Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Air India to let pilots fly till they are 65

Air India has decided to allow its pilots to fly till they are 65, internal documents of the Tata Group-owned airline show, as it works its fleet expansion plans. "DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) allows pilots to fly till the age of 65 years, compared to the Air India retirement age of 58 years. Allowing pilots to fly till the age of 65 is a practice followed by most airlines in the industry," the airline's document dated July 29 stated.

Tata Group-owned Air India is considering buying more than 200 new planes with 70% of them being narrow-bodied aircraft, according to aviation industry sources.

The airline's document said that considering the future expansion plans for its fleet, it is imperative to meet the workforce requirement.

"To meet our requirement, it is proposed to retain our current trained pilots at Air India post-retirement on a contractual basis for five years extendable to 65 years," it mentioned.

After a detailed review, the committee will recommend the shortlisted names to the human resources department's chief for issuing them post-retirement contract, it noted.

02/08/22 PTI/Economic Times

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