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.