On Saturday the threat of more trouble for Air India stirred as a group of pilots called in sick, causing the cancellation of one flight and two more flights to be delayed by 16 hours. The pilots were protesting the rescheduling of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner training program. The cancelled flight was from Singapore to Delhi, due to depart at 5:00 am Sunday. The delayed flights were to New York, departure set for 1:45 am, and Toronto, set to depart at 2:15 am.
An official from Air India stated that the flights were affected because of health issues reported by the pilots and the pilots who have called in are associated with the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), who met during the day to determine a plan of action. The pilots are protesting the decision of Air India to train pilots from other Indian airlines to fly long-haul flights on the new Dreamliner plane, which is due to arrive later this month.
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