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Air India feeling the squeeze


Falling demand, weak load factors and a bloated cost structure are just some of the challenges facing Air India. An operational alliance between rivals Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines (plus the latter’s moves to press on with its international expansion) will put further pressure on the state-owned carrier, whose international network is struggling under weak traffic and falling yields. [949 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Voluntary leave plan scrapped for now
  • Integration with Indian Airlines drags on
  • Fleet upgrades continue
  • New domestic shuttle and Dubai links
  • Outlook: Difficult months ahead for Air India

Graphs and data:

  • Air India domestic passenger numbers ('000) and passenger numbers growth (% change year-on-year): Jan-07 to Sep-08
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