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EasyJet launches new Summer Flight School for kids

EasyJet launches new Summer Flight School for kids
  • easyJet’s Summer Flight School will offer free Pilot and Cabin Crew training experiences for kids ages 7 – 12 this summer holiday to inspire more kids to get into aviation
  • The initiative is part of the airline’s work to drive greater diversity in the industry by challenging outdated gendered stereotypes of jobs like pilots and cabin crew
  • New research by the airline has shown that 86% of parents believe gender stereotypes begin at primary school age and around four in ten (37%) children still believe being a pilot is a job exclusively for men
  • Summer Flight School will take off on the 21st August with free places available to book from Monday 7th August

EasyJet announced today the introduction of a new Summer Flight School to address persisting gender stereotypes about pilot and cabin crew positions and encourage more young people to seek a career in aviation.

As new airline research shows that nearly four in ten children (37%) believe that being a pilot is a job only for men, easyJet is inviting children aged 7 to 12 to go behind the scenes at its training centre for hands-on training experiences with real easyJet pilots and crew, in order to challenge these outdated stereotypes.

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Children will have the chance to pilot an Airbus A320 flight simulator at the airline’s first-ever event of its kind, discover what it takes to give passengers the finest in-flight experience and ask easyJet pilots and cabin crew about their professions and how they got there.

EasyJet’s newest initiative, Summer Flight School, is part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to promote greater diversity in the industry’s many areas where there is still a major gender imbalance, particularly for pilots and cabin staff.

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The airline hopes its Summer Flight School will inspire a new generation of aviators as well as the 87% of parents who said they struggle to find cheap or free activities for their kids during the holidays by offering a distinctive and immersive free experience blending fun, education, and hands-on activities.

When it comes to organising a family day out, over 92% of parents believe that “edutainment,” or activities that give their kids the chance to learn something new while having fun, is crucial. More than half (54%) of parents specifically want something that will spark a new interest for their children.

The majority of primary school-aged kids (70%) said getting to fly a plane during the summer break was the most exciting thing they could do, and half (50%) said their ideal profession as adults would be to be a pilot or member of the cabin crew.

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Pilot Faces Backlash for Working with Two Airlines Simultaneously

A significant controversy has erupted at Malta’s new state-funded air carrier, KM Malta Airlines, following the revelation that one of its pilots was secretly working simultaneously for another airline.

The incident involved First Officer Danica Theuma, who was found to be flying Virgin Atlantic planes in the UK while also employed by KM Malta Airlines. The incident came to light last month when Theuma, who was supposed to be observing obligatory rest periods as per her KM Malta Airlines schedule, was seen flying Virgin Atlantic planes out of Heathrow Airport in London.

A colleague who spotted her in the UK reported the incident to her manager. As a result, Virgin Atlantic’s management swiftly terminated Theuma’s employment upon discovering her double duty.

Theuma’s actions not only represented a severe breach of contract but also violated international safety regulations.

These rules strictly govern duty times and rest periods to ensure the safety of both passengers and crew. Despite these serious infractions, KM Malta Airlines has chosen to allow Theuma to continue flying for the airline.

Initially, KM Malta Airlines suspended Theuma after being informed of her conduct. However, the airline decided to reinstate her shortly after, a decision that has caused significant unrest among her colleagues. The airline’s employees are demanding that Theuma be held accountable for her actions and punished for disregarding safety rules.

The situation has sparked a heated debate within KM Malta Airlines, with many pilots expressing their dissatisfaction with the management’s decision to retain Theuma. They argue that her breach of safety protocols and contract should result in stricter disciplinary action to uphold the integrity and safety standards of the airline.

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IndiGo Partners with Private Firm to enhance its Cadet Pilot Program

IndiGo Partners with Private Firm to enhance its Cadet Pilot Program

IndiGo, India’s preferred carrier, has announced a strategic partnership with Garuda Aviation Academy to bolster its Cadet Pilot Program.

This initiative aims to train fresh pilots to become future junior first officers for the airline. This collaboration marks the eighth partnership IndiGo has established for its cadet pilot program over the past 13 years.

The comprehensive 21-month course is designed to equip aspiring pilots with the necessary skills and knowledge. The training program begins with a three-month ground school at Garuda Aviation Academy’s training center in Gurugram.

Aims to train fresh pilots as future junior first officers

This is followed by a 12-month intensive training session at 43 Air School in South Africa, renowned for its exceptional track record of training over 6,000 ab-initio pilots.

IndiGo has successfully inducted over 1,000 pilots through these rigorous training programs in the last 13 years. These programs encompass the entire spectrum of pilot training, from cadet selection to obtaining a commercial pilot license and A320 type rating, culminating in their induction into the airline as pilots.

Captain Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at IndiGo, expressed his pride in the new partnership with Garuda Aviation Academy. He emphasized that the 21-month course is expected to cultivate the next generation of skilled pilots who will uphold IndiGo’s commitment to safe, affordable, and hassle-free travel.

Aligns with the Government of India’s UDAN mission

This initiative is in line with the Government of India’s UDAN (“Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik”) mission, aimed at enhancing connectivity to smaller and medium-sized towns and cities across the country.

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IndiGo Flight Tickets Now Bookable Through WhatsApp

IndiGo Flight Tickets Now Bookable Through WhatsApp

IndiGo, India’s preferred airline, has introduced an innovative AI conversational booking assistant named 6Eskai on WhatsApp, marking a significant step in enhancing customer experience.

This new feature aims to provide seamless travel solutions directly through WhatsApp, offering convenience right at the travelers‘ fingertips.

IndiGo launches AI conversational booking assistant

6Eskai is built on a generative AI assistant platform developed by Riafy, a Google partner. With this technology, customers can now book tickets, check-in, generate boarding passes, check flight statuses, and ask queries all via WhatsApp.

The service is capable of handling both text and voice messages in English, Hindi, and Tamil languages initially. To use this service, customers can simply initiate a WhatsApp text to +91 7065145858.

The AI assistant leverages Google Cloud’s Large Language Models to support this service. Through extensive prompt engineering, it offers conversational interactions, responds to emotions, and even adds humor to its responses, ensuring a more engaging customer experience.

6Eskai has 1.7 trillion parameters

This extension on WhatsApp is expected to significantly enhance the hassle-free travel booking services available through IndiGo’s digital channels. 6Eskai is a highly advanced AI with 1.7 trillion parameters, enabling it to answer a wide range of common questions effortlessly.

Its capabilities include booking tickets, applying promotional discounts, booking add-ons, performing web check-ins, assisting in seat selection, planning trips, answering FAQs, and connecting customers with an agent.

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