IndiGo enters partnership with CSTPL for ATR pilot training programme

IndiGo has signed an MoU with CAE Simulation Training Private Limited (CSTPL) to provide Flight Crew Training for its fleet of ATR aircraft.

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Under this agreement, CSTPL will install a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for ATR aircraft and provide exclusive simulator training facilities for IndiGo’s ATR pilots in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

CSTPL operates one India’s largest, and state-of-the-art pilot training facilities in India, and IndiGo pilots will benefit from advanced training technology as well as refreshers for license renewals. Under this agreement IndiGo will have exclusive access to the simulator for its ATR crew. The FFS will be ready for operations by February 2024.

IndiGo has been operating ATR 72-600 aircraft in its fleet since 2017 to strengthen regional air connectivity across India. Over the past 6 years the fleet and network has grown, and the airline is currently serving 52 destinations with its fleet of 44 ATR aircraft. The airline has also recently introduced multiple flights with its ATR aircraft to stations such as Pantnagar, Kadapa, Jabalpur, and Kurnool etc., opening new routes for trade and increasing connectivity.

Captain Ashim Mittra, senior vice president- flight operations, IndiGo said: “We are proud to announce our partnership with CSTPL, to support our ATR pilot training programme. Through this partnership, the enhanced ATR pilot training programme will not only facilitate the upskilling of our pilots but also help us to reach new horizons. This endeavour aligns seamlessly with the Government of India’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) mission, fortifying our commitment to connecting with smaller and medium-sized towns and cities. CSTPL is acclaimed for its one-of-a-kind simulator training facilities and world class infrastructure, which provides us a gateway for excellence needed for India’s preferred carrier.”