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The airline nobody wants to work for?

16 March 2015

IT’S one of the biggest airlines in India, so when it opened its doors for a
series of job interviews last week it expected a flood of applicants. H
owever, the recruitment drive ended in “deep embarrassment” for Air India
when nobody showed up, according to the local news website Hindustan Times.

Held over two days in Hyderabad, the fourth biggest city in India, officials
were seeking to fill 197 open commander (captain) and first officer

The airline had even flown in a panel of senior officials and experts for the
special event.

So what went wrong?

An unnamed airline official told the Hindustan Times that it
was the first time the airline had organised walk-in interviews and the event
was “mismanaged”.

“The board members were lodged in five-star hotels, and not a single person
turned up,” the staff member said. “Ideally, applications should have been
invited online and panellists flown in only if there were applicants.”

Another crew member said: “It’s a statement on the state of affairs at Air
India that a once-sought-after job failed to attract a single applicant.”

The airline has been dealing with a lack of crew since last year, which has
caused flight delays and cancellations. It was also left red-faced in January
when it forgot to schedule pilots on a
and was forced to ground it.

The situation is so dire that the Indian government has announced plans for
“anti-poaching” rules which would bar airlines from stealing crew and pilots
from each another.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Indian Express that the
poaching of staff “results in crippling shortage of trained manpower for
airlines” — such as in Air India’s case.

The airline has only managed to stay afloat with help from the government
under a bailout program granting them a package of $6 billion in April 2012.