Air India might get Alex Cruz, an aviation veteran with wealthy expertise of heading each full service and low value airways, as its CEO.
Cruz, 55, was chairman and CEO of British Airways for about 5 years until 2020 and earlier than that he headed Spanish low value Vueling.
Pandemic-hit BA had in October 2020 minimize 13,000 jobs. At that point, Cruz had stepped down because the airline’s chief government after which a transition interval gave up as chairman too. Cruz LinkedIn profile reveals he’s at present an investor, board member and adviser on some corporations. An MS in industrial engineering from Ohio State University, Cruz can be a professor on the IESE Business School.
Comments from Tatas on Cruz choice have been sought and are awaited.
The Tata Group final week took over AI and is learnt to be finalising a group of high notch professionals to revive the airline, a clearly uphill process. The new board of AI is likely to be led by Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran himself.
Air India’s turnaround as a cushty and punctual airline for passengers and a worthwhile one for the house owners will be among the many greatest aviation success tales globally.
Tatas — now working AI, AI Express, Vistara and AirAsia India — are but to spell out their plans for the airline construction. Whether there’ll be three airways — one low value by merging AI Express and AirAsia India; AI and Vistara — or two — a mega AI that merges the 2 LCCs and Vistara — is just not but identified. Vistara will stay a separate entity until Singapore Airlines, 49 per cent stakeholder in it, agrees to a merger with AI.
While the “hardware” of renovating interiors of AI’s now-ageing fleet — a a lot wanted factor — and/or inducting new planes will take time, the Tatas have already taken some consultants on board to have some seen enhancements on the “software” facet. The low hanging fruits are enhanced meals that group firm and India’s largest inflight caterer, TajSats, is engaged on and hotter hospitality from the frontline personnel just like the cabin crew. To be certain, AI inflight meals and cabin crew have all the time been good.
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