Mumbai: Good news for Air India pilots, Tata Group backed Air India offered to re-hire pilots post their retirement. This offer will be for a period of five years.
According to an internal communication with Air India, the airline is doing this to stabilize its operations, as it plans to acquire 300 single-aisle aircraft. A senior Air India official said that a consent letter has been sent to the pilots who retired till three years ago.
Pilots are the most expensive asset for any airline. They are paid more as compared to other roles like cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineers. Moreover, the lack of adequately trained pilots has always been an issue in the domestic aviation industry.
The company has also introduced a Voluntary Retirement Scheme for its employees including crew members and is simultaneously recruiting fresh youth.
Air India Deputy General Manager (Personnel) Vikas Gupta said in an internal mail, “We are pleased to inform that Air India will be serving as Commander for a period of 5 years or on attaining the age of 65 years. Till date, whichever is earlier, you are being considered for contractual recruitment after retirement.
According to the mail, interested pilots have been asked to submit their details with written consent by June 23.
A query sent to the Air India spokesperson in this regard did not elicit a response.
Tata Group took control of Air India on January 27 this year after successfully winning the bid for the airline in October last year.
The retirement age for pilots in Air India is 58 like all other employees of the airline. Prior to the pandemic, Air India used to re-hire its retired pilots on contract but the practice was discontinued after late March 2020. The contracts of such pilots were also terminated to partially offset the impact of the pandemic.
However, pilots at other private airlines fly until they reach the age of 65 years.