Air India, India’s national carrier, is planning to hire 600 flight and cabin crew members a month in order to meet the growing demand for air travel.
The Tata Group airline is currently operating with a fleet of 122 aircraft, but it has plans to add 200 new aircraft over the next few years. This will require a significant increase in the number of flight and cabin crew members.
According to local news source Times of India, Air India Managing Director & CEO Campbell Wilson said that the airline was currently hiring at the rate of 550 cabin crew and 50 pilots per month.
The information comes amid the ongoing Tata Group restructuring plan which will see the evolution of one major full service carrier and one low-cost subsidiary.
Supporting fleet and network growth
Air India will add the aircraft to its fleet over the next few years; raising requirements for additional professional personnel.
The airline has placed orders for 140 A320neo and 70 A321neo single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, as well as 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets from Boeing.
The A320neo and A321neo aircraft are the latest generation of single-aisle aircraft from Airbus. They are more fuel-efficient and have a longer range than previous generation aircraft.
The A350-1000 and A350-900 aircraft are the latest generation of wide-body aircraft from Boeing. They are also more fuel-efficient and have a longer range than previous generation aircraft.
Air India plans to operate the new aircraft on a variety of routes, including domestic routes within India, international routes to Europe, the Middle East, and North America, and long-haul routes to Australia and New Zealand.
The airline also plans to use the new aircraft to launch new routes, such as flights to South America and Africa.
The addition of the new aircraft is part of the Tata Group restructure and growth initiative, and Air India’s market plan to become a more competitive airline.
The international search for staff
Air India is currently advertising for flight and cabin crew members in a number of countries, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The airline is offering competitive salaries and benefits packages, and it is also offering training programs to help new employees get up to speed.
The broad international hiring spree is a further sign that Air India is serious about turning things around.
The airline has been losing money for years, but it is hoping that the new management team vision and the new fleet will speed the return to profitability and market positioning.
Air India is not the only airline that is hiring. In recent months, a number of other airlines have also announced plans to hire new employees. This is a further sign that the airline industry is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to hiring flight and cabin crew members, Air India is also planning to invest in new technology. The Indian carrier is planning to upgrade its IT systems and its in-flight entertainment systems.
At the same time, its network expansion plan will see the addition of new routes and increased flight frequency on existing routes.
Air India has faced a number of historic challenges, but it seeing positive momentum in the Tata Group restructuring plan.