Air India to reinstate 45 pilots; plans VRS

The Air India management has decided to reinstate 45 of the 101 pilots sacked during the prolonged strike. The management had sacked the pilots for involving in a 58-day-long ''illegal'' strike even as the airline is crumbling under a top-heavy structure. 

The national carrier has 258 employees for every aircraft it operates.

The airline management had, earlier, derecognised the Indian Pilots' Guild, the union of the pilots representing the Air India before its merger with Indian Airlines.

Pilots belonging to the Indian Pilots' Guild had since moved the Delhi High Court and obtained an assurance from the management on 3 July that it would consider their grievances.

Air India has also since withdrawn its civil suit seeking to restrain the Air India pilots from resorting to strike.

Meanwhile, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh informed Parliament today that only 16 of Air India's 184 daily flights between April and June met total cost of operations.