Jet loses key senior staff, denies attrition is a problem

March 21, 2007

Mumbai: Over the past few weeks, four senior ex-ecutives of Jet Airways, including the south-east Asia chief V Raja and head of train-ing Michael Tan have put in their papers. The airline brass in London is reportedly trying to hold back key senior executives.At junior levels, the airline is losing people to domestic rivals...

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State pilots wonder what to fly

March 21, 2007

Maharashtra state is stuck in an awkward situation as far as its official aircrafts meant for VIPs are concerned. Till recently, the government had been struggling for pilots to fly their planes as their only pilot did not qualify the regulations. Now, two newly-recruited pilots are sitting idle as the state has failed to...

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Indian aviation schools fly abroad

March 20, 2007

New Delhi: To cash in on the rapidly growing demand for pilots, Indian aviation academies are setting up training facilities abroad, where they can churn out pilots as quickly as in eight months, compared to almost two years that it takes in India.While Mumbai-based Indian Aviation Academy has set up a facility in Dubai,...

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Indian Air carriers need to add 5,000 pilots in 5 years

March 18, 2007

New Delhi: The Indian aviation industry is besieged with a crippling problem of acute shortage of pilots which could jeopardise its multi million dollar expansion programmes.“The total number of additional aircraft in the next five years is estimated at 500, for which an additional 5,000 pilots would be required,” aviation ministry sources toldCurrently, 2,940...

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Airports facing 50% ATC shortfall

March 17, 2007

Mumbai: India’s two largest airports–Delhi and Mumbai–have just 100 air traffic controllers guiding 500 planes daily, nearly 40-50% short of the requirement. The 87 domestic airports have just 1,000 air traffic controllers, grossly inadequate for the booming aviation sector. At 2,500 flights per day, India needs a minimum of 2,500 ATCs. Yet, an official...

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SDFTI Closes On Deal To Train Indian Pilots

March 15, 2007

San Diego: San Diego Flight Training International (SDFTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Apace Consultants to begin training hundreds of student pilots from India and throughout Southeast Asia. The MOU established a framework in which students bound for India-based airlines will be referred to SDFTI for flight training, using the school’s...

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Winnipeg Aviation to offer pilot training in India

March 9, 2007

Cubex India, a company in Mumbai that sells and helps maintain mining and other heavy equipment, is teaming up with Canadian flight training school Winnipeg Aviation and Canadian education institution Red River College to establish an ab initio training school in India.“We have shortlisted three airports in India,” Cubex India managing director Hemant Shah...

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HAL to hire 800 engineers; Wipro to recruit 450

March 9, 2007

The global aviation market is set to rain large deals on Indian companies. A CLSA Asia-Pacific study shows there will be a $18-billion business opportunity over the next five to seven years. This demand has resulted in Indian aviation companies ramping up their headcount.Public sector aviation giant HAL is looking at hiring no less...

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US aviation school to train Indian pilots

March 9, 2007

Bangalore: American School Aviation (ASA) on Thursday said it plans to train 1,000 Indian students to become commercial pilots in the next 12 months.Students will be provided preliminary training at ASA India’s Gurgaon centre, followed by academic and flight training at the California facility of ASA, Vice-President of ASA USA, Reny Kozman, told reporters...

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Wanted, pilots for corporate jets

March 9, 2007

New Delhi: The number of privately-owned aircraft in the Indian corporate sector have risen from about 50 — two years ago — to 120 currently. And, about 600 pilots are required to fly these machines, though only 450 are available. Aviation sources say that the scarcity has attracted about 140 foreign pilots to India...

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American Airlines to shift Call Center operations to India

March 9, 2007

New Delhi: American Airlines on Thursday said it will shift its Asia Pacific Call Center operations to India from Australia.The company has also entered into an agreement with Bird Information Systems, a provider of automated aviation and travel related software solutions, to provide Call Centre services to its customers in India and Asia Pacific...

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Interviews for applicants of male, female cabin crew for Emirates

March 5, 2007

Muscat: The Ministry of Manpower in collaboration with Emirates Airlines will hold an open day for job-seekers holding secondary school certificates, on Friday, at Higher Technical College, Muscat.During the day, personal interviews will be held for the applicants for the post of cabin crew at Emirates Airlines.This is the second open day jointly organised...

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Skies open up to arts graduates

March 4, 2007

Mumbai: If you have chosen Arts instead of Science for your graduation and yet dream of becoming a pilot, the airlines are lending wings to your hope. They are now planning to recruit Arts graduates too for the job of pilots. Chennai-based full service carrier Paramount Airways is planning to set up a pilot...

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Big dreams, but few skills

March 3, 2007

According to Dinesh Keskar, senior VP of sales, Boeing, “ Indian flying schools only churn out pilots with a commercial pilot license (CPL) or private pilot license, and they hardly possess the expertise to fly the sophisticated aircraft of today’s airlines.” Pointing to the lack of infrastructure in flying schools, Saroj Datta, a director...

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HC dismisses flight steward’s petition challenging job rejection

March 2, 2007

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today dismissed an aspiring flight steward’s petition challenging rejection of his job application by Air India.Manish Tokas had answered an advertisement issued by the public airline in 2004, calling for applicants from the OBC category.Tokas, who belonged to the Jat community, was duly selected by the airline through...

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