B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2961 times:
The Supreme Court of India on Friday overruled a Bombay High Court order that restrained Air India from utilizing cabin crew who had not completed safety training.
The original order had been passed by the High Court following a petition by the Air India Cabin Crew Association union on the grounds that this was a violation of DGCA regulations. Air India countered that this was actually a commercial interest petition, since union members are entitled to shortfall pay when flights operate with less than prescribed complement of crew on board.
The DGCA clarified to the court on Friday that using untrained crew above the minimum complement required does not compromise the safety aspects of the flight.
The court ruling requires that the untrained crew wear different uniforms and badges identifying them as hospitality staff. Air India intends to staff Boeing 747-400s with 12 trained crew and 7 untrained crew.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2644 times:
Nwacrew, how is this any different from NWA's "interpreters" that are used on Asian and India routes? They too are not classified as Flight Attendants but rather as additional crewmembers.
The minimum complement for operating a 744 is 11 cabin crew and Air India will be operating it with 11 trained union crew, 1 trained management supervisor and the remainder hospitality staff who will handle duties without an operational safety component such as meal service, etc... If it is safe for the airline to operate with 11 trained crew and nobody else, surely it is just as safe to fly with 11 trained crew and other folks who are essentially airborne waitresses.