Air India pilots can fly until 65, eyes on fleet expansion

NEW DELHI: Preparing for a major expansion of its fleet, Air India – which used to retire its pilots at 58 – will now grant selected pilots a five-year extension. Since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and several airlines around the world allow pilots to fly until the age of 65, AI also plans to do the same for pilots with a safety and security record. irreproachable discipline.
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“Given future plans to expand our fleet, it is imperative to meet our manpower needs for pilots. DGAC allows pilots to fly until the age of 65, while Air India’s retirement age is 58. Allowing pilots to fly until the age of 65 is a practice followed by most airlines in the industry. To meet our requirement, it is proposed to retain our currently Air India trained pilots after retirement on contract basis for 5 years, extendable to 65 years,” said SD Tripathi, AI Director of Human Resources (CHR), said in July 29 “policy on engagement after retirement (of) pilots.
AI set up a selection process to select pilots who would get an extension past age 58. “A committee comprised of functional representatives from HR, operations and flight safety will be formed to review the eligibility of pilots retiring within the next two years. The committee will be responsible for reviewing pilots’ disciplinary, flight safety and vigilance records. After the review, the committee will recommend shortlisted names to the CHRO to issue them with a post-retirement contract,” the policy reads.
“A year before the pilots retire, they will receive a letter of intent for their post-retirement commitment. The contract would be issued for a period of five years which can be extended up to age 65. The post-retirement contract will include a clause for an annual review of basic contract performance, conduct and flight safety record. After five years of satisfactory service, a full performance review will be considered for further extension to age 65. This will be reviewed by the constituted committee,” the Tripathi policy states.
Additionally, for airport entry passes and company IDs, pilot application forms will indicate their retirement date as they reach retirement age. 65 so that there can be timely renewal/issuance of AEP at the time of post-retirement engagement. , he adds.

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