Tata Group-owned Air India has provided to re-hire pilots publish their retirement for a five-year interval because the airline appears to be like for stability in operations amid speak of buying 300 single-aisle planes, in response to an inner communication.
Air India is contemplating re-hiring these pilots as commanders, it mentioned.
A senior official mentioned the airline has sought the consent of retired pilots for such a job.
The communication has been despatched to the pilots who retired as much as three years again, the official mentioned.
This comes even because the full-service provider rolled out a voluntary retirement scheme for its staff, together with cabin crew, and on the identical time recruiting the contemporary blood within the once-state-controlled provider as effectively.
Pilots are the most-expensive asset for an airline and receives a commission the very best in comparison with different key roles resembling cabin crew and plane upkeep engineers.
Furthermore, scarcity of adequately educated pilots within the home aviation business has at all times been a difficulty.
“We’re happy to tell you might be being thought-about for post-retirement contract as commander in Air India for a interval of 5 years or until you attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier,” Air India Deputy Common Supervisor for Personnel, Vikas Gupta, mentioned in an inner mail.
“In the course of the interval of publish retirement contract, you’ll be paid the remuneration and flying allowances, as admissible, as per coverage of Air India to such appointments,” he said.
pilots have been informed to submit their particulars together with a written consent by June 23, as per the mail.
A question despatched to the Air India spokesperson on this regard didn’t elicit a response.
Tata Group took management of Air India on January 27 this yr after efficiently profitable the bid for the airline in October final yr.
The retirement age for pilots in Air India is 58 like all different staff of the airline. Previous to the pandemic, Air India used to re-hire its retired pilots on contract however the observe was discontinued after late March 2020. The contracts of such pilots had been additionally terminated to partially offset the impression of the pandemic.
Nonetheless, pilots at different non-public airways fly till they attain the age of 65 years.