Indian Pilots Union Wants Ex-Pat Ban

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The union representing Jet Airways pilots has ordered its Indian pilots to refuse to work with non-Indian pilots and has demanded the airline fire all non-native cockpit crew. Jet has about 100 non-Indian captains (who are presumably also in the union) and the National Aviators’ Guild is demanding they be purged from the airline. According to the Times of India, the union says there are plenty of Indian pilots looking for work and while non-Indian pilots have their uses when new aircraft are introduced, they should be fired when indigenous pilots are up to speed. It’s been 15 years since Jet introduced a new type. ”We feel the management has had more than enough time to replace the expats with Indian national pilots. We therefore demand that all expats be released immediately,” the union said in a statement. The exclusivity provisions begin May 1 but the union said all training and currency activity involving non-Indian pilots was to stop April 16. The airline has rejected the demands at all levels.

In a statement, the airline said Jet Airways “is an equal opportunities employer” and is “diverse in race, gender, caste, creed or religion ... Jet Airways is committed to offer equal opportunities to all pilots and follows a structured plan for their recruitment based on business outlook.” The union also cited a confrontation between a non-Indian pilot and a wheelchair passenger whose personal chair was incorrectly loaded as baggage. The passenger claimed the pilot was aggressive and abusive toward him because retrieving the chair caused a departure delay, but it did not directly explain what his nationality had to do with the fracas. "The safety of our passengers and pilots is of prime importance and these kind of issues cannot be tolerated at all,” the union statement said. “The expats are also a huge drain on the company's and the nation's finances."

Comments (11)

" has ordered its Indian pilots to refuse to work with non-Indian pilots"

So.... fire the people who refuse to work. Problem solved.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | April 16, 2017 9:28 PM    Report this comment

That business plan has been working well for their gas stations!

Posted by: Don Lineback | April 17, 2017 4:52 AM    Report this comment

Indians they don't know what they are talking about just making noise .

Posted by: SHERIF GABER | April 17, 2017 6:52 AM    Report this comment

I'm fine with it, so long as in America we insist that the 10's of thousand of H1B engineers that have flooded the US market and held down the salaries of American born engineers are also required to give up their jobs.

Payback can be a b*tch.

Posted by: William Pace | April 17, 2017 3:02 PM    Report this comment

USA first, France first, mainline pilots first, "you are either with us or against us", etc etc...we are all retreating into our own 'bunkers' while the world is becoming smaller. In all aspects of society this will create devisions and a lack of trust.
We will no longer listen to each other but compete for the few doggy bones available....the biggest bully will feel free to use force at any time.

Posted by: Mauro Hernandez | April 18, 2017 4:57 AM    Report this comment

So they want the airline to fire there most experienced pilots. After a few aluminum showers and some high profile funerals they will regret that action. Of course the union will blame the company and the company will blame the union.

Posted by: Neil Rosoff | April 18, 2017 8:28 AM    Report this comment

William Pace -

Those H1B's are modern-day slave labor and they are making their master's a lot of money. Their master's are more than happy to sell America down the river if that means more money for them. The ride America is on to the bottom is not a lot of fun, is it?

Posted by: Ken Keen | April 18, 2017 8:57 AM    Report this comment

I am a GA pilot, aircraft owner and a physician of Indian origin. This kind of hateful rhetoric is totally unnecessary. First of all large number of those foreign pilots are not Americans. There are lots of bone headed Russians and those from Balkans. Few years ago one of them crashed a jet in Mengalore due to poorly managed speed, despite of Indian FO urging him to go around. Also there are lots of pilots who's family has sacrificed everything they had so he can become pilots . Its extremely expensive in India so obviously they want a job desperately.
Regarding the flying abilities of Indians, rest assured that they are up to par just like your local Indian doctor. I know some of them personally and they are great pilots and I would trust them more than anyone if there is a bad situation.

Posted by: SANJAY KANSARA | April 18, 2017 12:59 PM    Report this comment

I am a GA pilot, aircraft owner and a physician of Indian origin. This kind of hateful rhetoric is totally unnecessary. First of all large number of those foreign pilots are not Americans. There are lots of bone headed Russians and those from Balkans. Few years ago one of them crashed a jet in Mengalore due to poorly managed speed, despite of Indian FO urging him to go around. Also there are lots of pilots who's family has sacrificed everything they had so he can become pilots . Its extremely expensive in India so obviously they want a job desperately.
Regarding the flying abilities of Indians, rest assured that they are up to par just like your local Indian doctor. I know some of them personally and they are great pilots and I would trust them more than anyone if there is a bad situation.

Posted by: SANJAY KANSARA | April 18, 2017 1:00 PM    Report this comment

I am a GA pilot, aircraft owner and a physician of Indian origin. This kind of hateful rhetoric is totally unnecessary. First of all large number of those foreign pilots are not Americans. There are lots of bone headed Russians and those from Balkans. Few years ago one of them crashed a jet in Mengalore due to poorly managed speed, despite of Indian FO urging him to go around. Also there are lots of pilots who's family has sacrificed everything they had so he can become pilots . Its extremely expensive in India so obviously they want a job desperately.
Regarding the flying abilities of Indians, rest assured that they are up to par just like your local Indian doctor. I know some of them personally and they are great pilots and I would trust them more than anyone if there is a bad situation.

Posted by: SANJAY KANSARA | April 18, 2017 1:00 PM    Report this comment

I find above response very unsettling. The author complains about hateful rhetoric towards Indian pilots while at the same time spewing hatred towards Russian and Balkan pilots. The author demonstrate the same prejudice and racism as the Jet Airways union. Indian jobs for Indians, right?! Before painting non-Indian pilots as unsafe, perhaps one should look no further than the safety record of Indian Air Force operating Mig-21's. IAF has the worst Mig-21 safety record of any country that operated them...
There is no way to spin the news: Jet Airways union is a racist organization. No modern democracy should allow such blatant racism to continue. Let's see how Indian democracy responds...

Posted by: STEVEN YAMPOLSKY | April 18, 2017 8:44 PM    Report this comment

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