Mumbai: Raise your hand if you had ever heard of ‘No-Fly ban’ before the recent ruckus between the Air India staff and Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. We know, very few hands would raise from your side to answer us ‘Yes’. We never heard of ‘No-Fly ban’ before it was applied on our Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Apparently, this incident made him the first Indian to be applied a ‘No-Fly ban’ upon.
Few of us got surprised and few, even, couldn’t believe that an MP has been rejected or cancelled the tickets by airline companies for a misbehaviour with a staff of an airline company, that too in India. A Shiv Sena MP from Osmanabad constituency of Maharashtra misbehaved and slapped a 60-YO Air India staff Surendra Kundu 25 times by his slippers. The news burst like fire and the tough action was taken by Air India and other airline companies including FIA (Federation of Indian Airlines). The action in the form of listing Gaikwad in the ‘No-Fly ban’ list and repeatedly cancelling his airline tickets denying him flying by any airline aircraft for the misbehaviour by him.
The action has now been taken-off by Air India and other Airline Companies after Gaikwad apologized in the parliament and he is now free to on-board a flight to fly anywhere. Today, we bring some interesting facts about Ashwani Lohani, who was the man behind the unanimous action on Ravindra Gaikwad like ill-mannered MPs. Ashwani Lohani is the Chairman & Managing Director of one of the oldest airline companies of India, Air India. Let’s begin with our top 6 Interesting Facts about this ‘Man of Action’
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Ashwani Lohani is an IRSME (Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering) and holds 4 engineering degrees
He holds a record in ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for running world’s oldest working steam locomotive called ‘Fairy Queen Express’
Ashwani Lohani had also adopted the similar tough action against YSR Congress MP Mithun Reddy in 2015 when he had allegedly slapped Air India Manager Rajasekhar who had suffered a fracture.
Ashwani Lohani is known as a ‘No Nonsense’ Man and works with the motto of ‘Employee First’
The tough man by nature, Ashwani Lohani is also known as ‘Turnaround Man’ for turning a loss making Organisation into a profit making.
The loss making MPTDC (Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) headed by Digvijay Singh until 2003 was handed over to Ashwani Lohani and due to his ‘Employee First’ attitude, turned this Organisation into a profit making Organisation under Uma Bharti who succeeded Digvijay Singh in 2003.