Indian government said that Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel met with employee groups from Air India and Indian Airlines yesterday to "explain in detail the benefits that would accrue to the airlines post-merger and the collective wisdom behind the entire process." Patel said the merger between the two state-owned carriers would "involve no retrenchment, no cuts or losses in pay scale, perks or allowances" and that "service conditions would further improve." He said the new airline ...

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