To help prepare for the delivery of Boeing 787 aircraft to its fleet, pilots from Indian airline Vistara have been reported to be working in the cockpit alongside their counterparts from Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Scoot.
The training program is a 12-month program between the Vistara and Singapore Airlines, which has a stake in the Indian company along with Indian firm Tata Sons. Vistara pilots will be trained to get familiar with the 787, eventually be flying with Scoot pilots in the cockpit within the year. According to a report from Channel News Asia, it was revealed that 12 pilots from Vistara began the program in January.
When asked about the experience of the pilots, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson was quoted saying: "These pilots, who have already been flying with Vistara for a number of years, had to undergo our vigorous selection process and meet all Singapore regulatory licensing requirements.”
Vistara’s pilots are expected to supplement Scoot’s needs in the short term as it expands, and "reduce numbers needed from external recruitment in the near term.”
The Indian-based airline main hub in Delhi, with a fleet of 21 of all Airbus A320 family aircraft serving 22 domestic destinations in the country. Vistara currently has 12 aircraft on order – 6 Airbus A321neo and 6 Boeing 787 jets. The Boeing 787s are expected to be delivered starting in 2020 as Vistara is looking to start international flights within the next few years.