In the first step to its ambitious plan to set up an Indian carrier, AirAsia India, the Indian arm of the AirAsia Group in partnership with the Tatas, announced on Wednesday that it would be hiring flight attendants through walk-in-interviews in Chennai on April 13.
founder and Group chief executive Tony Fernandes had said in a conference call on February 21 that he was hopeful that the proposed airline will launch operations this year.
Fernandes had said they would start with 3-4 Airbus A320 planes and would scale up capacity quickly. The airline would hire 300 people initially. The staff would include cockpit and cabin crew, engineers, ground staff. The CEO and the top management of the airline have already been picked up.
“It takes around three months to train a cabin crew. AirAsia has 120 aircraft in its fleet and more than 350 planes on order. They can scale up capacity in India very quickly so they might hire around 150 attendants in one go but the numbers would swell as they add capacity,” said an industry expert.
The airline said “experienced flight attendants or fresh graduates” could apply, which is good news for hundreds of flight attendants belonging to Kingfisher Airlines who have either been out of work or are on the rolls of the airline but not paid for last eight months.
The selected candidates would have to appear for a final interview on April 14.