Mumbai: SpiceJet, the Gurgaon-based low-fare carrier, will hire 84 cabin crew and 24 pilots by the end of current calendar year, as the airline plans to add four new aircraft to its fleet from March 2010. These new planes will be used to connect tier-1 and tier-2 cities in the country, CEO Sanjay Aggarwal told ET recently.
The move comes even as private air carriers, including SpiceJet, have agreed to stop operations on August 18 if the government does not roll back high taxes, which the airlines say, have affected their profitability. Interestingly, SpiceJet has been able to post a net profit of Rs 26 crore in the quarter ended June due to lower fuel charges and better route management.
“We are preparing a full-fledged plan for the current financial year, including fleet expansions and manpower additions,” Mr Aggarwal told ET. “Four new planes will be added to our fleet from March next year. We need around 21 cabin crew and six pilots for every single aircraft.”
These recruitments will be in addition to the 12 pilots that the company hired last month. According to current industry benchmarks, a pilot gets about Rs 6 lakh per month, including accommodation allowance. The pay goes up depending on the number of flying hours the pilot has put in. Industry observers say there are many local Indian hands as many pilots and cabin crew had recently lost jobs due to the grounding of flights and rationalising of routes of aviation companies.
Apart from earlier-placed orders, SpiceJet plans to order new passenger planes by December as it seeks to expand its fleet to meet potential growth in air travel. Currently, SpiceJet has a fleet of 19 Boeing 737 aircraft.
03/08/09 Mithun Roy/Economic Times