This report to the Board of Qantas explores the relative costs and benefits of establishing a training centre in Mumbai, India. The centre will train both pilots and cabin crews, with a specific focus on security training. Due to foreign ownership restrictions limiting investment to 74% of any airline venture, a joint venture arrangement would be appropriate. A joint venture with a domestic carrier will also provide the project with significant advantages that come from having local knowledge. There are currently a number of Indian airlines that are considering the establishment of a training centre, including Air India, Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines (Francis 2006). Accordingly, a time critical opportunity currently exists for Qantas to initiate a joint venture with a domestic carrier.
This joint venture will leverages Qantas' own knowledge in operating a training centre, and take advantage of the domestic advantages in India such as a large population of highly educated candidates wanting to become pilots and cabin crew, as well as the current undersupply of adequate training centers to meet the growing demand.
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