AIR INDIA CRISIS

  • Panel to suggest cost cutting measures for Air India January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday formed a panel to suggest measures to cut rising operation costs of Air India after the national carrier was found to have suffered an average net loss of Rs 404 crore a month MarchOctober last year. The fivemember committee is chaired by Ravindra H Dholakia,...
  • Air India losing Rs 404 crore per month December 21, 2012

    New Delhi: National carrier Air India suffered an average net loss of Rs 404 crore per month for the MarchOctober period of 2012. This was found out when Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday reviewed the functioning of the national carrier. An audit of the airline's books showed that the company...
  • Air India employees set to raise banner of revolt again October 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Air India employees would again raise the banner of protest by organising rallies and meetings soon, accusing the management of "overlooking their legitimate rights" and delaying payment of back wages and other dues. Though no strike threat has been given, a joint forum of eight Air India unions...
  • Govt helps Air India to pay off short-term debt October 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday decided to guarantee Air India's non-convertible debentures (NCDs) worth Rs 7,400 crore, which will pave the way for the ailing carrier to pay off its short-term loans. "The Ministry of Finance has approved the unconditional and irrevocable guarantee for Air India NCD bonds today...
  • Govt asks Air India to follow duty time limitations September 12, 2012

    New Delhi: To improve staff utilisation of the national carrier, the government on Tuesday directed Air India to immediately implement the flight duty time limitations (FDTL) for pilots and crew members. FDTL are guidelines which govern aspects like the maximum daily flight duty period including flying hours limitations, rest period, staff...
  • First Dreamliner for Air India to land on Saturday September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: After a fouryear delay, Air India's first of the 27 longhaul Boeing 787 Dreamliner would land here on Saturday with the airline taking its delivery at the US aircraftmaker's Charleston plant on Thursday. The new 256seater aircraft would touch down at Delhi's IGI Airport on September 8, an...
  • 'Dreamliner right plane for Air India's turnaround' September 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is expected to be inducted in Air India's fleet shortly, is "fundamentally the right plane" for the airline's turnaround, a senior Boeing official said on Tuesday. Three of these sophisticated aircraft, made out of composite carbon material, are ready at the Boeing...
  • Over 600 Air India employees left company since 2009 August 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Worried over their uncertain future and poor financial condition of Air India, over 600 employees of the national carrier have either resigned or taken voluntary retirement since 2009. Twentyfour pilots and management pilots and 163 cabin crew and executive cabin crew have either resigned or taken VR since...
  • Air India to resume flights to most global destinations August 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Come September, Air India will have all its Boeing 777s pressed into service and flights restarted to important destinations like Hong Kong, Seoul, Frankfurt and New York to regain lost international market share. The airline has eight 777 LR (long range) and twelve 777 ER (extended range) which were...
  • Pilots accuse Air India of retracting on commitment July 8, 2012

    Mumbai: The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) has accused Air India of retracting on its commitment to "sympathetically" consider their grievances even as nearly 300 pilots having allegiance to IPG have started reporting to work after nearly three months of strike. "We had a meeting with representatives of Air India management Friday...
  • Despite strike, Air India passenger traffic grows July 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Despite a crippling 55daylong strike, Air India has carried three percent more passengers between June 1 and June 20 from a year ago and would resume flights to Hong Kong this week. In its monthly performance review, the airline found that it had carried more than 716,000 passengers during...
  • Air India resumes operations to Tokyo June 27, 2012

    New Delhi: In a bid to restore normalcy in its curtailed international schedule, Air India has resumed operations to Tokyo via Shanghai and plans to launch flights to Hong Kong, which were stopped due to the pilots' strike that entered the 50th day on Tuesday. As the pilots continued their hunger...
  • Air India pilots go on indefinite hungerstrike June 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Eleven striking pilots of Air India on Sunday went on an indefinite hungerstrike seeking the reinstatement of 101 sacked pilots. "Our protest is for the reinstatement of our sacked colleagues and for the recognition of our union," Rohit Kapahi of the Indian Pilots Guild, which has been derecognized by...
  • Air India pilots to go on indefinite hungerstrike June 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Upping the ante after their agitation entered the 47th day, Air India pilots on Saturday decided to start indefinite hungerstrike here from on Sunday to highlight their demands relating to career progression and other issues. The Indian Pilots' Guild (IPG), which has been derecognised by the airline management...
  • Air India crisis: 22 executive pilots report 'sick' June 20, 2012

    New Delhi: In futher trouble for the strikehit Air India, 22 of its around 120 Executive pilots have reported 'sick' at a time when the national carrier is struggling to maintain its international operations. Air India ChairmancumManaging Director Rohit Nandan on Tuesday said while 22 pilots have reported 'sick', three...
  • 'Air India to take call on keeping striking pilots' June 12, 2012

    New Delhi: As Air India mulled sacking 300 striking Air India pilots, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Monday said the management should take a call now on how long can the airline keep the defiant pilots on its payroll if they stayed away for work. ...
  • Newsmaker of the Day: Ajit Singh June 11, 2012

    Air India prepares to sack all 300 striking pilots. Ajit Singh tells CNN IBN that he's run out of patience. ...
  • Air India ground staff protest service terms June 5, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Employees of Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport are up in arms against the new service conditions they have been offered after the company hived off the ground handling and cargo handling services. Forty AIATSL employees have been given three options to join...
  • AI deploys new roaster system to cut manipulations June 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Air India has switched from manual to an electronic crew management system to stop manipulations in the allocation of flight duties to employees. The airline resorted to the electronic roaster system from Friday following directions of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh. "The new system will ensure high levels of safety...
  • Air India to shift to interim plan from June 1 June 1, 2012

    New Delhi: National carrier Air India will shift to an "interim plan" to salvage its international operations that have been crippled by a 24dayold pilots' strike. "We have finished work on our interim plan and it will be implemented from June 1. Under the new plan, several destinations where the load...
  • Air India likely to reopen international bookings May 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Air India, which is operating a curtailed global flight schedule due to the pilots' strike, is likely to reopen international bookings and firm up a fresh operating schedule by this weekend with the help of 130 executive pilots. The airline said the threeweek agitation by over 200 pilots has...
  • AI proposes voluntary retirement to cut down staff May 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Financially stressed Air India has proposed a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for its executive cadre employees to bring down manpower costs. The Air India Board will deliberate on the scheme at a meeting on Monday. "This is the first time that VRS is being proposed for AI employees. It is...
  • Can hire new pilots for Air India: Ajit Singh May 26, 2012

    New Delhi/Mumbai: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday told Air India's striking pilots that the airline may begin hiring new pilots if the 18dayold strike continued. "We are not waiting for them, (we) can even begin hiring new pilots," the minister told after meeting some of the striking pilots. "I have...
  • Comply with court order first, HC tells AI pilots May 25, 2012

    Mumbai: Citing the inconvenience being caused to people due to their agitation, the Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Indian Pilots Guild to first comply with the Delhi High Court order restraining them from continuing their "illegal strike" before sorting out the issues with the management. "You (IPG) may have...
  • Pilots responsible for Air India's financial woes: Ajit May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday blamed Air Indias striking pilots for the airlines poor financial condition. He said that the government was doing everything to break the deadlock but the striking pilots were not ready to listen. "We are ready to discuss all the issue. Let us...
  • Ajit Singh to meet leaders of 13 AI unions on Monday May 20, 2012

    New Delhi: As the stir by over 200 Air India pilots entered the 13th day on Sunday, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the unions have to look at the health of their organisation and understand that this is an era of competition. Singh, who is meeting leaders of 13 recognised...
  • Ajit Singh asks Air India pilots to resume work May 19, 2012

    Lucknow: As the strike by Air India pilots entered the 12th day, Government on Saturday promised to sort out problems of pilots within three months and appealed to them to join work. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said that whatever problems pilots have they should come forward and discuss. "But it...
  • 'Willing to talk to govt to diffuse Air India crisis' May 15, 2012

    The pilots' association says they are willing to talk but if the government continues to act obstinate the crisis may escalate. ...
  • Executive pilots urge AI to revoke sack orders May 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The crisis in Air India worsened on Sunday with its executive pilots coming out in support of striking pilots, asking the management to revoke sack orders and hold immediate negotiations to end the sixday impasse, as at least 20 international flights were cancelled. The striking pilots while stating that...
  • A day after pilots' threat, AI downplays issue November 1, 2011

    New Delhi: A day after approximately 100 pilots of the erstwhile Air India threatened to resign over discriminatory policies, the management tried to downplay the issue saying they had received no letters at all. The pilots on Monday had asked for a noobjection certificate so that they could join other airlines. However,...