Friday, October 21, 2022

Air India now a choice of place to work for aviation industry

Takeover by the Tata group has made Air India an attractive place for airline executives, with the former state-owned airline drawing top talents from rival airlines as it strengthens its team.

Air India under the government was not a preference for senior executives of the industry. The airline also had a freeze on manpower hiring due to cost control measures for years before the salt-to-steel conglomerate acquired it last year.

“We need to bring in external perspectives and talent along with training existing employees as the airline hasn’t recruited since 2006 in non-flying core positions which needs exposure to modern software and technologies,” Air India CEO Campbell Wilson told ET. “We want to build a talent pool and groom leaders for succession planning.”

Industry insiders said the airline is offering 40-50% higher salary than industry standards in order to rebuild its core team.

This, along with the Tata group’s aggressive expansion plans, are the main reasons why executives are choosing Air India as their career option, they said.

Air India intends to increase domestic and international market share to 30% and triple its fleet size in the next five years.

Henry Donohoe, a former Emirates executive who was last with European airline Norwegian will be joining the airline as head of head of safety and quality.

Arun Kashyap, former head of engineering at SpiceJet, has joined Air India as chief technical officer and is in charge of building the airline’s engineering and maintenance capabilities.

21/10/22 Arindam Majumder/Economic Times

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