SpiceJet to hire up to 2,000 Jet staff
SpiceJet plans to hire up to 2,000 staff, including pilots and cabin crew, of the defunct Jet Airways as the no-frills carrier continues to expand its operations.
Seoul: SpiceJet plans to hire up to 2,000 staff, including pilots and cabin crew, of the defunct Jet Airways as the no-frills carrier continues to expand its operations.
The airline has taken at least 22 planes that were earlier used by Jet Airways, which temporarily shuttered its operations due to cash crunch in April. "We have taken significant number of people from Jet Airways.
They were well qualified ad professional people. We will continue to take more Jet staff in the times to come. We have taken around 1,100 people so far. Expectation is that we will go up to 2,000 people.
It will be pilots, cabin crew, (people) from airport services, security," SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said.
Currently, SpiceJet has around 14,000 staff and a fleet of 100 planes. It is the fourth airline after Air India, now defunct Jet Airways and IndiGo to have 100 aircraft. SpiceJet has Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q-400s and B737 freighters.
It operates around 575 daily flights on an average to 62 destinations, including nine international ones, he said.
To a query on whether SpiceJet would look at operating wide-body aircraft that were earlier used by Jet Airways, Singh said the airline is right now focussed on narrow-body fleet.
"Having said that we recognise that there are gaps which have been created. They need to be filled and in the longer term, if India is to be a global aviation hub, Indian carriers will have to fly long haul.
It can't be only Air India which flies long haul. The models (of business) for us may be different. I am sure every carrier is trying to see what can be done," he said on Saturday.
On May 28, SpiceJet posted a 22 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 56.3 crore in the three months ended March as higher fares helped the airline amid a capacity crunch in the domestic aviation market.