Air India offers to rehire retired pilots for five years with an eye on fleet development.

Air India has sent job offer letters to around 55 pilots who have retired in the last four years . The airline promises to re-hire them as commanders for another five years or until they reach the age of 65 .

MUMBAI (MUMBAI): Air India, part of Tata Group, has sent job offer letters to around 55 pilots who have retired in the last four years, with the airline promising to re-hire them as commanders for another five years or until they reach the age of 65, whichever comes first.According to airline sources, the letters were sent out this week, and 49 out of the 55 pilots who received these post-retirement contract offers have already expressed their willingness to rejoin the airline.Although the age of retirement in Air India is 58, the benefits of an airline transport pilot license (ATPL) can be exercised until the age of 65.According to sources, the private carrier expects to add 200 aircraft to its fleet in the next four to five years, the bulk of which are narrow-body planes, which are used for transport on domestic or short- and medium-haul routes.

On June 15, the airline had sent letters to about 50 senior pilots, asking for their approval for A350 conversion training.Fleet expansion is a complicated affair, particularly for an airline such as Air India, which has a mixture of Boeing and Airbus planes.Air India needs pilots.Senior pilots, the designated examiners and instructors will be the first batch of pilots to learn on the A350.

A spokesperson for Air India declined to comment on the situation.After winning a bid for the airline in October last year, Tata Group took over.