ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Splintered Opposition

WHILE Air India is poised securely on the Jumbo threshold (its first two Boeings 747 are scheduled for delivery in early 1971) with the highest operating profits in its history, most of the publicity that Indian Airlines has received in the last few months has been confined to the new aircraft that should replace Caravelles. True, IA will need bigger aircraft within the next three or four years to service the Golden Triangle and this need will not be fulfilled beyond a transitional period by retired Boeings from Air India's India-London- New York route. It is not, however, the latest aircraft alone that make an airline efficient. Saddled with an accumulated loss of Rs 4 crores, the first question in respect of IA is whether its organisation is being geared to efficient management, rapid growth and stable industrial relations.

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