Following SpiceJet's move to absorb over 500 employees, the Indian Government's air carrier Air India has hired over 150 cabin crew staff for its international routes on the Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft to manage passengers on board their international flights to London, Dubai and Singapore.
On Friday, SpiceJet had announced that it had already absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of the grounded carrier Jet Airways and announced that it was open to inducting more as it adds more aircraft and routes in the times ahead. It also announced an induction of 27 more planes - 22 Boeing 737s and five turboprop Bombardier Q400s - in the fleet to help overcome to an extent, the capacity deficit, due to Jet Airways temporarily withdrawing its domestic and international services.
SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh in a statement on Friday said that his carrier is giving “first preference” to Jet Airways staff in recruitment.
“As we expand and grow, we are giving first preference to those who have recently lost their jobs due to the unfortunate closure of Jet Airways,” Mr. Singh said.
On the same day, the state-owned airways' Chairman Ashwani Lohani had proposed plans to lease five Boeing 777 aircraft, to its major lender - the State Bank of India (SBI), according to PTI.
As per reports, four to five parties have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) to the lenders' consortium headed by SBI which currently runs the cash-strapped Jet Airways. The consortium has proposed to sell the stakes of Jet Airways between 32.1% and 75% after assessing all the bids and finding a qualified investor.
Earlier on Wednesday, the lenders had rejected the airline's plea for emergency funds of Rs.1500 crore, which led to Jet halting all its flights and operations temporarily, throwing the jobs of their 16000+ employees into jeopardy. Only five aircraft were left in operation.
Senior pilots and maintenance personnel of Jet Airways have also approached Air India seeking employment. But, the airline has not yet worked on a plan to recruit pilots and maintenance staff, as per Air India reports. Meanwhile, a lot of Jet's pilots have gone ahead and joined IndiGo and SpiceJet.