Air India takes off on long haul to revival

NEW DELHI: Air India flights started operating under the Tata banner from Friday after nearly seven decades. Getting the most suitable buyer means the debt-laden airline has avoided a shutdown like Kingfisher or Jet Airways. But what does it mean for passengers?
This TOI reporter took the Friday morning Delhi-Mumbai flight to find out and ended up realising why most great romantic movies usually end with the lovelorn couple tying the knot after much trouble: because reality dawns subsequently and success lies in making the tie-up work.
In Air India’s case, too, the euphoria — relief, rather — of the Tatas taking over the airline gave way to a reality check while preparing to travel on AI 665 late Thursday night. The ticket purchased via a leading travel portal did not mention the Delhi airport terminal.
A struggle to survive in the past few years meant AI had no funds for the…

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