Tata Sons, which took over Air India this January, had announced the appointment of Campbell Wilson who, at that time, was the CEO of Singapore Airlines (SIA) budget arm Scoot.
With India's Union home ministry giving him the required security clearance, finally SIA Group veteran Wilson will formally take over as Air India’s MD & CEO.
After bidding adieu to Scoot on June 15, Wilson came to the Delhi HQ of AI on June 20 and since then he has been visiting the airline’s facilities across India. However, he could not assume charge as the airline’s MD & CEO before getting the mandatory security clearance, which has now finally been given. This nod is a must for senior level airline personnel, whether Indian or foreign.
AI finally now has an airline background person, in fact an industry veteran, heading it. The Maharaja’s turnaround is widely seen as contemporary aviation’s biggest challenge.