Aviation secretary RN Choubey and Air India Chairman PS Kharola confirmed that the letter is fake and said that the government has ordered a probe against those responsible, reported�The Times of India. BOOM spoke to Sameek Bhattacharya, an official with the airline's Corp Communication department who said that the letter is a hoax and an amateur attempt to malign the airline. Air India has been facing huge losses and has a debt of around Rs 48,000 cr. In an interview to PTI, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "Air India is very clearly a legacy issue. Air India's debt is unsustainable. Forget Air India, nobody can handle that debt. For any airline to service that debt is not possible", reported Times of India on August 22, 2018. The government has been trying to revive the airline and also divest its stake in Air India. However, failing to attract bids, the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted in May 2018 that no response has been received for the strategic disinvestment.
@free_thinker @AltNews @sardesairajdeep @Nidhi @bainjal @boomlive_in a letter doing rounds on WhatsApp claiming shutdown of Air India on 1st October. Letter looks fake. Please confirm. pic.twitter.com/Z6nIwV7GNa� Roy Alan Mathias (@roy_mathias) August 26, 2018
As informed by the Transaction Adviser, no response has been received for the Expression of Interest floated for the strategic disinvestment of Air India. Further course of action will be decided appropriately.� Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) May 31, 2018