In 2008 the London-based entrepreneur Bhanu Choudhrie was named that year’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards. Choudrie entered adult life by first securing a B.A. from both Boston University and Harvard Business School. After graduating he served for a time as an intern at JP Morgan. In 2000 he moved to London where he assisted in the operation of a family-owned private equity firm, C&C Alpha Group. He has been instrumental in leading it to invest in hotels, restaurants, healthcare, and real estate.
Bhanu Choudhrie is most passionate about one particular subsidiary of C&C: Alpha Aviation Group Lt. AAG is the only accredited flight school in the Philippines. It offers full training programs for pilots of all levels of experience, from beginners to very seasoned. This is not Choudhries first investment in aviation. His first was the purchase of Air Decan, his first aviation-related investment. When he first purchased it, it had only one airplane. Under his leadership, in just five years it had enough airplanes for 500 flights per day.
During the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 things got very difficult for Air Decan, but Bhanu Choudhrie was deeply committed to it since there really aren’t that many airports in India. As a result of what he has done transportation and the economy of India, in general, have improved. One thing he noticed during this time is that there is a definite shortage of qualified pilots out there. He recognized this as a huge problem since the aviation industry is growing so much throughout the world that he foresees the need of an additional 558,000 additional commercial pilots by 2034.
After research, he determined that the answer was starting pilot training organizations that had deep ties to specific airlines. In India, the first visage of this was Alpha Aviation Group which provides qualified pilots for new airlines in China, India, and Southwest Asia. Bhanu Choudhrie first founded the group in 2006. From the very beginning, it offered trainees top quality education and the use of state-of-the-art technology.
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