Monday, January 01, 2007

Merging fly paths

New Delhi: With the Committee of Secretaries, appointed by the Group of Ministers (GoM), giving its nod to the setting up of a new company and merging the national carriers—Air Indian and India—with it, 2007 will herald in a single unified carrier under a new brand name and a new identity to take on the world.
The Committee of Secretaries is already learnt to have accorded approval to the basic concept of the merger, zeroing in on one of the five routes suggested by Accenture, the private consultant.
Under the arrangement, the new company will have six business unit—the airline; maintenance, repair and overhaul facility; cargo; ground handling; low cost carrier and hospitality & catering. Now, the two issues which are yet to be finalised are the location of the new entity's headquarters and its brand name. The specifics of employee synergy and other human resource issues are also to be thrashed out.
01/01/07 Raghvendra Rao/Indian Express