New Delhi: India's largest low-cost airline, IndiGo will train pilot cadets at the CAE Global Academy, Gondia and type-rating training centres through a five-year programme with CAE. The 17-month cadet pilot training programme will enable aspiring pilots to receive their commercial pilot licence (CPL) as well as Airbus 320-type rating.
The budget carrier, promoted by InterGlobe Enterprises, operates a fleet of 39 Airbus A320 aircraft and is due to add 14 aircraft to its fleet this year. It has also placed a massive order for 180 aircraft with Airbus, deliveries of which will begin from 2016.
"Through the initiative, we wish to contribute to the growth of the commercial aviation sector by creating more job opportunities. This is our effort to address the long term shortage of qualified pilots in India," said Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo.
The programme is focussed on training cadets in two phases. While the first phase would involve providing the required training to obtain a commercial pilot licence (CPL) with multi-engine instrument rating and multi-engine experience, the second phase would be the type-rating training for qualifying on the A320 as a co-pilot.
CAE will screen eligible candidates for ability, aptitude and psychological profile. This will be followed by a group discussion and an interview with IndiGo.