Airbus Opens Commercial Pilot Training Centre In Gurugram

NEW DELHI: Estimating that India will need 25,000 pilots in the next two decades, European aerospace major Airbus has opened a training centre for commercial pilots and maintenance engineers in Gurugram. The training centre has an A320 flight simulator for full-flight simulation, along with programmes on aircraft procedure training, computer-based classroom training, and standard pilot transition training, including an 'upgrade to command' course. The move comes at a time when some Indian airlines are facing a crippling pilot shortage that has forced them to cancel hundreds of flights.

Anand E Stanley, president and MD of Airbus (India & South Asia) said: “Providing a robust training infrastructure to support our customers’ businesses is a priority for us. One pillar of our customer service mission is proximity to the customer, and another one is safety. In that respect, having a training centre located in the country is proof of our commitment towards both.”

“The new training centre in India is part of our worldwide development plan to address the growing demand for pilots. Over 500,000 new pilots will be required worldwide over the next 20 years. Our increasing footprint also aims at providing service closer to airline customers.” Michael Chemouny, head of training services, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Airbus says the new facility will complement its training centre in Bengaluru that has trained more than 4,500 maintenance engineers since inception in 2007.

Source: The Times of India

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