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Air India defies Coronaviris threat: will continue flights to China

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New Delhi: When Air India is on sale and the Government of India even has released the Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) for inviting Expression of Interest (EOI) from the Interested Bidders (IBs) for Strategic Disinvestment of the national carrier, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani has failed to acknowledge the threat posed by major epidemic of Coronavirus that has been spreading in China and has chosen not to suspend with immediate effect all Air India flights to Hong Kong and China.

Instead Air India is only curtailing some flights to China. Air India will continue to operate its flights to Hong Kong. On Wednesday evening, One business class seat was still available on Air India flight AI348 between Delhi and Shanghai. Similarly Air India was also offering Business class seats on Shanghai-Delhi route on different dates in the first fortnight of February through code sharing.

Wednesday evening, Air India said it is suspending its flights on Delhi-Shanghai route but not Hong Kong from January 31 to February 14. Air India has also suspended its Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight from January 31 to February 14. In the meanwhile, the only advisory to the Air India crew on other flights between India and China is that they should be wearing masks. This is in sharp contrast with British Airways that was the first carrier to suspend all direct flights to and from mainland China because of the Coronavirus outbreak. British citizens returning to the UK from Wuhan have been put in quarantine for two weeks.

This is the state of affairs vis-a-vis Air India when Government of India is all set for transfer of management control and sale of 100% shares of Air India along with Air India’s 100% stake in its subsidiary, Air India Express Limited and 50% stake in joint venture, AISATS.

Just like British Airways, United Airlines of the US has also temporarily suspended its flights (February 1 though February 8) between its US hubs and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

AirAsia also has extended suspension of flights to Wuhan until February 29

There are also other international carriers that have cancelled flights connecting Hongkong and mainland China.

Among private Indian Carriers, Indigo has suspended its flight to Chengdu but continues to operate the Kolkata-Guangzhou flight.

Instead of appreciating the emergency and taking a cue from airlines that have suspended all flights to China taking into account the Coronoavirus threat, the decision to continue Air India flights to China, barring suspension of flights to Shanghai, amounts to endangering crew and importing Coronavirus.

Railway infrastructure at Bhopal should blend with the beauty of the city: Ashwani Lohani

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Bhopal: The Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal, which has a cacophony of arches crudely adorning its facade, will get a facelift to match the beauty of the capital of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh by the end of this year.

After a meeting with Railway officials Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has announced that the railway stations at Bhopal and Habibgunj would stand totally improved by December 2018. After all the infrastructure at Bhopal, a city that he is emotionally attached with, should blend with the beauty of the city, the capital of the heart of incredible india, Lohani has emphasised.

Reflecting on his recent visits to the Northeast Frontier Railway zone (NFR) and West Central Railway (WCR), Lohani today posted on social media that these were indeed eye openers. While NFR was abuzz with the tremendous leadership skills of the General Manager and the good works done by him, WCR also displayed enthusiasm towards improving infrastructure, Lohani has observed.

Lohani has also announced that the Divisional Hospital at Bhool would be lifted out of its ‘dilapidated state’ by March 2019.

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani appointed Chairman Railway Board

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New Delhi: Ashwani Lohani, who heads national carrier Air India, will take over as the new Chairman of the Railway Board.


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Rajiv Bansal, IAS, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India to be the next Air India CMD.

Following the resignation of Railway Board chief AK Mittal in the wake of recent train accidents, Ashwani Lohani, who heads Air India, has been appointed the new Railway Board chairman.


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Mittal quit yesterday after he was reportedly asked to proceed on leave following the derailment of Utkal Express about 100 kms from Delhi.


Air India Chief Ashwani Lohani empanelled for appointment as Secretary at the Centre

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Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani
Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani

New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the empanelment of Chairman and Managing Director Air India Ashwani Lohani, who belongs to the 1980 batch of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME), along with seven others for appointment to Secretary or Secretary equivalent level posts at the Centre.

Besides Lohani and Ajeya Kallam IAS-AP-1983, other empanelled for appointment to secretary or equivalent level posts at the Centre are Prasenjit Mukherjee IA&AS: 1980, Ananya Ray IRS(C&CE): 1980, Deepak Shetty IRS(C&CE): 1980, A.K.Goyal IFoS: KL 1981, Rakesh Jain IA&AS: 1981 and Hindupur Pradeep Rao IA&AS: 1981