ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Should the Air India Maharaja Be Awarded His Privy Purse?

There has been little informed debate on the future of the National Aviation Company of India, better known as Air India, which is currently fighting for its future. Easy and dismissive suggestions like privatisation or closure have been advocated with little understanding of the facts on the ground. This article attempts to measure the changes in productivity at the troubled airline and compares its performance with that of the private airlines. There is no question that Air India has been doing poorly, but with a new fleet and rationalisation of costs, it is possible to be optimistic about the future of the airline. India needs a thriving Air India to provide competition to airlines that are growing by mergers and consolidation.

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