Air India

  • Air India not to go ahead with recruitment exercise of trainee pilots
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): Air India has decided not to go ahead with the recruitment exercise of trainee pilots due to the bleak scenario in the aviation industry and the critical financial condition of the company. Responding to queries from IANS, Air India said in a statement that it had issued an advertisement in September, 2017 inviting applications from the open market to recruit pilots - both Senior Trainee Pilots (With Endorsement) and Trainee Pilots (CPL Holders). Th
  • Tata group may take Air India's control by Jan 1 if it is sole eligible bidder
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 16 (IANS): The buzz in aviation circles is getting louder that the Tata group could be in the Air India's cockpit as early as the New Year, if it is the sole eligible bidder for India's national carrier. If the Tata bid is put in on or before the final submission date of August 31 and as it looks at the moment, Tata will likely be the sole eligible bidder. Thereafter, if the Tata bid is deemed accepted, the 90 day period for handover shall commence and e
  • Air India no longer accepting withdrawal of resignations
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14 (IANS): Air India has informed employees that it is no longer accepting withdrawals of resignations and several cabin crew employees are being relieved as the national carrier has said implicitly "it does not have the financial ability to pay". It is also learnt that a number of cabin crew were terminated on Thursday night by Air India. A letter reviewed by IANS from Air India's personnel department to a pilot makes the company's stand clear
  • AI Express aircraft landed deep in touchdown zone, inclement weather blamed
    New Delhi, August 8 (IANS) Heavy rains along with low visibility are being cited by the aviation industry experts as the key reasons that caused the horrific plane tragedy at the Kozhikode airport on Friday. According to a senior Airports Authority of India official, factors related to inclement weather seem to have led the aircraft to land some 1,000 metres ahead of the safety margin. A safety margin is the required runway length which is mandated for aircraft to land at airport
  • Pilots challenge Air India's leave without pay scheme in Delhi HC
    NEW DELHI, JULY 26 (IANS): The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging Air Indias leave without pay (LWP) scheme and to "challenge the manifest arbitrariness and illegality of the scheme". The scheme was circulated on July 14 and the petition states that it "confers disproportionate powers on its Chairman and Managing Director" to pass an order requiring an employee to go a compulsory "leave without pay" for a
  • No option left for Air India but privatisation: Minister
    NEW DELHI, JULY 16 (IANS): Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that no other option is left with Air India but to go in for privatisation.   Replying to a question during a press briefing on civil aviation issues, the minister said that the airline cannot depend on state funding to survive.   He cited that due to the Covid-19-induced economic turbulance the Centre might not be in a position to support the airline as massive financial resour
  • Air India institutes 'leave without pay' for up to 5 years
    NEW DELHI, JULY 15 (IANS): Even as the privatisation process drags on, national carrier Air India has instituted a scheme whereby employees can opt to take 'leave without pay ranging from six months to up to five years.   Additionally, the airline's management will also have the option to send any employee on leave.   An Air India staff notice, which was reviewed by IANS, read: "The Board of Directors in its 102nd meeting held on July 7, 2020 has appr
  • Alliance Air to begin daily flights from Dimapur
    An plane takes off from Dimapur Airport. (Morung File Photo)   Dimapur, February 18 (MExN):  Budget carrier Alliance Air will start daily direct flight services connecting Dimapur to Guwahati and Imphal from February 20, an Air India Limited statement said on Tuesday. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India Limited, added Imphal and Dimapur to its list of destinations on December 7, 2019, with four flights a week under the Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagarik (UDAN) scheme.&nb
  • Air India becomes world's first airline to use Taxibot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard
    Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani flagging off the first Taxibot on A320 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport on October 15. (Photo: Air India @airindiain/Twitter)    New Delhi, October 15 (PTI):  Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on one A320 aircraft with passengers onboard.   Taxibot is a robot-used