Air Marshal Saju Balakrishnan has taken over as the 17th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on May 1, 2023. The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the only Joint-services Command in India and serves as a model for the country’s planned theaterisation of Army, Navy, and Air Force capabilities. Before assuming Command of ANC he was the Senior Air Staff Officer at the IAF Training Command at Bengaluru.
Air Marshal Balakrishnan Manikantan took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Southern Air Command on May 1, 2023. The Air Marshal has held the appointments of Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer (SAASO) of HQ Maintenance Command and of ACIDS Int-C at HQ IDS, responsible for international defence cooperation. Prior to assuming the current appointment, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command, handling air operations.
Air Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command (SWAC) at Gandhinagar on May 1, 2023. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor as well as an Experimental Test Pilot. The Air Marshal has rich field experience which also includes operational testing of various weapons and systems, primarily on the Mirage 2000. He was actively involved in operations and took part in many important missions during the Kargil conflict. Prior to assuming charge as the AOC-in-C SWAC, the Air Marshal was Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ (VB).
SpiceJet announced the appointment of Arun Kashyap as its Chief Operating Officer. Arun will report to Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet in his new role. His appointment is effective June 12, 2023. Arun is an accomplished industry veteran with 25 years of experience and joins SpiceJet from Air India where he is the Chief Technical Officer.