Around 500 pilots and more than 1,500 cabin crew may be recruited by Air India in next two to three years. According to a senior official, they are expecting a rise in the fleet size and to cope up with the increasing requirement this step will soon be taken.
“We are planning to have 700 more pilots in the next two to three years keeping in view the fleet expansion. From last August till now, we have already recruited 250 pilots. So about 500 more pilots we are going to recruit. Advertisement for 400 pilots has already been floated,” AI’s General Manager (Operations) N Sivaramakirshnan told news agency PTI.
While aiming at hiring 200 trainee pilots (senior trainee pilot license holders who come with A320 endorsement) last year, AI could only recruit 78. All of these pilots are currently flying on various routes. Around 150 pilots will be done with their training by December 2016.
At present there are 858 pilots and the airlines lost about 100 pilots during last two years, according to N Sivaramakirshnan.
“We have plans to have cabin crew of 3,000 personnel. Besides the existing number, we are planning to take 1,500 more in the next two to three years,” he said.
Air India is anticipating the increase of 100 more aircrafts in next four years.
The official told, while talking about the training facilities, that there are three simulators in Hyderabad and four in Mumbai. While the four stimulators in Mumbai belong to Boeing family, the three in Hyderabad belong to A320.
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“We are planning to order one more simulator for training on ATR aircraft in Hyderabad. RFI (Request for Information) has already been floated. By January next year we hope that it would be operational,” he said. He also told that the simulator would cost about Rs. 65 crore while the expenditure on of building and other facilities for the ATR simulator is envisaged to be Rs. 6 crore.
Services will be provided to Air India’s wholly-owned subsidiary ‘Alliance Air’ as Air India does not have any ATRs in its fleet.