Tata-owned Air India, which has launched growth plans, said on Thursday it had received more than 1,752 applications for pilots and 72,000 applications for cabin crew in the past two months. In less than a week, the management graduate with three years experience in ground trading roles submitted more than 25,000 applications at the loss-making carrier, which was acquired by the Tata Group in January this year. In addition, the airline received over 2,000 applications for various professions, including developers, architects, cyber security experts, program managers and visual UX designers, at the new technology center in Kerala.
The carrier, which has not recruited in non-operational areas for more than 15 years, is rapidly adding talent across all areas of its business, including commercial functions, business support services and operations, according to the report.
“The airline’s aggressive expansion plan, which has already seen 17 long-haul aircraft return to the skies with 12 more to follow, and the lease of 30 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft over the next 12 months, also requires a significant expansion of the flying crew,” it said.
As part of expanding its talent pool, Air India said more than 1,752 applications for pilots and 72,000 applications for cabin crew received in the last two months are under review.
Air India Chief Human Resources Officer Suresh Dutt Tripathi said an entire generation of employees have missed out on the opportunity to work for Air India due to limited recruitment over the years.
“Our talent acquisition initiative focuses on identifying and recruiting the right talent to ensure our HR capabilities keep pace with the growth dynamics and evolving needs of the organization. Inducting next-generation talent is also critical to achieving cultural change.” this will make Air India an employer of choice,” he added.
The airline has rolled out a ‘Vihaan.AI’ transformation plan and aims to triple its fleet size in the next five years. On Tuesday, Air India MD and CEO Campbell Wilson said Air India’s revival is not a “T20 match” but a “Test match”.