Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air to hire 350 pilots, cabin crew by March 2023

New Delhi: Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Air, the latest entrant to India’s aviation sector, is looking to recruit over 300 cabin crew members and pilots by March 2023. The pay being offered to the pilots is nearly 80 per cent more than the rival SpiceJet.

Akasa Air will have the same Boeing 737s in its fleet like SpiceJet. While the new airline will offer a much higher pay than SpiceJet, it is still 10 per cent lower than market leader IndiGo.

Jhunjhunwala’s airline is all set to hire around 300-350 cabin crew members and pilots by March 2023.

“Our pilot and cabin crew hiring is currently underway. We expect to have around 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and the employee strength including pilots and cabin crew will be commensurate with the level of our network and operations,” ToI quoted an airline spokesperson as saying.

Like IndiGo, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa will be a low-cost carrier and will commence operations from the summer of 2022. Moreover, it has placed an order of 70 Boeing MAX airplanes to add to the fleet. The airline will likely vie with IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, who also offer low-fare flights in the domestic market.

In India, taking the maximum flying share is IndiGo as it carries more than half the domestic passengers. Meanwhile, numerous pilots and cabin crew had lost their jobs to the Covid-19 pandemic as travel slowed and airlines restricted the number of flying routes.

22/02/22 ET Now

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