New Air India chairman appointed

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The government on Thursday informed that it has appointed Ashwani Lohani of the “Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers” (IRSME) as the new managing director and chairman of Air India.

The decision was taken by the “Appointments Committee of the Cabinet” (ACC) which approved the appointment during its meeting held here under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The appointment of Mr. Lohani has been confirmed. Relevant departments and Air India have been informed,” senior Civil Aviation ministry official told IANS here.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in a statement that ACC has approved the appointment of Lohani, a 1980-batch officer of the IRSME for a tenure of three years.

Currently, Lohani is on a deputation with the government of Madhya Pradesh. Lohani has been appointed at a crucial time — when the national passenger carrier is in the middle of its turnaround and financial restructuring plans (TRP).

Lohani takes over from the incumbent Rohit Nandan, who has been credited with having stabilised the national passenger carrier’s operations, streamlining human resources (HR) issues and meeting the initial financial norms laid down in Air India’s TRP.

Air India’s entry into the global airline’s pact Star Alliance has also been accredited to Nandan.

Nandan’s extension as Air India’s chairman and managing director ends on August 21.

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