Air India unions oppose 10% ‘Covid pay cut’

Air India unions have opposed the 10% “Covid pay cut” in their March salaries. While PM Modi has urged employers not to cut wages during current crisis, AI unions in a joint letter to aviation minister H S Puri on Friday about the “unilateral pay cut imposed for three months against government instructions.” IndiGo has reversed its decision to cut April salary.

Covid-19 effect: Air India suspends contract of around 200 employees

Air India on Thursday temporarily suspended the contracts of around 200 employees including pilots, who were re-employed after retirement, as all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended in the country till April 14 to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. AI has cut the allowances of all employees, except cabin crew, by 10% for 3 months.

Covid-19: DGCA suspends breath analyser tests

DGCA on Sunday said it was suspending breathalyser tests, which is done to detect alcohol, for all aviation personnel, hours after an Air India union had requested it to do so citing that these tests could spread coronavirus. The decision comes after SpiceJet said one of its pilots had tested positive for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Govt extends deadline to bid for Air India

The government on Friday extended the deadline for submitting bids for buying 100 per cent stake in Air India till April 30. The deadline was originally set at March 17. The government had allowed access to the “virtual data room” of Air India to interested bidders late in February and allowed them further time till March 6 to pose queries.

Tata Sons board tilts towards bid to acquire AI

The board of Tata Sons is veering around to back the proposal to acquire Air India, which has been put on the block by the Centre. However, the board, which met on Friday, wants Tata Sons and its aviation partners—Singapore Airlines and AirAsia Malaysia—to resolve structural issues before putting out an expression of interest to avoid litigation at a later date.

Air India to reduce flights to Italy, South Korea

Now passengers coming on flights from Italy and Iran will be screened on arrival in India for coronavirus. Earlier, passengers coming on flights from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia were being screened and now those from Italy and Iran will also be screened.

Jeep on runway forces AI plane to lift off early

A person and a jeep on the runway reportedly forced an Air India aircraft on take off roll at Pune to do “early rotation” — meaning lift the nose wheel earlier — to avoid a mishap. This rotation led to the Airbus A321 to have a tail strike but the plane took off safely. The incident happened on Saturday when the A321 (VT-PPU) was operating as AI 852 from Pune to Delhi.

SpiceJet to suspend Hong Kong flights from Feb 16

SpiceJet will finally discontinue its daily Delhi-Hong Kong flight from Saturday (February 16). Air India and IndiGo had suspended their flights to Hong Kong earlier this month due to coronavirus outbreak. SpiceJet crew was reportedly very unhappy with the airline’s decision to continue flying to Hong Kong.

IndiGo, AI cancel several China-bound flights

IndiGo and Air India — the only two Indian carriers that fly to China — have started curtailing their flights to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak . While IndiGo will suspend its Delhi-Chengdu and Bengaluru-Hong Kong daily, it will continue the Kolkata-Guangzhou flights ‘for now’. Air India will suspend its Delhi-Shanghai from January 31 to February 14.

Hope disinvestment will deliver a strong, rejuvenated Air India: IATA

Global airlines’ group IATA on Tuesday expressed hope that the disinvestment process will result in a strong and rejuvenated Air India, which is able to support growth of India’s aviation market. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has around 290 airlines as members, including Air India.

‘Will ensure Air India keeps operating uninterruptedly’

The civil aviation ministry said it would ensure that Air India continues to operate uninterruptedly and improve its operations even as the govt plans to go ahead with the national carrier’s disinvestment process. The statement comes after Air India chief Ashwani Lohani told the ministry in December that the carrier’s financial situation was “grossly untenable”.