So will the Air India management reduce the total number of long haul pilots now that the Delhi High Court is pushing it to reinstate all sacked pilots affiliated to the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG)? Top aviation sources point out that the airline does not need the 750 odd long haul pilots it has on its rolls right now - this number includes IPG pilots, AI Express pilots and executive pilots. We have found that only about 450 pilots are needed. Ultimately, the total number of pilots would be reduced, these sources said.
This assertion on eventual reduction in the number of pilots comes just when the High Court has asked Air India to seek direction from the Centre and respond by Wednesday (18 July) on whether the committee set-up to look into the reinstatement of sacked pilots can resolve the issue within four weeks. [caption id=attachment_379324 align=alignleft width=380