Published on : Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Indian airlines is happy to welcome Harpreet A De Singh the first ever woman CEO at the top position. For the first time ever, a woman has been appointed as the CEO of an Indian carrier, with the government appointing Harpreet A De Singh as the CEO of Air India’s (AI) regional subsidiary Alliance Air. According to the report published in Times of India, AI CMD Rajiv Bansal issued gave an order on Friday, saying Singh would be in the charge of Alliance Air CEO post until further orders given.
At present however, Singh is AI’s executive director (flight safety). In place of her, the new ED of AI will now be Captain Nivedita Bhasin, one of the airline’s most senior commanders currently flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner, said the report. Captain Nivedita Bhasin has also been asked to head several other departments, given her experience.
The new CEO Harpreet A De Singh
Harpreet Singh was the first woman pilot to be selected by Air India in 1988. Unfortunately she could not fly due to health reasons, however she was very active in the area of flight safety. The Indian Women Pilot Association is headed by Singh. The association has Bhasin and other senior women commanders like Captain Kshamta Bajpai as well who are seen as role models by budding pilots.
According to a report in Times of India, Alliance Air will remain a PSU for now as it is not being sold off with the Air India-AI Express-AISATS combine. AI’s old Boeing 747s will be transferred to Alliance Air, which currently has a fleet of turboprops, only if the Maharaja gets a buyer and is privatised.