AirAsia Bhd. is moving ahead with plans to set up an Indian budget airline, with interviews planned this week to recruit senior employees and pilots. The company, which last month announced the joint venture with Tata Group, aims to name its chief executive for the new company soon and will conduct interviews for senior pilots in Mumbai later in the week, according to people familiar with the situation.
AirAsia will need senior pilots on the carrier’s staff early on to help with the airline’s certification and approval process with India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation. But before that, AirAsia first needs to receive approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for the proposed tie-up.
The airline, based in Sepang, Malaysia, said Monday it hasn’t started hiring for the proposed India venture. It didn’t elaborate.
04/03/13 Gaurav Rahuvanshi/Wall Street Journal