New Delhi. 18 September 2023. JettWings Airways, the newest entrant in the Indian Aviation sector today signed an exclusive agreement with the Aviation Academy in Belgrade, Serbia for its Cadet Pilot Program “JettWings Serbia”. The agreement that was signed at the Serbian High Commission in New Delhi is a ground breaking initiative as it marks a significant milestone in the airline company’s commitment to cultivate the next generation of highly skilled aviators.
After India’s G20 presidency marks a significant milestone in its global leadership role, this is an unprecedented feat for an Airline from Northeast region of India to position Northeast on the global map of aviation companies. With the inking of this pact, JettWings Airways plans to create its own ecosystem of pilots to meet the long-term expansion plan of the airlines.
The pact was signed by and between Sanjay Aditya Singh, CEO & MD of JettWings Airways, Dr. Goran Cvijović, CEO, Aviation Academy of Serbia and Rajat Ahuja, Director, VR Global Ltd., in the presence of His Excellency, Siniša Pavić, Ambassador of The Republic of Serbia in India.
“We are excited to launch our Cadet Pilot Program in association with the Serbian Government, a testament to our unwavering dedication to aviation excellence,” said Sanjay Aditya Singh, CEO & MD of JettWings Airways. “This initiative represents a significant stride in our mission to cultivate skilled aviators providing high-quality cost-effective program for Indian nationals who will contribute to the industry’s growth and innovation,” he added.
The Aviation Academy of Serbia is established by the Ministry of Education, Science & Technological Development of Serbia in which the State of Serbia is investing 65 million Euros for further advancement of infrastructure and facilities to meet the aviation growth especially from India. The Academy is one of the oldest schools in the world since year 1912 equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, using cutting-edge technology, and a world-class team of experienced instructors.
“We are thrilled to announce the ‘JettWings Serbia – Cadet Pilot Program’, an exclusive flight training pact signed between JettWings Airways, VR Global Ltd and Aviation Academy of Serbia, having an over 100-year-old global legacy of training pilots & aviation personnel. We will proudly train JettWings Airways pilots,” expressed HE Siniša Pavić, Serbian Ambassador to India. The Academy that will be co-branded as JettWings Serbia, shall offer a range of programs, including ATP (A) Integrated course which we have chosen for our cadets. Additionally, the institute will provide specialized training in areas such as instrument flying, multi-engine operations, and advanced aviation technologies.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sanjive Narain, Chairman of JettWings Airways said, “We understand the critical role of well-trained pilots in ensuring the highest standards of safety and professionalism. Through this Cadet Program we shall place paramount importance on safety, adhering to rigorous industry standards and best practices.”
India, the fastest growing aviation market and third largest market globally, is woefully facing an acute shortage of pilots, both experienced Captains and First Officers. A conservative estimate of 15-16 pilots per plane ordered by Indian airline companies means 17,000-18,000 pilots are required over the next decade. That is, 1,700-1,800 per year on an average with a requirement of approximately 1400 First Officers. JettWings Airways in its modest expansion plan expects to train and include approximately 800 pilots in the next five years alone, while also planning to train an additional 1200 pilots in its facility in Serbia, to cater to the national shortage.
“Our flight training program is designed for the issue of the European license as well as to satisfy regulatory requirements by DGCA India which are incorporated in the ATP(A) program for the license conversion. Our curriculum is meticulously designed to encompass comprehensive theoretical knowledge, hands-on practical training which includes Advanced UPRT, MCC course on state-of-the-art Alsim FNPT-II device, CRM training with airline specific requirements all tailored to meet the exacting standards of the aviation industry” quoted Rajat Ahuja, Director of VR Global.
Students enrolled in the JettWings Airways cadet program will benefit from a holistic learning experience, evidence-based training, digital classroom instruction and flight training using Flight Logger. Moreover, they will have access to mentorship opportunities with seasoned pilots and exposure to JettWings Airways’ operational environment. Our first batch of cadet pilots shall begin their training from 15th November 2023.