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Air India is finally making profits after a whole decade! Despite being India’s third largest airlines and the flag carrier, the airlines was running losses till 2015. For several years, the airlines has been losing out on the huge market of India with more people traveling to and from India. Especially with the growing number of people going on vacations, the airlines hadn’t cashed in on the various opportunities that airlines like Spicejet or IndiGo did. However, in the last one year, 2015-2016, there have been several changes in Air India. From the food served on board to the crew uniforms. The airlines has successfully been trying to get back into the game. Also Read - Amid #VirushkaDivorce Trend, Anushka Sharma Shares a Sun-Kissed Picture, Virat Kohli is All Hearts | SEE POST
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On May 3, Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju addressed the Rajya Sabha. He firmly disagreed on how Air India has been known to be the leader in emergency landings due to poor maintenance and emphasised on how 102 of the 120 emergency landings have been a result of medical emergencies. In fact, only 23 of these 120 emergency landings, are attributed to Air India. The government has been working on strengthening the position of the airlines by revamping facilities that connect with people. From running losses of over Rs 26.36 billion in 2014-2015, it has at least been able to achieve operational profits of Rs 80 million. Also Read - AIIMS PG Entrance Exams 2020: Admit Cards Issued, Download From aiimsexams.org
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The minister also spoke about how within the next couple of years, Air India will have a larger fleet. In fact, by the end of 2020, there will be an addition of 100 aircraft to Air India’s fleet. Not only this, but AG Raju also mentioned plans of making Cochin, Delhi and Hyderabad airports run exclusively on solar power in the next few year.