Aviation Ministry & DIPAM Secretary said on October 8 that Tata-Sons' subsidiary Talace Pvt Ltd won the bid of Rs 18,000 crore to re-acquire Air India. Reportedly, the conglomerate won the bid more than 85 years after ceding control to the government. Ratan Tata wrote on Twitter, ''Tatas will have the opportunity of regaining the image and reputation it enjoyed in earlier years.''
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Following the birth of a baby mid-flight, the Air India flight from London to Kochi with 203 passengers was diverted to Frankfurt on October 7. The lady's preterm birth was assisted by two physicians and four nurses on board. Later, Air India confirmed that the woman delivered a healthy baby and both are doing well. However, the plane was well-equipped with all of the necessary medical equipment, said officials.
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Following an Air India Plane that got stuck under the foot overbridge at Delhi-Gurugram highway, a 40-second viral video of the incident has left the netizens amused on social media. However, the company has released an official statement claiming the airline has no connection with the incident. Reportedly, It was sold to a scrap dealer and the new owner was transporting it when it got stuck under the bridge.
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The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said over a tweet, "Media reports indicating approval of financial bids by Government of India in the AI disinvestment case are incorrect". The panel is yet to finalise a decision after which it will be disclosed to the parties and the public. For now, both Tata Group and SpiceJet remain in the race for the bid to acquire Air India.
The government of India has reportedly accepted the proposal of Tata Group's bid for Air India. Tata Group was already the front runner in the bid, among many others including SpiceJet'. The bids were evaluated by a panel headed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and including Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. The reverse price of Air India was likely between the range of 15,000-20,000 crores… read-more
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After the biddings closed for Air India on September 15, the government has decided to declare the results latest by October 15. Till now, the Tatas are seen as the front runners for Air India's disinvestment plan by the Central govt. However, the final draft for Air India's winning bid would require Home Minister-headed GoM's nod. Meanwhile, the Airline has reported Rs 7,982.83 crore as a net loss in FY20.
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Ironically, a passenger booked the entire business class cabin of Air India's flight AI-671 to pleasurably travel with his pet dog on September 15 from Mumbai to Chennai. Reportedly, the passenger paid around Rs 2.4 lakh to book all 12 seats of the cabin. However, airlines only allow the pet in planes after levying extra costs and allocate the last row of the cabin.
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Delhi-bound Air India flight AIC 469 was canceled by the Swami Vivekanand Airport authority in MP's Raipur after a bird hit the plane during its take-off on September 14 at 10:05 AM. Reportedly, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh was also a passenger among 179 others. The airport director Rakesh Ranjan Sahay said, ''Pieces of a bird's carcass was found... the personnel is further inspecting the aircraft.''
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The AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau) revealed in probe report that the crash of Air-India Express Boeing 737 in 2020 was due to the Pilot in Command's fault. The pilot didn't adhere to SOPs, was onto anti-diabetic drugs, faulty windshield viper, and degraded visuals are the reasons for the crash. The crash caused the death of 20 passengers including, both pilots. The report also lists recommendations to avoid future crashes.
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In a very surprising incident, an Air India flight on September 6 was replaced with another Boeing 787-8 plane at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) after a swarm of ants had been found in the business class, said media reports. Reportedly, the flight was to leave for London and the Prince of Bhutan was also a passenger. However, Air India debunked any such claims in a tweet.
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