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NEW DELHI: Air India will finally be run by an aviation veteran with a proven track record. Campbell Wilson, a veteran from Tata’s trusted airline partner Singapore Airlines and Air India MD & CEO-designate, reached Air India HQ in Delhi on Monday — just days after his last day at SIA budget arm Scoot as CEO on June 15 — and spelt out his vision for the Maharaja.
Wilson, 50, will join once all formalities are completed, he said in a message to employees.
“This (Monday) morning I was proud to walk through the doors of Air India’s New Delhi office for the first time. To be a part of this iconic airline, at this historic time in its journey, is a rare and exciting privilege. I am looking forward to joining after all formalities have been completed,” Campbell said in his message.
“AI has always had a very special place in the hearts of travellers – including mine, ever since I flew an AI 747 for the first time way back in 1995.… We should rightly celebrate this legacy… but must also have our gaze focussed squarely on the future. I am convinced that AI’s best years are yet to come.”
“…in any organisation, there are areas that can be improved upon. And you would have heard our Chairman (N Chandrasekaran) espouse the ambition of making AI a world class airline with the highest standards of safety and dependability, delivering Indian warmth and hospitality to customers from all nations. I fully subscribe to this ambition. It is bold but eminently achievable,” it adds.
“Much will be required to reach the heights to which we aspire, and the goal will not be attained overnight. The journey will require efforts big and small… For my part, I will start by devoting much of the next few weeks to meeting with as many of you as I can… look forward to working alongside you over the months and years ahead to create an Air India of which all India is proud of,” it adds.
The second big expat in Indian carriers will join in the next four months when India’s biggest airline (by passenger carriage) IndiGo will have KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers, 52, as CEO by October 1.
A clear sign that India’s biggest domestic airline will now expand its wings in the international skies. And also as it gears up for first real competition in contemporary times from an airline/s of scale — the Tata’s AI, AI Express, Vistara and AirAsia India.