Issue: 5 / 2021


Rajiv Bansal took charge as the Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on October 1, 2021. Before this appointment, Rajiv Bansal was the Chairman and Managing Director of AirIndia.

Bansal, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, took over the charge of Civil Aviation Secretary from Pardeep Singh Kharola who superannuated on September 30, 2021. Earlier, Bansal has held the charge as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Secretary in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. He has also held several key positions in the Government of Nagaland.


On September 29, 2021, The Boeing Company announced the appointment of Kuljit Ghata-Aura as the President of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The appointment was effective September 30, 2021. Ghata-Aura succeeded Bernie Dunn, who left Boeing after more than nine years with the company in the region.


On November 16, 2021, Pratt & Whitney announced the appointment of Graham Webb to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer. In this newly created role, Webb will coordinate the execution of Pratt & Whitney’s sustainable propulsion technology roadmap and strategy.