173 Air India pilots have resigned since 2012


As many as 173 Air India pilots have resigned from the national carrier since 2012, with maximum numbers being of those operating the narrow body Airbus A320 family aircraft, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said today.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, the Minister said 72 pilots operating the narrow-body Airbus A320 family fleet have resigned, while 38 pilots each of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 777, eight of Boeing 747 and 17 of Boeing 737 fleet have quit between 2012 and October this year, reports The Economic Times.

The Minister said the cost of training a pilot in a Boeing aircraft has gone up by 36 per cent between 2012 and October this year while it has increased by 33 per cent for Airbus family of planes during this period.

Raju said the annual recurrent training cost on training a pilot for a Boeing aircraft stood at Rs 2.04 lakh while for an Airbus plane it was Rs 2.26 lakh in 2012.


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