Boeing has expanded its flight training facilities in China.
The company has introduced a new B787 Dreamliner facility for pilot and maintenance training and B747-400 full-flight simulator, joining the existing B757 and B767 simulators at the facility. The offerings are based at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai training campus.
“China is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic aviation markets in the world, and Boeing is committed to giving the Chinese airlines the competitive advantage they need to succeed as they grow,” said Sherry Carbary, Vice President of Boeing Flight Services. “Providing new, world-class resources and training focused on the region’s 787 and 747 fleets is one way we can bring the Boeing Edge to China.”
Boeing has forecast that China will need 72,000 new commercial airline pilots and more than 108,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.
“As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Boeing in China, this is another important step forward in our long-term commitment to serving China’s development of the air transport system,” said Marc Allen, President of Boeing China. “There is a real need for more pilots in the region, and the expansion of the Boeing training campus in Shanghai is geared to help meet that need.”
Crews from Yangtze River Express, Air China and China Cargo have completed the B747-400 training. Several crews from Hainan Airlines have completed B787 pilot training.
“With the expanded capability at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai training campus, we will be able to quickly and efficiently provide our services to our customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Greater China & Korea.