Govt Authorizes Air India To Hire 800 Cabin Crew

Tuesday, 6th January 2015 at 01:58am

The country's flag carrier was seeking approval from the Civil Aviation Ministry to allow them to hire 800 more crew members to augment its existing workforce of 2,500, including executive officers.

The airline said that its overall operations and on-time performance have been adversely affected by the acute shortage of cabin crew. The airline is currently operating a fleet of 100 aircraft.

The additional numbers, the airline source said, will greatly ease its problem and become more efficient in serving their growing customers as they embark on a fresh start, as renewed hope of profitability came surging following its induction to Star Alliance last year as its 27th full-time member.

The airline, the source added, will soon embark simultaneous recruitment activities nationwide via walk-in interviews in major cities.

According to a data furnished from the Civil Aviation Ministry office, Air India was responsible for a total of 763 canceled flights between June and November 2014. Additionally, its on-time performance record was poor with over 6,500 delayed flights during the period.

Data showed that in June 2014, the airline canceled a total of 75 flights and accelerated to 178 in July. The number skyrocketed further to 347 by August but went down to 189 in September. The figure continued to fall when it recorded 115 canceled flights in October. However, it spiked up again in the following month when it posted 159 canceled flights in November.

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