Sunday, December 04, 2022

Air India Celebrates Graduation Of 215 Cabin Crew & 48 Pilots Since Privatization

Tata Group-owned national carrier Air India has recently graduated its maiden batch of cabin crew trainees and new pilots since privatization. The batch of 215 cabin crew and 48 pilots, all Indian nationals, have received their wings and are now ready to be deployed to operate as fully-qualified crew.

As part of its massive expansion plans, Air India announced that it was open to hiring for several positions across numerous departments, such as management, visual design, cybersecurity, and other non-operational roles. The airline also opened vacancies for cabin crew and pilots, primarily to operate its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. And when the national carrier hosted such an extensive recruitment drive, the responses weren't surprising.

More than 73,000 applications were received within two months, with some applicants rumored to have jumped ship from other Indian carriers. Cabin crew positions saw at least 72,000 applications, and pilot roles witnessed at least 1,700 applications. But among the immense numbers of applications, only a small percentage was selected to go through the subsequent phases with Air India.

The cabin crew trainees underwent a 15-week intensive program imparting safety and quality service skills to embody the best Indian hospitality and the Tata Group Culture. The training program included extensive classroom and in-flight education at the airline's training facility in Mumbai and also through familiarisation flights.

As for the new pilots, the maiden batch consisted of 40 men and eight women, all of whom successfully completed their training at the airline's training campus in Hyderabad. 

Besides the two graduating batches, the national carrier has more than 59 new pilots in various stages of training and en route to their graduation soon, which further support's its ambitious growth plan. With a reinforced workforce, Air India can continue expanding its fleet and network, such as recently upgrading the frequency of flights between key cities within its domestic sector.

04/12/22 Charlotte Seet/Simple Flying

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