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Jun 20, 2012
00:52 (IST)
Air India strike: 22 Executive Pilots report 'sick'
In further trouble for the strike-hit Air India, 22 of its around 120 Executive pilots have reported 'sick' at a time when the national carrier is struggling to maintain its international operations.
Jun 18, 2012
13:50 (IST)
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on the Air India strike: "It was not a strike, because no notice was given. Courts ruled strike illegal. It's been 40 days. At first we said, they should come back without pre-conditions. Now, They've disregarded our appeals, and court's order. We've concluded that they are not interested to come back to work."
Jun 06, 2012
00:48 (IST)
Air India plans to hire pilots to run long-haul international flights
Hiring of new batches of pilots is part of a new business plan for international operations, which the ailing carrier is likely to announce on Wednesday. It would be implemented as soon as necessary clearances are granted by DGCA, official sources said.
May 31, 2012
00:25 (IST)
End strike before we hear your case: Delhi High Court tells Air India pilots
Striking Air India pilots suffered another blow on Wednesday with the Delhi High Court holding that the protesters' view on the issue of training on Boeing 777 to be used in international flights will be heard only after they call off their over three-week agitation.
May 25, 2012
17:05 (IST)
Bombay High Court disapproves of Air India pilots' strike
Deprecating the inconvenience being caused to people due to their agitation, the Bombay High Court today asked the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) to first comply with the Delhi High Court order restraining them from continuing their "illegal strike" before sorting out the issues with the management.
May 25, 2012
15:48 (IST)
Some striking pilots met the Civil Aviation minister today. Ministry officials confirmed that the pilots came and met the minister in their personal capacity. Ajit Singh reportedly advised the pilots to join back duty immediately after going through the mandatory guidelines and said none of them would be victimised.
 

May 23, 2012
15:44 (IST)
The striking pilots have hit back at the Air India management and alleged that the airline has incurred losses of over four thousand crores due to financial irregularities and mismanagement.

This on a day, Air India filed a contempt petition against striking pilots in the Delhi High Court. The management of the national carrier says that despite the court's order calling the strike illegal and several opportunities given to the striking pilots to resolve their issues they failed to settle the matter.

May 23, 2012
11:31 (IST)
Air India files contempt petition against pilots on strike
The petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court
May 23, 2012
11:24 (IST)
On May 17, the Delhi High Court had asked the striking Air India pilots to call off their agitation immediately or face contempt action.

May 23, 2012
11:22 (IST)
Air India has filed a contempt petition against 200 of its pilots who are continuing with their strike for the 16th day today despite the Delhi High Court declaring it illegal.
May 22, 2012
22:10 (IST)
Bookings are being accepted only for those flights which are being operated under the contingency plan, say officials of the Air India management.
May 22, 2012
22:09 (IST)
With no end in sight to the strike by a section of Air India pilots which has entered the 15th day, the airline management has extended its contingency plan of curtailed operations to June 1.
May 21, 2012
15:54 (IST)
Air India's report card shows failing grade
Air India's share in the domestic market has slid to fourth position, even below the troubled Kingfisher Airlines.
May 21, 2012
15:53 (IST)
On Thursday, the division bench of the Delhi High Court had upheld the order of the single-judge bench declaring the pilots' strike illegal. The division bench also said  contempt proceedings should be started against the pilots.
May 21, 2012
15:52 (IST)
Medical boards, comprising of Indian Air Force staff, will be conducting a full check-up of the 'sick' pilots, in places like Bangalore, Delhi and Jorhat.
May 21, 2012
15:51 (IST)
The pilots remain adamant that the government take back the sacked pilots, re-recognise IPG and give them some sort of assurance that their earlier demands of a career progression would be taken care of
May 21, 2012
15:50 (IST)
Almost 400 pilots are still on strike. Air India sources say 20 more pilots are likely to be sacked today, taking the number to 91.
May 21, 2012
15:03 (IST)
Air India pilots' strike enters Day 14: 10 big developments
It's the 14th day of the Air India pilots' strike and neither the pilots nor the government is blinking yet, though some protesting pilots have been reporting back to work - including four today. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will meet union leaders today, in a bid to find a way out of the crisis. But the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which began this strike, is not a part of the unions invited for the talks, as it was de-recognised some days ago.
May 16, 2012
18:50 (IST)
On day nine of strike, three 'sick' Air India pilots return to work
On day nine of the strike, three Air India pilots, who were amongst those who had reported 'sick', have returned to work. This comes after 71 of the on-strike pilots were sacked by the Air India management. Civil Aviation Mnister Ajit Singh has said they cannot be reinstated.
May 16, 2012
07:25 (IST)
On Day 9 of the Air India pilots' strike, at least 9 international flights cancelled so far.
May 15, 2012
21:44 (IST)
Air India has lost 150 crores because of pilots' strike, says Ajit Singh
Issuing yet another appeal to the striking Air India pilots to return to work, the government today promised to hear their grievances unconditionally without any vindictive action, as it noted that the stir had cost an "almost bankrupt" airline Rs 150 crore.
May 15, 2012
18:50 (IST)
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh says in the Lok Sabha that the government cannot keep pouring public money into Air India, and this is their last chance.
May 15, 2012
18:33 (IST)
Air India strike: Ajit Singh under attack in Lok Sabha
Concern was expressed in the Lok Sabha today over continuation of strike by Air India pilots, with Opposition members targeting Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh for his statements outside Parliament indicating privatisation of the national carrier.
May 14, 2012
20:34 (IST)
No Air India bookings for US, Europe till Thursday
Air India on Monday extended the bar on bookings for its West-bound flights till Thursday, even as it mulled the option of shutting down global operations till a resolution is found to the pilots' strike which completed a week today. On day seven of the agitation by over 200 pilots, 14 international flights were cancelled, bringing no end to the troubles of the passengers.
May 14, 2012
15:43 (IST)
There were reports that the government had sent feelers to pilots to discuss a solution to the impasse. The pilots did go to the Aviation Minister's residence, but left soon after without being able to meet Mr Singh. As they left, they said they hoped to meet him later in the day.
May 14, 2012
11:20 (IST)
Air India deadlock: 13 international flights cancelled; angry passengers try to block road outside Mumbai airport
It's the seventh day of the strike by the pilots of Air India and the passengers' woes are mounting. Thirteen international flights have been cancelled overnight including seven from Mumbai and four from Delhi.
May 14, 2012
11:20 (IST)
May 14, 2012
10:43 (IST)
Showcause notices have been issued to 11 Air India office bearers as per the management demand. A week's notice has been given to them to reply to the notice.
May 14, 2012
10:42 (IST)
Latest figures show that 341 Air India pilots are currently reporting sick.
May 14, 2012
08:46 (IST)
On the seventh day of the crisis, 13 more international flights (seven from Mumbai and four from Delhi) have been cancelled. Angry passengers vented their frustration by blocking a road outside the Mumbai airport.
May 12, 2012
14:16 (IST)
Air India pilots: No serious initiative by management
May 12, 2012
14:15 (IST)
Striking pilots: Long history of unresolved injustice
May 12, 2012
14:14 (IST)
Striking Air India pilots: Govt didn't know how to execute merger
May 12, 2012
13:56 (IST)
Ajit Singh has called Sharad Yadav, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain for talks
May 12, 2012
13:55 (IST)
Ajit Singh: Why can't pilots call off strike after court has said so?
May 12, 2012
13:54 (IST)
Aviation Minister: Pilots should consider the plight of passengers
May 12, 2012
13:51 (IST)
Ajit Singh on pilots promotion row: No vacancies but ready to talk
May 12, 2012
13:48 (IST)

Air India deadlock: Ajit Singh invites former aviation ministers for informal talks

May 12, 2012
13:32 (IST)

 Air India deadlock: Aviation Minister says pilots should come forward for talks

May 12, 2012
09:05 (IST)
May 12, 2012
08:28 (IST)
In 2007, Air India was merged with Indian Airlines, the government-owned domestic carrier. Since then, pilots from the two airlines have clashed repeatedly over issues like parity in pay and seniority.
May 12, 2012
08:28 (IST)

The executive pilots say the management has violated the terms of merger of Air India and Indian Airlines

May 12, 2012
08:28 (IST)

They have written to the Prime Minister asking him to intervene and help restore normalcy soonest

May 12, 2012
08:05 (IST)

Air India executive pilots have extended their support to the pilots on strike

May 12, 2012
08:05 (IST)

Air India pilots' strike has entered its fifth day today

May 11, 2012
11:55 (IST)
UPDATE: Aviation Minister meets PM; PM has said fares shouldn't increase due to Air India strike, says Ajit Singh after the meeting
May 11, 2012
11:44 (IST)

Ajit Singh meets PM, apprises him about Air India deadlock

May 11, 2012
11:22 (IST)
Supreme Court asks Air India to sit with pilots and sort out differences
May 11, 2012
11:21 (IST)
On Friday morning, Kingfisher Airlines cancelled 12 flights in Delhi after pilots failed to report to work.
May 11, 2012
11:21 (IST)
In the letter, Mallya said he will "act firmly and decisively" and that he will not allow a "small group of misguided employees to derail and jeopardise operations" and urged employees to ensure that the revised schedule is maintained.
May 11, 2012
11:21 (IST)
Meanwhile, Kingfisher Airlines' chairman Vijay Mallya has written to employees threatening action against workers going on strike.
May 11, 2012
11:19 (IST)
Supreme Court refuses to entertain Air India's contempt plea against pilots on strike: PTI
May 11, 2012
09:56 (IST)
May 11, 2012
09:50 (IST)

Expressing his concern over the deadlock, the minister said this morning, "I hope Air India will not move to ICU"

May 11, 2012
09:47 (IST)
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will meet PM in Parliament today to apprise him of the situation
May 11, 2012
09:47 (IST)
The Delhi High Court had on Wednesday said the strike is illegal.
May 11, 2012
09:46 (IST)
Air India management has filed a contempt of court application in the Supreme Court against its pilots on strike
May 11, 2012
09:46 (IST)

Stand-off between Air India pilots and government continues; strike enters fourth day