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AI pilots can't seek crew's help for outside meals


NEW DELHI: Air India on Wednesday asked cabin crew and pilots to finalise meal scheduling, basically what the latter need and when, ahead of operating flights and prohibit visits via the former to cockpit during flight because of this. While proscribing pilots from getting outdoor food, say a home-cooked meal, for consumption inflight isn't possible, AI is considering asking them to not search crew assist in anyway like heating up the meal for eating the same. These strikes come after a spat between a pilot and flight purser reportedly on the factor of washing a tiffin box that the captain had got from domestic when he finished his meal.

“Cabin crew is for the relief and protection of passengers. We have asked for meal scheduling to be decided ahead of flight in order that accordingly the same will also be served to pilots inflight. Also the number of visits via cabin crew to cockpits will have to be as consistent with laid down norms and not more than that. Calling crew contributors time and again to cockpit for some reason why or the other comes in approach of passenger provider,” stated a senior professional.


Storm in a teacup: Pilot rage on Air India flights quite regular

Onboard flight run-ins between Air India pilots and flight pursers appear to be the order of the day. Earlier this month, an altercation broke out between a commander and a flight purser when the former did not get the tea he had ordered.


A senior cabin crew member stated: “AI pilots frequently carry domestic tiffin boxes on board and ask crew to warmth and serve that meal. There are frequently requests from pilots like asking crew to cut onion, roast almonds and cashews in honey and make cheese toasts and fruit salad. All this will have to stop as cabin crew are on board for passenger provider and protection and are not non-public cooks of pilots. On the other hand, pilots of private Indian airways don't do this. Why so much drama in AI?”

These choice were taken after a captain and flight purser of a Bengaluru-Kolkata flight on Monday had a struggle when the former reportedly asked the latter to rinse his tiffin. AI has grounded both the crew contributors and the airline chairman Ashwani Lohani has taken an overly stern view of this struggle.

'This nonsense has to stop & will stop,' says Air India chief on crew's tiffin struggle

Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani stated: “This nonsense has to stop and will stop", taking an overly strict view of the struggle between a pilot and a flight purser on Bengaluru-Kolkata flight who have been summoned to Delhi HQ on Thursday for wondering. NewsTread reported on Wednesday how a captain and a crew member fought when the former reportedly asked the latter to rinse his tiffin.


Earlier this 12 months, AI had barred its pilots from ordering special meals for themselves and asked them to take the regular meals ordered via the airline. Flight caterers had complained it used to be a normal observe to get special meal requests from AI pilots.


Air India asks pilots to stop ordering special meals & take regular ones

AI’s director operations wrote a mail to pilots announcing: “It has been delivered to (his) understand that flight crew are ordering special meal/s which is in opposition to laws. The only crew, who for clinical reasons, may order for special meals, (this is) food advisable via physician. (as consistent with laws) ‘crew will have to adhere to the meal schedules laid down via the corporate’.”


AI director (operations) captain Amitabh Singh had written a mail pilots this March announcing: “It has been delivered to (his) understand that flight crew are ordering special meal/s which is in opposition to laws. The only crew, who for clinical reasons, may order for special meals, (this is) food advisable via physician. (as consistent with laws) ‘crew will have to adhere to the meal schedules laid down via the corporate and will have to now not authorise meal uplift on their own’.”


“In light of the above, all cockpit crew (pilots) are steered to not order special meals as and when operating a flight / workforce on responsibility movement. GM-catering to be mindful of the same and factor necessary instructions to all dealing heads. GM-catering to liaise with workplace of ED-operations to get a listing of pilots, who will be requiring special food for clinical functions only. ED-operations to get the above instructions uploaded on crew portal on priority,” captain Singh’s order had stated.


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