Air India, which previously retired pilots at 58, would now grant a few pilots an extension for an additional five years as it gets ready for a significant fleet increase.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation and many airlines across the world permit pilots to fly until they are 65, and Air India intends to follow suit for pilots with a flawless safety and disciplinary record.
The Tata Group is anticipated to place a significant order for its airlines now that an aviation veteran has recently been granted security clearance to take over as MD-CEO. The wide body alternative, the Airbus A350, has been chosen, and a decision about single aisles will be made soon.
Air India pilot retirement extension
“It is critical that we meet our workforce requirement for pilots given our fleet’s future development ambitions. DGCA enables pilots to continue flying till the age of 65, as opposed to Air India’s 58-year retirement limit. The majority of airlines in the sector follow the policy of allowing pilots to fly until the age of 65.”Policy says
According to S. D. Tripathi, AI’s chief human resource officer (CHRO), “In the company’s policy on post-retirement engagement (of) pilots, published on July 29, it is proposed to retain our current trained pilots at Air India post retirement on a contractual basis for 5 years extendable to 65 years.”
AI has established a screening procedure to choose pilots who will receive an extension past the age of 58.
“To assess the eligibility of pilots retiring in the next two years, a committee made up of the functional representatives of HR, operations, and flight safety will be established. The committee will be in charge of looking over the pilots’ prior disciplinary, flying safety, and vigilance records.” The policy states that following the review, the committee will recommend shortlisted candidates to the CHRO for a post-retirement contract.
“A letter of intent for their post-retirement engagement will be given to pilots one year before they retire. The contract would be valid for five years with a 65-year extension option. A provision for an annual review of the contract based on performance, behaviour, and flying safety record will be included in the post-retirement contract. A thorough review of their performance will be taken into account for a further extension till the age of 65 once they have completed five years of satisfactory service. The committee that has been established will assess this.”according to Tripathi’s policy
Additionally, as soon as a pilot reaches the age of 65, their application forms for airport entrance passes and business ID cards will include their date of retirement. This allows for timely AEP renewal/issuance at the time of post-retirement engagement.
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