Following Massive Aircraft Deal, Air India To Hire Over 1,000 Pilots 

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Following Massive Aircraft Deal, Air India To Hire Over 1,000 Pilots 

| Updated: April 27, 2023 18:11

As the Tata Group-owned Air India grows its fleet and network, it will hire more than 1,000 pilots, including captains and trainers. The airline, which currently employs over 1,800 pilots, has placed orders with Boeing and Airbus for 470 aircraft, including wide-body aircraft. 

The most recent firm order from Airbus includes 40 A350-900/1000 and 210 A320/321 Neo/XLR.  The Boeing firm order comprises 190 737-Max, 20 787s and 10 777s.

An advertisement posted on Thursday states that the carrier, which the Tata Group acquired in January of last year, is hiring more than 1,000 pilots. “We are offering multiple opportunities and accelerated growth across our A320, B777, B787 and B737 fleet for captains and first officers, as well as trainers,” it said, adding that more than 500 aircraft are joining its fleet.

Air India’s pilots have expressed concern regarding the airline’s most recent decision to change their pay structure and working conditions. 

On April 17, Air India released a revised compensation structure for its pilots and cabin crew. The two pilot unions, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), have since rejected the new compensation structure on the grounds that the airline, in a purported violation of labour practises, did not consult them before finalising the new contracts. 

Air India, Air India Express, AIX Connect, Vistara, and a joint venture with Singapore Airlines, are the four airlines owned by the Tata Group. Air India Express, AIX Connect, and Vistara are all currently being merged by the group with Air India. 

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