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Union Government names Rajiv Bansal as CMD of Air India

The decision came a day after the previous Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani was appointed as the Chairman of the Railway Board.

Aug 24, 2017 15:25 IST
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The Union Government on 23 August 2017 named Rajiv Bansal, additional secretary and financial advisor in the Petroleum Ministry, as interim CMD of Air India Ltd.

The decision came a day after the previous Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani was appointed as the Chairman of the Railway Board.

Who is Rajiv Bansal?

Bansal is a 1988 batch IAS officer.

He has done an earlier stint in the aviation ministry as a Director.

He has also served in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, where he looked after digital payments, IT Act, Aadhaar and internet governance.

During his career spanning close to 30 years, he also served as Secretary of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), and Joint Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industries.

He is a civil engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

He also holds a diploma in finance from ICFAI, Hyderabad and an executive masters in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

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About Air India

Air India is the flag carrier airline of India.

The airline was founded by J. R. D. Tata as Tata Airlines in 1932.

It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise.

It operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 90 domestic and international destinations.

It is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.6 per cent market share.

Air India's mascot is the Maharajah and the logo consists of a flying swan with the wheel of Konark inside it.

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