EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIAN AVIATION SECTOR
A study conducted for the Ministry of Civil Aviation indicates that the rapid and sustained growth in the Indian civil aviation sector will help generate at least 9.77 lakh direct and around 30 lakh indirect jobs by 2035. In a best case scenario, it could rise to 11.21 lakh jobs at a time the number of passengers are likely to rise to at least 876 million, 4.6 times the 190.1 million recorded last year. The cargo volume is expected to increase to 9.16 million tonnes from 2.5 million tonnes at present, while the aircraft movements are expected to grow at eight per cent in the period 2015 to 2035 and reach 75.6 lakh by the end of the next decade. The report said that India might require 39,000 pilots and co-pilots by 2035 from the existing around 5,000. The demand could rise to 13,000 by 2020 and to 20,000 in 2025. There is a need for 68,000 cabin crew in 2035 while European aerospace major Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350-1000 at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Toulouse, France. The A350-1000 is the largest variant in the current A350 XWB family. Nearly 74 metres in length, it will have the capacity to carry 366 passengers in a typical threeclass configuration. The aircraft is intended to replace the A340-600 and compete with the Boeing 777. The company has confirmed orders for 181 aircraft from ten customers with Qatar Airways being the launch customer. This A350-1000, the first of three flight test aircraft to be built, is scheduled for its maiden flight before the end of 2016. Delivery of this aircraft is expected to commence in the middle of next year. To ensure that the production remains on schedule, Airbus has added three additional final assembly stations. For maximum flexibility, all stations in the A350 XWB FAL can be used for both models. waterways. An amphibious aircraft will be operated between Varanasi and Kolkata. It will be a cheaper mode of transport,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said at a public meeting. “The 620-km-long Farrakha to Patna inland waterway will be completed in six months,” he said.