Bhanu Choudhrie of London-based C&C Alpha Group is a British-Indian entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Born in Delhi, India, in 1978, Choudhrie’s family moved to London in the early 1980s, where he studied international business and marketing. He founded C&C Alpha Group, a private equity firm that invests in healthcare, aviation, and hospitality in emerging markets. In a recent interview with BizVision, he shared insights about his aviation business interests and success in the industry. Here is a brief of what he had to say.
How Alpha Aviation Group started
Bhanu Choudhrie noted that the aviation industry has always been his passion. Bhanu has wanted to be involved in the airline industry since he started in the early 1900s. Alpha Group is like an extension of his involvement with Air Deccan, India’s first budget airline. He saw the demand for well-trained pilots in the world and decided to set up Alpha Aviation Group. They have trained over 1000 pilots in forty countries and are hoping to double our capacity.
Bhanu Choudhrie views on the long-term impact of COVID-19
The Corona pandemic is an unprecedented catastrophe. They have not experienced such since Ebola or SARS, and the aviation industry has to adapt. The sooner they get their pilots trained per the new reality, the better. The airlines will also have to reduce their number of flights and carefully calculate their cost before resuming.
At Alpha Aviation Group, they will also adapt to the current situation. Their programs will continue, but on an e-learning basis. They also hope regulations allow us to continue training this way even in the long term.
His views on airlines outsourcing their training
Airlines are outsourcing their training because it’s simply cheaper and more efficient. There is no time to waste in the present conditions. In the early days of aviation, the military trained most pilots. However, many pilots nowadays come from private training institutions. Besides, they have always excelled in providing high-quality training at competitive prices.
Why did AAG choose UAE and the Philippines as operations centers?
Mr. Bhanu Choudhrie said that their company chose the locations based on where pilots will be in high demand. All their training centers were formally U.S military bases and hence, have airfields. They saw a growing demand for air transport in the Philippines, China, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Boeing estimates that there will be a need of about 500,000 new pilots across the globe by 2034′.
The Landon investor also said he supports the collaboration between airlines and the government during this pandemic. He noted that while large airlines like KLM get support from the government, smaller airlines suffer alone to know more click here.