm

arent the AI unions controlled by the Shiv Sena

What isn't controlled by the Shiv Sena in Mumbai?
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 12:05 am

I would wonder if the fact that the Shiv Sena controlled the unions would be an obstacle to AI's growth... in the present order, trade unions power (unluckily) is about to decline

Jaysit, correct that the IMF insisted, but still the Cong showed a consistent policy of economic liberalization in the aftermath, which was taken by successive governments. And we should not forget that the 'package which rescued India' was presented by Manmohan Singh to the IMF (big concessions like deposit of major gold reserves to IMF etc...) - Right, the IMF demanded structural changes, but Singh offered the correct policy
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 12:08 am

Well, can you imagine if one of those CPI, CPI(M) dimwits becomes aviation minister?

While the Soviet Union and China have rid themself of communist jingoism, Indian communist parties still parrot the usual hackneyed nonsense, while their leaders send their own kids to Harvard/Ox-bridge, etc.
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 11:32 am


Facts first: It was the IMF that INSISTED on economic liberalization. India's FOREX reserves were about to vanish if this didnt happen.

True. Partly.

The "Open Skies" policy was NOT an IMF demand. The new Civil-Av policy, calling for pvt airlines then called "air-taxis", was first conceived towards the late '80's before the Bofors storm broke. Atleast give credit where its due.

As for whether the Govt will take on the SS goons at AI's unions, i say, why even bother. The Govt should go ahead with OS-2 and liberalise the international aviation. The Gov tmust first ensure that the money accrued through lease of bilaterals goes to the Govt exchequer and NOT to Air India, becuase it is Govt property. Pvt airlines, with atleast 76% Indian ownership, must be allowed on to international routes on a region by region basis. First, SAARC, then West and Southern Africa, ASEAN ,Middle East and finally Europe/NA.

A bidding system must be adopted for bilaterals, the money going to the Govt. AI could be given first preference on bilaterals, but they too would have to pay the Govt for using the biaterals.

TO be fair to AI, perhaps AI could also be bought under the Navratna scheme, and given operational and fiscal autonomy.


Well, can you imagine if one of those CPI, CPI(M) dimwits becomes aviation minister?

Historically, most Left wing govts have been more proactive in reforms that right or centrist parties. The TDP which ruled Andhra for the past 9 years was also part of the Left block, but they were certainly at the forefront of the reforms process. And seen what the CPM is doing in Bengal? IBM is shifting to Kolkata dude! SO i dont see any reason to worry. Atleast, the CPM is the cleanest of all the political parties

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 11:39 am

"Pvt airlines, with atleast 76% Indian ownership, must be allowed on to international routes on a region by region basis. First, SAARC, then West and Southern Africa, ASEAN ,Middle East and finally Europe/NA."

Why?
Most Indians travel to the Middle East and Europe/NA.
Why subsidize Emirates, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines at the cost of IC, Jet, and Sahara? What kind of policy is that? Who the hell gives a sh*t what the traffic is between Bombay and Abidjan or Accra? The real moolah is to be made between Bombay and San Francisco.
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 4:57 pm

Hey desi-airliners, am glad this thread is on and we can get more info here than samachar.com!!!

I would wonder if the fact that the Shiv Sena controlled the unions would be an obstacle to AI's growth... in the present order, trade unions power (unluckily) is about to decline

I agree, the trade unions "were" about to decline, but sadly, the staff of AI are bloody well connected. Esp. in bom, shiv sena practically controls petty matter. It would definitely be a + + situation for ai if it could get rid of most trade unions, esp the aicc(air india cabin crew assoc). Everytime one talks about "saving" money or cutting ccosts in ai, the union doesn't agree, reason given, why should we suffer!! i mean, we are in 2004....and not back in the 70's & 80's where things were ok...no stringent competition in india...ai were the kings! Now with the Congress seemingly to be ruling for sometime, it is difficult for a nationalist party like them + their alliances to break the trade unions, without understanding the need of the airline to cut costs...and we all know, the major cost of the airline are overpaid underworked staff.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 5:07 pm

Hay Jaysit

Your worst fears may come true - the headline from Mumbai's afternoon paper MID-DAY:

BSE sheds 344 points by noon
By: PTI
May 14, 2004
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New Delhi: Led by public sector undertaking stocks, the Sensex witnessed a historic intra-day fall of 344 points at mid-session on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today after the Left parties, including CPM and CPI, said the disinvestment policy of NDA government be scrapped.

The Sensex which commenced better by 10 points in the morning, plunged by 344 points at 5055.21 by 12.30 pm after reports of Left parties saying the disinvestment policy harmed the country seriously and "disinvestment in IOC and BPCL should be scrapped".


The wide-based largest Nifty index also nosedived by 150 points at 1567.50 on panic selling.





 
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 6:19 pm

There is already another statement by prosperous Finance Minister Manmohan Singh...

They haven't even started, and the market drops alrealy... I mean it is really exaggerated - and I don't believe it ir right to put oneself under pressure due to this
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 6:41 pm

Boeing787: The rising and falling of the sensex has nothing to do with this particular discussion.

Markets want stability, because economic reforms need a stable govt. When the news of the NDA Govt falling came in there was panic selling, but that was because the markets felt that we are in for a period of instability. But once the markets saw one alliance gaining a firm majority, the markets JUMPED back.

If you were trying to make a point that the market crashed becoz they wanted the BJP, remember that the markets had lost 400 points in 1996 when Rao lost the election and the BJP came to power.



Why?

Its not about subsidy Jay. But bilaterals owned by the Indian govt should be open to carriers owned and run by Indian nationals. The figure of 76% is because any entity owning more than 24% has veto power in that company.

This is not to say that Emirates (or others) cannot operate to India. Ofcourse they can, but on bilateral quotas of their respective countries.

A340roy:
IC also had union problems but they were dealt with firmly. Dealing with Unions requires a firm management hand. Fortunately the situation at AI is much better than what it was because they now have a more assertive management. But there are still troublemakers like one Mr.Abraham Thomas among others. I am sure Sean also knows what I am talking about. But if the management stays firm, I dont see why they cant be dealt with. The Shiv Sena interferes because the management LETS them interfere.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Fri May 14, 2004 7:52 pm

hey roy, agree compeletely, a strong mngt wud not even care what connexions who have...when they know that sth is not right for the co...they shud stand by it..whatever it may take...which lacks with ai...to some extent, but thanx for giving me a broader view, like ic have more probs with unions.

all i was sayin that when the civil aviation ministry goes to a communist coalition party...its difficult to break unions...just my view...me cud b wrong...
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 2:18 am

To put some rumor: the following citation is from the TOI on the new Civil aviation ministry:

Ghulam Nabi Azad who is credited with overseeing the Andhra comeback as well as the Congress' success in J&K may be seen as a choice for civil aviation with parliamentary affairs


Does anyone know him (which party)? Would he be a good choice??
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 3:17 am

Are any of the current Gandhi family members that interested in commercial aviation like RAJIV was? He was too the main man behind the big IC A 320 order in the late 1980s!!!
 
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 4:36 am

With regards to the (surviving) Gandhi family members, one hopes they would have at least taken enough interest in aviation to realize they could use it to leave the country when they could have...... now Sonia must live for the rest of her life waiting for the family curse to claim her (and her children)!

No one would wish upon such things but I think this political family has started a series of new chapters in their tragedy (and greed) filled, melodramatic lives!

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 5:41 am

I pray that the Gandhis keep their noses out of the fledgling private sector in India, the same private sector that the Congress hammered for so many years when they were the ruling party.

Secondly, I fear that the Congress is going to INCREASE regulation in Indian aerospace, and find ways to throw more money to AI (never worked) and harass and impede companies like Jet Airways.

If I was the CEO of Jet Airways, I would be very scared right now!
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 6:11 am

I'm sure that the CEO of Jet Airways, Sahara, etc have the necessary Congress coalition members firmly in their pockets by now.

The old rascals may have been thrown out, but a whole new crop of rascals are in for the kill.

Plus, I am sure that Sonia-ji will ensure that its her son who gets the civil aviation portfolio like his daddy-ji did. A better alternative than some Bong Marxist dreaming of a Shonar Commie Bangla.
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 6:21 pm

Secondly, I fear that the Congress is going to INCREASE regulation in Indian aerospace

Why should they do that? Do you have any basis for your assumption?
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 9:12 pm

Ghulam Nabi Azaad was the Civil aviation Minister earlier as well int the previous phase of reforms. Decent administrator, and a good choice, though I doubt if Gulam Nabi Azaad will get in.

I have a hunch it will be either one of the DMK allies or Rahul Gandhi.

As for Gandhis and civil aviation, Rahul Gandhi does hold a CPL, but he has not flown for any airline like his father did. My vote goes to Ghulam Nabi Azaad or Ajay Makan.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 9:16 pm


the same private sector that the Congress hammered for so many years when they were the ruling party.

Secondly, I fear that the Congress is going to INCREASE regulation in Indian aerospace, and find ways to throw more money to AI (never worked) and harass and impede companies like Jet Airways.

Get some knowloedge of the Indian scene before you venture to comment! Atleast read up on ANET (it doesnt get more informative than that!)

The Congress was the original force behind liberalization, do not forget.

As for the CEO of JEt Airways being scared of the Congress, well it will actually be the contrary. My sources tell me that the BJP govt was initiating an enquiry into 9W's ownership pattern (some shit about 9W being 'Dawood ki company' as per Mr.Advani!).

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sat May 15, 2004 10:19 pm

I fear that the Congress is going to INCREASE regulation in Indian aerospace, and find ways to throw more money to AI (never worked) and harass and impede companies like Jet Airways.


For starters, it was the Congress Government under Narasimha Rao who got the ball rolling for deregulation of domestic carriers.

Secondly, why on earth would they "throw more money" to AI considering that the airline is one of the few profitable entities in Indian aersopace.

I fear that you are going to INCREASE the bullshit content of these forums and find ways to make stupid statements (never worked) to annoy and impede us.
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Sun May 16, 2004 8:07 am

just FYI,

the media repeatedly reported that the civil aviation policy will continue to be liberalized amongst other sectors (general liberalization is one of the main questions which arose after the CPI(M)'s comments on this)

The next months will prove in which extent this will happen (and if the fleet evaluation deal will be cleared soon - I could not imagine that one happens without the other, i.e. I guess the Naresh Chandra Report will - when it is put into effect - probably be implemented in one piece)
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Thu May 20, 2004 6:59 pm

just FYI, it is not unlikely, as I read in the media, that Rahul Gandhi will take teh Civil Aviation ministry since his mother now declined to be Prime Minister of India.


Does anyone have other voices or rumors how it will continue, i.e. who will take the job and how the priorities will be outlined? It looks like substantial liberalization, but doesn't seem that AI will be privatized since it is profit-making
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Thu May 20, 2004 10:28 pm


guess the Naresh Chandra Report will - when it is put into effect - probably be implemented in one piece)

Uh, I hope not!

The Naresh Chandra report is one of the most badly written commitee reports. It might as well be called the Nresh Goyal report, if you are getting my drift.

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Thu May 20, 2004 11:18 pm

The Naresh Chandra report is one of the most badly written commitee reports.

Thats an understatement. It reads like something a 12-year old would turn in for a class project.
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Fri May 21, 2004 11:38 pm

Just to draw your attention on the following article

SIA awaits new (Indian) govt's aviation policy


The author explains different modells of civil aviation policies (with statements from a SQ official) and brings up the example of two extremes (US - restrictive; Australia - liberal).

I guess the same discussion will begin in India, while I do not see any trend to restrictiveness but only to the extent of liberalizing.

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Sun May 23, 2004 6:08 am

The new Minister of State (Independant Charge) for Civil Aviation will most likely be Praful Patel of the NCP, a close confidant of NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

Patel, 47, has a degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay. He is the founder and chairman of the Ceejay Group of companies, a Rs. 4 billion conglomerate with interests in tobacco, edible oils, granite and real estate development. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha and has served as the upper house's representative on the Consultative Committee on Civil Aviation.

Patel's stated goals for his new job are to develop and implement a comprehensive civil aviation policy rather than proceeding with piecemeal reforms like the BJP government did. His top priority is to provide Air India and Indian Airlines the tools to enable them to compete effectively against both domestic and international competition.
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Sun May 23, 2004 12:55 pm

I am not too happy with the choice. Prafull Patel is much, much better than some of the other names I had been hearing, but still I would have preferred someone like Ghulam Nabi Azaad or Ajay Makan (who in his previous avataar as Delhi Govts Surface Transport Minister had bought the Metro to Delhi).

But this is the demand of coalition politics, and overall "the Doc" has assembled a mighty fine team. I think Prafull Patel, given his networking skills and business savvy, will do just fine.

Next few months however, expect a flood of sops for the state of Maharashtra. Patel comes from Mah, where elections are to be held in barely six months. So IC shoudl be shortly starting flights to Nanded and Akola while AI should be beginning widebody flights to Shirdi.

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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Sun May 23, 2004 1:31 pm

Air India's accountant and politician created profits for 2003 do not negate the fact that it has bled tax payer money for years.

If it weren't for Air India being the beneficiary of government bilaterals and mandatory code shares, its "profits" would be rather different, I reckon.

Now, give Air India its new planes, its new management, and institute policies that would allow it to fire the scallawags and leeches who have made it into a personal fiefdom. Easier said, then done. Even with new planes, Air India will still be a gubamint of India company with all the negatives that implies. Plus, anyone who is Sharad Pawar's buddy is probably as much of a crook as he is.

But don't stymie India's private carriers - give them the right to fly overseas. Air India's woes are the gubamint's creation - and all it does is provide a lousy product to the Indian consumer.
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Mon May 24, 2004 3:59 am

The new Minister of State (Independant Charge) for Civil Aviation will most likely be Praful Patel of the NCP

Very well anticipation, Sean, it is official now that Praful Patel will be Minister of State for Civil Aviation! Let's see how his first draft papers will look. When exactly will take effective office?

His top priority is to provide Air India and Indian Airlines the tools to enable them to compete effectively against both domestic and international competition.

This could mean that he will be serious with the fleet expansion deal and providing AI and IC with more autonomy to compete effectively?? what do you guys think??
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RE: Elections In India - New Civil Aviation Policy?

Mon May 24, 2004 7:18 pm

Just to draw your attention to the following article:

New path for civil aviation (The Hindu Business Line)

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/05/24/stories/2004052400090600.htm

In brief:

- saying that airports are the premium priority
- hope expressed that AI and IC can go ahead with fleet deals, but there are quite some bureaucratic steps to be taken
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