Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal vows to expand network, says will continue to add routes, planes

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New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2017 12:21:50 AM

Newly appointed Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal on Monday said the national carrier will continue to expand its network as well as fleet.

Air India,  Rajiv Bansal, Air India CMD, Dreamliners, A320 Neos, Railway Board, chairman of railway board, Ashwani Lohani, indian airlinesBansal made comments in his first formal communication with the employees after he was given interim charge as the Chairman and Managing Director last week, news agency Press Trust of India reported. (Twitter)

Newly appointed Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal on Monday said the national carrier will continue to expand its network as well as fleet. Bansal appealed to employees to re-dedicate themselves to turnaround the national carrier. Bansal made comments in his first formal communication with the employees after he was given interim charge as the Chairman and Managing Director last week, news agency Press Trust of India reported. “I have full faith in your capabilities and experience and am sure that we will work as a team and do everything to further strengthen the profitability of the company,” he said.

“We have introduced new flights to international destinations and will continue to launch new routes in the days to come. Along with extending our network, we will be inducting new aircraft to augment our fleet with state of the art aircraft like the Dreamliners and A320 Neos,” Bansal conveyed in a letter to staff. Bansal also referred to the 10th anniversary of the merger of Indian Airlines, said, “exactly 10 years ago, a new resurgent Air India was born”. Bansal has taken over as the Air India chief at time when the government has constituted a group of ministers to chart out a strategy for the disinvestment of the airline. “I exhort you all to rededicate yourself towards turning around our beloved Air India,” Bansal said. He recently replaced Ashwani Lohani who assumed office as the Chairman of the Railway Board.

Bansal is a senior IAS officer, who formerly served as the additional secretary and financial adviser in the petroleum ministry. As per PTI, Bansal is from the Nagaland cadre of 1988 batch and hails from Haryana. The new Air India chief brings with him an extensive career-experience of 30 years. Previously, Bansal was a part of the civil aviation ministry between 2006 and 2008.

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