New Delhi: Air India’s first woman pilot Harpreet Singh has been appointed as the CEO of the state-run airline’s subsidiary Alliance Air, becoming the first-ever woman to head an Indian carrier.Also Read - After 68 Years, Air India Likely To Be Handed Over To Tata Group Tomorrow
Singh, who is currently Air India’s executive director (flight safety), was appointed as the first woman commercial pilot of India in 1988. However, due to health reasons, she had to leave her flying job. Since then, she has been active in other areas of aviation including flight safety. Also Read - Ahead of Handover to Tata Group, Air India Pilots Seek Clearance of Dues, Corrections to Deductions in Arrears
Her post will now be replaced by Captain Nivedita Bhasin, one of AI’s most senior commanders. Captain Bhasin currently flies Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a Times of India report stated. She will also be handling several other departments of the carrier. Also Read - Air India Divestment Likely To Be Concluded By January 27
Captain Bhasin is also the chief of Indian Women Pilot Association, which has several other senior women commanders like Captain Kshamta Bajpai who are seen as a role model by budding pilots.
Unlike the rest of the Air India fleet, Alliance Air is not being sold off with the Air India-AI Express-AISATS combine and will remain a PSU. At the same time, Air India’s old Boeing 747s will also be transferred to Alliance Air, which currently has a fleet of turboprops, if the Maharaja gets a buyer and is privatised, the TOI report stated.