Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Captain R S Sandhu to continue as Air India chief of operations

New Delhi: Captain Rajwinder Singh Sandhu will continue as Tata-owned Air India’s chief of operations. The airline on Tuesday announced that Captain Sandhu will continue to lead as Chief of Operations till further notice. His appointment for the role was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet in July 2020.

This makes the 58-year-old pilot one among the few top management people from the carrier’s government-owned days to be retained for as Air India undergoes a big transformation under its new owners – the Tatas.

One of the senior-most pilots who flies the 787 Dreamliner, Captain Sandhu was nearing the airline’s retirement age of 58, however, he has been given an extension in the term following Air India’s recent decision to raise it 65 years.

The Tata-owned carrier had recently decided to give an extension for another five years to select pilots. This was also in view of Air India’s expansion plans as it looks at widening its fleet. “Considering future expansion plans for our fleet, it is imperative to meet our workforce requirement for pilots,” S D Tripathi, AI’s chief human resource officer (CHRO), had said in a July 29 notice.

DGCA allows pilots to fly till the age of 65 years, compared to 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. To meet our requirement, it is proposed to retain our current trained pilots at Air India post retirement on a contractual basis for 5 years extendable to 65 years, it added.

31/08/22 ETNow

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