A picture of a lizard in the meal tray of a flyer purportedly on one of Air India's flights was doing the rounds on social media and also left the Civil Aviation Minister fuming but the airline termed it "baseless" and a "mischievous propaganda" against it.
The national carrier currently has 15 recognized trade unions representing around 22,000 employees of erstwhile Indian Airlines, besides Air India.
With the latest missive, the aviation regulator seems to be finally waking up to the danger of the spreading decease.
Ex-CAG Vinod Rai's Q&A to a TV channel confirm an earlier Firstbiz/Firstpost story that laid the blame for Air India decline to his dubious interventions<br />
After few clear days, rains returned to the Kashmir valley in bad news for flood victims as it could hamper rescue operations in the submerged areas.
Indian carriers participating in the evacuation of stranded people in J&K may formally urge the government to exempt them from paying aeronautical charges.
It is quite symbolic: on the day that erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India merged to form today's Air India seven years ago, the airline's website has crashed.
Nandan's tenure has also seen hiving off of two subsidiaries - MRO and Ground Handling - and the painful integration process of esrtwhile Air India and Indian Airlines finally getting completed.
The high court had dealt with the issues of 75 percent of wages and salary for the workers and had asked the unions to approach the Central Government Industrial Tribunal regarding lowering of salary allowances following the merger.
The aviation advisory and research firm had argued that the finances of several Indian carriers would have been stronger if they had been allowed to launch services on international routes earlier.
This practice is not helping fill more seats but is driving up airlines' losses further. Less people are flying and those who are actually flying are leading to lesser earning for airlines.
Air carriers have embarked on an aggressive hiring strategy with plans to add over 5,000 jobs this year, industry officials have said.
World over, some countries have flirted with the ombudsman concept but as of now, no country regulates airlines via an ombudsman.
If the intention is to facilitate the equity partnership between Jet and Etihad, how will the interests of existing Indian carriers protected?
Less pay, less food subsidy, common loos, longer working hours for all. Air India employees' lives have just got harder.
Though less passengers are opting for air travel,revenue per passenger - are increasing as ATF prices have cooled while capacity addition has been rationalised
There seems to be little enthusiasm among international airlines over the government's plan to allow them to pick up 49 percent stake in their Indian counterparts.
With a 49 percent stake, which does not give management control, how can foreign companies rest assured that their investment in Indian companies will pay off?
Observing that India's airport regulator AERA allowed a whopping 346 percent hike in Delhi airport charges, IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said "this is clearly unacceptable".