Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Airbus Flier Vistara Is Said to Seek Boeing Pilots for Hiring

Vistara, Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Indian venture that operates an all-Airbus fleet, is seeking to recruit pilots trained on Boeing Co. aircraft, people familiar with the matter said.
The airline is hiring first officers with at least 750 hours of experience flying Boeing aircraft, according to a letter the New Delhi-based airline sent to pilots, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is not public. Vistara now operates a fleet of 13 Airbus SE A320 jets.
A spokeswoman for Vistara couldn’t immediately comment.
Vistara, in which Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. owns 51 percent with Singapore’s flag carrier holding the rest, is considering buying or leasing wide-bodied aircraft for long-haul routes and will seek funds from its owners to finance the purchase, the company said last year. The company may opt for the Boeing 777X jets, Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation said in May.
The airline has yet to decide on the type of aircraft it wants to order for its international routes, one of the people said.
Airbus dominates India’s single-aisle plane market with most budget carriers using its A320 family of aircraft. Boeing dominates the long-haul planes.
Tata and Singapore Airlines started the venture in January, 2015 after an earlier attempt by the two partners in the mid-1990s failed.
17/07/17 Anurag Kotoky/Bloomberg Quint

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