Rajiv Bansal

Chairman and Managing Director,Air India

Senior IAS officer Rajiv Bansal took charge in August as chairman and managing director of Air India, saying that he is committed to working on the airline's profitability with a "missionary zeal".

The state-owned airline, which has a debt burden of more than Rs50,000 crore, has been in the red for long but managed to eke out operational profit for the first time in a decade in 2015-16.

“We will plan to work on profitability with a missionary zeal, improve our on time performance and ensure customer satisfaction,” said Bansal.

On taking charge, he exhorted employees to rededicate themselves to turnaround India's national flag carrier promising to expand its network and fleet.

The government has decided to privatize Air India & so far 3 groups have indicated interest–IndiGo, Bird Group & Celebi.

He has served as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He has also served in the Ministry of Electronics and

Information Technology (MeitY) where he was looking after Digital Payments, IT Act, Aadhaar and Internet Governance.During his career spanning almost 30 years, Bansal has worked in different capacities, including on the Board of NACIL, Alliance Air and GITA.