The Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA), union of pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines and now Air India (domestic), has complained about the 26-year-old Airbus A-320s that AI still flies.
"The classic A-320 aircrafts which are 26 years old (one of the oldest in the world) are being operated with repetitive snags endangering flight safety.... DGCA should not permit AI to operate these lethal snag prone classic aircrafts in view of passenger safety."
On its part, AI maintains that all its planes, including the old A-320s are perfectly safe to fly, airworthy and that they are certified to fly by the regulator.
The ICPA has also raised the issue of "nonpayment of full salary and allowances for last almost 32 months".
29/03/15 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India