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

This comes even as the full-service carrier rolled out a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees.

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Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to rehire retired pilots for five years as the airline seeks operational stability as it considers purchasing 300 single-aisle aircraft.

 Air India is thinking about rehiring these pilots as commanders. According to a senior official, the airline has requested former pilots’ permission to perform such employment.

The communication has been sent to pilots who retired up to three years ago, the official said. This comes even as the full-service airline implemented a voluntary retirement plan for its employees, including cabin crew, while also recruiting fresh blood at the once state-controlled airline.

In addition, there has always been an issue with the lack of suitably qualified pilots in the domestic aviation sector. In an internal email, Deputy General Manager of Air India Personnel Vikas Gupta stated, “We are pleased to inform you that you are being considered for a post-retirement contract as a Commander with Air India for a period of 5 years or until you reach the age of 65, whichever comes first”. 

“During the post-retirement contract period, you will be paid remuneration and flight assignments as allowable under Air India’s policy for such appointments,” it stated.

Interested drivers have been told to submit their details along with written consent by June 23, according to the mail.


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