Tata Sons has named Campbell Wilson to lead Air India as the group launches its restructuring of the beleaguered flag carrier.
Wilson will join Air India from Singapore Airlines’ budget subsidiary Scoot, which he has led since 2020. He has worked in various roles at Singapore Airlines, a carrier known for high levels of passenger service and quality, since 1996. Wilson’s appointment as CEO of Air India is subject to approval by the airline’s board and regulators.
“Air India is at the cusp of an exciting journey to become one of the best airlines in the world, offering world-class products and services with a distinct customer experience that reflects Indian warmth and hospitality,” Wilson said in a statement. “I am excited to join Air India and Tata colleagues in the mission of realizing that ambition.”
Wilson has his work cut out for him. The Tatas acquired Air India from the Indian government in January after decades of state ownership. The airline has many lucrative assets, including international air route rights to many countries, but has been a perennial loss maker known for poor service under state leadership.