The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Air India to immediately implement the DGCA and Civil Aviation Requirement on Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL) for its pilots and crew members. The non-implementation of the guidelines saw the average utilisation of Air India pilots being limited.
With this direction, Air India will lead to optimum utilisation of its pilots, cabin crew and reduce the requirements of pilots and cabin crew for a given number of aircraft. In a statement released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), with the implementation of guidelines, the airline will be able to spare a significant number of pilots and cabin crew for additional aircraft that India will acquire up to 2015.
The decision to ask Air India to implement the guidelines comes after an analysis of the FDTL which revealed that the national carrier was lower in five of the six parameters. The six parameters in FDTL include daily flight duty period, maximum daily flight time, weekly/monthly/annual limitation of flying hours, rest period and staff on duty travel or position and number of landings.