British Airlines and Air India

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India and the UK have a great deal in common. Right from our Parliamentary system of democracy to our judicial system, our bureaucracy to now, the common travails of our flag carriers, British Airways (BA) and Air India (AI). BA, according to its chief executive, Willie Walsh, is in a ‘fight for survival’ much like our own AI. As with the latter, BA has a bloated workforce, awful finances, a huge debt, all problems that characterize AI as well. And, in an uncanny parallel, AI’s latest offer of unpaid leave to its staff mirrors a similar offer made earlier by BA. But there the comparison ends. BA is no longer state-owned, having been privatised back in 1987. AI, in contrast, is 100% state-owned. And that says it all British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and its biggest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. When measured by passengers carried it is second-largest, behind easy Jet. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. A British Airways Board was established by the United Kingdom government in 1972 to manage the two nationalized airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, and two smaller, regional airlines, Cambrian Airways, from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines, from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were combined to form British Airways. After almost 13 years as a state company, British
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