Maintenance of AI, IA second to none: Patel

Asserting that the maintenance of national carriers Air India and Indian airlines was among the best in the world, Government today said airworthiness of aircraft is properly checked before deploying them for commercial use.

“The maintenance of standard of Air India and Indian Airlines is second to none anywhere in the world,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.
He assured that the old age of aircraft had nothing to do with their airworthiness and said during 2007 the Air India would get more new aircraft for which an order had already been placed.

Patel said it was not true that private airlines were always preferred ahead of Indian airlines by travellers including members of Parliament.

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