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Revival Plan for Air India is Under Process: Jayant Sinha

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The Government has prepared a revival plan for Air India that provides for a comprehensive financial package, differentiated strategies for each of the airline’s core businesses and robust organizational reforms, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said.

Various initiatives to turn around the national carrier, which is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous government, including monetization of real estate assets are progressing.

Sinha told the Lok Sabha that the Government has prepared a revival plan for Air India which focuses on building a competitive and profitable airline group.

A comprehensive financial package, including the transfer of non-core debt and assets to a Special Purpose Vehicle, implementation of a robust organizational and governance reforms by the board and differentiated business strategies for each of the core businesses of Air India is part of the plan.

“Higher levels of operational efficiency by strengthening management and implementing best business processes,” are among the major elements of the plan, Sinha said.

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation also said that Air India has planned to monetize its unutilized and surplus immovable real estate assets over the next few years.

“Till date, Air India has realized an amount of Rs 410 crore through sale of its non-core assets in various cities in India and abroad.

“Air India has also realized a rental income of Rs 314 crore approximately,” he said during the Question Hour.

The minister also said that amount of revenue likely to be generated from monetization of land and properties depends on the bid process and subject to no-objection certificates from authorities concerned.

Air India is estimated to have a debt worth over Rs 55,000 crore.

In a written reply, Sinha said the Government remains committed to the disinvestment of Air India.

“In this regard, AISAM has directed to separately decide the contours of the mode of disposal of the subsidiaries — Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) and Airline Allied Services Ltd (AASL),” he noted.

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