Bailout grieved Air India buys crockery worth Rs.12 Crore
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Bailout grieved Air India buys crockery worth 12 Crore

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 26 June 2009, 12:38 Hrs   |    4 Comments
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Bailout grieved Air India buys crockery worth Rs.12 Crore
Mumbai: Currently looking for a bailout plan, Air India had spent 12 crore on buying crockery and cutlery, to serve business class travelers. "The company is making losses. They are asking for help from the government but the new chairman wants to change the crockery," said an AI official told The Hindustan Times, requesting anonymity.

As per the notice issued by the airline's Deputy General Manager (in-flight services) on May 29, the new features were introduced in flights plying on the Mumbai-Delhi route from June 1 and are to be extended on other flights also.

The existing crockery would be sold off as scrap.

The airline had last purchased crockery in 2007 for Rs 15 crore for the newly acquired Boeing 747 and 777 long range fleet, which was never used as it did not fit in the oven. V Tulsidas was the chairman then.

"The microwave too lay useless because the crockery had gold plating," said a senior cabin crew member with the airline.

The airline had also bought expensive mugs to serve tea which too lie useless as very few fliers like to have tea in mugs.

Despite projected losses of Rs 5,000 crore, Air India also introduced new uniforms for its staff from this month.

An official Air India spokesperson said that the airline would revert with an explanation, but failed to specify the time.

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Reader's comments(4)
1: Air India has become Indian Taxpayer's bigest sinkhole. Air India ranks last of ANY airline by any and every Metric of performance. Instead of being a national Carrier, it has become a national shame. Indian startups like Jet or Paramount, Upstarts like Emirates established ones like JAL have all proved beyond doubt that Air India is Dead.

With the 5000 crores proposed bailoput and the accumulated crores and crores of bailours, the Poor Indian Taxpayer can:
A. Provide education to all School age children.
B. Build an IIT in every state of India.
C. Build Hospitals for the needy.
D. Provide best equipment to our brave Jawans facing better eaquipped terrorists.
E. and MANY more worthwhile things.
Air India has become the airline
OF the poor Indian kisan and worker, RUN BY Incompetents, FOR the benefit of Babudom and Vested Interests.

No fare paying passenger will fly twice on Air India. It has has lost the confidence of even die hard patriots.
Turn this Dead Albatross back to the TATAS and see it soar again.
Posted by:jay Bharat - 26 Jun, 2009
2: this is strange! how can they ask for money if they go on spending like this ?
Posted by:Ramya - 26 Jun, 2009
3:
One of the most pampered P.S enterprise mainly running on the whims and fancies of the civil servants and the politicians,Air India does not deserve any bail-out support at tax-payers cost.Everyone knows massive cost-cutting measures across board are enough to put the enterprise back on track.Failing let us hand it over to the most efficient operator in the industry
Baladeb Sen Replied to: Ramya - 26 Jun, 2009
4:
don't BLAME D EMPLOYEES . ANY DECISION IS TAKEN BY THE mgmt IS BASED ON SELFISH /ILLITERATE POLITICIANS WHO BLED IT TO DEATH BY PLACING HUGE ORDERS FOR EQUIPMENT THAT IS NOT REQUIRED BUT MANUFACTURED BY FRIENDS OR RELATIVES.iN FCAT IF GOVT DID NOT INTERFERE THE PRODUCTIVITY WOULD BE HIGH. THE COMPANY HAD 21 DIRECTORS AND TODAY THEY HAVE 43 AFTER MERGERS SO THATS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES.
NALLA Replied to: Baladeb Sen - 29 Jun, 2009
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