Ajit Singh takes detailed review of Air India

 Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday reviewed in detail the functioning of national carrier Air India which included revenue generation and cash flow management, status of implementation of Computerized Fuel Management System for Pilots and Cabin Crew, Status of operations of B-787 and other matters envisaged in the TAP/ FRP.

Singh expressed concern over the estimated monthly average cash flows of Air India for the period October-March of the current Financial Year which shows a net shortfall of Rs. 404 Crores per month with inflows being at Rs. 1348 Crores and outflows estimated to be Rs. 1752 Crores. 

He said that though there is an overall improvement in the performance of Air India, it is important that the revenue generated should meet the costs incurred. 

The Minister asked Air India to go into minute operational details to cut the costs including costs incurred on overseas offices, salaries, fuel and office expenses. 

He directed to examine the necessity of deputing staff abroad for assisting Air India embassies for ticketing etc since now- a-days these facilities are available online. 

He further asked Air India to negotiate with public sector oil marketing companies for the same discount as they are providing to international and domestic carriers. 

The Minister said that Air India should think out of the box to change its image of being a public sector unit and transform it to a commercial organization. 

While noting that three B-787 Dreamliner aircrafts have been received and five more will be received during the current financial year, which the Air India plans to fly to Sydney, Melbourne & Singapore, Singh asked to explore possibility of flying also to Indonesia including Bali and Istanbul and beyond. 

Air India informed that the Crew Fuel Management System (Auto Roster) will be operational for pilots by the next month and for cabin crew by February-March next year.