The Tata Group is set to commence the process of consolidating its entire airline business under a single umbrella — the Air India brand. The company has an indicative time limit of wrapping up the process by 2024. How many airlines does the Tata Group own? At present, the Tata Group owns four airlines — Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express, plus a majority ownership in Vistara and AirAsia India. Tata won a bid to own 100 per cent in Air India by paying Rs 18,000 crore — a substantial part was used for clearing the airline’s debt and Rs 2,700 crore was paid to the Union government in October last year. The airline was transferred by the government to the Tata Group in January this year. Along with Air India, the group also acquired Air India Express, a fully-owned low-cost subsidiary of Air India that operates in the short-haul international space, and 50 per cent stake in ground handling company AISATS. Subscriber Only Stories View All UPSC … [Read more...] about How the Tata Group’s airline merger plan will unfold
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Synopsis Audit places India above developed aviation markets like China, Denmark, will help overseas expansion of Indian carriers. In a significant boost for India ’s air safety, the UN aviation watchdog International Civil Aviation Organisation ( ICAO ) has upgraded India’s score in aviation safety. This comes following an audit by the watchdog last month. The audit, Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, seeks to identify if countries have effectively and consistently implemented practices in aviation safety. India’s effective implementation score is now at 85.49 % as compared to 72.93 when it was last audited in 2018. The score ranks India above multiple OECD countries including China, Poland, Denmark. A high score will make it easier for Indian airlines to expand services into international sectors as permissions granted will be faster and airlines will be able to forge commercial arrangements more swiftly. The audit was conducted in the areas of legislation, … [Read more...] about India’s aviation safety oversight makes major progress, ICAO rankings show
Starting Thursday, the government has introduced paperless entry at select airports to make air travel hassle-free. Under this initiative, airports will use a facial recognition software called ‘DigiYatra’ for entry. This means, passengers won’t need to carry their ID card and boarding pass. In the first phase, the initiative will be launched at seven airports, starting with three — Delhi, Bengaluru, and Varanasi, followed by four airports namely Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada by March 2023. Subsequently, the technology will be implemented across the country. Don't Miss | e-Rupee: Here’s a Quixplained on India’s first official digital currency The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), run by GMR, had in August announced the soft launch of the Centre’s DigiYatra initiative, rolling out the beta version of its app for Android platforms. The Delhi airport has the required infrastructure set up at the airport’s Terminal 3, and other airports are also … [Read more...] about DigiYatra: These airports in India now have facial recognition technology. How does it work?
Baggage handlers who were filmed laughing and hurling luggage onto an airport conveyor belt have been stood down by company Swissport for the "disrespectful behaviour". Key points: The video, shared widely on social media, shows the workers throwing the bags with force The cargo handling company Swissport says the matter is being urgently investigated Its chief executive says the behaviour seen in the video "let all of us down" The video shows three workers picking up bags from a Qantas container and throwing them onto the belt. It is believed the vision was filmed at Melbourne Airport. The workers appear to laugh and joke as they pick the suitcases up and throw them with force. The ABC has not been able to verify the original source of the video, which has been shared widely across multiple social media platforms and resulted in heavy criticism. A spokesperson for Swissport confirmed late on Saturday morning "the staff in question have been stood down … [Read more...] about Baggage handlers filmed hurling Qantas luggage onto conveyor belt stood down pending investigation
Hospitality chain Oyo said on Saturday it is undertaking downsizing of staff and is letting go of 600 employees from its employee base of 3700. However, the company said it will also go for hiring fresh staff. The company said it is making 'wide ranging' changes in its organizational structure. Oyo is downsizing its product and engineering teams, and the Oyo vacation homes teams, while it plans to add people to the partner relationship management and the business development teams. The company said the downsizing in tech is also happening in teams that were developing pilots and proof of concepts such as in-app gaming, social content curation and patron facilitated content. Oyo said members of projects that have now been 'successfully developed' and deployed such as ‘Partner SaaS’ are being either let go or are being redeployed in core product and tech areas such as AI driven pricing, ordering and payments. The company said it has also reassessed its corporate … [Read more...] about Oyo to layoff 600 employees as part of ‘wide ranging’ changes in organisation structure
An 87-year-old woman sits on her balcony under the November sun, her old Nokia Candybar phone by her side, reading a newspaper. A few government employees arrive at her home and hurry her down. Her son is away; she is all alone. They throw some words like “prepaid”, “smart-meter”, and “app” at her. All she takes away is that these people are threatening to take away her electricity meter and cut off her power supply. That’s exactly what ends up happening, according to her son. She is briefly able to convince them to wait till her son is back. They come back the next day. Also in Express Opinion | What Delhi’s power subsidy reveals about India’s revdi culture “They told me, this is happening. I said no, at least give me some time, some official notice period, and they said they had come with the notice and the time spent discussing it was the notice period,” her son says. The men take away the old meter. The house is left in the dark; his mother is confused, scrambling … [Read more...] about Left in the dark: A story from a Patna locality about the digitisation fetish and smart electricity meters