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Dreamliner pilot training weighs heavy on Air India operations

Excerpt from Hindustan Times

Dec 25, 2012 7:26 am

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The Dreamliner is turning to be an all-around hassle for airlines that first dealt with manufacturing problems and now lack adequately trained pilots to keep the jets on schedule.

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An image of Air India from 2008. Allen Watkin / Flickr.com


Flight delays owing to shortage of pilots continued to plague Air India’s domestic fleet even as one of its two pilots’ union claimed that the airline requires 200 new pilots to operate smoothly.

While 40 pilots operating narrow-bodied jets until four months ago were selected for training on the newly inducted Boeing 787 Dreamliner, only one has completed the training to operate flights without supervision.

“The airline is spending lakhs on training these pilots and nobody is being held accountable for their productivity. Most of the them are being paid without flying,” said a senior AI official, requesting anonymity.

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