New Delhi: Low cost airlines GoAir has decided to hire near about 500 employees as it has policy to expand its network in the next few months, including pilots.
According to senior officials said, the Wadia group carrier is looking forward to include 26 more aircraft by the end of March next year from the current fleet strength of 21.
The airline’s CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said that we are gearing up to implement its ambitious expansion plans.
Schauer further said that plans are on for listing and it will happen at the right time.
He told media persons, “We will expand our fleet by up to 26 aircraft by the end of March next year. We need to build up for the expansion that we are going for. Every aircraft (inducted) needs 100 increase (in manpower) approximately. So we will naturally hire.”
This would translate to hiring requirement of at least 500 personnel, including a significant number of pilots.
At present, GoAir’s head count is around 2,300, Prock-Schauer said.
GoAir has 21 Airbus A320 aircraft, including A320neos-which are more fuel-efficient. Generally, an Airbus 320 plane needs maximum 14 pilots for its operation, with seven commanders and an equal number of first officers.
A back of the envelope calculation indicates that addition of five such aircraft would mean the need for about 70 pilots.
In June 2011, the Mumbai-based airline had placed an order with European aviation major Airbus for 72 new A320 neo aircraft valued at about Rs 32,400 crore on list prices.