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AI pilots need to fly minimum 40 hours to claim salaries

business Updated: Jan 16, 2016 09:50 IST
Tushar Srivastava
Tushar Srivastava
Hindustan Times
Air India

Fly a minimum 40 hours to be eligible for your monthly salary. That’s the diktat from the government to pilots of Air India(AI).

Fly a minimum 40 hours to be eligible for your monthly salary. That’s the diktat from the government to pilots of Air India(AI).

There have been several instances in the past of pilots in AI doing a “few” hours of flying but drawing full salaries.

According to the new pay structure cleared by the government, which includes stiff penalty clauses, pilots will have to fly a minimum 40 hours a month to be entitled to their monthly salary.

The new order, to be implemented from January 1 this year, also brings to an end the issue of “pay parity” between erstwhile Indian Airlines (IA) and Air India pilots. Now, all pilots, irrespective of the aircraft they fly, will get a fixed monthly salary for 70 hours of flying. However, strict conditions have been placed for pilots to get their “guaranteed” salary.

“The guaranteed hour will be payable only if the pilot has made himself available for flying duties for 150 days in a period of six months. Further, the guaranteed 70 hours will be payable only if the actual flying is more than 40 hours,” said the order. As first reported by HT on June 18, 2015, pilots will also lose their fixed monthly dollar layover allowances of $1,500-$2,000 and would be paid layover based on the number of hours spent abroad. “Erstwhile IA pilot salaries will go up while those of AI will take a hit and the total pilot wage bill of around Rs 1,000 crore will increase by about Rs 60 crore,” said an official.