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In a sign that more flights, perhaps even international, could be allowed soon, Air India has cancelled leaves of its pilots with immediate effect. The airline sent an order to its pilots on Monday, saying “all leave for cockpit crew stands withdrawn with immediate effect. However, leave may be granted in extreme cases depending on … Continue reading Air India cancels all pilots’ leaves to add flights

The inaugural flight of Air India’s longest direct route — San Francisco (SFO) – Bengaluru (BLR) with four women pilots has taken off on Sunday morning. Air India scripted history as all women cockpit crew rolls out AI176 on its record-making around the world voyage, possibly charting the Polar route from SFO to BLR,” AI … Continue reading Flown by 4 women pilots, AI SFO-BLR polar route flight set to take off

The government may not be able to close the BPCL and Air India disinvestment transactions by March 31, although it is pushing the sale of five large public sector companies, including BEML, for which it sought interest from potential buyers on Sunday.

Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate, is believed to have submitted an expression of interest for the beleaguered national carrier Air India over the weekend. It is learned that the vehicle used to file the interest in AI is AirAsia India, where Tata Sons have a significant majority stake. A group of 200 Air India employees … Continue reading Tatas bid for Air India, 67 years after exit

Air India is currently operating non-stop flights to London from Delhi (seven flights a week), Mumbai (four flights a week), Kochi (three flights a week), Ahmedabad (two flights a week), Bengaluru (two flights a week), Goa (two flights a week), Kolkata (one flight a week) and Amritsar (one flight a week), an airline spokesperson told … Continue reading Air India plans to operate non-stop flights on Chennai-London route

Hong Kong has for the fifth time suspended Air India flights, now from Friday till December 3. The Chinese special administrative region’s (SAR) suspends flights of any airline whose five or more passengers test positive on arrival, for two weeks.

The pandemic has led to the fourth extension for divesting Air India. Now, interested bidders can place their bids till October 30 instead of the month-end. And, qualified interested bidders (IB) will be intimated by November 20, instead of September 14 as per the third extended deadline.

Air India has been banned from flying into Hong Kong for a period of two weeks, according to media reports. Air India had to cancel its Delhi to Hong Kong flight on Monday, after the airline was informed about certain restrictions put in place by the Hong Kong government, said an Air India official.

Air India’s senior-most pilots have warned that the airline’s “massive forced pay cuts” and compulsory leave without pay (LWP) schemes could have a “potentially disastrous psychological impact” on some employees. The airlines on Thursday after a review meeting took to Twitter to assure that no pilot will be laid off and there has been no … Continue reading Pay cut can have ‘disastrous impact’: Air India

Air India on Friday said its financial situation is very challenging due to the coronavirus pandemic and its leave-without-pay (LWP) scheme for employees is a “win-win” situation for them as well as the management. The national carrier in a press statement said the scheme primarily enables employees to proceed on LWP “on voluntary basis”.

The unprecedented downturn in travel has led Air India to terminate the training of about 180 young trainee cabin crew who joined last November. The airline confirmed the move. These trainees were to be taken on board on successful completion of their course. AI had been facing a severe shortage of cabin crew last year … Continue reading Air India to withdraw job offers to trainee cabin crew

Air India (AI) has sold over 22,000 seats in 15 hours of opening bookings for Vande Bharat Mission-III outbound flights to North America and Europe. The huge pent-up demand to travel out of India and these Air India flights being the only option this month at least, saw AI website getting crores of hits and … Continue reading Vande Bharat: AI sells over 22k tickets in 15 hrs

In a major relief to passengers, Air India has decided that passengers who booked tickets for domestic flights during the lockdown for travel in that period will be allowed to rebook for flights anytime up to August 24, 2020, “at no extra charge”.

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Air India to keep the middle seats occupied while operating its non-scheduled flights to bring back Indians stranded abroad up to June 6 while observing that the government should be more worried about the health of citizens rather than the health of commercial airlines.

Several Indians in the US, either on H-1B work visa or green card having children who are American citizens by birth, are being prevented from travelling to India aboard the special repatriation flights being run by Air India. As per regulations visas of foreign nationals and OCI cards were suspended last week as part of … Continue reading Visa bar prevents some Indians in US from returning

Students bound for the US are the latest lot of passengers to find themselves caught in the maze of confusing guidelines that decide whether they will be allowed to travel to the US or not. In the wee hours of Saturday, Air India issued a note, listing three conditions under which students with an F … Continue reading Stressful time for students on repatriation flight

Air India crew members, widely hailed as corona warriors for operating rescue flights during the Covid pandemic, are reaching a “breaking point” with their salaries due for the last three months now. As they embark on the Vande Bharat Mission, AI pilots have told aviation minister H S Puri that only “lip service” is being … Continue reading Pay 3 months salary dues, Air India pilots say

For Air India officials and passengers, a major cause of concern with the ongoing repatriation flights to and from different countries are the visa regulations and immigration policies of different lands. Late on Thursday night, Air India was informed by an official from an Indian ministry that US visa rules have changed to restrict passengers … Continue reading No bar on entry of students, OCI card holders to US