Tuesday, May 30, 2023

As Go First seeks to plug exit, 200 pilots accept Air India's job offer

Around 200 pilots of Go First, the cash-strapped airline that suspended operations on May 2, have joined Air India.

As many as 75 of them started training with the Tata-owned airline on Monday.

As Go First tries to salvage its operations, it has announced additional pay or retention allowance of Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000 for captains and first officers, respectively, with effect from June 1.

According to sources, Go First had around 700 pilots at the time of the suspension of its operations.

The airline currently has around 500 pilots and believes they will be adequate if it resumes operations soon.

Go First’s captains currently earn about Rs 5.3 lakh a month on average, according to a Reuters report, which cited data on AmbitionBox.

Air India held walk-in interviews for pilots in Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai within days of Go First cancelling flights.

The airline then said it got more than 700 applications after its recruitment advertisement.

Air India and Go First didn't immediately respond to queries on the matter.

The civil aviation industry is currently facing a shortage of staff globally.

In India, IndiGo is looking to hire 5,000 staffers in FY24, while Akasa Air is looking to recruit 1,000.

Air India, on the other hand, plans to add more than 4,200 cabin crew and 900 pilots this year.

A source said that 75 former Go First pilots started classroom training on Air India's operational policies, manuals and other aspects.

They will undergo simulator training before being released for duty.

30/05/2023 Aneesh Phadnis/Rediff.com

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