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 The airline sent an order to its pilots on Monday, saying “all leave for cockpit crew stands withdrawn with immediate effect.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
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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.
New York-based Interups Inc has withdrawn from the Air India bidding process. Tuesday was the last date for filing EOI physically by those who had submitted the same online by the deadline of December 14 and the retirement fund of NRIs did not do the same ostensibly due to a clause that could have led … Continue reading Interups withdraws from Air India bidding process
Air India pilots have refused to accept the paltry 5 per cent roll back in “illegal pay cut” and asked Air India CMD to donate it towards funds for building the Parliament or PM CARE. Pilots said they will be forced to resort to “industrial action”, as they have given management ample time to redress … Continue reading Air India pilots reject 5% rollback in pay cut
A group of over 200 Air India employees also submitted an expression of interest (EoI) for the carrier in partnership with Interups at the close of the deadline on December 14.
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
A group of Air India (AI) employees are planning to bid for the divestment-bound Maharaja. With collective debt-cum-liabilities of over Rs 90,000 crore, they are trying to rope in a financial partner for the venture. As per their plan, the group of employees — each of who will need to contribute upto Rs 1 lakh … Continue reading Air India staff eyes Maharaja bidding
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.
ir India has again extended the deadline for its permanent employees to opt for its twin schemes of leave without pay (LWP) and shorter working week where, except for pilots and cabin crew, one can work three days a week at 60% pay. Now employees can avail of these schemes till March 31, 2021.
Hong Kong has again asked Air India not to operate flights there for two weeks starting Sunday (September 20). Like the first suspension last month, this time also the reason is significant number of passengers from India testing positive on arrival in Hong Kong.
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 said in a media statement, “The fact of the matter is that these pilots (57 in number), seeking greener pastures, had resigned from the services of Air India citing financial constraints.
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 has cut the pay of its cockpit and cabin crew with retrospective effect from April 1, 2020, till further orders. While the airline management says the reduction is about 40%, crew members say the same is much higher with pilots adding the cut is almost 85%. AI has a monthly wage bill of … Continue reading Air India slashes crew salary by 40%
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”.
Air India has discontinued work from home (WFH) for its employees who could do so during the Covid pandemic so far. From next Monday (July 20), the airline has told its staffers that all AI “offices will function in full strength” and that “employees who do not attend office (from then) will have to apply … Continue reading Air India ends work from home from July 20
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
The government started the mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations using special repatriation flights. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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
India will launch the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission from May 16 to 22 under which Air India will operate 149 flights to bring back countrymen from 31 countries. These will include several places where AI does not have regular flights to like Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Nigeria.
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