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: 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: Air India plans to reverse poach senior pilots and commanders, who had switched to other Indian and foreign airlines earlier and on whom the state-run carrier had spent a lot of money to train them. As part of the strategy to hire over 500 pilots, the public sector carrier would also focus on hiring those who had left it in the past for various reasons and moved to other carriers, sources said.
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.
Ashwani Lohani took over as the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Air India in September this year, before which he served as the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) managing director. A 1980-batch Indian Railway Mechanical Engineering Services officer, Lohani holds four degrees — mechanical, electrical, metallurgical and electronics — for which his name figures in the Limca Book of Records.
NEW DELHI: As many as 284 foreign pilots were employed by domestic aviation companies at the end of September, with IndiGo having the highest number of overseas pilots at 94, according to the government. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma today informed the Lok Sabha there were 284 foreign pilots at various aviation companies as on September 30. Out of them, no-frills carrier IndiGo had 94 foreign pilots, followed by Jet Airways (84), Air Costa (14), Air India Charters Ltd (11) and Alliance Air (10).
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.