''A stressed pilot is a potential disaster in waiting,'' the pilots wrote in the letter.
Referring to the staff stir at privately owned Kingfisher Airlines and the suicide by the wife of a Kingfisher employee, the ICPA said matters in Air India are not very different from those at Kingfisher.
“Last year, an Air India engineer had committed suicide due to financial worries,” the letter stated.
After its merger with Indian Airlines in 2007, Air India has been mired with problems – mounting losses, employee discontent, and high fuel costs. The staff at the national carrier has been striking work for non-payment of salaries.
Loss-making Air India should be partly privatised as private investors will focus on maximising profit and solve the airline’s operational issues, a study commissioned by the Corporate Affairs Ministry has said.
"Bringing in private players and capital to operate India's national carrier will help address some of the airline's operational issues, while freeing government funds for other purposes".
"Partially privatising Air India would create incentives for the carrier to compete with other airlines, since Air India's private investors would seek to maximise return on their investment," said the Study Report on 'Competitive Framework of Civil Aviation Sector' of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).
However, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has ruled out any move to privatise Air India.
IICA had nominated Nathan India as consultants to carry out an analysis on competition-related issues in the civil aviation sector.
(With inputs from PTI)