Friday, December 22, 2017

Air India sends A320 pilots for Boeing training amid foggy season

Mumbai: Divestment-bound national carrier Air India has sent a batch of 17 senior A320 pilots — who are trained for critical low-visibility operations — for Boeing command course in the midst of the foggy season, a move that has raised questions.

The decision has led to a severe shortage of senior pilots who are trained for low-visibility operations and they are required to be deployed on northern routes during the winter season.

According to an airline source privy to the development, the move raises questions as these pilots are critical to winter operations in the North. Even after completion of the ground course, these pilots would have to wait for at least 5-6 months to get simulator training as there is already a huge backlog now, the source said.

“These senior A320 commanders are CAT-II/III qualified pilots, but have been sent to do their ground classes, which will go (on) for about two months, for B787 flying in the thick of the winter.

“Air India was reluctant to send them, but when the pressure came from a Union minister, who has nothing to do with the aviation sector, the airline had to give in,” the source told PTI.
21/12/17 PTI/Indian Express