Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to re-hire pilots after their retirement for a period of five years as the airline seeks stability in operations amid talks to acquire 300 single-lane aircraft, according to internal communications.
Air India is considering taking back this pilot as commander, he said.
A senior official said the airline had sought the consent of retired pilots for such employment.
The communication was sent to the retired pilot until three years ago, the official said.
This is despite the full -service airline launching a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees, including cabin crew, and at the same time recruiting fresh blood in the once government -controlled airline as well.
Pilots are the most expensive asset for airlines and get the highest pay compared to other important roles such as cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineers.
Moreover, the lack of adequately trained pilots in the domestic aviation industry has always been an issue.
“We are pleased to inform you are being considered for a contract after retiring as a commander at Air India for a period of 5 years or until you reach the age of 65, whichever is earlier,” Air India Deputy General Manager of Staff Vikas Gupta said in an internal mail.
“Throughout the contract period after retirement, you will be paid remuneration and flight allowance, as received, in accordance with Air India’s policy for the appointment,” he said.
Interested pilots have been told to submit their details along with written permission by June 23, according to the letter.
Questions sent to Air India spokespersons in this regard went unanswered.
Tata Group took over Air India on January 27 this year after successfully winning a bid for the airline in October last year.
The retirement age for pilots at Air India is 58 years like all other employees of the airline. Prior to the outbreak, Air India had re -hired its pilots who had retired on a contract basis but the practice was discontinued after late March 2020. The pilot’s contract was also terminated to offset part of the impact of the outbreak.
However, pilots on other private airlines fly until they reach the age of 65.