Air India pilots have called off their strike! Their 58 day strike. A strike where they stood firm despite many of them being fired from their jobs. Despite the government taking an anti-pilot stand. Despite many passengers who 'trusted' Air India to continue normal operations after the King of good times ceased to be king anymore! So, no pilot is on sick leave anymore and the passengers have started feeling healthy. The good times are back, the king, however, is still struggling! I even blogged about Air India's sick leave situation in my post here.
Here's the complete news article from Reuters.
Excerpt: "A section of pilots at national carrier Air India, who were on a 58-day strike demanding exclusive rights to fly Boeing Dreamliners, called off their agitation late on Tuesday bowing to pressure from the government and a Delhi court intervention."
Now the obvious question, how does it impact me?
You see, 3 months back, I booked a flight ticket from a certain place to a certain place scheduled for August. The airlines in question: "Air India". I normally don't prefer Air India because of their services. For almost the same price, even Go Air and Spicejet (not to mention biggies like Jet and Kingfisher) provide better service. But in the spur of the moment, I booked Air India as the rate was highly (and may I repeat, highly) affordable. Also, there was no pilot's strike. Have a look at my decision, days after I took the ticket, the pilots started their strike! How did they even come to know that I booked the ticket!
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There are two contrasting proverbs I can think of right now (that describes my situation):
- All's well that ends well - thankfully, the strike is over
- It ain't over till the fat lady sings - till I fly and reach my destination, it ain't over.
Anyways, here's hoping there are more and more Air India's flying and competing with the Jet's, Go-Air's etc as more competition means more competitive rates and supposedly better service.
PS: On a more serious note, I sincerely wish the issues are settled amicably and the passengers are not troubled.