GHIAL signs MoU with Sabena Flight Academy

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Hyderabad, Oct 23 (UNI) GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), the developer of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad, has signed an MoU with a Belgian company, Sabena Flight Academy, for setting up an Aviation Academy here with Rs 450 crore investment for the next three years.

The tie-up is for setting up a modern aviation academy in the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by January 2009. The academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew training, engine engineers, technicians and aviation consultants.

Training for airport operations staff such as passengers and ramp services agents will also be provided, thus bridging the demand-supply gap in these areas.

More than 80 million Euros (Rs 450 crore) would be invested over the next three years on the Academy, covering infrastructure, including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.

The partnership between both companies is based on the expertise of Sabena Flight Academy, which is one of the world's leading independent flight academies based in Brussels, Belgium, and associated partners such as CFM, Sabena Technics and Flight Care and on the strong market position of GMR group in India.

To contribute to the growing training requirements in the Asian aviation sector, the new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in this unique aviation centre, ideally located in the city, catering to the Indian as well as the foreign market, a company release said here today.


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