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AI's insurance cover up for renewal, premium may soften

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Public sector general insurers are competing with their private sector counterparts in London markets to bag the USD 27-million Air-India insurance account, which will be up for renewal on October 1, a senior official said here today.

The insurers have to place their bids by September 7 and the national carrier expects its premium payout to fall because of soft reinsurance market. The struggling flag carrier is seeking a USD 9.6-billion cover for its fleet of over 100 aircraft.

Currently, AI has a cover from New India Assurance for a premium of USD 27 million, a company official told PTI.

Public sector general insurers led by New India Assurance who is the current insurer for AI and private sector insurers led by ICICI Lombard have visited London market, where Air India held a road show last week, to choose its reinsurers.

Large aviation accounts like Air India's get reinsured to the extent over 95 per cent in the London market and general insurers visit London to get reinsurance quotes from leading reinsurers before placing their bids.

Both the parties will submit their rates to Air India by September 7 which will choose the insurer which quotes the lowest premium.

Though there was no major claim by AI this year, globally, the recent Indonesian plane crash may have some impact when Air India's cover comes up for renewal, sources said, adding that "otherwise the market remains soft for airlines".

Despite some large claims, airlines' insurance cost globally and for domestic airlines, is likely to fall this year due to competition and better risk management practices, Martin Stevans, chief underwriting officer at Global Aerospace, a unit of AIG had told PTI earlier.

First Published: Mon, August 31 2015. 21:42 IST