'Preferred airline': BCCI trials AI for vacant Jet slot

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NEW DELHI: With Jet Airways under insolvency, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to give Air India another try as the BCCI's ‘preferred airline’. 

While a similar agreement the Indian cricket board signed four years ago (September 2015) was for one year, the current arrangement with the national carrier is specifically for the ongoing series against South Africa. 

If things go well and the board is happy with the services, it could be an annual deal between the two parties, IANS reports.

Speaking to the newswire, sources in the Air India management confirmed the development and said that the as of now, arrangements are on for the South Africa series. "We have joined hands with the BCCI and the Indian team travelled by Air India to Dharamsala and will be using the services through the series. Post that, we will sit and assess how to move forward," the source said.

A BCCI functionary said that with Jet out of the market, the board looked at working with Air India and if things go well, the one-series agreement has the potential to turn into an annual contract.

"We are doing the current South Africa series with Air India since Jet is no longer flying. We had a contract with them (Jet) when it came to the team travelling in India. But we had to look at options at the start of this home season and we decided to give this a go and if all goes well, we move to a longer contract, say an annual one," the functionary explained.

Coming back to BCCI's earlier agreement with Air India, it entailed the Indian cricket team taking Air India Ltd flights for official travel.

Air India also flew Indian cricketers of both national and other state cricket teams on domestic and international networks across the globe. Under the agreement, Air India offered ‘special fares’ and ‘free baggage allowance’ to the Indian cricket team travelling with their kits.

The agreement also encapsulated the travel of umpires, match referee and national selectors on official duty, TV crew, BCCI officials for various committee meetings, annual general meetings, besides other official travel.

The agreement also leveraged Air India’s membership of the Star Alliance, the global group of airlines with the highest number of member airlines operating to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries, and its code share with major carriers across the globe. It also catered to the needs of BCCI members who require seamless connectivity to major cities across the globe, quick transfers, convenient check-in procedures, wide-body comforts and global best practices in terms of processes, systems and procedures, Air India had said in a statement when the agreement was announced.

NEW DELHI: With Jet Airways under insolvency, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to give Air India another try as the BCCI's ‘preferred airline’. 

While a similar agreement the Indian cricket board signed four years ago (September 2015) was for one year, the current arrangement with the national carrier is specifically for the ongoing series against South Africa. 

If things go well and the board is happy with the services, it could be an annual deal between the two parties, IANS reports.

Speaking to the newswire, sources in the Air India management confirmed the development and said that the as of now, arrangements are on for the South Africa series. "We have joined hands with the BCCI and the Indian team travelled by Air India to Dharamsala and will be using the services through the series. Post that, we will sit and assess how to move forward," the source said.

A BCCI functionary said that with Jet out of the market, the board looked at working with Air India and if things go well, the one-series agreement has the potential to turn into an annual contract.

"We are doing the current South Africa series with Air India since Jet is no longer flying. We had a contract with them (Jet) when it came to the team travelling in India. But we had to look at options at the start of this home season and we decided to give this a go and if all goes well, we move to a longer contract, say an annual one," the functionary explained.

Coming back to BCCI's earlier agreement with Air India, it entailed the Indian cricket team taking Air India Ltd flights for official travel.

Air India also flew Indian cricketers of both national and other state cricket teams on domestic and international networks across the globe. Under the agreement, Air India offered ‘special fares’ and ‘free baggage allowance’ to the Indian cricket team travelling with their kits.

The agreement also encapsulated the travel of umpires, match referee and national selectors on official duty, TV crew, BCCI officials for various committee meetings, annual general meetings, besides other official travel.

Additionally, the agreement leveraged Air India’s membership of the Star Alliance, the global group of airlines with the highest number of member airlines operating to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries, and its code share with major carriers across the globe. It also catered to the needs of BCCI members who required seamless connectivity to major cities across the globe, quick transfers, convenient check-in procedures, wide-body comforts and global best practices in terms of processes, systems and procedures.