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AIR INDIA IN CRISIS

Air India stopped operating to Canada, Australia and South Africa, and made significant cuts in Europe service, apparently in a desperate bid to stop the flow of red ink at the airline. 'We no longer have a European product,' one director told ATW in Bombay.

The official reason advanced for cutbacks in services is the government's insistence that the airline operate 142 charters to Saudi Arabia for hajj pilgrims. The scale of the cuts, however, tells a different story.

Air India canceled three weekly 747 services to Toronto, two A310 services to Perth and two A310s to Johannesburg,. In addition, it dropped all six weekly 747 terminator services to Frankfurt, thus effectively making Frankfurt a transit stop on the twice-weekly Chicago service. …

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