Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Air India to hire cabin crew as reserves

New Delhi: When it comes to cabin crew hiring, Air India has decided to follow the IT companies' model. The Maharaja, which currently has 3,200 cabin crew staffers, will hire 1,000 more over the next year. The idea: Keep some on 'bench' at base salaries to ensure that no flight is cancelled due to crew crunch, something which has been happening very frequently in past few months.
"Of our 3,200 cabin crew members, anywhere up to 20% are on leave at any given time due to medical or other reasons. We have hired 500 members recently and will get another 1,000 staffers. Those on 'bench' will be paid between Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 while those who fly will get up to a lakh (as they will get flying allowances too). Cancelling a flight for crew shortage costs about a crore and keeping people on bench is an economic way to avoid the big loss," said a senior official.
19/01/16 Times of India
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