As part of its significant expansion strategy, Air India today disclosed that it will hire around 900 pilots and 4,200 trainees for the cabin crew in 2023.
The Tata-owned airlines revealed earlier this month that they had signed multi-billion dollar contracts with American and French aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, to purchase 470 passenger planes in the biggest purchase deal in commercial aviation history.
It would cost between $70 and $80 billion to purchase all 470 planes. Two Boeing 777-200LRs have already entered the fleet, as part of the 36 aircraft it has officially revealed plans to lease.
“With a sizeable aircraft order that was announced earlier in the month, more flights on international and domestic networks, and re-alignment of domestic routes with AIX connect, cabin crew will play a decisive role in shaping the present and future of the Air India group. Addition of fresh talent will also accelerate the pace of cultural transformation at Air India, which is an integral part of our Vihaan.AI transformation program. We are also looking to step up hiring of more pilots and maintenance engineers,” said Sandeep Verma, head of Air India’s inflight services.
The cabin crew will be recruited from around the country and will undergo a 15-week training program. Between May 2022 and February 2023, Air India hired over 1,900 cabin crew.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Thursday that the aviation body will undergo significant upgrades, in order to handle India’s expanding flight traffic. “We have already discussed the expansion plan to upgrade and strengthen DGCA. We are also planning to open six new regional offices in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Agartala, Amritsar, Nagpur, and Dehradun,” said Arun Kumar, Director General of DGCA.