Next MD & CEO: Campbell Wilson in the Air India office; join once ‘all the formalities have been completed’



NEW DELHI: Air India will finally be led by a proven aviation veteran. Campbell Wilsona veteran of Tata’s trusted airline partner Singapore Airlines and Air India MD and CEO-designate, reached Air India’s headquarters in Delhi on Monday – just days after his last day at SIA’s budget arm, Scoot in as CEO on June 15 – and explained his vision for the Maharaja.
Wilson, 50, will join once all formalities have been completed, he said in a message to employees.
“This (Monday) morning, I was proud to walk through the doors of the Air India office in New Delhi for the first time. Being part of this iconic airline, at this historic moment in its journey, is a rare and exciting privilege. I look forward to joining once all formalities are completed,” Campbell said in his post.
“AI has always had a very special place in the hearts of travelers – including mine, ever since I first flew an AI 747 in 1995.…We should rightly celebrate this heritage…but we We also need to look straight into the future. I am convinced that AI’s best years are yet to come.”
“…in any organization there are areas that can be improved. And you would have heard our Chairman (N Chandrasekaran) espousing the ambition to make AI a world-class airline with the highest standards of safety and reliability, delivering Indian warmth and hospitality to customers of all nations. I fully subscribe to this ambition. It’s audacious but eminently achievable,” he adds.
“It will take a lot to reach the heights we aspire to, and the goal will not be achieved overnight. The journey will take efforts big and small… For my part, I will start by devoting much of the next few weeks to meeting as many of you as I can… look forward to working alongside you over the months and years to create an Air India that all India is proud of,” he adds.
India’s second-largest carrier expat will join in the next four months when India’s largest airline (by passenger carrying) IndiGo has KLM Royal Dutch Airlines chairman and CEO Pieter Elbers, 52, as its CEO. here on October 1st.
A clear sign that India’s largest national airline will now spread its wings in the international skies. And also as it prepares for the first real competition in contemporary times from one or more large-scale airlines – Tata’s AI, AI Express, Vistara and AirAsia India.


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