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Air India crew look: Colour grey hair; no to crew cut for males, females asked to avoid pearl earrings

Air India issued a 40-page circular outlining the revised image and uniform rules

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Air India issued a 40-page circular outlining the revised image and uniform rules, which clearly state the requirements for both male and female crew members.

“All cabins of the flight need the male staff to wear black uniform jackets. (during servicing, boarding, and deplaning). No one may wear a personal tie pin. If one is not provided, crew members can wear ties without them. To be worn with the uniform are just black, calf-length socks without logos. Men are required to keep a tidy, short haircut with a side parting (without volume), according to an Air India circular.

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Additionally, Air India required the male crew members to regularly shave and use hair gel. It is required to use hair gel. Crew members who have severely receding hairlines or balding areas must maintain a clean-shaven appearance. Daily head shaving is required. A crew cut is not acceptable. Grey hair is not acceptable. Regular colouring in a natural shade is required for grey hair. Rings: For men, a single ring with a wedding band design is permitted. One single Sikh Kada, made of gold or silver with a maximum width of 0.5 cm and no designs, logos, or stones, may be worn. The rules stated.

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Female crew members of Air India were asked to strictly following to the most recent uniform rules.

The apron has been discontinued and should not be used. Additionally eliminated and not permitted on board is the black blazer with Indo-Western attire. When wearing a saree or an Indo-Western outfit, calf-length stockings that are sheer and match the skin tone are required for flight duties. On LH and ULH flights all year long, the company-issued black cardigan may be worn during boarding, deplaning, and quiet periods in flight (only during the winter months). Never put on a cardigan over a waistcoat. Cardigan is not allowed while in service.

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For all flight responsibilities utilising the company shade card exclusively, the crew is required to wear full makeup in accordance with the new uniform rules. The use of eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and hair colour cards must closely adhere to standard requirements. In these four products, individual colour preferences are not allowed.

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Earrings are only permitted as round, plain-shaped studs made of gold or diamond. It’s forbidden to wear pearls. Only a tiny, bindi that is no larger than 0.5 cm in size, is permitted with a saree. Two rings with 1 cm of width allowed for the female crew but to be worn one in each hand. Only 1 thin bangle in gold or silver without design and stones may be worn.

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Air India ordered all crew members to instantly execute the aforementioned uniform norms, but according to airline sources, this is not possible because it will take time for thousands of staff members to adhere to the most recent regulations.

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IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

After nearly 18 years of dominating India’s aviation landscape with its single-class economy configuration, IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, is set to make a significant leap by introducing business class service on its busiest routes.

The decision comes as IndiGo aims to offer passengers more choices and enhanced comfort amid the backdrop of a burgeoning economy. Set to be unveiled around August, coinciding with the carrier’s 18th anniversary, IndiGo’s “tailor-made business product” promises to redefine the flying experience for its customers.

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This move follows closely on the heels of IndiGo’s recent announcement of acquiring 30 wide-body aircraft, indicating the airline’s strategic expansion and commitment to catering to diverse passenger preferences.

IndiGo’s foray into business class service represents a significant milestone, especially considering its longstanding reputation as a low-cost carrier focused primarily on economy class offerings. With a fleet exceeding 360 planes and operating approximately 2,000 daily flights, the airline’s entry into the business class segment is poised to reshape the Indian aviation industry.

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Currently, Air India and Vistara are the sole providers of business-class seats on domestic routes in India. However, by December 2024, IndiGo will join this exclusive league, introducing its bespoke business class experience tailored to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers.

Initially, IndiGo’s business class operations will be rolled out on the busiest domestic routes, ensuring passengers enjoy added comfort and luxury during their journeys. Further details regarding the official launch date, specific routes, and promotional offers will be disclosed by August 2024, heightening anticipation among passengers eagerly awaiting this premium service.

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Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India announced on Thursday that it will implement annual salary increments for its staff and introduce an annual target performance bonus for pilots, according to sources. This marks the first appraisal process since the Tata Group took over the airline a little over two years ago.

Chief Human Resources Officer Ravindra Kumar GP revealed that salary increments will take effect from April 1, 2024. Additionally, performance bonus payouts for the fiscal year 2023-24 will be based on both company and individual performance, sources reported.

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Pilots will see an increase in their fixed pay ranging from ₹5,000 to ₹15,000 per month. They will also be eligible for an annual target performance bonus between ₹42,000 and ₹1.8 lakh, contingent on performance metrics.

Cabin crew members will also benefit from an annual performance bonus of approximately ₹25,000. Alongside this, they will receive a standard salary increase for the financial year 2025, effective from April.

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Air India, which employs around 18,000 people, aims to foster growth and transformation, as stated by Kumar. The airline achieved significant milestones in the last financial year, laying a strong foundation for its future. As part of its Vihaan.AI initiative, the airline introduced a contemporary annual performance appraisal process known as “Rise AI” and transitioned to a simplified, market-competitive, and productivity-oriented compensation structure for employees.

However, it was noted that junior first officers will not receive a hike in their monthly fixed pay. Nevertheless, they will be eligible for an annual target performance bonus, with junior first officers receiving ₹42,000 and first officers and commanders receiving ₹60,000 per annum, provided they meet performance expectations.

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Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas has broadened its codeshare partnership with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, enhancing travel options between Australia and India. This expansion allows customers to seamlessly connect from Qantas flights in Singapore to IndiGo’s services to both Delhi and Mumbai.

Previously, the codeshare arrangement enabled passengers on Qantas flights arriving in Bengaluru and Delhi to connect onto IndiGo domestic services to 21 destinations across India. Now, travelers can enjoy a more streamlined journey by transferring through Singapore.

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Additionally, the new arrangement allows customers to incorporate overnight stopovers in Singapore into their travel plans before continuing to Delhi or Mumbai. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for those wishing to explore the city or rest before their onward journey.

Qantas passengers traveling on IndiGo flights benefit from the same checked baggage allowance as their flight from Australia and receive complimentary food and beverages. Furthermore, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (with a QF code) between Singapore and India.

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This partnership expansion comes alongside Qantas’s recent announcement of increased flights to both India and Singapore. Specifically, flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will become daily during the peak holiday season, complemented by additional flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Singapore.

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