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Air India Express Soars to New Heights with 280 Pilots and 250 Cabin Crew in Recent Hiring Spree

Air India Express Bolsters Workforce with Extensive Recruitment Drive

17 May 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Air India Express, owned by the Tata Group, has hired over 280 pilots and 250 cabin crew members in a recent recruitment drive across Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru.

  • The airline has been actively focusing on strengthening its workforce since October last year, conducting interviews in major cities and towns like Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Mumbai.

  • This recruitment initiative by Air India Express comes as a relief for the aviation sector, which is currently facing challenges, including the recent bankruptcy protection granted to Go First due to engine issues.

Air India Express, the low-cost international carrier owned by the Tata Group, has recently conducted a comprehensive recruitment drive across Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. In a move to strengthen its workforce, the airline successfully hired over 280 pilots and 250 cabin crew members. With approximately 300 pilots participating in the rigorous selection process, Air India Express aims to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in the aviation sector.


Following Tata Group's acquisition of Air India Express and Air India in January last year, the conglomerate now boasts a diverse portfolio that includes domestic budget carrier AirAsia India and a 51% stake in the joint venture airline, Vistara, with Singapore Airlines. While Vistara is in the process of merging with Air India, AirAsia India is being integrated with Air India Express, further strengthening the group's position in the market.


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Air India Express has been actively focusing on fortifying its workforce since October of the previous year, with a specific emphasis on vacancies for pilots and cabin crew members. To facilitate recruitment efforts, the airline has conducted interviews across various cities and towns, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Mumbai, in recent months. This recruitment drive by Air India Express comes as a welcome relief for the aviation sector, which has been facing significant challenges in recent times.


The recent bankruptcy protection granted to Go First, another airline in the aviation industry, highlights the turbulent period faced by the sector. Go First's financial crisis, caused by "faulty" Pratt & Whitney engines grounding half of its Airbus A320neos, led to the company seeking bankruptcy protection. In response, the National Company Law Tribunal ordered a moratorium on Go First's assets and leases, appointing Abhilash Lal of Alvarez & Marsal as the interim resolution professional to assume immediate management control.


Air India Express's substantial recruitment of pilots and cabin crew members not only bolsters its own operations but also provides hope for the aviation sector at large. As the industry navigates through challenging times, the proactive steps taken by Air India Express contribute to stabilizing the workforce and fostering growth opportunities. With the integration of AirAsia India and the ongoing merger of Vistara with Air India, the Tata Group's strategic approach further positions the conglomerate as a key player in the aviation market.

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