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: 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.
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.
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.
MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Up in the air, Indian women are increasingly in charge. For a country that can't ensure a woman's safety or her basic rights on the ground, the recruitment record of India's airlines presents a contrast. As a result, the next time you take a flight in India, the chances of the pilot being a woman are much higher than anywhere else in the world. India currently has 5,100 pilots, of which 600, or 11.7 per cent, are women, according to ministry of civil aviation data.
NEW DELHI: Ladakh's connectivity with rest of India could get curtailed with the union of Air India (domestic) pilots asking its members not to operate flights to Leh. AI, Jet and GoAir are among the Indian carriers that fly to Leh. The Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) took this move after a private airline complained against AI and another airline for landing in Leh without meeting the minimum visibility conditions of this high altitude airport.
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.