Airbus has opened a training centre for
commercial pilots and maintenance engineers in the National
Capital Region of Delhi.

 The facility will
complement Airbus India’s training centre in Bengaluru which has
trained more than 4,500 maintenance engineers since its inception
in 2007.

Airbus forecasts a need for more than
25,000 new pilots in India over the next 20 years to keep pace
with the current double-digit growth in its commercial aviation
industry.


Airbus A320 Simulator. Click to enlarge.

The training centre incorporates an A320 flight
simulator for full-flight simulation, along with programmes on
aircraft procedure training, computer-based classroom training,
and standard pilot transition training, including an ‘Upgrade to
Command’ course aimed at improving skills and maturity of
co-pilots as they transition to commandership.

“Providing a robust training infrastructure to support
our customers’ businesses is a priority for us. One pillar of our
customer services mission is proximity to the customer, and
another one is safety. In that respect, having a training centre
located in the country is proof of our commitment towards both,”
said Anand E. Stanley, President and Managing Director, Airbus
India South Asia.

Globally, Airbus has a comprehensive and
highly customised training programme, aimed at pilots, maintenance
crew and engineers.

“The new training centre in India is
part of our worldwide development plan to address the growing
demand for pilots. Over 500,000 new pilots will be required
worldwide over the next 20 years. Our increasing footprint also
aims at providing service closer to airline customers,” said Michael Chemouny, Head of Training Services, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

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