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Some Facts of the Air India Pilots Agitation:

Old 11th Jun 2012, 06:01
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Maths does not add up

As per AI claim they are operating 80% + of their international routes. In numbers 38 of 45 routes. This would mean only 7 routes cancellation per day. If 440 pilots are sitting out is this not a dream come true for the airline to get rid of at least 240 extra pilots from the payroll? Serious case of over staffing I must say. Next stop cabin crew and ground staff?
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Old 11th Jun 2012, 18:43
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By saying 80% of their routes.... they are basically only covering 80% of the destinations AI was flying to........ its a fact that they are not covering 80% of the flights.
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 06:10
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38/45 routes being covered in what ever manner possible with only a 20% drop in passenger occupancy still points towards an over staffing situation.

Always good to shed some flab when one has the opportunity
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 09:11
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Mr. Wannabe....
U would have no idea of what 'routes' means. Lemme explain.
AI now does del-cdg-jfk & del-fra-ord. Neither of these routes existed. Each of these destinations were flown directly and 7 times a week. Several stations have been chalked out ex. Ewr, Hkg, Kix, Icn, etc, etc. Fact is AI is nowhere near normalcy, Don't go by just what the media reports or the MoCA is trying to do to cover some face. 7 years of flying without leave clearly highlights severe shortage in the licensed categories.
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 17:30
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What's that in Dollars?

Maharajah,
I have spent (lotsa) time in India & still can't work it out!
(For the International audience) : Please at least translate crores & lakhs to at least another universally depreciating currency like the US dollar.
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 20:52
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From what I know:

1 crore = 1,00,00,000 (in their numerical system); or 10,000,000; or 10 million.

100 lakhs make 1 crore. Thus 1 lakh is 100,000 or 1 hundred thousand.

For currency conversion, $1 is approximately 50 Indian Rupees now.


Hope that helps.
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 22:03
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When wannabe's start flying....in the real world....they would realize the differences in job profile's of an international wide body pilot and a domestic narrow body pilot.-)
Let's also not forget that the Indian Airlines pilots also operate widebody aircraft (A330)
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 05:06
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5548 Crore = US$ 1 Billion
1000 Crore = US $ 180 Million
100 Crore = US$ 18 Million
10 Crore = US$ 1.8 Million
1 crore = US$180,000
1 lakh = US$ 1,800

All above rounded up approx to todays exchange rate. Rs is expected to decline further to US$
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 05:10
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UNfair;

Note I said by whatever manner possible.

In reference to your CDG route. I flew on it last month and there were 50 passengers outbound from Delhi and 75 on the return on a 777.

I am assuming strike or no strike it might have been wise move to make it a hopping flight and exercise some bi laterals and alliances to try and fill up the aircraft a bit more.

Did I mention on the CDG-Del flight the entire crew plus some off duty hogged business class and first class and left the 3 new guys for service? I poked my head in to get some assistance and business class looked like the gucci / LV showroom at the Champ Elyeese with a healthy barter system on! Needless to say I was shushed out and asked to return to economy.
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 18:03
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I am assuming strike or no strike it might have been wise move to make it a hopping flight and exercise some bi laterals and alliances
that I agree, however route planning is not done by Pilots.

Did I mention on the CDG-Del flight the entire crew plus some off duty hogged business class and first class
Crew hogging Business/First is their entitlement as per agreements & u should have no reason to complain if u can't get yourself a better deal.

and left the 3 new guys for service?
As much as i know, AI only does 2 crew service from Cdg-Del.
No new guys are ever left alone in the cockpit. Doesn't happen in AI.

Needless to say I was shushed out and asked to return to economy
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I think in the first place , you had no business to go into business class, if u were flying economy.
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 20:43
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UNfair

Whatever you're on-may I have some...

Alternatively simply RTF post that you're trying to answer, but before you answer ensure that you understand what you've read.

Right...back to coherence I hope.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 05:59
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SYGYZ Thank you for pointing out the obvious. Please do share stuff Unfair share with you!

UNFair: I was not clear maybe. On duty crew made out comfortable beds (by crew I mean cabin crew) and slept the entire way post the fashion show by off duty crew.

I counted 14 cabin crew on the flight and 3 were new bees. No idea on cockpit and never went there so I think you mis -read? the 3 new guys were "cabin crew" Post hastily giving us the meal they went to the last seats and started watching a movie and snoozing...

The only reason I poked my head into business was to ask for service as the entire crew was missing in action. Did mention that.........
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 07:29
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Not aimed at you...I fully understood your post, as I expect did most other readers.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 07:35
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Was thanking you for pointing out the obvious to the unfairly treated....PM me once Unfair gives you some the stuff he is smoking/drinking. My stuff is not giving me the expected bells and whistles....

General feel on entire site is that of little support for people who are striking in times of turmoil and making a bad situation worse.
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Crew hogging Business/First is their entitlement as per agreements & u should have no reason to complain if u can't get yourself a better deal

I think in the first place , you had no business to go into business class, if u were flying economy
Damn right. May all SLF hoi polloi be reminded that their purpose is to allow the crews to travel in style, not the other way around.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 16:44
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I counted 14 cabin crew on the flight and 3 were new bees. No idea on cockpit and never went there so I think you mis -read? the 3 new guys were "cabin crew"
Ur rite then, I did mis-read, cos this is a Pilot forum and ur name is wannabe flyer.

OK, 777 in AI has 10 cabin crew as std., so I assume if u saw 14, four were newbies.

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Old 14th Jun 2012, 16:50
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Regarding normalcy of AI flights :

AI has 25 a/c, only 8 are flying
IX has 21 a/c, only 6 are flying
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 20:00
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As per the present IX roster, there should be a min 10 birds in the air to maintain it. How did you arrive at the figure of 6?
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Old 15th Jun 2012, 04:09
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30,000 crore (5.5 Billion USD) bailout very anti nationalist

When the aviation crisis hit us some years back, we thought the travails related only to a loss-making state-owned carrier called Air India. Then we discovered a flying carcass called Kingfisher, and thought its problems must be related to the liquor baron’s usual excesses.

However, even Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir are losing money hand over fist. IndiGo is profitable, but the airline’s president has said its profits in 2011-12 would be a “fraction” of what it was a year ago. And this when airfares are rising.

It is tempting to believe that once aviation fuel prices fall, airline fortunes will revive. Possible, but don’t count on it. Falling fuel prices in a competitive scenario will bring falling fares, too. It will soon be back to square one.

So what is the right policy stance to take on Indian aviation?Will Aviation Minister’s policy approaches work?

One thing is clear. The world over, airlines are capital hungry loss-makers. Very few airlines make money. Why should India, which has enough good causes to spend money on (poverty, infrastructure), be subsidising airlines or rescuing them, whether public or private? In fact, even in aviation infrastructure – airports – we are busy operating some of the costliest airports in the world.

In short, India has probably already lost the plot. Our aim should be to cut our losses, whether it is airlines or airports, and not invest more in a mirage. Airline nationalism does not work. It may even be anti-national. Spending Rs 30,000 crore of taxpayer money over a decrepit airline is anti-national when we can ask some other country or sucker airline to carry the can for us.

A corollary: We should let others invest here. We should just harvest the local jobs and the economic benefits of airlines and airport companies investing in India. There is no reason to allow cash-starved Indian companies like GMR and GVK to run airports, when their sole USP is a partnership with foreign airport operators. Airport investments should come from cash-rich foreign partners and this will happen only if they get to own the airports. The GMRs and GVKs are needless appendages. We can always regulate the airport operators so that they don’t fleece us.

Trying to throw in a tax relief here or a policy reform there will not substantially change Indian aviation’s fortunes. The fact is we have to completely change the aviation eco-system to become a big player in this league, but that is not going to happen in the current era of fractious coalitions and policy paralysis. Moreover, we need to get too many things straightened up for us to even consider aviation as our forte.


We have only market size working in our favour. We should use it sensibly. AFP

If this wasn’t the case, the world’s second largest airport operator, Fraport AG, would not be considering an exit with curses on its lips. A 10 percent investor in Delhi airport, Fraport India’s chief Ansgar Sickert told The Economic Times recently: “We had some re-assessment… (and realised) that this government doesn’t have any spine or drive. So I personally doubt that anything will happen in the lifetime of UPA-II.”

Foreign investors seldom talk this way about host governments. Since Fraport did so, it really means we screwed up big in aviation.

Or consider this: Jet Airways draws more than 56 percent of its turnover from overseas operations, not India. And you though Jet was an Indian airline. We don’t even know its full ownership structure. Jet loses less money abroad. And its global hub is in Europe, not India – Brussels now, and possibly Munich later.

India does not have any part of its act in aviation right. It has created airport monopolies in Delhi and Mumbai where fees are being raised to extortionate levels. It has high fuel taxes (levied mostly by states) that make airline operations unviable. It has a state-sector player whose gigantic losses and mismanagement are making the entire sector unviable. We have a very weak regulator and flouting of safety regulations is widespread.

None of this can be set right in a hurry for the following reasons.

Airports: Indian airports are barely viable due to the high revenue share they have to give government. (Delhi was recently given the okay to raise its fees by 345 percent, making it the world’s costliest.) There is no scope for cheaper airports in metros with big traffic (Mumbai, for example) due to paucity of land. The Navi Mumbai airport is going to be even costlier than Delhi if it is to be viable.

Developing cheaper airports is the only way to go, but for this we need a completely different aviation policy: cheap land, connectivity to city centres from distant airports, etc. Our policy is heading in the opposite direction: high land costs, little investment in public transport and connectivity.

In urban areas, politicians and the land mafia have made land acquisition prohibitively expensive. So it is difficult to see politicians making a policy that will make land for airports cheaper – even assuming the landowners can be persuaded to sell.

A coherent airport policy will take some doing. It is beyond the capacity of the present dispensation.

Airlines: Aviation is a capital-intensive business. Though, in theory, one can take aircraft on lease and run an airline without too much capital, this keeps debts low at the cost of margins. Every airline thus needs a mix of owned and leased aircraft to be viable. But viability is a function of not only aircraft costs, but fuel, competition and other costs.

Costs are already going out of control on fuel and airport charges. Competition is paring margins, and the fact that Air India and Kingfisher are still around means fares will remain unviable much longer – which could push the other airlines into the red too.

Both Air India and Kingfisher should have been wound up so that the industry could consolidate by ensuring scale and cost advantages. But politics and hubris (as in the case of Kingfisher) won’t allow this.

As for fuel, it is possible to cut state taxes, but why should this be done at their cost? Aviation fuel is actually cheaper than petrol in India, and since fossil fuel use needs to be controlled in a climate-challenged world, there is no long-term case for India to cut fuel taxes.

Regulation: India’s airline regulation has been weak, and thanks to poor financial strength, airlines’ internal safety standards may also be suspect, as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation found in a recent financial surveillance audit.

The audit had this to say about Kingfisher: “A reasonable case exists for withdrawal of their airline operator permit as their financial stress is likely to impinge on safety.” About Air India Express, it said: “A prima facie case exists for restricting their operations in view of safety issues.”

But both airlines are still in business. This suggests that the regulator does not ultimately have the gumption to crack down on airlines even on the all-important issue of safety. This could be due to political pressure or the need to protect jobs. But regulation cannot be done this way.

Traffic potential: With its huge growth potential, India’s biggest plus in aviation is its market size. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Indians make 0.1 trips a year, against 1.8 in the US. If we get to even a third of the US level we would have 700 million air travellers annually. Currently, the annual traffic is a tenth of that.

Traffic potential is Indian aviation’s only trump card. And this is what we should leverage. We should use market access to get foreign airports, airlines and airport services companies to create facilities and jobs here. It won’t happen in a hurry, but we can evolve policy bit-by-bit once we are politically in a mood for visionary moves with the guts to implement it.

Our gameplan, which does not involve much work on our part for now, should be to:

One, create a strong competition and pricing regulator for the aviation sector.

Two, allow domestic airlines to be taken over by foreign ones. Not 49 percent, but 100 percent, if needed. The nimbler domestic ones will survive.

Three, downsize, and if possible sell, Air India. Air India’s pilots have helped by doing themselves out of a job, but the real solution is a generous VRS for the rest. Air India would be more profitable as merely an airline engineering services and ground-handling company than as a full-fledged airline. Kingfisher should be allowed to find its own route to hell. Its creditors need to call in all the loans or write them off and seize the collateral.

Four, plan to develop low-cost airport hubs outside the metros – but after creating fast transport links simultaneously. The Navi Mumbai airport, for example, will have a big problem clearing its passengers since little thought has been given to fast connectivity to Mumbai and Thane.

India has already lost the battle for aviation supremacy by emphasising the wrong things: primacy for Air India and domestic airlines, and being cussed about allowing competition and foreign equity, etc.

We have only market size working in our favour. We should use it Sensibly.
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Old 15th Jun 2012, 05:46
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Forgot to add to the 14 there were also 6 off duty cabin crew.

Felt really safe as 20 trained cabin crew for 75 of us in case of an emergency
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