Vistara crisis: Amid turbulence, at least 15 pilots quit airline

Apr2,2024



Vistara Flight cancellation crisis: Amid the ongoing protest by Vistara pilots over pay revision, sources revealed that at least 15 senior first officers have recently resigned from the airline. Vistara operates around 300 flights daily and has a fleet of 70 aircraft including A320-family aircraft and Boeing 787s.
In recent weeks, Airlines owned by Tata Group It has faced discontent among pilots, with first officers in particular on its A320 fleet reported ill. The senior First official who resigned has joined a domestic budget carrier, sources told PTI.
A Vistara spokesperson declined to comment on the resignations. The airline has approximately 800 pilots. Those who resigned had completed conversion training to operate wide-body Boeing 787 aircraft, but were not assigned flying duties on these aircraft.
The airline, which is currently in the process of merging with Air India, introduced new contracts aimed at aligning pilot salaries Air IndiaStandards of. However, many Vistara pilots are opposing incentives linked to additional flying with less fixed compensation and conditions.
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Due to significant flight cancellations due to crew shortage in recent weeks, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed Vistara to submit daily reports on flight disruptions. The Civil Aviation Ministry is also closely monitoring the situation.
Vistara, which operates over 300 daily flights domestically and internationally, is facing disruption mainly due to crew unavailability with 60-70 flights being affected daily.
In the last few days, complaints regarding ticket cancellation and delay have increased on social media. On Monday, the airline acknowledged multiple flight disruptions, citing crew shortage among other factors.
Expressing concern over customer inconvenience, Vistara announced measures to minimize disruptions. These include temporary reduction in flight operations, deployment of larger aircraft such as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A321neo on some domestic routes to optimize capacity and ensure continuous connectivity across its network.



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