After retirement, Air India makes a five-year offer to hire back pilots.

Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to re-hire pilots following their retirement for a five-year period . The airline is looking for stability in operation in the wake of talks of acquiring 300 single-aisle planes .

MUMBAI: According to internal communication, Tata Group-owned Air India has offered to re-hire pilots following their retirement for a five-year period as the airline looks for stability in operation in the wake of talks of acquiring 300 single-aisle planes.According to Air India, the company is considering re-hiring these pilots as commanders.This happened as the full-service carrier introduced a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees, including cabin crew, and was also recruiting the fresh blood from the once-state-controlled carrier.Pilots are the most cost-effective asset for an airline and are paid the most highly than other important positions such as cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineers.

In an internal mail, Air India Deputy General Manager for Personnel, Vikas Gupta, said you are being considered for a post-retirement role in Air India for a period of 5 years or until you reach the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.According to Air India's policy for such appointments, you will be paid the remuneration and flying allowances as permissible during the time of your post retirement agreement.According to the mail, aspiring pilots have been advised to provide their details together with a written consent by June 23.No response was received from an Air India spokeswoman.

Air India's retirement age for pilots is 58, just like the rest of the company's workers.Air India used to re-hire its retired pilots on contract before the pandemic, but the arrangement was discontinued after March 2020.To partially offset the effects of the flu, the contracts of these pilots were also terminated.Allerdings, pilots on other private airlines can only fly until they reach the age of 65.