Air India has ordered 470 aircraftAir India, a Tata Group company, has placed an order for 470 aircraft in the past. This order has gone to French company Airbus Airbus and American company Boeing Boeing. This will not only increase employment opportunities in those countries, but will also increase employment opportunities in some other countries including India. There will be some indirect job opportunities as well as direct job opportunities related to aviation industry. These jobs will be of pilot, flight engineer, cabin crew. All these jobs are heavy paying.
If one aircraft increased in the fleet, 400 people got jobs
Professor Shrikant H.V., Head of Aeronautical Engineering Department at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, says that in the coming days, about two lakh people will get jobs in the Indian aviation industry. Talking to CNBC-TV18.com, he said that if a narrow body aircraft is added to a company’s fleet, employment opportunities for 400 people emerge. Similarly, if wide body aircraft are added to the fleet, employment opportunities for 600 to 700 people emerge. This includes everything from pilots to cabin crew, engineers, ground service staff (security and ground services) etc.
There may be a shortage of pilots
Hemant DP, CEO of Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy and ex-chief commercial officer and chief operations officer of GMR Airports, says that there is going to be a shortage of pilots in India in the coming days. Air India’s 470 aircraft will be delivered in the next 10 years. Meaning that every month three to four aircraft will be added to the fleet. Hemant asks that these aircraft will come but who will fly them? Ultra long haul flights like American routes require 12 sets of pilots. Here a set pilot means a pilot and a co-pilot. On an average, 8.5 sets of pilots and cabin crew are required if aircraft are being deployed on long haul or European routes. If it is a narrow body aircraft, seven sets of cockpit crew are required. This means that Air India alone will need around 7,000 pilots to fly the 470 new aircraft.
There is still a shortage of pilots
Hemant points out that there is still a shortage of pilots in Air India. The situation is that due to the shortage of pilots, the company has to cancel flights even on creamy routes like America and Canada. He says that Air India currently operates 100 flights daily. Out of these, about 30 flights have to be canceled everyday. Means a loss of three crore rupees in daily revenue. The company cancels the flight due to lack of pilots but at the same time the support crew has to stop you at the hotel or home. Money is spent on that too. The ground handling staff also remains idle.
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