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A security guard watches over the empty international arrivals channel at Beijing airport on November 6.(AFP)

Use diapers to cut down toilet visit, China tells flight cabin crew

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:54 PM IST
The recommendation is part of a new set of guidelines for airlines and flight and cabin crew issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the recommendation applies for charter flights to and from countries and regions where infections exceed 500 in every one million people.(HT Photo)
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the recommendation applies for charter flights to and from countries and regions where infections exceed 500 in every one million people.(HT Photo)

China tells cabin crew to wear disposable diapers on high-risk Covid-19 destinations

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 09:14 AM IST
The advice comes in a 38-page list of guidelines for airlines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The sixth edition echoes similar instructions in previous, less lengthy versions.
Meanwhile, airline sources alleged that officials tried to manipulate the employee’s report data in the scheduling system.(HT)
Meanwhile, airline sources alleged that officials tried to manipulate the employee’s report data in the scheduling system.(HT)

Air India Express crew member flew despite testing positive

By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:09 AM IST
A senior member of Air India Express’s cabin crew was on duty despite the airlines being aware that she tested positive for Covid-19 around 50 minutes before the employee’s flight, it has been found. The airline, while admitting that the employee had tested positive, said it will investigate the matter further.
Family members and Air India staff pay their last respect to Captain Deepak Sathe who was killed in the Kozhikode air crash, in Mumbai on August 9.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)
Family members and Air India staff pay their last respect to Captain Deepak Sathe who was killed in the Kozhikode air crash, in Mumbai on August 9.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)

Air India crew members who survived Kozhikode air crash given special leave to recover from tragedy

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 03:58 PM IST
While the two pilots lost their lives in the Kozhikode air crash, all four cabin crew were rescued. Total 18 people had lost their lives in the tragedy.
An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)
An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)

After Kozhikode crash, focus on pilots’ health

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 02:51 AM IST
Senior airline officials said Air India Express had announced heavy pay cuts for its flying crew on August 5. An office circular dated August 5 cited adverse effects on airlines due to the pandemic and announced pay cuts for Air India Express’s flying crew (pilots and cabin crew).
The airline management and civil aviation ministry officials met the pilots on July 8. (HT File Photo)
The airline management and civil aviation ministry officials met the pilots on July 8. (HT File Photo)

AI sacks 200 cabin crew on contract

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 12:12 AM IST
The officials said the 50 sought to withdraw their resignations after private airlines rescinded their jobs offers they had put in their papers for amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the aviation industry hard.
The petition said that on March 20, 2020, Air India announced 10% deduction for three months from the allowance package of all employees, except the cabin crew, on account of the impact of coronavirus.(ANI)
The petition said that on March 20, 2020, Air India announced 10% deduction for three months from the allowance package of all employees, except the cabin crew, on account of the impact of coronavirus.(ANI)

Air India employee unions move HC, challenges 10% deductions in salary

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:37 PM IST
The petitions filed by Air India Aircraft Engineers’ Association (AIEA), All India Service Engineers Association and Indian Pilots Guild, through advocates Jane Cox and Karishma Rao, are likely to come up for hearing next week.
Airport officials seen wearing masks as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus at IGI Airport in New Delhi.(VIPIN KUMAR/HT PHOTO.)
Airport officials seen wearing masks as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus at IGI Airport in New Delhi.(VIPIN KUMAR/HT PHOTO.)

Amid scare, DGCA issues order to screen all airport staff for coronavirus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 08:33 PM IST
The aviation watchdog in a statement said that the breath analyzer test will not be conducted on any staff if he or she is found with symptoms such as fever, cough or cold. A person detected with any of the symptoms will have to undergo detailed medical examination and will be removed from duty.
A Mumbai-bound flight from Kolkata had to return and make an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport
A Mumbai-bound flight from Kolkata had to return and make an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport

Air Asia flight makes emergency landing in Kolkata after woman says ‘bombs strapped to body’

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 05:25 PM IST
The 25-year-old woman, identified as Mohini Mondol, was later arrested. A resident of Salt Lake, Mondol told the police that she works in a press owned by her father.
Tens of thousands of Lufthansa passengers faced disruptions Thursday as cabin crew in Germany kicked off a “massive” 48-hour walkout(Bloomberg)
Tens of thousands of Lufthansa passengers faced disruptions Thursday as cabin crew in Germany kicked off a “massive” 48-hour walkout(Bloomberg)

German cabin crew kick off Lufthansa strike

Frankfurt | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2019 09:34 AM IST
The strike called by Germany’s UFO flight attendants’ union was scheduled to start at 2300 GMT on Wednesday and last until 2300 GMT on Friday.
The video has gathered millions of views.(Twitter/@TheNames_JH)
The video has gathered millions of views.(Twitter/@TheNames_JH)

Plane ‘hijacking’ video scares people, later turns out to be a drill. Twitter angry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 12:44 PM IST
The video shows two members of cabin crew sitting with a tensed look on their face and a man standing in front with a gun.
National carrier Air India (AI) has teamed up with external experts to create awareness among its cabin crew and other staff members.(Alamy Stock Photo)
National carrier Air India (AI) has teamed up with external experts to create awareness among its cabin crew and other staff members.(Alamy Stock Photo)

Sexual harassment: Experts to help Air India create awareness

Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 01:06 AM IST
After organising a two-day training for some members of the staff in August, the airline is planning to hold such sessions for crew members.
(Air India Express)
(Air India Express)

Air India Express Cabin Crew Recruitment 2019: Attend walk-in- interview for direct hiring. Check eligibility criteria here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nandini
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 12:16 PM IST
Air India Express Limited is hiring 51 cabin crew. The vacancies are only for female candidates. Interested applicants are invited for a walk-in- interview on July 9, 2019.
The debt-ridden Air India has taken the decision to allow its crew to choose flights in order to retain their cabin crew.(File Photo)
The debt-ridden Air India has taken the decision to allow its crew to choose flights in order to retain their cabin crew.(File Photo)

Air India crew can pick up planes they want to fly on from Thursday

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2019 10:47 AM IST
According to AI official, the portal will be opened for bidding on the sixth of every month for two days and the crew can select a flight in their home base or any sector of their choice on a first-come, first-served basis.
FILE PHOTO: A Saudia, also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, plane lands at Rafik al-Hariri airport in Beirut, Lebanon June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi/File Photo(REUTERS FILE/ Representative Image)
FILE PHOTO: A Saudia, also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, plane lands at Rafik al-Hariri airport in Beirut, Lebanon June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi/File Photo(REUTERS FILE/ Representative Image)

Stopped from smoking on flight, man allegedly unzips pants before cabin crew

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 12:22 PM IST
According to the police, the man, Abdul Shahid Shamsudeen, a resident of Kottayam in Kerala, was on board the Saudi Airlines aircraft when he allegedly attempted to smoke.
Jet employees protest at T2 on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Jet employees protest at T2 on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Jet staff, Sena union protest at T2, seek govt intervention

Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 02:47 AM IST
Jet halted all flight operations indefinitely on April 17 after failing to secure emergency funds from its lenders. Around 20,000 employees have not been paid salaries since December 2018.
IndiGo plane gets ready to take off.(PTI file photo)
IndiGo plane gets ready to take off.(PTI file photo)

Cabin crew harassed by IndiGo pilot in cockpit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 11:36 PM IST
A female cabin crew member of domestic carrier IndiGo has alleged sexual harassment by a pilot of the same airline.
The Indian Air Force did not offer a comment. Officials at major airlines confirmed that they were following the directive, but refused to come on record. Hindustan Times could not confirm whether all airlines were following this directive.(REUTERS)
The Indian Air Force did not offer a comment. Officials at major airlines confirmed that they were following the directive, but refused to come on record. Hindustan Times could not confirm whether all airlines were following this directive.(REUTERS)

To keep details of assets safe, J-K flights told to keep window shades down

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar and Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 07:18 AM IST
This is being done to avoid details of the deployment of assets such as fighters and surveillance platforms from leaking, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.
Emily O’Connor, who was travelling on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from the UK’s Birmingham Airport to Tenerife in the Canary Islands on March 2, said the cabin crew told her that her clothing was “causing offence”.(Emily O’Connor/ Twitter)
Emily O’Connor, who was travelling on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from the UK’s Birmingham Airport to Tenerife in the Canary Islands on March 2, said the cabin crew told her that her clothing was “causing offence”.(Emily O’Connor/ Twitter)

‘Your clothing causing offence’: UK airlines threatens to offload woman

London | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 03:07 PM IST
The airline’s clothing policy stipulates that customers wearing “inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible.
A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight had to make a last minute turn-around because a passenger forgot her baby behind at the airport.(AP/Representative Photo)
A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight had to make a last minute turn-around because a passenger forgot her baby behind at the airport.(AP/Representative Photo)

This is totally a new one for us: Pilot turns around flight after mother forgets baby at airport

London | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 02:12 PM IST
A video clip of the pilot requesting permission from the Air Traffic Control is going viral on the social media. He is heard murmuring: “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?”
Airlines have announced a slew of initiatives to celebrate “nari shakti” on International Women’s Day.(AP)
Airlines have announced a slew of initiatives to celebrate “nari shakti” on International Women’s Day.(AP)

Women’s Day: All-women crew, roses, cookies to welcome passengers on flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 08:05 AM IST
Airlines have announced a slew of initiatives to celebrate “nari shakti” on International Women’s Day.
Air India crew will have to say “Jai Hind” after every flight announcement “with much fervour”, said an official advisory of the national carrier on Monday.(REUTERS)
Air India crew will have to say “Jai Hind” after every flight announcement “with much fervour”, said an official advisory of the national carrier on Monday.(REUTERS)

Air India crew told to say ‘Jai Hind’ after every in-flight announcement

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 09:29 PM IST
Air India crew will have to say “Jai Hind” after every flight announcement “with much fervour”, said an official advisory of the national carrier on Monday.
The airline had Sunday blamed bad weather for disruptions in operations across its network.(Prakash Singh / AFP)
The airline had Sunday blamed bad weather for disruptions in operations across its network.(Prakash Singh / AFP)

IndiGo cancels 30 flights, says cancellations to continue for some more days

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 10:37 AM IST
Shortage of pilots continued to hamper operations of IndiGo with the budget carrier Tuesday cancelling as many as 30 flights from across major airports and passengers allegedly being forced to buy last minute tickets at high fares, a source said.
Pakistan International Airlines has sacked over 50 employees, including pilots and cabin crew, for holding fake degrees.(Reuters)
Pakistan International Airlines has sacked over 50 employees, including pilots and cabin crew, for holding fake degrees.(Reuters)

Pakistan International Airlines sacks over 50 employees for fake degrees

Karachi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2018 01:51 PM IST
A statement by the country’s national carrier said that the employees were fired on the instructions of the Supreme Court in a fake degrees case. Three pilots and 50 crew staff were sacked, Geo News reported.
India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is finally tweaking its four-year-old Body Mass Index (BMI) norms that were widely seen as discriminatory, making them uniform for cockpit and cabin crew, irrespective of gender.(File Photo)
India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is finally tweaking its four-year-old Body Mass Index (BMI) norms that were widely seen as discriminatory, making them uniform for cockpit and cabin crew, irrespective of gender.(File Photo)

‘Weight Ends’: DGCA ends gender bias, restores uniform Body Mass Index for crew

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2018 08:11 AM IST
Cabin crew members who are overweight under the new guidelines will be given three months’ time to reduce weight. If they fail the second test, they will be given six more months.
An Indian-origin woman has been jailed for six months in the UK for drunken behaviour on an aeroplane which caused a passenger to have a seizure. Kiran Jagdev, an executive assistant based in the city of Leicester, had attempted to blame the crew of Jet2 airline for supplying her with alcohol during her flight from Tenerife in Spain back to the UK in January this year.(Jet2.com/Representational image)
An Indian-origin woman has been jailed for six months in the UK for drunken behaviour on an aeroplane which caused a passenger to have a seizure. Kiran Jagdev, an executive assistant based in the city of Leicester, had attempted to blame the crew of Jet2 airline for supplying her with alcohol during her flight from Tenerife in Spain back to the UK in January this year.(Jet2.com/Representational image)

‘We’re going to die’: Drunk Indian-origin woman causes passenger to get seizure on flight

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 07:59 PM IST
Kiran Jagdev, an executive assistant based in the city of Leicester, had attempted to blame the crew of Jet2 airline for supplying her with alcohol during her flight from Tenerife in Spain back to the UK in January this year. Judge Philip Head “rejected” her excuse and decided to impose what he described as a “deterrent sentence” during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court this week.
Screengrab from video tweeted by ANI(ANI)
Screengrab from video tweeted by ANI(ANI)

‘If I say boycott Air India, done’: Irish woman abuses crew over wine

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 03:47 PM IST
An Irish woman verbally abused the Air India crew on-board a London-Mumbai flight after she was allegedly refused more wine.
The Air India logo is seen on the facade of its office building in Mumbai, India.(Reuters File Photo)
The Air India logo is seen on the facade of its office building in Mumbai, India.(Reuters File Photo)

Air India clears June allowance of pilots

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 07:09 PM IST
Air India has paid flying allowance for June to its pilots, a section of whom had threatened to stop operations last week if the dues were not cleared immediately.
Air India told the Supreme Court that the complainant Shanavi Ponnusamy could not qualify the test.(AFP/File Photo)
Air India told the Supreme Court that the complainant Shanavi Ponnusamy could not qualify the test.(AFP/File Photo)

Transgender denied job as cabin crew in Air India tells SC airline’s hiring norms do not recognise category

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 10:45 PM IST
Chennai-based engineering graduate Shanavi Ponnusamy said that the application for the screening exam for candidates for group discussion (GD) and personality aptitude test (PAT) only had male and female categories, and thus excluded her from being considered eligible.
For the past few months, AI has been inconsistent in crediting salaries.(HT file)
For the past few months, AI has been inconsistent in crediting salaries.(HT file)

Salary for May: 3,000 AI pilots, cabin crew claim they got only 20%

Hindustan Times | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2018 11:47 PM IST
They said 80% of their salary comprises flying allowances, which is yet to be paid
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