Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cabin crew training academies turn to imparting social skills

December 29, 2010

Mumbai: Chastened by the 2008-09 economic slowdown, many of India’s cabin crew academies have diversified from instructing women aspiring to become flight attendants to training them in customer care services, airport duties and even teaching general social skills such as attending kitty parties. Cabin crew academies mushroomed on the back of a boom in...

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350 cabin crew quit Kingfisher last year

December 29, 2010

New Delhi: Attrition in cabin crew has been substantial at Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines over the past year, say insiders, though the company says the availability is adequate. Insiders say about 350 cabin crew left their job in the past year. The present total of the crew is 1,500. Though 150 recruits in this...

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Jet to restore salaries cut in ’08, ’09

December 29, 2010

New Delhi: The New Year will signal the end of slowdown woes for employees of most airlines. Jet Airways, India’s biggest airline, had cut salaries in 2008 and 2009 by up to 25% to survive the downturn. Now from January , 2011, it is planning to revert to 2008 levels. This move will come...

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Ludhiana girls fly high with various airlines

December 24, 2010

Ludhiana: ”I am on the ninth cloud, my childhood dream has come true,” said Nidhi Chopra, who was recently selected to work as an air hostess with a domestic airlines. With Nidhi are 17 other batch mates who studied in an air hostess training institute in the city and were selected by various airlines...

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Phase-out deadline for expats may get extension

December 24, 2010

New Delhi: After breathing down the neck of airlines over exorbitant spot fares, the government is all set to meet a key industry demand — letting expatriate pilots stay beyond the July 31, 2011, deadline of phasing them out. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recommended “at least” two-year extension of this...

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Pilot Training Courses Now in Maldives

December 22, 2010

Now the students from India have an opportunity to fly at Republic Of Maldives,an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Aviacons, an aviation consultancy based out of Hyderabad will help you realize your dream to become a professionally qualified Pilot. The Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA), Maldives is a professional flight training academy, established...

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Where eagles dare

December 16, 2010

New Delhi: They were senior test pilots and as a young fighter pilot he was very impressed after interacting with them. Finding their work “very challenging”, he decided to go in for test flying. “This is one profession where you get first-hand experience of many facets of aviation that many just get to read...

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Women set their sights above ground level

December 8, 2010

Hyderabad: With the Indian aviation industry back on the path to recovery, with a 0.1 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger demand and a 14.4 per cent year-on-year increase for international freight, there has been a steep increase in the demand for pilots, and many women have benefited. Women form 30 per cent of...

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Special courses in pilot training

December 8, 2010

Hyderabad: Apart from providing training, the AP Aviation Academy has special courses to further train flying and non-flying staff. Dr Bapiraju, coordinator of the courses, said the B.Sc. in aviation that the academy offers from this year is a first for South India. “This is a distance learning programme approved by Osmania University,” she...

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Flying schools using obsolete aircraft

December 8, 2010

Mumbai: Flying schools charge exorbitant fees to budding pilots. But new facts revealed in an RTI reply shows that accidents abound at these flying schools, causing deaths and destruction to aircraft. The RTI also shows the schools are using phased out aircraft, and throws up questions on the quality of instructors and maintenance at...

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