Mumbai: With eyes on fleet expansion, Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to re-hire pilots post their retirement for a five-year period, according to internal communication.
Air India is considering re-hiring these pilots as commanders, it said. A senior official said the airline has sought the consent of retired pilots for such a job. The communication has been sent to the pilots who retired up to three years back, the official said.
"We are pleased to inform you are being considered for the post-retirement contract as commander in Air India for a period of 5 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 the post-retirement contract, you will be paid the remuneration and flying allowances, as admissible, as per the policy of Air India to such appointments," he stated.
Interested pilots have been told to submit their details along with written consent by June 23, as per the mail.
This comes even as the full-service carrier rolled out a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees, including cabin crew, and at the same time recruiting the fresh blood in the once-state-controlled carrier as well.
According to sources, the private carrier plans to add 200 aircraft to its fleet in the next four to five years, with a majority of these being narrow-body aircraft - single-aisle planes that operate domestic routes or short- and medium-haul international routes.
Meanwhile, a query sent to the Air India spokesperson in this regard did not elicit a response.
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 but the practice was discontinued after late March 2020. The contracts of such pilots were also terminated to partially offset the impact of the pandemic.
However, pilots at other private airlines fly until they reach the age of 65 years.