In order to grow its fleet and network, Tata Group-owned Air India stated on Thursday that it plans to hire more than 1,000 pilots, including captains and trainees. The airline, which currently has more than 1,800 pilots, and has ordered 470 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, including wide-body aircraft.
The most recent solid order from Airbus includes 40 A350-900/1000 and 210 A320/321 Neo. The 190 737-Max, 20 787, and 10 777 aircraft that make up the firm Boeing order. The action is being taken as the airline’s most recent decision to change the pilots’ pay structure and working conditions has been met with criticism from the pilots.
On April 17, Air India unveiled 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 alleged violation of labour laws, did not consult them before finalizing the new contracts.
There are four airlines owned by the Tata Group: Air India, Air India Express, AIX Connect, and Vistara, a joint venture with Singapore Airlines. The company is currently integrating Vistara, Air India Express, and AIX Connect into Air India.