Tiger Airways has invited qualified major aviation training providers to submit formal proposals for the provision of a Cadet Pilot training programme to be launched later this year.
Besides providing comprehensive training to individuals from various countries to enable them to qualify as licensed commercial pilots, the training programme will be tailored to the specific operating requirements of Tiger Airways. As such, the training will include topics such as airmanship, safety management, airline economics and fuel efficiency procedures.
The preferred location of the training facilities will mirror the development of the Tiger Airways network. This may include Singapore or Australia where Tiger Airways already has crew operating bases, together with Thailand or the Philippines where Tiger Airways has announced plans to create Thai Tiger Airways and invest in Philippine based airline, SEAIR.
Tony Davis, President & Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, said, “We are proud to have a team of highly qualified pilots growing their careers alongside the expansion of Tiger Airways in the Asia Pacific region. While we continue to attract significant numbers of qualified pilots from other airlines, we believe that the time is now right to plan the launch of our own tailor made Cadet Pilot training programme, to be operated in conjunction with a major aviation training establishment. Tiger Airways will be growing its fleet to almost 70 aircraft by 2015, and the Cadet Pilot training programme will provide a significant number of the pilots required to operate these new aircraft.”
Tiger Airways currently has about 240 pilots across its Singapore and Australian operations, and a fleet of 24 Airbus A320 aircraft. In addition, SEAIR operates 2 Airbus A319 aircraft that are leased from Tiger Airways with pilots based in the Philippines.