New Delhi: Air India has struck a deal with oil companies to buy aviation turbine fuel (ATF) at a discount of about seven per cent. This would help the airline save Rs 480 crore on fuel consumption annually.
According to a senior civil aviation ministry official, the discount offered by the oil companies is about Rs 5,000 a kilolitre. The discount offered to Jet Airways is about Rs 3,000 a kilolitre. The official added only German airline Lufthansa was offered a hefty discount.
Discounts by oil companies depend on factors such as customer loyalty and timing of payments. In the last five months, Air India has paid its dues to oil companies on time. It is expected the carrier would pay about Rs 4,000 crore of previous dues to oil companies in April.
“The oil companies were not offering us any discounts, as Air India was not paying its dues to them. Now, oil companies have re-negotiated ATF prices with Air India, as the airline’s performance has improved and we are committed to paying all arrears to oil companies by April,” the official said. Air India would clear all dues to airport operators, oil companies and pay performance-linked incentives to its employees by April, he added.
19/01/13 Disha Kanwar/Business Standard