MUMBAI: The venture between Tata sons and Singapore Airlines will begin a major recruitment drive in a couple of days, hiring engineers, security personnel and cabin crew as it prepares itself for launching in the October-December quarter.
“We have received several applications but haven’t entertained them yet. The recruitment for these positions will start now,” said a spokesman for the airline. The salt-to-software conglomerate holds 51 per cent in the joint venture while Singapore Airline holds the rest.
Tata’s other airline venture with Malaysian carrier AirAsia will operate its first India flight on Thursday. Tata-SIA currently has a team of 20 top and second rung executives of the airline, most of whom have been recruited from either partner.
The top management includes Phee Teik Yeoh, ex- vice president at the parent airline’s IT division, as CEO; Giamming Toh, ex chief of the airline’s India division, as its head of commercial; Niyat Baru, former finance chief of Tata Realty and Infrastructure as CFO; Varadarajan Srinivasan, former HR head of Tata Teleservices will head HR and corporate strategy; SIA captain Roshan Joshi will head flight operations while Rajinder Singh, also ex-SIA will head engineering services.
The airline has already shortlisted several pilots, mostly by connecting them from social media sites such as Linkedin.com and will have at least six sets of pilots by the time the airline is launched. It has leased 20 planes Airbus A320 planes.
The carrier plans to start operations with two planes and scale up to five.Â Tata-SIA airline is currently undergoing an audit by the Director General of Civil aviation before it is allowed an air operator’s permit. The company has appointed Ogilvy and Mather to help it finalise a brand name, but no decision has been made yet, said the spokesman. (Source: Economic Times)