As it prepares to launch flights later this year, new budget airline Akasa Air aims to establish a training centre for its pilots and personnel, according to co-founder Vinay Dube.
According to Dube, the 14,000-square-foot centre will be built in Gurgaon, Haryana.
- The airline has already hired 154 pilots, 115 cabin attendants, and 14 engineers.
- It is majority owned by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. 26 of these pilots are already on the payroll, according to Dube, who is also the airline’s CEO.
- Former IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh co-founded Akasa, which has bought 72 Boeing 737 Max planes and aims to fly its inaugural trip in July.
The airline has yet to be summoned by the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, for a proving flight, which is required before receiving an air operator’s licence, according to Dube.
On October 11, Akasa, operating under the name SNV Aviation, acquired its initial regulatory approval, a no-objection certificate, and has applied for an air operator’s permit (AOP).
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