The sub-committee of the Air India Board will meet shortly with the leaders of the 14 trade unions representing a cross-section of staffers, including pilots and engineers, on the company’s cost-cutting and turnaround plan.

“The unions are ready with their suggestions and will be meeting shortly with the panel to put across these suggestions,” union sources said here on Sunday.

A constant monitoring of fuel consumption, minimum use of hotels, getting away with the practice of dual engineers (if the aircraft is of the same type and regulations permit), bringing-down overtime expenditures to almost zero-level are some of the suggestions that are likely to be presented to the panel, sources said.

The Committee was set up recently, following which the executive pilots withdrew the agitation against slashing of their productivity-linked incentive (PLI) and flying allowance by 50 per cent.

Besides Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav, the committee comprises Civil Aviation Ministry’s Joint Secretary and Financial Adviser E K Bharat Bhushan and Joint Secretary Prashant Sukul.

The Committee would submit its recommendations to the Board within two months.

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