With AirAsia just few days away from launching its inaugural service, another new entrant waiting in the wings to unveil its operations, Tata-Singapore Airlines is leaving no stone unturned by already starting the process of recruiting people ahead of its likely take off in September or October this year.
According to industry sources, the airline currently is in the process of hiring people in different departments encompassing pilots, cabin crew and the engineering services.
The 51:49 joint venture (JV) between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines has already received an approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in October last year and is awaiting clearance from Air Operating Permit (AOP) for its proposed full service carrier.
The airline has almost short-listed the probable pilots who will be flying the Airbus A320s, while the actual recruitment will happen in the month of August once the aircrafts arrive. The airline has been hiring pilots with relevant experience of flying Airbus.
The airline is expected to lease 20 Airbus A320s over the period of four years and is looking at having 5 aircraft by the end of this year. Every aircraft will have 3 sets of pilots, as per the requirement of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Confirming the development, the airline spokesperson said that the pilots have been considered based on their relevant experience from across the industry and salaries have been offered as per the industry standards.
The airline has been using medium like social media websites - Linkedin - for identifying the probable candidates.
The airline is also adding people in other areas like security personnel, aircraft engineers and cabin crew, although it refused to divulge the total number of recruitment it is considering.
"This is a continuous process and the number will keep increasing as we expand our operations," said the spokesperson.
Hiring of most department-heads is almost over. Giamming Tow, who has joined from Singapore Airlines, is heading the commercial department, while S Vardarajan, ex-Tata Teleservices, is in charge of Human Resources, with Niyant Maru appointed as the head of Finance and Capt Roshan Joshi hired as the chief of pilots.
As part of the JV, Tata Sons will hold 51% stake with an investment of $51 million (Rs 315 crore), while SIA will own 49% with an investment around Rs 303 crore in the new proposed airline which will be based out of New Delhi.
Tata's other JV airline venture, Air Asia India, will start its first flight on June 12.