Akasa partners CAE for Boeing 737MAX pilot training

Akasa Air has signed long-term agreement with CAE for Boeing 737MAX pilot training at CAE’s facilities in India. Over the next 15 years, Akasa Air will utilise CAE’s training facilities, instructors, and full-flight simulators.

This comes after Akasa Air, a 19-month airline in India’s aviation space, in mid-February announced its international operations. In January, Akasa Air added wings to its international flying ambitions as the new Indian airline welcomed two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to its growing fleet.

There are also widespread speculations that that the Indian budget carrier is close to order for around 150 Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody planes as it seeks to capture the travel boom in the world’s fastest growing aviation market.

“As we receive a substantial influx of aircraft in the coming decade, this partnership will provide us access to the world’s best training facilities for the next 15 years and will help us build a team of highly experienced and skilled pilots, as we continue our commitment of becoming one of the world’s safest airlines,” said Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO, Akasa Air.

Since the commencement of Akasa Air’s operations in 2022, CAE has been training its pilots, offering infrastructure and a comprehensive simulation training curriculum.

“This long-term agreement is a testament to the quality of the pilot training we deliver and the strong relationship we have built with Akasa in a relatively short time,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation.

With a substantial footprint in India, CAE operates 13 simulators across three commercial aviation training centers, providing vital pilot training and services to Indian airlines. In 2023, CAE attained the status of a Boeing Authorized Training Provider for Boeing’s Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) curriculum in India.

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