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Sabena Flight Academy signs pact for aviation academy at Hyderabad`s new airport

Sabena Flight Academy, based in Brussels, Belgium and GMR Group, a fast-growing Indian infrastructure major, have signed an MoU for setting up a joint venture limited company. The new company will set up a modern aviation academy at the…

Sabena Flight Academy, based in Brussels, Belgium and GMR Group, a fast-growing Indian infrastructure major, have signed an MoU for setting up a joint venture limited company. The new company will set up a modern aviation academy at the New Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad by January 2009.



The aviation academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew training, engine engineers, technicians, and aviation consultants. This will bridge the gap in the huge demand in these areas. Training for airport operations staff such as passengers and ramp services agents will also be provided.



More than 80 million Euros (Rs 450 Crores) will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.



The partnership between both companies is based on the expertise of Sabena Flight Academy and its associated partners such as CFM, Sabena Technics and Flight Care and on the strong market position of GMR Group in India.



To contribute to the growing training requirements in the Asian aviation sector, the new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in a unique aviation center ideally located in the center of India catering to the Indian as well as the foreign market.



“We are extremely proud of being selected by GMR Group for establishing jointly a state of the art aviation academy in India at the new International Airport at Hyderabad. We are looking forward to provide high standard training with a strong accent on flight safety based on our more than sixty years experience”, said Jack Waldeyer President and CEO of Sabena Flight Academy.



“We are training more than 200 Indian pilots in our facilities in Arizona USA and we provide Full Flight Simulator training for several Indian Airlines in Brussels. From 2009 an important part of the pilot’s training will be provided in this new Aviation Academy. Together with our partners CFM, Sabena Technics, Sabena Flight Academy – Consulting and flight Care will provide a one stop training facility to all Indian and foreign commercial airlines at the new International Airport at Hyderabad” added Jack Waldeyer.



Mr. T. Srinagesh, COO – GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited said, “It is our vision of the airport that it should catalyze an aviation cluster at Hyderabad and accelerate the economic development and employment generation in the State. Towards this, our partnership with Sabena Flight Academy will be a key element by training skilled people, like pilots, cabin crew, engine engineers, technicians and airport operations staff globally besides meeting the needs of our booming aviation industry”.

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