- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:18
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Recognised as one of the world’s ten best aviation training centres
The International Aviation Academy (IAA) of SriLankan Airlines has been conferred a prestigious recognition from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as one of the World’s Top Ten Authorised Aviation Training Centres of its 2013 Premier Circle – an assessment made on the evaluation of 440 aviation training centres in 90 countries.
The centres have been evaluated on the rate of growth, expansion, student ratings, standard of facilities and the centres’ commitment to promote IATA training programmes.
Among the world’s Top Ten are Etihad Airways; Japan’s, Air Cargo Training Centre and Japan Aircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA); Kenya’s Air Travel & Related Studies Centre; the Qatar Aeronautical College; India’s, Trade Wings Institute of Management, Speedwings Academy for Aviation Services, Akbar Academy of Airline Studies, and India International Trade Centre.
‘This is a significant endorsement of SriLankan Airlines’ efforts to equip the next generation with the knowledge and competences necessary in the dynamic aviation industry and the run up to achieve the aviation hub status that we have committed to work towards, as the national carrier of Sri Lanka, said Mr Nishantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman, SriLankan Airlines.
IATA’s Training and Development Institute ( ITDI) in its role as a catalyst to build leadership and competences that are essential to support the industry, annually conducts training partner recognition programmes to identify excellence among IATA’s Authorised Training Centres – the ATCs around the globe.
Regional Top Ten ATCs were also selected from the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.
This is SriLankan IAA’s second IATA training excellence award, having become one of the Top 10 Training Centres in South Asia in 2012, awarded at the congress in Singapore. Within a short spell of two years, the IAA has been globally recognised, as it has displayed phenomenal progress.
In IATA’s mission to ‘represent, lead and serve the airline industry’ the ITDI congratulates its partners on qualifying as a 2013 Premier Circle (Worldwide Top 10) member. It endorses that ‘ In the preceding year, this elite group achieved impressive results in training a large number of students, demonstrated loyalty to IATA training programs and commitment to student success reflected by high student examination passing rates.’
In 2012, the IAA increased its training programmes from two to eight; its revenue and student growth, three folds; its external market share from 21 per cent to 49 per cent; and student success ratings from 87 per cent to 94 per cent. Among other factors that contributed to this award are, IAA’s launch of its Maldives training centre, which has already completed the first round of IATA cabin crew training; the introduction of international programmes for Maldivian Airlines; local and international partnerships; and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for staff , under-graduates and school-leavers.