MUMBAI: Tata-SIA-run Vistara, which plans to spread its wings
to the international skies from the next year, will soon have a mix of female
and male cabin crew on its flights.

At present the airline employs female members
for various jobs in the cabin. But in a policy shift, it has decided to hire
male crew members too, an airline official said.
As much as 20-25 per cent of the cabin crew will
be male members, the official said.

“As an equal-opportunity employer, it has
always been part of our plans to have mixed cabin crew,” he told

Vistara currently employs around 1,800 people to
carry out its pan-India flight operations from across 21 domestic airports. Of
this, around 500 are cabin crew.
Besides Vistara, budget carrier is the only
other domestic carrier

Which recruits only female members for cabin crew jobs?

Vistara has started the process of hiring male cabin crew
which is expected to be completed by March. “We plan to deploy them into
flying from April onwards,” the official said.

“It (hiring of male cabin crew) is also
good timing from a service delivery perspective as we gear up to start our
international operations soon,” the official said.

The Delhi-headquartered airline has expanded its
network to 21 destinations since its launch in January 2015, with over 660
flights a week operated by a fleet of 17 Airbus A320 aircraft, including four
A320 Neos.

Vistara, whose 51 per cent stake is owned by Tata
Sons and the rest by Singapore Airlines, is expected to launch its
international services in the second half of next year.

The airline has already reportedly advanced the
delivery of its 20th aircraft, which will qualify it for launching overseas services,
to March from June 2018.

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