The airline has significantly developed in-house engineering capabilities, ensuring a smooth transition to the new long-haul aircraft.
The Airbus A350s are part of the 470-plane order placed by Air India in February. Subsequently, comprising six A350-900 and 34 A350-1000 variants, these planes are set to operate on long-haul routes, enhancing the airline’s global connectivity.
Air India Prepares for New A350s
As part of its preparation, Air India is leaving no stone unturned in training its cabin crew and pilots to handle the A350 aircraft effectively.
Air India has initiated training programs for its engineers and pilots to bolster its maintenance capabilities.
Recently, a batch of engineers from Tata group-owned airlines AirAsia India (I5) and Vistara (UK) underwent specialized training on A350 aircraft at an Airbus facility.
This strategic move enables them to service the new A350 planes and their current qualifications for Airbus A320, Boeing 737, and Boeing 787 aircraft.
Air India also focuses on selecting the right cabin crew for the A350 aircraft. The airline is conducting a merit-based selection process that includes a written assessment. Furthermore, the interviews by senior members of the in-flight services department.
This novel approach ensures that the selected cabin crew members are well-suited to handle the new fleet effectively.
For its pilot training, Air India is deputing experienced Airbus A320 commanders for a “cross-crew qualification” course. So far, four pilots have already undergone simulator training in Singapore.
Initially, A320 aircraft pilots are being chosen, and later, Boeing aircraft pilots will receive training on the A350 aircraft.
The similarity in cockpits of Airbus aircraft enables shorter-duration training for those transitioning from one Airbus model to another.
Furthermore, Air India has arranged for four trainers from Airbus to supervise the newly-trained pilots. They will take up training roles after completing mandatory courses and checks.
Air India’s proactive approach to developing in-house engineering capabilities and preparing its cabin crew and pilots for the Airbus A350s marks a significant milestone in the airline’s growth journey.
With a focus on training and operational excellence, the airline is all set to provide its passengers with enhanced services and fuel-efficient long-haul flights on the new A350 aircraft.
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