Air India to hire 150 Jet Airways cabin crew, pilots
More than 150 cabin crew as well as pilots from Jet Airways have been shortlisted by Air India and are expected to join the government-owned airline in a fortnightUpdated: May 02, 2019, 00:39 IST
More than 150 cabin crew as well as pilots from Jet Airways have been shortlisted by Air India and are expected to join the government-owned airline in a fortnight. Meanwhile, some employees of the “temporarily-grounded” Jet Airways requested the Sahar police to file a first information report (FIR) against the airlines and the State Bank of India for non-payment of salaries. Jet Airways informed staffers on Tuesday that it could not fund the group’s mediclaim policy, which lapsed on April 30.
According to senior officials in Air India, the airline will hire a total of 1,200 cabin crew in phases. At present, it has shortlisted 541 cabin crew of which 150 are from Jet Airways employees and 50 from Vistara. “After the ongoing mandatory medical tests for the shortlisted candidates, they will join duty in a fortnight,” said an airline official who did not wished to be named. The low-cost airline Air India Express has hired 25 pilots from Jet and is expected to hire 25 more. Air India has 126 aircraft and Air India Express has 25 in their fleets respectively. Between the two airlines, they have 3,800 cabin crew. Previously, 100 pilots and 450 cabin crew from Jet were recruited by Vistara during a two-day recruitment drive, which ended on Tuesday. Spice Jet is expected to hire around 500 Jet pilots.
Meanwhile, ground staff of Jet Airways and members of the All India Jet Airways and Staff Association (AJIOSA) requested the Sahar Police to register an FIR against the management of Jet Airways and the State Bank of India for non-payment of salaries. Senior police inspector Shashikant Mane said, “The employees have submitted a complaint letter. We are inquiring the details hence there has not been an FIR registered as of now.”
On Tuesday, chief people officer of Jet Airways, Rahul Taneja sent an email to staffers informing them that “we find ourselves facing a situation where we are not able to fund the premium of our Group Mediclaim Policy”. The policy lapsed on April 30. Taneja added that “these circumstances are not of our doing and much as we would wish to do things differently, we are left with little choice”. Jet Airways was forced to suspend flight operations on April 17 following a severe liquidity crisis