Air India has asked one of its pilots unions to maintain peace and harmony in the interest of the carrier while clarifying that the decision to remove commanders from workmen category was taken by the labour ministry and not by the airline management.
State-run Air India is likely to face some fresh turbulence as one of its pilots' union, Indian Commercial pilots Association (ICPA), has decided not to fly beyond the prescribed duty hours in the interest of passengers "safety" and avoid "stress".
Two Air India pilots were derostered on Monday after a scuffle between the two in the cockpit of a plane just before its departure from Jaipur over a minor issue of the captain addressing his deputy as 'uncle'.
"In view of the fleet augmentation and the retirements to take place in the next two years, Air India has advertised for filing up of 197 vacancies," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
Government may take up tomorrow the issue of rationalisation of pay and allowances of Air India's pilots, engineers and cabin crew to keep them on par with global industry standards, official sources said Tuesday.
Inter-ministerial consultations are on over a draft note on restructuring the pay structure of Air India's pilots and cabin crew which is to be tabled before the Union Cabinet, official sources said Friday.
Lured by handsome pay packages and "better" work conditions, flag carrier Air India's pilots are taking a flight to the Gulf airlines leading to a severe shortage of commanders, airlines sources said Wednesday.
Air India pilots seem to be heading for yet another showdown with the management by flying "under protest" over the recent changes in their flight duty hours which they slammed as "arbitrary and illegal".