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Air India taps former Turkish Airlines chief as new CEO

Ayci faces challenge of charting new course for struggling carrier

Tata Group bought Air India for 180 billion rupees ($2.4 billion).   © Reuters

BENGALURU -- The Tata Group has appointed IIker Ayci, former chairman of Turkish Airlines, as the chief executive officer and managing director of Air India, the debt-laden national carrier that it took over from the government last month.

Ayci, slated to take charge on April 1, will face the stark challenge of turning around an airline that has been kept afloat by taxpayer money. 

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