Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Accenture speeds up A-I, IA merger

New Delhi: Even though an empowered group of ministers is yet to take a final call on the proposed merger of Air-India and Indian Airlines, global consultant Accenture has already begun working on the second stage of the two carriers’ integration. This is according to highly placed government sources.
After providing four different options for the merger, Accenture, which was appointed for this purpose, has started to move on the amalgamation of the senior management of the two state-owned carriers.
Civil aviation minister Praful Patel is keen on the government approving the merger before the end of the current fiscal. Patel wants human resources issues to be resolved as early as possible as they are being touted as the biggest hurdle on way to merging the two entities.
Air-India has 15,416 employees and Indian Airlines has over 18,300. The merged entity will be headed by a group CMD and have a board of directors. One-third of the board will be independent members who will be neither from Air-India nor Indian Airlines. The board will oversee six different business units for commercial passenger operations, MRO, cargo, ground-handling and in-flight services.
23/01/07 Atreyee Dev Roy/Financial Express
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