Sunday, October 16, 2016

Staff crunch hits Air India's MRO plan

Air India's plans to grow its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business faces a big risk as it faces a severe shortage of aircraft engineers.

Air India hived off its engineering department into a separate unit last January to tap business from other airlines. Primarily, it still caters to Air India's aircraft maintenance but aims to double its third party business to Rs 130 crore in FY 17.

Air India's MRO unit has around 600 aircraft maintenance engineers and faces a shortage of around 100-150 personnel. Recently it hired around 100 of its retired engineers on contract but still the shortage persists.

"Over the next two-three years we will require 250 engineers and the shortage could become a bottleneck to our growth," said H R Jagannath, CEO of Air India Engineering Services Limited.
16/10/16 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard
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