Aviation Suresh Prabhu says Air India sale bid was ill-timed Updated : November 16, 2018 11:55 PM IST Notably, government failed to get a suitor for the flag carrier early this year after working on the plan for nearly a year. He also said the airline cannot make profit unless "we deal with this financial cost problem." Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.