New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused the striking Air India pilots to train on Boeing 777 while hearing a plea filed by the airline management. The High Court said that it would consider the pilots request to train on the aircraft only after they end their 23-day long strike.
The High Court also said that pilots have no right to disobey and go for the training as well. The 23-day strike has caused a loss of over Rs 310 crore to the national carrier so far.
Meanwhile, from June 1, the airline will drop seven international flights - so out of 45 flights the airline will operate only 38.
The pilots have so far not budged from their demands for reinstatement of 101 sacked colleagues, re-recognition of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) and deliberation on issues concerning their career progression.
The airline has sacked 101 pilots and is mulling hiring new pilots to restore normalcy in its flight schedules, particularly international operations which have been curtailed due to the agitation.
However, the airline is likely to reopen international bookings and firm up a fresh operating schedule by this weekend with the help of 130 executive pilots.
The agitation by over 440 pilots has seen a drop in the number of its international passengers by about 3,000.