Monthly Archives: September 2011

Indian student pilot and Emirati instructor injured in Philippines crash

September 23, 2011

An Emirati instructor pilot has been given a clean bill of health after his plane crash-landed in the Philippines on Wednesday. Musa Abdul Wahid Abdul Ghaffar Al Khaja, the UAE ambassador to the Philippines, identified the pilot as Khairi Al Muqbali, 28. “He’s OK based on his CT scan and X-ray results,” Mr Al...

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SpiceJet, Emirates, GMR on hiring mode as air traffic increases

September 21, 2011

New Delhi: The aviation sector is hiring in full swing across levels as it rides an up to 16% yearly increase in air traffic and picks up the pieces, post an extended slowdown. Among airlines, Dubai-based Emirates expects to hire nearly 4,000 cabin crew in the current financial year and over 500 pilots across...

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Asia-Pacific short on pilots says Boeing

September 21, 2011

Hong Kong: Asia-Pacific’s booming aviation sector is facing a serious pilot shortfall with some carriers forced to cut flights and ground new planes because of the gap, US aviation giant Boeing said on Monday. The region will need more than 180,000 in extra pilots and almost 250,000 new technicians over the next two decades...

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Bangalore to get 1st aerospace institute of India

September 17, 2011

 Bangalore: The silicon city will soon have India’s first academy to generate manpower for aviation and aerospace industries. “The Indian Institute of Aerospace Engineering and Management will start its first academic programme- an MBA specialising in aeronautics management – from September 25,” former chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Krishnadas Nair told...

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Air India to hire younger cabin crew to attract passengers

September 14, 2011

Mumbai: In a desperate bid to woo paying passengers, national carrier Air India is thinking of imposing an age limit of 40 or 45 for cabin crew, according to a report by Saurabh Sinha in the Economic Times. At present, they can fly till they turn 58. During the ongoing brainstorming sessions to improve...

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Flight school monitors int’l students

September 14, 2011

The United States offers cheaper flight schools and more space for training than Rahul Gandhi could get in his native India, where he hopes to work as a commercial pilot. Now a student at Tiffin Aviation Services at Nogales International Airport, Gandhi’s trip to the U.S. involved much more than applying to schools, obtaining...

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Emirates adds 49 aircraft to fleet, to hire 500 pilots

September 12, 2011

At a time when many of India’s airlines are passing through financial headwinds with grumbling captains in the cockpits, Dubai based Emirates Airline is coming to India to hire a large number of pilots. The airline intends to hire a whopping 500 pilots from across the world as it is adding 49 new aircraft...

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Air India may go for younger cabin crew to lure flyers

September 12, 2011

New Delhi: Flight attendants on Air India could soon stop reminding you of the elderly and portly headmistress who rarely ever smiled at you in school. And they could be more nattily dressed too. In a desperate bid to woo paying passengers, the airline is thinking of imposing an age limit of 40 or...

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ATR opens pilot training center in Paris; India centre to open soon

September 11, 2011

ATR, the European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, today announced the opening of a new pilot training center in Paris. The new center, based near “Charles de Gaulle” airport in Roissy, is equipped with a brand new Full Flight Simulator (FFS). This simulator, developed and manufactured by Thales, will allow crew members to be trained...

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Indian airlines on expansion spree, boom time for pilots

September 8, 2011

New Delhi: Bleak business is no bar for Indian commercial airlines, which are giving wings to their domestic and international expansion plans and briskly hiring pilots. Low-cost carrier IndiGo Airlines, which launched its international operations on September 1, said it would add as many as 20 aircraft by 2012. Another low-cost carrier, SpiceJet, which...

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