Senior IAS officer Rajiv Bansal recently took charge as the interim CMD of Air India, saying that he is committed to working on the airline’s profitability with a “missionary zeal”. The state-owned airline, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore, has been in the red for long but managed to eke out operational profit for the first time in a decade in 2015-16. “We will plan to work on profitability with a missionary zeal, improve our on-time performance and ensure customer satisfaction,” Bansal said in a statement soon after assuming charge as Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director. “I seek the support of all fellow Indians to fly Air India our national carrier – Air India – Truly Indian,” he said. Bansal replaced Ashwani Lohani, who has assumed office as Railway Board Chairman.