NEW DELHI: National carrier Air India is staring at yet another industrial unrest with a majority members of one of its pilots' unions favouring a strike against a Labour Ministry notification on exclusion of flight commanders from the workmen category. According to sources, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) is likely to serve a strike notice to the Air India management in the next two days.
NEW DELHI: National carrier Air India is staring at yet another industrial unrest with majority members of one of its pilots' unions favouring a strike against a Labour Ministry notification on exclusion of flight commanders from the workmen category. According to sources, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) is likely to serve a strike notice to the Air India management in the next two days.
NEW DELHI: More than 20 pilots of Air India's Dreamliner planes are planning to leave the national carrier as many of them seek greener pastures with private airlines. The development comes at a time when the debt-laden Air India is looking to stem exodus of pilots and has already put in place a system to recover the training cost in case a pilot leaves the airline within five years. A senior Air India official said more than 20 pilots of its Dreamliner fleet have expressed their intention to quit and some of them have given notices.
NEW DELHI: Ashwani Lohani, a Railway Service officer, today took over as the new chairman and managing director of National carrier Air India. Lohani took charge this evening, an Air India spokesperson said. Lohani succeded Rohit Nandan, a 1982 batch UP cadre IAS officer, who has been appointed as secretary in the Union Ministry of Skill Development. He has taken charge on a day when one of the pilots unions of Air India has directed its members to stick to flight duty hours and reject any request for extension.
NEW DELHI: Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), the erstwhile Indian Airlines' pilots body has extended the date for conducting secret ballot on strike till Wednesday, sources said today. The decision to extend the date was taken as many ICPA pilots operating airline's Dreamliner flights have not yet return to their bases, ICPA sources said. "We have extended the date for conducting secret ballot till Wednesday as some of our member pilots have not yet return to their bases to take part in the exercise," a source said.
NEW DELHI: In its bid to stem the exodus of the pilots of its Dreamliner fleet, national carrier Air India has asked them to sign a bond which would allow it to recover the training cost in case a pilot decides to quit the airline without serving it for at least five years. Air India spends a whopping Rs 25-60 lakh on the training of each pilot who flies a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
NEW DELHI: National carrier Air India has got the go-ahead from European aircraft maker Airbus to use three of its ageing A320s for a longer duration, even as the state- run airline is in the process of replacing the entire fleet of these planes with new fuel-efficient aircraft. The move, which is subjected to DGCA approval, would allow Air India to fly these planes by another one-and half year than mandated operational life, aviation ministry sources said.
NEW DELHI: Aviation regulator DGCA is conducting engineering audit of government-owned Air India fleet to assess maintenance records of its aircraft, following an incident of a tail-pipe fire in one of its plane that took place at Mumbai airport last week. The audit is being carried out across all its four bases, including Mumbai and Delhi, they said. "We are conducting engineering audit of Air India across its all four bases, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
MUMBAI: Air India, India's national airline, is beginning to move its IT to the cloud and is exploring the use of iPads for work, as it looks to upgrade its technology to keep up with competition. Air India invests far less in technology than its private rivals and hasn't hired anyone for internal IT department in over a decade. But experts say competition and a far more tech-friendly government at the Centre has loosened the purse strings for IT investments.