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Air In­dia is hir­ing over 80 ju­nior pi­lots for its wide-body Boe­ing B-777 and B-787 air­craft to meet the short­age of cock­pit crew. Air In­dia cur­rently has about 170 copi­lots to fly its 15 B-777 and 23 B-787 planes as against a re­quire­ment of over 370. It is sched­uled to take de­liv­ery of four more Boe­ing 787 as well as three B-777 be­tween July this year and March next year. The air­line op­er­ates these planes mainly on its long and ul­tra long haul routes. 95 can­di­dates were se­lected for the sim­u­la­tor test after they cleared the writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion. Of these, 85 could clear the sim­u­la­tor test and they are now in the process of join­ing Air In­dia. As these can­di­dates are al­ready type­r­ated on nar­row-body Boe­ing 737, con­ver­sion as pi­lots for the wide-body B737 can be done eas­ily. Con­ver­sion from a nar­row body Boe­ing pi­lot to a wide-body Boe­ing air­craft pi­lot is eas­ier than from Air­bus to Boe­ing or vice versa as the train­ing pe­riod then gets re­duced from eight ses­sions to four, thus re­duc­ing the type-rat­ing cost as well. Typer­at­ing is cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by DGCA for a pi­lot to fly a cer­tain air­craft type that re­quires ad­di­tional train­ing. This in­volves huge cost, be­yond the scope of the ini­tial li­cense and air­craft class train­ing.

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