Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Proposed Air India museum awaits ministry funding

Mumbai: Cash-strapped Air India has approached the ministry of culture to fund its museum project which ran into trouble three months ago after the government announced plans to privatize the airline.
If the project hadn't run into hurdles, the Air India Museum of Arts and Crafts in Air India building at Nariman Point would have opened its doors to the public on August 15. The stand-out pieces would have been the ashtray designed by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, which the airline commissioned in the 1950s for its premium passengers.
"We have applied for funds from the ministry of culture. We hope to open the museum by February next year," said Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani.
Two years ago, the national carrier had announced a unique museum project under which hundreds of paintings and artefacts it collected over the past six decades from across the world would have been put on display for public viewing. Following the announcement, the airline began the extensive work of collecting, cataloguing and restoring artefacts from Air India offices in India and across the world.
23/08/17 Times of India