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Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Tue May 29, 2018 11:46 pm

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in India has registered a case against Air Asia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and others over alleged violation of norms for getting international flying licenses. Tony Fernandes allegedly lobbied with government servants for clearances, removal of existing 5/20 rule of aviation and change in regulatory policies, the agency has alleged.

Well isn't the removal of 5/20 a good thing?

http://www.dnaindia.com/business/report ... ms-2619951
 
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Re: Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Wed May 30, 2018 1:35 am

Can someone correct me if I am wrong, the 5/20 rule was put in place to make sure the airline has sustainable operation and financial means to operate without interruption. This is to avoid Kingfisher Airlines case from recurring, right?
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Re: Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Wed May 30, 2018 1:53 am

Not quite - 5/20 pre-dated Kingfisher, which is why they bought Air Deccan as the vehicle to launch their international services. Using fleet size and age are poor indicators of its sustainability, and at least the 5 part has, thankfully, gone. The more that India's outdated (commercial) regulatory system catches up to the 21st century, the better, IMHO.
 
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Re: Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Wed May 30, 2018 11:20 am

So what is the violation here? Lobbying against 5/20 rule? Everyone is guilty of that.

As always with India, the real story will come out in due course.
 
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Re: Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Wed May 30, 2018 12:59 pm

From the washington Post/AP...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as ... dbf01b5460

"NEW DELHI — Indian investigators reportedly filed a corruption case Tuesday against the chief executive of regional budget airline AirAsia and some of his top deputies, saying the company paid bribes to get government approvals to launch its India operation.

Malaysia-based AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes, his deputy Bo Lingam and others were named in the complaint filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The report said most of the bribes were paid through a “sham contract” with a Singapore-based company. The complaint did not say which Indian officials were allegedly bribed."
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Re: Case registered against Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes

Wed May 30, 2018 1:33 pm

juliuswong wrote:
Can someone correct me if I am wrong, the 5/20 rule was put in place to make sure the airline has sustainable operation and financial means to operate without interruption. This is to avoid Kingfisher Airlines case from recurring, right?


The opposite can be argued - Kingfisher collapsed because of VJMs foolhardy acquisition of Deccan to get around the 5/20 rule.
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