New Delhi: The aircraft of Air India have been painted with the logo of Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary later this year. The logo is painted on the left side of the fuselage and the rest of its fleet of 163 aircraft would also sport his image in due course.

“The plan is to have all 163 aircraft belonging to Air India, Alliance Air, and Air India Express to be embossed with the logo within the next 3-months. It takes about 5-hours to get the logo embossed on an aircraft. After that it is thrust back into service,” the official said.” a senior Air India official told IANS.

Currently, Air India has 125 aircraft under its main brand which will be embossed with the logo. Besides, the Air India Group has 23 aircraft with its subsidiary Air India Express and 15 planes with Alliance Air.

Recently, CBI had booked former Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav and some former senior officials in a corruption case.

The officials have been charged under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the alleged violation of norms while appointing general manager rank officers.

In November 2018, Arvind Kathpalia was sacked as director of operations of Air India as he did not clear the pre-flight alcohol test, with the government citing “serious nature of the transgression and (his) failure to course correct”. Former Air India pilot Kathpalia was accused of violating aircraft rules and the criminal case against him was not properly investigated, said the Delhi High Court on January 22. The FIR against Kathpalia alleged that a pending case against him was given vigilance clearance.