R.I.P – Air India, Pilots dug their own Grave

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: PM of India should take lead and should have ended the standoff of National carrier; The crisis in Air India raged on for the 15th day Tuesday and the national carrier’s losses mounted to Rs.250 crore as the impasse between agitating pilots and the management continued.

As these Pilots are Blackmailing Government with their silly demands whcih should have asked without going on strike, which created huge lose and nuisence to passengers; But Prime Minister cannt think without his Remote Control Sonia Ghandi clicks ON Button or his turban is too tight to use his Brain and save the Name of National Carrier and end passengers troubles.

“The loss due to ticket cancellations, unused labour and with the bulk of our Boeing-777 fleet grounded now stands at Rs.250 crore. Our losses per day have come down from Rs.13-15 crore to Rs.10-11 crore due to the contingency plan,” a senior official of Air India’s operations arm said in New Delhi.

“Under the contingency plan for international operations, we are operating a bare minimum number of international operations by clubbing flights to destinations in Europe and the US,” he said

According to the official, the agitating pilots, who are on a mass sick leave, are mandated to get a medical check-up done by a board of doctors from the Indian Air Force on immediate notice.

“They (pilots) will be checked by Indian Air Force doctors. We are awaiting the issuance of notices to them. If they clear it and are actually sick, then it is valid, but if they fail the test and come out to be absolutely fine, then they can either join back or resign,” the official said.

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The government may also further curtail Air India’s international operations if the strike continues. Within India, anyone can travel by other means but International passengers who booked tickets not only go home country but for other personal events like Wedding or functions who are stuck because others flights are already full because of Vacation time.

“There is a proposal to further curtail international operations if they (pilots) do not come back or if they are joined by the executive class of pilots. If we don’t have pilots, how can we fly?” said the official.

The development comes a day after the management sacked 30 more pilots. The total number of sacked pilots now stand at 101. Government should not only sacked these pilots but they sould have canceled their flying license in India

To mitigate losses and to win back passenger trust, the airline on its part has started a special scheme whereby passengers can advance, postpone or cancel their tickets without any extra charges till May 22.

The airline has deployed the Airbus family of aircraft such as A320, A321 and A330 for international routes.

It is operating only eight of its 17 Boeing-777 aircraft which are normally manned by the pilots belonging to Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), who are now on strike.

Trouble started for the airline May 8 when pilot-members of the IPG took mass sick leave, protesting the management move to provide Boeing-787 Dreamliner training to pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines.

The pilots have made four demands which include exclusive flying rights on Boeing 787 aircraft, payment of arrears from 2007 onwards, travel on first class when not working, and the right to be promoted as commanders within six years.

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Sooner than later these Pilots will get what they asked when government close down AI, as passengers already lost faith in it.

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