IndiGo has signed two partnerships with CAE on the sidelines of Wings India 2024. In one deal, it has extended the Cadet Pilot Programme to allow CAE to train more cadet pilots for IndiGo. In the other one, it has partnered with the Simulation wing of CAE to establish a new simulator in Bengaluru.
Let us learn about both these deals. Continue reading for more information.
IndiGo CAE Cadet Pilot Programme Extension
Since its inception, IndiGo has relied on Cadet Pilot Programmes for training cadet pilots. In 2006, the first batch of pilots received their Commercial Pilot License Training in the USA. The pilots from the first batch are currently captains, trainers and even taking leadership roles at IndiGo.
The CAE-IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme started in 2011. Since then, the airline has inducted 941 cadet pilots from CAE as Junior First Officers (JFOs). CAE provides training to IndiGo cadets at its Flight Training Organization (FTO) in Gondia, Maharashtra. Not only Gondia, CAE also provides an option for cadets to train internationally. It is obvious that the costs are high for international training. Training locations include Phoenix, USA, and Melbourne and Tamworth in Australia.
Now, IndiGo has extended this partnership meaning that the airline will continue to induct Junior First Officers in the future as well.
Captain Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at IndiGo, expressed pleasure with the continued relationship with CAE for the Cadet Pilot Programme. This relationship has been important in developing a strong cadre of well-trained cadet pilots, which is necessary for fulfilling immediate needs as well as long-term expansion goals.
As India’s largest airline with an expanding domestic and global network, this extended collaboration plays an essential role in developing a talented pool of young pilots who have gone through complete training. Mittra praised CAE for its track record of high-quality infrastructure and curriculum, which are critical to maintaining IndiGo’s airline culture of excellence.
Collaboration with CSTPL for ATR Simulator
In another agreement, IndiGo has partnered with CAE Simulation Training Private Limited (CSTPL) to provide flight training to its ATR 72 pilots. As part of the agreement, CSTPL will install a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for ATR aircraft in Bengaluru. This facility will be ready by February 2024. It will be used exclusively by IndiGo pilots, majorly for license renewals and type rating.
In 2016, IndiGo placed an order of 50 ATR 72s. It currently has a fleet of 44 ATR 72 aircraft, with 6 pending to be delivered. ATR is the regional workforce of IndiGo. With this turboprop, it launched various flights recently. For example, Shivamogga, Pantnagar, Kadapa, Kurnool & Jabalpur. It has completed seven years of ATR operations. Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the largest ATR base of IndiGo. On a daily basis, more than 30 IndiGo ATRs depart from Hyderabad Airport.
Captain Ashim Mittra, IndiGo’s Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, announced the airline’s engagement with CSTPL to assist the ATR pilot training program. This collaboration intends to improve ATR pilot training, allowing IndiGo’s pilots to grow their skills and expanding the airline’s reach.
The effort complements the Government of India’s UDAN (“Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik”) mission, reaffirming IndiGo’s commitment to linking smaller and medium-sized towns and cities. CSTPL’s renowned simulator training facilities and world-class infrastructure pave the way for excellence, reinforcing IndiGo’s status as India’s chosen carrier.