NEW DELHI: Air India might have greater than 6,500 pilots following its mega $80 billion deal to purchase 470 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing, information company PTI reported quoting business sources.
At current, the airline has round 1,600 pilots to function its fleet of 113 plane.
The airline’s two subsidiaries — Air India Categorical and AirAsia India — collectively have round 850 pilots for flying their 54 planes whereas the three way partnership Vistara has greater than 600 pilots. The latter has a fleet of 53 plane, PTI stated quoting one other supply.
The report comes 3 days after the airline introduced that it’s going to buy 220 planes from Boeing and 250 from Boeing as a part of its complete transformation plan to as soon as once more set up itself as a world-class world airline. This is likely one of the largest plane order by any airline in civil aviation historical past.

Air India, Air India Categorical, Vistara and AirAsia India collectively have little over 3,000 pilots to function the mixed fleet of 220 plane.
The newest Airbus agency order includes 210 A320/321 Neo/XLR and 40 A350-900/1000. The Boeing agency order includes 190 737-Max, 20 787s and 10 777s.
“Air India is taking these 40 A350 majorly for its extremely long-haul routes or flights which lasts over 16 hours. The airline would require 30 pilots — 15 commanders and 15 first officers — per plane, which implies some 1,200 pilots for A350s alone,” the supply within the know instructed PTI.

In response to the supply, 26 pilots are required for one Boeing 777. If the airline inducts 10 such planes, it is going to require 260 pilots whereas 20 Boeing 787 would require some 400 pilots contemplating that every such plane wants 20 pilots — 10 commanders and 10 first officers.
Taken collectively, the induction of 30 wide-body Boeing planes would require a complete of 660 pilots, the sources stated.
The document order goals to place Air India within the league of huge world airways and make it an influential buyer for planemakers and suppliers at a time when its residence market is seeing a powerful post-Covid journey surge.
In response to Air India, the primary of the brand new plane will enter service in late 2023 and the majority of the planes are to reach from mid-2025 onwards.
(With inputs from businesses)

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