Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Air India To Deploy More Cabin Crew On Some Narrowbody Routes

Air India is one of only two major airlines in India that operates full-service flights both domestically and internationally. And while it deploys its bigger Dreamliners and Boeing 777s to long-haul routes, a bulk of its flights within India and to medium-haul international destinations are carried out by the smaller A320 family aircraft. And many of these services are about to get additional cabin crew.

Air India is ready to restore a “full service-based complement of cabin crew” on its narrowbody planes that fly on metro-to-metro routes and international flights. One of the key factors that differentiates Air India’s product is its full-service flights compared to budget carriers, even on domestic sectors. This includes premium cabins on its narrowbody planes. Business Standard had access to a message sent by Air India CEO Campbell Wilson to employees, which said,“On the cabin crew front, our recruitment and training teams have done a great job in recent months of onboarding new colleagues. Thanks to their efforts, and notwithstanding our ongoing growth, we'll be restoring a full service-based complement of cabin crew on our narrowbody international and domestic metro-to-metro flights from September 1.

“As even more new crew enter the system we will be restoring the full service-based complement on all other flights too, subject to load factors.”

Per ch-aviation, Air India has a total of 122 aircraft, of which 74 are narrowbody Airbus A320 family of jets. Many of these planes were grounded before the Tata Group took over the airline, but over the last year and a half, quite a few grounded narrowbodies have been fixed, and some new ones have also been inducted.

29/08/2023 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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