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Indian airlines need 31,000 more pilots in next 20 years: Boeing

Air India has dropped six flights to the US until it has an adequate number of qualified pilots to fly its long-haul Boeing 777s - three flights each to San Francisco and Newark airports.

NEW DELHI, March 22: India needs 31,000 pilots and 26,000 maintenance engineers over the next 20 years to meet the requirements of a planned expansion of the country's aviation.

Going by the increasing number of orders being booked with aircraft manufacturers, especially South Asia will be the fastest growing market for aviation, according to Boeing.

Ninety per cent of the market demand over the next 20 years in India will be for narrow body aircraft and Boeing will be meeting the demands, Boeing India president Salil Gupte told reporters at a CII event here. Boeing already has a leadership position in the wide-body aircraft segment.

Considering the fast growth in air traffic and the orders for new aircraft following the pandemic, India needs to tremendously expand the infrastructure and train more and more personnel for flying as well as maintenance on the ground.

Air India order for 470 aircraft

The Tata Group-owned Air India had last month placed orders for 470 planes from Boeing and Airbus. With an option for an additional 370 aircraft, totaling 840, this will be the largest aircraft order by any airline.

However, the airline has not enough staff to run even the existing fleet, it is reported. At present Air India, including the two subsidiaries of Air India Express and Air Asia India, and Vistara has just 3,000 pilots for its fleet of 220 aircraft and flights are many a time cancelled due to shortage of pilots.

The latest order for Airbus comprises 210 A320/321 Neo/XLR and 40 A350- 900/1000 and for Boeing 190 737-Max, 20 787s and 10 777s.

It is estimated that 40 A350 to be flown on long-haul routes alone will need 30 pilots per aircraft, totaling 1,200 pilots for the lot. The orders with Airbus and Boeing will require a massive number of new pilots and other crew considering an average of 20 pilots per aircraft the demand crossing the 10,000 mark for pilots alone for which the existing training facilities with the airline fall far short.

Air India to cut US flights

A shortage of crew is forcing Air India to reduce long-haul flights to US airports. The airline is looking for more qualified pilots to fly its Boeing 777 fleet to these destinations. It is dropping six flights until it has an adequate number of such pilots - three flights each to San Francisco and Newark airports for the next three months. In the last few months several flights had also to be cancelled for want of pilots.

Air India CEO Campbell Wilson said that the airline would add 1,700 captains soon and that around 1,400 cabin crew are also in training. He said when the new orders start delivery the airline will need thousands of qualified pilots.


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