Air India Hired 650 Pilots Since April

An Air India Airbus A3210neo in front of the hangar.
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As per an article released by Business Standard India, Air India has recruited 650 pilots since April 2023.

This article will cover the details surrounding Air India’s strong recruitment drive to coincide with its growth plans.

Air India Hires 650 Pilots Since April 2023

An Air India Boeing 777 approaches to land.
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As the Indian flag carrier begins to ramp up its large-scale growth plans, since April 1, 2023, Air India’s Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Wilson, has said that the group has hired as many as 650 pilots.

“The Group Hiring Cell (GHC) has successfully recruited and onboarded more than 650 pilots since April 1. The first week of September and this week saw the addition of not one but two new Boeing 777 aircraft to our fleet — the fifth and sixth of the year so far.”

The current Air India Group consists of three units, Air India itself and two subsidiaries, Air India Express and AIX Connect.

Campbell Wilson has also said that the group is still actively recruiting more pilots. This will coincide with its growth plans of adding nearly 500 new aircraft to its fleet in the coming years.

Since late 2022, the carrier has already taken delivery of 10 aircraft, five Boeing 777-200LRs, one Boeing 777-300ER and four Airbus A321neos. They have also brought back two of three Boeing 787s that have been grounded.

In the coming months, Air India plans to bring in a total of 11 Boeing 777s to enable the carrier to expand its North American routes, minus the six they have already taken delivery of since late 2022, the carrier is due a further five Boeing 777-300ERs.

This news comes as yet a plethora of new announcements that the carrier has recently been springing out. The first one was the leak of their new branding, read our article here. The second one was last week when the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) found lapses in the carrier’s safety audits, read our article here.

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