Anand Kalyanaraman

Staff Writer • India Edition

A certified Chartered Accountant, Anand chose to pack the power of numbers with words when he left a career of seven years in accounting, putting together MIS reports, and investment research to enter journalism. Before joining The Ken, Anand was Deputy Editor at The Hindu BusinessLine, a newspaper he worked at for 11 years.

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Air India, Akasa, and the emerging new order in Indian aviation

The Tata Group cannot transfer the Air India brand/logos for 5 years. After 5 years, the brand/logos can be transferred, but only to an Indian person/entity. So, the Air India brand will likely remain. It's a brand with good recall and emotional connect as the national carrier. An image makeover with improvement in operating and service standards should help the Air India brand do well, I think. Vistara has also established a good brand connect over the past few years. Will be interesting to see how the Tatas align the two.

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Air India, Akasa, and the emerging new order in Indian aviation

Thanks Joy. Yes, aligning the different aircraft types will also be a challenge for Tata Sons. Together, Vistara, Air India and AirAsia India have a wide range of both wide-bodied and narrow-bodied aircraft. True, Akasa may not be able to fly international routes initially. But a rule change in 2016 from 5/20 to 0/20 should help the airline. Now, if an airline has 20 aircraft, it can start international operations. There is no need for wait for 5 years, like earlier. By the time international air travel revives fully (2 to 3 years is what many experts estimate), Akasa may be able to build its fleet size to 20. Weak international travel currently means that existing players are not really able to cash in on this avenue.

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Air India, Akasa, and the emerging new order in Indian aviation

Yes, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), in partnership with Airbus, will manufacture the C-295 defence aircraft in India. Whether the Tatas will make civilian aircraft in India needs to be seen. Globally, the civilian aircraft market is dominated by Boeing and Airbus with other players such as Bombardier also in the ring. China is building its own civilian aircraft Comac. India too has plans; how this plays out needs to be seen.

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MedPlus hopes for public market promised land after private market purgatory

Thanks Archil. In the 'Volatile Financials' chart, the % in the top left panel shows y-o-y growth in operating revenue and net profit. In the 'Raining Discounts' chart, the Margin Game section shows the margins generally made by various intermediaries in the chain. For instance, if the MRP of a product to a customer is Rs 100, the C&F agent who gets the product from the manufacturer makes Rs 2-5, the distributor who gets the product from the C&F agent makes Rs 8-10, and pharmacies, the last leg, who get the product from the distributor make Rs 15-25. From this Rs 15-25, pharmacies usually offer discounts to customers. If pharmacies are able to source directly from the manufacturer and/or the C&F agent, bypassing the distributor and/or the C&F agent, they can probably afford to offer higher discounts to customers without making a loss on the sale.

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The hedged house that Tata Elxsi built

Hi Vinit, engineering service firms provide the consulting, design, development, and testing to facilitate software adoption across a range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, media, healthcare, telecom, consumer electronics, oil & gas, etc. The websites of the engineering service firms provide information on the services they provide. Hope the links below help. https://www.tataelxsi.com/# https://www.ltts.com/industry https://www.kpit.com/solutions/autonomous-driving-adas/ https://www.cyient.com/#

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