FligtReporter wrote:Ok I never comment and usually just go through posts However In these recent turbulent times in Indian aviation where we have seen a 25 year old Airline like 9W shutting down and falling to its demise and AI goin through its new norm of losses Im forced to wonder if this is what the new norm of Indian aviation is and is this how its gona be like forver.
Now LCCs like Spice and 6E are making their benefits out of both 6E obviously the king of Indian aviation in terms of fleet and pax count So My worries aint in that department its more in the FSC department.
Now AI,Being the oldest asian airline and ofcorse the flag carier of our country doesn't look good as its always making losses.However I did read somewhere a few days ago its Sub AIX had a good load on its Gulf flights...so wheres the problem..I assume its management or sarkari babus who dunno how to run an airline.
I mean I like their domestic product which is very good compared to Vistara which was my favourite untill I realized I was being cheated in payin extra for their so called Premium Economy whereas AI offered me the same in their Economy.
Now I see a lot of people talkin about how the Gov should shut AI down and stuff though there are reports of it being privatised but I dunno what the future holds,However For me,I think AI has served the Indian people in many great ways like carrying out the worlds largest Human Evacuation by a commercial airline,Evactuation of Indians and foreigners in Yemen and also Kathmandu Earthquake 2015 etc.
I mean it has been making losses i get it,Its sort of a white elephant however if its shut down then what will happen to its employees,We saw what a mess 9Ws collapse created and their staff on social media is still hopefull though i know the airline is gone,Can the govt afford to lose AI ?
So my question to all the respected aviation pundits is that If/when AI shuts down will Vistara or IndiGo or Spice offer the same relief flights to rescue Indians stranded abroad and play the default Flag carier ?
Also Do you think AI will continue to fly forver like it is flying being in gov's hand and gov will keep pumpin in the money like the case is with Italian gov and Alitalia ?
Cause I honestly Feel AI is only flying cause India has a huge middle class population and huge economy and its the common man thats flying AI had it been Air Zimbabwe or Air Zambia it would have long gone.
do share your thoughts !
AIX has "96"(not a typo) permanent employees, AI has 11,000 permanent, AIX has 1000-1200 total, AI has 17,000 total, including contractors. Vistara is the only other airline in India can match AIX in employee efficiency. 6E actually the worst performer in employee count. PS: Numbers are approximate, shills need not nitpick.
Bundling bad units with good units to obscure the reality is a long-standing tradition by the Indian government. Before the merger, only the old AI would have been debt-ridden, that also because of WB purchases. Now the entire group is debt-ridden,
If GoI pays enough SG and 6E can evacuate stranded Indians, otherwise they can swim, no big deal. Any registered carrier can do the job.
Modi can take Emirates charters, no big deal.
AI will be shut down to show it as divestment. With all the debt(which will remain on GoI books) even after AI shutdown, can it be counted as divestment, only economists can tell.