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IndiGo to hire trainee pilots for A320s from IGRUA

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In a first for the government-run flying training academy IGRUA in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district, private budget carrier IndiGo will recruit pilots for its fleet of Airbus 320 planes.

Traditionally, trained pilots from the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA), an autonomous body under the Civil Aviation Ministry established in 1985, get jobs at the state-run Air India or its subsidiaries.

Officials at the flying training academy as well as the airline have confirmed the development.

“With this campus selection, we complete the first phase of inducting these candidates who will subsequently be assessed based on an extensive evaluation process, which includes psychometric tests, group discussions and one-on-one interviews, respectively,” IndiGo told in a statement.

“Selected candidates will then proceed for type-rating training for Airbus A320 aircraft and will be inducted as Junior First Officers (JFOs) at IndiGo after completing their type-rating (a regulating agency’s certification of an airplane pilot to fly a certain aircraft type),” the airline said.

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