Business Aviation Associations Merge in India

BJT Waypoints
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:15am

Presenting a unified front, the Business Aviation Association of India (BAAI) has merged with India's newly formed Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA). The combined organization will operate as the BAOA.

Its chairman and president, Rohit Kapur, noted that general aviation in India has grown 12 to 13 percent annually since 2001–a faster pace than commercial aviation in the country. Hence a need exists for a single, strong body to engage regularly with authorities to address the sector’s growth in India. The BAOA plans to push for reforms in business aviation infrastructure and also intends to develop standards that will foster high levels of safety, efficiency, reliability and benchmark training for crew and operations. Kapur said he expects the current Indian fleet of 552 general and business aviation airplanes and helicopters will more than triple to 1,800 aircraft by 2020.

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