India’s booming aviation sector

– Captain Dharamraj Shukla, CEO & director, SpeedJet Aviation

The Indian aviation industry is on a high-growth trajectory with India likely to become the third-largest aviation market by 2020. With over 700 aircrafts ordered by scheduled carriers, India will need at least 7000 pilots and 1500 cabin crew over the next few years. As of now, Indian airlines are reporting increased profitability, low-cost carriers have placed huge orders for new aircrafts, there are multitude of new airports coming up and FDI flows into domestic airlines have surged. All these factors combined will lead to a sharp spike in demand for trained aviation personnel.


A pilot typically starts at a monthly salary of Rs. 2 lakh in India and that figure goes well over Rs. 3.5-4 lakh internationally. Cabin crew salaries start around 40-50,000 in India and scales past 1.5 lakh for international airlines. The starting salary for ground staff is around 12-15,000 in India and ranges from 60-80,000 if you are working for an international airline.

Fee structure for Aviation courses

The fee structure for Aviation courses range from as low as Rs. 25,000 for an introductory course to Rs. 35 lakh for CPL training in USA.

SpeedJet Aviation Academy, Indias only Aviation academy based in Mumbai that has a tie up with Bahrain-based Gulf Aviation Academy, offers multiple flying and ground training courses in the aviation sector. The company has registered a steady growth and, in a short span of time, trained large number of commercial pilots, cabin crew attendants and ground staff, all of whom are placed with various national and international airlines.

The core team at SpeedJet Aviation comprises of experienced airline pilots and senior cabin attendants with a combined flying experience of over 50 years.

SpeedJet Aviation Academy recently signed an MoU with Gulf Aviation Academy to offer Indian students a competitive advantage in the aviation industry that is at par with international norms. This move is a first-of-its-kind for GAA in the Asian market to offer a comprehensive range of structured training programs for all aviation personnel including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground staff with training sessions at GAAs training facility at Bahrain. The academys range of training programmes includes CPL Programme, Pre-Pilot Programme (12-15 months), Cabin Crew Programme, Ground Handling Programme and Airbus A320 Type Rating Programme.

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