A new pay structure for its pilots and cabin crew, effective from April 1st, was recently announced by Air India, a Tata group-owned airline. Depending on the category of pilot and the number of flying hours, the new salary structure gives a minimum salary of Rs. 50,000 per month for a pilot and a maximum salary of Rs. 8.5 lakh per month.
Meanwhile, the minimum wage for cabin crew is Rs. 25,000 per month, with a maximum salary of Rs. 78,000 per month based on the employee’s level. In terms of pilot levels, a junior first officer in training who is a trainee pilot will be paid Rs. 50,000 per month. After line release and up to one year of experience, junior first officers will receive a monthly salary of Rs. 2.35 lakh.
A first officer of Air India earns Rs. 3.45 lakh per month, whereas an ATPL captain (SFO) earns Rs. 4.75 lakh per month. A commander with a P1 rating on the company’s aircraft type who has been internally promoted from a captain or SFO will be paid Rs. 7.50 lakh per month.
Senior commanders would make Rs. 8.50 lakh per month if they have more than four years of P1 rating on a company aircraft type. Depending on their level of expertise and the number of hours they have flown, pilots are also eligible for a variety of allowances, including flying allowances, wide body allowances, domestic layover allowances, and international layover allowances. The level of the employee and the amount of flying hours also affect the salary structure for cabin crews.
A senior cabin crew member can make up to Rs. 64,000 per month, while an executive cabin crew member can make up to Rs. 78,000 per month. A trainee cabin crew member would receive Rs. 25,000 per month.
Flight allowances, airport standby allowances, check crew allowances, and international and domestic layover allowances are also available to cabin crews. It’s vital to remember that the pay structure assumes that both pilots and cabin crews fly 70 hours per month.
Movements between levels will also be subject to the company’s safety and disciplinary policies. According to Air India, the goal of this new pay structure is to attract and retain talent in the aviation industry.