Bengaluru: European aircraft maker Airbus has predicted that in the next 20 years, to cope with the expanding commercial aviation industry, India will need at least 25,000 additional pilots. Globally, five lakh new pilots will be required in the next 20 years.
Addressing the media at Aero India 2019, Mr Michael Chemouny, Head of Training Services, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said, “As part of our continuing efforts to support the exponential growth of the civil aviation sector in India, Airbus has inaugurated a world-class training centre for commercial pilots and maintenance engineers in the National Capital Region of Delhi.”
The centre has an A320 simulator for full-flight simulation. Globally, Airbus has a comprehensive and highly customised training programme, which is aimed at pilots, maintenance crew and engineers, Mr Anand E. Stanley, President and Managing Director of Airbus India and South Asia, said. This shows Airbus’s commitment in making the most advanced training technologies accessible to the subcontinent, he said.
The facility at NCR will complement Airbus India’s training centre in Bengaluru which has the credit of training nearly 4,500 maintenance engineers from 2007.