Thursday, April 02, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: Air India crew member tests positive

An Air India hostess who had last operated in a New York - Mumbai flight has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The whole cabin crew in that flight is admitted at Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital. The national carrier is trying to shift her to Raheja hospital.

Air India pilots and crew had earlier complained that they were not been given proper personal protective equipment (PPE) even as the airline was flying to coronavirus hotspots like Wuhan, Italy, Germany and Japan to bring back stranded Indians.

Crew members have also complained about the poor quality of the PPEs they receive. The hazmat suits on these flights have often ruptured.

Salaries are also delayed as Air India pilots are yet to get their January flying allowance, that makes up almost 70% of their pay.

The Indian Pilots' Guild (IPG), the union of Air India had written to the airline's chairman Rajiv Bansal last Saturday saying, "During our recent rescue flights, the protective equipment being provided to the flight crew has been failing with an alarming frequency or has been plagued with other issues."
02/03/20 Business Today
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