NEW DELHI: Air India has rejected about 40 of the 160 pilots, who had appeared for interviews on concerns raised by psychologists, especially after the Germanwings incident, where the co-pilot deliberately crashed a plane killing 150 people on board. This is the first time that an Indian carrier rejected so many pilots on the basis of feedback given by psychologists. Air India, which announced the interview results on Thursday evening, could fill only 78 of the 197 vacancies. "This is the first time we had psychologists from the Air Force on the interview panel.
Flagship carrier Air India's woes deepened as it was forced to cancel most of its domestic flights by a pilots' strike over pay that entered its fourth day Saturday.The financially ailing state-run carrier, which says it has lost $6 million in revenues so far due to the strike, said it was operating just 39 domestic flights out of its regular 320, according to the Press Trust of India.The airline is "operating on only trunk routes" to major Indian cities, an Air India spokesman said."We do not have any pilots," he added.
A union said Saturday it was ready for unconditional talks to end a five-day walkout by pilots of national carrier Air India, as the airline fired 25 more strikers and cancelled more flights.Some 200 pilots from the debt-laden airline, which is facing mounting problems due to rising fuel prices, competition from low-cost rivals and a record of labour disputes, have been on strike since late Monday.
Flagship carrier Air India's flight operations were gradually returning to normal Saturday after pilots ended a 10-day strike that cost the ailing airline millions of dollars in lost revenues.Close to 700 pilots working for the domestic service of state-run Air India launched the strike to demand wage parity with colleagues flying international routes."The pilots are already reporting back to work," the airline's general manager K. Swaminathan told AFP on Saturday after union leaders announced an end to the walkout late the previous night.
NEW DELHI: While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is touring the country to highlight the problems of farmers, his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi has taken up the cause of unemployed pilots trained at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi. In a letter to civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, Gandhi raised concern over the dismal record of campus placements at IGRUA as only 30% of the successful trainees get employed even after Air India and Qatar agreed to recruit pilots from the institute. "Air India had committed to take 50% of its needs from IGRUA.