The Air India has introduced a new Crew Management System under the directions of Union Civil Aviation Minister Shri Ajit Singh from yesterday i.e. 1st June 2012. The new system will replace the old manual system ruling out the scope of any subjectivity and favoritism in the deployment and management of Crew and other staff.
This is yet another step to bring reform in Air India Operations after the release of the Roadmap for the implementation of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee Report taken yesterday.
The new System will ensure high levels of safety of operation, meet regulatory requirements, optimized crew utilization and achieve crew satisfaction . The first phase of this system is operative for the Cockpit Crew while in the second phase the Cabin Crew along with support staff will be covered from the second half of this month.
It is note worthy that Air India has a complex operation consisting of International, Domestic, Regional (Alliance Air) and LCC (AI Express) operations. This operation is carried out by the operating crew under government regulatory requirements and company rules.
The Crew Management System is an integrated tool for crew planning (long, medium & short term) depending on the network plan and commercial schedule of the airline. This system will provide real-time visibility of operation and flexibility to manage disruptions by providing real-time crew availability. It will also manage and control crew duty time, leave & sicknesses and provide a firm plan of operation to Management and Crew.
After implementation of this system Air India will be able to:
Enhance Safety of operation by meeting all regulatory requirements related to duty and rest.
Establish accurate crew requirement for its current and future plan of operation
Harmonize and enhance crew utilization and productivity across fleet.
Provide a stable duty roster and online portal for crew communication.
Real-time monitoring and tracking of crew from a single, central location
Recover from disruption quickly through total visibility and control of crew information.
Efectively monitor crew attributes such as licencing, medicals, refreshers, route checks etc.
Presently the crew management is done by legacy manual systems from various geographical locations for cockpit crew and cabin crew independently.