TATA Group Airline, Air India has formed a Joint Venture with European Aerospace Manufacturer Airbus to establish a Pilot Training Centre in Gurugram, Haryana. This is a strategic move as this collaboration is set to go head-to-head with IndiGo’s partnership with CAE Simulator Training (CSTPL).
Air India placed the largest order in the history of Indian aviation last year. It ordered 470 aircraft including 70 widebody jets. Hence, investment in pilot training becomes crucial for the airline.
Air India Takes Airbus Onboard for Pilot Training
Air India has inked a partnership with Airbus to establish a state-of-the-art pilot training facility at Gurugram. Both entities will hold a 50-50 percent stake in this Joint Venture company. This facility will be spread across 3,300 square meters. It will be operationalized by early 2025. Initially, the facility will have four Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulators (FFS).
Over a period of time, it will have 10 Full Flight Simulators (FFS), flight training classrooms, and briefing & debriefing rooms, similar to a complete Airbus flight training equipment setup. This facility will have the capacity to train 5,000 pilots in the next 10 years. It will train pilots for Airbus A320 and Airbus A350 aircraft.
Talking about regulatory approvals, it has been approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the European Union Safety Agency (EASA).
Largest Training Facility in South Asia
Air India has announced the establishment of the largest Aviation Training Academy in the South Asian region. This facility will include Full Flight Simulators of Airbus as well as Boeing fleet. This facility in Gurugram will cover an area of 6 lakh square feet. It is going to be an integrated aviation academy providing training to pilots, cabin crew, ground staff, etc.
As per the announcement by Air India, this facility will boast a fleet of 20 full-flight simulators. Provisioning of these simulators will ensure the pilot sourcing for the airline’s Airbus & Boeing fleet. Earlier, there were reports that the airline was looking to collaborate with L3 Harris Aviation Training Academy for training Boeing pilots.
More Partnerships by Airbus
Airbus has committed to double its sourcing from the Indian market. The current $750 million sourcing is expected to be doubled by the decade’s end. Hence, the European planemaker is consistently investing in the market.
As per its estimates, the Indian market will require 2,840 more aircraft in the next 20 years. For flying and maintaining these aircraft, there will be a requirement of 41,000 pilots and 47,000 technicians.
In order to aid the technicians supply to Indian aviation, Airbus has forged a partnership with GMR Aero Technic. GAT is the Maintenance wing of GMR Group, a major airport operator in India.
Under this collaboration, both entities will establish an aviation school at the GMR Aerospace and Industrial Park located at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. This aviation school will offer an integrated B1.1 and B2 aircraft maintenance engineering licensing program, along with type training.
Ancillary courses for this program will be provided by Airbus. Furthermore, Airbus will offer qualification to GMR Instructors, in order to ensure comprehensive training. Furthermore, Airbus is also training with prestigious institutes like Gati-Shakti Vishvavidyalaya (GSV), Indian Institute of Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to ready the talent in the Indian aviation sector.
Source: Times of India