1. Air India to hire all pilots on contract

Air India to hire all pilots on contract

In a departure from its current practice, state-owned carrier Air India has decided that in the future, it will hire all pilots on contract, thus doing away with the permanent-employee status for them.

By: and | Updated: February 16, 2016 8:40 AM
air india The fresh decision comes after the carrier recently rationalised the pay structure of the pilots of Air India (AI) and the erstwhile Indian Airlines.

In a departure from its current practice, state-owned carrier Air India has decided that in the future, it will hire all pilots on contract, thus doing away with the permanent-employee status for them.

Sources said that the airline is set to hire 532 pilots in the future and of these, 200-250 will be recruited in the current year. The practice of hiring pilots on a contractual basis was started last year when Air India recruited 70 pilots who are currently undergoing training. Now, the airline has decided to institutionalise this practice.

The fresh decision comes after the carrier recently rationalised the pay structure of the pilots of Air India (AI) and the erstwhile Indian Airlines. It has laid down certain rules and regulations that pilots have to adhere to in order to be eligible to draw their allowances.

For instance, if pilots refuse to fly at the last moment and therefore have to be replaced by other pilots, the former will stand to lose their flying allowance. In order to avail of full benefits, a pilot needs to complete 40 flying hours per month and should be available for 150 days in six months, and cannot refuse to fly four hours before the take-off.

“We are trying to use our manpower in the most efficient way possible. We have seen instances where pilots have refused to come on board just an hour before the take off. It results in delays and decreases operational efficiency in a highly competitive market,” AI officials said.

Recently, Air India has taken a number of steps to ensure discipline of its employees. For instance, it has increased the bank guarantee and service surety bonds of new pilots to R1 crore from R50 lakh earlier, to discourage pilots from moving out of the organisation after completing their training.

According to officials, it is also trying to fully automate its rosters for duties of pilots, ground staffs and engineers like private airlines.

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    Ranjit
    Feb 17, 2016 at 4:02 am
    Who wants to join as a contract worker in a Govt Sector after paying 1 Crore as deposit ?? Indigo is paying you twice the ry without any deposit. And why just pilots ?? The w staff being recruited henceforth should be on contract and after taking a deposit from them too.
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      bemanmahannation Mahan
      Feb 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm
      Only fools ignore the bounties of capitalism. Demand and supply are the market forces that decide the price commanded by the commodity. There are over 8000 pilots unemplo and many more with engineering qualification. Yet to leverage through undertable payment ries are paid to select few. Shrewd caste kamlal's son harnedralal who used three 10 2 certificate for pilot license to one kanna of exam wing of DPCA and then got into KRJ fleet through back door like 8 others from families of powercorrupt official of bloated air. Paying for 72 hours with hours flown at 45 is criminal when many safai karmchari are not even getting ries. If anyone who pays for his command training on dreamliner could be entertained and pilot is taken for ry of 80000 per month, the woes of airline will be reduced. Tax payers money is wasted while airlines are made costly to run by unduly high ry packet. coterie in collusion with agents are swindling airline. one recent exposure of arrowjet with stooj of kanesh shaarna who allowed overdraft on credit being scotfree and reemplo to upgrade the coterie member from cattle cl to blood suckers cl. All who retired from swindling work are reemplo as a reward for such collusion. Will kody wake up and initiate action giving a stern message or end up like maun kohan gorrupt sang and dance with loot in the boot to show to yam raj of worth swindle work. God only will save my country.
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        Ester
        Feb 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm
        The new batch of pilots may not have HIGH CONNECTIONS
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