Air India (AI) has finally decided to take strict action against pilots who refuse to operate flights with particular crew members.
Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director (CMD), AI, has ordered that strict action should be taken against pilots who refuse to fly with a particular crew, sources said.
The order looks to tackle the problem of “directives” issued by pilot unions to its members to not to fly with a particular individual, which has resulted in disruptions in the past and made crew scheduling a nightmarish exercise at times for the airline.
There is currently a directive by the union of pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines to its members, urging them not to fly with a senior captain who was an officer on special duty to a former AI CMD.
“This happens in no other airline. It was high time that the management took action,” a senior official said. AI has also warned pilots of strict action if they refuse to carry out assigned duties or insist on flying with a particular crew.
These are “serious acts of indiscipline that cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. All such cases shall be brought to my notice immediately and very strict action shall be taken. The company has suffered enough because of stray and also repeated cases of indiscipline. I would like to stress that acts of indiscipline shall neither be tolerated nor condoned by the company,” Lohani said in his order.