IndiGo and the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy (NZICPA) have signed a pact to train pilots under IndiGo’s ‘cadet pilot program’.
The applicants of the program will be shortlisted through an extensive pilot selection process in India. The first set of selected students will begin their training in Wanganui, New Zealand in January 2020. After the training tenure, the cadets will return to India for flight license conversion of the New Zealand Commercial Pilot License. They will later undergo Airbus A320 type rating training, before beginning line-training with IndiGo. The Indian license conversion part of the training will be conducted in partnership with Flightrule Aviation Services, a pilot recruitment and training agency based in Delhi.
Our partnership with NZICPA is a testimony to our commitment to establish a steady flow of confident & skilled, internationally trained airline pilots over the foreseeable future, Capt. Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice President Flight Operations said.
The Flightrule India footprint is integral to the program as it adds quality and brand alignment across the entire program, he added.
To be selected by India’s leading airline, an extremely discerning partner, was recognition of the high standards of aviation training in New Zealand, Phillip Bedford, NZICPA CEO said.
Meanwhile, in another development, IndiGo is offering a change/cancellation fee waiver to passengers travelling to and from Mumbai till July 3, 2019. The circumstance of heavy rainfall in Mumbai is the reason for the airline to announce this offer. The passengers whose flights are cancelled, or whose flight departure timing is delayed by 1-2 hours can avail this offer.
In Mumbai, at least 52 flights were cancelled, and 54 had to be diverted as heavy rains lashed parts of the city.