Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Air India says grounding of aircraft 'common' after pilots claim planes worth Rs 25,000 crore lying idle

A day after one of Air India's pilot unions alleged that as many as 19 aircraft were grounded due to lack of spares, the state-run debt-laden carrier today termed the grounding of planes for maintenance a common practice.

"It is a common practice for every airline to ground some of its aircraft for routine maintenance and checks periodically by its engineering department so that the aircraft are fit to fly in conformity to laid down standards," Air India said in a statement.

Asserting that it accords "top-most priority" to safety of the aircraft in its fleet, the airline said, "Our aircraft also go for these checks without affecting our flight schedule and causing inconvenience to our passengers."

Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which represents Air India's narrow-body fleet, had yesterday alleged that as many as 19 aircraft, including nine Airbus A321s, were taken out of flying due to want of spares, resulting in a significant loss of revenue to the carrier besides flight cancellations.
14/08/18 PTI/Business Today

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