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Air India sends job vacancies to retired pilots as part of fleet expansion

Air India sends offer letters to retired pilots amid fleet expansion

New Delhi: Air India, owned by the Tata group, has sent job offers to nearly 55 retired pilots to rehire them for a period of five years as the carrier plans to expand its fleet and acquire 300 single-aisle aircraft . The airline sent the offer to its pilots who retired within the last four years.

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.

Apart from these, Air India is expected to welcome the wide-body, long-range A350 into its fleet early next year. “Fleet expansion is a complicated business, especially for an airline like Air India which has a mix of Boeing and Airbus planes. Air India needs pilots,” a source said.

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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. .

Meanwhile, the Tata Group took control of the airline in January this year after successfully winning the bid in October last year.