Two pilot associations were asked to consider reaching a consensus on the 1:1 policy devised by Air India Ltd for training on Boeing 787 Dreamliners that’s scheduled to hit the skies next month.
The Bombay high court asked the Indian Pilots’ Guild —erstwhile Air India (AI) pilots — as well as the Indian Commercial Pilots Association — erstwhile Indian Airlines (IA) pilots — to consider this at least for the first of the seven Boeing aircraft being acquired by the national carrier.
“The court suggested both the parties to reach some temporary agreement that won’t affect the seniority issues,” Mistry said.
IPG had last week told the court that pilots of the erstwhile IA did not have the experience to fly the wide-bodied aircraft. Appearing for the IPG, advocate Jamshed Mistry and senior counsel Darius Shroff, had argued that IA pilots have only flown narrow-bodied aircrafts and hence, their cost and time of training will be four-fold compared to the AI pilots who have experience in flying Boeing 777, giving them a better hold to grasp the operation of a Boeing 787.
The pilots moved court in the wake of a dispute between the IPG and the ICPA who have locked horns over the proposed 1:1 policy adopted by the national carrier.
The court has adjourned the hearing till Thursday.