New Delhi: People flying Air India on Friday will hear a special announcement by pilots during departure, a day after Tata Group's takeover of the airline, according to an official order.
In an order, the operations department has told the airline's pilots to make a specific announcement after door closure on every flight departing on Friday.
Pilots will make this welcome announcement: "Dear Guests, This is your Captain (Name) speaking...welcome aboard this historic flight, which marks a special event. Today, Air India officially becomes a part of the Tata group again, after seven decades," the pilots would say, welcoming flyers and informing them about the airline's ownership change, CNBCTV18 reported.
"We look forward to serving you on this and every Air India flight with renewed commitment and passion. Welcome to the future of Air India! We hope you enjoy the journey. Thank you," passengers would be told.
The Indian government handed over Air India to the Tata Group on Thursday afternoon, after approximately 69 years when it was taken from the conglomerate.
"We are excited to have Air India back in the Tata group, and are committed to making this a world-class airline. I warmly welcome all the employees of Air India, Air India Express and AISATS to our Group, and look forward to working together," Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran said in a statement soon after the airline was transferred to the group.
After a competitive bidding process, the government had on October 8 last year sold Air India to Talace Private Limited -- a subsidiary of the Tata Group's holding company -- for ₹ 18,000 crore.