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Are the pilots returning for good days? Akasa Air and Jet 2.0 may do the hiring

New Delhi
The new year is about to bring new changes for the aviation industry, one of the sectors most affected by the impact of Covid. On the one hand, Akasa Air, an investment of veteran investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, is about to fly. Jet Airways 2.0, on the other hand, is about to return in a new avatar. In such a situation, there is news of intensification of recruitment activities by both the airlines. According to a report, other employees including pilots can be hired.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had on October 11 granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for Akasa Air’s operations in India. After this the company applied for AOP. Akasa Air may obtain an Air Operator’s Permit (AOP) by April 2022. Akasa Air plans to start its aviation services from the summer of 2022. Jet Airways 2.0 is expected to commence operations in the July-September quarter of next year. Meanwhile, after coming under the ownership of Tata Sons Limited, Air India can also start afresh next year.

There are about 17000 pilots in the country now.
For the first time in a decade and a half, the aviation industry is witnessing a boom and the demand for pilots is expected to increase. There are about 17000 pilots in India. The starting salary of a pilot ranges from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.2 lakh per month and can go up to Rs 6 lakh. However, there is no clarity on how many planes Jet and Aasa will start operations with.

Akasa has placed orders for Boeing planes and CFM engines
Akasa Air ordered 72 ‘737 MAX planes’ from US aerospace company Boeing in November 2021. Akasa Air’s order includes two versions of the 737 MAX family, the 737-8 and the higher-capacity 737-8-200. A day after this announcement, Aakasa announced an agreement to purchase CFM LEAP-1B engines for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The deal is believed to be worth around $4.5 billion.

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