Thursday, August 24, 2017

Affable Ashwani Lohani alights from disinvestment-bound Air India

An ailing airline turned operationally profitable, launched new services and strove to boost sagging employee morale under the watch of Ashwani Lohani, whose departure as Air India CMD was described by an official as "bad news" for the national carrier.

Lohani is also likely to be the last full time Chairman and Managing Director of Air India under the complete ownership of government since the modalities of disinvestment of the carrier are being worked out.

Affable as well as stern, Lohani sent out strong messages to the employees even as he made efforts to motivate them.

Affable as well as stern, Lohani sent out strong messages to the employees even as he made efforts to motivate them.

"He (Lohani) was one of the best chairmen of the airline. His positive attitude is something that rubbed off on all of us. He lifted the sagging morale of the employees," the official who has been closely associated with Lohani said.

"He (Lohani) was one of the best chairmen of the airline. His positive attitude is something that rubbed off on all of us. He lifted the sagging morale of the employees," the official who has been closely associated with Lohani said.

Under his tenure, which was to be two-years old on August 31, the airline not only turned operationally profitable but also launched new services on domestic as well as international routes, including Madrid and Vienna.

Privately as well as publicly, Lohani has been of the view that debt was the main drag at the airline.

Since taking over as the chief of beleaguered Air India in August 2015, Lohani steered the airline into operational profitability for the first time since 2007 when the Indian Airlines merger happened.

Since taking over as the chief of beleaguered Air India in August 2015, Lohani steered the airline into operational profitability for the first time since 2007 when the Indian Airlines merger happened.

Many a time, he took to Facebook and his personal blog to express his thoughts.

The official cited earlier also said Lohani is possibly the only chairman who has shaken hands with almost every employee irrespective of their position, including loaders.
23/08/17 PTI/moneycontrol.com

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