Ex­o­dus: 120 A320 first of­fi­cers have quit AI in last 3-4 months

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - [email protected] times­group.com

Mum­bai: Air In­dia has been wit­ness­ing an ex­o­dus of A320 first of­fi­cers, with about 120 res­ig­na­tions sub­mit­ted in the past 3-4 months alone, ac­cord­ing to air­line sources. These young­sters, who oc­cupy the right-hand seat in a cock­pit, have been serv­ing their six­month no­tice pe­riod.

The rea­son for quit­ting ranges from low pay, no ca­reer pro­gres­sion and ready avail­abil­ity of jobs in other air­lines. The exit hasn’t hit flight op­er­a­tions though as the air­line has a sur­plus of first of­fi­cers.

“These first of­fi­cers were taken on a five-year fixed term con­tract. Most of them joined with only about 250 hours of fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but they quit with 3,000 hours or so. The cost to AI is that of ex­pe­ri­enced crew leav­ing as the air­line took so much ef­fort to bring them up to a cer­tain level,” said a source.

“These pi­lots were hired at avery low salary. The dif­fer­ence in their cur­rent salary struc­ture and mar­ket rate would be more than Rs 1 lakh. Then again, the salary isn’t paid on time,” the source added.

An Air In­dia spokesper­son con­firmed that first of­fi­cers have been re­sign­ing, but couldn’t give a num­ber.

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AI says they have about 2,000 A320 first of­fi­cers, so the res­ig­na­tions won't hit op­er­a­tions

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