While he acknowledged that he had failed the check-ups, Mr Kathpalia had told Reuters news agency he planned to contest the results.
Arvind Kathpalia, a pilot and senior executive with the national airline, blew positive for alcohol before entering the Dreamliner jet's cockpit for the almost 10-hour flight to the United Kingdom on Sunday.
Image: The pilot has been suspended for three months.
"We have grounded Captain AK Kathpalia as he failed twice in the breath analyser test". He is also the director of Air India's flight operations. Meanwhile, another incident of an Air India co-pilot skipping the breath analyser test was also reported at Delhi airport on Air India flight AI332 Delhi-Bangkok around the same time. However, in March 2017, prior to his licence suspension being ended, the Centre appointed him as Director of Operations for the flag-carrier. "I am going to contest this".
Capt Kathpalia, who was earlier Executive Director, Operations, faced suspension for three months by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for allegedly skipping the breath analyser test before and after operating a Delhi-Bengaluru flight on January 19, 2017.
In August a year ago, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, a trade union representing pilots of the state-owned carrier, filed a court case against Kathpalia requesting stern action against him over the missed breathalyzer tests and some other behaviour. A few minutes later, the doctor who had conducted the test approached Arvind and said that his test was positive.
He claims that he is under attack partly because he is an employee of the original Air India, which was India's global carrier, while the union is from the erstwhile Indian Airlines, which was a domestic carrier. "They refuse to acknowledge each other", said Kathpalia.