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Air India offers to re-hire pilots post retirement for 5 years

Air India has offered to re-hire pilots post their retirement for a five-year period as the airline looks for stability in operations amid talk of acquisition of 300 planes

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  • Air India is considering re-hiring these pilots as commanders
  • It is planning to engage retired pilots for a period of five years or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier

Mumbai: Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to re-hire pilots post their retirement for a five-year period as the airline looks for stability in operations amid talk of acquiring 300 single-aisle planes, according to internal communication. Air India is considering re-hiring these pilots as commanders, it said. This comes even as the full-service carrier has rolled out a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees, including the cabin crew.

Pilots are the most-expensive asset for an airline and get paid the highest compared to other key roles, such as cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineers.

Moreover, shortage of adequately trained pilots in the domestic aviation industry has always been an issue.

Air India seeks retired pilots for 5 years

“We are pleased to inform you are being considered for post-retirement contract as commander in Air India for a period of five years or till you attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier,” Air India Deputy General Manager for Personnel, Vikas Gupta, said in an internal mail.

“During the period of post-retirement contract, you will be paid the remuneration and flying allowances, as admissible, as per policy of Air India to such appointments,” he stated.

Interested pilots have been told to submit their details along with a written consent by June 23, as per the mail.

A query sent to the Air India spokesperson in this regard did not elicit a response.

Retirement age for AI pilots is 58

Tata Group took control of Air India on January 27 this year after successfully winning the bid for the airline in October last year.

The retirement age for pilots in Air India is 58, like all other employees of the airline. Prior to the pandemic, Air India used to re-hire its retired pilots on contract basis, but the practice was discontinued after late March 2020. The contracts of such pilots were also terminated partially to offset the impact of the pandemic.

However, pilots at other private airlines fly until they reach the age of 65 years.

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