Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Air India to have a reserve bench of cabin crew similar to IT firms

New Delhi: A passenger recently tweeted about an Air India flight being delayed because the cabin crew did not show up on time. To avoid such incidents, Air India is planning to form a ‘reserve bench’ of cabin crew who can be called deployed in case of manpower shortage.

According to a senior Air India official, the state-run carrier is going to hire around 1,500 people on contract basis, who will be kept as reserves and paid a standard salary. “The base salary will be Rs 40,000-50,000 a month. Whenever they fly, they will get compensated depending on the flying hours.”

Air India aims to have a reserve bench strength of 25 per cent of the total workforce.

The national carrier has around 3,200 cabin crew members on its payroll. “We have to significantly increase our workforce because we are going to expand by inducting around 30 aircraft in three years,” said the official cited above.

The concept of a reserve bench is popular among information technology companies, which hire people in bulk and use them according to projects.

The reserve crew will be stationed in crucial locations, such as metros.
26/01/16 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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