Unmanaged growth and hyper-competition doesn't always make for the safest experience when you need to take the time to properly train the talent behind the controls.
Air India's entry into the Star Alliance is a watershed, but the ongoing FAA downgrading of India's air safety rating looms as a cloud over the event.
Unless there is something else going on, it sounds like the India court is teaching Air India a well-deserved lesson in corporate responsibility and employee rights.
Air India would benefit from entering the Star Alliance but its persistent financial troubles are not a real confidence booster.
Is the Star Alliance's future just about continuing with the cumbersome process of adding new airline members here or there, or does it have to formulate new strategies to confront the growth of Emirates and Etihad, for example, which aren't as enamored with traditional tie-ups?
Now that Air India's merger with Indian Airlines is complete, Air India is in a position to enter the Star Alliance, a long-sought goal.
One would assume that any settlement by Boeing would involve discounts on aircraft already in the pipeline for Air India rather than cash payouts.
A successful restructuring plan executed in April 2012 sparked the recent turnaround after a number of factors, including a spike in gas prices and the responsibility to run unprofitable routes as a national carrier, mired the carrier in debt for years.
The Dreamliner is turning to be an all-around hassle for airlines that first dealt with manufacturing problems and now lack adequately trained pilots to keep the jets on schedule.