Air India to temporarily reduce flights on some US routes: CEO
New Delhi: Air India will reduce the frequency of flights on certain US routes due to crew shortage issues for a temporary period, its chief Campbell Wilson said on Monday. He also said that the airline will have 100 pilots for Boeing 777 planes in three months as they are being activated and around 1,400 cabin crew are in training.
'Frequencies will be reduced on some US routes'
In recent months, there have been instances of some long-haul flights getting impacted due to crew shortage issues. Wilson, who is the CEO and MD, said frequencies will be reduced on some US routes due to crew shortage issues.
The airline has a staff strength of around 11,000 people, including flying and non-flying employees. "There is a lot happening," he said, adding that the airline is shrinking and growing now. He was speaking at the CAPA India Summit in the national capital.
AI announced placing orders for 470 aircrafts
Last month, the airline announced placing orders for 470 aircrafts from Airbus and Boeing, including 70 wide-body planes. Out of the total, 250 will be from Airbus and 220 from Boeing. There is also an option to purchase additional 370 aircraft from the two plane makers.
Besides, the merger of AirAsia India, rebranded as AIX Connect, with Air India Express as well as the merger of Vistara with Air India has been initiated.
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