India Insight

Fare wars over India: You win, airlines lose

February 19, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Reuters)

Indians like it cheap — be it a car, a phone call or airfare. If that plane ticket is about 25 percent cheaper than a train ticket, you can imagine the rush to buy.

To pity or not to pity Vijay Mallya

August 10, 2012

Picture this – You run an airline that never made a profit, you need to pay off $1.4 billion debt from who-knows-where and airports, taxmen and oil companies are pursuing you to get their money back.

Selling stake in alcohol business – Mallya’s last roll of dice?

March 29, 2012

It’s always spectacular when things go horribly wrong for the rich and famous.

We are flying, without salary: Kingfisher pilots to passengers

December 8, 2011

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Passengers onboard Kingfisher Airlines flights are being treated to more than run-of-the-mill announcements for the past couple of days. Pilots employed by the beleaguered airline have devised a unique form of protest.

Kingfisher situation an example of India’s free market/welfare state identity crisis

November 14, 2011

Bailout. A term which till recently was alien to India.

It was something the West did, to save their big financial institutions which had grown too big too fast and had squandered their cash positions while betting on complex instruments that even they did not fully understand.