National carrier Air India, which has the government’s approval to hire 800 cabin crew members, expects to complete the process by May-June and get the recruits on the roster by August, following the completion of the mandatory training period.
The airline, which has recently seen a spate of flight delays due to staff shortage, hopes to improve its on-time performance (OTP), a key indicator of its turn round plan (TAP), with the integration of the new cabin crew members.
The airline also plans to increase the mandatory flying hours for cabin crew to 84 hours a month, or 1,000 hours a year, from the existing 55 hours a month. This move, currently being considered by the board, would further strengthen OTP.
A senior Air India official told FE that while 370 cabin crew members have been hired over the last few days, following the government’s approval to hire 800 staff, 66 such personnel have completed their mandatory training and joined the roster in January-February. (A roster is a database of the names of employees showing turns of duty, or leave for employees, including pilots and cabin crew staff.)
“Air India hopes to complete hiring another 300 cabin crew members by April-end and the remaining 130 by May,” the official added.
According to data from civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Air India recorded an on-time performance of 52% in January for its flights connecting four major metros — Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
This means only about a half of Air India aircraft flying these routes took off and landed on time.