Two pilot unions at Air India have claimed That There is a scarcity of pilots To function the airline’s prolonged-haul and extremely-prolonged haul flights.
The considerations raised by the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) and Indian Enterprise Pilots Affiliation (ICPA) additionally come in the direction of the backdrop of the Tatas-owned airline recently cancelling and rescheduling sure flights to and from THE North American area As a Outcome of of crew scarcity.
In a joint letter written to Air India’s Chief Human Assets Officer Suresh Dutt Tripathi on December 13, the unions said, “…we can’t primarytaInside the printed deliberate roster As a Outcome of of a scarcity of pilots, as CMS (crew administration system) Does not have standby pilots.”
There was no quick remark from Air India on the letter.
Whereas IPG represents pilots of broad-physique planes, ICPA represents these working slfinisher-physique plane.
Based mostly on the unions, the Quantity of depart denials and cancellations for pilots May even be staggering.
Further, it has questioned the airline’s choice To lease expat pilots for the Boeing 777 fleet at a CTC (value to agency) That is “A minimal of 80 per cent greater with significantly greater depart advantages than What’s being provided to its prolonged-serving pilots.”
“Since early 2022, the administration has steadily however strongly enhanced the flying schedule. The beneath-crewed pilot workforce enthusiastically supported these enlargement plans by accommodating fixed roster modifications and repeated pullouts, even on off days,” the letter said.
Tata group took over loss-making Air India in January this yr and has been Engaged on growing providers As properly as to the fleet.
“Although administration might refute The costs of crew scarcity in public, The fact is there For everyphysique to see. On all fleets, And notably on the 777 fleets, pilots have flown properly over 90 hours Per thirty days consecutively,” it said.
They alleged that “Extra typically than not, the schedule is managed, primarytaining the paperwork So as while the regulatory FDTL (Flight Obligation Time Limitation) might have been beneathmined… we Shall be pressured to take steps by involving regulatory authorities To finish this.”
Aside from, the pilots’ unions have flagged that the airline is but To revive sure elements of the pay construction that have been there earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.
“We now have aided in bringing Air India to The primary place Inside the on time efficiency rankings, but There’s not a appreciation by the administration. On the very least, An group with such primary enlargement plans ought to have restored the pre-Covid additional time costs,” it said.