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Air India To Relaunch Its Premium Business Maharaja Class On 22 June

The premium services are to be restarted formally on that day itself, says Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha

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Though the sell-off of debt-ridden national carrier Air India has bounced, yet Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the premium business Maharaja class is slated to be launched from June 22. He said exclusively to the author that the premium services are to be restarted formally on that day only.

He said that the services will be provided in all long-haul international flights. The move comes to upgrade the image of national carrier particularly in the aftermath of the AI disinvestment fiasco wherein no bid was received.

"We are trying to re-establish company's brand image in the international market by restoring the premium first class," said Jayant Sinha.

Currently, the national carrier has eight Maharaja class lounges. The lounge facility includes Wi-Fi, Drinks, TV, snacks/meals etc.

The minister added that in order to be other international airlines, the extra tariff for the premium Maharaja class will be limited and would only be marginally higher than the competitors.

Also, he affirmed to upgrade services and facilities of economy class.

The ministerial panel of Air India disinvestment, which was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, discussed the further steps of stake sale.

He said that there were several odd issues, which led to the fiasco of the failure to attract bidders including adverse market conditions, rising crude oil prices and wrong timing. "The government is trying to resolve all the issues."

The government is working on a plan B to fetch the more suitable bidders.

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Sanjay Thapa Jeet

The author is an independent journalist

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