Air India pilots call off 787 training strike

More than 400 Air India pilots have called off a lengthy strike in a row over training to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Many flights were cancelled because of the industrial action which lasted for almost two months and reportedly cost the debt-ridden carrier more than £100 million.

The airline has already sacked 101 pilots and the high court in Delhi had earlier ruled the protest illegal.

Pilots agreed to call off the strike after the Air India management told the court that it would consider the demands of the pilots “sympathetically”, according to the BBC.

The pilots were protesting against a move to train pilots from Indian Airlines, which merged with Air India in 2007, to fly the 787s.

“We respect the sentiments and order of the high court. We have started the procedure of joining work. We hope that the issues will be sorted in a time-bound manner,” NDTV news channel quoted Air India pilot, Captain Rohit Kapahi, as saying.

“We sincerely apologise to the nation and our passengers. This extreme step was taken as we were pushed into the corner.”

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