Government working on a revival plan for Air India, says Jayant Sinha
December 27, 2018: Union Minister Jayant Sinha has said that the government has worked on a revival plan for cash strapped Air India that provides for a comprehensive financial package, differentiated strategies for each of the airline
December 27, 2018: Union Minister Jayant Sinha has said that the government has worked on a revival plan for cash strapped Air India that provides for a comprehensive financial package, differentiated strategies for each of the airline's core businesses and robust organisational reforms.
Till now several initiatives have been taken to turnaround the fortunes of the national carrier, which is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous government. Monetisation of real estate assets is an example of the same.
A comprehensive financial package, including transfer of non-core debt and assets to a Special Purpose Vehicle, implementation of a robust organisational and governance reforms by the board and differentiated business strategies for each of the core businesses of Air India are part of the revival plan.
"Higher levels of operational efficiency by strengthening management and implementing best business processes," are among the major elements of the plan, Sinha said.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation also said that Air India has planned to monetise its unutilised and surplus immovable real estate assets over the next few years.
"Till date, Air India has realised an amount of Rs 410 crore through sale of its non-core assets in various cities in India and abroad.
"Air India has also realised a rental income of Rs 314 crore approximately," he said during the Question Hour.
The minister also said that amount of revenue likely to be generated from monetisation of land and properties depends on the bid process and subject to no-objection certificates from authorities concerned.
Air India is estimated to have a debt worth over Rs 55,000 crore. Sinha, however, stated that the government remains committed to the disinvestment of Air India.
"In this regard, AISAM (Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism) has directed to separately decide the contours of the mode of disposal of the subsidiaries -- Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) and Airline Allied Services Ltd (AASL)," he noted.
The AISAM has also approved the contours for sale of subsidiaries of Air India and has directed to expedite the sale of AIATSL, the minister added.