Breaking the glass ceiling of Indian aviation, a girl has emerged as the CEO of a scheduled passenger Indian service for the first time with the authorities appointing Harpreet A De Singh for the position of Air India’s regional subsidiary Alliance Air.
Harpreet Singh is presently AI’s government director (flight safety). Captain Nivedita Bhasin, certainly considered one among AI’s most senior commanders presently flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner, could be the brand new ED (flight safety) in place of Singh.
AI chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal issued an order on Friday announcing Singh “will hold the charge of Alliance Air CEO post until further orders.” Captain Nivedita Bhasin has additionally been requested to head numerous different departments given her experience.
Alliance Air isn’t being sold off with the Air India-AI Express-AISATS integrated and could stay a PSU for now. AI’s old Boeing 747s could be transferred to Alliance Air, which presently has a fleet of turboprops if the Maharaja receives a client and is privatized.
Harpreet Singh changed into the first woman pilot to be selected through erstwhile Air India in 1988. However, she couldn’t fly because of fitness reasons and has been very energetic in the area of flight safety. Singh has headed the Indian Women Pilot Association in which Bhasin and different senior ladies commanders like Captain Kshamta Bajpai are seen as role models through budding pilots.
Air India has the very best ratio of girl pilots amongst Indian carriers. Indian airways noticed greater ladies applying for pilot jobs in special phases: mid-Eighties after which from 2005 when personal low price airlines began taking wings.
Erstwhile Indian Airlines was the first right here to hire women pilots in the early Eighties. Captain Saudamani Deshmukh was among the first girl commanders (of a Fokker Friendship) in India. While the worldwide average of girl pilots has been 2-3%, India has been at over 10%.