Air Hostess Academy to open branches in London, Dubai

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New Delhi, Jul 20 (UNI) The Air Hostess Academy (AHA), an aviation and hospitality training institute, now plans to make forays abroad, with branches in London, Dubai and Sydney.

''We already have 38 branches in the country. We are planning to set up at least four outside India, including those in London, Dubai and Sydney,'' AHA Business Head (Strategic Alliance) Rajan Mehra told UNI.

According to sources, the international branches would be opened next year.

Mr Mehra was optimitic that the aviation sector, which was incurring heavy losses owing largely to high jet fuel prices, would make a turn around soon.

''It could be by this year-end,'' he said during in-flight training for the Academy's students on Kingfisher Airlines.

About 150 students from Delhi were taken on board a special one hour flight over Jaipur and introduced to the nitty gritty of the in-flight service.

They were also familiarised with the responsibilites of a cabin crew, involving check-in and check-out procedures.

Mr Mehra said there was lot of scope for air hostesses in West Asian airlines as they prefer Indians.

''And with the aviation industry going to boom again, the demand will increase manifold,'' he added.

He claimed that 400-500 AHA students got employed as air hostesses with the Qartar Airways in the past two years.

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