Air India is seeking to induct them for another five years or until they reach the age of 65, whichever comes first. The development comes even as the airline has implemented a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees, including cabin crew, and at the same time recruits new people.
It is worth mentioning here that pilots are the most expensive asset for an airline and receive the highest compensation compared to other key roles.
Air India’s job offer letters to its retired pilots were sent out this week and 49 out of 55 pilots have already expressed their willingness to join the carrier, according to sources cited by ToI.
Retirement age at Air India
The retirement age at Air India is 58, however, retired pilots can enjoy the privileges of an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) up to the age of 65. Sources further indicated that the carrier plans to add 200 aircraft to its fleet over the next four years. to five years, the majority of them being narrow-body aircraft – single-aisle aircraft that operate domestic routes or short- and medium-haul international routes.
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The first batch of pilots to be trained on the A350 will be made up of senior pilots, designated examiners and instructors. The airline will have to fill the positions it leaves behind, but it is not possible to accelerate this type of training and therefore there will be a shortage of flight crew, both on widebody fleets and narrowbody over the coming year, the source added. .